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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - somewhat amberish in color, very creamy looking, with about two fingers' worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very much like what you'd expect after reading the label. It does indeed smell hoppy, but with a subtle sweetness of something citrusy.

Taste - also much like the smell and thus as you'd expect from the label. It's hoppy, but with an edge of citrus and pine. Not much that's distinct in the finish, but the aftertaste is decently bitter.

Mouthfeel - definitely more on the creamier side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, but not terribly intriguing.

Photo of zhanson88
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with tons of carbonation. About 2" of eggshell white head forms, which has great retention and lacing. Pretty nice looking IPA, albeit a little on the hazy side for me.

Smell: Some pale malts are detected, quite a bit of citrus which is almost Belgian in nature, and some dank bitterness. Not too bad, but a fairly standard IPA nose.

Taste: Some pale malts up front, followed by citrus, grapefruit zest, and just a hint of tropical nature (pineapple?). Back end is actually pretty bitter, and the bitterness lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The body on this is light-medium, with a lot of carbonation. Extremely smooth going down, even close to creamy. Overall, a decent stab at a White IPA. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but not sure I'd buy another six-pack.

Photo of sommersb
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-13-2012
Freshness: Best by July 2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

Bought this in the Brewer's Choice variety pack.

A cloudy yellow/orange beer, with a white head standing a couple of fingers. Both lacing and head retention are good.

Aromas are of piney hops and grapefruits.

Taste is dominated by the hops for a pretty bitter experience. There's a slight fruitiness, but I don't get much of an impression of apricots.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a high amount of carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied, the aftertaste is prickly, bitter and dry.

Overall an OK IPA, but I couldn't tell this was a wheat beer or that it had apricots if I hadn't read it on the label.

Photo of KenRapoza
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really hit the spot for me. I was craving an IPA like you couldn't imagine and I came home and opened this one up. Gave it a good pour and looked over it's hazy golden color and white head. The aroma of this was big on the apricot and hops. Those two aromas blend so well together it made my mouth water. The taste of the beer is about as good as the nose. The flavors of citrusy hops collide with the apricot giving off this really nice refreshing flavor. The spices don't kick in until the finish, but even then they aren't dominant at all. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall I wished that I had picked up more than just a single bottle of this brew because I would have easily put down a 6 pack of these.

Photo of TheCondor
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this joker up in Leavenworth in a Sam Adams sampler pack, pretty excited to say the least. Relatively new beer, IPA, Sam Adam’s, what could go wrong? Poured from the bottle into my Camp Shelby Army National Guard mug. Marcy Projects what

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color with a big, creamy two finger head that has some staying power to it. Really sweet looking brew.

Smell – Whoa fruits! They weren’t joking when they said this was spiced with apricots. I can whiff those plus other tropical fruits, big pine, everything you expect and love from hops. Very distinct and strong fruit essence

Taste – Pretty dang tasty brew. Follows the nose pretty good, lots of tropical fruit, orange peel, etc. Its certainly got a kick to it, although it is a little weak on the taste intro. You really don’t taste much until the middle of the drink.

Mouthfeel – Light, crisp, dry finish. Not super bitter, but there is a somewhat IPA like finish.

Overall – I think others have expressed the same sentiments in that this brew is probably better suited as a APWA or other style. It’s not quite strong enough in the hops to be an IPA (in my opinion). Not a wonderful representation of that particular style, however it is still a good beer. I would absolutely drink it again, especially on a hot day like today was. Interesting style combination, Sam Adams rarely disappoints.

Photo of Danno48
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated best before June 2012 poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Very hazy though the yeast was left in the bottle for the most part, must be unfiltered. Nearly opaque hazy gold with a soapy off-white head.

S: Fruity notes right up from, yeast esters and hops; apricot, hint of banana, citrus zest, tangy wheat, spices, clove...very bready, spiced and tangy. Hops seem to be earthy and citrus-driven.

The nose is a bit jumbled but it almost meshes...there are definitely Belgian Wit notes and IPA-like hops.

T: Follows the nose, with a touch more banana to complement the spices...citrus and apricot, orange peel, with a touch of black pepper.

MF: Lightly creamy, with a light-to-medium body., light dryness, lower bitterness for a hop-forward offering.

O: A good summer offering, not overly unique but quaffable. With the wheat and Belgian notes I'm pretty sure this should be classified as either be an APWA or a Belgian IPA. Recommended to try, but wheat beers aren't something I could drink a lot of.

Photo of Lob
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a medium hazy golden color. The head is a dense rocky foam with awesome retention. Lacing is abundant, as well as carbonation.

S - Notes of citrus, flowers, orange rind, pineapple and bitter pine comprise the nose.

T - Bitter sweet. Plenty of pine bitterness to go around although a tropical fruit sweetness balances it out and gives it more depth. This one has a bit of everything.

M - Damn smooth and almost creamy. Carbonation seems pretty tame considering the appearance. Very drinkable.

O - One of the most drinkable IPAs Ive had to date. Like I said you get a bit of everything. Bitter citrus, sweet tropical fruits, floral hops and bitter pine. Everything is in with nothing being too overpowering. I think this would be an excellent introductory IPA.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy shock white head sits on top of a hazy yellow-orange beer remeniscent of a hefeweizen. Lots of visible carbonation from the bottom to the top and the head retains for a while in its sea-foamy form. Lots of lacing. The smell is very pleasant and inviting with a big amount of grapefruit hoppiness that hits first with a huge amount of orange zest as well. I wouldn't have pegged it as apricot until I read the label, but the apricot is definitely noticeable in the smell going along nicely with the orange rind aroma and balancing grapefruity hops. Very nice aroma.

Big juicy burst of citrus up front that is followed by a not so juicy grapefruit bitterness that dries out the finish to a puckering crispness. All the fruity citrus tastes go well together, orange and a touch of lemon up front and straight grapefruit in the back that leads to a long and bitter finish. Just a touch of that apricot in a balancing juiciness, but it is absolutely subtle. A little light on the malt front as the hops dominate the flavor profile in a distinct fashion. It probably wouldn't have hurt too much to have a bit more body from these malts. That said, the hops are utilized very nicely and it is definitely enjoyable.

This is kind of like a hoppier Alpine Spring, which I like already. More hops works well here and I definitely liked it. This would have done well as full-time spring seasonal as well.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June 2012

A - fairly cloudy light yellow body with a big ol' fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. A lively looking beer.

S - Bitter and pungent citrus with a tang of dried apricot. A floral piney aroma fits in the background.

T - A light citrus sweetness with a syrupy and bitter finish. It's nice, but a little out of balance.

M - very light and crisp. A bit dry. Nice for a summer kind of brew.

O - really drinkable, interesting, and pleasant. Nothing mind-blowing, but a good beer. Perhaps better categorized as an APWA?

Photo of corzocl
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of StaindProject86
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of Jeffani
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of cdawg11
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SouthernBuckeye
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of ldawg87801
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is very nicely hopped, but I don't think it makes it into the American IPA class - more of a well-hopped pale ale. Body is moderate, leaning toward light with clean malt. Hops have a very pleasant fruity floral character that is refreshing. ABV might be touch high to call this a session ale, but it hits the mark it shoots for - a flavorful but easy-drinking ale.

Photo of Nate
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of lstokes
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with an off-white head and a very light wheat/citrus smell. I'm pretty impressed by the taste--it starts with wheat malts but then moves into grapefruit and apricot. Finish is drying and bitter. I was expecting something more muddled, but the flavor profile is clear, strong--the apricot really grows on me!--and very drinkable. I have had one very happily every day this week.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pored into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Murky yellow pour with a creamy white head that lasts forever. Lacing is spotty, but prevalent.

S: Bread, wheat, and faint lemon zest, and plenty of apricot. Perfumey and floral hop profile divulges scents of rose petals. Very faint peppery spiciness. Maybe even a hint of clove?

T: Wheaty at the outset with hints of white pepper and spice. Juicy apricots builds as it warms. Hops blast through very shortly with ample bitterness and citric rind tastes. Orange rind and bitter grapefruit dominate. Bready wheat breaks through again mid-palate. Hops get oily. Finishes with faint yeast and a dominant grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Foamy. A little oily from the hops. Moderate carbonation is sharp.

O: Different. Not a bad beer, I'd drink a few. Maybe a little too bitter for its own good though. The witbier aspects of it get a little lost amongst all the hops. The taste is a swift departure from the nose. Not much in the smell to clue you in on the bitterness that lies in ambush. Apricot taste seems a little lost. It's just sort of there; it doesn't do much for me, but it isn't offensive either.

Notes: I think I could get into what will probably be a new 'White IPA' fad. I think the key will be balance though. The hops run away with this beer. I'm not looking for tongue-wrenching bitterness, just some flavorful and restrained American hops to complement a nice witbier base.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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