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

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA

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1,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,731
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-08-2012 03:22:37 | More by codynevels
Photo of cjgator3


4.35/5  rDev +24.6%

Pours a hazy golden orangish color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is citrus a hint of spices and hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with a nice dose of hops in the finish. Overall, a really nice offering from Sam Adams. I would definitely purchase this one again. Recommended!

02-08-2012 02:58:54 | More by cjgator3
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

02-08-2012 02:08:08 | More by speracado
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

White water ipa

A: looks like an unfiltered wheaty color with a finger white head that leaves little lacing. 4

S. strong mix of wheat hops and citrus. Citrus aroma includes orange peel and grapefruit

T. great hops! Nice grapefruit/ citrus flavor mixed with a great malt.  

M. nice light body. Finishes a bit bitter. Nice carbonation 

Overall, this is a sam Adams?! Wow. Very well done, very hopy, great flavor. My favorite Sam Adams hands down

02-08-2012 01:58:17 | More by iBeer16
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-08-2012 01:26:43 | More by Milkysunshine
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

02-07-2012 23:01:07 | More by Celtics76
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4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

This beer looks like a Blue Moon on steroids. Light orange and very cloudy with a decent, finger-sized head. It looks very refreshing off the get go. Frosty ,crisp, sudsy.

The aroma is just exploding out of the glass, almost as if the glass is too small to contain it. Magnified smells of orange peel, sweet grapefruit and apricot, pine and floral hops. Light grain. I could huff this.

The taste is pretty much what you would imagine after smelling. Sweet fruits, citrus fruits and pine and floral hops all swing dancing together in harmony, changing partners simultaneously. It's got a full, piney, bitter finish.

It's extremely crisp, medium body and fully carbonated. It's got kick.

Overall, I did not expect this experience from this beer. I was expecting something a bit more mild from Sam Adams, but I was surprised in a good way. I like it.

02-07-2012 06:22:30 | More by anth0ny
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Trying this for the first time tonight out of the "Brewer's Choice" 12-pack. Whitewater IPA looks very nice in the glass, with a thin, sticky head comprised of tight white bubbles. Smell is all apricot and hops. Taste follows the nose. I do not get much of the white beer qualities; the apricot really dominates the palate, but in a good way.

This tastes similar to Magic Hat #9, just hoppier with a touch more apricot. It is a very good offering from Sam Adams.

02-07-2012 04:35:28 | More by gregb13
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +26.9%

Definitely getting very nice smells of tangerine and apricot mixed in with that white ale coriander cereal wheat malt characteristic that you can kinda smell in blue moon...this of course smells better. It also has the hoppiness tinge to it with the floral citrus but it mixes in with the other fruit in this beer so well it doesnt smell like an overwhelming hop bomb.

I get the spicy hop bite up front with the apricot, coriander fruity sweetness which really reminds you that this is a white ale as well, and then ending with the pine citric bitterness of an IPA. They perfectly blended the two and made sure the hoppyness is well apparent. It also has a cereal wheat malt taste to it as well that really completes the beer.

Samuel Adams really stepping it up these days and this beer is delicious a very solid choice and an even better more interesting beer than just a white ale or just the noble pils. Definitely give it a try.

02-07-2012 03:52:13 | More by thebrood1987
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -14%

02-07-2012 00:04:13 | More by NHSTEVE
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-06-2012 21:34:16 | More by jlenik
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This was part of the Sam Adams spring pack.

A: A real hazy dark straw color with some orange hints. Glass lacing was full and sticky.

S: Wow, I did not expect this level of hoppiness on the nose. Citrus was abound mixed with some yeastiness and a tad floral. Not getting any apricot as it states on the label.

T: This is a nice hoppy beer, surprise! Huge amounts of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, grassy tones and some floral hints that mix with the bready sweetness. I pick up some yeasty flavors but not overly done and they mix nicely with the hops. Finish turns bitter but smooth. Nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and no trace of alcohol.

O: A real nice SA beer that I really enjoyed. This was a keeper for sure and one of the hoppier offerings I've ever had from Boston Brewing. Winning!

This is the beer that should be the new spring seasonal release instead of the Alpine Spring which I was not nearly impressed with. This one however is a beer SA should be promoting more. Loved it.

02-06-2012 15:11:09 | More by Kadonny
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-06-2012 04:11:50 | More by MaineMike
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3/5  rDev -14%

02-06-2012 00:18:46 | More by brotherloco
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

12 oz from the SA brewers choice mix pack at the Teeter, June 2012.

A - Hazy yellow gold, one finger head, hanging on the side. Head makes it all the way to the bottom. Um... there is probably a better way to phrase that.

S - Grapefruit and hops. Strong. Sinuses will clear (or at least run slightly)

T - And...grapefruit. Dry hop finish. Not picking up much of the apricots. Subtle indeed. Did I mention grapefruit? Pine is in the mix.

M - Carbonation is solid. Mouth feel is slightly more aggressive than the average IPA.

O - The beer mellows ever so slightly late. A recommended try, especially for hop heads.

02-05-2012 23:03:47 | More by Apellonious
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Attractive looking brew... This looks just like a Wit IPA. Bright, glowing, evenly hazy, tangerine-gold colored beer under a bright white head. Head is about two fingers high and fairly quickly turns to an 1/8" layer. Lace is spotty. Aroma comes together well. Sweet bread dough malt, orange, apple, cardamon, light pine woodiness, decomposing leaves, tart lemon, and a touch of black pepper. Taste is darker and danker. More pine, dryly bitter, and full of prickly carbonation. Wheat tanginess, lemon, orange, and wet forest. Resinous texture, medium body, both slick and dry. Fairly easy drinking even with the bitter tangy punch.

02-05-2012 21:26:29 | More by tastybeer
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +16.9%

Foggy honey color under a thick, frothy white head. Permanent sudsy covering and spotty lacing all over the glass. Lovely citrusy hop aroma upfront... grapefruit, lemon, pine, apricot, coriander, and grain. Juicy, bitter flavor: pine sap, orange peel, grapefruit, and apricot. Very zesty, subtly sweet, and quite bitter. Medium bodied, a little tart, and drying. This was quite good! I could go for a couple more...

02-05-2012 21:14:24 | More by wedge
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3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with some lemon notes.

T - Mild apricot flavors with some wheat and spicy/piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Reminds me a lot of Latitude 48 with a touch of apricot. Not bad but not something I'll regularly have on hand.

02-05-2012 19:29:37 | More by zeff80
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1/5  rDev -71.3%

02-05-2012 07:31:38 | More by EminaMac
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-05-2012 06:31:39 | More by Chopman50
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3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a slightly hazed honey with 3 fingers of pearl colored head, Superior head retention & lacing

S: Orange peel, pine & some grainy notes, Nise stays strong throughout

T: Pineyness, orange peels, a touch of dryness & breadyness up front. Faint apricot fruittyness as this warms, more pineyness, leafy hops & bready notes. Finishes somewhat dry, crisp, slightly fruitty with piney & leafy hop bitterness & just a touch of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & good balance

A decent IPA, hops profile isn't really wowing me, but would buy this again if I had limited IPA options

02-05-2012 04:52:34 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a hazy golden color, dirty, with a tight pure white head that left some sticky lacing as it settled.

The aroma is of lemon and citrus hops; more orange than grapefruit. It is a bright aroma though not very strong.

The taste starts off hoppy. A bit of grapefruit, orange, and grass. Some coriander spice of a Belgian Wit. There is a lemony zwang that adds to the overall citrus profile. Nice crisp wheat malt. A little musty.

Light to moderate feel, crisp carbonation. Nice balance between sweet malt and bitter hop. Quite refreshing.

A different take on an IPA. Nice balance between citrus notes between the hops with the coriander spice.

02-05-2012 02:17:01 | More by Gmann
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

This beer is a hazy, dark straw color. Soapy white head. The aroma is fresh and hoppy. Citrus and a little spice. Its taste is hoppy, although not overly bitter. Lots of flavor, with some fresh stone fruit and lots of citrus. Clean and long-lasting finish, full of hops. Moderately full in body. I enjoyed this beer more than I expected.

02-05-2012 00:05:05 | More by Suds
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-04-2012 23:48:50 | More by oldvines
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Best by June 2012.

Poured into a FFF shaped glass.

I've gotta say, 5.8% is fairly low octane for an IPA, but then again, there is Masala Mama, right?

A: Poured a very hazy, tangerine color, with a finger or so head that clung to the glass and then some. Yep.... looks like an IPA!

S: Pretty intense on the pine side of the house, with a strong hints of grapefruit, pine, and maybe a touch of yeast.

T: This is definitely one of the hoppier SA beers I've ever tasted. Hell, I didn't even know they had it in them. Who knew? Grapefruit, mandarin orange, and lemon zest is what I got.... and it was presented in a very nice way.

M: Carbonated enough, bitter enough, and definitely laced enough! The sweetness was kept in check by the hops for sure.

O: It blows my mind to read some of the reviews on this one. To each his or her own I guess, but as for me, this was much, much different than I expected... and on the good side of that.

02-04-2012 22:12:26 | More by Chaney
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