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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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1,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,819
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 140 | 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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Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy light orange with a dense white head. Very nice tight bubbles and good carbonation. Brew leaves a nice island and a lot of lace. Great looks.

Brew smells of apricot, citrusy hops, oily resin. Wheat and bready malts. Good nose.

Brew is spicy and peppers the tongue up front. Good mellow pale malts in the middle and has a slightly dry finish. Brew is filled with lots of fruit hops, wheat and oily resin. Sweetness, hoppiness, creaminess..wow, this is a very good brew.

This is a helluva sessionable brew from SA. Honestly one of the best efforts I have had from SA. This is a case worthy brew that will please hop heads and will introduce non hop heads to hops all while being approachable. The malts do a great job of balancing the brew out. Excellent.

magine, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy silvery-golden color with a nice effervescence and a thick finger of frothy white foam. Looks more than a witbier than an IPA, but I quite like it anyway.

Smell: nice aroma which is nicely fruity, very lightly funky and overall quite fresh. Sweet citrus with a bit of grapefruit round out the fruit notes; I like it.

Taste: flavor isn't bad, but it's not as nice as the aroma might suggest. Basic malt flavor with a bit of sourness; the hop flavors are not fruity as in the aroma, but more on the vegetal side. Bitterness is moderate, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a decent IPA but it falls short in the flavor department. I'm all for sour beers, but the acidity in the flavor of this beer is just out of place.

flagmantho, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy caramel orange. Just under a finger of head from my pour. Kind of light on the lacing on the top, some sporadic whiteness. Some light film on the sides, a bit spotty with some bubbles.

A lot more citrusy in the notes than I would have expected with Sam Adams. Seemed to be lemon more than anything else on the citrus side. Light pine as well.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. More grapefruit than lemon on the citrus side, but surprisingly noticeable. A bit balanced, though, and not too bitter, although you can taste it.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.

This was better than I was expecting. The sharp citrus notes really stand out.

BucannonXC5, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange fills the glass with a large fluffy and dense white head on top. Some sticky lace lingers briefly on the glass.

A welcoming hoppy aroma greets you with juicy citrus notes a bit of a piney flavor as well.

Hops take over on the palate as well. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Nice bready malt character balances out but really there isn't too much to suggest the wittier presence in this beer. Some hints of spice but the hops, at least while its this fresh, seem to hide a lot of nuances.

Nice crisp light bodied feel. Overall, a nice hop character and rather refreshing. Another winner from SA

Kinsman, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of snowghetto
3/5  rDev -13.8%

snowghetto, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BigMike, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very cloudy orange pour, not far from a witbier. Big effervescent off-white head. Great head retention and a nice wall of lacing.

S: Citrusy, a little bit of wheat and a whole lot of grainy, bready malt.

T: Again, citrusy with a big pine hit. Followed by more of that grainy, bready malt.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Not bad, a pretty plain, malty IPA with a touch of witbier character.

Dope, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz from variety pack dated best by August 2012.

A - A cloudy golden yellow with a large head. Little lace.

S - I am getting the aroma of apricots and piney hops. Certainly underwhelming for an IPA.

T - Light bitterness with some piney hops and mild apric, following the scent. I feel as if the citrus notes are pleasent, but fairly moderate in quantity. This certainly is a step in the right direction, but I would prefer more pronounced flavor.

M - Very smooth and highly drinkable, which is expected for an "IPA" at this ABV. I enjoy the feel of this one with its medium body and almost creamy composition prior to the bitter finish.

O - One of the better Sam Adams brews I have had, but leaves much room for improvement. If this were one of the only 6-packs on the shelf I may give this another go some time in the future.

mscudder, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +14.9%

ItsBeer4Me, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden almost brown colored body with a large foamy white head that mushroomed capped when it was initially poured, some carbonation appeared, but mostly stayed out of sight because of the haziness of the beer, it left a good amount of lacing

S: coriander, apricots and pine; some hops present themselves in the background

T: pine and the hops, nothing else reared its head

M: medium, sessionable, no harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste, piney finish

O: not a bad brew, but probably would only have this again if it was on tap

BeerKangaroo, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
5/5  rDev +43.7%

JustinQ, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of TwinButte
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrus, pine and a little hint of that apricot make this one unique. The aroma is unexpected for style. Almost comes off like a witbier in that department. Citrus and fruit are prominent in the mouth but not the sweet fruitiness that you might expect or that I hoped for.

I am not digging on this one at all. Its a different spin on an IPA but just doesn't do it for me.

TwinButte, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

HarmonMW, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of stoutlover1978
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of ahq514
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color with a white, finger and a half head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Good lacing.

Aroma is mostly of coriander, belgian yeast, and apricots. Some piney hops in the background, but I figured the hops would be more forward in this beer.

Wheat, belgian yeast, and apricots. Next is a dry, spicy, coriander with piney hops. Unfortunately there isn't enough malt to stand up to the bitterness of the hops. Not really detecting other spices or orange peel.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation for what I was expecting. Pretty drinkable though.

I love the concept of white ipas, and loved the boulevard white ipa, but this one fell short. I don't think there was enough element of the belgian wit side of things and wasn't well balanced enough.

ahq514, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of DarthMalt
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oh, Snap! This one will slap you and make you call it Daddy!

Old Darthy had to come out of the woods to review this one. Not much for the Sam mix pack offerings, but, in these days when Hop Devil tastes sweet and yummy, you know BB worked hard to get this one on the radar.

You know you're in trouble when the aromas start attacking your nose as the glass approaches, and then BAM! There it is, that good ol' nail up the nose like back in the day (what was that beer?).

Not much else to say, except -- "What? Oh! You say there's apricots in there? Who the f__k cares!!! My tongue is still writhing on the floor!" Yeah, this aint no Magic Hat #9, let's just leave it at that, okay?

Anyway, it was nice to feel young and naive again drinking a beer.



DarthMalt, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of NeutroMan
4/5  rDev +14.9%

NeutroMan, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -13.8%

TicoCali, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +43.7%

MaddDogg84, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +14.9%

grubefresh, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Brewer's Choice Spring mixed twelve pack. This beer pours a pale golden with a surprisingly opaque body. Also great early lace. Nose is grapefruit hops over a bready, malty backbone. Looks like a wheat beer, but doesn't smell like one.

This one is difficult to define and does contain elements from both its lineages. Initial bitterness gives way to mellow wheat smoothness and then back to hops at the finish. It is interesting and ambitious, but far from a flawless transition. Plenty of citrus hops give it flavor but the wheat backbone isn't strong enough to keep the bitterness from becoming acrid and grating. I'd give an "A" for ambition but not something I'll look for until they smooth out the rough edges.

daliandragon, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy golden color with a medium sized, creamy, rocky off white head that had good retention and lacing.

S-The aroma is very grapefruit and pine right off the bat with some tropical fruit notes, but I don;t really know how much of the apricots are coming through. There is a strong, herbal/floral hop notes in there as well. And I also can't tell whether the spices are coming through.

T-The flavor is like the aroma, lots of grapefruit and piney hops (which I love) some mild hints of tropical fruits that could be coming from hops as well, it doesn't seem like they used enough apricots here. The hops shine through well, which is how it should be, but to use fruits in an IPA, I think Dogfish did it the best with their Aprihop beer. It's a well done IPA, but not much spices or apricot come through imo.

M-The mouthfeel really gets better as the beer warms. It's very smooth, easy drinking, medium bodied beer with a long, slightly dry and bitter finish.

O-Overall, I like this beer very much. Just don't think they achieved what they wanted it to do. I don't pick up on the spices or the apricots very much.

hoplover82, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that lasted throughout and produced excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was nice and hoppy of citrus hops, grain malts and a soapy yeast with notes of grapefruit, caramel and a bit of spice.

The taste was lightly bitter with a decent note of caramel early on and then became good and hoppy with an awesome bitter citrus flavor and a nice dose of spice at the end. The flavor lingered for a nice long time allowing for full enjoyment of the hoppy citrus brew.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a slightly dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a tasty and refreshing IPA with a nice spicy finish, in fact I think I will have another...

KajII, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of pisomojado8
4/5  rDev +14.9%

pisomojado8, Feb 25, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 1,819 ratings.