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

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1,851 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 163 | 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

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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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.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with one finger of fine white foam, settles to a thin ring leaving a spray of lace on the glass. Smell: pine, soapy, apricot, citrus note. Taste: light dash of pine, lemon rind, apricot; sweet pale malt into wheat cracker and some general yeast notes. Feel is nice, medium bodied with a fluffy feel and a hoppy (leafy) semi-dry finish. Nice offering.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, hazy, peach/gold in color with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Piney hops, tropical fruit
Taste-Spicy, tangy hops, fruity, with an underlying grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Refreshing and flavorfull. Very nice.

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3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Well it looks like a witbier and an IPA hazy amber in color with a 1/4 inch of head.

S - Well it smells fairly hoppy with sharp bittering pine, citrus and zest.

T - Man that apricot sure made it even more bitter! I don't know why they added it since I got overly aggressive hops and very little malt balance or even witbier balance. Pity.

M - Medium bodied. Not bad.

Overall not something I would seek out again and not even close to Saranac White IPA. Just bitter and unbalanced to me.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus and a minty pine hop. In the taste, minty pine hops, with a small citrus note and a wheaty base. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite light for an IPA, interesting with wheat notes and minty hops.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.