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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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1,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 116 | 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 keanex
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois glass from a fresh 12 ounce bottle.

A: Hazy amber body, almost brown with an iced tea look, with a large light tan pillowy white head. Very nice looking.

S: Instantly this reminded me of marijuana actually. It opened up a bit with lots of tropical hints, pineapple mostly with some strawberries that blended well with the piney bitterness coming from it.

T: Very nice actually, well balanced with a nice slight bitterness to it from the piney hops.

M: Medium bodied with good fresh carbonation.

O: I'm impressed with this actually, it saddens me I can only get this in the variety pack as it's probably one of Sam's strongest offerings, at least to me.

keanex, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Goldfishman, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +14.9%

mcphish22, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of magoover
3/5  rDev -13.8%

magoover, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of stickynotes
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

stickynotes, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jk3
2/5  rDev -42.5%

jk3, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy deep golden color with about a finger of white head that is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Citrus such as lemon zest, grapefruit, and apricot. Slight wheat aromas mixed with a hint of hops.

Taste – Oddly does not taste like an IPA. Reminds me of a witbier. Nice citrus punch up front with the aforementioned fruits. Light pine and hops, wheat, and a slight bitterness. Honestly, this tastes pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, relatively creamy, crisp carbonation.

Overall – To be frank, I am surprised this beer is not rated higher. This is a solid offering from SA and one of the better new beers they have put out as of late. May buy another 12 pack just to have this beer again.

SpdKilz, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Hokies
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a decent white head with some lace that sticks to the glass.

The aroma is awesome with apricots, tropical fruits, citrus and a light pine aroma.

The apricot is lost in the taste. The taste is quite different from the aroma the hops give off a metalic hop bitterness.

The beer grows on you after awhile I am not sure the white/ipa style should be joined together but it's not a bad beer.

Hokies, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of hardigree2831
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

hardigree2831, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tannish yellow and quite cloudy, nice 1.5 finger head lasted quite a while, leaving sheets of lace.

Smell was obviously hoppy and piney, citrus, some grasses, fruits, and floral notes. Flavor follows but with high bitterness and powerful hops presence, pine and dried lemon rind, lightly fruity too.

Body is medium and amply carbonated, with a fruity, bitter finish.

Overall I'm quite impressed with this IPA from BBC. Although an overall fan of SA, normally their IPAs have been kinda mellow and not highly hopped. This one finally breaks that trend and comes out with lots of bitterness and a high hops profile, which is a great thing.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3/5  rDev -13.8%

djaeon, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours extremely hazed. Bubbles clusters form along the bottom edges of the glass. Head is super-frothed and smaller. Head also retains as the brew is imbibed. Leaves thicker lacing rings.

S-Smells mostly of citrusy hops and the generic Sam Adams spices that they put in most of their beers. Wheaty as well. Hops are alive but not excessive. Overall, a decent smelling brew.

T-Flavors are a good mixture of pine, grass, and citrus. The Sam Adams spices come out to play. I find this to be an interesting mix of flavors. Lasting herbal bitterness sets in. Wheat really sets in on the back end. Actually a bit more intense than I was expecting.

M-Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Refreshing feel. Sam Adams usually hits the feel pretty well.

O/D-A bit better than expected. I wouldn't go out and buy a six pack of this, but I enjoyed the single. Not going to be a main cog in their lineup, but I enjoy the IPA experimentation.

VelvetExtract, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

jbertsch, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of fields336
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a cloudy golden, yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of off white, thick creamy head. bubbles are prominent and the head recedes slowly
slight lacing clings to the side

S: bright and citrusy, some yeast is in there too, some bready malts. smells similar to the alpine spring but much hoppier. Lots of orange, lemon, some pine in there

T: nice lemon zest flavor backed by a bready malt character. The hop presence is not overly huge but is present and tasty. The flavors mingle well. There is a bit overly sweet presence, it says they add apricots to the beer. I'm not sure if i enjoy it completely but it is interesting

M: nice carbonation, refreshing. excellent spring beer. this would be a go-to standard 6 pack buy if they made it in such.

O: this is a nice beer, always enjoy Sam Adams' stuff. for the 12.99 a variety 12 pack buy,it's great

fields336, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy dark yellow; slight but creamy head;
S: light and lemony at the front, but the hops open up later
T: very piney, increasing toward the end of the sip; the apricots are slight but detectable; the balance between hops (robust) and sweetness is really nice

Very good citruslike IPA

Arithmeticus, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4/5  rDev +14.9%

mostpoetsdo, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of BeerNut78
5/5  rDev +43.7%

BeerNut78, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in the Samuel Adams Brewers Choice mixed twelve pack a couple weeks ago for $12.99 at Meijers. I was at the grocery store and saw this mixed pack that replaces the winter classics so I thought I should pick it up, I felt like drinking an IPA tonight, so lets see how this one turns out. It was notched best buy June 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label isn't that bad an has a nice river scene in the background. It poured a hazy golden orange color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This beer looked good but it looked more like a Wheat beer then an American IPA.

S- The aroma of this beer is dominated by fruit and hoppy citrus aromas. It starts off with some sweet smelling citrus hops that impart some grapefruit, blood orange, and pineapple aromas. After that comes a slight malted wheat aroma with a pretty strong apricot aroma that goes nicely with the citrus hops. This beer has some nice hoppy citrus aroma that goes nicely with the apricot aroma, it smells hoppy and fruity.

T- Unfortunately the flavor isn't as intense as the aroma and isn't nearly as fruity. It starts off with some pale malts and wheat that impart a slight wheat and grainy flavor and have a low amount of sweetness. After that comes the hops which taste much more floral then citrusy, the hops impart some herbal and earthy flavors with a real light grapefruit taste. Towards the finish come the apricot which sticks out just enough to notice it. It had a high amount of medium bitterness with a biter floral hop aftertaste with just a little bit of apricots. The taste wasn't bad, I just wish that the citrus hops stuck out as much as they did in the aroma.

M- Slightly smooth, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. I had no complaints with the mouthfeel, the body and carbonation worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a slightly above average beer, I liked how it took some aspects from a Wheat Ale and an IPA and combined them together to make hybrid, I am a fan of blurring the lines between styles but in this case I think it could have been executed a little better. This beer had decent drinkability, I could probably drink a couple in a row, but I think this beer would be much better suited for a warmer weather beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel, the aroma was pretty awesome and the mouthfeel worked well with this beer, this beer also looked pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of citrus and fruit flavors in the taste, the aroma got me all hyped up for an onslaught of citrus hops and apricot, but instead I was given a lot of floral hops and a light amount of fruit, if it was just like the aroma it would have been awesome. I wouldn't mind getting this in their mixed pack but I don't think it's a beer that I would seek out on it's own, maybe in the summer though. If you love IPAs and Wheat beers this combo might be for you, I find it to be more IPA then Wheat beer. This was a nice attempt at a hybrid beer but I thought it just missed the mark when it came to the flavor, which sucks because most of all the other aspects of this beer were right where they should be. It was nice to try and I appreciate the effort they put into this beer but to me it's just not a memorable American IPA.

StoutHunter, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of ShucksBruh
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

ShucksBruh, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +14.9%

ale207, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

barnzy78, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a yellowish golden color that is quite hazy and has a large amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with two fingers of fine, pure white, head that lingers nicely and leaves a nice amount of lacing all around the glass
S: actually a really nice citrus hop taste, actually smells fresh
T: taste is nice, citrus hops in the forefront, then kicks in something almost a little musty in the middle which i find to be odd and kind of makes u go eh? in the middle like did i actually just taste that or was it an anomaly, the citrus hops linger on the palate long afterwards with almost a sour note
M: medium carbonation tingle, thin, leaves the mouth noticeably dry
O: im pleasantly surprised by this one, i personally, was not a big fan of the latitude 48 so i didn't have high hopes here but i was very happy with this one

BigPlay1824, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a dense, soapy white head that settles to a thick cap and leaves lots of sticky lacing.
S - Nice, fresh aromas of citrus hops and apricot. I'm liking this nose quite a bit, the apricots enhance the base hops nicely.
T - More citrusy hop flavors of orange peel and grapefruit with a lingering apricot/peach character and a moderately sweet biscuit malt backbone. Crisp and refreshing.
M - Smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium body and good, sharp carbonation.
O - Overall a nicely drinkable IPA that benefits from the unique addition of apricots. I wouldn't mind seeing this again next Spring.

jsanford, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange body with a nice, thick head. Good lacing down my pint glass.

Spicy aroma with a strong hint of fruit (apricot?). The taste is sweet and soft, followed by medium bitterness which is also followed at the end with fruit-like finish. The body is smooth and velvety.

After reading the label, looks like apricots are used in this beer. For an IPA, it's decent enough, but I'm not sure about the apricot idea. It's not that it's overly predominant in aroma or taste, but it is there all the same. I wouldn't toss this into any kind of fruit beer brew category, either, as it, overall, leans strongly towards an IPA in overall character. Well, this is an interesting beer, not bad, but not for someone looking for a regular IPA. I'd drink it again without reservation, but if given a chance for a standard styled IPA, that's what I'd gravitate to...

beergoot, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of danielp215
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Best by May 2012 so this case is very fresh.

Appearance is a cloudy golden orange color with a bleached T-shirt white head. Astoundingly beautiful.

The smell is outstanding. Super bitter floral hops when cold but sweetens up a bit as it warms to a kiss of sweet malt. Not the most complex nose but I cannot stop pausing to take a whiff. Amazingly fresh.

My first sip was while the beer was very cold and it was quite bitter and dry. As it warmed the beer sweetened up to a more balanced taste, but the hops are overwhelmingly present as would be expected. Refreshing and delicious.

The mouthfeel starts with a nice tingle on the tongue with a perfect amount of carbonation. Mouth feel is medium. Utterly perfect for the style. Afterfeel is outstanding. My mouth remains coated in pleasant bitter hops.

Not really understanding the mediocre reviews for this beer!

danielp215, Jan 22, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.