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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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1,791 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 126 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, straw-orange color that is very murky (like a wheat beer). Medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very impressive. Immediately I get strong apricot aromas...very fresh fruit. Kinda like I'm walking right by a fresh-fruit stand at a farmer's market. There is also some grapefruit and pine. There are some wheat-like aromas, along with citrus hops. Taste is just like it smells. A wonderful blend of hop bitterness with fresh, ripe apricots and citrus fruits. Nice grapefruit and lemon flavors as well. Slightly tart as well. Bitter hop resin finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I am very impressed by this one. Great blend of fresh apricots and solid IPA. Really glad I picked up a sixer of this.

DovaliHops, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of tbizzle0
4/5  rDev +14.9%

tbizzle0, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of shand
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Well, here's Sam Adams' new baby, the newest addition to their year-round bottle and draft lineup, Whitewater IPA. It's quite a looker, with a nice hazy goldenrod body and a large head that laces very well. The aroma is nicely citric hoppy, with just a little bit of fruit and wheat lurking beneath the surface. The taste brings a bit more of the fruit and wheat flavors to the forefront, but paired with the perfect amount of hoppy bite to not overtake the more delicate wheat and fruit flavors. The mouthfeel has a lighter body and is well-carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. Another solid brew from Sam Adams that'll be nice to keep around. It's a good choice for adding to the core lineup for sure.

shand, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's the best fruited IPA to come along since... Dogfish Aprihop. Where, here, the appricot flavor is a complimentary note, the moderate IPA hoppy aromatics, taste, and dryness are hallmarks of the style.

Whitewater IPA opens wiht a hazy golden hue that looks much heavier than it acually is. A creamy and sticky head forms and retains very well while leaving islands of pockets of lace behind. This beer fits the IPA appearance very well.

The pulp of white and red grapefruit is very evident in scent. With that backdrop of thin caramel, the aromas set up with a dominant hop profile of citrus, pine, and freshly cut grasses. A non-descript tropical scent can only be attributed to the apricots, but largely become an afterthought.

Taste reveals much the same: early sweetness of caramel malts, appricots, and citrusy sweetness is quickly surplanted with the quick turn toward citrusy bitterness, piney dryness, and herbal components of grass and resin. This fleeting sweet/lingering bitter flavor is what makes IPAs great, and this beer displays the lop-sided balance very, very well.

Medium-dry early and developing into total dryness later makes this beer a noteworthy IPA. The short-lived sweet malty feel of grain and fruit succumbs to the slight warmth of alcohol but also the evaporative dryness of hops that make this beer so drinkable in the end. I really hope that this beer catches on with the growing craft beer community.

BEERchitect, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like an American take on a White Ale. very cloudy golden color with a decent sized head that quickly settles at a finger's height, leaving behind tons of lacing. when held up to the light, there is a plethora of carbonation rising from the nucleation sites on the Perfect Pint glass.

crisp wheat aromas give way to tons of fruity aromas. the citra hops are evident giving tons of citrus aromas. underneath that there is some tropical fruit and subtle spice.

taste starts off more like an American take on a Witbier, with tons of wheat flavors with a bit of coriander and spices. Very similar to Sam's White ale, at first... then it goes bitter, a bit citric, before the crisp wheat again takes over. The hops were great and more evident in the aroma, but fall short in the flavor, unfortunately. the apricot flavors are there if you actively seek it out, but I think it adds more of a subtle sweetness than actual apricot flavor.

lively carbonation with a medium body, but a crisp wheat flavor that lingers ever so slightly along with a bit of citrus.

I think the hops were a bit too overpowered for this to have the IPA moniker. even at 60 IBU (according to Sam's website) the hops sit in the background. The aroma was definitely the high point, the follow through after that lacks a bit. I think this would actually make a decent spring seasonal, better than the Alpine Spring Lager, actually. with some more hop flavor coming to the forefront, this would be a beer I would drink regularly.

silentjay, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of DoctorDog
4/5  rDev +14.9%

DoctorDog, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from this year's Spring mix pack. Pours a hazy yellow-amber body with a good inch of so of white head. Pine and lemon jump out of the aroma. Lemon, pine, mint, and pith share the flavor. Medium to light in body with ample carbonation. Zesty and tasty. Pretty damn good.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light herbal hop.

The taste was a bit coarse with a soapy hop and grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent IPA.

plaid75, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of bnes09
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange in color with a hazy texture. Thick head forms, recedes, then layers the top of the brew with a solid coat of foam. Lacing is sticky, wavy and almost seems to be alive inside the glass.

Fresh, sweet and citric hop aroma. Raw pine needles and apricot come to mind.

Robust hop flavor but not overpowering. Lemon, apricot, pine and raw onion bitterness. Malt is well pronounced as well with a smooth and hearty biscuit-like character. Buttery in the middle. Finish is dry with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. I like that the alcohol is not very strong. Perfect balance.

On the lighter side of medium bodied. Bright and lively carbonation lets all the flavors come through and compliments the hop bitterness. Ever so smooth, goes down like water. Love the dry finish.

Wow! One of Sam Adams best beers to date. Everything about this beer is exceptional. Could drink this any day of the week.

bnes09, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Zaphog, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of huxcrunner
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this ipa is very hazy and has a nice golden hues to it, it poured w a nice white head and good lacing in the glass

the smell is nice hop floral upfront with notes of citrus and spices.

the taste is a little off for what I would want for an IPA and especially from what sam adams makes. Its still tastes very good but not my favorite IPA, a little to far on the harsh bitter side

good full body to this beer and is got the refreshing qualities of a wheat beer

overall this is a slightly better than average IPA and an EH beer from sam adams worth the try for the other beers in the brewers pack but not my favorite someone that enjoys IPA's a little more might enjoy this more

huxcrunner, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of KGarrett
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

KGarrett, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of beerguy36
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

beerguy36, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up last night at Sam's Club. It was the variety pack.

Appearance- cloudy orange color, thin head but good retention

Smell- malt, citrus hops

Taste- tropical fruits, citrus hops, better than I thought it would be

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good actually. Quite impressed with it. Nice fruit flavor for the IPA

jeffjeff1, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of loftisCT
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by June 2012, Drank January 31, 2012
A: Typical witbier appearance. Bright, cloudy yellow with nice bright white head.
S: There is a lot going on in the smell. It really is like a fruit potpourri. Definitely citrus but also some bright tropical flavors. I have convinced myself I can smell the apricot but likely would not have picked it up if not listed on the bottle. A little grassiness also present. Wheat twang comes in behind the fruit and definitely a sharpness that hints at acidity.
T: The same fruitiness I get in the smell doesn't quite come through in the taste. Still pretty, fruity but a wheaty, biscuity malt backbone is more apparent. The beer, then, turns downhill for me. The wheat and fruit is relatively short lived as a long, astringent finish comes in. A substantial bitterness from the hops collides with the tartness of the wheat malt. The tartness is a lot more than I was expecting, maybe the dryness from the hops seems to amplify it. Regardless, the finish is unpleasant to me. It is really dry and somewhat metallic. I feel like I need a glass of water.
M: Lighter side medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Very crisp but I would like it to work out my palette a tad more.
O: The smell of the beer had me excited but I just really disliked the finish off this beer. The combination of the bitterness and tartness was unpleasant for me.

loftisCT, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour yields a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that at least fades slowly, some lacing, hazy Murky carrot orange color, not bad for a wheat based ale.

Nose has tropical fruit, maybe amarillo or simcoe, mango, etc. also apricot fruit and a light wheat, a bit similar to gumballhead but a bit lighter.

Taste is wheat base, hint of grassy wheat malt flavor with light spices. Then hops kick in, big hoppy spicy hops with a tropical fruit again. Again light mango, pineapple, juicy apricot fruit as well. Bitter spicy earthy rind. Finish gets quite biter, long biter spicy earthy hop almost salty and hints at astringent but not quite, chewy hops, and a hint of tropical fruit and pine remnants.

Mouth is med, good carb.

Overall great, best new beer from them in a long time, nice wheat, fruit, and hops all done well.

jlindros, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of cmiley123
1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

cmiley123, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Wamesit
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow/gold. Moderate white head gives way to mild lacing.

S - Wheat malt. Pine, citrus (more grapefruit than orange) bring the hops to the forefront.

T - Balanced. Almost sweet in moments. Bready malt flavor play well with glimpses of peach/apricot hidden in the hops. Rich evergreen and grapefruit rhine push through and to the finish.

M - Medium/full. Very lush.

O - Others have said it but this beer really is like an American Wheat Ale/IPA hybrid. I enjoyed it. It's interesting.

Wamesit, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light to medium orange gold color with a fluffy white, one fingered head and mild carbonation. The color reminds me more of a Wit beer than an IPA.

S - Wheat malt, moderate amounts of pine, slightly grassy, and some citrus grapefruit. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy, not what I expected from Sam Adams where balance is more the norm, this is definitely hop forward. Nice.

T - Definitely hop forward...lemon zest, grass, and pine, and grapefruit carry through the entire sip. There's also some herbal flavor to this and the finish is crisp and snappy with a fairly long bitter finish and a little lemon/pine/grapefruit zing at the end coating the mouth.

M - Light medium body, moderate pricklies on the tongue from the carbonation.

O - This a hop bomb for a Sam Adams beer, I can't imagine this keeping very long before it starts losing its potency (like any IPA for that matter). At only 5.8%, I can throw a few of these back and not have to worry about getting wrecked. Nice overall flavor so enjoy 'em now while their still fresh.

jzeilinger, Jan 30, 2012
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
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,791 ratings.