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

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BA SCORE
82
good

427 Reviews
THE BROS
76
okay

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,888
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 15
Gots: 214 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Ohiolager
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adam's Whitewater IPA 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. freshness date marked as a notch. i prefer a printed date.

pours a hazy golden almost light orange color. put some air between the bottle and your glass. leaves a three finger thick peach white head that lingers for a while. looks like cream in my cup. leaving spider web lacing all around the bulb of my glass. very appealing appearance. the head stays around at one finger, thicker and higher towards the center of the glass.

smells like an IPA but toned down a tad with the wheat. i smell citrus fruits, like grapefruit. hoppy. wheaty-piney hints. smells good.

it tastes good. the taste mirrors the smell. as most IPA's do. starts hoppy and fruity with a malty wheat backbone. ends bitter and dry like an IPA should.

mouth feel is so so. fairly light bodied for an IPA but than again it is only 5.8%ABV. i don't have any complaints. good carbonation. however nothing real special here.

overall good brew. not a real good IPA. Rebel is much better. but this is a hybrid IPA. wheat being added. the appearance is great. amazing head and lacing, cloudy due to the wheat. the smell is that of an IPA. the taste is good but nothing real special. same with mouth feel. i would buy this again due to it being a hybrid IPA. but for IPA's i will stick to what i know and love. (1,389 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA is my second ever IPA. I hope this goes better than my initial experience with a brew I will not mention as to not slam it. As it pours from the bottle into a stein, I see a beautifully rich off-white head with wonderful lacing properties.

Smell is pine and citrus, what I'd expect. Nothing explosive here, just the right amount. Great job done here to the brewers.

Tastes like grapefruit while still having the apricot chime in that was mentioned on the label. The bitterness does its job for this IPA, but it doesn't push my limits like my first one. This is enough to get the job done without making it hard to exhale, another plus. Also, I can truly feel the hop oils in my mouth that IPA fans speak of.

Mouthfeel is lighter but with a dash of pleasant creaminess. I really like that.

Overall, I give my 2nd ever IPA a 3.5 since it was much better than my first , but not a life-changer either. Might I note that the creamy, bubbly head remains the entire time with ladders also gracing the inner glass. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Aug 2014 at 40 degrees into Imperial pint
Aroma nicely citrus with some pine
Head large (7 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to a 2 cm layer with valleys
Lacing good, many large chunks with tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with a hint of apricot but quickly subsides leaving a bitter chalky aftertaste; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

A not very special wheat-based IPA: aroma and appearance help to overcome an abysmal taste to bring up the overall rating. (548 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in early February from Fry's as part of a mixed sixer for $1.50. Best by June 2014.

Beer poured cloudy orange with a frothy white head that is hanging around.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste is grapefruit and pine forward which overcome the modest wheat base.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth for the style.

Overall this is a pretty good smaller ipa, definitely give it a shot. (405 characters)

Photo of carlborch
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber gold with a 2-inch creamy off-white head. The head settled rapidly to an 1/8 inch. Looks like a wheat-ale but the nose has a strong hop presence. Some suggestion of citrus and apricot does break through the hop. Medium-light body with significant bitter hops on the palate. The palate suggests neither IPA nor Witbier. My palate is confused, but that may be the intent. It is very short with only a very slight lingering of sweet malt. Very nice Belgian lace does form. (488 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this poured out of the bottle into a pint glass, my twelfth beer from Sam. Pretty good times, a milder, crisp IPA for spring. Lighter brownish-yellow color. Not as hoppy as most IPAs, as one would expect from the aroma and color. Very hazy in its appearance, different. (273 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as part of a "Spring Brews" assortment.

A - Hazy straw color with a rich head and great lacing.

S - A burst of pine with some citrus and malt.

T - Pine start with a sweet malt finish.

M - A little on the thin side but acceptable.

O - A decent enough IPA - I drank it at "garage" temperature (58F) and it really allowed the flavors to come out. (357 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before June 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Hazy gold with a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam

s; Moderate citrus and pine

t: Grapefruit bitterness up front over medium malt/wheat? base. Bitterness lingers all over the mouth.

m: Medium, fine body.

o: A lot of bitterness in this, like sucking a grapefruit. It does mellow out and becomes a good sipper. But a bitter aftertaste lingers even after the last swallow. Most hopheads should be pleased with the near DIPA-level bitterness, especially at the pricepoint.

PS: I am no longer a fan of Sam Adams generally due to their pushing the wrong politics, but this brew, a gift from my IPA-hating daughter, I must admit is outstanding. (761 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. Best before JULY 2014.

Pours out quite a hazy bright orange color. Big solid, rocky 2 fingers worth of white head. Great head retention and tons of lacing.

Fairly light aroma. Piney, slightly resinous. Some citrus peel and a bit of apricot.

Starts with a bit of pine and citrus hops which is followed by a tangy wheat grain/ cereal grain flavor. Finishes with quite a bit of citrus, perhaps citrus peel, not necessarily orange peel, more lemon. Some lingering hop bitterness. As it warms there's definatly an apricot flavor that comes in more

Light, slightly bitey carbonation, easy drinking.

On par with what I expected from a Sam Adams IPA, nothing really more to say. (729 characters)

Photo of kcrosson492
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Much like many people who rated this beer I purchased it in a variety pack. I was pretty excited with this beer and pulled it out first. Unfortunately, disappointment set it after the second sip.

A-Pours a light yellow that turns into a bronze color. Weak white, foamy head that quickly disappears.

S-The smell is fruity and quite pleasant.

T-The taste is okay initially but quickly fades just like the head did. I rate off of the first couple sips or else this would be substantially lower.

M-Weak and empty.

O-It would not be a beer I would purchase again but have another to get down in the variety pack. (613 characters)

Photo of mrpoizun
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Came in a twelve pack (bottles) of seasonal varieties. This beer has ittle discernible bitterness or hops taste with a strong grapefruit aftertaste. This is supposed to be an IPA? We all know citrus doesn't go with beer, right? Very unpleasant. Sam Adams seems to be dumbing down their beer for those with more plebeian tastes, but I don't know who the target audience is for this one. (385 characters)

Photo of Boca-X
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep golden cloudy orange. Nice white head, thick sticky lace throughout the entire beer.

Pine and hops on the nose and just like the bottle says "apricots"...actually a pretty heavy apricot perfume, interesting.

A hit of bitter hops up front followed by apricots and orange zest. A hint of sweetness (the orange). Even carbonation, nice balance. Dry, bitter, hoppy finish over runs the sweet character of this beer finishing more like a sour grapefruit...bitterness hangs on the tongue long after you've finished your swallow.

All in all a pretty solid IPA, easy to drink, nicely balanced between the hoppy bitters and the fruit in the middle and nose. Maybe just a little to "dry" on the finish? I'm a fan of SA IPAs and this one isn't their best but still a nice beer in their line up/style. (837 characters)

Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Snow Day! I got called off work and wanted a beer. So I stamped up to the local beer store and got a Sam Adams sampler pack.

A- Hazy amber with a very foamy head. Whitewater is a fitting name because it doesn't produce a flat head like a normal beer should. Very interesting.

S- Wheaty with a slight hint of apricot.

T- Bitter front with a slight apricot following and a bitter finish.

M- Smooth and creamy. Leaves a bitter taste on the tongue.

O- Interesting beer, I think the head is worth seeing. The wheat and apricot tastes are hidden amongst a creamy texture and bitter (583 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number 2 of the beers in Sam Adams Hop Tour. This ale pours a hazy orange amber hue with a thick but short lasting stark white head. Thus gives way to a thin white foam and nice lacing. The nose on this ale is very bitter. Lots of hops both piney and citrus in note. Followed by a fresh aroma of apricots and peppery spices. The taste follows suit but with the apricots both on the lead of the beer and then more present on the finish. Im not a fan fruit in my beer but this on us subtle and balanced enough to be very enjoyable. This is a very drinkable and refreshing offering from a solid brewery. (600 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a mild orange tint. Medium-sized, thick white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Lots of pine backed up by apricot, orange, and lemon. Maybe just a touch of pepper in the aroma as well.

Taste: Begins with citric and spicy flavors, before rounding out to apricot and orange sweetness backed up by wheat. Finish is woody, earthy, and a bit nutty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation that stings up front. Finish is very dry.

Overall: I really, really enjoy this beer. It is almost like drinking a typical West Coast IPA, but with a bit more added depth and character than many of them. Lacks the ABV punch as many similar-tasting brews, but doesn't compromise much flavor-wise. Sam Adams brews are generally good representations of their style, but fall short of greatness. I was quite shocked to find this one to be excellent and it will now be known as a new favorite of mine in the Samuel Adams line of beers. (1,056 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy gold with lots of foam and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Malt, apricot, citrus.

Taste: Malt, floral hops, citrus, apricot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, moderate hop bitterness.

The Verdict: I like it. A white IPA with a hint of apricot. Different, well balanced, with plenty of hop character. Not what I expected from SA. (352 characters)

Photo of ale1
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

poured into malt glass, pours a good head afterwards does the the bubble show

swirls a fairly good lacing on the glass.

nose citrusy hop cheap wheat malt

artificial carbo it appears

taste big in your face grapefruit citrus hops? then exit to weiss blaaa after taste like barrel dust or something ths stuff is not good save your shillings (345 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Expiration date of June 2014. Sampled on January 12, 2014.

The pour is a milky golden to pale yellow with a quick fizzy white head that dissolves.

The nose is quite floral with its hop character but the apricot character is more downplayed than the label suggests. Good graininess too.

Light to medium body.

Like the aroma the floral hop character kicks in on the taste with the apricots way in the background. It seems if they want to brew this with apricots they might have more of a presence. But perhaps it is meant to be subtle. Welcome to Spring already. (592 characters)

Photo of Weston19
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, dark gold, foamy with a two finger head and great lacing around glass.

S: Intense pineapple and apricot followed by the traditional grapefruit smell of IPAs. The smell of this beer really surprised me because of how pleasant and sweet it is. Not as intense smelling as Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin but very pleasant nonetheless.

T: Nutty, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit and some malts. It really does pack quite a punch of hops which is awesome.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish. No surprises here.

O: Very nice smelling bold IPA. Really surprised to see a nice IPA from Sam Adams that remained memorable in my head. Will definitely drink this again. (667 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: You can clearly see the inspiration for this beer: it has a very present cloudyness to it that at a first glance would make you believe that it is a wit. When poured it had a very small head, but that rapidly disappeared. Despite that, it still looks great in my Scottish glass. 4.255

aroma: This is where the beer really shines. It has a lot of apricot and floral\fruity hop aroma. Not much spice that I can tell, but it really smells amazing. Full points. 55

taste: wow, this one really shoots for the hops. It flavors can be described as being very hoppy neutral bitterness. Very resinous, and an indication of a very long hop boil. Unfortunately, it covers up a lot of the witbier character that the beer might had had. I like it, but its not what I wanted. 3.55

mouthfeel: This beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. I like it a lot. 4.55

overall: In some ways, this is a great beer...but it really missed the point. The point of a white ipa is to blend the flavors of a wit with that of an IPA. This one pushed the hops too hard, and it just came off as an American IPA instead of a white one. Still, its great American ipa! A good choice that will really surprise people who have no respect for SA. I give this one a 3.755 overall. If your looking for a beer with a unexpectedly large amount of hops, look no further. (1,378 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Hazy, yellowish amber color. Poured a creamy half finger that quickly dissipated into ring. Nice sticky lacing.
S- Citrus hops, a little dank, tropical fruits, bread, caramel, and lemon. Really inviting.
T- Really sweet on the front end: orange, lemon, caramel, and pine. From there, flavor goes into a musky type sweet bitterness with accents of pine and grapefruit rind. Kind of souring.
M- Medium body. Oily, slick, and drying. Big lingering pine and lemon bitterness.
O- It made a hell of a first impression with the look and smell, but after that it went downhill. It was pretty good, but nothing I would buy again. (626 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap
A - Pours a hazy honey color, big two finger marshmallow kinda head, big thick lacing.
S - Wheat, Pine some citrus peel , belgian yeast, a little clover and pepper. Apricot and grapefruit are huge here, as well as some fresh cut grass.
T - This is a great mix of white and ipa flavors. Some nice spice and belgian yeast, that hits with some dried fruit, some apricot, and a good pine finish.
M - Clean and crisp, palatable bitterness, well carbonated, a somewhat creamy texture.
O - This is one of the better beers BBC has brewed, and is an excellent example of the represented style. (591 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - it is a hazy deep orange color, with a bubbly head.

Smell - You can smell the apricots in this beer, also it has a bit of citrus(grapefruit) / piney smell to it.

Taste - Hoppy bitterness and some wheat flavor and a weird aftertaste(I don't really like apricots that much though).

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied beer.

Overall - I think the first one of these that I tried were bad, since I tried it again and it was better. (434 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonick pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Golden amber with a slight haze. Finger of fluffy white head settled to a dusting. Nice lacing...

S) The wheat and spices are light. I pick up the apricots for sure, and also a little canned mandarin orange.

T) Follows the nose... The finish is pretty zesty, thanks to a fair amount of citrus rind. Lingers a bit...

M) A medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Could finish a little smoother...

O) Pretty good... Picked up the hop tour six pack, and this didn't make me regret that decision. (620 characters)

Photo of JCRGraphix
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance-3.75/5 Pretty cloudy slightly reddish-gold color. One finger foamy head that lasts a while with some sparse lacing. Lots of suspended sediment.

Smell-3.5/5 Very slight apricot aroma. Slight piney hops aroma as well as well as the aroma of malt.

Taste-3.25/5 Somewhat bitter IPA (only 60 IBUs if I remember reading correctly). Grassy, pine, and citrusy bite. The hops create a bitter finish. There was less of a malt flavor than I expected.

Feel-3.5/5 Nice carbonation, medium bodied. Not too exciting, but not bad.

Overall-3.5/5 Overall, I'm very meh about this beer. It's not bad, but it's also not great. (660 characters)

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.