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

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA

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Ratings: 1548
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%

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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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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy olden color just as described by sam adams, about one cm of white head

S: I can smell the faint hops, strong yeast presence, slightly sweet and fruity

T: sweet right at the start, yeasts and fruits are apparent, then the hops come into play powerfully to take over the rest of the taste, piney and resiny with light citrus tones. A great tasting beer

M: average body, good carbonation

O: a great ipa, I like this offering by sam adams, whereas for me their seasonal 12 packs usually disappoint

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:49:55 | More by abgba121
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Resin is wearing off and I am CANtemplating a side-by-side later if my local still has it flowing out of the tap. In the meantime, I am trying to get right and I hope that this will help. Good God, y'all!

From the bottle: "This hazy brew combines the crisp character of a white ale with the intense pine & citrus flavors of an India Pale Ale. We took this unique combination to a new level with the subtle addition of apricots [(!)], which provide a slight sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch"

I may or may not have done myself a favor by agitating this beer before the pour. When I read any mention of a white ale ahead of time, I find that the agitation helps. In this case, I had two fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with beautiful retention. Color was a cloudy golden-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose was an interesting admixture of everything Mr. Koch mentioned - pine, citrus, a jammy fruitiness and even some black pepper, perhaps from the yeast. It actually caused me to sneeze, so you may not want your schnozz deep in it. Mouthfeel was medium and the blending of flavors worked, but I am not sure that I can do it justice. It was a swirl of flavors on the tongue with the hops leading the way, but then I got that peppery taste and the body label reads: "Wheat Ale Brewed With Apricots & Spices". Spices, eh?!? I get them, but I cannot pinpoint them. I would have otherwise attributed them to the yeast strain. It was on the finish that the apricots really got a chance to shine, offsetting an otherwise intensely dry beer. I liked it, but one was probably plenty, unlike my current addiction to Resin and I am looking to score here real soon. That's about it for this one, my peeps. Hang in!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 21:05:19 | More by woodychandler
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2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Here's another offering from Sammy Adams. I have to say that I was disappointed with this beer. YOu defintely can taste the IPA. Very piny hop taste. It pours a nice inch head. Finish is disappointing. They say there is an addition of apricots which you can barely taste and that addition doesn't add anything...Hmmmm...I thought it would be better. Sam Adams doesn't strike often so I will let this one slide...

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 21:06:23 | More by PossumMunsen31
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2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Hazy yellow pour into my perfect pint glass with about a finger of frothy white head. Decent retention, but only spotty lacing. Decent amount of bubbles race to the top of the beer from the bottom of the glass well after pouring.

S: The smell is, well like an IPA, but not a very good one. Lemony, nearing soapy with grassy hints.

T: This is pretty average is my first thought. Sort of a weird mix between a pilsner and an IPA. Lemony like the smell, and I'm still getting some soap, but this also has a slight caramel maltiness, which I like.

MF: Slightly bitter finish, light and crisp overall. Not all that drinkable.

O: As part of the brewer's choice mix pack, I think this has a pretty good value. However, as a whole, this mix pack is FAR worse than the Fall or Winter selections.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 23:46:57 | More by russwbeck
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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown Crossing... Poured into my small CC goblet... the brew is a very hazed dark golden.... okay head .. but no real lacing...

Nose is pithy grapefruit ... pale malts and some off fruitiness that I guess is the apricot... maybe some peppercorn or even coriander...

Flavor is odd.. a decent brew.. citrus and a bit of coriander.. Nice bitterness and some good hops... the "apricot" makes me think this is back sweetened with apricot nectar... The fruitiness adds to the overall brew but dulls everything else..

This should be a "fruit beer" .. not an IPA... The apricot addition does nothing to accentuate the positives of the hops and low malt profile. And the fruit does nothing but drag a decent beer down.

Just don't dig it.. My biggest prop is that it has pretty great drinkablity.. but everywhere else it is okay at best... Glad I got to try this one fresh.


Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 06:35:11 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orangish color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is citrus a hint of spices and hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with a nice dose of hops in the finish. Overall, a really nice offering from Sam Adams. I would definitely purchase this one again. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:58:54 | More by cjgator3
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White water ipa

A: looks like an unfiltered wheaty color with a finger white head that leaves little lacing. 4

S. strong mix of wheat hops and citrus. Citrus aroma includes orange peel and grapefruit

T. great hops! Nice grapefruit/ citrus flavor mixed with a great malt.  

M. nice light body. Finishes a bit bitter. Nice carbonation 

Overall, this is a sam Adams?! Wow. Very well done, very hopy, great flavor. My favorite Sam Adams hands down

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:58:17 | More by iBeer16
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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like a Blue Moon on steroids. Light orange and very cloudy with a decent, finger-sized head. It looks very refreshing off the get go. Frosty ,crisp, sudsy.

The aroma is just exploding out of the glass, almost as if the glass is too small to contain it. Magnified smells of orange peel, sweet grapefruit and apricot, pine and floral hops. Light grain. I could huff this.

The taste is pretty much what you would imagine after smelling. Sweet fruits, citrus fruits and pine and floral hops all swing dancing together in harmony, changing partners simultaneously. It's got a full, piney, bitter finish.

It's extremely crisp, medium body and fully carbonated. It's got kick.

Overall, I did not expect this experience from this beer. I was expecting something a bit more mild from Sam Adams, but I was surprised in a good way. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 06:22:30 | More by anth0ny
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this for the first time tonight out of the "Brewer's Choice" 12-pack. Whitewater IPA looks very nice in the glass, with a thin, sticky head comprised of tight white bubbles. Smell is all apricot and hops. Taste follows the nose. I do not get much of the white beer qualities; the apricot really dominates the palate, but in a good way.

This tastes similar to Magic Hat #9, just hoppier with a touch more apricot. It is a very good offering from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:35:28 | More by gregb13
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely getting very nice smells of tangerine and apricot mixed in with that white ale coriander cereal wheat malt characteristic that you can kinda smell in blue moon...this of course smells better. It also has the hoppiness tinge to it with the floral citrus but it mixes in with the other fruit in this beer so well it doesnt smell like an overwhelming hop bomb.

I get the spicy hop bite up front with the apricot, coriander fruity sweetness which really reminds you that this is a white ale as well, and then ending with the pine citric bitterness of an IPA. They perfectly blended the two and made sure the hoppyness is well apparent. It also has a cereal wheat malt taste to it as well that really completes the beer.

Samuel Adams really stepping it up these days and this beer is delicious a very solid choice and an even better more interesting beer than just a white ale or just the noble pils. Definitely give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:52:13 | More by thebrood1987
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This was part of the Sam Adams spring pack.

A: A real hazy dark straw color with some orange hints. Glass lacing was full and sticky.

S: Wow, I did not expect this level of hoppiness on the nose. Citrus was abound mixed with some yeastiness and a tad floral. Not getting any apricot as it states on the label.

T: This is a nice hoppy beer, surprise! Huge amounts of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, grassy tones and some floral hints that mix with the bready sweetness. I pick up some yeasty flavors but not overly done and they mix nicely with the hops. Finish turns bitter but smooth. Nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and no trace of alcohol.

O: A real nice SA beer that I really enjoyed. This was a keeper for sure and one of the hoppier offerings I've ever had from Boston Brewing. Winning!

This is the beer that should be the new spring seasonal release instead of the Alpine Spring which I was not nearly impressed with. This one however is a beer SA should be promoting more. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 15:11:09 | More by Kadonny
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from the SA brewers choice mix pack at the Teeter, June 2012.

A - Hazy yellow gold, one finger head, hanging on the side. Head makes it all the way to the bottom. Um... there is probably a better way to phrase that.

S - Grapefruit and hops. Strong. Sinuses will clear (or at least run slightly)

T - And...grapefruit. Dry hop finish. Not picking up much of the apricots. Subtle indeed. Did I mention grapefruit? Pine is in the mix.

M - Carbonation is solid. Mouth feel is slightly more aggressive than the average IPA.

O - The beer mellows ever so slightly late. A recommended try, especially for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:03:47 | More by Apellonious
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive looking brew... This looks just like a Wit IPA. Bright, glowing, evenly hazy, tangerine-gold colored beer under a bright white head. Head is about two fingers high and fairly quickly turns to an 1/8" layer. Lace is spotty. Aroma comes together well. Sweet bread dough malt, orange, apple, cardamon, light pine woodiness, decomposing leaves, tart lemon, and a touch of black pepper. Taste is darker and danker. More pine, dryly bitter, and full of prickly carbonation. Wheat tanginess, lemon, orange, and wet forest. Resinous texture, medium body, both slick and dry. Fairly easy drinking even with the bitter tangy punch.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:26:29 | More by tastybeer
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy honey color under a thick, frothy white head. Permanent sudsy covering and spotty lacing all over the glass. Lovely citrusy hop aroma upfront... grapefruit, lemon, pine, apricot, coriander, and grain. Juicy, bitter flavor: pine sap, orange peel, grapefruit, and apricot. Very zesty, subtly sweet, and quite bitter. Medium bodied, a little tart, and drying. This was quite good! I could go for a couple more...

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:14:24 | More by wedge
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with some lemon notes.

T - Mild apricot flavors with some wheat and spicy/piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Reminds me a lot of Latitude 48 with a touch of apricot. Not bad but not something I'll regularly have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 19:29:37 | More by zeff80
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed honey with 3 fingers of pearl colored head, Superior head retention & lacing

S: Orange peel, pine & some grainy notes, Nise stays strong throughout

T: Pineyness, orange peels, a touch of dryness & breadyness up front. Faint apricot fruittyness as this warms, more pineyness, leafy hops & bready notes. Finishes somewhat dry, crisp, slightly fruitty with piney & leafy hop bitterness & just a touch of grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & good balance

A decent IPA, hops profile isn't really wowing me, but would buy this again if I had limited IPA options

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:52:34 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color, dirty, with a tight pure white head that left some sticky lacing as it settled.

The aroma is of lemon and citrus hops; more orange than grapefruit. It is a bright aroma though not very strong.

The taste starts off hoppy. A bit of grapefruit, orange, and grass. Some coriander spice of a Belgian Wit. There is a lemony zwang that adds to the overall citrus profile. Nice crisp wheat malt. A little musty.

Light to moderate feel, crisp carbonation. Nice balance between sweet malt and bitter hop. Quite refreshing.

A different take on an IPA. Nice balance between citrus notes between the hops with the coriander spice.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:17:01 | More by Gmann
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a hazy, dark straw color. Soapy white head. The aroma is fresh and hoppy. Citrus and a little spice. Its taste is hoppy, although not overly bitter. Lots of flavor, with some fresh stone fruit and lots of citrus. Clean and long-lasting finish, full of hops. Moderately full in body. I enjoyed this beer more than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 00:05:05 | More by Suds
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June 2012.

Poured into a FFF shaped glass.

I've gotta say, 5.8% is fairly low octane for an IPA, but then again, there is Masala Mama, right?

A: Poured a very hazy, tangerine color, with a finger or so head that clung to the glass and then some. Yep.... looks like an IPA!

S: Pretty intense on the pine side of the house, with a strong hints of grapefruit, pine, and maybe a touch of yeast.

T: This is definitely one of the hoppier SA beers I've ever tasted. Hell, I didn't even know they had it in them. Who knew? Grapefruit, mandarin orange, and lemon zest is what I got.... and it was presented in a very nice way.

M: Carbonated enough, bitter enough, and definitely laced enough! The sweetness was kept in check by the hops for sure.

O: It blows my mind to read some of the reviews on this one. To each his or her own I guess, but as for me, this was much, much different than I expected... and on the good side of that.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 22:12:26 | More by Chaney
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3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw gold with a nice cap of white foam. Big herbal notes in the aroma - thyme, grass, and lavender. Palate shows off a wide range of flavors, some interesting and some that clash. Spicing, apricot, and big citric and herbal hop flavors knock heads. Drying finish shows off the little bit of grainy maltiness and wheat cracker flavor. Few Belgian IPAs strike a nice balane between hops and yeast, but when spices and fruit are added its nearly impossible. Whitewater is a fun beer to sip, but 12oz is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:42:28 | More by bump8628
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-gold here, with a thick head. Intense and detailed lace. Impressive!

Nice citrus hops aroma, with a hint of floral tonality. Pleasing!

Taste is deliciously citrus, with a hint of apricot. It's a smooth-drinker, with a medium body. Overall, very tasty, and a nicely innovative twist on the usual IPA blueprint.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 14:33:27 | More by secondtooth
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up as part of a Brewmasters Select pack from the Cutten and 1960 Spec's. Let's see what this one has to offer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a small off white head that was only about 1/8" high after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a small ring within about 30 seconds. There was already some pretty decent lace left just from the pour.

Aroma: The aroma was definitely IPA if not DIPA in that it had a pretty oily hop presence like that you find in DFH 90...but not the complexity in the hops...just that it is oily. Lots of citrus fruit in here with grapefruit and a mild tangerine being the most prominent, but there is a bit of an odd floral thing going on in the aroma as well.

Taste: The flavor is very hoppy with only a mild toasty note and some even milder sweet caramel notes coming out from the hops. Otherwise the citrus is the hey player. The hops are in charge of the finish as well, so the bittering is the main thing going on. A little bit of the oily resin feeling is left on the back of the throat after the sip,and I think that this proves that there was some pretty mild water that went into this beer. The carbonation is adequate to maybe a little low, but it is definitely a player giving you even a touch more dryness in the finish.

Opinion: Well,this is a bit like a DIPA-light if there was such a thing that wasn't an IPA. It has more of the character of the DIPA in the hop department, but is "light in the britches" for an IPA...so this big hop thing gets a bit muddled in this beer. It's a decent beer if you are a hop-head, and definitely one of the hoppier ones to come from the BBC. If you love hops, don't miss it while it is here. If you are a malt-guy like myself...it may be good to try this sometime if it is convenient as it isn't a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:06:54 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as a wheat IPA brewed with apricots and spices... WTF?

A: Pours a very hazy straw yellow color with a nice 2 fingers worth of head that leaves some nice lacing

S: Fairly impressive actually... Definite pine and citrus (mostly orange) with a hint of apricot that melds with the citrus well. The only spice I can pick up is a hint of coriander

T: Follows the smell with some additional malt sweetness. Finishes piney and overly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Certainly more bitter than I expected, especially in the finish. It lasts forever and gets cloying quickly. If you like bitter IPAs, this one will tickle your fancy

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 20:44:56 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 08:49:59 | More by DovaliHops
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4.13/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 03:07:11 | More by shand
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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