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

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,888
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 15
Gots: 214 | FT: 0
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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

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent creamy orange, like a melted down creamsicle with a huge pillowy white head leaving great lace.

S: Has that wit orange peel, some peppery spice.

T: Orange, grapefruit, and apricots upfront and then finishes with a bitter pine attack which is just delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, hint of acid, very crisp, refreshing.

O: One of the best Sam Adams beers I've had in a while. Impressive, great taste. (437 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a transparent hard plastic cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-orange.

Sm: Lemon and a pretty hefty hop aroma. A simple, standard IPA aroma. Clean. Moderate in strength.

T: Hop bitterness comes through, untamed and imbalanced by any other note. Clean malts form the foundation. Simple but pleasant. There's not much to say about it. Some cream is present. Nicely built but in no way ambitious or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours in a general sense, but certainly isn't tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty boring for the style. There's nothing new or unique here. It's alright, but I wouldn't have it again. IPA fans might do well to give it a spin, but others should ignore it.

C- (1,010 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pastel yellow color. Very cloudy. Forms a small white head with good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is a bready mix of wheat and apricot with just a little citrus. Taste starts off with a lot of wheat, then moves to a mix of pine and citrus before the apricot becomes apparent again. Eventually fades into a rather appreciable pine bitterness. Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. A very drinkable IPA with more bitterness and less malts than I would have expected from a Sam Adams brew, but can't say I'm much of a fan of the fruity apricot in this one. (582 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and nice lace. Aroma is of piney hops, and citrus. Body is medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is grapefruit up front with a nicely bittered finish. Hints of wheat and spice through out Excellent. (274 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy caramel colour with a cap of fine, off-white foam. Tons of thick, sticky lacing, good head retention. Aromas of grapefruit and pine, bit of wheat, spicy. Fruity apricot and a bit of tropical character up front followed by sharp, citrus bitterness. Notes of wheat and pine, spices, lemon as well. Lingering powdery and slightly sour bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, a bit of slickness in the texture. These characters worked better together than I expected. I enjoyed it and would purchase again. (510 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pretty fresh, this will be the first white Ipa I try, I'm guessing first of many if I know the trends of craft beer. (I just drank a Union Jack so hop tolerance might be skewed)

A: Pours a very hazy/cloudy dull yellow. Pours a lovely pillow of a head, I've never seen anything that thick from Sam. Leave really beautiful lacing. Surprising.

S: Immedietly get that Belgian barnyard/banana, a tad spicey, and having trouble picking up hops.

T: Definitely that witbier yeasty/banana flavor up front. Then a lemon tart/sweetness, and finishes with some lime/pine hop flavor. I know its apricot but it tastes more lemon-y to me. More Whit than Hop. However hop flavor is what lingers, interesting. What you would expect from a White Ipa. Similiar lemon note from Alpine Spring and Summer ale.

M: Thick/creamy, very un sam like. Heavy carbonation. Light enough to be a session beer.

O: Not what I'm used to from sam. This one has awesome appearance, and a pretty interesting flavor profile. I dont even like it that much but its quite interesting. This would be a great outdoor tailgating/party beer. (1,116 characters)

Photo of GregBlatz
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden orange in color. Nice fluffy rocky head that holds its shape then laces the glass aggressively.

S - Smell of citrus hops and a fruitiness. Slight metallic note.

T - Very sweet and fruity. Hops are there too but there is a fullness to the flavor that is kind of different. Hops are citrus up front, subdued in the middle and then very bitter in the finish. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on the flavor. I know that there is apricot here but I'm not sure how it adds to the flavor. Whatever it is, I like it. Juicy?

M - Full and somewhat chewy. Carbon bite on the tongue. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - I really liked this. Not a crazy beer but a solid delicious brew. Kind of typical of Sam Adams. Balanced and interesting. Not mind blowing but very solid. (783 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Wheat beer

A - A straight up Wheat Ale appearance. A hazy golden color with a 2-3 finger head that looks dense and hardy. Moderate C02 can be seen through the hazy brew, and it left some very nice lacing on my glass.

S - Upfront is a very fresh grapefruit rind aroma, a bit of pine in there as well. Underneath the fresh hops I get soft grainy and cracker like malt notes. I noticed a touch of banana or bubble gum as it warmed up. Overall it smells fresh and inviting.

T - Upfront I get resinous hop flavors like grapefruit rind, lemon juice and pine. Mingling in between the hops upfront is a nice wheat flavor, as well as a subtle banana like yeast characteristic. It finishes with a high amount of astringency with moderate-high bitterness that lingers a bit.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth and almost creamy feel to it. Moderate-high crispness.

O - Wow, I think this is a great offering from Sam Adams. The appearance and the aroma are very inviting, and the flavor profile is fresh and unusually hop forward for Sam Adams. I really enjoyed this combo of a refreshing Wheat Ale and a bitter and flavorful IPA. I definitely recommend this one.

Great Job Sam Adams. Cheers! (1,191 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glass: wheat-ish glass (shorter and a little wider)

a: looks just like a hefe, but with a very white 2-finger head that really sticks around.

s: Up front, lots of pineapple and lemon. Some muskiness and a bit of gym sock yeast.

t: Surprisingly, a bitter finish. It starts with a kiwi-like flavor, moves to pineapple, lemon and papaya, touch of wheat comes next, ends bitter, with wheat and some floral notes.

m: Light medium, medium carbonation.

o: a bit odd. the wheat and hops seem to clash a bit. Other than that, not too bad. (534 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a huge two finger billowy head and a hazy light gold body. Great head retention.

Smells quite citrusy with the apricots being quite prominent. Also some orange and pineapple with a touch of pine.

Flavor is quite citrusy as well and sweet. Apricot once again and orange. The pine is not quite as noticeable. Not as much bitterness as I was expecting but it is noticeable and provides a nice drying finish. The mouthfeel, however is quite watery.

Overall I'm torn on this beer. The flavor is wonderful with the citrus but body is severely lacking. It's almost like drinking hopped fruit juice. I'd revisit it, though. (668 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very hazy beer pours into a pint glass with a yellow-orange hue. Creamy white head forms to a nice size and retains decently. Lots of frothy lace rings down the glass.

S- Right after the pour I can smell nice fruit notes from pretty far away. It fades in strength but still has nice citrus fruit hops and a peachy apricot feel later on.

T- Sam Adams makes a little bargain with the West Coast? Interesting. Fruitier and more citrus forward than the usual East Coast IPA (not from Vermont, its a joke). Hops lend notes of lemon zest, peach, pine and general tropical fruit. Finishes with malt and yeast bread. Addition of apricot enhances the sweet fruit flesh feel and adds a pit flavor to the aftertaste.

MF- Creamy body with a silky smooth feel. Finish is not as bitter as many IPAs today, ends more like an APA.

Pretty cool addition to the Spring pack, probably my favorite so far from it. Sam Adams with a pretty nice citrus fruit IPA, cool. Sort of ends up tasting like peach orange juice. (1,003 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for July 2012.

Scent of grapefruit/citrus. Pours a hazy lemon yellow with large foamy head. Great head retention and laces the glass down to the bottom! Tastes piney and citrusy with a nice hop kick/bite to it.I did not notice the apricots, the hops are still more forward; what I would expect from an I.P.A.. (351 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light brown (dark orange) color from the bottom with a finger of head. Smell is somewhat timid compared to most IPAs... Little citrus from the hops and apricot notes.

Taste is fizzy... and hoppy. Apricot again, mixed with pine. The apricot diffuse the bitterness of the hops, a rather stark change from a big IPA. Nice change.

Overall, a pleasant take on the standard India Pale Ale. Definitely worth trying, and perhaps a good offering for someone a little apprehensive towards hoppy IPAs. (508 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would no doubt be my first snag when opening up this variety pack. Hopefully this will be a refreshing ipa to kick off the seasonal 12pk

A- whitewater pours a hazy orange color that really exuberates glowing color. The brew is topped off with a good frothy head of foam with speckled lacing

S- nice! A zesty wit scent coupled with piney and citric hop scent. The sweet pineapple scent is sprinkled on top of some bitter scents. This is a good combination of themes to kick out a spring seasonal

T- immediate pine and bitter flavors blast out from the brew. Very sour and enjoyable on the entry and the exit of the brew. In between all that bitterness is a fantastic spicy and citruc profile that I love. Very impressive from BBC

M- coating flavor with great carbonation. The flavor sticks around for quite a while after

O- wow. This is one bitter and zesty ops at the same time. Boston brewing went out and created the ideal session ipa that focuses on a bitter hop hit. Very excited that this came to market (1,018 characters)

Photo of J23hc
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange gold, piney hop nose, taste is bright lime, spice, kind of sour. Crispy and creamy feel. Good overall, an interesting ipa, different from most. Slightly lacks malt balance and the mouth feel falls off just slightly but can't deny an original flavor (266 characters)

Photo of wafers
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Sam Adams spring mix pack
Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy golden color, moderately frothy head
S: Decent hops aroma, somewhat fruity, light and not too overpowering
T: A definite taste of sour peaches right up front, kind of floral aftertaste with the distinctive hoppy bitterness, small flavors of oranges and apricots towards the end
M: Light, not very thick or sticky like other IPA's
O: This one is a unique offering from Sam Adams, it seems like a good hybrid of a lighter IPA and a sweeter tasting fruit beer or wheat ale. Overall enjoyed this one and would drink again (605 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color, frothy head, that reduced to about a thin collar.
aroma actually smelled a bit of cat spray...(must be the hops).some malty balance, floral notes as well.
taste was hoppy, some citrusy flavors here...
mouthfeel was pretty dry...but as expected with an IPA..
overall, I think an IPA fan would really like this one, I'm not a big fan, but it is good, and have to say pretty tasty once I got used to it.. CHEERS! (437 characters)

Photo of doopydoogle
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice cloudy yellow with a creamy and foamy head that really hangs out.

S - Citrus, clove, pine, yeast, bread, grass, grapefruit

T - Dry malt and bitter hop transitions to a large coriander/wit profile followed by a good hop bitterness predominated by citrus. This profile lingers but eventually gives way to a subtle apricot flavor that enters into the equation but only in the background without overpowering the profile overall. A very unique offering! I gotta say, I don't think I've ever had a beer quite like this. You get the IPA character, the wit character, and the apricot character without the beer fully giving its allegiance to any of these styles in particular. It's like if Hoegaarden and No #9 were sqeezed through the brain of a west-coast hopster.

M - Good carbonation and coating, a little light but pleasant nonetheless

O - Not spectacular, but deserves kudos for the bravery in style. Give it a try if you see the newest BBC Mixer (960 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

SA whitewater ipa

a 4-4.5 very cloudy yellow brew with a creamy looking nearly white head. looks like a particularly inviting witbier. the head sticks around and leaves some lace.

s 4-4.5 straightforward grapefruit pith nougat, smells about perfect for a sessionable ipa. hopes are very high at this point. the initial boldness of the nose recedes by mid-glass, leaving me leaning toward the lower of the two candidate scores.

t 2.5 a bit of lemony sourness and then a lot of grapefruit pithy bitterness wash over the palate. it stays mostly up there, though, without really giving you a mouth embracing experience. there is some sweetness, but i would prefer more juicy sweetness hugging the tongue and sides. but the grapefruit afterstaste is nice. in fact, this finishes well enough to warrant the higher flavor score, especially as the afterglow illuminates and expands subsequent pulls. ... and yet, after the glass is done, a pepper/coriander spice is unveiled and does not want to leave. less happy. the second glass, had another day, reveals the annoying peppery spicing much sooner and gets poured out before the halway mark.

m 3.5-4 a bit light in the body but there is a good deal of creaminess in the carbonation. if the body were a touch fuller could easily be a 4.5

o 2.5 started out so promising. ah well.

the look, the smell (particularly were it more amplified), the creamy carbonation, and the finish--these are all really good qualities of this beer. the flavor is quite decent too, and although i would wish for a little more juiciness the lack thereof probably aids quaffability. get rid of the spices and make it a regular offering! (1,661 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy light yellow color with a one finger, frothy head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Normal IPA hops scents, with floral and citrus tones. Prominent sweetness is there with the hops. Definite fruity tones of oranges and apricots/peaches.

T- Not a lot of depth here, but good flavor. Only slight hops bitterness intermingled with sweet fruit notes. Apricots are definitely there and oranges are also somewhat present. Coriander also comes through on the palate. Ends with a slight hops bite.

M- Kind of watery and struggles to support the hops bitterness. Could be a little thicker and smoother. Carbonation is adequate for the flavor profile and they work together well.

Overall, not a bad attempt at a "white IPA." If it weren't for the apricot and coriander flavor, this beer would not be very good at all. (829 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I was surprised to see how hazy and light it looked.
S: Pretty standard hoppy floral. No offputting smells
T: Hops actually are a not as pertinent as in other IPAs. A slight sweetness as to it as well.
m: the lingering spiciness is a little offputting but otherwise it sits well.

Overall a unique IPA. Easy and fun to drink (327 characters)

Photo of bennway
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

a: Hazy, golden and unfiltered. A good two fingers of head.

s: Light bittering overtones with a bit of fruit.

t: Immediate bursts of fruits, strawberries and apples, in the amount of which would be found in a sparkling wine. I find it a bit overwhelming but at the last minute it seems to be balanced by a somewhat generous and well balanced hop hit. The apricots poke their head out in the aftertaste.

m: A bit of the dry side but a reasonable amount of body for the style and in spite of the fruitiness.

o: I'm a bit torn with this one, I really want to like it but in the end it disappoints and to me is yet another mediocre brew that might have turned out amazing but in the end I imagine was comprised to have more mass appeal. While it sounds great on paper, we are left with an otherwise creative and exciting beer left in limbo. (880 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA

Pours a pale golden color, soapy white froth gives way to an impressive display of lace. Aroma is also quite good and full of floral, citrus, and pine notes, with some sweet bready malts. In the taste, solid oily hop flavor, some spicy notes, grapefruit and pine too. Has a little spice twang to it, which is present in many Samuel Adams beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat crisp. Overall, this is a very worthy IPA from Boston Beer Company. Always welcome in my fridge. (510 characters)

Photo of abgba121
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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 (513 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (1,776 characters)

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