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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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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

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Photo of lochef81
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ale1
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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

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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Weston19
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy golden yellow.

Orange and lemon peel, toast.

Citrusy rinds, grainy malt sweetness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, grainy.

Overall, needs a lot of work.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of JCRGraphix
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed October 29, 2013 at 0020. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Creamy one fingered head. The body is extremely cloudy thick goldenrod body. The lacing is moderately impressive, but time takes away its glory.

S: Smooth piney hops balanced to bring out the sweetness of the malts.

T: Bitter floral grassy bites. The promised malts from the nose is pretty absent here.

Bitter grassy notes stick to different sections of the tongue and remain for quite some time.

M: Creamy intake with a medium carbonated and medium carbonated body.

O: This is a nice introductory IPA. Even the most experienced beer drinker will not turn this drink down.

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Photo of I3eck
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Unfiltered hazy gold w/ a burnt orange color and slight red hue, 1/2" off white head dissipates quickly but hangs around, spotty lacing, chunky suspended sediment.
S: Apricot, orange, white bread, dough/yeast, clove.
T: Citrus/orange zest, yeast, malts, hop flavor that leaves a bitter finish.
M: Good CO2, medium to full bodied, hefty brew that hangs around for awhile.
O: I feel like the yeastiness overpowers the beer, then it has a heavy hop finish. I pick up on some interesting tastes a smells but ultimately feel that they are masked by that yeasty malt-ball characteristic. I enjoyed the mouthfeel and body of this beer but flavor was just a bit off for me. Sammy typically produces pretty decent beers.

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Photo of biegaman
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA has the same colour as the apricots which it was brewed with. It's hardly more transparent either - the beer poured with flakes of yeast sediment, it's something like I'd imagine curdled orange juice to look like. Even its patchy head resembles clumps of fuzzy white mold. Not terribly appetizing.

The aroma doesn't fare much better. Not that there's anything inherently unappealing about it, it's more the fact that it's so terribly inhibited. The apricot is extremely faint and is only noticed once the beer warms some. More importantly, neither spices nor the hops have much aromatics apart from a faint earthy pungency.

The palate is enlivened ever so slightly by a spritz of citrusy zest and what I assume could be either coriander or grains of paradise. The maltiness doesn't extend a shade beyond pale and hence tastes only of plain white bread and interferes little with the hoppiness (which is good because there really isn't much of it).

That being said, the mouthfeel has some floral and grassy elements that manage to resonate at least for a little bit. Even the spice makes a bit more of an impression in the finish (still a very minor one, but an impression nonetheless). Overall, it's a very neutral, temperate IPA and is only about as exciting as picking beans with grandma.

Samuel Adams aims to offer more choices - and more flavourful choices - but typically do so without straying too far from the mainstream. Whitewater IPA, like so many of Sam Adams offerings, is heads and shoulders above other popular commercial brands but doesn't stack up against what most true craft brewers have to offer.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my first attempt at homebrewing, I tried to make a peach IPA. The result was a disaster but my attempt made me very interested in this "wheat ale brewed with apricots and spice" that is labeled as an IPA.

Slight barely-there aroma of herbs and fruit.

Pours a very pretty bright orange gold with a large white head. Very hazy with some visible yeast sediment (which I personally like).

Flavor was strange at first but got better. The apricots and hops didn't play well together (which does bring back memories of my ill-thought home brewed concoction) but it wasn't terrible either. In fact as the beer had time to sit in the glass for a bit it got better. I could pick up notes of apricot but also pineapple, pine, oranges, grapefruit, and a tiny bit of Belgian-style wheat tangyness. I think there might be a little rye in this one too. And definitely some spices but none stands out as dominant besides the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-full with some hop oilness on the tongue.

Overall, I would buy it again. It is definitely a different experience for sure.

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Photo of farrago
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, frothy head up to three fingers, dense but dimples, just off-white color, good stick to the lacing, the retention is above average. Cloudy yellow to orange rust hued liquid with a huge amount of particulate floating about, cloudy but you think it would be clear otherwise. Crisp, hoppy profile to the nose, malty too but it is the grains which rule and create a cutting quality to it, peppery as well with some salinity, the apricot only comes through haphazardly, overall more aggression than complexity. Medium-bodied, has sufficient creaminess in the mouth to take out some of the bite. And the apricot is a much larger presence here. Pepper, pumpernickel bread, pretzel dough, salt, has a noticeable leafy herbaceousness too. Hard to tell if the grapefruit citrus sweetens or adds tartness. Faint hint of cumin or coriander but, again, more salty and peppery than anything. At the very end, more retronasally, gives you banana and bubblegum notes. More malty with cocoa at the end too. Its interesting and a beer worth trying but in the end doesn’t cohere with a single minded nature.

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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a good head and ample lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, bit of pine and fruit sweetness.

T: Taste of grapefruit with some malt sweetness and a bit of fruit and spice. Bitterness seems a bit mild for an IPA and the finish is fairly dry.

F: Medium body, smooth with a comfortable feel.

O: Decent beer for the style without being overly hoppy

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Photo of nsheehan
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whitewater IPA (hopology)
Sam Adams (Boston beer company)
12oz to Adelbert’s snifter
5.8% ABV
IPA/White IPA/IPA with wheat
Best by Jul 2013, bought ~4/3/2013

A – Poured nicely with head to the edge of the glass (1 finger), but that quickly subsided. Opaque, cloudy, goldish orange (might be the lighting).

S – Lemon, grass, and banana (& white pepper?). Slight buttery smell. Slight wheat smell.

T – Wheaty up front with some slight buttery taste. Fresh wet grass on the back end with lemon.

M – Medium bodied, not dry finish, but not wet either. Slightly cozy, slightly tingly.

D – Has good flavor but is pretty simple. Not great but solidly good. Would be great for weaning people into IPAs or teaching them to pick up scents and flavors due to the simplicity.
3.75, 3.5, 3.5, 3.75, 3.75.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, cloudy dark orange. 1 inch head, significant lacing. Bits of sediment float around suspended in the glass.

Smells very citrusy, lots of oranges, grapefruit, and apricot.

The taste follows. The fruit flavors are so clean and refreshing, tons of oranges and apricots, as if the fruits are actually floating in the glass. Pretty dry, not much malt flavor is picked up.

Lightly carbonated, and very drinkable.

Possibly Sam Adam's best hoppy offering. A really nice twist on the IPA with the apricot additions, but Dogfish Head's Aprihop is better within that small style window.

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Photo of curasowa
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden color with two fingers of head that fade slowly with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Lemon, with some other faint citrus hop aroma and a touch of wheat malt. Otherwise a pretty muted aroma.

Taste: Just a touch of biscuit up front, then a big hit of sharp grapefruit rind leading to a more lemony citrus taste over some pretty potent bitterness which linger in the finish. There's also some dry, wheat malt on the back end.

The Rest: An interesting idea combining these two styles, but I think you loose some of the balance of an IPA by going with the less assertive malt profile of wheat. Body and mouthfeel were very good, though.

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Photo of SSS
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad
A-Hazy yellow with a thick white head
S-Not much going on here, I don`t get any spice
T-Some citrus, some hops, nice bitterness.
M-Good carbonation, I think the haze gets in the way a little, phycholigically
O-Not horrible, but not great

I would opt for something else, sorry Mr.Adams

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Photo of jjanega08
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle is notched in SEPT.

A= Pours a hazy yellow color. A bit far from a wit as far as hue. The head is a small half finger high and leaves some steady lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Has a bit of a citrus peel aroma with a dominate light hop aroma. I don't get any of the coriander or spice that I would expect from a wit. The hops aren't as bright as a typical IPA.

T= The taste is dominated by bitter hops with little to no existing orange peel or coriander. The wit character is completely gone and it is simply a bitter IPA.

M= The mouth is a little high on the carbonation.

O= The beer isn't the worst thing in the world but I'm having a little trouble enjoying it for what it is. It's just an IPA. The wit character is gone and I get almost nothing but some average hop character.

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