Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.56/5 rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Got this for helping my folks move - normally don't drink Sam Adams, find them to be hit and miss for the most part, but I do actually like this one.
Poured into a tall goblet with a nice head that sank after a minute or two, leaving some lacing and a sheet of bubbles on the surface. Slightly cloudy, and not a lot of visible carbonation other than the initial head on the thing. The label proclaims it to be part of their "Hopology Collection," which I find just the slightest bit cheesy, and other than that notes that it is a wheat ale brewed with apricots and spices.
The apricots come through right away, along with hops and yeast, lemony-orange citrus aroma. I don't detect major spice notes, but I can't really say I ever do on these Belgian-styles that say they are brewed with spices; I think I just associate those aromas with the style and not really any particular spice, but whatever they spiced this with isn't listed on the bottle so I may never know.
Tastes good, citrusy, and again, the apricot really comes through, which I'm enjoying. It's like you get hops in the finish and then the apricot kind of sticks on your tongue for a while. Mouthfeel is medium and I think they've done well for an ale under 6%, not dissatisfied with the mouthfeel at all. Will say that as it warms up it really starts to break down into some base flavors that are not too pleasing, so drink it cold and fast.
Think it's a fine beer, certainly a refresher for moving day, and I wouldn't turn one down. I personally wouldn't buy this because I'm not a huge fan of white IPA's, but it's good and I think the apricot component is a nice touch. Nice job, SA.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 23:28:18 | More by BeerWizard
4/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I detect a fairly strong hint of grapefruit. I enjoy it. It's definitely an IPA. I just enjoyed one with some Doritos. It's pretty good. I'm running out of things to say. I don't understand why my review must be at least 250 words. But seriously, it's a good beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2014 05:12:56 | More by CharityB
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.