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

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA

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1,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 1544
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011)
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Photo of StoutTilDeath


2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This beer should not be labeled an IPA. It is a wheat beer with hops. I saw this new offering at my gas station, saw IPA, and decided to give it a try. It wasnt poured, straight from bottle, but still got the gist of it.

As an IPA lover, I have to call this one false advertisement. Putting a hint of hops into a wheat beer does not an IPA make. Id drink this again if it were free, sadly I cant get my 10 bucks back though. Id only recommend this to wheat beer enthusiasts who like a bit of hops too.

If youre an IPA drinker expecting a good hop experience, head the other way.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 14:21:03 | More by StoutTilDeath
Photo of Spikester


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with two fingers of eggshell head. Clouds of lacing. Still has some head more than half way to the finish.
Smell is pine oil with a touch of cat spray. Also a slight citrus component.
Taste is a monotone of bitterness. Likely a combination of the multiple hop varieties and the corriander. No hint of the apricots.
Mouthfeel is full with enough carbonation a dry bitter finish.
Overall I did enjoy this beer in spite of my comments. The relentless bitterness was a bit much though. This was a quite fresh bottle so I will probably save one for a few months and do another tasting then.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 05:03:20 | More by Spikester
Photo of Wasatch


3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly yeasty, kinda fruity. The taste is a unique blend of hops and yeast notes, slightly malty, with some fruit notes. Medium body, with a nice bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew, exactly what I would expect from SA.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 00:29:23 | More by Wasatch
Photo of BeerEngineer


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

General - This beer was from a bottle with a best buy date of August 2013. I poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass (I'm still on the border about this) thinking that it was a traditional IPA, not the case. This is a wheat ale with american hops, not a traditional IPA as I believed originally, had I read the bottle closer before I may have chosen a different glass.

Appearance - The cloudiness is expected from a wheat beer but with the IPA label it was surprising. The head was white and held very well. The glass had legs continuing throughout the glass as I was enjoying it.

Smell - There are some light citrus scents in the front but a grass scent that comes near the end. There is a slight touch of pine in the initial smelling but it seemed to diminish quickly as the tasting proceeded.

Taste - Interesting and surprising when expecting an IPA. This is clearly more of a wheat beer than and IPA. There is a distinct coriander hit up front on the palate which is an interesting combination with the orange flavor. The orange is very slight, you need to be looking for it to notice it. The combination seems to me to be more of a grassy flavor, faint but distinctly grassy.

Mouthfeel - Moderately light mouthfeel with a refreshing finish. A touch bitter on the finish as expected from a wheat ale.

Overall - As an American Wheat Hybrid (6D for BJCP folks) it is a good example. It meets the requirements of the category very well but has IPA on it's label. it completely through me off at the beginning when I hadn't read the entire label. I got this beer in the "Hopology" pack and I'm not sure that it belongs in there. It's hop forward for a wheat, but by no means it is IPA hop forward.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:45:16 | More by BeerEngineer
Photo of JMad


3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thick, foamy white head that clung to the glass.

Smells of fresh oranges with a hint of pine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel.

The taste is slightly bitter up front with mostly pine and citrus peel and a bready aftertaste.

It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry but refreshing finish.

This is a pretty solid brew from Sam Adams I would definitely drink this more, especially since it it widely available.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:39:13 | More by JMad
Photo of Nugganooch


3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle as part of the IPA Hopology pack – BB Aug. 2013
*Notes from 04/02/13 – Standard pint glass

A: Pours a light golden straw color with quite a bit of haze on it. Streaming and lively with bubbles. Billowing top of khaki thickness that retains for minutes and leaves a mass of spun cotton lace all down the glass.

S: Smells of fruity hops met with orange peels and apricot. I am getting a light dose of yeast spice and a bit of sugary pale malts there as well. Pretty nice nose with some fruit forward aromas.

T: Flavors open with a bit of peppery spice and crackery malt. Perhaps some rye or even pilsner mixed in with the wheat. I get lots of grapefruit in zest and a helping of apricot juice to go with. There is a dash of spicy Belgian yeast character. Nice danky herbal note intertwined with a citrus peel accent on the finish. Moderately high bitterness to the beer and no alcohol to be found in the flavor. Very light and refreshing with some hoppy goodness and nice fruity notes.

M: Very light body with a smooth texture overall a nice light drying crisp action on the finish. Has a hit of hoppy pucker with a sticky resinous after feel.

D: Very light, hoppy, and refreshingly drinkable. A perfect summer time brew. Nice fruity citrus and apricot flavors with a subtle cracker malt base. Balance again is on point. I thought this was the most successful brew of the Hoptology pack actually and one of the better BBC creations I have come across.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:26:58 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass. High 40s into low 50s.

Beautiful pour. Somewhere between Wit and IPA, for sure. Very cloudy golden body, with a short off-white head. Great lacing.

Aromas are fresh and citrusy. Orange peel, pine, and sweet tangerine. Very inviting.

Somewhat "dirty" mouthfeel - good, cutting carbonation, but plenty of film. Flavors contain significant bitterness... mostly lemon rhind. Tons of lemon flavor up front. The fresh, sweet tangerine in the aroma gives way to old, naval oranges in the flavor. Some wheatgrass in the middle. Plenty earthy. But a little too much aftertaste, given the ABV.

This is a very nice - and fairly unique beer. But a total tease. The look and aroma draw you in hard. The flavor and MF leave you wondering whether you picked up the wrong glass. I could enjoy one or two in company, but not sure I could enjoy a few on my own.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 22:27:33 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of bmwats


3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Hazy, hay color. Pours a cascading, frothy, white head 2 to 3 fingers high. Settles slowly, and unevenly. Dry peaks and craters form as is disintegrates, leaving behind dry sticky residue as it does. As you drink it down, plenty of beer ring lacing remains.

S: White bread, with a little lemon citrus and honey.

T: White bread, and slight notes of lemon citrus, and maybe a hint of clove or oregano. Almost a vege tone like maybe a little celery.

M: Light and very crisp. Slightly bitter, steely aftertaste.

D: Drink with enthusiasm.

Atmosphere is really solid. Nice hue, with a giant head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is fairly simple combination of light malt and citrus components. Tastes like it smells... light and bready, with some citrus and savory spice notes. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 05:14:27 | More by bmwats
Photo of tempest


3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy blonde with a tall, thick white head. This is a nice take on the wheat IPA, I like it and would have another. The hops character has a balance, and delicious, mix of grassy lemon with tropical fruit, which probably also comes from the apricot addition. The flavors blend seamlessly though, as they should. The finish is dry and spicy with a lemon rind and grapefruit tang. This is one of my favorite Sam beers, and an all-around pleasant beer for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 02:05:54 | More by tempest
Photo of stephens101


3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bold, off-white head conquers this hazy pale orange brew.

Earthy hops and a melange of spice to the nose up front, followed by some mincemeat, pine, rosemary and orange. This sucker packs an aromatic punch of the sort I'm unaccustomed, and I'm loving it.

Taste isn't as off-the-chart, but still quite intriguing with citrusy hops, a bit of caramel, coriander (of course) and a bacchanalian lemon/orange/pine extravaganza.

Medium bodied with an edge going down that just keeps you from chugging. The alcohol content seems perfect and is barely noticeable.

This beer colors outside the lines and makes a very creative, yet palatable drink while doing so.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:36:03 | More by stephens101
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New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single bottle of this at the Total Win in West Orange a few weeks back. I never had this before and wanted to see if the string of winners that I've had recently would continue here with this beer. While it's not as good as Dogfish Head or Stone's offerings, this was a solid IPA that was easy to drink while being just a bit easier to stomach when it came to the bitterness and booze present.

The pour to this was nice, with a golden hue, extremely fluffy head, and lacing that nearly matched that. There could have been more aroma to this, but thankfully, that was made up for in the taste. A nice, earthy hoppiness was present from start to finish followed strongly by orange and pine, which was to be expected in a beer like this. It was a bit heavy, but nothing overwhelming and there wasn't a strong burn in the aftertaste. This wasn't terribly strong in terms of booze or taste, so it felt more like a solid Pale Ale than an IPA.

I would have preferred a bit more alcohol in this, just to kick it up a notch or two. While this wasn't a bad beer, it just felt a bit underwhelming. Like the other recent additions to the Sam Adams portfolio, this would be a good choice for someone trying out this particular style for the first time. It won't win anyone over, but there's enough here to like for just about anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 09:10:17 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of burnerfinger


4.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

bought myself one of those choose six singles six packs -
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A Color is like straw just like the macros - but the has no clarity at all - held up to the light this is very cloudy. Blanch white head of about 2 fingers with nice generous lacing but the head settles quick

S- AHH YES sharp hoppiness, honeslty this is better than I expected from sam adams. and that's saying a lot. I am thinking Pine flavored hops

T - really nice sharp hops

M - not too thin - really OUTSTAnding ipa - CONGRATS sam adams!

D- so sad I only got one - this is GREAT and a good session brew

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 03:38:59 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of msondel


3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy beer with a nice smell. I'm not a big fan of white, wheat or fruity beers, but this one did have a nice bitter taste. I have it as part of the mix pack and wouldn't order it separately, but a decent beer and as described on the bottle. Seems like most people like the white ale type of taste or the IPA taste, so not sure this would ever have a huge following...trying to do a little too much to please everyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:49:33 | More by msondel
Photo of chilidog


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As part of the hopology tour. It pours a hazy, cloudy gold. A nice white head that does lase well.

Aroma of citric pine hop.

Taste of grapefruit, hop citric like orange peel, grapefruit with hints of apricots.

Mouth if coated with hop oil and citric grapefruit taste.

Overall a good citric brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:33:23 | More by chilidog
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A somewhat cloudy golden beer with a persistent, rocky, white head.

S: One of the hoppier smelling beer I've had from S.A. and very good smelling IPA in general. A moderately-strong citrus hops aroma with a fair amount of pineapple notes. There is a moderately-light wheat aroma and light fruity ester.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor with moderate hops bitterness dominate the flavor. Not far behind is some of the orange peel flavor and bitterness with a light bit of malt and wheat sweetness. The balance is moderately bitter with a fairly dry finish. The aftertaste is of a lingering hops and citrus peel bitterness.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium body and moderately-strong carbonation.

O: The mouthfeel and citrus peel let you know that despite the strong hop flavor lets you know this is not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 00:25:37 | More by MadScientist
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North Carolina

2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is unfiltered to the point of opacity. A bright, hazy, orange-yellow coloring with a thin, filmy, bright white surface coating. This almost looks like Orangina. Slow, steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of basil and pepper spicing on a green and dry hops character and a heavy hand of citrus zest and sweetness. Interesting nose. Flavors are a bit more citrusy. Okay, a lot more citrusy. Very tart lemon character with a hint of sweet orange; this blend barrels over any of the hops and malt that may have been present. Some searching through the palate and you can pick up hints of oregano spice and a touch of a bready backbone, but barely. The tart flavors build as you drink, so it makes it difficult to further explore flavor profiles. The aftertaste is the bitter and tart citrus character once again, almost with an acidic edge. Quick, dry finish with a linger to the citrus. This one gets tough to drink towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 20:59:15 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of AdamBear


3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A-cloudy gold with a nice foamy white head

S-smells like sweet herbs such as mint leaves and even some vanilla. Just a slight hint of citrusy hops. Definitely some lemon in there.

T-comes in with an odd flavor of cooked vegetables and an odd sweetness plus some classic Sam Adams hops. The ending has a bit of bitter cereal to it. Odd beer.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-this isn't a good beer. I was excited when I saw this was a white IPA. The style intrigues me, but this doesn't taste all how I think one should taste, or how any beer should taste for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 03:50:24 | More by AdamBear
Photo of johnnybgoode


3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Wheat IPA flavored with Apricots and Spices. Yuck - My expectations were that this would be a cloying mess. Actually it has a nice hoppy aroma when opened, and luckily the hops outshine everything else - the apricots are well in the background where they should be - actually, they should not be anywhere in sight, but experimentation is good, right? Just like cloves in cigarettes, I guess. The apricots and spices are unnecessary, but not overpowering, so I will reluctantly tolerate their presence. A "nice to try once" beer - maybe I can pawn the rest off on my unsuspecting friends when they come to visit. The trouble is, the hopheads will object to the apricots and spices, and the folks that like all of those fruity beers will object to the hops. Truly a beer no one will want to be friends with.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:15:00 | More by johnnybgoode
Photo of ButterflyBethie


3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is the oddest IPA I have tasted. Samuel Adams was on sale at the store so I bought the hop sampler pack which includes this one. It is a very cloudy amber color and smells strongly of apricots. But when it is sipped strong spices come out in the taste. The smell gives the impression the flavor will be sweet like an apricot but the spicy taste feels more like a beer you eat. It leaves behind a very bitter after taste. I think something sweet would contrast nicely with this beer. I plan to try an orange with it next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:30:01 | More by ButterflyBethie
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District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Atlanta Airport at the Samuel Adams Bar. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy straw yellow. 1/2 finger head quickly dissipates to a thin layer that remains throughout the glass. Good lacing.

A - A floral, fruity bouquet.

T - Grapefruit, bitter in the finish.

MF- Sharp, dry, refreshing.

O- Thought it was a wheat when it arrived in front me at the bar. Like maybe the bartender poured from the wrong tap. , Quaffable. Nice IPA for an airport.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 21:12:44 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of pweis909


2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer was in the hop collection 6 pack, or something like that, a variety pack that also included Noble Pils and Latitude 48, two favorites of mine. So, this was a way to try something new while simultaneously picking up two beers that I like. Cool. Good thing, too, because I don't like Whitewater IPA, a wit/IPA hybrid, all that much.

Why not? It looks great! Slightly hazy like a wit, but a deeper gold color, with good foam.
Some hops to the smell, some citrus, a little soap? Nothing really intense.
Taste like orange peel. Like the pith of orange peel. Unpleasant aftertaste.
The beer really coats the mouth with an oil slick. Must be the proteins from the wheat. Maybe some dextrins from caramalts, too? Really doesn't go with IPA IMO.

Sorry Jim K., this one is not working for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:17:05 | More by pweis909
Photo of andrewjraab


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a tawny peach with a bright white pillow of head.

S. citrus and pine, orange peel.

T. Citrus hop flavor, orange peel, turns sweet for a millisecond before a bitter finish.

O The fusion of Belgium wheat and American IPA creates a unique brew that is worth a try, but overall it's average at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 03:01:10 | More by andrewjraab
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1.9/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, a really odd pink color with a short white head that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing, very cloudy with coagulated chunks floating around

S: apricots and peaches up front with banana and clove esters, not much hops, interesting as a fruit beer but not as an IPA

T: this is an unpleasant combination of standard but weak wheat beer flavors, some fruit that based on the label I'm lead to believe is apricot, and Boston Lager flavored hops, why the hell does anyone think these flavors pair well with one another

M: sex in a canoe, chunks of crap in my mouth, on a more positive note the carbonation is lively and refreshing, aftertaste returns to being muddled disgusting mess

O: I get what BBC is doing; IPAs are popular so capitalize on the market while trying to differentiate your product. They should however be ashamed for releasing a beer that looks like a 15 year old kid tried to make homebrew in his closet, tastes like a fruit bran muffin train wreck, and is labeled as an IPA just because some idiot decided to throw in a few extra hops. I'm putting the patriot on restriction for a few days for making a beer that is too bitter for the BMC crowd, and too revolting for the craft crowd. In trying to capitalize on a market trend, a beer for no market has been born. The ass end of this one gets to feed my septic system.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:38:54 | More by M_C_Hampton
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2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is like the White Ale turned into an IPA, and it is cloudy - not a bad thing! Some reviews said it was not even an IPA, that's not true at all. There is a lot of hop character going on, maybe the person doing the review got an older bottle (loss of hop flavors and aromas) or they were expecting an extreme IPA west coast style; Ruination, Torpedo, Yellow Snow, Hoptimum, Hop Slam, Pliny, ect.

A very different IPA, in fact this beer goes to show that any extra hopped beer is in fact an IPA.
It was an odd beer for me very light in color, very citrusy, somewhat floral and spicy to the point where it dominated the strong hop flavors. These beers are not enjoyable for me because there is too much going on.

Spiced citrus floral IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 20:29:53 | More by FlatRabbitRed
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With a delightful blend of "jamminess" and bitterness, for me this beer is a very pleasant surprise. Pours a hazy orange-yellow, appropriately enough I would almost have called it apricot-coloured. Hop-forward aroma of citrus and stone fruits, with the apricot listed on the label the most prevalent. Flavours are also fruit/hop forward with a near-puckering bitterness that rounds out the finish, nicely balancing any sweetness to the marmalade / jam in the body. Definitely enough going to be interesting and would recommend this fresh bottle to any APA fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 23:49:26 | More by hopsolutely
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