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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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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,767 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,767
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

SonOfKyuss, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Damian
4.63/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Best before month notched: FEB 13
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my friend James for saving this bottle for me.

With a careful pour, the beer was a hazy yellow ochre. Some large particles gathered in the bottom of the glass. I later swirled the remaining yeast in the bottle and poured this as well. The resulting liquid was substantially more cloudy and the body was re-capped by an amazingly tight, billowing, two-finger crop of fluffy foam. Outstanding retention. Multiple rings of tight, beaded lacing coated the entire glass.

The nose was amazingly fragrant. Fresh, pureed apricot notes jumped out of the glass. Sweet and vibrant. Lots of coriander and clove. Strong notes of orange peel. Slightly wheaty and tart. There were absolutely no IPA-like characteristics, but with so many other great things going on, I did not miss the hops.

The flavor profile was fantastic as well. Super smooth, easy drinking and refreshing. Again, notes of fresh apricot dominated. Perhaps some peach as well. Fruity and rather sweet on the front end. Wheaty and tart in center. Good dose of clove and orange peel. Touch of lemon. The beer turned much more IPA-like on the back end. There was a mix of fruity, citrusy hops and some earthy, bittering hops. Strong orange and grapefruit peel notes. Nice overall balance. I really liked how the beer transitioned from start to finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and pillowy soft. Supple and frothy on the palate. The liquid contained a very fine, above average amount of carbonation.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA really surprised me. Apparently a hybrid of three beer styles (an IPA, an American wheat ale and a fruit beer), it had a remarkably interesting and enjoyable flavor profile. Try this with an open mind (do not think of it as a typical IPA) and I bet you will really enjoy it too.

Damian, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Boilerbrando
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Boilerbrando, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/2013.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, yeast, and a slight nail polish remover aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight fruitiness on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and a somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the nail polish remover scent gives this beer a slightly harsh aroma.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

ButtomsUp, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ssimpson89, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a big, frothy, white head.

S: Citrus notes with hints of pine and some malt. Very enjoyable nose.

T: I was pleasantly surprised by the first sip. Big rush of fresh, citrusy, woody hops balanced by a good dose of malt in the finish.

M: The hops are fresh and full of flavor. Oils and resin tend to become cloying after a while. Very dry and bitter.

O: I thought this beer was pretty stellar. SA may not have the best beer in the world but because of their size, I feel they received some unwarranted hatred from BA's. It's like their scores start at a "4" instead of a "5." Recommended!

Gatch, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Swiped this bottle from my brother. Shh! don't tell! Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a bit over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange rind, light coriander, light cracked wheat, a twinge of leek, and a bit of pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, minus the leek and plus a bit of cardamom and black pepper (pinch of each). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice Belgian-inspired IPA, one that doesn't overdo it in either direction (always gratifying to see some balance).

TMoney2591, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

fishguyac, Dec 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Eaglefan344, Dec 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

bhawk1, Dec 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Mordhaus, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of nUgZ
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Nonic.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S: The smell is pretty interesting. Citrus hops and peach aromas along with some pine and wheat.

T: Much like the smell I'm getting citrus hops and peach flavors along with some biscuity malts. Good flavors, but they kind of get lost and jumbled together. Nothing really stands out like it should.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is an interesting offering from Samuel Adams. It's easy to drink and pretty tasty, but doesn't wow me like some IPA's do these days. I'll be glad to drink one when available, but it's not one I'll be seeking out.

nUgZ, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

cwreay90, Nov 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Proclarush, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Ljoreilly, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

baxter94, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Salix, Nov 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

DarkHorse83, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

TheInfamousElGuapo, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

DocG, Nov 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

bacher468, Nov 24, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,767 ratings.