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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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1,865 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 173 | 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:
Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
1.94/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
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

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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this is a wheat ale? With hops? A Belgian IPA? Is that what the goal was here?

Clear hop spices going on with a salty bitterness. Must say that the nose on this one, at first, was just divine. Seems a silly word to use, but hey, with all these reviews, I need to mix it up and all. I kind of like this one, now that it's warmed up. Pretty good showing.

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3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as horrid as I thought it would be. I guess that is not saying much. Nice bitter finish. Now I will go on a mini rant- What is up with Sam Adams and all the fruit and spice and junk they add to beer? This beer has in it-
Special Ingredients: Orange peel, coriander, and apricots.

Opening up Mom's Spice Rack and throwing in spices and fruits, is cheating. Any decent BrewMaster should get those flavors via the correct selection of hop varieties and yeast strains. I think I know what is up with this- It is a marketing tactic. Middle and Upper-Class, Americans, who can afford premium products, like "flavored crap." I buy freshly harvested Olive Oil in a boutique "Olive Oil shop." 90% of the oils are flavored, and apparently I am one of the few who by the traditional stuff. Same in Teavana, every time I go in there, they push 20 flavored teas, before a tell them to go shove it, and I buy plain green tea. There are also flavored coffees and the like. People who are true connoisseurs and experts, don't fall for such cheap, useless gimmicks. Real Brewmasters have been creating flavors out of beer, which resemble pine, particular spices, citrus and citrus peel, bananas, tropical fruits, for centuries, without dumping these actual substances into the brew. Sam Adams gets no respect from me, for using such sleazy sales methods and marketing gimmicks.

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