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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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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,891
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 32.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 222 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with a large white, foamy head that has some nice retention. Random lines of lacing form all around the glass.

S: Some light grapefruit and a little apricot, very light though. Some non-descript citrus/tropical fruit with a hint of grass and a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, some citrus and I suppose a little apricot, but it is rather hard to discern. There is some wheat and very light bitterness. Slightly resiny finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with a slightly bittersweet finish.

O: A decent IPA. Would have liked the fruit to a little more forward to make it stand out a bit, but overall not bad.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden. Very yeasty with great lacing.

Smell: Lemon and grass. Very faint. Not my favorite, but it is ok.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour lemon with a creamy mouthfeel. Decent flavors, but a bit thin. Doesn't really scream "IPA" to me. A bit too bitter in the finish and thin as well.

Overall: Not my favorite, but it's an ok IPA.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow color, some head, but thin, and died out. Did leave some lace on the glass.
Smells of hops, grapefruit, and oranges.
Tast was some bitterness from the hops.
Medium body, with some carbonation.
Was ok, for me, not into hoppy beers, but could tolerate it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium cloudy orange with a thin white head that clings to the edge of the glass. Getting some lace here.

Weird perfume meets spice note (clove?). Some citric rind, but not much.

Citric hops up front, leading to a very lean malt backbone. They threw in apricot, but I have a hard time finding it. Maybe some pit bitterness? The bitterness and sweetness of the grain in the malt play off each other, but in the end, the bitterness dominates. This is pure bitterness, which I'm not digging because it is lingering too much. Brew dries out a bit in the end.

Medium light body. Good carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Structure, appearance, even scent work. Taste is big in the rating for me, and this just fails to appeal to me. I'm ok with it, and the quality of it, but in the end this is a bit of a swing and a miss for SA.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oh, Snap! This one will slap you and make you call it Daddy!

Old Darthy had to come out of the woods to review this one. Not much for the Sam mix pack offerings, but, in these days when Hop Devil tastes sweet and yummy, you know BB worked hard to get this one on the radar.

You know you're in trouble when the aromas start attacking your nose as the glass approaches, and then BAM! There it is, that good ol' nail up the nose like back in the day (what was that beer?).

Not much else to say, except -- "What? Oh! You say there's apricots in there? Who the f__k cares!!! My tongue is still writhing on the floor!" Yeah, this aint no Magic Hat #9, let's just leave it at that, okay?

Anyway, it was nice to feel young and naive again drinking a beer.



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Photo of intensify
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, amber-gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lacing left behind and a 1 finger head rested on top of the liquid.

S- Floral hops, earthy, grapefruit and cracked pepper.

T- Follows close behind the smell. Not the bitterest of IPA's but hold's its on. Full after taste too.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonated. Flows down smooth and refreshing at the same time.

Ive had some fail attempts from Samuel Adams on different IPA's and other brews. This however is a hit. Has nice elemends that make up a good American styled IPA and could go for more of these in the future.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of pvsob
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy yellow color with a two-finger, fluffy head. Head has killer staying power and leaves great lacing.

S- Wheat, fruity aromas (apricot, lemon), and lots of pine.

T- Starts off with flavors of granny smith apples, apricot, and lemons. Some wheat flavors come through in the middle. Finishes with a nice citrus pith/pine resin bitterness.

M- Light crisp feel with medium/high carbonation.

O- Another well made brew from BBC. There's nothing wrong with it and I'm glad I tried it, but I found myself wishing for more of the wheat characteristics to shine through in the aroma and flavor categories. Personally, I don't think I'll be revising this beer again. Cheers.

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Photo of beertunes
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had some piney hops upfront and a bit of a yeast note acting in support. The malt profile was very hidden. Across the palate the pine hops were again the features aspect, with the yeast playing a notable support role. There was a bit of a surprise at the back of the tongue, as a hit of citrus hops lingered for a spell.

The body was good, fairly typical for an IPA, and was very clean on the finish. Drinkability was good, it was a quick quaff, and reasonably enjoyable. Overall, a nice enough brew, and at under $8 for sixer featuring 3 hop focused SA beers, a decent value. Worth trying when you see it in your store.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this ipa is very hazy and has a nice golden hues to it, it poured w a nice white head and good lacing in the glass

the smell is nice hop floral upfront with notes of citrus and spices.

the taste is a little off for what I would want for an IPA and especially from what sam adams makes. Its still tastes very good but not my favorite IPA, a little to far on the harsh bitter side

good full body to this beer and is got the refreshing qualities of a wheat beer

overall this is a slightly better than average IPA and an EH beer from sam adams worth the try for the other beers in the brewers pack but not my favorite someone that enjoys IPA's a little more might enjoy this more

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Photo of SSS
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Beastdog75
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll be making comparisons to Sam Adams Latitude 48 with this one, as I had this one shortly after the Lat 48. I think this is actually more drinkable of the two. Not being much of a hophead I find that while this definitely has a strong hop presence, it isn't as intense as the Lat 48 and there is more of a balance, probably thanks to the sweetness of the apricots in the Whitewater.

Sam Adams Whitewater IPA pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a very nice foam head that measures at least two fingers, and retains extremely well. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with some grapefruit, citrus, and herbal qualities present along with the light presence of the apricot. The beer has a moderate amount of carbonation. There were some sweet malts noticeable in the first sip, and the apricot was noticeable immediately, but not overpowering. The hops are definitely here, as they would be in any IPA but as stated it isn't as in-your-face as the Latitude 48. The hops contribute a grapefruity, herbal, citrusy, medicinal taste. The finish is quite dry and is a bit bitter, but it isn't too harsh. The medicinal and grapefruit notes linger on for quite some time after the beer is finished, and it concludes with a little alcoholic warmth.

I find that I can't really drink too many IPAs in one sitting. I definitely need to shock my palate a little more with a really hoppy beer every now and then. This was a pretty good experiment by Samuel Adams, and perhaps somewhere down the line I might try this one again.

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Photo of ButterflyBethie
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very hazy yellow orange supporting a thin foam head that dissipates leaving scant lace. Smell is fair with the malt and hops having a citric piney background. Taste the spike of hops on top of the malt having a piney, grapefruit citric flavor leaving a dry bitter and maybe a note of apricot. The elements are there in the flavor, they just seem a little off. Mouthfeel is medium, slick with good carbonation. Not a bad brew, just something a little different to try.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12 oz New England Patriots pint glass, the most New Englandy thing I had on hand.

A: Pours with giant frothy white head. Beer is an opaque stoplight orange-yellow. A few bops of lacing here and there, with larger patches the farther down it goes.

S: Faint coriander spice and orange peel scent. Slight hay/grassy notes.

T: Coriander really smacks you on the tongue, followed by a breeze of orange over grassy, earthy hops and slight sourness on the tip of the tongue.

M: Medium, frothy and a little dry.

O: I'm not a huge IPA fan, but this hit the spot tonight. Probably has something to do with the characteristics this shares with witbiers, of which I am a fan. It's getting warm out. Go out on the porch, deck or balcony, open one up and enjoy.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: 3.75 - Very hazy gold with a dense half inch head... in fact, looking at it, there's an incredible amount of sediment hanging in the beer, rather sooty looking. Marking it down off what I was inclined to score at the start.
S: 3.25 - Very little aroma, even putting my nose right up to the foam. A light lemonish scent, perhaps.
T: 3.25 - Sharply bitter initially, giving way to a typical SA house yeast flavor, but little hop taste.
M: 3.75 - Light bodied, nice light feel for a good drinking texture.
O: 3.25 - Not a very good beer, which is too bad, as SA has produced some decent IPAs recently.

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours well, however has a cloudy orange bronze tint to it and had about 5/8 inch of head when poured into a 16oz pilsner glass.

Smell: Had a light to semi moderate stout smell. Also had a hint of nuts and slight earthy smell to it. As some have stated they smelled of an orange however myself I couldn't smell it.

Taste: My first taste was medium hoppy with a hint of citrus type flavor which tasted like tangerine to me. I tasted a hint of nutty flavor that resemble mixed nuts. However the flavor was overpowered by the hoppiness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: had a slight hit of bitterness in my mouth, and the whitewater had a bit of a light sourness to my tongue.

Overall: I wasn't to thrilled with this particular brew, to me to needs some light improvements perhaps in the hops area which I believe overpowered the other flavors of the brew. I only recommend this brew if you want to try something new but other than that I dont recommend it for a beer enthusiast who loves trying good beers.

*note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone

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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -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 Todd
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: As per the bottle, a hazy brew. Dirty peach, massive creamy white foam head.

SMELL: Powdery spices, pine, citric peel, stone fruit.

TASTE: Medium bodied, crisp, apricot fruitiness, semi-sweet backbone, soft pine, grassy bitterness, citric, wheat husk, dry finish.

White IPAs are trendy at the moment, so this White (wheat) Ale meets India Pale Ale decides to distinguish itself from the rest by also adding apricots to the mix; spices too, but that's from the White Ale. Personally, the apricots and hops don't play together all that well. There's an odd flavor that forms as a result and takes away from the malt profile. Overall, not a bad beer, but it seems a bit too contrived in my opinion.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whitewater IPA opens with a strong lemon zest aroma from the hops, tinged with faint touches of mint, grapefruit rind, and pine. Bready notes rest just below, including floury baguette and toast crust, which when combined with the strong lemony hops, lend the brew a lemon bread overtone. Small peaks of mandarin orange and apricot add a bit of sugary complexity. As a whole, the nose bears a good sampling of aromas, but the heavy emphasis on lemon is slightly too reminiscent of hard lemonade, and creates a sense of imbalance.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a blast of lemon zest, joined quickly by pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind, both of which do help to somewhat contain the lemon. Shades of pine and mint from the hops are also present, and the overall hop flavors make up the larger portion of the beer’s flavor profile. Yeasty baguettes and toast crust are present, as are touches of orange and apricot, but these are only found deep beneath the citrusy hops. The beer does have a good bit of hop bitterness, which when combined with the lemon and grapefruit notes, makes the beverage seem more like a citrus spritzer than a beer—an experience not helped by the weak breads and sugars. The aftertaste is a continuation of the citrus spritzer experience, with some breads and sugars remaining, and lingers in lemon and grapefruit bitterness on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer is simply too heavily weighted towards citrus notes, and it’s difficult to drink it without being reminded of hard lemonade mixed with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. A greater sampling of fruit esters, as well as breads, would have helped balance things out.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass and from the usual Sam Adams mix-o-you can't get this on its own. An interesting concept nonetheless, this White IPA. And why not. We have Black IPA's and Red IPA's and so forth and what not.

Pours a hazed lemony orange with a firm pour and offers a half inch of nearly white foam. Offers a nice blend of citrus, pine and wheat on the nose and a touch of spice. Warming brings out a good dose of coriander to the mix.

Taste falls a bit short as it's not really an IPA nor a Belgian Wit but a bit of a quandary. I like the concept however and I think I might run with it. Just kick it up with some Continental Noble hops and make it a hoppy white ale vs. a self proclaimed IPA.

Citric hops up front and with no much as for bitterness on the finish. Light and with a definitive wheat twang and a bready close with a bit of lemon. A decent brew, a hoppy belgo-american wheat ale. Bit of sweetness on the finish detracts slightly as it seems a bit unnatural.

The addition of hops does not change the style of a beer in my opinion. Add hops to a wheat ale and you have a hoppy wheat ale such as this. Add hops to a Tripel and you get Houbblen Chouffe. Let's not make everything an 'IPA'.. Worth a try for sure and a bit more balanced after some warming.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrus, pine and a little hint of that apricot make this one unique. The aroma is unexpected for style. Almost comes off like a witbier in that department. Citrus and fruit are prominent in the mouth but not the sweet fruitiness that you might expect or that I hoped for.

I am not digging on this one at all. Its a different spin on an IPA but just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a fairly hazy orange color with big fluffy white head with big bubbles that left dense chunky lace

S- Big artificial peach aroma. Very sweet, bready, and citrus notes

T- Big artificial sweet peach, wheat, and some light citrus. Very little hop character and bitterness. A little bit of strange saltiness on the finish.

M- Lighter bodied, slightly watery, low carbonation

O- Kind of misses the mark as an IPA and a witbier, more like a peach wheat beer. Still an easy to drink beer though.

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Photo of ahq514
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color with a white, finger and a half head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Good lacing.

Aroma is mostly of coriander, belgian yeast, and apricots. Some piney hops in the background, but I figured the hops would be more forward in this beer.

Wheat, belgian yeast, and apricots. Next is a dry, spicy, coriander with piney hops. Unfortunately there isn't enough malt to stand up to the bitterness of the hops. Not really detecting other spices or orange peel.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation for what I was expecting. Pretty drinkable though.

I love the concept of white ipas, and loved the boulevard white ipa, but this one fell short. I don't think there was enough element of the belgian wit side of things and wasn't well balanced enough.

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Photo of RickS95
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Normally, I appreciate a beer that's hazy, cloudy and full of things floating in it, but this is extreme with all the sediment. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to strain it once before bottling. Regardless, it's peach color with the aforementioned particulates everywhere. The head is a finger thick and bright white. Decent retention, leaving a nice lace when it finally cries 'uncle.'

Pine and citrus, with a maltiness in the background. Flowery.

Kind of a strange flavor, but the pine and apricot comes through. Mostly pine with the apricot asserting itself deep in the swallow. Some sort of citrus peel, very bitter orange happens way late.

It's bitter, but I think the fruit peel kills it. There's something there that's a different kind of bitter and it doesn't work. It's like eating a raw root vegetable. I want to say it's a dry carbonation, but I don't think it's the carbonation that makes for the rough mouthfeel.

Another whiff by Sam Adams. It's a strange beer, and not really in a good way. Not an awful beer, just very average.

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.