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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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1,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,689
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jsh420 on 12-29-2011)
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%

09-27-2012 00:13:08 | More by AmitC
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

04-06-2012 00:02:21 | More by chasmandocharles
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

01-29-2012 19:10:52 | More by mcphish22
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3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: You can clearly see the inspiration for this beer: it has a very present cloudyness to it that at a first glance would make you believe that it is a wit. When poured it had a very small head, but that rapidly disappeared. Despite that, it still looks great in my Scottish glass. 4.255

aroma: This is where the beer really shines. It has a lot of apricot and floral\fruity hop aroma. Not much spice that I can tell, but it really smells amazing. Full points. 55

taste: wow, this one really shoots for the hops. It flavors can be described as being very hoppy neutral bitterness. Very resinous, and an indication of a very long hop boil. Unfortunately, it covers up a lot of the witbier character that the beer might had had. I like it, but its not what I wanted. 3.55

mouthfeel: This beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. I like it a lot. 4.55

overall: In some ways, this is a great beer...but it really missed the point. The point of a white ipa is to blend the flavors of a wit with that of an IPA. This one pushed the hops too hard, and it just came off as an American IPA instead of a white one. Still, its great American ipa! A good choice that will really surprise people who have no respect for SA. I give this one a 3.755 overall. If your looking for a beer with a unexpectedly large amount of hops, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 20:04:20 | More by jucifer1818
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3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-gold here, with a thick head. Intense and detailed lace. Impressive!

Nice citrus hops aroma, with a hint of floral tonality. Pleasing!

Taste is deliciously citrus, with a hint of apricot. It's a smooth-drinker, with a medium body. Overall, very tasty, and a nicely innovative twist on the usual IPA blueprint.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 14:33:27 | More by secondtooth
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3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA has a very thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head and a hazy, pulpy, bubbly, orange appearance, with lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of piney hops, apricot juice, citrus, and bread. Taste is similar- fruit juice, hops, white bread, sweetness, and menthol bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA finishes semi-dry, satisfying, and easy drinking. Overall, I thinks it’s very good.


Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:36:10 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA

Pours a pale golden color, soapy white froth gives way to an impressive display of lace. Aroma is also quite good and full of floral, citrus, and pine notes, with some sweet bready malts. In the taste, solid oily hop flavor, some spicy notes, grapefruit and pine too. Has a little spice twang to it, which is present in many Samuel Adams beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat crisp. Overall, this is a very worthy IPA from Boston Beer Company. Always welcome in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 07:34:00 | More by Stinkypuss
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed some nice ISAs last year which hit the spot as they combined the hops of an IPA with the lighter body and citrus notes of a golden ale. This is a wheat beer. with IPA notes that works well as a warm weather brew with all the hops you sometimes crave. If I ever see this as a sixpack I am grabbing some.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:12:54 | More by canucklehead
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3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams keeps breaking into the IPA world, but in a "slowly, but surely" way. This is more of an IPA-light and is a bit more on the fruity side than most (big hints of lemon/grapefruit in this one). I wish SA would do a nice over the top, hop heavy IPA but this white ale/IPA hybrid certainly fits the bill for a spring seasonal. Pretty good beer, won't knock your socks off but a nice IPA to introduce to the masses.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:53:03 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, hazy, peach/gold in color with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Piney hops, tropical fruit
Taste-Spicy, tangy hops, fruity, with an underlying grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Refreshing and flavorfull. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 17:45:56 | More by hosehead83
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Sam Adams spring mix pack
Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy golden color, moderately frothy head
S: Decent hops aroma, somewhat fruity, light and not too overpowering
T: A definite taste of sour peaches right up front, kind of floral aftertaste with the distinctive hoppy bitterness, small flavors of oranges and apricots towards the end
M: Light, not very thick or sticky like other IPA's
O: This one is a unique offering from Sam Adams, it seems like a good hybrid of a lighter IPA and a sweeter tasting fruit beer or wheat ale. Overall enjoyed this one and would drink again

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:01:39 | More by wafers
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3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
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
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Whitewater IPA from Sammy A is another great creation and defintiely worth a taste. The beer pours a cloudy yelow with creamy white foam. The smell is ripe with citrus and hints of pine. The taste is bitter with citrus and spices. The mouthfeel is medium to light with generous carbonation. Overall it is good.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 22:50:08 | More by WoodBrew
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy light orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of wheat malt with some notes of very subtle apricot and light fruity hops with light bitterness. Taste is also a mix between some light fruity hops with light bitterness level with some subtle apricot notes and some lightly sweet wheat malt with distant bubblegum notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easy to drink with nice level of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 20:06:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hoppy smell I didn't expect with the combination of a white ale. Floral goodness.

Taste is great. First review and I feel compelled to try to restrain my positive ratings but a 4 almost feels low. Very fond of this beer probably because it has that ipa hoppiness with the creaminess of a white.

The mouthfeel is great, heavy like a white ale. Miss the feel of it as soon as you swallow.

This beer was delightful after a long day, everything I wanted when I saw ipa combined with white ale, but more than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:29:44 | More by Hematuria
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this joker up in Leavenworth in a Sam Adams sampler pack, pretty excited to say the least. Relatively new beer, IPA, Sam Adam’s, what could go wrong? Poured from the bottle into my Camp Shelby Army National Guard mug. Marcy Projects what

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color with a big, creamy two finger head that has some staying power to it. Really sweet looking brew.

Smell – Whoa fruits! They weren’t joking when they said this was spiced with apricots. I can whiff those plus other tropical fruits, big pine, everything you expect and love from hops. Very distinct and strong fruit essence

Taste – Pretty dang tasty brew. Follows the nose pretty good, lots of tropical fruit, orange peel, etc. Its certainly got a kick to it, although it is a little weak on the taste intro. You really don’t taste much until the middle of the drink.

Mouthfeel – Light, crisp, dry finish. Not super bitter, but there is a somewhat IPA like finish.

Overall – I think others have expressed the same sentiments in that this brew is probably better suited as a APWA or other style. It’s not quite strong enough in the hops to be an IPA (in my opinion). Not a wonderful representation of that particular style, however it is still a good beer. I would absolutely drink it again, especially on a hot day like today was. Interesting style combination, Sam Adams rarely disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 02:20:14 | More by TheCondor
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with one finger of white head, lacing throughout.

Smell: Hops! Apricot citrus hops some sweet wheat and spiciness.

Taste: Nice hoppy bitterness with some apricots and wheat, sweet and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice wheat smoothness, medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice apricot IPA, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 08:05:58 | More by Josiah2729
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pretty fresh, this will be the first white Ipa I try, I'm guessing first of many if I know the trends of craft beer. (I just drank a Union Jack so hop tolerance might be skewed)

A: Pours a very hazy/cloudy dull yellow. Pours a lovely pillow of a head, I've never seen anything that thick from Sam. Leave really beautiful lacing. Surprising.

S: Immedietly get that Belgian barnyard/banana, a tad spicey, and having trouble picking up hops.

T: Definitely that witbier yeasty/banana flavor up front. Then a lemon tart/sweetness, and finishes with some lime/pine hop flavor. I know its apricot but it tastes more lemon-y to me. More Whit than Hop. However hop flavor is what lingers, interesting. What you would expect from a White Ipa. Similiar lemon note from Alpine Spring and Summer ale.

M: Thick/creamy, very un sam like. Heavy carbonation. Light enough to be a session beer.

O: Not what I'm used to from sam. This one has awesome appearance, and a pretty interesting flavor profile. I dont even like it that much but its quite interesting. This would be a great outdoor tailgating/party beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:11:51 | More by BigCheese
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually excited when I see a beer advertise being brewed with fruit, no matter how "subtle" they say it is, but I tried the first one from the Sam Brewmaster's Choice 12 pack and was pretty surprised at how much I liked it. So here's a review with the second bottle.

A -- Hazy orange with a dense white head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Not sure if this beer is dry-hopped, and there's nothing to indicate as much, so the dense haziness is a little off-character.

S -- Resinous piny to citrus aromas. The pine is almost juniper in character. No malt to speak of.

T -- Resinous pininess up front again that folds into citrus sweetness with a good balance between hop character and mild fruitiness from the added apricot. There's an underlying, light sweetness from biscuit malt, but the major tone is hops. Finishes with a firm, spicy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste with resinous hints.

M -- Smooth to dry mouthfeel with a medium body.

O -- Overall, a good go-to when you want decent hop character without getting harsh or overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 22:09:45 | More by steveh
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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a lovely, cloudy golden with some yeast sediment visible thru the fog. Very dense white head, excellent retention with decent lacing.

Smells like an IPA... but different. Citric hops abound, but there's a nice peach/ apricot aroma in there as well.

Tastes predominately like citric hops and wheat, but with some honey, slight cracker/grain malt, wheat, and subtle apricot. The Wheat blends very well with the hops.

Feels light/ medium bodied, crisp, somewhat dry.

Overall: Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 22:30:28 | More by jmarklan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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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3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Vigorous pour yields hazy yellow orange liquid with a really thick, rocky white head.

S: Smells like an IPA. Mostly fruity and piney hops. Bit of caramel.

T: Hops are nice and dominant, mostly of the pine variety. A little bit of grapefruit bite and a bit of wheat bite. There are a lot of different hop varieties used in this beer, and they all shine through. Nice, solid malt to balance out the hops just a little. Apricot is present but not overpowering.

M: It's thick and creamy. Enough carbonation to balance out the bitterness from the strong hops. This beer is dangerously drinkable. At 5.8%, it's way to easy to pound a lot of these quickly. You have been warned.

O: People are way too critical when it comes to this beer. I think it's amazing, and I'm glad they make it year round now. Definitely one of the better white IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 22:38:27 | More by TTAmod
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3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
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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3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, dark gold, foamy with a two finger head and great lacing around glass.

S: Intense pineapple and apricot followed by the traditional grapefruit smell of IPAs. The smell of this beer really surprised me because of how pleasant and sweet it is. Not as intense smelling as Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin but very pleasant nonetheless.

T: Nutty, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit and some malts. It really does pack quite a punch of hops which is awesome.

M: Light bodied with a dry finish. No surprises here.

O: Very nice smelling bold IPA. Really surprised to see a nice IPA from Sam Adams that remained memorable in my head. Will definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 19:53:12 | More by Weston19
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice two finger white head. Good retention an lacing.

Nice citrus hop scent- probably cascade, maybe centennial. I get a TINY hint of wheat in the nose but barely.

Full flavored brew. Lots of citrusy hops and their bitterness up front, mellowed out by a small amount of malt sweetness (barley to my palate) and maybe a little apricot, followed by a resurgence of grapefruit hops to finish it out. As you drink it more, the wheat becomes SLIGHTLY noticeable.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- light body with moderate to full carbonation and a little bit of hop resin. I've avoided this one because of the "wheat" on the label but ended up enjoying it as part of the IPA Hop-Ology 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 21:29:50 | More by Hopdaemon39
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,689 ratings.