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

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1,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 116 | 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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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Freshlikeugh, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

OMG, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Nate, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Molnar, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Popp24, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Yellow golden tan, 1/2 inch creamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Citrus piney hops, orange, lemon, some malts and spices. A little wheat and grassy aroma. Didnt pick up on the apricots untill i read the bottle.

Taste - Really nice hoppy pine bite with some malt backbone. Huge lemon and citric hop resin with minor alcohol warmth in each drink. Malts are somewhat sweet but are masked under the upfront citric hops. Some grapefruit and apricot at teh finish.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat and bitter whole mouth. Tounge and palette are coated with piney citric hops. Aftertaste is bitter, and tounge is left with a hop resin.

Overall - Pretty good, but the citric feel is a little bitter and perfume-like aftertaste that hurts this a little. Overall this is really hoppy and tasty. I woudl drink this agian for sure.

wvsabbath, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated best before June 2012 poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Very hazy though the yeast was left in the bottle for the most part, must be unfiltered. Nearly opaque hazy gold with a soapy off-white head.

S: Fruity notes right up from, yeast esters and hops; apricot, hint of banana, citrus zest, tangy wheat, spices, clove...very bready, spiced and tangy. Hops seem to be earthy and citrus-driven.

The nose is a bit jumbled but it almost meshes...there are definitely Belgian Wit notes and IPA-like hops.

T: Follows the nose, with a touch more banana to complement the spices...citrus and apricot, orange peel, with a touch of black pepper.

MF: Lightly creamy, with a light-to-medium body., light dryness, lower bitterness for a hop-forward offering.

O: A good summer offering, not overly unique but quaffable. With the wheat and Belgian notes I'm pretty sure this should be classified as either be an APWA or a Belgian IPA. Recommended to try, but wheat beers aren't something I could drink a lot of.

Scotchboy, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Amp, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

AmitC, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

chasmandocharles, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

mcphish22, Jan 29, 2012
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3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

jucifer1818, Dec 29, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

secondtooth, Feb 04, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Apr 29, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Stinkypuss, Feb 12, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

canucklehead, Mar 16, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

oriolesfan4, Mar 21, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

hosehead83, Mar 04, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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

wafers, Feb 16, 2012
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3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

tempest, Mar 28, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Apr 10, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 05, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Hematuria, Aug 03, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

TheCondor, Mar 13, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Josiah2729, Aug 02, 2012
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.