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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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1,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,677
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 70 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

07-01-2014 03:42:41 | More by mspencerpc
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely getting very nice smells of tangerine and apricot mixed in with that white ale coriander cereal wheat malt characteristic that you can kinda smell in blue moon...this of course smells better. It also has the hoppiness tinge to it with the floral citrus but it mixes in with the other fruit in this beer so well it doesnt smell like an overwhelming hop bomb.

I get the spicy hop bite up front with the apricot, coriander fruity sweetness which really reminds you that this is a white ale as well, and then ending with the pine citric bitterness of an IPA. They perfectly blended the two and made sure the hoppyness is well apparent. It also has a cereal wheat malt taste to it as well that really completes the beer.

Samuel Adams really stepping it up these days and this beer is delicious a very solid choice and an even better more interesting beer than just a white ale or just the noble pils. Definitely give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:52:13 | More by thebrood1987
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4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in the new Brewmaster variety pack. Pours out a hazy gold color, like a typical Witbier. Some decent lacing on the glass. The smell is what initially grabbed me, big piney hops, some faint clove and spice. I can also detect some sweet fruityness from the apricot. Actually a neat smelling beer. Anyway, the taste is a really interesting interplay between the heavy citric hops and the crispness of the wheat and the sweetness from the apricot. Reminds me of my first craft beer I really liked from Sam, the discontinued Stock Ale. I always detected a lot of apricot in there, even though there wasn't any, lol. I have to say I am impressed, but I am not sure I would or wouldn't want this sold in the six pack? I see that they have made the Alpine Spring the new spring seasonal, also an interesting beer. Having tried both I think I would have preferred this as their next spring seasonal. Well, gotta give Jim Koch and Co props for continuing to try new things and I think this one was a big success! Sadly this is the last one in my pack...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 19:18:17 | More by Star80
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4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orangish color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is citrus a hint of spices and hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with a nice dose of hops in the finish. Overall, a really nice offering from Sam Adams. I would definitely purchase this one again. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:58:54 | More by cjgator3
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4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the local liquor store looking for something "light and refreshing" I have been on a heiferweizen kick as of late, just because its been so hot. This I have to say wasy pleasantly surprising. it is light quite hoppy but not in way where I found it too hoppy (being a guy who doesn't like IPA as much as some do.) It was exactly what I wanted. Its light its extremely drinkable , and goes good with any food I can think to pair it with.

Please try this if you can find it in your area.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 19:23:51 | More by Abaskin
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4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange in color with a hazy texture. Thick head forms, recedes, then layers the top of the brew with a solid coat of foam. Lacing is sticky, wavy and almost seems to be alive inside the glass.

Fresh, sweet and citric hop aroma. Raw pine needles and apricot come to mind.

Robust hop flavor but not overpowering. Lemon, apricot, pine and raw onion bitterness. Malt is well pronounced as well with a smooth and hearty biscuit-like character. Buttery in the middle. Finish is dry with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. I like that the alcohol is not very strong. Perfect balance.

On the lighter side of medium bodied. Bright and lively carbonation lets all the flavors come through and compliments the hop bitterness. Ever so smooth, goes down like water. Love the dry finish.

Wow! One of Sam Adams best beers to date. Everything about this beer is exceptional. Could drink this any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:54:45 | More by bnes09
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4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the most underrated brews Sammy A has put out.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color is hazy orange straw. Holding up to the light you can see flakes or pieces of what I can only assume to be (after reading the label) either apricots or spices floating in this beer.

The aroma is pretty divine in this brew. A lot going on here. Strongly citrus with a mild-spicy clove scent in the background. I kept smelling a light, almost "fresh pie" smelling fruit in the nose, so I quizzically read the label and noted the "brewed with apricots" description. Intriguing!

Taste is so well balanced its stunning. The citrus hops blend in with the wheat & apricot flavors beautifully and the whole beer is just a pleasure to drink.

Mouthfeel is very oily and full, yet leaves you feeling refreshed. A great summertime beer.

I can't really adequately describe it; I think there's just a lot more to this beer than the Bro's noted on their first go 'round. Its just so well balanced. Its not simply an IPA, and if you go in thinking its going to be just an IPA, the wheat's subdued characteristics will make this beer seem underwhelming.

Its nice to see Sam Adams making some more "extreme" beers; or at the very least, breaking out of the mold of styles. I hope this gains the same popularity as noble pils. Alas, I feel that because its called an IPA, it will never gain that status.

Should have named this something else, because this fantastic beer is not getting the rep it deserves.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:40:03 | More by theaudist
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4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent creamy orange, like a melted down creamsicle with a huge pillowy white head leaving great lace.

S: Has that wit orange peel, some peppery spice.

T: Orange, grapefruit, and apricots upfront and then finishes with a bitter pine attack which is just delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, hint of acid, very crisp, refreshing.

O: One of the best Sam Adams beers I've had in a while. Impressive, great taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:04:32 | More by Halcyondays
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4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness of July notched on the label:

Pours cloudy lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell of hops abound - citrus - grapefruit and lemon with pine, apricot and a wheat tang. A wheat, fruity, spiced IPA. Interesting, and certainly inviting!

The taste is of bitter hops - piney and citrusy - grapefruit stands out with a hint of sweetened apricot in the middle. Complex and rich with a wheat twist. It is pretty intense with a bitter finish.

Medium-bodied and pretty chewy and crisp, some alcohol does show. Flavor lingers; so does the dryness.

A very interesting hoppy brew. It's an IPA with white ale characteristics. I love the way the hops linger, though the dryness becomes slightly sandpaper-ish after the second (of the two in the variety pack). (By the way - a "Spring" variety pack released in January is REALLY pushing it, but that's the trend now.) Anyway - if you like hoppy ales and wheat beers this is certainly one to get!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:32:08 | More by jwc215
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4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really hit the spot for me. I was craving an IPA like you couldn't imagine and I came home and opened this one up. Gave it a good pour and looked over it's hazy golden color and white head. The aroma of this was big on the apricot and hops. Those two aromas blend so well together it made my mouth water. The taste of the beer is about as good as the nose. The flavors of citrusy hops collide with the apricot giving off this really nice refreshing flavor. The spices don't kick in until the finish, but even then they aren't dominant at all. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall I wished that I had picked up more than just a single bottle of this brew because I would have easily put down a 6 pack of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 04:05:12 | More by Knapp85
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

05-19-2012 01:05:58 | More by 40451
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

04-18-2013 01:49:18 | More by Adkins1203
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

06-28-2013 01:31:40 | More by dcbeers
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

04-12-2012 16:06:00 | More by BeerHownd
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

06-08-2014 18:17:46 | More by alotofcoffee
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

07-08-2012 19:50:53 | More by brokentee
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

12-04-2013 15:30:52 | More by Bjlps
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

10-04-2012 21:21:36 | More by Snellgg5
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

01-16-2013 02:58:57 | More by dji43466
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, cloudy dark orange. 1 inch head, significant lacing. Bits of sediment float around suspended in the glass.

Smells very citrusy, lots of oranges, grapefruit, and apricot.

The taste follows. The fruit flavors are so clean and refreshing, tons of oranges and apricots, as if the fruits are actually floating in the glass. Pretty dry, not much malt flavor is picked up.

Lightly carbonated, and very drinkable.

Possibly Sam Adam's best hoppy offering. A really nice twist on the IPA with the apricot additions, but Dogfish Head's Aprihop is better within that small style window.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:45:36 | More by GreesyFizeek
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

04-16-2014 02:03:49 | More by Sebas
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

09-27-2012 02:37:32 | More by rayj212
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

07-03-2012 20:59:31 | More by SPO5459
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me by my buddy Matt, poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color, with a big thick white head on top. Tons and tons of sediment, like nothing I've ever seen before. Big flakes, some of which are floating on top of the head. I've never seen so much sediment in a beer.

I usually enjoy the sediment... but this has me uneasy.

S: Clean nose of pine with a touch of grapefruit. All muted.

T: Wow! Punchy. Surprising flavor for what I expected based on the appearance, the nose, and the label. Big notes of pine, and a touch floral and citrus as well. Delicate malt sweetness enveloped on both sides by great big bitter notes. A nice touch of dry spiciness on the back end adds character to this brew.

Impressive, Sam Adams. Impressive.

M: Light and lively, great carbonation, good dry sticky finish. This beer review has turned the corner. I'm all in on this guy.

D/O: Very drinkable. An excellent, light, refreshing, lower-ABV-but-fully-flavored brew.

I'm not sure BA has this "beer style" correct, though, as the Sam Adams website (and bottle) indicates that their is wheat, apricot and spices in this brew. Perhaps "American Pale Wheat Ale" might be more appropriate? Regardless, a delicious beer, no matter which "bin" you try to sort it into.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 17:50:55 | More by psuKinger
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

11-10-2012 23:41:54 | More by danjw
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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