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

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jsh420 on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
1,997
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
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17
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Reviews: 449 | Ratings: 1,997
Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up as part of a Brewmasters Select pack from the Cutten and 1960 Spec's. Let's see what this one has to offer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a small off white head that was only about 1/8" high after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a small ring within about 30 seconds. There was already some pretty decent lace left just from the pour.

Aroma: The aroma was definitely IPA if not DIPA in that it had a pretty oily hop presence like that you find in DFH 90...but not the complexity in the hops...just that it is oily. Lots of citrus fruit in here with grapefruit and a mild tangerine being the most prominent, but there is a bit of an odd floral thing going on in the aroma as well.

Taste: The flavor is very hoppy with only a mild toasty note and some even milder sweet caramel notes coming out from the hops. Otherwise the citrus is the hey player. The hops are in charge of the finish as well, so the bittering is the main thing going on. A little bit of the oily resin feeling is left on the back of the throat after the sip,and I think that this proves that there was some pretty mild water that went into this beer. The carbonation is adequate to maybe a little low, but it is definitely a player giving you even a touch more dryness in the finish.

Opinion: Well,this is a bit like a DIPA-light if there was such a thing that wasn't an IPA. It has more of the character of the DIPA in the hop department, but is "light in the britches" for an IPA...so this big hop thing gets a bit muddled in this beer. It's a decent beer if you are a hop-head, and definitely one of the hoppier ones to come from the BBC. If you love hops, don't miss it while it is here. If you are a malt-guy like myself...it may be good to try this sometime if it is convenient as it isn't a bad beer at all.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

appearance is golden, a bit cloudy. Looks as if there are slight debris floating in dense beer. The smell reminds me of some bad orange juice. Not too appeasing. At least the taste is strong as an IPA should be. Hints of citrus then immediately goes downhill. Old musty OJ is all I think.
I would not recommend to a friend bottom line.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Another Sam Adams with crap added. Boston beer gives me an appreciation of the German purity laws. Oh yeah, this beer... I probably won't buy this again. Let's leave it at that.

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Photo of iSip
1.84/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sam Adams Whitewater IPA: Nice foamy head on top of a dirty straw colored brew. The aroma is acrid and chemical. The flavor -- ick. This mix of Belgian whit and American IPA does not dance. Pass on this one. The Decshutes Chainbreaker proves it can be done, but Sam Adams missed the mark.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass. White, semi-foamy head recedes at a brisk pace leaving some lacing. Aroma is somewhat hoppy but I get no real American or Belgian influences; smells kind of English. Lasagna, oranges, and grassiness. Tastes kind of bad honestly. Acrid, sour, chalky, very earthy, not great. A huge disappointment from Sam Adams. I am generally a fan of theirs but this one stinks.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a tagerine color tinged hazy yellow with a nicely formed lacey 1/2 finger white head.Aromas were pretty light with some toasted wheat and lemony notes,I didn' get much grapefruit or pine like many others.Quite dry on the palate with sharp grapefruit rind and lemon pith,the flavors seem to fade with mild toasted wheat in the finish.Not a bad beer,good to drink while out grillin like today.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A somewhat cloudy golden beer with a persistent, rocky, white head.

S: One of the hoppier smelling beer I've had from S.A. and very good smelling IPA in general. A moderately-strong citrus hops aroma with a fair amount of pineapple notes. There is a moderately-light wheat aroma and light fruity ester.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor with moderate hops bitterness dominate the flavor. Not far behind is some of the orange peel flavor and bitterness with a light bit of malt and wheat sweetness. The balance is moderately bitter with a fairly dry finish. The aftertaste is of a lingering hops and citrus peel bitterness.

M: A fluffy beer with a medium body and moderately-strong carbonation.

O: The mouthfeel and citrus peel let you know that despite the strong hop flavor lets you know this is not an IPA.

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Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dmheinz57
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of markallmon
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jonny1138
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Lazaro
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WuAnquo1
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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 40451
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a light hazy golden amber with a medium rocky head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet honey malts and some melon with some grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts, and some tropical fruits with a pretty big harsh bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an pretty good IPA, one of the better beers from Sam Adams. I like the fruits but the flavors don't all really blend well together.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Abaskin
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of Kurt1326_
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JoeD15
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Nversobr
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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