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

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA
2,001 Ratings
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden, honey color, and hazy, with lots of brown chunks and sediment. It has a finger-width white head, that leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

Aroma - Very sweet. Apricot; the typical IPA aromatic sweetness; floral hops; and no malt.

Taste - A little sweetness at the beginning, and a mild hop bitterness. The more I drink, the less sweet it is, and the more hoppy it becomes. A little malt is detected, but mostly just apricot, general tartness, and floral hops.

Finish - very dry, crisp, refreshing, and delicious.

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.8/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer as part of Samuel Adams Spring Collection.

A: This beer has a nice dark, hazy orange color with a 2-inch bright white head that stays around in even a wide mouth glass.

S: Intense spice, apricots, pine & citrus made up the aroma of this IPA.

T: Very sweet at first, then you get an intense pine flavor with an aftertaste of apricots and grapefruit. Slight bit of honey, but the bitterness stands out and sticks in your mouth at the end.

M: Mouth feel is a slight sweetness that balances the bitterness of the hops. Drinkable if your really into the style. Very nice lacing and good carbonation, if you can see through the haze.

O: This was an intense beer for me as I had not experience many IPA's before, but after some trials with the style, this is the strongest IPA I have had to date. Even over the Dogfish head 60 min, this beer is superior to that and a lot of IPA's!

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4.78/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Look: Absolutely beautiful. A nice hazy unfiltered golden orange color. There is a lot of sediment hanging around in the beer, but I personally love that. Poured a nice half inch of white head that lingered and left nice lacing.

Smell: Smells like summertime. Very piney with subtle undertones of citrus. Although I did have difficulty smelling it once poured into glass.

Taste: Orange is extremely prominent in the flavor. It follows the nose well, but this time with citrus leading the way and the hops following behind. Very good attempt at mixing Belgium wheat and IPA.

Feel: Very crisp, very refreshing and smooth. Coats the mouth perfectly.

Overall: Sam Adams has always been really hit or miss with me, more so on the miss. This is by far the best I've had by them.

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

Photo of wages
4.71/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd review of this beer from a different batch on 2/21. Poured into standard a pint glass at around 50 to 60 degrees. Fairly warm for me.

appearance - 5/5 - Still has a hazy bright orange color with a big two finger head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing (less than the previous one).

smell - 4.5/5 - I'm picking up a lot of grapefruit and pineapple and extremely subtle wheat.

taste - 5/5 - This time it's very, very much "pineapple" to me which must be from the hops. It's a great balance for the wheat flavors which are a little more prevalent at the high temperature, but welcome in the IPA environment.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Medium level of carbonation. There's a big hop flavor leftover that's very spicy.

overall - 5/5 - Still really digging this beer. I can see this as a goto during the summer if they keep it in production (please!).
1st review from 2/13/2012

appearance - 5/5 - Hazy bright orange color with a big two finger head. Leaves lots of lacing.

smell - 4/5? - I'm having a hard time picking up any substantial aroma. Probably because my nose is a little stopped up.

taste - 5/5 - Bright grapefruit hops slash apricot undertones appear immediately and then a faint wheat flavor follows. I can pick up "spices", but not what kind.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - Medium to high level of carbonation but not enough to clear the hop flavor, so it lingers a bit and coats the tongue with malty goodness.

overall - 5/5 - I was curious what the wheat IPA would be like, and I'm surprised to say it doesn't disapoint!

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4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Best before month notched: FEB 13
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my friend James for saving this bottle for me.

With a careful pour, the beer was a hazy yellow ochre. Some large particles gathered in the bottom of the glass. I later swirled the remaining yeast in the bottle and poured this as well. The resulting liquid was substantially more cloudy and the body was re-capped by an amazingly tight, billowing, two-finger crop of fluffy foam. Outstanding retention. Multiple rings of tight, beaded lacing coated the entire glass.

The nose was amazingly fragrant. Fresh, pureed apricot notes jumped out of the glass. Sweet and vibrant. Lots of coriander and clove. Strong notes of orange peel. Slightly wheaty and tart. There were absolutely no IPA-like characteristics, but with so many other great things going on, I did not miss the hops.

The flavor profile was fantastic as well. Super smooth, easy drinking and refreshing. Again, notes of fresh apricot dominated. Perhaps some peach as well. Fruity and rather sweet on the front end. Wheaty and tart in center. Good dose of clove and orange peel. Touch of lemon. The beer turned much more IPA-like on the back end. There was a mix of fruity, citrusy hops and some earthy, bittering hops. Strong orange and grapefruit peel notes. Nice overall balance. I really liked how the beer transitioned from start to finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and pillowy soft. Supple and frothy on the palate. The liquid contained a very fine, above average amount of carbonation.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA really surprised me. Apparently a hybrid of three beer styles (an IPA, an American wheat ale and a fruit beer), it had a remarkably interesting and enjoyable flavor profile. Try this with an open mind (do not think of it as a typical IPA) and I bet you will really enjoy it too.

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4.62/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow/orange and hazy, can see yeast pour out; good, tall head and lacing.

Awesome apricot aroma! Love it! Mingled with that great fruit aroma are citrus hops. This is one of my all-time favorite aromas I’ve come across in a beer thanks to those apricots. It works so well.

Fantastic hybrid flavor of a wit and an IPA. It’s yeasty, spicy, and fruity. Lots of good apricot flavor, though it’s not overwhelming. Big hop bite, especially in the finish. Body is luscious and really well executed.

I really, really like this beer. One of the most striking and enjoyable new brews I’ve had in a while. Will be buying lots more.

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4.56/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

bought myself one of those choose six singles six packs -
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A Color is like straw just like the macros - but the has no clarity at all - held up to the light this is very cloudy. Blanch white head of about 2 fingers with nice generous lacing but the head settles quick

S- AHH YES sharp hoppiness, honeslty this is better than I expected from sam adams. and that's saying a lot. I am thinking Pine flavored hops

T - really nice sharp hops

M - not too thin - really OUTSTAnding ipa - CONGRATS sam adams!

D- so sad I only got one - this is GREAT and a good session brew

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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