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

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA
BA SCORE
35.3%
Liked This Beer
3.48 w/ 2,000 ratings
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
Ranking:
#40,678
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
2,000
Liked:
706
Avg:
3.48/5
pDev:
15.52%
Alströms:
3.3
 
 
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Ratings: 2,000 |  Reviews: 449
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Some hoppy aroma. Significant apricot finish that diffuses the hop bite. Cloudy yellow with lots of foam and lace. Smooth mouthfeel, decent drinkability. Tasty, not an off note but something different and worth the experiment. Significant IBU.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin white head on a cloudy golden with a slight orange hue body. some lacing

S: very floral and grassy with a subtle citrus note.

T: pale malts with a floral, herbal and mild pine flavor with dominating lemon citrus notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. the lemon notes provide but lemon custard sweetness and sour notes. A good one to try.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/2013.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, yeast, and a slight nail polish remover aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight fruitiness on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and a somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the nail polish remover scent gives this beer a slightly harsh aroma.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head consistently covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of grapefruit flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of citrusy hops but is also very easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's the best fruited IPA to come along since... Dogfish Aprihop. Where, here, the appricot flavor is a complimentary note, the moderate IPA hoppy aromatics, taste, and dryness are hallmarks of the style.

Whitewater IPA opens wiht a hazy golden hue that looks much heavier than it acually is. A creamy and sticky head forms and retains very well while leaving islands of pockets of lace behind. This beer fits the IPA appearance very well.

The pulp of white and red grapefruit is very evident in scent. With that backdrop of thin caramel, the aromas set up with a dominant hop profile of citrus, pine, and freshly cut grasses. A non-descript tropical scent can only be attributed to the apricots, but largely become an afterthought.

Taste reveals much the same: early sweetness of caramel malts, appricots, and citrusy sweetness is quickly surplanted with the quick turn toward citrusy bitterness, piney dryness, and herbal components of grass and resin. This fleeting sweet/lingering bitter flavor is what makes IPAs great, and this beer displays the lop-sided balance very, very well.

Medium-dry early and developing into total dryness later makes this beer a noteworthy IPA. The short-lived sweet malty feel of grain and fruit succumbs to the slight warmth of alcohol but also the evaporative dryness of hops that make this beer so drinkable in the end. I really hope that this beer catches on with the growing craft beer community.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, procured at the local grocery concern in Keauhou, Hawai'i.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of foamy and rocky off-white head, which leaves a wall of macabre webbed lace around the glass as it subsides at a fairly even pace.

It smells of citrus rind, pine resin, and mild herbal hop esters, some tame sour apricot fruitiness, and a soft grainy, wheaty breadiness. The taste is a bigger showcase for the apricot adjunct, as the fruitiness leads off here, with the citrus and pine usual suspects shunted to the background, though the herbal ones don't have that same problem. The malt seems to gain some caramel notes above the steady grainy wheatiness.

The carbonation is pretty average, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes hoppy, but in the pithy, fruity way, and not so much in the bitter, though some leafy essence of that sort lingers and loiters.

A so-so IPA, the ascension of the fruit at the expense of the zingy bitterness the primary culprit, IMHO. Ok for a couple rounds, I suppose, but I'd want something more bold thereafter, should I still be craving a Yankee version of the style (oh, who am I kidding?).

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a transparent hard plastic cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-orange.

Sm: Lemon and a pretty hefty hop aroma. A simple, standard IPA aroma. Clean. Moderate in strength.

T: Hop bitterness comes through, untamed and imbalanced by any other note. Clean malts form the foundation. Simple but pleasant. There's not much to say about it. Some cream is present. Nicely built but in no way ambitious or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours in a general sense, but certainly isn't tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty boring for the style. There's nothing new or unique here. It's alright, but I wouldn't have it again. IPA fans might do well to give it a spin, but others should ignore it.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with some lemon notes.

T - Mild apricot flavors with some wheat and spicy/piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Reminds me a lot of Latitude 48 with a touch of apricot. Not bad but not something I'll regularly have on hand.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Sam Adams pint glass. best by 10/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, herbal, floral, wheat, grass, apricot, grapefruit, and earthy spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, apricot, herbal, floral, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness for a good bit. Great balance of hop flavors, and nice balance with the bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden as expected for 5.8%; with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a great wheat IPA! Great hop flavor balance and smoothness; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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