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
Ratings:
2,000
Reviews:
449
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
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18
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296
For Trade:
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Photo of mdt88
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RaginBowener
2.61/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Myotus
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (best before September 2016) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 19Aug16.
SMELL: Strong apricot, mango, papaya, guava, and peach aromas entangle with mild aromas of wheat, and lemon zest along with subtle aromas of coriander, orange peel, and hints of cloves.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: Mild flavors of wheat and coriander join together to introduce the taste profile. Mild flavors of apricot and lemon zest along with subtle mango, papaya, peach, and guava flavors immediately follow as the coriander flavors grow slightly stronger. The profile closes with subtle orange peel, bitter hop, and clove flavors as all prior ones persist.
3.75 out of 5
NOTE: This was a good example of the style. The smell was unfortunately much more potent than the taste. I had thought this was going to be a tropical fruit explosion, but ended up experiencing a mildly refreshing and sessionable beer. I recommend to anyone curious about the style. After trying this, one could seek better beers of the style.

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Photo of Wingnut93
1.32/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of dsreeves
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentblackwell
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours a very slightly cloudy light orange color with a medium foamy white head. The smell is exactly how it’s described, like a Belgian white ale and IPA cross, although it tends slightly towards the IPA end. There are notes of citrus, pine, wheat, herbal notes, some Belgian spices, and some yeast. It’s a pretty interesting and complex scent. The taste has a similar profile, although it is even more heavily leaning towards IPA characteristics. The orange and especially pine flavors mostly take over. There is definitely some wheat aspect, but the yeast and spiciness becomes almost undetectable in the flavor. The body is medium, which is actually a little heavier than I would have guessed. The finish is quite dry and there is some lingering hop bitterness. Kind of an interesting take on an IPA, but I think it would have been more interesting to see if the white ale characteristics were intensified and the pine notes were toned down. That could very well have made it worse though, as I don’t know if this is a great idea for a hybrid beer. It’s worth trying, but it’s nothing amazing.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ABabbidge
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Hazy yellow color. Half inch foamy head with good retention.

S: Citrus and floral notes.

T: Maybe a little bit of fruity notes but mostly bitter hop taste. Tastes mostly like an IPA, not really tasting any Belgian influence.

F: Left my mouth feeling dry. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not a good Belgian white or IPA. Flavors just didn't seem to blend all that well, but it's not terrible.

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Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopley
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bammer21
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Safeway
Clear golden color
Medium carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Bitterness from hops, but not overwhelming.
Overall just ok. Would not buy a 6-pack of it.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dag1991
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deebo
2.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A-Bottle poured into a pils glass, this beer is slightly cloudy and light golden with a sticky dense white head
S-hops hit you hard: pine, apricot with a bit of skunk.
Taste-I get a strong apricot flavor atop a significant wheat maltiness. Plenty of bitter, and citrus hops. Touch of skunk.
M-lacks the smooth body of a good wit. Lingering bitter finish with above average carbonation.
Overall- a pretty steep drop down from my preferred white ipas. Lacks a good Belgian wit flavor with a lot of bitter hop quality overwhelming this brew. This beer is notched enjoy before July so I'm sure it's not at its best.

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Photo of rypkr
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw gold with a huge white head. Rings of lacing.

Aroma: Wheat, citrus, pine. Maybe a touch of coriander.

Taste: Follows nose. Some fruity notes, akin to grapefruit or maybe cantaloupe. Hop bitterness fairly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Drinkable despite the heavier than expected hops. Bitter finish, but not overpowering.

Overall: Decent Belgian/American IPA hybrid. Nice companion for pizza.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ccryder
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 2,000 ratings.
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