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

BA SCORE
82
good
1,998 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay
Read the review
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:
1,998
Reviews:
449
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
292
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,998 |  Reviews: 449
Photo of JMad
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thick, foamy white head that clung to the glass.

Smells of fresh oranges with a hint of pine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel.

The taste is slightly bitter up front with mostly pine and citrus peel and a bready aftertaste.

It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry but refreshing finish.

This is a pretty solid brew from Sam Adams I would definitely drink this more, especially since it it widely available.

 476 characters

Photo of MikeIN
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle as part of the IPA Hopology pack – BB Aug. 2013
*Notes from 04/02/13 – Standard pint glass

A: Pours a light golden straw color with quite a bit of haze on it. Streaming and lively with bubbles. Billowing top of khaki thickness that retains for minutes and leaves a mass of spun cotton lace all down the glass.

S: Smells of fruity hops met with orange peels and apricot. I am getting a light dose of yeast spice and a bit of sugary pale malts there as well. Pretty nice nose with some fruit forward aromas.

T: Flavors open with a bit of peppery spice and crackery malt. Perhaps some rye or even pilsner mixed in with the wheat. I get lots of grapefruit in zest and a helping of apricot juice to go with. There is a dash of spicy Belgian yeast character. Nice danky herbal note intertwined with a citrus peel accent on the finish. Moderately high bitterness to the beer and no alcohol to be found in the flavor. Very light and refreshing with some hoppy goodness and nice fruity notes.

M: Very light body with a smooth texture overall a nice light drying crisp action on the finish. Has a hit of hoppy pucker with a sticky resinous after feel.

D: Very light, hoppy, and refreshingly drinkable. A perfect summer time brew. Nice fruity citrus and apricot flavors with a subtle cracker malt base. Balance again is on point. I thought this was the most successful brew of the Hoptology pack actually and one of the better BBC creations I have come across.

 1,473 characters

Photo of HisBoyElroy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BurnMeInMyBar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Glopez
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of OMG
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BuddyE
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of tubeyes
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of dlin0sbb
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beanzus
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Rast
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into pint glass. High 40s into low 50s.

Beautiful pour. Somewhere between Wit and IPA, for sure. Very cloudy golden body, with a short off-white head. Great lacing.

Aromas are fresh and citrusy. Orange peel, pine, and sweet tangerine. Very inviting.

Somewhat "dirty" mouthfeel - good, cutting carbonation, but plenty of film. Flavors contain significant bitterness... mostly lemon rhind. Tons of lemon flavor up front. The fresh, sweet tangerine in the aroma gives way to old, naval oranges in the flavor. Some wheatgrass in the middle. Plenty earthy. But a little too much aftertaste, given the ABV.

This is a very nice - and fairly unique beer. But a total tease. The look and aroma draw you in hard. The flavor and MF leave you wondering whether you picked up the wrong glass. I could enjoy one or two in company, but not sure I could enjoy a few on my own.

 872 characters

Photo of davemathews68
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Hazy, hay color. Pours a cascading, frothy, white head 2 to 3 fingers high. Settles slowly, and unevenly. Dry peaks and craters form as is disintegrates, leaving behind dry sticky residue as it does. As you drink it down, plenty of beer ring lacing remains.

S: White bread, with a little lemon citrus and honey.

T: White bread, and slight notes of lemon citrus, and maybe a hint of clove or oregano. Almost a vege tone like maybe a little celery.

M: Light and very crisp. Slightly bitter, steely aftertaste.

D: Drink with enthusiasm.

Atmosphere is really solid. Nice hue, with a giant head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is fairly simple combination of light malt and citrus components. Tastes like it smells... light and bready, with some citrus and savory spice notes. Overall, this is a good quaff.

 853 characters

Photo of vidguy17
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of zestd
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BltByKrmn
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of tempest
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy blonde with a tall, thick white head. This is a nice take on the wheat IPA, I like it and would have another. The hops character has a balance, and delicious, mix of grassy lemon with tropical fruit, which probably also comes from the apricot addition. The flavors blend seamlessly though, as they should. The finish is dry and spicy with a lemon rind and grapefruit tang. This is one of my favorite Sam beers, and an all-around pleasant beer for any occasion.

 474 characters

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Skramer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mcewesr
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,998 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe