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

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449
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
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Clear hop spices going on with a salty bitterness. Must say that the nose on this one, at first, was just divine. Seems a silly word to use, but hey, with all these reviews, I need to mix it up and all. I kind of like this one, now that it's warmed up. Pretty good showing.

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Not as horrid as I thought it would be. I guess that is not saying much. Nice bitter finish. Now I will go on a mini rant- What is up with Sam Adams and all the fruit and spice and junk they add to beer? This beer has in it-
Special Ingredients: Orange peel, coriander, and apricots.

Opening up Mom's Spice Rack and throwing in spices and fruits, is cheating. Any decent BrewMaster should get those flavors via the correct selection of hop varieties and yeast strains. I think I know what is up with this- It is a marketing tactic. Middle and Upper-Class, Americans, who can afford premium products, like "flavored crap." I buy freshly harvested Olive Oil in a boutique "Olive Oil shop." 90% of the oils are flavored, and apparently I am one of the few who by the traditional stuff. Same in Teavana, every time I go in there, they push 20 flavored teas, before a tell them to go shove it, and I buy plain green tea. There are also flavored coffees and the like. People who are true connoisseurs and experts, don't fall for such cheap, useless gimmicks. Real Brewmasters have been creating flavors out of beer, which resemble pine, particular spices, citrus and citrus peel, bananas, tropical fruits, for centuries, without dumping these actual substances into the brew. Sam Adams gets no respect from me, for using such sleazy sales methods and marketing gimmicks.

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A - Cloudy, murky orange color. Big two finger head that sits on top like foam.

S - Skunky hop smell is really the only scent this one brings to the table. Little bit of lemon. Smells pretty similar to the Samuel Adams Noble Pils which I just consumed a while ago.

T - Boring, bland taste. Light on the hops. It almost seems like they just amped up the Samuel Adams Noble Pils with a little more lemon / hop bite, and a little more alcohol and came up with this one. Not terribly impressed.

M - Mouthfeel is still slightly resinous, with the taste of hops lingering for a while. Very dry finish. Not too sure how I feel about this.

Overall, I would have it again, but only when it's around for the taking, and there isn't any other more intense IPA's to be had.

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA ---3/5

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,999 ratings.
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