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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Photo of danreitz
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mason jar. Hazy gold with a bubbly, two-finger head. Thick and dry in the mouth and bitter on the tongue, with a surprise grapefruit flavor that is neither subtle nor completely welcome. Bitter aftertaste that grips a little too hard but is relatively quick to dissipate. I want to like this beer, but it seems like it hasn't figured itself out. C

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Photo of yankhawk
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jacothom
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mechamifune
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours close to the usual golden ipa color, but a little cloudier and with a bit of a white hue to it. Fluffy white head, strong looking carbonation. Nice looking.

Smell is pretty muted. A little bit of spicyness and earthy hops I suppose. Doesn't overtly smell like a traditional american ipa or whitbeer.

Taste is just....muddled. Bitter upfront followed by some spicyness and no real definable malt presence to speak of.

Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated and some real harshness to the finish. Not easy to drink.

Overall this one went wrong. I've had three "white ipas" in the past and have come away feeling relatively indifferent every time. With this one, it just felt wrong as far as feeling like a cohesive, and I have no desire to drink it again. It just felt like a homebrew that went wrong, and didn't accentuate the more positive notes of a ipa or a witbeer (two styles I very much enjoy).

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Cabal17
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of gshackles
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Damian
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
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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Photo of Boilerbrando
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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 ButtomsUp
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Damian74
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gatch
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a big, frothy, white head.

S: Citrus notes with hints of pine and some malt. Very enjoyable nose.

T: I was pleasantly surprised by the first sip. Big rush of fresh, citrusy, woody hops balanced by a good dose of malt in the finish.

M: The hops are fresh and full of flavor. Oils and resin tend to become cloying after a while. Very dry and bitter.

O: I thought this beer was pretty stellar. SA may not have the best beer in the world but because of their size, I feel they received some unwarranted hatred from BA's. It's like their scores start at a "4" instead of a "5." Recommended!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Swiped this bottle from my brother. Shh! don't tell! Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a bit over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange rind, light coriander, light cracked wheat, a twinge of leek, and a bit of pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, minus the leek and plus a bit of cardamom and black pepper (pinch of each). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice Belgian-inspired IPA, one that doesn't overdo it in either direction (always gratifying to see some balance).

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Photo of fishguyac
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of bhawk1
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mordhaus
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of nUgZ
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Nonic.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S: The smell is pretty interesting. Citrus hops and peach aromas along with some pine and wheat.

T: Much like the smell I'm getting citrus hops and peach flavors along with some biscuity malts. Good flavors, but they kind of get lost and jumbled together. Nothing really stands out like it should.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is an interesting offering from Samuel Adams. It's easy to drink and pretty tasty, but doesn't wow me like some IPA's do these days. I'll be glad to drink one when available, but it's not one I'll be seeking out.

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Photo of cwreay90
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Proclarush
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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