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

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA
2,001 Ratings
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

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Added by jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Smaller white head that recedes to a ring. Orange in color with a mild fog clarity. Got some spotty lacing.

S - Lemon zest citrus, a touch of piney hops. Getting a small amount of wheat. More pronounced orange when it warms up, probably apricot seeing it mentioned on the bottle.

T - Hops hit with a piney flavor immediately on the palate. Midway through is where I can find a little bit of sweetness to the malt. Hops hold flavor throughout but have sharp bitterness. Finishes rather dry with a lingering piney/spiced feel.

M - Prickly high carbonation, just on the light side of medium bodied. Again, touch of sweetness in the middle with a dry finish.

O - I thought this encompassed many good aspects of a good wit and American IPA like the label says it intends. I personally would like to see less piney hop characters and more yeast coming through to work better together rather than against itself. That being said, Sam Adams seemed to accomplish what they set out to do.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Samuel Adams "Hop Tour" mixed sixer.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light amber color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a citrusy, piney hop aroma to it backed by a spicy wheat smell.

Taste: Moderately hoppy with Cascade and other West Coast-style hops. Has a light yeasty, wheaty balancing to it. Finishes spicy and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium-bodied.

Overall: An interesting combination of styles. Definitely not my favorite IPA out there but certainly one I don't mind having time and again. Definitely worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll be making comparisons to Sam Adams Latitude 48 with this one, as I had this one shortly after the Lat 48. I think this is actually more drinkable of the two. Not being much of a hophead I find that while this definitely has a strong hop presence, it isn't as intense as the Lat 48 and there is more of a balance, probably thanks to the sweetness of the apricots in the Whitewater.

Sam Adams Whitewater IPA pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a very nice foam head that measures at least two fingers, and retains extremely well. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with some grapefruit, citrus, and herbal qualities present along with the light presence of the apricot. The beer has a moderate amount of carbonation. There were some sweet malts noticeable in the first sip, and the apricot was noticeable immediately, but not overpowering. The hops are definitely here, as they would be in any IPA but as stated it isn't as in-your-face as the Latitude 48. The hops contribute a grapefruity, herbal, citrusy, medicinal taste. The finish is quite dry and is a bit bitter, but it isn't too harsh. The medicinal and grapefruit notes linger on for quite some time after the beer is finished, and it concludes with a little alcoholic warmth.

I find that I can't really drink too many IPAs in one sitting. I definitely need to shock my palate a little more with a really hoppy beer every now and then. This was a pretty good experiment by Samuel Adams, and perhaps somewhere down the line I might try this one again.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy straw wheat with some yeast particles. White head.

A- Sweet, but with a definite hop bitterness. Very slight citrus aromas.

T- Wheat malt with a very prominent bitterness. The bitterness follows with a bit of an unexpected harshness. Slightly sour finish

M- Medium body and smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D- Enjoyable, but there are better examples of this style of beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

Fresh by Dec notch. Creamy two finger head that's off-white in color. Nice sticky lacing. Hazy golden straw color beer. Aroma is on the lighter side, but I do get apricot, tropical fruits, pine and citrus, mixed with yeasty and bready aromas. Not bad. Tastes a little more flavorful than the nose led me to expect. Apricot and tangerine, lots of pine, citrus, lighter bitterness, notes bread, yeast, and wheat malts, grassy hints, and some spice I can't quite put my finger on. Light medium feel, smooth body and carbonation, with a lighter drier finish.

Apricots in the brewing do this one well, I think. This is probably the best of the few white IPAs I've tried. Kudos to SA. I actually didn't think this was a white IPA and once I found it was I was thinking I wouldn't like it, but it's pretty good.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy gold orange color with a humongous 3 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of floral hops, orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, wheat, grains, candied sugar and mild spices. Very soft nose that is mostly IPA, but a little bit wit beer as well, and very fragrant and nice to inhale.

Tastes like it smells with floral hops, orange peel, lemon zest, citrus hops, tangerine, coriander, wheat, grass, hay, lightly toasted grains, candied sugar and mild spices; light for an IPA, but very tasty, quenching and refreshing as the wheat and spices make this a perfect summer treat.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish. Leaves a clean almost dry feel after each swallow, it was very easy to drink and another nice new creation from Sam Adams which I recommend trying.

This should not be lumped in with the IPA classification because it does not seem much like a traditional IPA, but it was enjoyable even if mis-classified.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. From the "Hop Tour" sixer. BB March 2013.

A - Dark hazy yellow/amber body. Fluffy white foam with sticky lacing and retention.

S - Almost non-existent. Its kind of just a bland malty IPA aroma with some light citrus notes.

T - Well I give SA points for being a bit unique here. Starts off with a basic IPA formula of light pine and citrus with some bready malts. The finish is where this beer stands out though. Light apricots and some spice. Still pretty average taste though. mouth feel is crisp and well carbonated.

O - The description says a wheat ale brewed with apricots and spices. Ok. Thats an odd description for an IPA. It does comes through though, but I just don't think hoppy beers is Sam Adams forte. Even when they decide to take a slightly different route.

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent pale and wheat malt character along with some pine and citrus hop notes. It has a slight white ale aroma, but nothing too intense. The taste is good as well. It has a wonderful hop flavor that melds nicely with the solid pale and wheat malt base. It's light and refreshing with a good deal of bitterness. The yeast character really shines and adds additional depth and complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer with tons going on. I would keep this one around as a full time offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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