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

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA
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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

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Added by jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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Ratings: 2,002 |  Reviews: 449
Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive dark gold color in the New Belgium snifter, with a head of rich foam. Well carbonated on the tongue, but has a more prickly than creamy sensation.

The apricot flavor is subtle, but it has a smooth fruity ear, like there was a dose of clear fruit brandy in it. This is definitely more bitter than the Dogfish Head Aprihop. Whitewater is a little lighter and crisper as well, but also a couple notches lower in strength.

On the whole, this is hugely flavorful, richly hopped while staying shy of over-biterness, yet light and drinkable. Another understated win for Sam Adams. Admit it, you'd love this if it was brewed by your favorite five-barrel brewpub.

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Photo of Brewnah
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a real surprise in the SA IPA for the sake of IPA pack. Some of the things in the pack just were not enough of an IPA to call them that, but I don't care what you call this one, I like it.

It has a complex yet easy drinking not-quite over the top AIPA aroma, taste and aftertaste. After about 5 sips I can taste the apricot (I love apricots). It works. And it just gets better as you drink it.

I think I have seen sixes or twelves of just this brew and I may pick some up some time.

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Photo of digitalflood
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of tanner1980
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of TheTramp
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BeerTaster727
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of JonSnowdon
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DonDirkA
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams shot at the fairly new white IPA style. Nose is lemon, bread notes, yeast and slight citrus. Taste is very lemony. There are some spice notes, almost cinnamon with bready flavors and a hint of citrus. The apricot must be providing the citric acid flavors while the hops throw in the lemon and orange flavors. Actually better than I expected. I think I like Deschutes Chainbreaker better and Thunder Canyon Windstorm Wheat cask-aged with cascade and centennial hops even better. But this isn't half bad as a summer beer.

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Photo of emceecue
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Dieck
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of TequilaTom
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of AllHailBeercules
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of beerpadawan
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Hopstronaut
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of hogrider
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Mojoman8561
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Resuin
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Cnorrisl
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of pburland23
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review from my iPad!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a mildly hazy yellow-orange amber. Thick almost oatmeal looking head but only about half a finger of it though the head retention has been pretty nice as has the lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops and not much else. It's a nice smelling beer but it's entirely too one dimensional.

Taste: Hoppy, citrusy and bitter. No hint of any Belgian yeast notes which would make it a White IPA. Again, it's nice tasting but it's not as advertised.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy drinking and refreshing. This works well as a summer IPA which provides a nice dose of hops without being too heavy.

Overall: It doesn't work as a white IPA but it's still an okay beer. I'd like to see Sam flush out the concept a little more in the future. There's some potential.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, with about two fingers of white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling of citrus, like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied, Bitter up front with a bitter sweet after taste.

Overall: This beer is ok. Not my first choice, but I would not turn it away. I would buy it again if it came in a variety pack.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Super cloudy with a frothy white head that clings to the side of my perfect pint.

I get slick sweet lemon juice on the nose, as well as some soapy off smell. Bit of a leafy hop presence, kind of herbal and medicinal as well.

As a pale ale, this would be phenomenal. Powdery malt sets the stage for leafy, herbal, and medicinal hops to come in. Theres a light, slick orange/lemon feeling. Theres a lingering soapy feeling that I dont approve of.

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Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 2,002 ratings
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