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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DonDirkA
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pburland23
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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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3.42/5  rDev -5%
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 +4.2%

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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Normally, I appreciate a beer that's hazy, cloudy and full of things floating in it, but this is extreme with all the sediment. Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to strain it once before bottling. Regardless, it's peach color with the aforementioned particulates everywhere. The head is a finger thick and bright white. Decent retention, leaving a nice lace when it finally cries 'uncle.'

Pine and citrus, with a maltiness in the background. Flowery.

Kind of a strange flavor, but the pine and apricot comes through. Mostly pine with the apricot asserting itself deep in the swallow. Some sort of citrus peel, very bitter orange happens way late.

It's bitter, but I think the fruit peel kills it. There's something there that's a different kind of bitter and it doesn't work. It's like eating a raw root vegetable. I want to say it's a dry carbonation, but I don't think it's the carbonation that makes for the rough mouthfeel.

Another whiff by Sam Adams. It's a strange beer, and not really in a good way. Not an awful beer, just very average.

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3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tumbler pint glass at the Whiskey Priest in Boston, Mass.

A: Poured a very hazy, cloudy golden yellow color with a frothy, two-finger head of white foam that left some sudsy lace that gripped the glass weakly.

S: Coriander, citrus fruits, spicy & herbal hop aromas rise with mild fruity esters, creating a bitter and almost tart smelling citrusy ale.

T: Fairly thin and grainy up front, the chewy wheat malts and some lactose creep onto the palate before leveling out with a spicy hop and orange rind flavor. The hops settle in quickly and leave some citrusy grapefruit and lemongrass flavors on the palate with some bitter rind to chew on in the finish.

M: Medium bodied ale with some chewiness from the residual yeast and grain. Spicy and mild at times with a grainy and resinous kick.

D: As a hybrid white IPA, this 5.8% ABV brew doesn't really intrigue all that much. The citrus flavors are muted by some agressive hopping which actually doesn't hold up that well in the grainy bitterness of this IPA. Not all that bad but I feel the nuances of the sit didn't shine through this otherwise mediocre IPA all that well.

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3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Whitewater IPA in a grocery store. $6.79. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, resembling pineapple juice, with a foamy white head.

Smell is a pine and citrus scent. Not a string aroma, bu a good one.

Taste is a pine and citrus flavor up front, not a lot od malt character. The label says they used apricots to mellow the bitterness. No perceptible apricot flavor in the brew.

Mouthfeel is medium, it has some body, not real crisp but not cloying either.

Overall a decent beer, especially on a hot August afternoon. Tasty and refreshing.

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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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