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

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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Photo of FreshHawk
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazed, golden apricot color with a large, smooth, creamy, sticky, white head. Very nice retention leaving a great lacing.

S - Interesting mix a spice, tart, and sweet. Strong lemongrass aroma along with a strong peppered bread aroma. Some sweet citrus hops. Not overtly hoppy for an IPA but interesting.

T - Strong bitter and sour citrus. Lemon (and lemongrass), grapefruit (especially the rind) and some orange/tangerine (again plenty of rind). Starts bitter but that gives way to a malty sweetness on the finish. Hints of a peppery spice to start but that disappears fast.Only slightly bitter on the finish.

M - Medium to light body with above average carbonation. Tingly, zesty, and biting to start with (goes along with the bitterness). A bit of a dry finish.

D - A bit strong on the bitter hop flavors. Enough malt to balance it on the end but not the juicy, sweet citrus flavors. Not an IPA I'd down quickly, but it is refreshing.

Notes: Interesting IPA. With plenty of citrus (especially grapefruit) but it is more of the bitter/rind flavors as opposed to the typical sweet/juicy flavors. Solid IPA for the summer but nothing special.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SmokeyDaVillain
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of SPO5459
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of DannyDan
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark yellow hue with a thick white foamy head that leaves some of the best retention and lacing I have seen on an IPA. The aroma consists of apricots, pine and citrus. The taste is a mix of the hops (pine and citrus) , some malts, wheat and apricots. The apricots mixed with the hops seems to leave a funny aftertaste that is unpleasant to the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky and overall an interesting beer, but I don't think the apricots were the right choice to balance the bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of LCannon4
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jesse13713
1.35/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is my 4th time having this beer. Poured into a Winking Lizard pilsner glass.

Appearance - A clumpy, uneven head. Highly carbonated with huge chunks of yeast floating around. The beer is a gross, chunky, bathroom-swill yellow. The yeast looks like giblets of lard.

Smell - Light hops and citrus. Nothing special. Does not smell fresh at all -though its best-by date is July. A bit of a rotten smell that is somewhere between body odor and dead lawn grass sitting in the back of a mower.

Taste - A very below average IPA. The hops are far from fresh or sweet. Dead grass lingers in the aftertaste. Funky and lightly bitter, but not in a good way. No delicious nectar qualities or citrus notes. This beer is a true drag to drink.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - There's no real backing to this beer whatsoever. This beer is horrifically bland from start to finish. Plain, bland, dull . . . the thesaurus doesn't have enough synonyms for the word boring to describe this beer. Dry mouthfeel. Dry personality. I don't get any spice, apricot, or light fruits as others noted make this a witbier/ipa hybrid.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of BigJaws
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of earlingy
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Jfriz25
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- hazy golden orange with a lot of stuff floating in suspension. White head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell- hoppy, piney. Probably the highlight of this beer for me.

Taste- orange citrus stands out the most on the first sip with a wave of bitterness before ending in some apricot.

Mouthfeel- feels a little thin on the tounge but you get the nice resiny coating that you get with most ipa.

Overall- wheat beer isnt usually my thing but I picked this up at the grocery store because it was one of the few of the limited choices I hadn't had yet. I liked this one and in a pinch I'd get it again. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of jaybags
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is hazy dark yellow/golden with a 1-finger fluffy white head. Leaves some good splotchy lace.

S: Wheat twanginess and definite hops - mainly citrus, but with some pine. Apricot is noted, but if I didn't know it was there I might not realize it.

T: Wheat foundation, along with some sweetness, is followed by grapefruity citrus. Also the "greener" hop flavors: some pine needles (and a hint of pine resin) and grass. Nice balance overall, with wheat twang, malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness all in the appropriate balance. Finishes nicely semi-dry, with a faint bit of the apricot. Reminds me of a white wine in some ways. Surprisingly for a beer of this relative low ABV (5.8%), I'm feeling alcohol warmth on the way down.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Good creaminess; carbonation is soft.

O: I'm fairly impressed with this as an easy-drinking summer IPA/wheat hybrid. Good stuff.

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Photo of amshepard
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of weaselchew
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Tracker83
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.51/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another in the current trend of White IPAs. Single bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Soma, San Francisco.

Pours a very hazy yellow golden colour, with a firm, solid and meringue-like head of white. Lacing is solid. Rather light bodied, but that's not unexpected. Carbonation is fine and vibrant. Looks decent.

Nose is herbal and slightly rubbery, with a hint of pepper and a touch of oddly conceptual fruitiness. There's not a lot to it, and the hops are strained at best. Not much hint of the witbier progenitor either.

Taste is, not to be ungracious, unpleasant. Funky, chalky and savoury character lends a meaty bite to the palate. No body, and the bitterness strikes through unpleasantly towards the back, making it feel empty and painful. Bitter, harsh aspirin character finishes it off.

Overall, poor effort. It resembled neither a wit or an IPA particularly well, and doesn't strike a new path with any success either. Instead, we get a jumbled, unpleasant, harsh and pointless beer. Really, I'm surprised.

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Photo of 6demonbag
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Didn't swirl residuals into my pint glass. Achieved a perfect finger-and-a-half head pour of hazy goldenrod brew accompanied by some floaties. The cap is very foamy and sticky, leading me to believe that Whitewater is an apt name for the beer.

Pretty faint nose, but benign. Wheat crusts, light coriander, starfruit, wildflowers, citrus (faint mix of lemon and tangerine hops). Far from outstanding, as it meets the requirements of a wheat ale but not an IPA.

Floral hop outburst from the onset. Delicate, mildly bitter, and semi-astringent. Citrusy, too. Tart fruit characters are slightly peeling making me sympathize for Samuel Adams and offering that the apricot is just barely peeking through. Pitty and a little tart. Unripe. Finishes with some sweetness reminiscent of stone fruits and tangerine. The wheat malts are rather sensitive materials and flash-in-the-pan that I dare call this attenuated beer 'hop-forward'. An IPA, maybe. Tasty, nonetheless.

Drinks as easily as my favorite cream soda. Creamy and soppy-medium. Fuller than that, maybe. Brushy carbonation works against the bigger body. No stick. Pretty prime.

About as far from the West Coast and East Coast styles that you'll find. If this is an American IPA, then I'm turning in my citizenship. Pretty nice as a hoppy wheat ale. Don't try to be what you're not (I've had other wheat IPAs that hit their mark far more accurately than this does).

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Photo of gutbuster
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Luigi
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The ale pours out a cloudy yellow with a massive rocky head and plenty of lacing to go around. Retention is good as it stick around the glass for the life of the ale.

The aroma is sweet with a mix of citrus fruit with pine like hints in the background. Soft biscuit malt brings some balance.

The taste is basically a mix of a wit beer and an American IPA. The hops are on the citrus side with a mild dry pine aftertaste that linger for a little.

Medium bodied and little slick on the tongue. Easy to drink.

I really think hybrid styles are just getting out of hand sometimes. I wish breweries would work harder on creating authentic styles that are time tested. It is hard to find a brewery these days that is not trying to be over the top. Good Wit/IPA but just a trend.

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Photo of Thehopluver
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Mitchster
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend and white wheat, coriander, apricots, and orange peel. Hopped with Australian Topaz, American Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe and Citra.
14 SRM, OG=14.6 Plato, 5.8% ABV, 197 Calories/12 oz, 60 IBUs.

I had this as part of a mixed 12 pack, then it cames out in 6'ers. I think it was $8.99/6'er. Unfiltered. Pours out to a densly cloudy burnt orange, forming a decent white head with poor retention and OK lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation, ~2.3 carbs or so. The aroma is can definitely get the tropical fruit from the hops, although the apricot is very subtle. I don't get the distinct nose of a Belgian Wit yeast strain but I do get the distinct nose of Sam Adams yeast, so I strongly suspect that this was fermented with a yeast blend. Mouthfeel is light with a medium body and quite tart acidity. The hops are firm from beginning to end, packing some green leafy acidity and grapefruit pith bitterness. I do get some Vegamite yeast autolysis in the middle, with a very faint finish of apricots. Coriander and orange are all but overpowered, not noticeable at all.

Hrmm, not really my thing. The bitterness is too firm. If I could taste the apricot, coriander and orange, and if it were fermented with a more traditional wit yeast strain, it could be one heck of a beer. 6 bottles into it and I wouldn't buy it again.

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 35.3% out of 100 with 2,000 ratings
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