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

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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 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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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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Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a light hazy golden amber with a medium rocky head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet honey malts and some melon with some grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts, and some tropical fruits with a pretty big harsh bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an pretty good IPA, one of the better beers from Sam Adams. I like the fruits but the flavors don't all really blend well together.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of lmz3000
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cloudy, pale, golden color, and the foamy head were typical of wheat beers. The aroma was very tropical, with papaya, pineapple, and oranges in the smell. The taste like a orange juice, with a pronounced hop bitterness. There wasn't much aftertaste, and the body was thin. Very refreshingly constructed.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.8% ABV, Enjoy before Oct. notched on label.

A - Hazy golden yellow in color, Whitewater IPA pours with a luscious, lumpy white head that remains retained for quite a long time, immaculately coating the pint in lacing.

S - Fruity, hop citrus rushes out with mango and pineapple attributes followed by a bitter tickle of grapefruit. Pine hides underneath, flanking the soft and overpowered wheat aroma, but light spices notes still give Whitewater IPA that witbier, albeit spiked witbier, nose.

T - Wheat and pale malt flavors find themselves all but rushed away by the rapids of hop power, leaving some residual, lingering spice in the wake. Tons of sticky resin bites forwards with passion fruit and balled melon following. Notes of apricot are there, but, as a huge apricot fan, definitely not as pronounces as I would have hoped for.

M - Bitter and biting, Whitewater IPA trades the subtlety of soft wheat and mellow spice notes of a witbier for the aggressive and lingering dry hop bitterness that coats the tongue, so common to American IPAs.

O - Whitewater IPA is one of the first few brews stepping into the new territory of blending an IPA and a witbier. Boston Beer Co. has the IPA down wonderfully with bold and aggressive hop characteristics of fruit and pine, but it lacks on the witbier side. Soft wheat barely makes an appearance with spice deftly falling behind the bitterness' grip on the tongue. A good beer, especially if you're looking for a bitter hop kick, but I think the mark is missed slightly on the blending of two styles. Very refreshing on a hot day though!

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Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of lcdawg
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of JimKal
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy yellow/gold. I loved the way this looked. Two finger white head.

S - had a light hoppy aroma. Not as pronounced as many other IPAs.

T - This is a very balanced IPA. Not a big hop load with a slight hint of sweetness at the finish.

M - pleasant medium body mouthfeel.

O - If you are looking for a big hop bomb this isn't the beer for you. But, I think it is a very good warmer weather IPA. I got this as part of their Hopology 12 pack and have enjoyed most of their offerings. I will get this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Doyle's down the street from the brewery.

Appearance is the straw-like color of the 2 row malt. Smells of whole cone hops, I could have enjoyed that all day. Flavor follows the scent. Bitterness throughout, and sharply at the end of sip. Mouthfeel is poppy and very nice for style. I really enjoyed this beer, and will enjoy again.

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Photo of milkbone_underwear
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Maureen
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of blackcompg
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their limited release IPA HOP-OLOGY variety pack...

Appearance - A rough pour gave 3-4 fingers of off-white eggshell head, color is a hazy golden yellow, great foamy lacing inthe glass.

Smell - Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, fresh white bread, floral hops.

Taste - A nice complexity of lite citrus, yellow grapefruit, some pith and a touch of lemon, tons of floral hops, light malt sweetness, just a touch of natural comb honey, light malt, and white breadcrust. Finishes with dry citrus pith, meadowy hops and a pinch of white pepper. Finish is also very crisp and dry. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium, medium foaming carb with some bright sharp edges, refreshing and very drinkable.

Overall - A very bright and refreshing APA. This would be a great thirst quencher on a warm summer day. Gorgeous in the glass, MUCH better than the simmer shandies that are out now - nice depth and complexity - makes me think of a "summerfied" version of Bell's Winter White.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ChrisElpers
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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