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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jsh420 on 12-29-2011

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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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Photo of Bubbalito
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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Photo of allstar255
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of otzhorse2
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of soonerlight
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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Photo of Mdadvoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ChrisElpers
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of dreis
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus fruits and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of swinyeju
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A dull lemon and brown amber body, quite pale, unfiltered and kind of frozen, but with a nice big fluffy white head, lots of retention and lacing, but not fairly uniform in it's creation.

A nice airy citrus hop, with a sweet malt backbone component to it, hints a little apricot. It's actually quite solid, just faint though.

Taste seems to be somewhat subdued and fleeting. Some mild hop oil presence hits, even finish has a dry pepper like character but it leaves very quickly. Some slight playful carbonation in a nice coating palate, pretty good and solid.

Overall easy drinking but nothing really surprising, things could be worse or a heck of a lot more boring that's for sure.

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Photo of kmoore149
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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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