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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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%

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One inch head, golden-brown in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: light Belgian spice, big citrus and tangerine

Taste: orange, lemon, wheat--almost Orange Julius like, then a strong citrus hoppy end

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet candy like start with a bitter lasting middle

Overall: This is what you get if you take a clean witbier and add bitterness to the end in a big way. As my first white ipa, I find this refreshing, confusing, and different. I believe I would like this better if the two beer styles were a bit more intertwined--maybe a bit less sweetness in the beginning of the drink. I am not sure if I would get a six but would gladly have a couple. This one is good, but I think there are better beers in the hopology mix pack.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon and citrus hops with some apricot, caramel malts, and some coriander and other spices.

T - Starts off with some apricot, coriander, other spices, and citrus hops. Through the middle some floral hops come through with a bit of bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. The finish is a mix of caramel malts, apricot, lemon zest, citrus hops, and some spices.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, lightly bitter, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced spiced IPA. Could have used a touch more body and hop bitterness.

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Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JoshuaGoins
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Sam Adams pint glass. best by 10/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, herbal, floral, wheat, grass, apricot, grapefruit, and earthy spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, apricot, herbal, floral, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness for a good bit. Great balance of hop flavors, and nice balance with the bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden as expected for 5.8%; with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a great wheat IPA! Great hop flavor balance and smoothness; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of maleman
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Poured a medium straw color which was a bit surprising for me with it being an IPA. One finger head with heavy, clingy lacing. Some really nice grass in the nose along with some grapefruit. Like the color, the taste really didn't reach the IPA levels I would have expected. Slight taste of pepper and a sense of biscuit. It was very light-bodied, I thought with some lingering aftertaste. Overall, a bit better than average, but with an IPA being my favorite genre, it really didn't measure up as highly as I'd hoped.

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Photo of Mike327
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Whimpers
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #171
Served On: 06/07/2012
Glassware: Wheat Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.8%
Date/ Code: 10/2012

This 12oz bottle was from the 2012 Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology mixed 12 pack I picked up at Brewskee’s of New Oxford, PA.

Look: Hazy yellowish color with slightly more color depth towards the middle of the class. Carbonation bubbles were everywhere. The head was 1-finger of white merang. Head lacing was immediate.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast funk mixed with citrus and some slight hoppy pine.

Taste: First off was a nice orange peel citrus. Then a tart bready note hit - from the White Ale component maybe? The finish was more of the citrus with a hint of Belgian candy sugar that seemed to cut the acidic character from earlier in the sip.

I think this was a fantastic and well balanced brew. I think it would be nice if Boston Beer made this a summer seasonal in place of the Summer Ale. It has so much more genuine character and complexity, but it’s still very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Best by August 2012 on label
Poured into a tulip glass

Sam Adams' Whitewater IPA is a an interestingly hopped (and fermented...wonder what yeast they used with the wheat malt?) white IPA that makes for a fairly desirable hop-forward beer. While the nose was quite disappointing, the flavor of the beer, focusing on citrus (orange, grapefruit, apricot), malt sweetness, and bitterness was enjoyable, complex, and not imbalanced in any one area. While not revolutionary, this was an enjoyable beer with pronounced enough characters that I could see myself enjoying it often.

Pours a fluffy off-white head, composed of large (on top) and small (on bottom) bubbles with excellent retention. Eventually, the head settles to a 1cm cap atop the beer, composed of small bubbles. Lacing is copious and hangs on the sides of the glass in all manner of shapes and swirls. Body is an opaque burnt orange color, light showing some brighter orange and yellow highlights. Streams of carbonation are visible along the sides of the glass, despite the beer's turbidity. In the tulip glass, this is one good-looking beer.

Aroma is very mild, but I'm able to pick up some citrus, notably grapefruit, along with some very faint dried apricot and lightly sweet malt base. Not particularly impressed with the very reserved aroma, especially from an IPA, as the bar has been raised pretty high by others in this category.

Tip of the tongue picks up introductory apricot and notable orange flavors, to which malt sweetness is added across the front of the palate. By the mid-palate transition, medium-high bitterness creeps in, along with more complex, but milder, citrus flavors (think mild orange, grapefruit, kumquat) and a subtly sweet malt base. Back of palate detects some pine resin alongside continued mild citrus flavors. Aftertaste is of lingering bright fruit sweetness tempered by a stronger bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied with present, but subtle carbonation that is strong enough to foam this up nicely on the palate, but soft enough that it is barely felt on the tongue. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Closes out semi-dry and a bit sticky, otherwise this would be an exceptional white IPA body.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cmq103
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I received a 12-pack of the IPA Hop-ology variety pack as a gift from a fellow beer enthusiast who enjoys IPA’s like I do, plus the box looked really cool. I like how Sam Adams packaged six different IPA beers in one 12-pack. I definitely enjoy the variety…

Appearance: This beer poured on light orange-yellow color with a typical cloudiness present in most wheat beers. An aggressive pour got me about a 1/2” off-white creamy-looking head, which reduced to a thin ring. Lacing was respectable and quite carbonated as my glass is tilted.

Smell: Faint citrus pine hops, mixed with a little lemon and hint of Belgian spices. The nose is weak in my opinion, even after giving the glass a few agitating swirls.

Taste: Crisp carbonated grapefruit juice comes to mind right away, like I was drinking a Fresca. Belgian spices try to surface but are pushed backwards by the piney hop bitterness present, which lingers through to the finish. I know apricots were added to this during brewing but I barely sense any of the fruit flavor, just a hint of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Higher in carbonation, as noticed in the pour, with a moderate body. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite some time after each sip, but goes down relatively smooth.

Overall: I could see having a few of these during a hot and humid backyard picnic. If you’re expecting more of Belgian style white ale (Blue Moon for example) you will be disappointed. If you’re an IPA fan looking for a different rendition of the IPA style, this is worth a try. I would seek this out again, but more as a summer alternative.

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Photo of guillemiro
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of donmonkey1
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orangish-brown with a super nice white head with great lacing. Good carbonation. There are really small pieces of white stuff floating around in the beer (like pulp from orange juice.)

Smell: Mile pine scent.

Taste: Pine needles, fruity (like apricots, oranges, peaches).

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

I wish it was less pine needle tasting. The other fruitiness is more weird than good. It's a quality brew that I don't care much for.

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Photo of FlemingVSKing
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To preface, I've enjoyed both Sam Adams Latitude 48 for being a bitter but refreshing IPA, and Sam Adams Imperial White for being a very potent White Ale.

Whitewater IPA then, I was expecting to be a mellowed combo of those 2 brews, with a more passive white ale base and some noticeable but not overpowering hop notes.

What I got was Latitude 48 redux.

It's been several months since I had Latitude 48, but Whitewater IPA instantly reminded me of it and I can't imagine there is more than a couple of inches worth of difference. Not that this is a bad thing because Latitude 48 was a refreshing IPA.

I just think I would be very interested now in finding a strong White Ale that does have hints of more floral hops, rather than a strong bitter hop brew that is only slightly tamed by mild white ale elements.

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Photo of TheDarkestYouveGot
1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed gold with a foamy white head. Scents bring notes of light citrus, tangy wheat, faint breadyness and light fruity sweetness. Taste a touch more aggressive than scent dictates, same build. Medium bodied, slightly spritzy. Pleasent summer brew with a touch of sweet watery fruit.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 2,004 ratings