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

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jsh420 on 12-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,000
Reviews:
449
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
296
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger cream colored head. Pretty good retention.

S: Lots of powdery malt in the aroma. Some faint citrus as well. Apricot and honey come out more as the beer warms.

T: Some grapefruit pith, lemon and piny hops on the finish. A bit of caramel malt sweetness in the middle. I don't really get a ton of the apricot here. Definitely not a bad beer.

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Photo of Yabev15
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with a large white, foamy head that has some nice retention. Random lines of lacing form all around the glass.

S: Some light grapefruit and a little apricot, very light though. Some non-descript citrus/tropical fruit with a hint of grass and a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, some citrus and I suppose a little apricot, but it is rather hard to discern. There is some wheat and very light bitterness. Slightly resiny finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with a slightly bittersweet finish.

O: A decent IPA. Would have liked the fruit to a little more forward to make it stand out a bit, but overall not bad.

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Photo of wmc0005
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rjl910953
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash flute on 4/30/12

Enjoy before Oct. 2012

This is one deeply cloudy beer. Honey, pineapple juice, golden, apricot (haha) - all of these work to describe the appearance. As for the head, it pours an incredibly smooth two fingers and has great staying power; after several minutes half the original head remains. Thick lace.

Aromas of grapefruit, pine resin, grass, orange peel, floral hops and hints of sweet cracker. The apricots take some time to emerge, being well-integrated in the aroma. On the whole it smells decent, if a bit raw.

Strange as it may be, I really like the malt profile; it's got the toasted grain and cracker thing going on. The malts are very clean, even for wheat. In any case, it makes a fully enjoyable backdrop for piney, grassy hops. I'm not picking out much in the way of apricot. Moderate bitterness collects toward the finish with a slight wash of citrus.

The feel took me by surprise - this beer is quite smooth. Whereas I was expecting prickly carbonation, the bubbles are more puffy, floating along the medium, slightly granular body.

This one is an easy drinker. I'm glad to have tried a bottle. Worth a shot.

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Photo of SickNukes
2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jerry
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of lpotter
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of terence
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of lauries444
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of EnjoiThePureTrip
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a hazy orange-apricot body with a small finger of creamy, soft beige head. Good lacing. Lots of citrus on the nose. Orange, grapefruit, and lime. Apricots in there too. Spicy wheat malt penetrates the fruit. Nice.

Soft wheat malt up front. Slightly bready and toasty. Mild sweet malt mid-palate, before hop flavor and bitterness take over. Pine, citrus, and tropical (pineapple) flavors combine with a slightly herbal, minty bitterness. Medium body. Slightly creamy feel. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow/orange and hazy, can see yeast pour out; good, tall head and lacing.

Awesome apricot aroma! Love it! Mingled with that great fruit aroma are citrus hops. This is one of my all-time favorite aromas I’ve come across in a beer thanks to those apricots. It works so well.

Fantastic hybrid flavor of a wit and an IPA. It’s yeasty, spicy, and fruity. Lots of good apricot flavor, though it’s not overwhelming. Big hop bite, especially in the finish. Body is luscious and really well executed.

I really, really like this beer. One of the most striking and enjoyable new brews I’ve had in a while. Will be buying lots more.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of jaasen64
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adams Hop-tology mixed 12, 1 of 6 IPAs. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a very hazy peachy gold, thin layer of white bubbly head (however first bottle poured about a finger and half of head), lots of fast rising carbonation bubbles, definitely above average carbonation.

S- Citrusy grapefruit hops, a little bit lemony.

T- Citrusy, lemony hops, lightly sweet, some bitterness in the finish. Decent balance between the hops and sweetness, maybe a tiny bit too watered down and a little bit too bitter but a decent taste. A little bit of a let down from the smell, for some reason it just doesn't come all together, however it wasn't bad. Lightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, slightly above average carbonation, easily drinkable.

O- I thought this was going to be a better beer then it was from the appearance and smell, it was a little bit of a let down but it was better then what I was expecting before I poured it. It had a really nice hazy golden appearance and grapefruit hops smell characteristic of some of the best IPAs out there, however the taste did not compare. The taste was decent- a nice lemony, slightly grapefruit hop taste. It was just a little bit too watered down and not sweet enough for this style of IPA. Easily drinkable, if your options are limited I would definitely recommend trying this.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 2,000 ratings.
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