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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An almost white head caps a murky golden beer. The foam leaves tons of lace, and retains as a rocky island on the top of the beer for the whole drink.

Smell is of floral hops, a touch of pine, some malts, and a note of astringency.

While I don't get much apricot in the taste, it does have a nice bitter that starts upfront, and lasts throughout. A much bigger flavor than the 5.8%

Texture is a tad fizzy, though not quite thin. Unfortunately, not super drinkable or smooth.

It's an IPA because it has hops, but none of the citrus components it claims to have. At least the flavor is pretty bold, if a bit one note.


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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
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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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 2,004 ratings