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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Ratings: 2,005 |  Reviews: 449
Photo of sauvy10
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poired from a12 oz bottle into samuel smith tulip. I thought this beer had great balance between the bitterness and apricot and not an overwhelming wheat flavor. Pretty solid brew. Probably one of the better white ipas I've had. Very well done Sam Adams.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Best Before: Sept 2012

A: Pours a bright & glowing hazy peach with 2 full fingers of off-white foam on top that left a bunch of messy lace behind.

S: Citrus zest, spices, mango, and Hefe yeast aromas.

T: As above with some grassy hops, more mango, some apricot, tangerine, and just a kiss of carmel malt.

M: Relatively smooth and full with hints of hop oils and a suprisingly dry/peppery finish.

O: Another winner from the Sam Adams IPA box set.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like it. A crisp highly drinkable IPA that has some of the refreshing qualities of a good wit beer. Huge head that stays for what seems like eons. A cloudiness that is reminiscent of "Double Shine". Clumps of lace everywhere and bits and chunks of yeast in the light orange brew. Smell is citrus and pine like the label says and has a nice underlying malt sweetness. Maybe a hint of the apricots. Taste is a winner to me. A lighter malt profile ( wheat malt in here? ) allows for the hops to pop without being overbearing. Good pine and grapefruit sandwiching the malt and apricot sweetness. A touch of grains as well. Feel is light, crisp and refreshingly carbonated. So drinkable the glass was half empty by the time I started my review. This is a very good beer and maybe the all time great quaffing IPA. A little unconventional but nonetheless worthy of respect.

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Photo of tizride
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of intensify
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, amber-gold color with a thick white head. Plenty of lacing left behind and a 1 finger head rested on top of the liquid.

S- Floral hops, earthy, grapefruit and cracked pepper.

T- Follows close behind the smell. Not the bitterest of IPA's but hold's its on. Full after taste too.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonated. Flows down smooth and refreshing at the same time.

Ive had some fail attempts from Samuel Adams on different IPA's and other brews. This however is a hit. Has nice elemends that make up a good American styled IPA and could go for more of these in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, creamy, off white head. Good retention with some lacing. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Very green and earthy. Floral hops with grassy and citrus flavors. It basically smells like a hopped up wheat beer.

Taste: More wheat with some bready malts. Then floral and grassy hops. A whole mess or citrus flavors. Orange peel and lemon zest with apricot or mangoes blended in.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resiny feel.

Overall, a really solid offering from Sam Adams. Can't really complain with this one at the price point. The bitterness is actually pretty high for what I want out of this type of beer, so I'd stick to one in a night.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA has a very thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head and a hazy, pulpy, bubbly, orange appearance, with lots of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of piney hops, apricot juice, citrus, and bread. Taste is similar- fruit juice, hops, white bread, sweetness, and menthol bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA finishes semi-dry, satisfying, and easy drinking. Overall, I thinks it’s very good.


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Photo of elBecko
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very hazy yellow orange supporting a thin foam head that dissipates leaving scant lace. Smell is fair with the malt and hops having a citric piney background. Taste the spike of hops on top of the malt having a piney, grapefruit citric flavor leaving a dry bitter and maybe a note of apricot. The elements are there in the flavor, they just seem a little off. Mouthfeel is medium, slick with good carbonation. Not a bad brew, just something a little different to try.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head consistently covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit and oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of grapefruit flavors and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of citrusy hops but is also very easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of tronester
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy peach color, with a rocky off-white head. Smell is of freshly cut citrus fruits. Taste is a big apricot burst up front, followed by some piney, lemony hops. The finish is herbal, with a nice tight bitterness. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation levels as well. Overall a good IPA, the Apricot isn't too overwhelming.

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Photo of pvsob
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy yellow color with a two-finger, fluffy head. Head has killer staying power and leaves great lacing.

S- Wheat, fruity aromas (apricot, lemon), and lots of pine.

T- Starts off with flavors of granny smith apples, apricot, and lemons. Some wheat flavors come through in the middle. Finishes with a nice citrus pith/pine resin bitterness.

M- Light crisp feel with medium/high carbonation.

O- Another well made brew from BBC. There's nothing wrong with it and I'm glad I tried it, but I found myself wishing for more of the wheat characteristics to shine through in the aroma and flavor categories. Personally, I don't think I'll be revising this beer again. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A really nice effort at a White IPA. Pours a hazed golden color with a medium sized white head. Smell begins with hops, wheat, and some sweet fruit. Flavor is apricot, orange peel with some bitterness, pine and citrus. A wheat beer mixed with a white all added with some nice hop bitterness makes this a pretty solid brew.

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