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

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82
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1,998 Ratings
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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:
1,998
Reviews:
449
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.56%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
292
For Trade:
0
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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -2.8%

Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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 -9.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

RJT

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
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 +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Spicy hop notes of pine and citrus with a touch of toffee.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a touch of lemon. More citrusy hops in the middle with notes of lemon and orange. Finishes with spicy notes of malt and lemony hops with a little bit of dry toast.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, but pretty bland by today's IPA standards. The hop character isn't weak, but it is kind of mild with mostly lemon character that isn't unpleasant but is a bit unimpressive for a brewery that we know can do much better.

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,998 ratings.
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