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

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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 Kinsman
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange fills the glass with a large fluffy and dense white head on top. Some sticky lace lingers briefly on the glass.

A welcoming hoppy aroma greets you with juicy citrus notes a bit of a piney flavor as well.

Hops take over on the palate as well. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Nice bready malt character balances out but really there isn't too much to suggest the wittier presence in this beer. Some hints of spice but the hops, at least while its this fresh, seem to hide a lot of nuances.

Nice crisp light bodied feel. Overall, a nice hop character and rather refreshing. Another winner from SA

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Photo of Dope
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very cloudy orange pour, not far from a witbier. Big effervescent off-white head. Great head retention and a nice wall of lacing.

S: Citrusy, a little bit of wheat and a whole lot of grainy, bready malt.

T: Again, citrusy with a big pine hit. Followed by more of that grainy, bready malt.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Not bad, a pretty plain, malty IPA with a touch of witbier character.

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Photo of mscudder
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz from variety pack dated best by August 2012.

A - A cloudy golden yellow with a large head. Little lace.

S - I am getting the aroma of apricots and piney hops. Certainly underwhelming for an IPA.

T - Light bitterness with some piney hops and mild apric, following the scent. I feel as if the citrus notes are pleasent, but fairly moderate in quantity. This certainly is a step in the right direction, but I would prefer more pronounced flavor.

M - Very smooth and highly drinkable, which is expected for an "IPA" at this ABV. I enjoy the feel of this one with its medium body and almost creamy composition prior to the bitter finish.

O - One of the better Sam Adams brews I have had, but leaves much room for improvement. If this were one of the only 6-packs on the shelf I may give this another go some time in the future.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden almost brown colored body with a large foamy white head that mushroomed capped when it was initially poured, some carbonation appeared, but mostly stayed out of sight because of the haziness of the beer, it left a good amount of lacing

S: coriander, apricots and pine; some hops present themselves in the background

T: pine and the hops, nothing else reared its head

M: medium, sessionable, no harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste, piney finish

O: not a bad brew, but probably would only have this again if it was on tap

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Photo of TwinButte
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrus, pine and a little hint of that apricot make this one unique. The aroma is unexpected for style. Almost comes off like a witbier in that department. Citrus and fruit are prominent in the mouth but not the sweet fruitiness that you might expect or that I hoped for.

I am not digging on this one at all. Its a different spin on an IPA but just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of ahq514
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color with a white, finger and a half head. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Good lacing.

Aroma is mostly of coriander, belgian yeast, and apricots. Some piney hops in the background, but I figured the hops would be more forward in this beer.

Wheat, belgian yeast, and apricots. Next is a dry, spicy, coriander with piney hops. Unfortunately there isn't enough malt to stand up to the bitterness of the hops. Not really detecting other spices or orange peel.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation for what I was expecting. Pretty drinkable though.

I love the concept of white ipas, and loved the boulevard white ipa, but this one fell short. I don't think there was enough element of the belgian wit side of things and wasn't well balanced enough.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oh, Snap! This one will slap you and make you call it Daddy!

Old Darthy had to come out of the woods to review this one. Not much for the Sam mix pack offerings, but, in these days when Hop Devil tastes sweet and yummy, you know BB worked hard to get this one on the radar.

You know you're in trouble when the aromas start attacking your nose as the glass approaches, and then BAM! There it is, that good ol' nail up the nose like back in the day (what was that beer?).

Not much else to say, except -- "What? Oh! You say there's apricots in there? Who the f__k cares!!! My tongue is still writhing on the floor!" Yeah, this aint no Magic Hat #9, let's just leave it at that, okay?

Anyway, it was nice to feel young and naive again drinking a beer.



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Photo of daliandragon
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Brewer's Choice Spring mixed twelve pack. This beer pours a pale golden with a surprisingly opaque body. Also great early lace. Nose is grapefruit hops over a bready, malty backbone. Looks like a wheat beer, but doesn't smell like one.

This one is difficult to define and does contain elements from both its lineages. Initial bitterness gives way to mellow wheat smoothness and then back to hops at the finish. It is interesting and ambitious, but far from a flawless transition. Plenty of citrus hops give it flavor but the wheat backbone isn't strong enough to keep the bitterness from becoming acrid and grating. I'd give an "A" for ambition but not something I'll look for until they smooth out the rough edges.

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Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy golden color with a medium sized, creamy, rocky off white head that had good retention and lacing.

S-The aroma is very grapefruit and pine right off the bat with some tropical fruit notes, but I don;t really know how much of the apricots are coming through. There is a strong, herbal/floral hop notes in there as well. And I also can't tell whether the spices are coming through.

T-The flavor is like the aroma, lots of grapefruit and piney hops (which I love) some mild hints of tropical fruits that could be coming from hops as well, it doesn't seem like they used enough apricots here. The hops shine through well, which is how it should be, but to use fruits in an IPA, I think Dogfish did it the best with their Aprihop beer. It's a well done IPA, but not much spices or apricot come through imo.

M-The mouthfeel really gets better as the beer warms. It's very smooth, easy drinking, medium bodied beer with a long, slightly dry and bitter finish.

O-Overall, I like this beer very much. Just don't think they achieved what they wanted it to do. I don't pick up on the spices or the apricots very much.

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Photo of KajII
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that lasted throughout and produced excellent sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was nice and hoppy of citrus hops, grain malts and a soapy yeast with notes of grapefruit, caramel and a bit of spice.

The taste was lightly bitter with a decent note of caramel early on and then became good and hoppy with an awesome bitter citrus flavor and a nice dose of spice at the end. The flavor lingered for a nice long time allowing for full enjoyment of the hoppy citrus brew.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a slightly dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a tasty and refreshing IPA with a nice spicy finish, in fact I think I will have another...

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge three fingers of billowing foam. Aroma is redolent of citrus hops and apricot. Smells quite nice.

First sip is quite fruity, with a strong bitter finish. Can certainly taste the wheat malt in the body. This is a very nice, complex brew. Wouldn't really call it an IPA, but the sour hint from the apricot mixes nicely with the wheat malt, all surrounded by a hoppy envelope.

Got this in a mixed 12 pack, but would buy a 6 pack in the future.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass Pours a hazy darker straw color with a 1.5 finger white head. Smells of sweet hops but not much of an aroma. As the bottle says, it is a wheat IPA, and definitely it has the hints of both. It is quite balanced and still quite hopey and has a little bite. It has the maltiness of a good wheat beer. Carbonation is great and goes down smooth. Overall a good beer and a nice wheat IPA.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a nonic pint. Best by June 2012 notched on the label. Pours a dull tangerine hue with a hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, off-white head the quickly recedes into some dollops and a skim. Some spots and thin swaths of lacing present during the tasting. Nose is somewhat non-existent. A hint of citrus and light malts - it almost reminds me of a witbier. Taste is pretty lackluster - earthy hops, dull citrus and a trace of spice on a light malted backbone. There's also some residual earthy/acrid bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a carbonation that falls just short of prickly and a light acidity. Overall, not much of an IPA. Nothing really stands out in the hop profile. Not one of this brewer's better one-offs. Glad the mix pack I bought only has two of these.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden-orange with a long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops followed by apricots and caramel malt. Body is medium and tangy. Spicy, citrusy hops dominate the flavor with apricots, orange fruit and malt in the background. Finish is long, dry dominated by grapefruit. I like a lot of hops in this Wit.

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Photo of wages
4.71/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd review of this beer from a different batch on 2/21. Poured into standard a pint glass at around 50 to 60 degrees. Fairly warm for me.

appearance - 5/5 - Still has a hazy bright orange color with a big two finger head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing (less than the previous one).

smell - 4.5/5 - I'm picking up a lot of grapefruit and pineapple and extremely subtle wheat.

taste - 5/5 - This time it's very, very much "pineapple" to me which must be from the hops. It's a great balance for the wheat flavors which are a little more prevalent at the high temperature, but welcome in the IPA environment.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Medium level of carbonation. There's a big hop flavor leftover that's very spicy.

overall - 5/5 - Still really digging this beer. I can see this as a goto during the summer if they keep it in production (please!).
1st review from 2/13/2012

appearance - 5/5 - Hazy bright orange color with a big two finger head. Leaves lots of lacing.

smell - 4/5? - I'm having a hard time picking up any substantial aroma. Probably because my nose is a little stopped up.

taste - 5/5 - Bright grapefruit hops slash apricot undertones appear immediately and then a faint wheat flavor follows. I can pick up "spices", but not what kind.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - Medium to high level of carbonation but not enough to clear the hop flavor, so it lingers a bit and coats the tongue with malty goodness.

overall - 5/5 - I was curious what the wheat IPA would be like, and I'm surprised to say it doesn't disapoint!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams' Whitewater IPA has a soft, yellow-orange body, with a good-looking white head that has solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is very fruity, but it's tough to separate actual fruit from the hops. A bready, malted wheat base comes through as well.

Whitewater IPA is one of the better hoppy wheat ales that I have come across. A good dose of hops, with c-hops leading the way with tons of citrus flavors and a good bit of bitterness. The citrus from the hops blend nicely with the additions of orange peel and apricot. It's hard to tell at exactly what point the hop flavors turn into fruit flavors, but I notice that it does happen, and the bitterness dies to give way to a little bit of sweetness. Next comes the malt, which tastes like a mix of pale and wheat, bringing a little twang from the wheat and a variety of light bread flavors, sweetness and a little bit of cracker. Mixed with the wheat is a peppery flavor in the mold of coriander.

Pretty active carbonation, but still a nice smoothness to this this medium bodied beer.

I definitely give Whitewater IPA a thumbs up; my buddy's fridge didn't have anymore left when I had gone.

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Photo of Nachojon
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super hazy, great foamy white head. Really coats the glass. Nice amber what color. A looker.

S- Not a lot of aroma here. Some hops come through, a little bit of that apricot.

T- I dislike whats. So this one being a wheat/ IPA hybrid really brings it up a huge notch in enjoyability. Has that smooth sweeter start of a what and then just enough hops to keep the wheat from carrying through to its usual sugar nastys.

M- Nice and crisp. A really drinkable beer. I could put a few of these back. Nice carbonation.

O- I won't be going out and purchasing this one. But damn call this one a wheat and it would be my favorite. Sam Adams makes really drinkable beers overall. This is another.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy honey golden color with a soapy white 1.5 finger head. Retention is average at best. Looks more like a wit than IPA.

S - Orange, pine, crystal malt, and some other light, tart fruit notes. It's moderate strength, and seems fairly balanced.

T - Though the hops bitterness isn't entirely strong, it's completely imbalanced. The resinous pine note is welcome, but I'm missing the fruits notes I found in the nose. A bit watery, even. Bitter throughout.

M - Thick and almost syrupy. Strange.

D - It's got some really decent flavors going, but the build and balance are really strange. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Zorro
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is amber-orange murk with a small white colored head. Good looking this beer is not.

Smell is hoppy with the scent of pine being the strongest. Little bit of spice. Some eucalyptus funk. It smells like a fundamental but not outstanding IPA.

Starts out sweet with a strong wheat cracker malt flavor. Slightly bitter but not a strong IPA flavor. Really tastes more like pale ale than IPA.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is just an OK beer, nothing in need ever try again.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from a Sam Adams mixed pack, picked up in Upstate New York.

Poured into a nonic. Light golden-orange, quite murky. Good sized head of white foam, lots of sticky lacing icicles. Fine looking brew, certainly on the paler end of the IPA spectrum.

Nose is tart resin and citrus hops, apricot.

A nice little IPA, certainly highly approachable. Resin hops and citrus as you take that first sip, but a pleasant sweetness follows with a good taste of apricot. Nice bitterness to the finish. Not the most complex or potent IPA in the mix, but certainly quite drinkable.

Light bodied, good carbonation. Puckery.

Solid IPA. Nothing too fancy, but certainly worth a go. I could drink several of these with reckless abandon.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a solid 2 finger cream head that lingers and leaves thick lacing.

Orange, apricot, and wheat open the aroma with piney hop and coriander present in the background.

Piney, resiny hops carry the flavor throughout, with grapefruit pith in the background and a nice surprise in the form of slightly sweet apricot leading up to the bitter hop finish.

Body is moderate with medium high carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, a very interesting brew. Kudos to sam adams for stepping out of the box! Really think the apricot makes the beer special.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured unto a Sam Adams signature pint.

Appearance: A cloudy gold color with roughly a 1/3" white head. Settling after a sip or two.

Smell: Light hops but before tasting you can taste before even taking a sip.

Taste: Malty and hoppy, you must be stupid if you think I am complaining. This is literally an incredible everyday IPA counting the taste alone.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, smooth to most but not to all.

Overall: Well put together, best to have during gameday or whenever you feel like having a real beer. No it's not strong but iut doesn't need to be it's just that good. Salud!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent creamy orange, like a melted down creamsicle with a huge pillowy white head leaving great lace.

S: Has that wit orange peel, some peppery spice.

T: Orange, grapefruit, and apricots upfront and then finishes with a bitter pine attack which is just delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, hint of acid, very crisp, refreshing.

O: One of the best Sam Adams beers I've had in a while. Impressive, great taste.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap served into a transparent hard plastic cup at me friend's gaff in Palo Alto, California. Reviewed from notes. Acquired at a local BevMo as part of a Sam Adams variety box.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-orange.

Sm: Lemon and a pretty hefty hop aroma. A simple, standard IPA aroma. Clean. Moderate in strength.

T: Hop bitterness comes through, untamed and imbalanced by any other note. Clean malts form the foundation. Simple but pleasant. There's not much to say about it. Some cream is present. Nicely built but in no way ambitious or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours in a general sense, but certainly isn't tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty boring for the style. There's nothing new or unique here. It's alright, but I wouldn't have it again. IPA fans might do well to give it a spin, but others should ignore it.


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Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pastel yellow color. Very cloudy. Forms a small white head with good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is a bready mix of wheat and apricot with just a little citrus. Taste starts off with a lot of wheat, then moves to a mix of pine and citrus before the apricot becomes apparent again. Eventually fades into a rather appreciable pine bitterness. Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. A very drinkable IPA with more bitterness and less malts than I would have expected from a Sam Adams brew, but can't say I'm much of a fan of the fruity apricot in this one.

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