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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPASamuel Adams Whitewater IPA

Brewed by:
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 Shaw
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, white foamy head. Beautiful.

Big citrus and pine hop aroma. Almost tropical fruity with hints of apricot.

I can taste the apricots, which add a nice detail to the big hop flavors. Quite bitter and on the dry side, rather than being a sweeter IPA.

Creamy body is very nice.

Overall this is an exceptional beer from the experts at Samuel Adams. Hop fans, seek this out.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for July 2012.

Scent of grapefruit/citrus. Pours a hazy lemon yellow with large foamy head. Great head retention and laces the glass down to the bottom! Tastes piney and citrusy with a nice hop kick/bite to it.I did not notice the apricots, the hops are still more forward; what I would expect from an I.P.A..

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dirty orange body with great gradation scale of color. One-to-two fingers of creamy white head. Light lacing is spotty and falls in a cascading fashion.

S-Hops. Mandarin. Tangerine. Peach. Orange. Pine. Dank. Caramel malt wafts. Could be more aromatic. A bit musty smelling. But fruits and pine make smell the stand-out trait.

T-Mandarin orange. Fresh bitter hops are piney. Light grapefruit. White bread. A lot of pine that's a plus. But evident malt, (not sunken and hidden) should be here. Also benefitting would be fruits that are strong and on-par like the smells' fruits are.

M-Medium body. Fluid and creamy both. Medium-low carbonation. Typical sweet/sours of citrus start the sip, a sweet bready middle leads to a smooth pine finish that leaves a numb peppery hop bite. A medicinal crushed pill bitter is the after-feel.

O-Not getting the witbier taste here. The obvious orange in witbier is tasted but no coriander and wheat. Whitewater IPA is essentially an orange fruit, (orange, tangerine, mandarin, apricot, etc.) IPA in my book. A decent good beer I'd buy in a Sam Seasonal Box or Hopology Mixed Six Pack, not sure if a whole sixer though. More tastes will determine.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a mild orange tint. Medium-sized, thick white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Lots of pine backed up by apricot, orange, and lemon. Maybe just a touch of pepper in the aroma as well.

Taste: Begins with citric and spicy flavors, before rounding out to apricot and orange sweetness backed up by wheat. Finish is woody, earthy, and a bit nutty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation that stings up front. Finish is very dry.

Overall: I really, really enjoy this beer. It is almost like drinking a typical West Coast IPA, but with a bit more added depth and character than many of them. Lacks the ABV punch as many similar-tasting brews, but doesn't compromise much flavor-wise. Sam Adams brews are generally good representations of their style, but fall short of greatness. I was quite shocked to find this one to be excellent and it will now be known as a new favorite of mine in the Samuel Adams line of beers.

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Photo of budgood1
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a clouded apricot colour with an inch plus, creamy, frothy off white head. much lace to be had. this is a good looking beer in a weizen glass. fruity aroma of both apricot enhanced sweet pale maltiness and a healthy dose of tropical punch smelling hops. smells very inviting. the taste profile has an aggressive effervescent fruitiness, the apricot flavour is very prevalent, and actually melds well with the sweet pale maltiness and grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple hoppiness. this is a very fruit forward wheat IPA. some underlying spiciness is transparent as well, which acts as a lead in to the back end bitterness. lots of flavours going on. this has a big, round body with a soft, supple and creamy mouthfeel. it's very drinkable, and hits the spot again on a very warm St. Patricks day.

overall this unique offering has a lot going for it. i like it. i bet this would be a really great on a hot summer afternoon, although it works quite well on a record breaking warm afternoon in late winter/ early spring. recommended.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given to me by my buddy Matt, poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color, with a big thick white head on top. Tons and tons of sediment, like nothing I've ever seen before. Big flakes, some of which are floating on top of the head. I've never seen so much sediment in a beer.

I usually enjoy the sediment... but this has me uneasy.

S: Clean nose of pine with a touch of grapefruit. All muted.

T: Wow! Punchy. Surprising flavor for what I expected based on the appearance, the nose, and the label. Big notes of pine, and a touch floral and citrus as well. Delicate malt sweetness enveloped on both sides by great big bitter notes. A nice touch of dry spiciness on the back end adds character to this brew.

Impressive, Sam Adams. Impressive.

M: Light and lively, great carbonation, good dry sticky finish. This beer review has turned the corner. I'm all in on this guy.

D/O: Very drinkable. An excellent, light, refreshing, lower-ABV-but-fully-flavored brew.

I'm not sure BA has this "beer style" correct, though, as the Sam Adams website (and bottle) indicates that their is wheat, apricot and spices in this brew. Perhaps "American Pale Wheat Ale" might be more appropriate? Regardless, a delicious beer, no matter which "bin" you try to sort it into.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and nice lace. Aroma is of piney hops, and citrus. Body is medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is grapefruit up front with a nicely bittered finish. Hints of wheat and spice through out Excellent.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus fruits and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.8% ABV, Enjoy before Oct. notched on label.

A - Hazy golden yellow in color, Whitewater IPA pours with a luscious, lumpy white head that remains retained for quite a long time, immaculately coating the pint in lacing.

S - Fruity, hop citrus rushes out with mango and pineapple attributes followed by a bitter tickle of grapefruit. Pine hides underneath, flanking the soft and overpowered wheat aroma, but light spices notes still give Whitewater IPA that witbier, albeit spiked witbier, nose.

T - Wheat and pale malt flavors find themselves all but rushed away by the rapids of hop power, leaving some residual, lingering spice in the wake. Tons of sticky resin bites forwards with passion fruit and balled melon following. Notes of apricot are there, but, as a huge apricot fan, definitely not as pronounces as I would have hoped for.

M - Bitter and biting, Whitewater IPA trades the subtlety of soft wheat and mellow spice notes of a witbier for the aggressive and lingering dry hop bitterness that coats the tongue, so common to American IPAs.

O - Whitewater IPA is one of the first few brews stepping into the new territory of blending an IPA and a witbier. Boston Beer Co. has the IPA down wonderfully with bold and aggressive hop characteristics of fruit and pine, but it lacks on the witbier side. Soft wheat barely makes an appearance with spice deftly falling behind the bitterness' grip on the tongue. A good beer, especially if you're looking for a bitter hop kick, but I think the mark is missed slightly on the blending of two styles. Very refreshing on a hot day though!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from this year's Spring mix pack. Pours a hazy yellow-amber body with a good inch of so of white head. Pine and lemon jump out of the aroma. Lemon, pine, mint, and pith share the flavor. Medium to light in body with ample carbonation. Zesty and tasty. Pretty damn good.

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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 deltatauhobbit
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent sized white fully head, fades fast at first but then leaves a good sized cap on top, only a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a surprisingly strong aroma, huge whiff of citrusy hops with a bit of pine thrown in, hint of sweet malt to balance things.

Taste starts out with a flavorful yet mild citrus pine hop front, grapefruit like bitterness in the aftertaste, great carbonation level which provides a nice soft creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So this is a wheat ale? With hops? A Belgian IPA? Is that what the goal was here?

Clear hop spices going on with a salty bitterness. Must say that the nose on this one, at first, was just divine. Seems a silly word to use, but hey, with all these reviews, I need to mix it up and all. I kind of like this one, now that it's warmed up. Pretty good showing.

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Photo of shand
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Well, here's Sam Adams' new baby, the newest addition to their year-round bottle and draft lineup, Whitewater IPA. It's quite a looker, with a nice hazy goldenrod body and a large head that laces very well. The aroma is nicely citric hoppy, with just a little bit of fruit and wheat lurking beneath the surface. The taste brings a bit more of the fruit and wheat flavors to the forefront, but paired with the perfect amount of hoppy bite to not overtake the more delicate wheat and fruit flavors. The mouthfeel has a lighter body and is well-carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. Another solid brew from Sam Adams that'll be nice to keep around. It's a good choice for adding to the core lineup for sure.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy deep golden color with about a finger of white head that is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Citrus such as lemon zest, grapefruit, and apricot. Slight wheat aromas mixed with a hint of hops.

Taste – Oddly does not taste like an IPA. Reminds me of a witbier. Nice citrus punch up front with the aforementioned fruits. Light pine and hops, wheat, and a slight bitterness. Honestly, this tastes pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, relatively creamy, crisp carbonation.

Overall – To be frank, I am surprised this beer is not rated higher. This is a solid offering from SA and one of the better new beers they have put out as of late. May buy another 12 pack just to have this beer again.

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Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass
Best before: April 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow with 2.5 fingers width of sea foam white colored head. Leaves tons of layered lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Big dank resinous hops. Juniper and pine. A touch of citrus. The aroma is reminiscent of Masala Mama, and yes I am being serious. I love the huge resinous notes.

T: Significantly more wheat flavors than on the nose. Spicy hops and bitterness. Touches of citrus. Very good, but doesn't live up to the nose.

M/D: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation on the higher end of the spectrum. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, what a nice surprise. Is it just me or is Sam Adams stepping up their game? One of the better Sam Adams offerings Ive tried. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of anth0ny
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like a Blue Moon on steroids. Light orange and very cloudy with a decent, finger-sized head. It looks very refreshing off the get go. Frosty ,crisp, sudsy.

The aroma is just exploding out of the glass, almost as if the glass is too small to contain it. Magnified smells of orange peel, sweet grapefruit and apricot, pine and floral hops. Light grain. I could huff this.

The taste is pretty much what you would imagine after smelling. Sweet fruits, citrus fruits and pine and floral hops all swing dancing together in harmony, changing partners simultaneously. It's got a full, piney, bitter finish.

It's extremely crisp, medium body and fully carbonated. It's got kick.

Overall, I did not expect this experience from this beer. I was expecting something a bit more mild from Sam Adams, but I was surprised in a good way. I like it.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy shock white head sits on top of a hazy yellow-orange beer remeniscent of a hefeweizen. Lots of visible carbonation from the bottom to the top and the head retains for a while in its sea-foamy form. Lots of lacing. The smell is very pleasant and inviting with a big amount of grapefruit hoppiness that hits first with a huge amount of orange zest as well. I wouldn't have pegged it as apricot until I read the label, but the apricot is definitely noticeable in the smell going along nicely with the orange rind aroma and balancing grapefruity hops. Very nice aroma.

Big juicy burst of citrus up front that is followed by a not so juicy grapefruit bitterness that dries out the finish to a puckering crispness. All the fruity citrus tastes go well together, orange and a touch of lemon up front and straight grapefruit in the back that leads to a long and bitter finish. Just a touch of that apricot in a balancing juiciness, but it is absolutely subtle. A little light on the malt front as the hops dominate the flavor profile in a distinct fashion. It probably wouldn't have hurt too much to have a bit more body from these malts. That said, the hops are utilized very nicely and it is definitely enjoyable.

This is kind of like a hoppier Alpine Spring, which I like already. More hops works well here and I definitely liked it. This would have done well as full-time spring seasonal as well.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy caramel orange. Just under a finger of head from my pour. Kind of light on the lacing on the top, some sporadic whiteness. Some light film on the sides, a bit spotty with some bubbles.

A lot more citrusy in the notes than I would have expected with Sam Adams. Seemed to be lemon more than anything else on the citrus side. Light pine as well.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose. More grapefruit than lemon on the citrus side, but surprisingly noticeable. A bit balanced, though, and not too bitter, although you can taste it.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.

This was better than I was expecting. The sharp citrus notes really stand out.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cream-colored cloudy orange body topped by a medium-width finger of white foam. Moderate lacing and mediocre duration are offset by a beautiful color in the body.

Huge pine notes and good hop aromas in the smell blend strong, pungent pine with nice fruity citrus smells; tremendous smell. Good taste, very piney and not as resiny, though the hops emerge quite nicely. Good citrus flavors of orange, lemon, and tangerine.

Really an innovative IPA, combining the hop and pine grit and bitterness with a white, wheat lighter beer that is smooth, effervescent, and nicely hopped.

Whitewater is quite good and very creatively executed, a bold and smooth IPA that is light and enjoyable, but bold and a bit strong as well. I like this very much, and Sam Adams would be wise to make this more readily available, especially in six-packs, for consumers. Cheers!

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Photo of iBeer16
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White water ipa

A: looks like an unfiltered wheaty color with a finger white head that leaves little lacing. 4

S. strong mix of wheat hops and citrus. Citrus aroma includes orange peel and grapefruit

T. great hops! Nice grapefruit/ citrus flavor mixed with a great malt.  

M. nice light body. Finishes a bit bitter. Nice carbonation 

Overall, this is a sam Adams?! Wow. Very well done, very hopy, great flavor. My favorite Sam Adams hands down

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Photo of PintOHops
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Wheat beer

A - A straight up Wheat Ale appearance. A hazy golden color with a 2-3 finger head that looks dense and hardy. Moderate C02 can be seen through the hazy brew, and it left some very nice lacing on my glass.

S - Upfront is a very fresh grapefruit rind aroma, a bit of pine in there as well. Underneath the fresh hops I get soft grainy and cracker like malt notes. I noticed a touch of banana or bubble gum as it warmed up. Overall it smells fresh and inviting.

T - Upfront I get resinous hop flavors like grapefruit rind, lemon juice and pine. Mingling in between the hops upfront is a nice wheat flavor, as well as a subtle banana like yeast characteristic. It finishes with a high amount of astringency with moderate-high bitterness that lingers a bit.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth and almost creamy feel to it. Moderate-high crispness.

O - Wow, I think this is a great offering from Sam Adams. The appearance and the aroma are very inviting, and the flavor profile is fresh and unusually hop forward for Sam Adams. I really enjoyed this combo of a refreshing Wheat Ale and a bitter and flavorful IPA. I definitely recommend this one.

Great Job Sam Adams. Cheers!

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foggy honey color under a thick, frothy white head. Permanent sudsy covering and spotty lacing all over the glass. Lovely citrusy hop aroma upfront... grapefruit, lemon, pine, apricot, coriander, and grain. Juicy, bitter flavor: pine sap, orange peel, grapefruit, and apricot. Very zesty, subtly sweet, and quite bitter. Medium bodied, a little tart, and drying. This was quite good! I could go for a couple more...

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour yields a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that at least fades slowly, some lacing, hazy Murky carrot orange color, not bad for a wheat based ale.

Nose has tropical fruit, maybe amarillo or simcoe, mango, etc. also apricot fruit and a light wheat, a bit similar to gumballhead but a bit lighter.

Taste is wheat base, hint of grassy wheat malt flavor with light spices. Then hops kick in, big hoppy spicy hops with a tropical fruit again. Again light mango, pineapple, juicy apricot fruit as well. Bitter spicy earthy rind. Finish gets quite biter, long biter spicy earthy hop almost salty and hints at astringent but not quite, chewy hops, and a hint of tropical fruit and pine remnants.

Mouth is med, good carb.

Overall great, best new beer from them in a long time, nice wheat, fruit, and hops all done well.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Sam Adams pint glass. best by 10/2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, herbal, floral, wheat, grass, apricot, grapefruit, and earthy spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, apricot, herbal, floral, wheat, earth, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness for a good bit. Great balance of hop flavors, and nice balance with the bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden as expected for 5.8%; with pretty much no warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a great wheat IPA! Great hop flavor balance and smoothness; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,995 ratings.
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