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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown Crossing... Poured into my small CC goblet... the brew is a very hazed dark golden.... okay head .. but no real lacing...

Nose is pithy grapefruit ... pale malts and some off fruitiness that I guess is the apricot... maybe some peppercorn or even coriander...

Flavor is odd.. a decent brew.. citrus and a bit of coriander.. Nice bitterness and some good hops... the "apricot" makes me think this is back sweetened with apricot nectar... The fruitiness adds to the overall brew but dulls everything else..

This should be a "fruit beer" .. not an IPA... The apricot addition does nothing to accentuate the positives of the hops and low malt profile. And the fruit does nothing but drag a decent beer down.

Just don't dig it.. My biggest prop is that it has pretty great drinkablity.. but everywhere else it is okay at best... Glad I got to try this one fresh.


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Photo of gpogo
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy straw wheat with some yeast particles. White head.

A- Sweet, but with a definite hop bitterness. Very slight citrus aromas.

T- Wheat malt with a very prominent bitterness. The bitterness follows with a bit of an unexpected harshness. Slightly sour finish

M- Medium body and smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D- Enjoyable, but there are better examples of this style of beer.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass a tagerine color tinged hazy yellow with a nicely formed lacey 1/2 finger white head.Aromas were pretty light with some toasted wheat and lemony notes,I didn' get much grapefruit or pine like many others.Quite dry on the palate with sharp grapefruit rind and lemon pith,the flavors seem to fade with mild toasted wheat in the finish.Not a bad beer,good to drink while out grillin like today.

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

Tasted On: 03-13-2012
Freshness: Best by July 2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

Bought this in the Brewer's Choice variety pack.

A cloudy yellow/orange beer, with a white head standing a couple of fingers. Both lacing and head retention are good.

Aromas are of piney hops and grapefruits.

Taste is dominated by the hops for a pretty bitter experience. There's a slight fruitiness, but I don't get much of an impression of apricots.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a high amount of carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied, the aftertaste is prickly, bitter and dry.

Overall an OK IPA, but I couldn't tell this was a wheat beer or that it had apricots if I hadn't read it on the label.

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

August is notched on the label.

Huge and persistent head of foam, the norm for Sam Adams brews, it's a hazy orange colour.

It smells very bitter. Pine and citrus there but if I whiff real hard, there's a bit of a malty sweetness there as well. Low on any spicing that I got in the Chainbreaker.

The taste is of pine, some citrus, hint or 2 of malt, no spice, pretty one dimensional but it tastes pretty good. At least for 1 bottle at 1 sitting. I don't have a desire to go back to back.

The mouthfeel is excellent but again, 1 and done. A good effort by SA but not quite where I had hoped it would go.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark yellow in color with bright orange hues, frothy white head with solid lacing down the side.

S- Spicy citrus hop with notes of pine and grapefruit. Sweet apricot noticable as well.

T- Sweet apricot stands out above a citrus hop kick. A few spices stand out as well. The apricots are an interesting concept but seem to overpower the bitterness that you expect from an IPA.

M- medium frothy body with medium carnonation. Finsihes slightly chalky.

O- This is an interesting take on an IPA but the apricot just doesn't work well for me. Just a bit too sweet.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent looking beer with very good head and beautiful lacing, impressive really. You can also smell the orange and coriander quite well, but unfortunately, it does not equate to a well tasting IPA with this mixture. I found it run-of-the-mill as far as IPAs go and the bitter aftertaste did not help any either. Overall, it's not a bad beer, just not one I will be looking for in the future.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat skeptical of this "white" IPA as SA isn't particularly known for either style and I have yet to find a "white" IPA that I've really liked. Let's give this a whirl.

Pours a hazy wheat-beer color with a sticky bright white head. Fairly aggressive pour yielded just over a 2-finger head. Good lacing, a characteristic of both good IPAs and good wheat beers.

Aroma is mixed between the 2 styles, neither overwhelms but neither stands out. A belgian wit with a touch of citrus and pine hops. Reminds me of Southern Tier's HopSun.

Taste is more of the same, but with a taste that doesn't quite work as well as I would have hoped. Hops contribute plenty of bitterness and astringency. Apricots covered in pine needles? No real wit-bier character as the astringent hops cancel out the subtle wheat tones. There is a bit of a malty presence on the way down and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a good mixture, this is a highly carbonated IPA with a medium body. Reminds me of Vitus in terms of feel, but without the creamy aspect. Bubbly astringency stings the palate.

Overall this is not bad, a nice attempt at a hybrid. This beer is refreshing, both in terms of what you get and that it reflects some experimentation.

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Photo of scratch69
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, golden color with a fingers worth of head. Generous amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong aroma of hops and pine.

Taste- Very hop forward with notes of pine. I detect only the faintest hints of apricot towards the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer. A little too piney for my tastes, I would prefer the Latitude 48 IPA.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, with about two fingers of white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling of citrus, like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied, Bitter up front with a bitter sweet after taste.

Overall: This beer is ok. Not my first choice, but I would not turn it away. I would buy it again if it came in a variety pack.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed October 29, 2013 at 0020. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Creamy one fingered head. The body is extremely cloudy thick goldenrod body. The lacing is moderately impressive, but time takes away its glory.

S: Smooth piney hops balanced to bring out the sweetness of the malts.

T: Bitter floral grassy bites. The promised malts from the nose is pretty absent here.

Bitter grassy notes stick to different sections of the tongue and remain for quite some time.

M: Creamy intake with a medium carbonated and medium carbonated body.

O: This is a nice introductory IPA. Even the most experienced beer drinker will not turn this drink down.

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Photo of JCRGraphix
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance-3.75/5 Pretty cloudy slightly reddish-gold color. One finger foamy head that lasts a while with some sparse lacing. Lots of suspended sediment.

Smell-3.5/5 Very slight apricot aroma. Slight piney hops aroma as well as well as the aroma of malt.

Taste-3.25/5 Somewhat bitter IPA (only 60 IBUs if I remember reading correctly). Grassy, pine, and citrusy bite. The hops create a bitter finish. There was less of a malt flavor than I expected.

Feel-3.5/5 Nice carbonation, medium bodied. Not too exciting, but not bad.

Overall-3.5/5 Overall, I'm very meh about this beer. It's not bad, but it's also not great.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/2013.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, yeast, and a slight nail polish remover aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight fruitiness on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and a somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the nail polish remover scent gives this beer a slightly harsh aroma.

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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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Photo of Fadefury
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/yellow tint with a 1-2 inch rocky clear white head

S - Mild hops, lots of apricot, and other various citrus

T - The bitterness is lower than expected in an IPA. The Apricot drags it down a bit, but I don't think it blends all that well with it.

M - Medium carbonation, and an overall smooth feel.

O - This isn't something I'd search out on it's own. The bitterness and carbonation is not my preference.

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Photo of biegaman
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA has the same colour as the apricots which it was brewed with. It's hardly more transparent either - the beer poured with flakes of yeast sediment, it's something like I'd imagine curdled orange juice to look like. Even its patchy head resembles clumps of fuzzy white mold. Not terribly appetizing.

The aroma doesn't fare much better. Not that there's anything inherently unappealing about it, it's more the fact that it's so terribly inhibited. The apricot is extremely faint and is only noticed once the beer warms some. More importantly, neither spices nor the hops have much aromatics apart from a faint earthy pungency.

The palate is enlivened ever so slightly by a spritz of citrusy zest and what I assume could be either coriander or grains of paradise. The maltiness doesn't extend a shade beyond pale and hence tastes only of plain white bread and interferes little with the hoppiness (which is good because there really isn't much of it).

That being said, the mouthfeel has some floral and grassy elements that manage to resonate at least for a little bit. Even the spice makes a bit more of an impression in the finish (still a very minor one, but an impression nonetheless). Overall, it's a very neutral, temperate IPA and is only about as exciting as picking beans with grandma.

Samuel Adams aims to offer more choices - and more flavourful choices - but typically do so without straying too far from the mainstream. Whitewater IPA, like so many of Sam Adams offerings, is heads and shoulders above other popular commercial brands but doesn't stack up against what most true craft brewers have to offer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden. Very yeasty with great lacing.

Smell: Lemon and grass. Very faint. Not my favorite, but it is ok.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour lemon with a creamy mouthfeel. Decent flavors, but a bit thin. Doesn't really scream "IPA" to me. A bit too bitter in the finish and thin as well.

Overall: Not my favorite, but it's an ok IPA.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow color, some head, but thin, and died out. Did leave some lace on the glass.
Smells of hops, grapefruit, and oranges.
Tast was some bitterness from the hops.
Medium body, with some carbonation.
Was ok, for me, not into hoppy beers, but could tolerate it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium cloudy orange with a thin white head that clings to the edge of the glass. Getting some lace here.

Weird perfume meets spice note (clove?). Some citric rind, but not much.

Citric hops up front, leading to a very lean malt backbone. They threw in apricot, but I have a hard time finding it. Maybe some pit bitterness? The bitterness and sweetness of the grain in the malt play off each other, but in the end, the bitterness dominates. This is pure bitterness, which I'm not digging because it is lingering too much. Brew dries out a bit in the end.

Medium light body. Good carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Structure, appearance, even scent work. Taste is big in the rating for me, and this just fails to appeal to me. I'm ok with it, and the quality of it, but in the end this is a bit of a swing and a miss for SA.

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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 intensify
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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Photo of AdamBear
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A-cloudy gold with a nice foamy white head

S-smells like sweet herbs such as mint leaves and even some vanilla. Just a slight hint of citrusy hops. Definitely some lemon in there.

T-comes in with an odd flavor of cooked vegetables and an odd sweetness plus some classic Sam Adams hops. The ending has a bit of bitter cereal to it. Odd beer.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a watery finish

O-this isn't a good beer. I was excited when I saw this was a white IPA. The style intrigues me, but this doesn't taste all how I think one should taste, or how any beer should taste for that matter.

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