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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent pale and wheat malt character along with some pine and citrus hop notes. It has a slight white ale aroma, but nothing too intense. The taste is good as well. It has a wonderful hop flavor that melds nicely with the solid pale and wheat malt base. It's light and refreshing with a good deal of bitterness. The yeast character really shines and adds additional depth and complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious beer with tons going on. I would keep this one around as a full time offering.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles and lots of sediment. Kind of weird for a fairly fresh beer. Big five fingers of white head with good retention and lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat grains and pale malts with good hints of spicy coriander. Nice zesty aroma of fresh citrus pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, and orange peel. Also a pretty noticeable presence of pine resin giving a nice dank smell. Really nice hop presence here.

Taste: Upfront is a nice taste of wheat and pale malts with lots of coriander and some white pepper. Midway comes a big taste of ripe citrus fruit. Notes of orange peel, pineapple, lemon zest, grapefruit, and apricot. Also some earthy pine resin. Finishes pretty tart and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a higher level of carbonation. Fairly creamy, tangy, and prickly. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty interesting and tasty beer. Very good mix of spices and hops.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy floden yellow color, with a thick and fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace coating.

This beer has a nice citrusy hop aroma. I detect some lemon zest, and a slight apricot aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. Citrus with a nice amount of pine mixing in.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. UIt is carbonated well. I get a citrusy flavor on the way down.

This beer would make a good session beer because it isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor is mild.

Overall: This is a nice, non aggrressive IPA. A good choice for a hot summer day doing yard work, or relaxing at the beach.

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Photo of hdofu
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I find it interesting to observe how Samuel Adams went from having no ipas to several experimental ipa brews in the past couple of years. Some have been good others not as good, in particular an intresting thing is the different color versions of the ipas. This one pours clearer then most ipas this day has a bubbly white head. Smell is strong of hops and fruit. Taste is a moderately hoppy ipa with an apricot finish. The mouthfeel is sudsy and crisp. I kind of like the taste, not my favorite apricot infused ipa though, but not bad either.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, cloudy dark orange. 1 inch head, significant lacing. Bits of sediment float around suspended in the glass.

Smells very citrusy, lots of oranges, grapefruit, and apricot.

The taste follows. The fruit flavors are so clean and refreshing, tons of oranges and apricots, as if the fruits are actually floating in the glass. Pretty dry, not much malt flavor is picked up.

Lightly carbonated, and very drinkable.

Possibly Sam Adam's best hoppy offering. A really nice twist on the IPA with the apricot additions, but Dogfish Head's Aprihop is better within that small style window.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my first attempt at homebrewing, I tried to make a peach IPA. The result was a disaster but my attempt made me very interested in this "wheat ale brewed with apricots and spice" that is labeled as an IPA.

Slight barely-there aroma of herbs and fruit.

Pours a very pretty bright orange gold with a large white head. Very hazy with some visible yeast sediment (which I personally like).

Flavor was strange at first but got better. The apricots and hops didn't play well together (which does bring back memories of my ill-thought home brewed concoction) but it wasn't terrible either. In fact as the beer had time to sit in the glass for a bit it got better. I could pick up notes of apricot but also pineapple, pine, oranges, grapefruit, and a tiny bit of Belgian-style wheat tangyness. I think there might be a little rye in this one too. And definitely some spices but none stands out as dominant besides the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-full with some hop oilness on the tongue.

Overall, I would buy it again. It is definitely a different experience for sure.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cloudy, pale, golden color, and the foamy head were typical of wheat beers. The aroma was very tropical, with papaya, pineapple, and oranges in the smell. The taste like a orange juice, with a pronounced hop bitterness. There wasn't much aftertaste, and the body was thin. Very refreshingly constructed.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Doyle's down the street from the brewery.

Appearance is the straw-like color of the 2 row malt. Smells of whole cone hops, I could have enjoyed that all day. Flavor follows the scent. Bitterness throughout, and sharply at the end of sip. Mouthfeel is poppy and very nice for style. I really enjoyed this beer, and will enjoy again.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance: You can clearly see the inspiration for this beer: it has a very present cloudyness to it that at a first glance would make you believe that it is a wit. When poured it had a very small head, but that rapidly disappeared. Despite that, it still looks great in my Scottish glass. 4.255

aroma: This is where the beer really shines. It has a lot of apricot and floral\fruity hop aroma. Not much spice that I can tell, but it really smells amazing. Full points. 55

taste: wow, this one really shoots for the hops. It flavors can be described as being very hoppy neutral bitterness. Very resinous, and an indication of a very long hop boil. Unfortunately, it covers up a lot of the witbier character that the beer might had had. I like it, but its not what I wanted. 3.55

mouthfeel: This beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. I like it a lot. 4.55

overall: In some ways, this is a great beer...but it really missed the point. The point of a white ipa is to blend the flavors of a wit with that of an IPA. This one pushed the hops too hard, and it just came off as an American IPA instead of a white one. Still, its great American ipa! A good choice that will really surprise people who have no respect for SA. I give this one a 3.755 overall. If your looking for a beer with a unexpectedly large amount of hops, look no further.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale orange color with a thick white head that sticks to the glass.

S: A strong apricot and grapefruit.

T: Interesting flavor. You can taste the wheat up front and in the finish. In the middle is a fruity apricot and grapefruit, herbal, earthy hop flavor. The finish is a tad bitter and full of apricot and citrus.

M: Light feel and very smooth.

O: Pretty unique IPA here. The fruity apricot and earthy hop blend well together. The wheat adds a nice touch to smooth things out.

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Photo of Raime
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden-orange with a very thin white head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Citrus, medium pine, medium grapefruit.

T - Strong pine, slight citrus, sweet caramel, medium grapefruit. Very nice flavor.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall this was a very solid IPA that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would no doubt be my first snag when opening up this variety pack. Hopefully this will be a refreshing ipa to kick off the seasonal 12pk

A- whitewater pours a hazy orange color that really exuberates glowing color. The brew is topped off with a good frothy head of foam with speckled lacing

S- nice! A zesty wit scent coupled with piney and citric hop scent. The sweet pineapple scent is sprinkled on top of some bitter scents. This is a good combination of themes to kick out a spring seasonal

T- immediate pine and bitter flavors blast out from the brew. Very sour and enjoyable on the entry and the exit of the brew. In between all that bitterness is a fantastic spicy and citruc profile that I love. Very impressive from BBC

M- coating flavor with great carbonation. The flavor sticks around for quite a while after

O- wow. This is one bitter and zesty ops at the same time. Boston brewing went out and created the ideal session ipa that focuses on a bitter hop hit. Very excited that this came to market

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Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a real surprise in the SA IPA for the sake of IPA pack. Some of the things in the pack just were not enough of an IPA to call them that, but I don't care what you call this one, I like it.

It has a complex yet easy drinking not-quite over the top AIPA aroma, taste and aftertaste. After about 5 sips I can taste the apricot (I love apricots). It works. And it just gets better as you drink it.

I think I have seen sixes or twelves of just this brew and I may pick some up some time.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I appreciate tenderbranson69 sharing this with me. enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is lightly hazed glowing apricot with thick cap of foam and spotty lace pattern. The smell has a nice citrus odor with mild tropical fruit accent and somewhat fruity hop odor with nice yeast ester and slight spice. The feel is good with bitterness that is balanced well by the wheat which is toasted and mildly sweet with tanginess of fruit w/ a semi-dry finish and semi-high carbonation which is refreshing.

The taste is malty up front with nice wheat body and tinges of toast leading up to a tropical fruit and spicy hop flavor with a nice apricot and tangelo element. The hops have bitterness lasting into the mildly juicy finish. Overall a solid IPA, the wheat lightens and allows the hops to shine in this lower abv example of an American Style IPA. I enjoyed the tropical tinges in the hops with nice pine tinge a quaffable ale which holds its own.

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Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap
A - Pours a hazy honey color, big two finger marshmallow kinda head, big thick lacing.
S - Wheat, Pine some citrus peel , belgian yeast, a little clover and pepper. Apricot and grapefruit are huge here, as well as some fresh cut grass.
T - This is a great mix of white and ipa flavors. Some nice spice and belgian yeast, that hits with some dried fruit, some apricot, and a good pine finish.
M - Clean and crisp, palatable bitterness, well carbonated, a somewhat creamy texture.
O - This is one of the better beers BBC has brewed, and is an excellent example of the represented style.

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Photo of NHGrafx
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with nice head and good lacing.

Smell is wonderful. Lots of fruity apricot aroma. A very nice floral aroma from the hops as well with pine and citrus. Smells very much like the description on the bottle.

Taste has a maltiness with a nice amount of citrus and pine flavor with a spiciness that makes a nice tingly sensation on the tongue. There is some fruitiness present as well, but not as much as the aroma would have me expecting. Nice hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and drinkability is great. Overall pretty good. I am not much of a fan of IPA styles, but this one I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before October 2012. Served cold into a pint glass.

Whitewater is a hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. It settles slowly, turning rocky, and leaving some great lacing behind.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with sweet floral and citrus elements.

Flavor is bitter but not overpowering. It has the same lemon citrus as the nose but with added grapefruit and grass.

Mouthfeel is light in body and crisp on the tongue. Nicely carbonated and well balanced for an IPA.

Overall a good white IPA. Not as good as some of the bolder hop-forward beers but a nice lighter version of the style.

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Photo of Gatch
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a big, frothy, white head.

S: Citrus notes with hints of pine and some malt. Very enjoyable nose.

T: I was pleasantly surprised by the first sip. Big rush of fresh, citrusy, woody hops balanced by a good dose of malt in the finish.

M: The hops are fresh and full of flavor. Oils and resin tend to become cloying after a while. Very dry and bitter.

O: I thought this beer was pretty stellar. SA may not have the best beer in the world but because of their size, I feel they received some unwarranted hatred from BA's. It's like their scores start at a "4" instead of a "5." Recommended!

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Photo of mckenziac
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Samuel Adams "Hop Tour" mixed sixer.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light amber color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Smell: Has a citrusy, piney hop aroma to it backed by a spicy wheat smell.

Taste: Moderately hoppy with Cascade and other West Coast-style hops. Has a light yeasty, wheaty balancing to it. Finishes spicy and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium-bodied.

Overall: An interesting combination of styles. Definitely not my favorite IPA out there but certainly one I don't mind having time and again. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, straw-orange color that is very murky (like a wheat beer). Medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very impressive. Immediately I get strong apricot aromas...very fresh fruit. Kinda like I'm walking right by a fresh-fruit stand at a farmer's market. There is also some grapefruit and pine. There are some wheat-like aromas, along with citrus hops. Taste is just like it smells. A wonderful blend of hop bitterness with fresh, ripe apricots and citrus fruits. Nice grapefruit and lemon flavors as well. Slightly tart as well. Bitter hop resin finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I am very impressed by this one. Great blend of fresh apricots and solid IPA. Really glad I picked up a sixer of this.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a hazy orange-apricot body with a small finger of creamy, soft beige head. Good lacing. Lots of citrus on the nose. Orange, grapefruit, and lime. Apricots in there too. Spicy wheat malt penetrates the fruit. Nice.

Soft wheat malt up front. Slightly bready and toasty. Mild sweet malt mid-palate, before hop flavor and bitterness take over. Pine, citrus, and tropical (pineapple) flavors combine with a slightly herbal, minty bitterness. Medium body. Slightly creamy feel. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of abgba121
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy olden color just as described by sam adams, about one cm of white head

S: I can smell the faint hops, strong yeast presence, slightly sweet and fruity

T: sweet right at the start, yeasts and fruits are apparent, then the hops come into play powerfully to take over the rest of the taste, piney and resiny with light citrus tones. A great tasting beer

M: average body, good carbonation

O: a great ipa, I like this offering by sam adams, whereas for me their seasonal 12 packs usually disappoint

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Photo of mactrail
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive dark gold color in the New Belgium snifter, with a head of rich foam. Well carbonated on the tongue, but has a more prickly than creamy sensation.

The apricot flavor is subtle, but it has a smooth fruity ear, like there was a dose of clear fruit brandy in it. This is definitely more bitter than the Dogfish Head Aprihop. Whitewater is a little lighter and crisper as well, but also a couple notches lower in strength.

On the whole, this is hugely flavorful, richly hopped while staying shy of over-biterness, yet light and drinkable. Another understated win for Sam Adams. Admit it, you'd love this if it was brewed by your favorite five-barrel brewpub.

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Photo of scotorum
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before June 2014.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Hazy gold with a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to rocky surface foam

s; Moderate citrus and pine

t: Grapefruit bitterness up front over medium malt/wheat? base. Bitterness lingers all over the mouth.

m: Medium, fine body.

o: A lot of bitterness in this, like sucking a grapefruit. It does mellow out and becomes a good sipper. But a bitter aftertaste lingers even after the last swallow. Most hopheads should be pleased with the near DIPA-level bitterness, especially at the pricepoint.

PS: I am no longer a fan of Sam Adams generally due to their pushing the wrong politics, but this brew, a gift from my IPA-hating daughter, I must admit is outstanding.

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Photo of LiquidSanity
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap: Very beautiful hazy, golden-orange color. Very akin to a hefenweizen. It's an interesting color for an IPA but Sam Adams is known for thinking out of the box. Very good amount of lacing with a nice two finger head. Once again a beautiful color.

Ar: Mild citrus notes. Mild piney aroma. Faint presence of oak and smokey finish in the smell. Very faint.

Mf: Smooth, rich yet very thick. Not a very light or watery presence which is expected by ol' Sam Adams. Coats the mouth perfectly and the carbonation is appropriate and not overbearing.

Ta: Here is where it would rate low for most yet high for me. There is a mild presence of citrus with a fading presence of hops. However this beer is extremely bitter. Yes, IPAs can be bitter but are usually offset with a strong floral hop presence. It doesn't exist with this beer. The bitterness is strong and kicking, but I like it. I'm just as much a fan of hops as I am of a good bitter flavor. So for me, it ranks high, but do not expect a hop bomb. Very very bitter.

Ov: It almost tastes like a milder version of Sierra Nevada torpedo. I love SN's pale ale over torpedo sometimes because it is bitter without all the citrus notes. Their pale ale remains bitter with a decent amount of hops. Sam Adams has given me a beer that basically has the bitterness of SN's pale ale with the citrus notes of SN's torpedo. The hops however took a back seat. For many this is a turn off. When people think IPA they immediately think hops. I also think bitter and this brew is very bitter with a touch of citrus. If you can dig that, you can dig this. Cheers!

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