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RATINGS: 687   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Sam Adams Whitewater IPA. A wheat ale brewed with apricots & spices.
This hazy brew combines the crisp character of a white ale with the intense pine and citrus flavors of an India Pale Ale. We took the unique combination to a new level with the sublet addition of apricots, which provide a slight sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Somewhat hazy straw pour with good white head and super sticky dense lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly fruity apricot hop. Flavor is a little more bitter and piney/woodsy, on the tail end especially, but with a floral/fruitiness to it. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT. Pours foggy gold with a frothy, white head. Lovely piney hop aroma with some tropical fruit notes. Light to medium sweet flavor, definitely wheaty, with some dough, grapefruit, pine and grass, some lemon and orange. Medium in body with average, smooth carbonation. Sweet, faintly sticky finish, some lingering grassy bitterness, pine, yeast, wheat, dough, grapefruit and lemon. An interesting beer and very nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5534) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours cloudy orange with a good sized white head. The aroma has a good deal of citrusy hops, smooth maltiness, light pine, bit of spice, dry fruitiness and cream. Medium body that is pleasantly rough with a decent amount with fairly sharp carbonation. The taste starts with spicy/citrusy hops that have a bitter abrasive taste thatís a bit more aggressive than I expect from Sam Adams. There is a smoothness to the malt which I assume is due to the wheat being used. The finish has some earthy / woodiness from the hops and the apricots are noticeable, but is definitely on the dry side. Overall a nice pleasant IPA that is much better than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2249) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2012
12 oz bottle. So here we have two wheat-based IPAs in a row. First was the boring Shock Top Wheat IPA, now we have this one, which sounds a bit more interesting. It certainly smells more interesting. The apricots really come forward, mingling with a catboxy hoppy aroma to create a nice smelling IPA. The beer is cloudy orange with a medium white dissipating head leaving spots of lace; a skiff of foam is left on top of the beer, remaining there til the last drop. Taste is mostly bitter with a bit of sweetness backing things up. Strong grapefruit flavor. Body is much fuller than the Shock Top, thankfully. Highly carbonated for the style. Overrall itís a much better beer than the former, which is no surprise at all, and itís just a nice IPA overrall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Poured cloudy with a thin head smelled fruitful and wheaty fruitful aftertaste better than expected

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2012
The aroma has fruit and spice you also get yeast as well as apricots along with malt and pine hops. The appearance is hazy orange gold with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and I wish it were sweeter. The palate is smooth. Overall a winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2012
draft @ redlight redlight. Spicy pine aromas with tropical fruit notes. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a thick white head. Citrus notes upfront with bready malts followed by tropical fruits, starfruit, apricots, and finishes with bitter pine resin. Very tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2252) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Wow! This is a very intense beer! The description is absolutely no lie! The Whitewater IPA is most definitely a distinct combination of a witbier and an IPA. The witbier qualities stand out a bit more than the IPA qualities, though. But the combination of the two styles is very evident in every aspect of this beer. It starts out with a cloudy dark golden pour with a big white head. The head is very sticky on the glass and leaves plenty of lacing. The nose features apricot and yeast, along with a citrus and pine tone. The body is very smooth and completely drinkable. I just wished I liked the witbier style more. This beer would be so much better to me if I did! The flavors are remarkable. The Boston Beer Co did an awesome job marrying these two styles with one another. The body of flavors are completely balanced between the two styles. I got a lot of sharp and dry hop flavor, but with a very fruity, lightly malty and yeasty wheat flavor. This is really uncanny! I canít get over how Sam Adams did this with these two styles. They could not have done a better job in selecting two styles to combine to make into one beer. Itís not my favorite beer (because of the witbier qualities), but I have to give credit where credit is due. You have to recognize the effort and the íthinking outside the boxí that BBC did on this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1592) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2012
A hazy, yellow-orange pour with a small white head. The aroma is pleasant with the apricot out front and citrus underneath. The light body has a somewhat oily texture and average carbonation. The taste is sweet to start then quickly changes to bitter throughout the swallow and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3934) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Pour is a cloudy gold with a large white head. Aroma is fruity, hops and pepper. Flavor is a bitter citrus with some minor hops and dry wheat malt. Finish leaves some bitterness on the tounge. Itís ok and Iíll give Sam Adams credit for trying something different.

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