Beer Review #79: Sam Adams Whitewater IPA

Say what you want about Sam Adams being so popular and producing so much beer that they can no longer be considered a craft brewery; I could care less. The only thing I care about is that they continue to make really tasty brews that are readily available in my area. One of their newest forays goes into the White IPA style. White ales were partly responsible for me getting into the adventure of trying different styles of beer. 10 years ago I was an avid drinker of Blue Moon but as years went by and I tried more styles I wasn’t really blown away by white ales any more. In fact, the only one I like to have on occasion is Hooegaarden. But anytime you involve adding more hops to something I’m all for taste testing.

The best way to describe this beer would be; take a Blue Moon or another relatively sweet wheat beer and mix that with your favorite pale ale and the end result is Sam Adams Whitewater IPA.

Commercial Description:
“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.”


STYLE: India Pale Ale

ABV: 5.8%

Purchased at: Hy-Vee

Pour: Golden amber pour with medium white head.
Aroma: Hops, wheat, and sweet fruit, oranges.
Taste: Mildly hoppy with the sweetness of a white ale.
Overall: B-

Recommendation: A great beer for people making the transition into Hopland. Not overally sweet and nice and refreshing.

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