A Hop-tastic Palate Cleanser
A Review of Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA by Boston Beer Co. / Samuel Adams
Posted on 10/8/2012 by Chops
I recently had the pleasure of touring the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston, MA. It's the place where Boston Beer founder Jim Koch got everything started in 1984 and is now used for experimentation purposes. I had a great deal of fun learning about the brewery's history and methodologies. But, by far the most enjoyable aspect of the experience was the end-of-tour bonus. They offer free shuttle service to the famous Doyle's Cafe, a local pub about a mile down the street that is widely considered the best pub in Boston. This place has been open for 130 years and was the first establishment to serve Samuel Adams beer. It's a fantastic place and I loved every second of the visit. While there, I indulged in several Samuel Adams beers, one of which was the Whitewater IPA.

In the glass, this beer has a cloudy deep orange coloration. It comes with a rocky white head that has really good retention. As an added bonus, the beer was served to me in the patented Samuel Adams ''Perfect Pint'' glass (which I got to keep by the way). On the nose, you are greeted with a savory grapefruit note that is amazingly clean. Based on intro alone, I would assume that Whitewater is a crisp and focused IPA.

Grapefruit. That's your first sip and every sip afterwards. It's delightfully pure, almost like drinking a glass of fresh citrusy grapefruit juice. The hop profile is very crisp and airy, which reminds me of a good West Coast IPA. The resulting finish lingers for a very long time, so I sincerely hope you enjoy the taste. The beer very tangy with a mid-bodied mouthfeel. There's not much else I can say about the beer. It's actually very clean, very simple and easy to grasp.

Overall, the Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA is a very nice IPA. It's one of the more focused baseline IPAs that I have ever come across, making it an excellent bridge into the style. It's still aggressive, but not so much as to make it unapproachable. It allows novices to get their feet wet with IPAs with minimal bitter beer face. Seasoned drinkers on the other hand can enjoy this beer as a great session IPA. As a matter of fact, its cleanliness makes it an ideal chaser for Imperial IPAs. It as a hop-tastic palate cleanser.

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