Beer much like the rest of the business realm is full of leaders and followers. From the light lager to the Irish Dry Stout, there are creators and duplicators. This writer could cite a famous phrase but I don’t think that it’s necessary.
In recent news copying has been associated with such styles as the Cascadian Dark Ale, the India Black Ale, and the Black India Pale Ale. Further examination of recent trends reveals such styles as the Belgian-style White India Pale Ale or Belgian India Pale Ale. For those in the Northwest that has meant enjoying beers like Deschutes Conflux #2 or Boulevard Brewing’s Collaboration No. 2.
Boston Beer not wishing to be left out of this emerging style, has elected to release their take on the Belgian-style White India Pale Ale with Whitewater.
Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA is a new fusion-style brew that brings together the best attributes of two popular craft styles: the crisp spicy wheat character of a white ale, perfectly balanced by the intense hop flavor of an IPA.
American and Australian hop varieties pack a piney, citrusy punch, while the subtle addition of apricots provides a slight sweetness to balance the bitterness of the hops.
Weighing in at 5.8% ABV, Whitewater IPA is a medium-bodied beer brewed with an array of aromas and flavors such as apricots, orange peel and coriander.
Amber in color with a citrusy hop aroma, Whitewater IPA is a balanced brew that finishes smooth, without any lingering bitterness, and leaves the drinker longing for the next sip.
The white ale and IPA combination make this crisp, smooth, yet hop-forward beer the perfect pairing to a variety of meats and cheeses. Intensely flavored and firm in texture, Blue cheeses need a bold beer like Whitewater IPA to cleanse the palate. The brews’ strong hop character also adds an earthiness to the savory flavor of meat.
You Should Try This. This writer has to admit I was surprised by Sam Adams first national attempt at making a Belgian-style White India Pale Ale. Take it from me or from the brewery and enjoy this with a rib eye, some pork loin, or even a fatty piece of cod.
Whitewater is pretty much what you expect, if you’ve already consumed from bottles of Deschutes, Boulevard, or even La chouffe.
Poured from a twelve (12) ounce bottle, this White IPA appears straw-yellow with a definite opaque clarity. Resting on top after the initial pour is over two inches of shaving cream, thick, head. As it warms up this cap of white dissipates, leaving behind a ragged curtain of lace within the glass.
Taking a strong inhale there is a noticeable amount of citrus (grapefruit, lemon, bits of orange peel), coriander spice, and wheat.
Taking a sip you are further reminded of coriander, lemon zest, as well as noticeable tropical hop bitterness, before finishing with some minor sour character. Overall Whitewater White India Pale Ale has a medium mouth-feel and there is a residual stickiness.
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In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.