Sam Adams Whitewater IPA

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The Boston Beer Company’s mixed case of summer styles is out and it has several varieties I haven’t tried before, and the first one I’m reviewing is their unfiltered white IPA, called Whitewater IPA.  It pours a hazy golden color, and since it’s unfiltered, there’s a lot going on.  No, the glass in the picture is not dirty; That’s yeast floating in the beer.  The nose is earthy and yeasty (the Belgian influence) and the middle is predominantly sour, fading to a bit of pine and cherry.   This is more Belgian White Ale than it is IPA, but there is a bit of characteristic hop flavor in there, towards the end.  A good beer, but it would be nice if it were a little more complex, and had a little more IPA character.  My bottom line is that I think this beer will be most appealing to fans of Belgian sour beers.

I give it a 3.9 out of 5.

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