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White Sand - Strand Brewing Co.

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very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Strand Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2011

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Photo of JHouse11
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super tasty IIPA! The caramel malt was just the perfect amount where it was noticeable without being especially sweet. The aroma on this beer is heaven. If you haven't tried it, try it. I'll definitely be picking this up again! Cheers

Photo of SierraFlight
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJohnShow
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markgugs
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle from the brewery

On the hazy and darker side, caramel orange, with a smallish off-white head made up of zillions of little bubbles. It doesn't last too long, but never fully goes away. Each sip leaves attractive-looking lacing as well. Smell is bright, floral, piney, and vibrant, backed up by biscuity malts. Flavor falls more under the "traditional" west coast IPA style, with pine and bitter grapefruit rind dominating all else. Slightly off-balance, but very drinkable. SoCal is churning out some nice beer!

Photo of Mute98
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Bruinhater856
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of AshburnWineShop
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CowboyDan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kmanjohnson
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bret_Jr
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of searsclone
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams glass. Carefully poured to not disturb the sediment in the bottle. Clear copper color with a fluffy tan head that sticks around for a long time. Beautiful lacing.

Smells like bubblegum, bread, grass and hops

Taste is tropical fruit, biscuits, booze, and hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a wet finish.

Overall, very well done. Not a huge hop bomb, but very balanced and easy to drink.

Edit: disturbing the sediment in the bottle seems to add some bubblegum flavor sand a bit more hop bitterness.

Photo of kemoarps
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date, but the smell makes me believe it's still pretty fresh. Bought it last week when I was in LA.

Pours an appealing rich amber with a finger and a half of foamy off white head that almost takes a dank greenish tinge in the light. I noticed this about their Black Sand as well. It might sound odd, but I really like it.

The smell is juicy and a touch spicy and a bit of floral that might just be the sweet fruits tricking me. There's an underlying sweetness that could be the tropical fruit of the hops or could be some of the malt underlying it all.

While the nose leaned on the fruitier sweeter side of hops, the tongue takes it to the other side. Distinct pithy bitterness without being overwhelming and destroying the palate for the rest of the glass, there's still a note of honey sweet interlaced throughout, though the sweet balance is not nearly as noticeable as the aroma.

Appropriate level of carbonation doesn't distract from the rest of the package, and supports the bitter without being cumbersome (I hate that word). Mid-sized body goes down incredibly smoothly and is quite enjoyable. The pithy bitterness certainly lingers, but does not cause problems, just reminds you that it's there.
All in all I'm actually somewhat pleasantly surprised by this one. My sister was complimentary of Strand's IPAs, but not overly excited, and others seems to be in the same solid but not great camp. While I think that's a fair assessment, I let it temper my expectations even further than I needed to. It's an immensely enjoyable beverage, and one that I imagine would be even better on draft.

Photo of terranostra86
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Birmz
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of costanza46
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy cooper with nice fluffy head.

Smells of tropical fruit,pineapple with a little peach sneaking in.

The flavor is piney and fruity with mango and pineapple flavors. It's has a mild sweetness but finishes very dry without being excessively bitter. Hides its alcohol well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A great summertime IIPA.

Overall I am very satisfied with this beer! By far the best LA brewed beer I have had so far!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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White Sand from Strand Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.