White Sand - Strand Brewing Co.
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4.11/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
06-25-2014 00:43:00 | More by searsclone
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
06-09-2014 06:22:56 | More by kemoarps
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
05-23-2014 06:47:25 | More by costanza46
White Sand from Strand Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.