1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

White Sand - Strand Brewing Co.

White SandWhite Sand

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 7.96%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, and a slight funky aroma for some reason. Taste is of malt, honey, and some herbal/medicinal hop flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA but the funky aroma I am picking up in the smell is a bit off putting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 05:58:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of lsummers
lsummers

California

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tonys Darts Aways 2nd Anniversary party. Poured a nice golden slightly hazy, mostly clear. Not much retention. Smell isn't that amazing and can't get too much out of it. It tastes great though, a nice floral fruity taste with a hint of herb on the aftertaste. Overall I would try this again on tap, not sure how it would hold up bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2012 21:39:28 | More by lsummers
Photo of MarriedAtGI
MarriedAtGI

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear orange, two fingers of thick white foam that linger

S: Stone fruits and citrus. Massive fruit aroma. A little spice or pepper in there too

T: Taste follows the nose, but then a bit too much astringency at the end. Finish was similar to Fat Head's Head Hunter.

M: Fairly light on the tongue. Carbonation is modest despite the large lingering head. Very pleasant

O: Excellent IIPA. The smell and appearance are fantastic. I would prefer a less harsh aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 23:48:12 | More by MarriedAtGI
Photo of Jree261
Jree261

California

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance-Red to amber with an eggshell foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell-Creamy strawberries.

Taste-Dark bitter hops to subtle tobacco and grass on the finish.

Mouthfeel-Heavy beer but a nice long finish.

Overall-I really like the evolution of flavors. The smell is great although I would've liked a little more on the nose.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 23:26:08 | More by Jree261
Photo of mactrail
mactrail

California

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rusty orange color in the Duvel tulip. The foam boils up nicely, then subsides. Moderately carbonated with a nice prickle. Flowery scent with a whiff of piine.

Sort of watery, which is actually one of the better features, making this more drinkable than many other DIPAs. Less rich, but the malt is clean and biscuity. The flavors seem to emerge gradually and I find it quite likeable after some sipping. Hoppy with lots of aromatics and quite moderate bitterness. Pine and sugar cookies.

Eight bucks for the 500 ml bottle at Olive Tree Market in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 07:13:09 | More by mactrail
Photo of charlzm
charlzm

California

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed June 2nd, 2013. Removed from fridge at 50 degrees F and poured into tulip glass. Label on bottle notes ABV of 8.5%, not 7.5 as beer info on BeerAdvocate shows.

Pour is a clear, dark copper that turns a vibrant orange in sunlight. A very creamy two finger off-white head forms during the pour and, after subsiding to a thin skin after awhile, provides nominal lacing.

Aroma is juicy and grassy and fruity. White grape, pineapple and touch of dank stank.

Flavor is nicely balanced and very drinkable. Some piney prickle at the beginning gives way to some light caramel malt. Well-modulated fruity and piney hop flavor comes in right before the wash of bitterness at the back of the tongue. Delicious! Did I mention balanced?

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little smooth. Some carbonation creaminess.

This is a good one. I'll seek it out again! Overall rating reflects a "greater than the sum of its parts" that this beer has.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 21:23:40 | More by charlzm
Photo of wethorseblanket
wethorseblanket

California

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from refrigerated case yesterday.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a 1" off-white head leaving clumpy semi-rings of lace.

N: Grapefruit, tropicals (pineapple, passion fruit), tangerine. Floral and fruity.

T: Malty and pine resin with some bready and minty notes. Honey and caramel.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Sticky, resiny, slightly dry and bitter finish.

O: The aroma stands out here with amarillo, cascade and summit hops. A bit too malty on the flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:45:12 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard black unbranded pressure cap acquired at a local beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this brewery has underwhelmed me so far. 8.5% ABV according to my bottle. Unfiltered. Label is black and white; pretty generic.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head. It's quite creamy - that's appealing. Nice frothy soft looking texture. Good thickness and retention (~6 minutes). Body colour is a rather pale amber-copper; there are definite amber hues there. A bit darker than most IPAs, but nevertheless appealing. Fairly vibrant. Translucent/transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looking pretty decent so far. Lacing is thin, uneven, and scattershot.

Sm: Noticeable hop bitterness; I'm concerned about the balance already. Nice biting grapefruit citrus ester hop character. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Hints of vague soapiness; maybe this spent a biteen too long in primary. Light herbal character. Honey/nectar. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Lightly grainy and bready. It's a good aroma for the style, but it's not without its flaws. I'm hoping the balance of the flavours is better than that of the aromas. A mild strength aroma.

T: It's got a supportive pale, caramel, and light biscuit malt foundation. Not too malty and sweet, but it may be too full-bodied for its comparative lack of diverse and/or deep hop character; I get floral hops, light vague grapefruit with a bit of bite, and light nectary hop character. A honey note and some graininess fills out the remainder of the narrow flavour. Decent amplitude; the flavours are fairly cohesive. Hop bitterness is better hidden than the aroma indicated. I do get some alcohol in the stomach; it's not a pleasant warmth - more a lightly burning heat. Or maybe I'm just developing gastritis... Balance is decent but nothing to write home about. The hops are indistinct; I'm not impressed with their choices there. The nectar and honey notes are a highlight, but little stands out otherwise. It's kind of cookie cutter for an Imperial IPA. Luckily, no yeasty notes come through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. If not for the noticeable alcohol, it'd be refreshing. Good carbonation - if a just a touch too high. Complements the flavour profile well. Pleasant and approachable. Pretty good presence on the palate. I'd like it to be more oily than it is. Good body. Decent thickness; it thins a bit too much just before the climax.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the highish ABV. I do like it, I just need more to stand out - especially at this price tag. It's probably the best beer I've had from Strand so far, but that isn't saying much. I wouldn't get it again unless it was on-draught at a much better price point, but it's raising my regard for Strand - and I'm open to trying more of their beers. In a market littered with superior offerings at a lower price, this one deserves to get lost in the mix.

B-

Serve cold.

Drinks well from a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 04:51:20 | More by kojevergas
White Sand from Strand Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.