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Two Palms Sand Dune IPA | Portland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by watermelonman on 09-12-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by BeerRun13:
Photo of BeerRun13
3.07/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured golden with minimal head. Not much retention.
It had a strong but nice hoppy smell. Not malty at all.
The taste was hoppy and slightly spicy. No malt presence at all. Though it wasn't bad tasting I don't know that It can be called an IPA. It seemed like a hopped up Pilsner... not even sure of the alcohol content. The mouthfeel was airy and dry.
Overall Sand Dune IPA is a drinkable beer, nothing more.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured to a clear gold with a minimal head, and it's not leaving any lace.

The smell is powerful and fairly bad. It's not balanced at all. Hop content is strong but does not jive well with what seem to be pretty poor malt. The finish provides a punch but not in a pleasing way.

There's nothing too great about the mouthfeel, and the drinkability is hurt by the flavor as well.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes. 12 oz bottle brought back from Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Pour: golden-yellow, mostly clear body, under a finger of white foam that fades to skim with some lace.

Nose: lemony hops, honey, dry cracker malts, bubblegum esters with a hint of pine in the finish.

Taste: lemon/astringent hops with a sour, almost wheaty body. Finishes with a plastic off-flavor.

Feel: light body, smooth carbonation with a sour twinge.

Drinkability/Overall: tastes past its prime (or is this its prime?), a little funky with some off-flavors. Not much of an IPA.

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Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mildly hazy amber colored brew.

Smell is malty and floral with a healthy dose of centennial hops. Strong but not oppressive hop levels in the nose healthy citrus scent.

Taste is a little sweet and malty with a good strong hop bitterness and a lingering hop presence that ends with an astringent and dry finish. Hop level gets quite strong as you drink this the first taste makes you think APA but it hangs on from the finish and builds. There is a noticeable alcohol warming in the chest from this, I doubt it is 8% but I can believe 7%

Mouthfeel is good and solid.

Fairly drinkable but not for everyone. This is a damn fine beer for the hophead, but if you like a more balanced brew like APA this may annoy you. It IS a surprisingly strong AIPA lots of hop scent in your burp from this, might be 1/2 Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another in a long line of Mactarnahan/Portland contract beers.
Comes in a 12 oz short neck bottle .
Not a bad looking IPA, its slighly hazy orange with a bubbly white head..though that doesnt last long, but we are left with goodish lacing.
Smell isn pretty good too..dominated by the zesty hops,..a little maltiness shows through.
nice taste to the beer though the hops are abundant and spicy , there is a good lick of malt too.semi dry finish.
The mouthfeel is ok..little watery perhaps.
Good drinkable beer, nothing wrong with it..though maybe by todays standards its more like a American Pale rather than an IPA.

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Photo of SethB2
2.2/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this at a local supermarket today and decided to give it a shot because I had never seen it before. One of these days I'm going to learn to stop doing that.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep urine color with very little carbonation or head. After less than a minute, there is nothing left of the head.

S - Hoppy, but not over pronounced like many IPAs. Honestly, if I hadn't seen the bottle and went on smell alone, I would say that this is an APA. Grapefruit hops dominate. Not much malt to speak of.

T - A slight hop bite with no balance at all. This beer wouldn't be bad if advertised as an IPA light, but it would still need at least a hint of sweetness. Alas, it isn't there. So what we're left with is an initial hoppipness followed by ... not much.

M - Watery as hell with no carbonation.

D - Not so hot. I would avoid this one.

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Photo of Kreuger
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle, I didn't see a date.

A - Poured a clear gold with a nice rocky, bubbly head. The head didn't stick around too long though.

S - Hoppy and strong, in a strangely lagery way, with what seems like a touch of sulfurous skunk. Not much in a the malt category going on here.

T - Something is definitely off here. This is a spicey and hoppy beer, but not like an ale or especially not like an IPA. This reminds me of a decent lager or a pilsner, but *not* an IPA.

M - The mouthfeel is moderate if decent, though once again lagery.

D - Well, as IPA's go this is just awful. As lagers go its middling, better than the macros but worse than the better ones. All the same its not a heavy beer and certainly not unpalatable.

Conclusion - This reminds me of a Becks or Kona's Longboard lager. Which is to say its a miserable attempt at an IPA, probably marketed at people who don't know what an IPA tastes like.

If you want an IPA try Stone's IPA, Mendocino's White Hawk IPA, or Hopdevil Ale kick all the crap out of this. As far as lagers go this really isn't bad.

This tastes like I got a batch of beer with the wrong labels slapped on the bottles. And I can't stress that enough, this really isn't an IPA. But whatever else it is its not too bad.

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Photo of rkuhnel
2.47/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured a amber color without much head. Nose of very light malts and hops, but but basically odorless. Fizzy mouthfeel. Flavor is off somehow, with some floral notes. Bitter finish, but not a nice bitter. This bottle is labeled Two Palms Brewing Company in Berkeley CA but I suspect this is bogus and it was contract brewed by Pyramid as it says above for the mass market.

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Two Palms Sand Dune IPA from Portland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.91 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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