Beach House | Strand Brewing Co.

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Beach HouseBeach House

Brewed by:
Strand Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by augustgarage on 05-11-2010

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 55
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strand's Beachouse amber is a very thoughtful beer. It isn't loaded down with hops, its not overly malty, hell its not overly anything. In a beer geek world where the amber ale is white noise, strand fine tuned it. They addressed this beer the same way they addressed their pale ale: Clean, consistent, and intentional.

What stands out about this beer is the Strand style... brewing a beer with a solid body, that can stand up on its own. Since I first tried this beer, the brewers have definitely found their stride. Drinking a strand amber is like drinking a single version of whatever Oscar Blue's Gordon is... A similar malt background and depth of flavor, minus a bunch of the booze.

As drinkable as the style suggests, drink this beer between the hours of noon and 7pm, preferably in sunlight and always amongst friends.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood; 5/6/2010. Served in a generic nonic.

ECE/SAE amber highlights the copper/rust body. Good clarity with a breath of chill haze. Small ivry cap laces in a sandy ribbon. Decent retention.

Delicate aromatics: a gentle collection of caramel, pale malt, and faint pine-laden hops.

Mild digestive biscuits, along with a light (some would say moderate) bitter note which is at once herbal and fruity on the palate. Caramel male comes forward but the hops add a distinctive brightness to this amber ale. Tasting this side by side with BrewDog's 5AM, the "American" character is emphasized. Very clean. No diacetyl or DMS.

Well carbonated, light-bodied (but not watery), with a hint of stickiness.

Almost too approachable - the hops keep things just interesting enough, but this is ultimately a forgettable albeit highly quaffable ale.

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Photo of EchoParker
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of kmoen
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Sazz9
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jree261
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Nice red to copper amber with off white foam.

Smell-Potent strawberries and ripe, red fruit (I can smell it out of the glass when it's sitting on the counter). Grape fruit roll up as well as subtle yeast coming at the end.

Taste-The subtle yeast on the nose becomes potent wheat and yeast on the palate with the fruits falling to the background.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied and pretty hefty, good balance and excellent length on the finish.

Overall-Good beer, I like the transition from nose to palate but I would have liked to have the fruit longer than it actually sticks around.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Rock & Brews, El Segundo, CA

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the malts are a bit sweeter. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite all of its maltiness, this beer is actually quite drinkable and goes down easily.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is malty with some hop, strong tea aroma. Mostly grapefruit aroma.

Starts out mostly toasted grain and tobacco leaf. Little bit sweet with some tea and a sharp hop bite at the end. This beer makes me think "Sweet Tea" as I drink it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just another amber ale.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Kincaid's Redondo Beach 1/8/12.

A: Served a hazy amber-apricot color with an impressive 1 1/2 finger of just off-white head that displayed excellent retention and hung around for most of the glass and left behind an impressive amount of lace.

S: Restrained balance. Lightly toasty hops, slightly piney hops, and a hint of sourdough breadcrust.

T: Just as above. Hate to be cliche, but this tastes just as it smells.

M: Suprisingly full yet delicate with nice back and forth between the dry/toasty malt and lightly spicy hops.

O: I was really impressed by this beer. I usually give ambers a pretty wide berth but this was a reminder to me to not discount entire styles based on past history. Excellent.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

a: a beautiful rich hazy amber color. solid off-white 1.5 finger head that looks real creamy. simple, yet elegant appearance

s: picking up mostly caramel malts, and a large aroma of fresh bread. if you dig deep enough you'll find some underlaying rich molasses

t: taste much follows the aroma. its clean crisp caramel and tons of fresh bread. a hint of fresh braced black pepper. finishes sweet, and with a very mild tea leaf flavor

m: medium mouthfeel that is slightly creamy and silky. not much carbonation. this is a beer i feel would be real nice on nitro

o: its super-pleasant to drink. its not overly complicated, but flavorful enough to enjoy each sip. at 5% it will probably go down real fast

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Photo of scottiethebody
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbuckhead
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Unpleasant bitterness, slightly acrid. Lacks depth.

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Photo of chadski
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Chuggernaut00
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Drew_V_dt
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Teddy-Pickles
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of KHanz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Acquired for $4.69 a a local SoCal beer store. 5.0% ABV according to my bottle. 1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with white uninteresting label and standard unbranded black pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this brewery has yet to wow me; I haven't even given one of their beers a 'B' or better yet. I do like a good amber; I'm hoping this is worth it's ambitious price point.

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

A: Pours a three finger light khaki colour head of nice frothy texture, nice cream, and good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear fairly vibrant translucent copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is messy, inconsistent, and uneven. A bit pale for the style, but otherwise it's standard fare. I don't notice any overt flaws. The carbonation bubble quantity suggests adequate carbonation. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Caramel, amber malts, pale malt. Light toasted malt; I'd like more. Noticeable floral hop aroma; there's not much going on hop-wise but it seems balanced. Little hop bitterness is detectable, if any. It comes off a bit sweet on the aroma; I'm hoping any sweetness is tempered by the toasty character. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Light herbal hoppy notes are buried, but present. Light candy floss/bubblegum notes. I'd like it a bit more grassy, but it's adequately grainy. An above average strength aroma. No overt flaws, but plenty of rough edges.

T: Definitely on the hoppy side of amber ales. Good floral and herbal hop character, but also some weird cotton candy/bubblegum notes. Malty body is a bit too sweet to boot, with lots of amber malt and caramalts but rather restrained toasted character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's malt-forward and has a fairly full body, but it needs more toasted character to really give it direction. Sweetens on the finish, becoming candy-like to its detriment. Overhopped for the style, throwing off the balance. Luckily though, no hop bitterness comes through - at least not nakedly - it's well concealed. Overall, it's very pleasant and approachable, but it's lack of flavour depth makes it come off rather boring and bland. Pedestrian might be the best word for it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, as it should be. Nicely clean and crisp; I'd stop short of calling it refreshing. Overcarbonated. Good thickness; decent body. Okay presence on the palate; there's just not much depth here. The mouthfeel is to style but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: A passable amber that won't turn any heads. Priced too high for its lack of quality and stand-out characteristics. I certainly wouldn't bother with it again. Another average beer from Strand. Drinkable but boring.


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Beach House from Strand Brewing Co.
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