White Sand | Strand Brewing Co.

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85
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80 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Strand Brewing Co.
California, United States
strandbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
8.62%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/red color. Thick, foamy head. Hop and orange peel aroma with a taste profile that matches. Well balanced and quite smooth. Great West Coast IPA. Don’t notice the alcohol that much for an Imperial IPA

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markhobbs1
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rand
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Deep amber in color, clear, with a small head that quickly recedes.

S: Boozy bouquet, floral, with lots of orange pith and grassy notes

T: The orange aspect leads the charge, with bitter hops right at the front of the sip. Really bitter and grassy, with strong notes of unsweetened, earthy tea. Sugary malts kick in, but they don't really offset the bitter hops. Long finish with sticky, lingering bitter residuals between sips.

M: Seems a bit viscous for the style, full bodied. Not the easiest to drink.

Nothing special here. The hops used an amarillo, cascade and nelson...I pick up the first two, but I don't taste any nelson here at all. The floral overtone gives this a sort of northwest-style to it, but it's just not that remarkable.

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Photo of emachine
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meangreenc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregaroo
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this and the Black Sand to compare. Poured into a tulip glass while helping my daughter unpack at her dorm. First impression was very spicy. Nice head. Smoothed out after a few minutes. Nice 2IPA. I'll get this again next time in SoCal.

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Photo of GMan310
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

great imperial ipa. smooth goes down great but leaves this bitter after taste. but ok over all.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

3.75 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Two fingers of pillowy beige head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Surprisingly spicy hoppiness. Followed by herbal and piney hops and peach and papaya fruitiness. Moderate caramel maltiness with biscuit and just a touch of bready yeastiness.

3.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Hops are - in decreasing strength - spicy, piney, herbal, citrusy. Again lots of peach fruitiness. A touch of vegetables. Caramel and biscuit malts.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth.

3.25 D: Decent overall, but does have a touch of off-flavor and it pretty average otherwise.

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Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JHouse11
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJohnShow
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markgugs
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of Mute98
4.52/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Bruinhater856
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of AshburnWineShop
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Venemousshadow
4.52/5  rDev +18%

Photo of trevordglenn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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White Sand from Strand Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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