White Sand | Strand Brewing Co.

80 Ratings

Brewed by:
Strand Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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Photo of JHouse11
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
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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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of charlzm
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of markgugs
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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 ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of CowboyDan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BigJohnShow
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcdonald422
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of yoitsarch
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LuauLarry
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of searsclone
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 nick_perry
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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White Sand from Strand Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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