White Sand | Strand Brewing Co.

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Strand Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2011

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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 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 kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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.


Serve cold.

Drinks well from a pint glass.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of costanza46
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy cooper with nice fluffy head.

Smells of tropical fruit,pineapple with a little peach sneaking in.

The flavor is piney and fruity with mango and pineapple flavors. It's has a mild sweetness but finishes very dry without being excessively bitter. Hides its alcohol well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A great summertime IIPA.

Overall I am very satisfied with this beer! By far the best LA brewed beer I have had so far!

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Photo of Jree261
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 kemoarps
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date, but the smell makes me believe it's still pretty fresh. Bought it last week when I was in LA.

Pours an appealing rich amber with a finger and a half of foamy off white head that almost takes a dank greenish tinge in the light. I noticed this about their Black Sand as well. It might sound odd, but I really like it.

The smell is juicy and a touch spicy and a bit of floral that might just be the sweet fruits tricking me. There's an underlying sweetness that could be the tropical fruit of the hops or could be some of the malt underlying it all.

While the nose leaned on the fruitier sweeter side of hops, the tongue takes it to the other side. Distinct pithy bitterness without being overwhelming and destroying the palate for the rest of the glass, there's still a note of honey sweet interlaced throughout, though the sweet balance is not nearly as noticeable as the aroma.

Appropriate level of carbonation doesn't distract from the rest of the package, and supports the bitter without being cumbersome (I hate that word). Mid-sized body goes down incredibly smoothly and is quite enjoyable. The pithy bitterness certainly lingers, but does not cause problems, just reminds you that it's there.
All in all I'm actually somewhat pleasantly surprised by this one. My sister was complimentary of Strand's IPAs, but not overly excited, and others seems to be in the same solid but not great camp. While I think that's a fair assessment, I let it temper my expectations even further than I needed to. It's an immensely enjoyable beverage, and one that I imagine would be even better on draft.

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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 MarriedAtGI
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 searsclone
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 charlzm
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 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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White Sand from Strand Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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