The Whole Shebang
Sand City Brewing Co.

The Whole ShebangThe Whole Shebang
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
37
From:
Sand City Brewing Co.
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  0
Gots
  7
SCORE
91
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The Whole ShebangThe Whole Shebang
Notes: Collaboration with LIC Beer Project

Imperial IPA brewed hopped with El Dorado, Equinox, and Galaxy.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by AzIpaGuy:
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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rab53
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this as I was unable to get to LIC in time for the release of this in January. Love the label but was unfamiliar with this beer before having it. Heard a lot about Sand City and once I finally got to take a sip of this, the end result was a northeast-style IPA best epitomized by Tree House, Trillium, or Finback. If Sand City is on their level when it comes to brews, this would be a fine end result as it had plenty of body, booze, and taste to sip and savor!

The pour to this was pale, gold, and dank, with enough head to match up to the liquid to go with plenty of thick, soapy rings of lacing to boot. Tons of dank melon and stone fruit rind in the nose to accompany the balanced, dry, and bitter mouthfeel that was this beer's hallmark. A chaser of water was needed to complement the pithy taste of this as melon and tropical notes that characterized this brew. Earthy and dank, this was a slow sipper that would easily please any hophead or 420 fan that needed an accompanying liquid to their pursuits. A bit of melon and honeydew juice kept this from feeling too heavy though the booze was certainly present from start to finish, as the low carbonation and hoppiness from the El Dorado, Equinox, and Galaxy kept the dank and 420 factors in play from the get-go.

This was strong but for this brew, the alcohol nicely complemented the range of flavors that were present here. /Earthy and pithy, the El Dorado was too strong here as I wish that there were more fruit and juice flavors present to balance out the hops. Worth a go once if you're into this but for the casual IPA lover, this should not be a first choice. Needed a bit more color in order to truly contain "The Whole Shebang".

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from the can and I smell the grapefruit and pungent citrus notes as it raised up to indulge. The first sip smacked my taste-buds with zesty grapefruit, lemon, tart old orange juice, green apple, tangerine, graham cracker, caramel, toasted grains, buttery malt and then some dank piney hops as it finishes. Damn this is bitter in the best way possible, but it borders on assaulting my senses. Very tasty, looking forward to another one from the glass.

1/26/17: Proper review from a pint glass, it pours cloudy yellow with gold color towards the center that goes up to a 1-2 finger thick foamy bright white head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes, fading very, very slowly and forming craters as the head dissipated. The brew leaves good spotty foamy lacing, so the "Look" score gets moved up from 3.75 to 4.

Smell starts with grapefruit and citrus notes, then brings in lemon zest, peppery spices, dry hay and earthy notes and yeast or dried bread dough. It almost smells like lemon scented Pledge furniture polish, which is the first time a Sand City DIPA has had a weak nose. I dropped the "Smell" score from 4 to 3.75.

Taste again started off by smacking my taste-buds with grapefruit, lemon, tart old orange juice, green apple, tangerine and what seems like a bitter glass of red grapefruit juice. The next wave of flavors was very grainy with dry granola, biscuit, toasted grains, graham cracker, buttered toast and piney hops or what seem like spruce tips. Upon further review I find this too bitter for my liking. I base this off my 3rd can of this over the past 6 days and all along I thought the bitterness needed to be dialed down a few notches so I'm dropping the "Taste" score from 4.25 to 4.

Mouthfeel leans towards the heavy side with a smooth feel, mild carbonation and some nice grainy sweetness as it finishes on the dry side, but the bitterness is too much. It's so bitter that it completely masks the 8.5% ABV. Overall it was good, but there are so many better Sand City beers available and even the other LIC Beer Project collaboration (Full Monty) was much better. I dropped the "Overall" score from 4.25 to 3.75.

2/9/2016: Had my last can and 2.5 weeks of age mellowed out the bitterness while maintaining the tasty citrus flavors. The nose didn't improve but the overall experience for me was much better as the malt and grains brought more sweetness to balance the citrus. Mouthfeel was smoother and the bitterness at a much better level to go down easy. I dropped the "Overall" score from 3.75 to 4, which brought the Overall Rating of 3.92 and moved it up to 3.97.

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Photo of virinow
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this side by side at the sand city w the LIC version and wasn't wild about this one compared to the LIC version...checked in on cans to confirm...yep, did the LIC a bit more since it pops with more fruitiness, whereas this version has more "zing" kinda like a hybrid of an ipa and something else but ends up coming off a bit awkward. not a bad beer, but smacks of collaboration one off experimentation.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold and hazy, white foam trailing lace from the top... citrusy and floral aromas followed by dank lemon pith on the first sip... develops deeper range of flavor impressions including something almost white wine-like, green fruit and maybe unripe melon, and a faint earthy musk keeping the brighter notes from being too forward... Medium-light, soft and mildly bitter; subdued sweetness and a nice lingering finish.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 16 oz can, probably a bit past its prime. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F head with good retention, nice sheets of lacing, cap and ring. Beer is a hazy gold/orange. Looks nice.

S: The citrus is orange, grapefruit, and lemon, the rest is dank and earthy, a bit herbal. Pretty good. I'm not a huge El Dorado fan, but so be it.

T: Follows nose. Citrus opens up a bit, followed by light malts and earthiness.

F: Light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Construction and balance are pretty good.

O: This is a very good effort.

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Photo of GFD400
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucoli
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesStreet
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Notninja
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly opaque hazy yellow. The nose is earthy but has a lot of candied citrus notes as well.

The taste is all juicy citrus up front. Pulpy grapefruit, lemon, orange, and clementine quickly give way to the resinous dank punch that follows. The finish is dry and piney.

The mouthfeel is big enough but perhaps a bit less than what you'd expect from a 8.5% juicebomb. This one achieves that rare balance of sweet juiciness and dank bitterness.

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Photo of madelf66
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Khaack
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boccu
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can release today 1/21/17. Pours with a nice two finger white head that fades slowly and hangs on the sides of the snifter. Nice lacing. Color is a dark golden orange. Aroma is tropical fruits, pineapple and piney hops. Taste follows the nose with real earth tones in the middle with a light bitter pear flesh finish. Pretty cool beer by these two brewery's. Big fan of sand city.

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The Whole Shebang from Sand City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 37 ratings