Sand City / Horus - Up The Beach | Sand City Brewing Co.

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4.33/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sand City Brewing Co.
New York, United States
sandcitybeer.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial IPA double dry-hopped with galaxy, citra, and Vic Secret

Added by DougAtlantis on 11-15-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,551
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
18
pDev:
3.23%
 
 
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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rab53
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Collab with Horus Aged Ales, double dry hopped with Galaxy, Citra, and Vic Secret... 11/15 canning...

Sand City doesn't get the attention that Other Half gets, but I'm telling you, their beers are at that level - definitely have their own character - it's almost like they're somewhere between Other Half and SingleCut - I can't put my finger on it, but there's something very distinct about them - I'm almost thinking its the water? The yeast? I dunno.

Anyways... I know this is gonna sound negative, but it wasn't: first impression was caramel and buttered popcorn - I know, weird, and technically not what you want in beer - forget it - transitioned into this mild, muted, earthy, musky, musty fruit thing... Bitterness was moderate, with just hints of sweetness, smooth but gripping the tongue... Subtly complex and very compelling... My descriptors are failing me, but this beer did not... Another elite brew...

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Photo of Khaack
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boccu
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden with a nice white head. Very light lacing. Aroma of tangerine and grapefruit. Tastes follows the nose with lemon, orange peel, fresh cut grass, floral hops, light caramel and tones of graham cracker. Great collaboration.

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Photo of BEER88
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dudd
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avas
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: On the hazier and lighter side of the NEIPA spectrum. Murky without being muddy, bright gold with yellow tones. Finger of frothy head could've retained itself better, but lacing was pleasant.

S: Ahh Sand City + Galaxy = magic. Immediately reminiscent of their ONE series--actually, very reminiscent of the recent re-brew of OG ONE, but with an additional layer added by the Vic Secret hops. Overripe pineapple, white grape, lemon zest, flowers, and spiced green tea. Like most Sand City DIPAs, the bready, toasty, almost caramelized grain malt bill is evident, and it compliments the fruitiness quite well. The earthy and citrus notes are a bit more prevalent than the tropical fruits, even as it warms.

T: Big flavor follows through on the promise of the aroma. Similar melange of tropical fruit flesh, grape juice, citrus zest, herbal tea, and caramelized grains. But there's an additional layer of earthiness that must be coming from the Vic Secret. It's comes in strong about halfway through the sip and lingers hard on the aftertaste. It's like spicy pine, grassy herbs and vegetables. There's something very bitter almost savory about it, like licking raw kale that's been lightly sprinkled with salt.

M: A bit thin (esp when cold) and lacking the weight to match its flavor intensity. Kinda reminds me of the NEIPAs I first encountered 2-3 years ago in that sense. Carbonation is on the lower side, so it doesn't coat the mouth as some of their other DIPAs have done. Offers substantial grainy sweetness mid-taste, but that big punch of grassy, herbal, almost savory bitterness really cleans up any residual sugar and leaves the beer finishing surprisingly clean. As a result of the thinner body and assertive bitterness, this is oddly drinkable and could easily be mistaken for a beer at 6-7% ABV.

O: This is a pleasant DIPA that serves as a nice change of pace from some of the super sweet n creamy DIPAs that have been dominating the style as of late. It packs enough bitterness to satisfy west coast IPA lovers with the aromatic and flavor profiles of some of Sand City's best hoppy beers. While I prefer the thicker, heavier bodied NEIPAs, my biggest detraction from this beer is the somewhat savory aftertaste, which, while not totally unpleasant, is confusing and a bit clashing, IMO. But the front-end of the taste, along with the aroma, are wonderful, so I can't knock it too much! And time may even improve this one further, so looking forward to a revisit in a few weeks!

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcel371
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack at the brewery today, it pours cloudy/hazy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, melon, coriander, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, fresh cut grass, floral hops, faint caramel, tea leaf, peppery spices and hints of graham cracker. Well balanced, but the citrus fruit still dominates and seems like lemon peels are floating in the brew.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, tangerine, red grapefruit, pineapple, piney hops, peppery spices, coriander, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, fresh cut grass, floral hops, faint caramel, tea leaf, and hints of graham cracker.

Mouthfeel is thin and quite bitter with mild carbonation, some texture and a wallop of citrus zest as it trails off with citrus fruit and toasted grains. The bitterness is more than I like, but it hides the 8.5% ABV completely.

This was a nice collaboration with Horus Aged Ales that was a tad too bitter at this early stage, so this might be better sitting in the can for a few weeks. Another nice IPA from Sand City.

12/7/2017: Waited almost 3 weeks to see if it aged and mellowed, which it did - it was "not as green" as they say. Taste was about the same but it seemed more balanced with more toasted grains and caramel. Less bitterness, which I really like and overall it was smoother. Raising the "Overall" score from 4 to 4.5 which pushes the "Rating" of 4.18 up to 4.28. This beer is much better with a few weeks of aging.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sand City / Horus - Up The Beach from Sand City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 18 ratings