Eight & Sand Raspberries & Cream

Val and I did some hiking recently and found a trail that at one point, had a pretty steep incline. It was also incredibly muddy. Like, getting water and mud inside the vents of my shoes. Next time, I’ll take my hiking shoes that don’t have vents.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Eight & Sand Beer Co. is a full production brewery and tasting room featuring 20 taps. All beer is made on premise in the brewhouse seen right through the windows behind our 40-foot bar. Our tasting room has a rustic industrial style that feeds right off of our train brand. Sitting in our beer garden or even at our bar you can hear the occasional train go by just a few buildings away.”

Random: The brewery itself was spacious and the staff was incredibly friendly.

The beer poured with a two finger, off white head that dissipated quickly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a bright pink color and clear and had a lot of visible carbonation. The nose started with a lot of raspberry extract and a touch of lactose as well. The taste was raspberry extract dominant as well and there wasn’t lactose in the taste. There was a hint of grass, but that was it. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with raspberry. The beer was alright and definitely had some raspberry flavor, but not much else. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Eight & Sand Peaches & Cream

One weekend, Val and I were down in South Jersey and found ourselves at Eight & Sand. The taproom was well laid out, but it was surprisingly empty. The staff was also really friendly. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend stopping there.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Lactose is a disaccharide. It is a sugar composed of galactose and glucose subunits and has the molecular formula C12H22O11. Lactose makes up around 2–8% of milk (by weight). The name comes from lac (gen. lactis), the Latin word for milk, plus the suffix -ose used to name sugars. The compound is a white, water-soluble, non-hygroscopic solid with a mildly sweet taste. It is used in the food industry.”

Random: I’ve been into the lactose IPAs lately. I think the slight sweetness pairs well with the bitterness from the hops.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a very cloudy, bright yellow with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose started with peach extract and some sweetness from the lactose. The taste started with peach flavoring and then went into some grassy hops and finished with lactose. The body was rather light and had generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with peach. I really wanted to love this beer, but I have a struggle with peach flavoring. It just tastes like bad candy to me. I wouldn’t rush back to this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0