Next Coast IPA
Goose Island Beer Co.

Next Coast IPANext Coast IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #5,927
Ranked #34,364
3.73 | pDev: 9.65%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Next Coast IPANext Coast IPA
Notes: It’s 7%, but totally crushable — it’s not quite like any other IPA you’ve had. Big, bracing, piney hop flavors meet a tropical bouquet of Nugget, Citra, and Mosaic hops. There’s a balanced bitterness that blends seamlessly into the light to medium body. Sip it or rip it. We're not your mom.
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light straw yellow with a thick white cap that fades gradually and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet ripe tropical fruit. Flavor follows the nose with a little bitterness in the finish. Feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied and light on the carbonation. Seven % well hidden. Overall just okay.

Tuesday at 09:10 PM
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spectru from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy amber, fluffy white head recedes to almost nothing; Good IPA smell with a hint of citrus; Nicely carbonated; Flavorful, not too bitter; Nothing to write home about, but pretty good, no complaints.

Saturday at 07:37 PM
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Mitchell_ from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the best IPAs to get started with. The smell is of tropical island fruit and follows through with that taste. I haven't seen a lot of IPAs that try to incorporate other flavors this well, personally I would definitely pick this up.

Jun 28, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was surprised to see how many Goose offerings I haven't yet reviewed. They have been readily available almost everywhere since the Bud merger so it's not like the opportunity hasn't been there. This pours medium gold with no head and a citrus and tropical hop note.

The flavor here is old school hop bitterness wall of pine and citrus and kind of a heavy hand with the malt and abv. I was surprised to see this marketed more like a session ale at 7% and definitely don't find it to be the case that this is more IPA lite. The texture is heavy and groaning from the strain still. Solid bitterness and reasonable flavor, but not really sessionable on a hot summer day if something a little more limber is available.

Jun 27, 2020
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Mar 26 2020 and served barely chilled. Brewed in Toronto according to the code stamp.

Pours a brilliant, bright golden-yellow colour, giving rise to one finger of soapy, sparkling white head. It falls apart within the next minute or two, soon reduced to a thin collar and a few filmy wisps; looks ok, but some lacing would help out. The aroma reminds me of their flagship Goose IPA, albeit with added tropical notes - it's slightly floral, with hints of passion fruit, melon and muddled citrus fruits also coming through. A tad earthy, with suggestions of bready malts, lightly caramelized sugars and just a touch of alcohol.

Nothing fancy here: it's a serviceable strong IPA with a well-balanced flavour profile, courtesy of its fairly robust malt bill. I'm getting lots of bready malts, interspersed with flavours of orange, passion fruit and cantaloupe; there's also some caramelized sweetness in there, but that's more of a background element. Earthy, herbal, floral hops join the fray toward the tail end of the sip, followed by a burst of orange citrus, and then by an earthy, floral note that fades into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that give a gentle bite to this brew's generally smooth, slick texture. One serving is easy to finish, but after that I was ready to move on to something more interesting.

Final Grade: 3.71, a B grade. Goose Island really plunged into the Ontario marketplace a little over five years ago, but after that initial splash they've totally flown under my radar. That's partly because they rarely bring any new products in - e.g. this is the first new one I've seen in a year or two - but it's also because their mainline beers are nothing special compared to the local craft alternatives. Case in point: Next Coast IPA, which kinda comes off as a beefed up (although not necessarily superior) variation upon their Goose IPA. Don't get me wrong - there's no real faults here, and it's decent value for the price, but at the end of the day there are way too many great/excellent IPAs out there to settle for something that's merely acceptable.

Jun 11, 2020
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look-Light straw yellow with a thin white head. Lacing is silky.

Smell-Straw, caramel, light fruits, and melon rind.

Taste-light bubblegum and a hint of tropical fruits, citrus mostly, and caramel malts with a hint of honeysuckle. Black pepper and herbal notes with some earthy and citrus hops. Medium-bodied and refreshing.

Overall-Decent IPA. Nothing to write home about, but pleasant.

Jun 07, 2020
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Pmicdee from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks beauty in my glass with a huge fluffy head that leaves froth rings all down the glass. Not so much in the smell dept. Taste is good but I’ve had a lot better. Hoppy and a bit tropical is what I’ll say. Good level of carbonation and the head is still touching my nose.
June 24 2020

Jun 05, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a Captain Lawrence muffin top pint; best by 13 August 2020.
A: Pours a basically clear, golden color with white, one plus finger head, rim retention and limited lacing.
S: Aromas of orange, mango, and unripened nectarine. More barley on the back end.
T: Semisweet. Palate largely follows the nose, although subtle Band-Aid® definitely in the mix early to mid consumption. Relatively light bitterness.
M: Light bodied with no more than moderate effervescence.
O: A decent, relatively light IPA, but (even subtle) Band-Aid® in an AB-InBev produced beer? Seriously? No excuse for an off flavor. Test the batches before canning them, people.

May 09, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours clear, a pale golden body with a short rocky white head, some significant persistence, and lots of lacing.

S - Pungent citrus nose, with a grassy undercurrent and just a touch of hop funk.

T - Opens of big fruit, a light citrus hit that lingers into a cracker malt middle, and a moderately biting bitter finish.

M - Big carbonation, light weight, and a dry, building hop crunchiness in the finish.

O - A decently drinkable IPA, with an old-school bite, but somehow not quite as satisfying as the parts would suggest.

Apr 29, 2020
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magine from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely drinkable. Smooth, beer with great balance of malts and hops. Crazy, this one is so drinkable at 7 percent abv. It looks and smells pretty average, but this is a damn tasty brew that is case worthy. Well done.

Apr 19, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mass produced IPAs are hit or miss for the most part. This is a decent "hit.". Not much to look at, but a nice nose and nice in taste and in my belly. Pretty good, just not great.

Feb 22, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a wide Duchesse De Bourgogne glass, Next Coast IPA rounds up to a 1/4" head. Fragrant with notes of citrus and a hint of lemon on the tongue. The taste of hops is very tender and never obtrusive. This makes the beer very drinkable despite its 7% abv. But the buzz does sneak up on you quite fast. Overall, this is a very unique tasting and very balanced IPA. Definitely one of my top 3 at the moment.

Feb 15, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what’s there is floral and tropical fruit,

T: floral and lemon, with lemon becoming dominant by the end; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a nice light version of an IPA; is

Jan 13, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found in Korean nyc deli, and this just worked for me perfectly.
a) Clear light gold body, with decent textured white head and lace.
s) Ample nose of grape, lime, gooseberries.
t) All above plus more lime, brightness, and cleansed by juicy hop bitterness.
f) Mid weight & carb.
o) A mass winner, fresh, clean, "next" coast as in ENOUGH NE Coast already!

Jan 09, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a 1/4 inch white head, which quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of orange, grapefruit, pine, floral.

Taste is grapefruit, orange, pine. Resiny.

Light bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Pretty good IPA. Great with pizza.

Jan 04, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in a bottle.
A: pours a golden body with small white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: sweet citrus hops notes with hints of sweet caramel.
T: strong, earthy citrus hop notes with a light, sweet caramel finish.
F: medium bodied and pretty smooth; slightly over carbonated.
O: pretty good IPA overall; definitely a solid go to.

Jan 01, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a decidedly modern ipa here, and a very good one, the best goose island beer i have had not named bourbon county in quite some time. a big glass of crystal clear honey colored brew stands before me with active carbonation rising up, high shine, and a full inch of lasting airy white head, very well refined brew it appears. aroma and flavor are similar if not exactly the same, light melon, sliced orange, and pine come out, but this is not so decidedly northwestern, as the bitterness is quite low, the climax rather early, and the drinkability exceedingly high, even without any snappy crispness to it and with it being off dry and nowhere near normal session abv. i like the hops coming on early in the taste, and i like the light passion fruit and botanical character they have here, its not over the top dry hopped, but it avoids the bite and the forced bitterness that turn me off to the original goose ipa and make it seems a little cheap. this is bright and fresh, and the hop flavors are very agreeable without much bitterness, summery maybe, but its working just fine for me now in the middle of winter. it lingers on the palate just a little oily after each sip, but is not aggressive in the usual sense. medium body but it seems light with all the bubbles, obvious freshness, and not too much from the malt in the taste. glad this exists, its leagues better than goose ipa has become, and i hope its quality sticks around with it. nice beer, redeeming and encouraging in a lot of ways from these guys. another please!

Dec 17, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

In the big wide world of HAZY IPAs its refreshing to see a brewer brew a completely clear American IPA. No frills, balanced, and very much to style. This is a bit old school, tastes like an IPA from the late 1990's ... nothing but love the for the effort behind this beer. Super drinkable and the bitterness is not over the top. Clean bitter finish.

One of the better beers I've run into this year (2019). Would love to see more brewers attempt a clear IPA, seriously ... have you taken a look out there? Its all haze, the market need more of this.

Dec 11, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Beer Co. "Next Coast IPA"
12 fl. oz. can coded "30JUN19 DZ0017"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The body is a mostly clear golden color beneath an inch or so of off-white foam. The aroma displays "tropical juicy hops" as the label suggests. There's some clear melon to it, but other than that it's a kind of generic tropical fruit aroma. If I had to add a few more descriptors I'd go for mango, tangerine, guava, and papaya. So let me guess at this point, is that what it's going to taste like? I'm going to go with yes. Let's see... absolutely. It's less sweet than the aroma suggests it will be but it is still fairly sweet. The label lists the IBUs as 40, but it is a juicy IPA and that's to be expected. There's also a slight acidity to it which helps to balance it. In the end it finishes fairly dry but not like you'd expect a normal IPA to. The malt is basic with some graininess and a bit of breadiness which works well to support the hop flavors as there's nothing to interfere with them. I'm finding apple and a little bit of pineapple in there, as well as some citrus pith, and a touch of grapefruit. The melon is not as dominant as it is in the aroma, and the guava and papaya are stronger. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. Looking back, the head didn't hold much better than average, possibly due to the lower carbonation level, but it's left much better than average lacing throughout the entire glass. I don't think that most people will be really impressed by this but it is a solid, all around drinker. It's almost a shame that it's 7% because it's almost like a very hoppy American pale ale and at even 6.2% it could be categorized as such - but more importantly, it would have greater repeat drinkability. I'd imagine based on its taste and the complexity of its flavors I could drink several of these during an event, but not at 7%. I also wish it had a little more zip to the mouthfeel but I understand that they were trying to keep it smooth. Overall it's a very solid beer that you could fall back on if there was nothing more interesting available. Worth trying.
Review #6,774

Nov 06, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can with a best by date of 13 Jan 2020. Sampled on Nov 1, 2019.

Nice looking golden, bubbly pour with a lingering white foamy head. Excellent clarity.

Inviting aroma of pine and white bread with a generally clean presence.

Light to medium body. Pretty typical.

Sweet bready start flavor but a vibrant pine hop finish. Fairly quaffable.

Nov 01, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brassy golden color with a moderate head that displays decent retention.

Fairly straightforward aroma with classic IPA indicators albeit not particularly pungent. Notes of citrusy hops, grapefruit, oranges and a small hint of pine.

The taste opens with clean dry cracker malt and pithy notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon. Minimal notes of pine along with a clean bitterness that is not particularly pronounced.

Thin bodied, crisp and moderately carbonated. The finish is dry and clean with touches of pith and pine.

Feels like a session IPA in that the thin body makes it feel like I’m drinking hop water; surprising considering the ABV is 7%. Very average and not particularly noteworthy for me.

Oct 28, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2019-10-18 at Chicago Ohare at the brew pub on tap

A - Clear gold with a 1-finger white head and good lace

S - tropical. Light malt and pine. Slightly dank.

T - Orange, pineapple, pine, cracker. Earthy and grassy spice. Nicely bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Dry.

O - Well done. Tropical without giving away the piney bitterness. Not much malt and no caramel so it's a new school West Coast IPA. I like it.

Oct 18, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellently scored as three sixers for the price of two. Cool can. Looking for tropical juicy hops. Popping the top I get a fruity hop waft. Pours to a bright yellow with a bright white head. Taste is nice heavy body, fruity yet nice hop bite, smooth balanced finish. This is a great variation of a great style. Excellent job. Can not even detect 7% but it is in the flavor. A great beer. I will be back.

Oct 12, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought Goose Island Next Coast IPA at the Texas Rangers ball stadium.

Look: I drank from the can but it looked golden in color

Aroma: orange, grapefruit, pine resin

Taste: it has a bready/malty and fruity flavor up front, mango, orange, grapefruit

followed by some grassy and piney hops, moderate/medium bitterness.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

Sep 23, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fairly clear and golden colored with a one finger head; splatters lace with good persistence

Smell: Grainy with a hint of malty sweetness; earthy

Taste: Grainy and slightly sweet, at the outset, with a with a moderate amount of earthy bitterness; the sweetness lingers along and continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: So balanced it is hard to think of this as an IPA

Sep 22, 2019
Next Coast IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 282 ratings