Next Coast IPA | Goose Island Beer Co.

Next Coast IPANext Coast IPA
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Average: 3.68 | pDev: 9.78%

Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 169

#4,087 ranked American IPA | 7.00% ABV

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. 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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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 169
Photo of Buckeye55
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with ample carbonation and moderate head. Smells highly of citrus with some hop in there too. Taste follows the scent, citrus explosion with hop bitterness to balance. Above light mouthfeel and the aftertaste starts citrus and lingers hoppiness. 3.75 across the board, well above average, but just short of outstanding.

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Photo of puck1225
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not very impressed but passable.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with good head and lacing. Lemony, piney smell and taste. A bit soapy. Not something to buy again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Synergy Select, Pilsen, and Carahell malts. Hopped with Nugget, 06277, Citra, Mosaic, Eureka.
7.0% ABV, 40 IBU. 12oz can.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear light golden, forming a nice rocky white head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is nice...grapefruit, pineapple and mango up front with just a little touch of pine. Mouthfeel is prickly, medium bodied and has a crisp,clean lager profile. I really dig the mouthfeel here. Clean ferment, no off flavors or aromas. The taste is pretty good too. A recap of the nose with a nicely balanced clean light malt body and a medium bitterness, finishing lightly sparkly and lightly dry.
Nowadays, it's hard to stand out in the IPA crowd. IPAs are almost universally pretty good now. It's rare to find a stinker, and for me, those are IPA's that are bracingly bitter. That being said, this is nicely balanced and clean and easy drinking but full of flavor. If you can imagine a pilsner IPA, this would be a very good example. I would probably buy it again.

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw color with a finger of head. The nose is bright and citrusy. The flavor has some tangerine essence but it definitely falls short from the promise of the nose. The finish is barely hoppy.

Very drinkable but hardly an IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & bright light gold. Average lacing & head retention

S: Sweet tropical fruit, light citrus notes

T: Papaya, passion fruit & a little green melon up front, a little sour orange as well. Light mango notes, some pomelo & more green melon as this warms. Finishes with a little bready dryness, more green melon, mango & a little passion fruit

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, nice balance

Very easy to drink, not a great take on this iteration, but damn drinkable

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Photo of HipCzech
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can (stamped “11SEP19”) poured into a plastic United cup. Pours clear golden yellow with a soap sud head of white foam. Mild citrus and tropical aromas, a hint of honey. Taste follows with sweeter citrus, guava, lean malt body and slight alcoholic heat; mild bitterness. Medium to light body with softer, creamier carbonation. A good lawnmower beer, easily drinkable without much complexity, despite its surprising ABV.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man, this thing pours out totally clear and golden, high white head that recedes moderately. Looks like a Czech Pilz.

Sweet citrus and red fruits has light aromatics from the hop combo. The nose is very subtle, but there is a rather pilsner-ish honey bread malt aroma with perhaps some light golden grains that pops out most.

I think by "next coast" Goose Island might be conjuring the New England style approach...but I think IPA might be a stretch for this brew. 40 ibu is pretty light on the palate, but that's exactly what it's supposed to be...7% abv is pretty high, but damn if this thing isn't about as light and easy as it gets! Every aspect about this beer has me thinking session Pale Ale, except for the abv. The hops are light in flavor but some enjoyable hints of earthy grains, tangy citrus and watercress seem to come together nicely.
Total honesty says: Low complexity and pretty boring. BUT it is marketed as "crazy crushable" which it is. NEIPA light...might be a new the I'll fated "Brut IPA" fact, this is a pretty nice Brut IPA judging by the several versions I've had.

The mouthfeel is light and juicy, easy breezy...and pretty clean and wet in the finish. Perfect for HOT summer days when the mega complexity of monster IPA's might be to much to deal with. There are aspects I like here, and it's true to it's intended nature.

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Photo of Beertsipper
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a light lager. Small white head. Smells of grains, no hops, no citrus or fruitiness. A faint note of pine. Getting some citrus on the pallet, but very faint. Some malt sweetness. I don't know what the malt bill is, but it's the dominant flavor profile. Medium to light mouthfeel. Drinks like a 5% lager. I like their Goose IPA a bit better. Which isn't saying much. Purchased a bottle at my local bodega. Best buy date, 9/2/19. This is a one and done beer.

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Photo of brewerang
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer falls somewhere between a New England and West Coast IPA, which I believe is exactly what Goose Island was going for. I imagine that some reviews rank this low because it is an Inbev product, or because it doesn't go all out with IBUs or hazy tropical juiciness, but I like the middle ground. It is one of the easiest drinking 7% beers I have had and is very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brobain1
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I see a lot of average scores for an IPA that I think has a lot of character. It pours a clear deep yellow gold with a light lingering head and nice lacing. I usually associate IPAs with a cloudier unfiltered presentation but this beer is fresh and clean and very drinkable. It would be a good beer to drink at the lake or around the pool. I think it is also a great IPA to introduce to hop forward skeptics. Taste is smooth and citrusy with a modest bitterness on the front but calms down quickly. Had this on draft and I am not a huge Goose Island fan, but this introductory IPA hits the mark.

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Photo of Wilmeland
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I find it hard to call this an IPA. Not saying it's a bad beer, just not what I would call an IPA. To me, more of a lighter, tropical, summer ale. Pale color, thin head and slightly pineapplish nose and taste.
Anyway, the local grocery had it as a BOGO & I actually went back and bought a second round (mainly because of the price and it is a good thirst quencher for the summer heat we're getting into).

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Photo of MackT
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Color of clearish yellow, could pass for a “sample”.
Aroma, citrusy, and pineapple.
Taste is hard to distinguish, tropical fruits of a unknown blend. Mouthfeel is effervescent and very thin. Aftertaste is quickly gone. Saw this as a 6 pack BOGO at my local (Publix) grocery. Was cautious, bought a single at my local (Total Wine And More) beverage outlet. Good move by me to have only bought one. Next Coast is not in my future travel plans.

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Photo of SB2017
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall, it's definitely an IPA.... Typical smell of the modern "tropical" IPA: passionfruit, pine, and sawdust. However, with its bracing, dry explosion of hops this beer is really quite a party. Almost too much for a summer's day, the sturdy malts mingle with much subtler hop notes than the nose would suggest. It finishes bone dry, oddly, and leaves me bitter.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into stemless wine glass. Date 22 AUG 19 must BB date.
look is fairly clear yellow. Smell is yeasty and a little malt. Taste is fairly flat, lager light. Feel is light. Overall didn't care for it. Not very IPA like.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I guess this is their take on a NE fruity IPA. It’s not too bad. No depth to the flavor but better than the original Goose Island (at least to me). It’s pineapple like and fruity but not very potent until the astringent ending kicks in. A bit watery from tap.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear yellow-amber with a creamy, foamy, off-white head. Billowing carbonation.
Smell: Big tropical fruit aromas: pineapple, grapefruit, orange candy. Sweet malt. A little bit of herbal hop aroma.
Taste: Pineapple, grapefruit, caramel malt. Bit of a dry grapefruit/grape/wine taste. Lingering hop bitterness with the dry wine flavor. Astringent, pine resin aftertaste.
Feel: Dry, creamy, light- to medium-bodied.
Overall: This is a good IPA for those who like bitter hop flavor.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours crystal-clear light gold--almost like a pils. Very carbonated and bubbly. A nice foamy two-fingered head with decent retention and lacing.

Aromas of mango, pineapple, grass, lime, and resin. A bit of sweet and bready malt. Just a touch of dankness in the background.

The initial flavors on the tip of the tongue are similarly tropical, with lemon, lime, mango, pineapple forward. As the brew crosses the mid palate, clean pale malts and earthy hop notes arrive, with grassy, boozy, metallic, dank and resiny notes at the finish. A bit of an AAL-sour aftertaste at the end.

The brew is medium-light, especially for the ABV, with good carbonation and a drying finish. However, it seems a bit watery.

Overall, a well-balanced brew that has a clean malt spine and a nice hop counterpoint with just a bit of dank "west coast" style, presumably as a tip of the hat to its name. Nothing remarkable, but solid.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, plastic airline cup, looks like the dare is best by 9/10/19. Put a canned on date on it, then we know exactly how fresh your beer is!

Very clear yellow with a fluffy, rocky, popping white head. The can is very sleek, like a B-29 with a pop of color.

Lemon zest, papaya, a little musty malt, smells dry.

Tropical fruit, and I mean fruit born of humid that has terroir, is hung on a delicate, dry framework of light and musty malt. Fruit flavors are the natural funk of papaya, mysterious citrus, and bitter melon.

Silky carbonation on a smooth medium body.

I’ll admit I started this with some bias towards a brand owner by a macro company following trends. Who can blame them for brewing what the market demands? Big brewers brew good beer too, and this is a tasty, funky IPA.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rater fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is strong of tropical fruit smells with lots of tangerine, mango, and papaya. Along with these aromas comes some smells of bread and caramel malt mixed with a little bit of pine and grapefruit hop.
Taste - The taste begins with a somewhat bready and cracker taste mixed with some light earthy and pine hop. As the taste advances some of the tropical fruits of tangerine and papaya come to the tongue. With a slight loss of the bread and a little bit of grapefruit hop hitting the tongue, one is left with a more lightly hopped and somewhat more crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for a brew of 7.0 with a carbonation level that is normal. For the mix of light hop and malt base the feel is good and makes for an easy sipping brew even at It slightly higher strength.
Overall- This brew is definitely not an IPA powerhouse, but is very easy drinking and balanced. It reminds me more of a pale ale with a larger tropical showing. Any which way you classify it it is easy drinking and rather nice overall.

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Photo of brewme
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked-up a single can as part of a mixed six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about eleven dollars. Have had a few brews from these guys. Pretty decent brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange, pineapple and mango. Sweet tropical fruit tasted with toasted caramel and a sharp bitterness.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 8/8/2019. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, light toast/biscuit/dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, light toast/biscuit/dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, light toast/biscuit/dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a delicious IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV; with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Great Nugget, Citra, Mosaic profile. Very vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy balanced hop complexity; with a nice clean pale malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made West coast style example.

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Photo of jackahab
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

“Tropical. Juicy. Hops.”:

No. Sort of. I mean, yeah, I’m guessing?

Wrigley Field NE IPA. Very poundable for 7.0. Liiiiitle bit of Mosaic taste in there. Decent but was hoping for more.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Is this an IPA in Pilsner clothes?
S: Pine. Just about the only thing I can pull out.
T: Piney, very mild citrus, with no other hints of life.
F: Thin.. mild-medium bitterness, mild carbonation. Not bad.
O: The description does not match the product IMO. Not tropical, not juicy, not crushable. Don't get me wrong, it's not that bad. It's lame, compared to what it's supposed to be. West coast style for sure, just a bit off target.

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Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold, cap of soapy white foam settles quickly, dots of lace stick. Smell: crackery, faint pils-y sweetness... the theme here is "faint"... berry, lime, herbs, lemon. Taste: blueberry and melon splashed with nearly imaginary lime juice, clean piney-ish bitterness, dilute pancake syrup finish. Body is lighter than expected for 7% IPA, rather fizzy carbonation. Reminds me of Founder's Mosaic Promise and that GI doesn't make good IPAs. Cheap supermarket grab, expected either haze or tropical from the name/logo, got meh.

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Next Coast IPA from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 169 ratings