I’ve found myself dueling more IPA’s than any other type of beer. I suspect it’s because the IPA category is constantly mashing new flavors together and every brewer seems to have it’s sights set on this type of beer as an experimental sandbox.

In my gravitation toward the IPA section, the Uinta Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA jumped out at me due to the bright colors and picnic scene artistically crafted for it’s can design. A closer inspection revealed a trait about Uinta that I can really get behind; their beer is brewed with renewable wind and solar. Thanks for doing your part to save the planet, Uinta.

Up against the Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA, I selected Nebraska Brewing Company’s IPA. Another cool can design depicts an elephant hauling barrels through what I assume is a backdrop in India. These cans sit well on the counter together, but let’s see how they compare in taste.

HopDuel Survey

Better labelUinta Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA
Better aromaUinta Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA
Better tasteNebraska Brewing Company IPA
Better finishUinta Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA
WinnerNebraska Brewing Company IPA

Tell us about it

A pair of excellent beers that really embody the IPA category. Citrus notes on both aromas, with just the right amount of bitterness to the taste and finish. This might have something to do with the Supremely Spicy Sabra Hummus I was noshing at the time, but each of these beers finished very close to one another. What gave the Uinta Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA the edge there was the very subtle grapefruit taste at the close that toyed with the bitterness.

In the end, as we’ve said before, the winner of these duels is not always the sum of it’s parts and the Nebraska Brewing Company IPA has come out on top here. A close call, but what gave the Nebraska IPA the edge was how well all of it’s elements played together. You can’t go wrong with either beer, and I’m not sure I could tell them apart in a blind taste test. But for now, the Nebraska IPA reigns supreme.

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