It’s a beautiful day for the beach, the sun is out, the temps are hot and the water is refreshingly cool. To complete that refreshment, I settled on a pair of fruity hopped IPA’s for this duel. First up is a Next Coast IPA from Goose Island Brewing, which is described as “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.” Sounds worth trying to me!

Up against the Next Coast is a new brewer and beverage to me in the Mango IPA from Unveiled Brewing. A fairly mysterious offering here as it was very difficult to find out anything about this beer in a number of spots I’d normally search. I’m not sure if I like it enough yet to keep digging, so let’s just get into it!

HopDuel Survey

Better labelGoose Island Next Coast IPA
Better aromaGoose Island Next Coast IPA
Better tasteUnveiled Brewing Mango IPA
Better finishUnveiled Brewing Mango IPA
WinnerUnveiled Brewing Mango IPA

Tell us about it

The Goose Island Next Coast IPA is a really cool can design. From first glance, it’s a simple silver can, not unlike a silver bullet, but the subtle gradient and accents in the type treatment are really cool. It’s a very sleek can that, once cracked open, reveals a nice piney, fruity hopped aroma, which lead to a win in each category.

When it came to taste and finish, Unveiled Brewing’s Mango IPA took over. Both beers were nicely fruited, but the mango is very unique and well-suited to the beer, giving it a very interesting taste and finish. The Next Coast IPA was fresh and fruity through and through, where the Mango IPA has a nice bitterness to it that I long for in my IPA’s. In the finish, the mango kicks in and cuts that bitterness down for a nice, refreshing surprise. In the end, two interesting beers that are both worthy of the purchase. I could see a number a good number of people on either side of voting in this one.

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