High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPAHigh Tide Fresh Hop IPA

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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 65
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: oggg on 10-24-2004

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Reviews by markchristenson:
Photo of markchristenson
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted against Pliny the Elder, Sculpin, and Belching Beaver's Dammed DIPA. This simply was the least good of the four. By itself it would be a standout, but in this company it was simply "good". A bit one-dimensional, with a fair amount of bitterness that wasn't offset by any other flavors. Clean, refreshing, pine-y.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This chunky yellowish-orange IPA has a modest head that lingered well.

Smell – The hops were are crisp but not overpowering. They are fruitier than anything else. The malt is light as well and a bit grainy.

Taste – Ah, this one picks things up at the taste. The grapefruit is sweet and really takes control, pushing the light grain into the background and providing a peep hole for the liquid malts and candy sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is just shy of medium-bodied with some sprightly carbonation and a creamy base.

Drinkability – This went down well enough although it’s not a heavy hitter like some of Pizza Port’s other beers.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from blitheringidiot, delivered to me via autumnaldave....thanks guys you both rock!! Pours into my glass a nice bright orange hue with a small creamy white head on top. Looks pretty nice in the glass. Aromas start off with sweet caramel that's quickly met by a blast of fruity, citrusy, almost tropical hops. Green, fresh and vibrant.

First sip brings a mellow caramel maltiness along with a slight breadiness as well. Quickly followed up by a blast of herbal citric hops that have a tropical fruit twang. Grapefruit is prevalent as well as some spiciness. Solid bitterness hits on the back of the palate as the brew finishes with a touch of dryness. A tasty fresh hop IPA to be had here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Easy to drink with plenty of carbonation. A solid fresh hop brew from Pizza Port. It doesn't blow me away like some of their stuff, but it's definetly a solid IPA and a tasty treat that I was lucky enough to have the chance to sample.

Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 9/21/11
Interestingly light colored, clear, foamy, effervescent. Bubbles persist receding slowly leaving nice lace.
Pleasantly bitter. Great hop feel. Citrus notes.
A very enjoyable fresh hop beer from one of the great California breweries.
Always fun to see this show up on the shelf each Fall.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Hazy gold-amber with a clumpy white head that looks like frothy steamed milk on a latte.

Smells wet and grassy, some tart citrus too.

A little bit watery up front. Green grass and piney burn. Booze is present, but not overbearing. Some lingering grass/pine oil bitterness.

Nice enough fresh IPA. I wouldn't choose it over many of my year-round, go-to IPAs but would definitely have a pint or 3 of this each season.

Photo of Beaver13
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light golden yellow with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is strong bright fruity piney hops with a touch of bready malts in the background.

The flavor is all hops - it is strong resiney tarry bitter hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft watery carbonation.

Overall, I remember liking this better the first time I had it. This one is an unbalanced hop bomb - which is fine, but I'm not caring for the hop flavors as much this time around. I remember it tasting fruitier and pinier.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow into my Allagash tulip.

The head forms rapidly thick fluffy white and very sticky clinging to the glasses edge.

The aroma is wonderful, floral and citrus hops. This aroma of the hops is top notch. I keep my nose out of it.

The taste is pungent hops. It starts with a slight carbonation on the tongue that almost numbs the mouth. The mix of floral and citrus hop tastes comes and abrutly finishes with a bitterness you might not expect. This bitter also reveals a earthy hop flavor.

I love the beginig taste of this beer but the bitter is a little off but still a great beer one I will look for again

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber for $6.70 from Spirit Haus in Amherst MA. No freshness info to be had. Pours lighter, hazed, soft yellowy amber, nice, larger head, stays much better then well, leaves plenty of super sticky lace, froth and sheeting. Impressive look to this one. Up front citrusy nose, grapefruit, lemons, flowery hop goodness. Simply delicious SD style IPA. Waves of grapefruit, flowery hop tastyness. Crisp, fresh hop crunching. Love the style, bring on the spiced up/BBQ foods. Label says brewed in the fall. I'd love to know how fresh this bottle was. Mighty tasty stuff. Highly recommended. Thinking about how I can get a few more bottles

Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color with a white head leaving good lacing and has pretty good retention. Aroma is mostly of pine, but there are some floral, earthy aromas as well and a bit of grapefruit. Some citrus flavors, but I seem to get a fairly large amount of earthy flavors. Lighter than medium carbonation with a medium body. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of blitheringidiot who scored some when he was working out West. The appearance is a little clear for an IPA but it is a West Coast Hop bomb. Not much carbonation. The hops is all that I taste and smell but I am a hophead so I enjoyed it. I like this beer better than the Wipeout bottles.


Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yesss. Love this one. Gold pour with a big white head. It says it is "fresh hopped" and you can really taste the difference. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and pine, without the stickiness or resin tastes. Not that I don't like the resin, but this just has a cleaner taste. Very, very good.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light yellow with a big pillowy white head. Nose is Freah and sweet, a bit malty and grassy.

Taste is really fresh an crisp it's Smooth and a bit harsh but good. Mouthfeel is light and sharp. Overall quite good.

Photo of ironlung
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Hollingsheads(first draw from new keg Mike's pour)

A: Pure Honey looks like a hefe! Standard hollingshead 2-finger head.

S: Can't smell this one at all mabye its the "dirty" brand jalapeño chips were eating.

T: So good!!! Nice creamy hops(if that makes sense) the malt choice in this makes it stand out more than the sierra fresh hops IMO.

M: Crisp/wet hops.

D: Very High, no wonder the employees @ high times horded this one last year (only let me buy 1 bottle).

Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

Starts with a lemon orange and biscuit nose with a hint of garden herbs in the background. Pours slightly hazy gold with a very finely bubbled, boisterous 3” lightly yellow tinted white foam cap. The cap very slowly drops to ½” and produces very clingy, clumpy lace. A very creamy palate begins with juicy citrus over biscuit with a hint of nuts leading to a citrus rind bitterness softened by lemon and orange flavors. There is a touch of herbal astringency on the finish. A fine soft carbonation supports a creamy, luscious body.

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Light golden and yellow with a stiff near-white head. Lines of lacing left down the glass.

As expected, the aroma is quite hoppy and focuses on citrus: lots of grapefruit and orange. There's a hint of pale or crystal malt, but this is certainly hop-forward. There's also some grassy aromas peeking through as well.

A very floral and grassy hop flavor with a mild citrus behind it. Simple, yet obviously fresh, and incredibly tasty.

Disappearing, crisp, medium mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable.

A wonderful, refreshing, drinkable, tasty fresh hop IPA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears an orange tinted copper hue with a bright white custard texture head layers upon layer of head making a rising bread dough like appearance. Thick chunks of lacing cling to the sides of my glasses. High on hops, this High Tide fresh hop IPA from Port is outstanding especially the nose. Another aggressive West Coast hop barrage on the senses, pure grapefruit and pine cone accented hops. Fruity bursts of hop coated man candy sweetness. Flavor is bitter no joke kind of out of line bitterness a touch of vegetable/hop, grapefruit rind, and earthy floral notes. If your a hop head this is awesome, coats the palate with hop oils moderate carbonation not too heavy it's definitely bringing my palate into a state of fatigue but it's juicy and awesome fresh hop beer at it's best. Drinkability is excellent the type of beer I could drink year round dangerously, good thing this is a once in awhile occasion that seasonal during the hop harvest season.

Photo of Blackwolf
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- Great! Hazy gold body, very thick frothy white head with lots of retention, tons of sticky lacing. Little uniformed carb, if I caught more this would be a perfect 5.0

S- Very aromatic and tropical. Mango/pineapple, grassy hops, a bit of pine, light citrus, bready and malty! You can really dig into the nose on this one.

T- Quick sweet malt forward, very nice grassy hop, tropical fruit backbone (mango and pineapple), some citrus followed by a piney dry hop finish. Excellent transition with taste that does not bottom out the more you sip. Nice hoppiness from start to finish.

MF- Medium-thick body, dry... Medium-sharp carb, warms as it opens but not overwhelming. Very chewy hop-wise as you get through more of the glass. Flavor likes to hug the palate!

O- Solid IPA, nothing I would go out of my way for, but worth a second try! Give it a shot if you haven't got around to this IPA.

Photo of pwoods
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hophead for this extra.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours murky yellow, cloudy, lots of resin. 1 1/2 fingers of white head that holds decently. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Nice wet hops, fresh and oily. Nice citrus.

T/M: Bitterness is a bit weak. Decent but not as much as I'd like. Hops are nice and citrusy. Resinous and oily. Light sweet malts. Medium light body with good carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and tasty. Not quite as good as Founders Harvest but damn good.

Photo of sloejams
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pizza Port's High Tide takes the fresh hop idea and improves on it. The flavors are more fresh and the different hops really pronounce themselves: Centennial - I getcha, citrus but now boom in your face like Cascade (think West Coast hopbombs), Chinook - I'm with ya - dry hopped to give that floral and bitter cut.

This is something I recommend to everyone. Bitter not your thing? This is so well-rounded you'll push through. Get this soon, it's not going to last. And the fresher the better.

Photo of rgrace99
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bombers of this from bevmo. Poured into a goblet. Poured a clear yellow/orange with a small short-lived head and some lacing. Aroma was piney/floral hop. Taste was mildly bitter, lots of pine but I didn't get a lot of citrus. Tasted nice, went down very easily but it isn't a big hop monster like wipeout of Stone RIPA.

Photo of dashirey
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy - golden orange. Frothy head with tons of lacing. (Looks like a glass of a hefeweizen, but that's were those comparisonsons stop)

S - Great smell - hops all the way grassy mostly.

T - Hops again which is great. Ends with a spicey note.

M - Smooth with a bitter presence at the end. Dryness coming at the end as well

D - Great easy drinking beer - I wish this could be had all year long. 6.5 means you could down a few of these bombers and still be going strong.

Great introduction to the Port Brewing Company. I can't wait to have more!

Photo of IntriqKen
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We are definitely talking fresh hops here.
Pours a rusty gold hazy liquid topped with a moderate head that melted away all too quickly.
Aroma is all about green grass, grapefruit peel wet hops plus a little extra wet earthiness I can't quite identify.
Taste is immediately citrus peel hop....grass....orange peel....grapefruit peel....some kind of biscuity-toasty yeast.
Aftertaste is not surprisingly very drying as the mouth is left with just the grapefruit peel bitterness.
Clean, fresh, refreshing.
Love hops?
Grab it!
Don't particularly care for hops or bitterness?
Leave it on the shelf until "you are worthy".

Photo of mdaschaf
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Pours a hazy light orange color. A chunky 2 finger head forms with good retention. Spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Some grapefruit and floral hops. Also a little bit of grassy/earthy aroma as well. Not a lot of malt aroma.

T: Get a nice grapefruit flavor upfront, then a floral flavor. About halfway through some sweet malts come through, but there is a bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not as balanced as I would have liked and has a dry, bitter finish. It's drinkable, probably because I really like IPAs. The bitterness/dry finish is a little off putting though.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber on sale and now I realize it might not be at the peak of freshness.

Pours into a pint glass a slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with thick white head that sticks around well and leaves it's lace behind.

Aroma is hoppy, of course, but not exceptionally so for a dry hopped IPA. I usually expect bigger and better things when those words are on the bottle. Maybe it has to do with age.

Flavor is well done with nice levels of bitterness balanced with just enough pale malts. The hops lend spicy and floral characteristics to the beer. Centennial and simcoe will do that.

Mouthfeel is good - the carbonation is just right but the body is a little thin.

Drinkability is good for the style too. Not too heavy or high in alcohol. The only thing that would get in the way (for some) is the bitterness but, then again, isn't that what an IPA is supposed to be?

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopHead84 for this one.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orangey color with a good stark white head that stays melted marshmallow fluffy for a good amount of time leaving nice but not amazing lacing.

Great nose here. West coast hops right of the bat, grapefruit, pine, and a nice earthy dank sweetness. Some slight spice and malt sweetness, although slight, indicates that there should be a sufficient malt backbone.

Taste begins with a slight switness, is not bitter from the line, but right off the line it certainly starts. Grapefruit hops ride the malt backbone as it starts off the taste, and quickly begin to overpower it. The beautiful grapefruit and pine hops ride through the middle. There is certainly a wet dankness to this one, brought about by the fresh hop resins. The dry hopping has certainly added to the flavor of this guy, maybe even a touch strong. The malt sweetness peaks its head out again towards the end of the taste. Dry hop bitterness engulfs the palate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick here, but quite good. Could use maybe just a slight bit more carbonation. Slick in the mouth, slippery, almost a bit greasy. That sounds really bad, but it is not meant to be.

Drinkability is quite good, the mouthfeel does hamper it a bit, but overall a stellarly drinkable beer. Certainly sessionable, but there is an intense bitterness on the finish that may turn those slighly IPA intolerant off a bit as far as sessioning goes.

Overall a very fine fresh hop IPA. I really like the wet sort of dank sweetness in here. Earthy, but still totally west coast. Certainly an IPA. I think some fresh hops may be the secret to this years Sculpin, as i recognize a similar (i know this sounds wierd) hop sweetness in the two. A fine fine beer from port, and one i would surely buy again if they would ship us something in addition to the ample supply of hop 15, wipeout, and old visc we get. (Not that im not appreciative of those, in fact, i would kill to keep them here) Well now im just rambling. Good beer, would love to session it one day. Hopheads try some. It wont blow you out of the water with bitterness, but it is strong in that department, and makes up for it in great flavor. Great beer.

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.