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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing

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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,065
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 67
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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Port Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A freshly bought bottle from Whole Foods but off-aromas right away. Getting past that, the hops were very good and it was a creamy mouthfeel and drinkable. Must try it again. Big creamy head. Citrus, caramel,dry finish.Medium bodied and understated carbonation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/1/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a super foamy off-white head that settles to a small island of foam on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Something seems to be amiss based solely on the way this one is pouring. Smell is of malt and some fresh but somewhat muted earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish but the hop flavors are pretty mild. However, there is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that seems to be showing some sort of problem. For a fresh hop beer, this is just bland and unrefined.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from a 22 oz bottle, poured a copper color, and was a bit hazy. Made a nice thick head but disapeared quickly. Smelled real hoppy. The simcoe was present and the grapefruit comes from the centenial. No malt in the aroma.

The flavor was real nice, mostly hop flavor with some malt sweetness but not flavor except in the aftertaste. The beer was bitter enough to enjoy but not so much as to distract from the flavor. Very good taste over all.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and heavy body especially for this cold night where we have no heater to keep us warm and all we have is the Die Hard trilogy and some pretty good beers to chose from. Very drinkable, I'd love to get some more of this.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber yellow with a white head. Light floral perfume pineapple nose.

Quality rich mouth with medium body.

Flavors of fresh pine and medium bitter grapefruit skin, bitterness is more elegant and less "oily" likely because of the fresh hops. An extremely drinkable, medium hop beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: this one was very foamy, so large head with scattered lacing. Foam is frothy. Hazy, golden with a crimson hue body and some sediment in the bottom.

S: Very nice aroma. Pine, citrus (pineapple and grapefruit) and earthy.

T: Centennial and Simcoe hops are well represented throughout with a nice malt backbone and citrus notes with a both sweet and piney finish. A little peppery as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent IPA with a nice variance between aroma and flavor which is both hoppy and just bitter enough.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible of carbonation. It poured with with a finger high frothy white head that died down leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. The head has good retention properties.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has flavors of orange citrus along with notes of pine resin and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The pine seems to stand out a little in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice hop aromas and flavors but isn't overly bitter; however the hops aromas and flavors aren't as strong as other wet hop beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not the best fresh hop of the season, thats for sure, but still love the freshness of the hop palate. pours a bit cloudy with an almost uncontrolable head, its massive. smells like that classic fresh hop pronounced sticky hops, but also a bit of a grainy nose. taste is very simcoe hops, rugged and strong. very bitter finish. mouthfeel is perfect for a freshy, medium and a delicate but active carbonation. this is a good one, but with all the fantastic fresh hop ales out this fall, this isnt distinguished in my opinion

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty unlabeled tulip glass. Thanks to Freddie for getting those bottles out to Amyliz4 and me so quickly.

Pours a slightly-hazed bright peach skin color with a two and a half finger head and a good deal of sticky spiderweb lacing on the way down. Head isn't too hick and is quite bubbly. Quarter-inch head remains throughout.

The initial nose after a good swirl brings a bit of dank hops. Coming back for more, I get a bit of light citrus and tropical fruits. Some light papaya, maybe. A bit of orange zest. In the end, fairly faint and I would certainly expect more out of any fresh hop, especially one from Port. Nothing over the top, but some really nice subtle characteristics.

The taste goes in a different direction and the bitterness is quite forward. Some really grassy, herbal fresh hops. Not incredibly bitter, as there's more actual hop flavor and the freshness is definitely noticeable. Throughout and as it warms up, I really get some light grassy notes and a bit of straw. This is from the hops as there's no noticeable malt, but really not bringing the hop onslaught I would hope for given the brewery's description of this as having large amounts of fresh Centennial and Chinook hops.

Feel is a bit light with low--though acceptance--levels of carbonation and a moderate amount of bitterness. It seems that this and the flavor are both improving as the beer warms closer to room temperature. No detectable sweetness, though this is not completely dry. This is certainly a good beer, though it fails to live up to the expectations I have very an excellent fresh-hopped IPA.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled last October so this one could be a little fresher but either way I'm gonna try it. The beer poured out as a nice hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing is pretty good. The smell of the beer is pretty bright and lively, the Centennial overpowers the Simcoe. The taste of the beer is citrusy with a bit of pine in the finish. Not much malt sweetness. The mouthfeel has a little too much carbonation but still drinkable. Overall I want a fresh bottle just to see the difference. Still good though after a few months.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of medium citrus and bitter hops is somewhat less intense then I would have hoped. Taste is dominated by medium bitter and citrus hops with a lack of malt to balance the beer together. Body is pretty full with limited filtration with some low carbonation. I am not sure if I did get a bad bottle but I was not overly impressed by this one.

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Photo of largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Churchill's, enjoyed a pint of this on cask after the barrel tasting at Lost Abbey. Hops were a welcome change of pace after several hours of drinking sours, barleywines and stouts.

Handpump to pint glass, High Tide has a hazy golden-amber body with a thick white head that left behind huge sheets of lace as my pint glass rapidly emptied. This was an incredible looking beer, obviously pulled from a very fresh cask.

Wet, dank hops dominate the aroma. Flowers and citrus are backed by the lightest of malt profiles. There's a hint of honey and grain, but the awesome wet hop profile steals the show here.

The taste opens with tropical fruit, floral hops and grapefruit; this has a beautifully balanced and complex hop flavor. The mouthfeel is wet and sticky mid-palate, surprisingly soft, with a hint of malt and a ton of juicy citrus hop flavor. Carbonation is medium-low, just enough to keep the beer lively on the tongue. It finishes dry with a smooth, clean bitterness. This was phenomenal, one of the best cask ale experiences I've had.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with spotty lace, overall good head retention. The head dwindles to a skim, but it manages to keep itself intact. Grassy hops mingle with sweet citrus, pale malt faint in the background.

Slick resiny feel, juicy citrus hop flavor. Malt does balance pretty well in the end. Earthy and herbal hop bitterness dominates. It's full bodied like a DIPA, and fakes you out, thinking it could have a higher ABV. Smooth with a dry hoppy aftertaste, making you crave it more. Thanks for sharing Jay!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gold-plated lemon peel that becomes opaque lemon curd on the final pour. The crown is lightly yellowed ivory in hue and has a great deal of character that is most likely due to hop resins. Sticky foam bridges deposit lovely looking lace when they eventually break.

Few aromas in this world are more amazing than fresh American hops that have been skillfully turned into India pale ale. It's been a long time since I smelled an IPA this explosively tropical fruity. Grapefruit, lemon, orange... out of this world!

High Tide Fresh Hop is as good as expected... if not better. The fact that it may have lost a little potency in the several weeks since the release boggles the mind. It's still amazingly hoppy and fantastically delicious, so don't wait any longer if you're sitting on a bottle. To state the obvious, fresh hop beer should be enjoyed fresh!

It's great that there's (probably) nothing darker than pale malt in the house. That sugar cookie sweetness is a perfect foil for the showcase that is Centennial and Simcoe hops. This might be my favorite hop duo of all-time. There's something about their flavors in combination that makes my taste buds dance a little jig.

Each mouthful is like tossing juicy chunks of white and pink grapefruit, pineapple, lemons and oranges into a blender, hitting puree and then chugging the whole enchilada. Even though there's enough malt sweetness to keep the beer from being punishingly hoppy, the buzzsaw bitterness is still capable of blasting the taste buds into oblivion over the course of a bomber.

The mouthfeel is everything that even the harshest critic could want in beer of this style. It's at least medium-full, and has a luscious, velvety, mouthfilling creamy quality that contrasts very well with the semi-serrated edges of the alpha acids.

Port Brewing's Fresh Hop IPA is at least as good as Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale and Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. It's a tough call, but this might be the best bottled version that I've ever had the pleasure to consume. It probably borders on blasphemy, but comparing it to Town Hall's annual Fresh Hop masterpieces would not be out of line. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice twenty two ounce bomber that I acquired in a trade a good little bit ago. Served right out of the fridge and consumed in a pint glass on 07/28/2008.

The appearance was very nice, a rich mellow amber color with a good amount of clarity. I was surprised to see some sediment in the bottom of it to be honest, but still very nice looking indeed. Lots of active carbonation coming up from the bottom and a nice three inch head of white foam that came across the top. Gradual settling left behind a good amount of white foam and a nice inch thick layer that lasted throughout the session. Copious amounts of side glass lace were present as well.

The aroma was your typical west coast hop bomb of an IPA, just not nearly as harsh as the doubles. Nice rounded floral display here, with hints of grapefruit, range, and tangerine. Some light fresh grass in the mix as well, really giving a good solid hop profile. Nice light grain base in the nose. The flavor was smooth, crisp and clean. Started with a nice rush of light citrus flavors, grapefruit and pineapple the most prominent. Nice light malt base then came in, giving the slightest bit of a biscuit like taste to it, but quickly shuttering aside for a nice bit of pine hops. Very nice finish here with a good drawn out bitter and dry taste. Long lasting citric flavor was light, but enough to warrant me coming back for another sip. Very nice light Mouthfeel on this one really kept the ale rolling, with more then adequate carbonation and a nice smooth drinking feel. An easy session ale for me as nothing was really over done and it was just a smooth experience.

Overall I thought this was excellent. An easy drinking, classic, session able ale that really just was all about a warm summer day. Not as hopped up as your typical west coast beers, just really solid. I could see why people like this one soo much!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: High Tide pours a light golden color with a fluffy white head. The lacing is fairly minimal.

S: A sniff reveals a very pleasant fruity aroma. I pick up very intense grapefruit and pineapple as the primary smells with very little else going on.

T: Following the nose, there are very nice grapefruit and pineapple flavor. There is a subtle spiciness in the middle of the tongue and a piney, bitter finish.

M: The carbonation is moderate and the beer flows smoothly across the tongue. The beer is light to medium in body.

D: A good IPA, but not the greatest. That said, it's a very easy drinking beer and one that you could have a few glasses of in a night or on a nice hot day.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear yellow body with a white head.

Smell: A spicy, floral aroma with notes of juicy pineapple and watered down honey.

Taste: Thin, fleeting cereal sweetness with the taste of pears before the jarring bitterness and heavy acidity of the long, unpleasant finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Harsh and uninteresting.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Got this as an extra, not sure how fresh it will be.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of fluffy white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Bready malt with a slight fruity sweetness and some herbal hops.

Taste: This beer is a bit malt forward up front, there are some bread notes. The citrus peel hop bitterness shows up to the party and amps up through the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is pretty good, but slightly boring. It may have not been at its absolute prime. I would try it again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a huge, four finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves very nice, dense lace.

s - sweet, bready malt, fruity hops and some pine in the background.

T - sweet, bready malt with pineapple and orange hop notes. Some toffee in the middle with more orange and pine as well. Finishes with more pine and some sweaty hop character as well as lingering sweetness and moderate bitterness.

M - medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - very nice, the hops are strong but balanced by potent malt. There isn't any excessive caramel to down out the fruity character of the hops and it finishes with enough bitterness to balanced the malt.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises light pine, light toffee, and very light lime peel. It's simple, but pretty effective. The taste holds notes of pine resin, lime, light lemon zest, and very light caramel. Still fairly simple, though not as effective. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, an alright fresh hop, but one that ends up leaving me feeling wanting somehow. It's hard to explain, so I'll just leave it at that...

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Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Pizza Port Becker pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with some great carbonation that gradually rises. The head is initially a white two finger length sized poof that gradually settles down to a nice size covering that leaves some fantastic lacing down the sides. Aroma is a fresh pungent blend of floral hops, pine, and citrus with a slightly spicy maltiness in the background.

The taste is strong with fresh resinous hops and then a pleasant underlying blend of sweet maltiness and grapefruit. Finishes nicely with a lingering hop bitterness and a final citrus kissed splash of malt on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with great carbonation.

I had a great time with this Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing. It really seemed to be much more subdued in the hop department (yet still fresh & biting) and achieved a nice malt balance than a lot of the others that I've had, making this one great example and highly drinkable version of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem in a smaller liquor store, it was sitting at the back of the clearance shelf at half price so I figured I would pick it up. No date on it and lots of yeast and sediment on the bottom, so I'm a little skeptical, but here goes. Poured into oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours a golden orange color with haze and sediment, decent head that fades semi quickly

N: Loaded with fresh citrus hops on the nose, slight crystal malt, touch of pine and touch of... toffee(?)

T: Taste actually starts with a big malt hit, almost like an Oktoberfest or red ale, some biscuit, bready, maltier than I expected, slight citrus and pine, it starts slightly bitter and grows, an earthy taste as well, slightly spicey hops too

M: Somewhat oily and semi thin, decent carbonation

F: Bitter hops start to charge in, then fade away hinting at a lot more bitterness, more citrus and pine hang around on the tongue for a bit, its also semi dry

Final thoughts: Its definitely not as fresh as I'm sure it is... um fresh. Its lost a lot of the bitter hit I expected for a west coast Fresh Hop IPA. WIth that being said, I actually really enjoyed this beer. It has a great malty backbone, better than most IPAs I've had. It teases with bitterness but never gets super bitter, instead has a nice hop taste and finally leaves a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue as it dries. I can taste the Centennial pretty well but the usual plasticy taste I get with simcoe isn't there. Perhaps it fades with time, or they did a good job masking it. I really want to try this fresh and come back to it again. But for a $5 bomber of Port Fresh Hop IPA you can't go wrong!

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome yellow color with plenty of foam in the New Belgium snifter. Sudsy mouthfeel with loads of carbonation.

Weedy, dank, and herbal. Not overly bitter, but plenty of the resiny stuff. LIght body, fizzy, and fresh tasting. Some slight maltiness with a bitter tang for the finish.

This is the lighter version of the dank IPA. A decent quaff. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Victoria Market in San Clemente.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus, along with some caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts with a strong hops bitterness and a burst of fruity citrus sweetness. There's a hearty malt character that provides some balance, but this one is all hops as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for a long time if you want an intense hop-bomb without the higher ABV of a 2IPA.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes -Thank you to tenderbranson for sharing this growler. Enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.

The look is juice-like with a smoothie type appearance and murky golden color thick with hop oils and the beer is capped by a thin cream cap. the smell is intense with strong citrus and lots of grapefruit with subtle grassy edges and mild lemony odor. There is a sweet malt element but the aroma is mostly floral hop esters. A spicey bitter citrus rind type astringent feel with a very high acidty level with moderately high carbonation and light sweetness backing up the rich w/ hop oil texture. the finish is tannic and dry.

Flavors of citrus from the hop greenery with a fresh taste of raw hops that also brings along the rind-like bitterness you associate with a grapefruit at its prime. There is a grassy element which is sharp holding it back slightly but the astringent level is pushed by this too with more floral resinous qualities coming out mid taste as the high carbonation recedes. I very spicy, peppery finish which has a slight tinge of alcohol drying quality on the palate. Overall I was a fan based on how much hop flavor they squeezed into this 'wet hop' beer, but it has an intensity and sharp quality that you don't see often in fresh hop ales. I expected a milder IPA, but I was pleasantly surprised by the aggressive nature of this hop bomb.

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2.67/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California a few hours ago and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz. I'm drinking it as fresh as I possibly can. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. 6.5% confirmed. No best before date.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels from Trader Joe's.

A: Pours almost entirely head. Beige with nice cream and thickness. Excellent retention. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent non-opaque pale dull yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for the style.

Sm: Clean floral hops dominate. Very light, pleasant, and understated. Clean malts. Nectar. It's nice not getting beaten over the head with hop bitterness. Let's hope that carries into the flavour as well. A subtle, light aroma. Appealing and atypical.

T: Clean malt foundation with fresh floral hops atop it. Some hop bitterness on the climax, but only a pleasant surge thereof. Clean and floral all around, with no complex pine or oily character or grapefruit or citrus or any of that murky mess that often makes it into IPAs unwelcomed. A clean, refreshing, fresh floral IPA. The hop bitterness is bothersome, but all around it's relatively well balanced. Not complex or subtle, but pleasant to drink.

Mf: Light, wet, and smooth. Carbonation is off; seemingly flat but the head is ridiculous at the same time. Too thin. Meh.

Dr: Hop 15 is a far far better IPA from Port, but this is passable. Far overpriced. I almost wish I'd aged it to mellow out the bitterness a bit. Any IPA fan will like this, but few will love it. I certainly don't. I might try it again on draught. I expect far better from Port.


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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.