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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPAHigh Tide Fresh Hop IPA

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519 Reviews
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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,063
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 66
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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Reviews: 519 | Hads: 1,063
Photo of farrago
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produces a big, fluffy head upon the pour, loads of whipped up larger bubbles with multiple peaks and valleys, slightly off-white color, the thick streaks of lacing stick powerfully and overall retention is very good. The liquid is a pale yellowish gold, clear but not quite watery, not many bubbles but what’s there are big and fat and move upwards with determination. Muscular nose features a dash of salt and pepper, pretzel dough, leafy green matter, black tea leaves, more earthy than sweet, the orange citrus and white pit fruits pushed into the background, gets more metallic and arch as it warms albeit not offputtingly so. Full-bodied, the carbonation is perhaps too gentle to relieve some of the bitterness from the palate, very hoppy with an excess of grassiness, earth, quinine, and pepper notes. Weight sort of prevents it from staying “refreshing,” however, there’s briskness in the tangerine, white grapefruit citrus and arguably more pineapple, green apple, nectarine, peach fruit. Dry finish with white pepper, iron flecks and backroads brown dirt. Its relative lack of smoothness and sweetness makes it more of a food beer than a casual sipper on its own. (1,181 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pale, slightly cloudy copper with active, huge carbonation bubbles. Thick head on pouring that shrinks to one finger.

S: Grass, orange, lemon, honey, fresh cut flowers, and some tobacco and biscuit sweetness on the nose - like standing near the shores of the Pacific Ocean on a perfect early summer's day.

T: Nice interplay between citrus and piney hops. The malt sweetness kicks in and finishes with the earthy, vegetable hop flavor. Honey, cinnamon, and clove on the finish.

M: Very refreshing in its drinkability and deftly manages the balance between sweet and bitter. The hop finish has a nice stickiness that doesn't over dry your mouth and backs off enough that you're ready for another swig.

O: I'm very impressed both with the balance and complexity of this beer. It manages to have a lighter taste while still displaying a full flavor profile. The hops (centennial and simcoe) were judiciously selected with no one flavor profile dominating yet still managing to have each strength displayed. My only regret is it not being spring when I enjoy this beer, but one can hardly blame the brewers for the timing of the hop harvest relative the experience the final product promotes. (1,232 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber

This bottle was sent my way in a recent trade with messanthrope, thanks brotha! High Tide sports a deep golden body with moderate haziness. When backlit the color lightens up to 24kt and carbonation rushes to the surface in clumps. Two fingers of soapy white head form on the pour before becoming sticky and meringue-like. Clumpy lacing glues itself to the glass.

Weed. There's a lot of weed coming from the nose of this fresh hopped IPA. Candied citrus peel comes across deep in the body as well, nicely integrated. Pale, biscuity malts lay the foundation. The nose let's you know this is a hop showcase and while the aromas are there they seem subdued for some reason.

Flavor has some added characteristics but for the most part it's pretty similar to the nose. Weed flashes through on the front before being overtaken by a hodgepodge of muddled citrus. Easy going crackery malts lay the base while the dankness pounces again on the finish with a firm, lingering bitterness.

The body has a moderate weight but there's smooth carbonation and an easy feel. There's even a little frothiness on the swallow. Bitterness grows as I drink but never beyond moderate. This is a highly drinkable IPA.

I haven't drank much Port over the last couple years but I have to say, High Tide is a nice choice. Dank and citric with a firm bitterness and a body that's easy to put away. I would pick these up in the future. Thanks again, Scott! (1,444 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
high tide indeed, this is a foam monster, 4 fingers of suds on a careful pour, golden straw with a little haze and a smidge of orange hue, carbonation in the glass looks spotty but obviously there is tons, lacing and head retention are pretty gnarly (I am a child of the 80s ok?), a nice looking brew here

nose...
musty - almost barnyardy dirty hop smell, then underneath a blanket of stanky sharp hop sting burying itself somewhere in between weed and pine, definite fresh aroma, a nice strong and consistent odor

taste etc...
bright and poppy carbonation makes this an easy drinker, the hops leave a trial on the tongue with moderate bitterness at all levels and parts of the mouth which is interesting, the hop signature is a bit muddy in some way, it doesn't smack me like some fresh IPAs, the bitterness does linger especially in the stomach along with a slightly bigger kick than the stated ABV seems to indicate,

verdict:
a good beer with some excellent qualities, worth checking out but not a killer. honestly it is hard to compete with DIPAs etc, the Hop15 that port makes just blows this out of the water... maybe I suffer from hop overload to appreciate this if there wasn't so many hoppin mad beers out there (1,232 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent medium gold with an enormous three inch tall head which dissipated slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and much lacing.

s: Very mild fruit. Pleasant.

t: Citrus and resin hops forward over light malt base. Bitterness lingers somewhat on the tongue and becomes less pleasant. Probably that's from the fresh hop oils, but might also be better served colder than the 49 degrees Fahrenheit my beer fridge started it out at.

m: Light to moderate. Good body and arbonation tingle.

o: A very good fresh hop, albeit lacking more than a tinge of vegetal freshness in the aftertaste. Lighter than some fresh hops I have had, both in color and in taste. (718 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Hazy darkish orange with a nice very frothy and thick two finger head. Can also see the bubbles flying up quick and rapidly so pretty well carbed im guessing.

S - Getting some mild tropical fruit and some smells reminding me of a saison, interesting. very mild though

T/M - definitely veeerrryyy well hopped and bitter but not too over the top. Getting a little bit of Apple in the flavor....some tropical fruits. and caramel sweet malt. Some grassy and earthy hops are present as well. very little alcohol presence but fades quick.

Overall, another good offering by port brewing. This is a beer a real hop head should definitely try at least once... Every beer I've had from these guys is really, really good. I will say Id rather have this then their "Mongo" IPA. haven't had wipeout...anyway, a juicy, solid, bitter IPA. check it out its good. (880 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/1/12

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a huge, foamy, fizzy head. Decent lace and retention. Seems to be over carbonated. The head exploded from a normal pour spilling over the side.

S: Hops, Belgian yeast, grass, hay. Farmhouse ale?

T: Big, grassy, barny, yeasty. The fresh hops show through when it's cold, bringing strong pine and citrus. As the beer warms, Saison characteristics come out.

M: Seriously, is this an American Saison? The yeast overpowers. Not enough fresh hops in this one.

O: Although this is more than a month old, I expected the hop presence to be stronger. Especially from a brewery like this. Good cold. Disappointing warm.

Update: enjoyed on tap at Rail Trail in Hudson, MA. Totally different experience. Amazing beer. Super fresh hops and such an easy drinking IPA. (802 characters)

Photo of andyfrancis
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It's a Port IPA. We know it's quality. Let's see how quality.

A: An only marginally aggressive pour leads to 2+ fingers of bleach white head. Beer is a very pale orange, with some mild haziness. Lively carbonation. Head itself is rocky, being made of both small and large bubbles. Slowly collapses in on itself. Excellent retention. Stellar lacing.

S: This one shies away from the grapefruit essence of so many California IPA's. Instead, it's a much more orange presence. Peel, flesh, tangerine, even some possible marzipan when mixed with the toffee notes in the malt. Also in there is a huge shot of pineapple. Maybe a touch of mango. Fragrant, but not incredibly so.

T: Definitely lacking the grapefruit kick. Tropical fruit takes more of a center stage here. Fairly sweet pineapple juice up front. Mid palate is sweet and bitter, akin to a candied grapefruit peel. Bitterness firms up towards the finish, expressing some citrus rind and mild pine notes, with a small splash of herbal quality. Aftertaste is very dry, with some residual pine bitterness lingering.

M: Light to medium bodied. Beer is pillowy, without having the added weight or viscosity of the alcohol. Light on the tongue, with ample, but not overdone, carbonation. Very nice.

O: Good, solid beer. Lack depth but has subtelty, which isn't necessarily what the West Coast IPA is known for. Still, a fairly good pint. (1,395 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Strong nose of peach and mango. Strong pine resin initially on the tongue that finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Overall, this is very strong for a fresh hop beer, it lacks the grassiness and herbal notes often associated with these beers. In spite of this, I thoroughly enjoyed this atypical wet-hop IPA. (408 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that Raul wasn't feelin' high enough, he decided to paddle out during High Tide with some Fresh Hops at that.

Raul is going to start calling these IPA's "Spring Cleaners;" all kinds of grassy and dusty like your mama told you to clean out the attic. It tastes clean n all, but who da hell wants to juice the chopped up grass from the John Deer and then drink it?

Again, fresh like a Vivaldi Suite, but unlike said master, Raul ain't feelin' this one. (457 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Port High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Bottled: 10/7/13
Consumed: 10/25/13

A- pour yields a two finger head white that recedes to about a finger and stays for awhile. Beer is a slightly hazy gold. 4

S- grass, lemon, herbal, light biscuit/cracker, earthy, and kind of dank. Not a strong smell by any means, but very enjoyable. 4

T- exceptionally smooth and drinkable. I've had this many times and for 6.5% you can still "session" the shit out of this. Lemongrass, herbal, with moderate amount of bitterness. The malts are in the background but in good balance as to show off the hops. 4

M- medium carbonation and body. Very smooth 4

O- insanely drinkable beer. If this was still the "drinkability" category it'd be a 5. But, overall it's a very good beer. 3.75

B+ (760 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased today as a refrigerated 22 oz. bomber at Fullerton Beverages.

A: Gold, moderately cloudy, with a white head that drops within a couple of minutes, but leaves dense lacing, with constant rising of many small bubbles.

S: Subtle citrus.

T: Quite pleasantly sweet and fruity (pineapple, grapefruit), then turns moderately bitter.

M: Light/medium viscosity, low carbonation, dry finish.

O: I'm very late in trying this, mostly due to my lack of access to it. It is at least 9.5 months old -- certainly way past prime for an IPA, let alone a fresh hop. Yet, it's still an interesting and balanced ale that is worth seeking out, particularly if you can compare it alongside with the upcoming version. I'd really like to try a truly fresh batch.

from website:
Malts – Two Row
Kettle Hops – Amarillo Pellets
Whirlpool – Centennial Fresh Hops
Dry Hop – Chinook Fresh Hops
Yeast – White Labs- Port Brewing Proprietary Yeast Strains

from bottle label:
"...seasonal IPA brewed and dry hopped with freshly harvested and dry hopped Centennial and Simcoe flower hops."

Perhaps the discrepancy is due to differing availability of fresh hops over several years?... (1,176 characters)

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. (559 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a growler, AFTER I'd had it on tap and purchased the growler based on that experience. This is pretty interesting.

Poured from growler, a really really strange color: almost a caramel with hints if good and orange, but mostly darker. Super cloudy, opposed to the daft affecting.

Smell is slightly piney and citrusy, with tart hops, if that's possible and floral notes.

Taste is similar, but I like it better. Citrus and pine and fruit. It's hoppy and delicious.

Feel is super smooth. Below medium carbonation, creamy and very enjoyable.

Overall this is very good. Love how smooth it is, even it's appearance is super unique. Very enjoyable. Cheers (663 characters)

Photo of Chas58
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours a very clear orangey yellow with an moderately aggressive head that dissipates slowly, leaving a very nice and long lasting lacing on the glass. I am a little surprised by the lightness of the coloring and the filtered nature of the appearance.
Smell - Has a piney aroma that is very pleasant, and backed up with a hint of citrus. I am surprised it is not a more aggressive aroma, especially for a Fresh Hop IPA, but that said it is nice and is actually more than made up for in the hop taste.

Taste - The taste borders for me between a strong pale ale and a mild IPA. It leans more towards the IPA, especially with the hop kick it contains in the back end of the taste. There is clearly more hop kick than hop aroma. The taste does linger with a little stickiness. The maltiness does a nice job balancing all attributes to make this a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel - I am surprised by the significant carbonation in the initial taste. It is more than moderate and slightly more than I usually find in the style. This is very drinkable and quite enjoyable for a fan of the IPA/Fresh Hop style, as it has a very fresh hop kick and leaves a nice sticky hop resin.

Overall - This is an overall enjoyable ale, I think pale ale drinkers will enjoy the hops and an IPA drinker will see this as a mild yet flavorful brew. I enjoyed drinking this, will drink it again, but would hope for more aromatic hops in future. (1,541 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up about a month ago. I thought the hoppiness would play well with the hot wings I had for dinner tonight (I was right).

Each time I pour this bottle into my glass I get a ton of foam. I have to be patient for quite a while until it dies down.

The hop smell is pretty good. It didn't blow me away, but the presence is good and has good balance.

I like the pine and citrus in the flavor on this beer. I get more of the pine in this one.

Overall this is a pretty good fresh hop beer. I will pick this up again next year. (537 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bottled on 10/2/2012. Could be fresher for a harvest ale.

A: This isn't a belgian? Gorgeous light gold color, cloudy. Ridiculous head and retention. Soapy.

S: Not as big of a hop aroma as I'm sure existed 2 months ago.

T: Lemon, flower, citrus. Malt does its job to keep the balance.

M: Good, maybe a little too much carbonation for the style. Again, reminds me of a belgian like Duvel.

O: Wish I had this fresher, but still held up well. (458 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into glass

A - Pours a large thick head, slowly recedes with moderate-low lacing. Slightly hazy golden/yellow

S - Mostly hops,a little citrus, and a hint of grassy/pine/resin.

T - Hits with the hops first, as expected, followed by a bit of citrus and resin. The grass/resin taste is bigger than it was in the nose (citrus taste seems smaller than it was in nose), I would like a little more citrus in here, but it is a great taste

M - Medium-Light body, medium carbonation, I feel great mouthfeel for this beer

O - Very enjoyable beer, my only real complaint is that the taste is a little more one note than expected, but I love the fresh hops and definitely would buy again. (687 characters)

Photo of AilidoBrew
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Duvel tulip from a 22oz.

A: cloudy pale wheat color with a huge pillowy head that leaves a nice lacing but dissipates kinda quickly, the color and head are reminiscent of a hefeweizen

S: sour (like a gueze) grassy green hops almost smells like noble and english hops

T: light citrus and grassy notes, subtle bitter aftertaste

M: light and spritzy, very refreshing

O: A real tasty IPA but i'm not sure if mine was contaminated or what because it definitely had a lacto smell to it when opened and even an hour after opening it was still blowing up in the glass with each little pour. It was good but not great especially considering the price but I may have had a bad bottle. If that was the case I would really like to try a proper bottle cause it was still pretty darn good. It just can't compare to their Hop15 ale which is perfection in a bottle. (869 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some lemon yellow highlights when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall soapy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of large soapy bubbles and a thick ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - citrus/orange peel, pine/resin, grassy, and tropical/papaya in order of strength. There is something a little dank in the overall aroma.

T: Upfront this beer is all hops and bitterness - it starts with some citrus/grapefruit/orange peel, followed by grassy, then tropical/papaya, and pine/resin. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers throughout the beer. There is a lighter amount of biscuit malts with a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly oily with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A very nice fresh hop IPA that was quite enjoyable - a reasonable amount of bitterness with some pleasant elements of different hops characteristics. (1,129 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a tulip, light gold coloration and quickly forms a airy white head that threatens to spill over the glass. Forever retention that leaves thick clumps of lacing behind.

Sharp initial aroma of citrus and cannabis, rather floral. Thin malt backing. Really a great nose to represent a CA IPA.

Taste is intense but brief. A hybrid of grass and pine with a blast of grapefruit juice and lemon pith bitterness to finish. I can taste some sticky bready malt on the finish.

Very carbonated brew, bitingly so, it makes the flavor intense and sharp but I feel like it's getting in the the way of some of the hop flavor. I like high carbonation though so not a big deal. Average body and well hidden abv.

Another well done IPA from Port. Good representation of fresh hops with some teeth, next time I'll pour it slower. (833 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice blonde color with about an inch and a half of airy white head that recedes but leaves a nice surface layer that clings to the glass.

Wonderfully sweet and tropical smell. Aromas of candied citrus, papaya and other tropical fruits.

Tastes follows through on the aromas but not as flavorful as I expected. Leaves a grapefruit bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate with moderate carbonation.

Overall a nicely balanced refreshing IPA, as you would expect from a fresh hop. Another winner from Port Brewing (580 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 10/2/2012. Pours lightly hazy bright golden amber color with a very nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, citrus rind, grass, floral, herbal, and light piney spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great hop complexity and balance; very dank smelling. Taste of pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, citrus zest, floral, grass, citrus rind, pine, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop flavor balance and complexity; nice malt/bitterness balance; hardly any cloying hop bitterness on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a sticky, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an awesome wet hop IPA! Great dank hop complexity and balance; very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,245 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head. Smell is sharp; sweet juicy citrus, some grass, and some thin biscuity malt. Flavor followed suit but i didn't enjoy it quite as much. A decently bitter finish. An active, medium body. Overall, decent brew. (253 characters)

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