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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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BA SCORE
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885 Ratings
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 59
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 10-29-2006)
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argock

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Tripel Karmeliet-branded glass tulip at Randy Melchick’s Corner Tap (Chicago, IL).

A: Very light lemon-yellow with a short, ½-1 finger of eggshell hued head with excellent retention and crusts of frothy lacing left behind. (4.0)

S: Piney, grassy, and herbal hops with light lemon citrus notes and very soft pale malt sweetness (4.5)

T: The flavors are strong with pine and grass with some mild lemon contribution without much resin or other citrus notes. The pale maltiness is not quite substantial enough to hold this together as well as it should. There is a very nice sharp, cleansing bitterness in the finish. (4)

M: The body is somewhat watery and a little too light for the style. A little more residual body would help to carry more flavor and guard against astringency of the fresh hops. (3)

O: A fine beer that I am glad I got to try. More body with a touch more light caramel sweetness would help hold up the intense hopping. (4)

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 03:11:46 | More by argock
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jsanford

Georgia

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

22oz bomber dated 9/21/11, so pretty damn fresh. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a thick, creamy head that fades to a nice cap, leaving lots of spotty lacing.
S - Very pungent fresh-hop aromas of cut grass, pine resin, grapefruit, and orange peel with a light malt backbone. Super hoppy and "West Coast"!
T - More fresh, pungent hop flavors of pine resin, bitter grapefruit pith, orange peel, and grass very a very subtly sweet cracker malt profile. Finish is very bitter and long lasting.
M - Crisp, juicy, and very drinkable, with a medium body and sharp carbonation.
O - A very nice Fresh Hop IPA, stacks up easily with some of the best (mostly the Sierra Nevada offerings)!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 02:44:11 | More by jsanford
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was straw-colored and cloudy with one finger of head. Good retention on the head and nice layers of lacing were left behind. The nose is marked by distinct grapefruit notes. Good IPA bitterness is present throughout. Also, there is an exceptionally nice hop finish on the tongue that remains long after the gulp goes down. One of my favorites of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 20:54:42 | More by 57md
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz Draft at SPTR

A. Glowing golden yellow, cloudy with a lot of yeast sediment and other sediment which is not a surprise for a port IPA

S. Freshly harvested grassy hops with bready malt profile

T. Grassy and piny hops up front with a mild malt backing, bitter hops create a coating on the palate.

M. real munchy, hearty hops create a resiny mouthfeel.

O. Excellent wet hop ale, in my top 5.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 01:41:43 | More by Centennial
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litheum94

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body with a bone white head that builds up so much it breaks over the edge of the glass. Settles to a dense, protective cover with nice lacing.

Strong hop aromas of pine and citrus. Some cracker malts. Not too complex.

Oily pine hops with a biting citrus flavor. Thin cracker malts. Long lasting bitterness, earthy and spicy.

A good beer, but there are better examples of the fresh hop IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:38:12 | More by litheum94
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zhanson88

California

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy straw color with fairly low carbonation. About 1.5" of off-white head forms which has excellent head retention and lacing. 4

Smell: A honey sweetness and a hint of pale malt comes off first, followed by citrus, orange rind, and bitter pine. Definitely a hop driven IPA.

Taste: Lots of honey sweetness comes out first....it doesn't come across as malt sweetness to me, but sweetness nonetheless. Citrus, grapefruit and pine follows in a nice medley. Residual sweetness on back end more than hop character.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smoothly. Overall, a nice fresh hop IPA. A bit sweeter, and busier flavors than I'd like but still solid.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 03:35:55 | More by zhanson88
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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Flanny’s.

Dandelion yellow, softly hazed. A finger of froth as creamy and dense as a marshmallow fluff deposits thick, furry walls of lace. Stroke the furry wall!

The nose is a glorious blend of grass, citrus and apricot. A sweet, citrusy mix.

Solid flavor with no surprises. Lots of floral hops; some citrusy orange and lemon peel; just a bit of dankness. The sweetness is toned down quite a bit from what the nose was hinting at. Soft touches of biscuits emerge before a clean, crackery finish. Moderate bitterness on the sides of the tongue.

Stinging carbonation excites the fairly hefty, viscous body. The brew breaks into just a bit of fizz as it moves around.

High Tide is a very solid fresh hop ale, snappy and easy to drink. Port knows how to do IPAs right.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 22:43:55 | More by Phelps
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mkotsayfan

California

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

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber/orange with 2 fingers of head. The aroma hits you with a lot of grapefruit and also with the oiliness of the piney hops. The taste is like a very bitter grapefruit with a lemon and pine finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with adequate carbonation.

Overall a solid IPA from Port Brewing, it's a unique IPA that's worth a try. Be prepared for a lot of bitterness, even for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:02:49 | More by mkotsayfan
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange in color with a reddish hue and excellent clarity. Poured with a short soapy white foam that quickly reduced to a thin cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy, fresh citrus orange and grapefruit hop aromas. Smooth feel with lazy, yet rich carbonation. Floral and pine hop flavors up front with citrus hop flavors through the middle. Pine hops dominate through the end to the finish and leave a lingering pine hop bitterness. Very fresh tasting with nice hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 18:31:58 | More by IronLover
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HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden, lots of head retention and lacing, very nice appearance.
Smell - Earthy, citrus
Taste - Pine, resin, some fruit and citrus but bitter hops with a dry quality and finish.
Mouthfeel - I really liked the mouthfeel, very frothy and robust
Overall - A nice Fresh Hop IPA with a great mouthfeel. IMO just a little too dry to grade an A. Would I drink it tonight if I had it? Hells yeah.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:55:36 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow. Large amount of thick fluffy head that will not quit. Thick piles of foam forming like snow drifts on the sides of my glass. Aroma is all fresh pine resin hops with some earthy notes. Dry hopping is evident with such a large gritty fresh hop nose. Some light malt notes but nothing significant. Creamy pale malt smoothness upfront but then the hops take over. A slight fruitiness upfront but the bitterness takes over. Small waves of fruity hops pop out but are quickly subdued by the large bitter hop character. Fruity hops blanketed in hoppy resin. Some like malt backing towards the finish but this is a IPA dominated by bitter, dry and resinous hops. The hopiness really sticks with you on the finish. If you are a hop head that loves that dry clinging bitterness then this is for you. I didn't get a lot out of the malt bill but the hops where huge and bitter. Good flavoring but extreme on the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:07:10 | More by DrinkingDrake
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy bright gold with a frothy 2.5 finger head. All Port IPA's I've had all have excellent head retention. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells of citrus and a little grass. Maybe a touch of sweetness as well.

Good thing I like grapefruit juice. This is a bitter bomb in a good way. Still pretty complex, just with the hop profile leaving the malts out. Starts off with a touch of citrus along with grass and pine. Dives into an intense bitter grapefruit pith finish. Finishes very bitter and dry lingering on the back of the tongue.

A touch creamy even with lack of malts with average carbonation level.

One of the better fresh hop beers I've had this year and it's growing more apparent I just flat out like most things especially IPA's from Port.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 21:29:53 | More by jmarsh123
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Florida9

Illinois

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

A: Color is a lightly hazy, pale straw. Very lightly colored for an IPA. Forms a deep, thick, inch plus of creamy head. Good retention and some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is strong with lots of hops. Citrus, lemon, and pine predominate.

T: Very light malt backbone. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, green grassiness, and some pine resin. This beer is all about the hops and there are lots of them.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Carbonation may be a little on the heavy side, but not a huge flaw. However, between the strong hoppy bitterness and the low malts, this one feels a bit thin and a little astringent.

O: Took this beer to a BYOB Korean restaurant and I was not disappointed. The light malts and strong bitterness were the perfect complement to the heavy umami and spiciness of the Korean food. Overall, a good fresh hop IPA that is all about the hops. And, while it is a rarity that I would ever say this, I feel like there could have a been just a little bit more maltiness for the hops to hang on. Very good drinkability.

Serving type: growler

10-23-2011 18:42:23 | More by Florida9
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FosterJM

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

885th Review on BA
Draft to taster

@Haven Gastropub

App- A big dark orange color with a good one finger head and a good amount of cling. A little brighter notes on the outside of the beer.

Smell- Very earthy right up front with a good amount of citrus grapefruit. On the back notes you get waves of oil hops and some pine and some resin.

Taste- A very hoppy bitter american IPA. Lots of fresh pressed oils and a good rind flavor but just a bit too much for the flavor.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A good dose of resin remains on the flavors.

Drinl- It was flavorful a little unbalanced and too bitter for me. Still better than a lot of IPAS and DIPAs out there but a bit too strong.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 18:35:21 | More by FosterJM
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Kromes

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy pale orange with a huge, dense white colored head that leaves large chunks of foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malt and a really nice fresh hop aroma. Pine and citrus.

T: A big pine hop flavor with some nice sweet malt to back it up. There is also a slight fruity grape flavor in there somewhere. The finish is somewhat bitter but smooth.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Carbonation may be a little bit too high as it kind of burns the tongue.

O: A very good IPA. Very well crafted and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:14:41 | More by Kromes
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TheBrewViking

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice light straw color with a thick white head that sticks around

S- Dank citrusy, piney, and grassy hops

T- I get alot of lemony hops followed by some nice bitter pine in the finish, picked up some sweetness from the malts. alot of fresh hops!

M- Decent mouth feel pretty light bodied carbonation sticks around

O- Amazing beer for the price 4.99 thank you may I have another. Yep I recommend this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:25:59 | More by TheBrewViking
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PerHops

California

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

A- Very nice looking IPA. Bright golden yellowish orange.

S- Straightforward Piny Hops. A little bit of citrus

T- A little sweet up front followed by a long, dry, very bitter finish. Not bad, but a little one dimensional. Kind of
like a hop mouthwash for better or worse.

M- High carbonation, but a somewhat lasting head and surprisingly good balance from the malts.

O- I would no doubt revisit this beer, but can't say I wasn't a little bit let down.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:31:10 | More by PerHops
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rab53

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly turbid golden hay with big frothy white head. Smell is forward with pine and citrus dominating. Taste is a little more 'balanced' than other California IPAs, which isn't a bad thing. Smooth and easy drinking. Just wish the cost was a bit lower to make it a more frequent purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:19:59 | More by rab53
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codsmith

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light hazy golden color, with a very thick, two finger deep and creamy white foam head that laces the glass very well.

S: You can really smell the clean pine and slight citrus smell coming from the simcoe hops right off the top.

T: Fairly malty for an IPA with a huge punch of citrus hop flavor. It finished off with a very piney bitterness

M: medium-to-heavy malty body and a slight over carbonation

O: It has a great aroma, but the body is a little to heavy for the low ABV. Carbonation is a touch too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 03:07:52 | More by codsmith
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled September 21, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy yellow/gold with a large foamy and rocky white head that leaves a bunch of rings of clumpy lacing and holds a great cap. Very attractive IPA!

Aroma is very grassy, herbal and floral with some pine and lemony citrus notes, a touch of cracker malt underneath. Very good strength.

Flavor is lemon along with some grapefruit citrus, resinous/oily hops, pine, grass, a bit of bready malt but this is really a straight up hop bomb. Excellent bitterness and an extremely dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.

Freaking fantastic wet hop IPA! Just gobs and gobs of hops which is what I generally expect from Port’s IPAs. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:56:20 | More by elgiacomo
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fatmcb1

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/21/11. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Very hazy, yellow pour with a thick head that leaves extreme lacing all down the glass.

Smell is of very floral hops, with grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon mixed in.

Taste follows the nose. A definite hop bomb, with a lingering bitterness. Very little malt presence at all.

Well carbonated and creamy.

Overall, an average, yet very fresh IPA. Thanks to the guys at Lost Abbey tasting room for giving me this one on my birthday.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:50:27 | More by fatmcb1
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ccrida

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Uber Taproom, High Tide is yellow with a small white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is dank, wet, grassy hops, some compost.

Taste is nice bright, soft hops. Nice sourness from the hops, with a firm, but rounded bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick, soft and light-bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid IPA by any right, and aggressive for a wet hop, which I dig. If there's anything this guy has mastered, it's IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 04:10:53 | More by ccrida
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge.
Reviewed from very brief notes taken during an enjoyable Sunday lunch with friends.

Light gold color-- pale and fizzy. White head, good retention and lacing, very nice looking beer.
Pineapple, lemon, orange, a slightly sweet bready malt... Huge hops with a strong bitterness. Me likey.

Medium body, prickly feel, and plenty of bubbles.

Overall, this is even better on tap than in a bomber.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 02:41:23 | More by AleWatcher
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NWer

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 20:27:29 | More by NWer
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Sideswipe

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 9/21

A- Pale gold to orange color. Two fingers of white head recedes slowly. Decent lacing.

S- Pale malt and hops. Not overly citrusy or floral, but hoppy nonetheless.

T- Crisp, clean bitterness up front. Like the nose, citrus is largely absent, but his doesn't detract from the experience whatsoever. The light malt bill provides the perfect backdrop for the wonderfully bitter hoppiness. Finish is dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Feel is decidedly light and highly carbonated.

O- High Tide is an exquisitely bitter, super refreshing example of a fresh hop ale. I really like this one from Port, and look forward to it each fall. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 05:15:47 | More by Sideswipe
High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.