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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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1,042 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 67
Gots: 64 | 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: Westsidethreat on 10-29-2006

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Philousa
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Burger. on 10/21/12
Pale yellow, opaque with dense, creamy white head that laces like crazy. Very green hops aroma prevails. Lots of grapefruit and pine. It's dominating but not overpowering. The malt is just beneath, more of a contribution than most other hoppy IPAs. It's somewhat nutty but light. Pungent American two row precedes a slight metal flavor, then the hops kick in. Lots of lemon and grapefruit flavor accompanied by a lingering bitterness that's slightly piney. Feel is balanced, very approachable. Finish is dry.

This isn't too abrasive. It's very bitter, but it doesn't linger uncomfortably like some really bark-like IPAs have in the past. Between this and their Anniversary Ale, I'm beginning to think I need to have every double IPA Port makes.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Just a little darker yellow than a pilsner with a white head. Can't believe how much head this beer is throwing at me. Great head retention with big bubbles and a surprising amount of lacing. Poured into a pilsner glass and I can't get the head to settle much less than three fingers. Really pretty.

S - Just like the name says, smells like fresh, earthy hops. Very clean fragrance with nice tropical hops mixed in.

T - Bitter hops up front. Hops are really strong and sweet. The bitter bite mellows out into a piney aftertaste. Not a lot of malts, but hop heads like myself really don't mind.

M - Super light for an IPA with very nice carbonation.

O - Very drinkable but I prefer a little more body to my IPA's. Not sure if that's a characteristic of the fresh hopped IPA's, but now I'm curious about it.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -34.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer into a tulip

Hazy straw with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma has tons of mango and passonfruit with a little bit of fresh cut grass; no malt aromas. Flavors are grassy with a slight pine character and a very clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is relatively light for an IPA and the finish is very dry which is amplified by the bitterness.

Overall, an awesome fruity aroma accompanies a classic example of a West Coast IPA.

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must say, this is the first time I have been disappointed by an IPA from Port Brewing, and I suspect that I got a bad bottle. The aroma was nonchalant, to say the least, hardly the fruity hop wave I expected. The pour was the next clue something was amiss. It was instant foam from the moment the liquid hit the glass, no matter how slowly I poured, and at whichever angle. I tried multiple glasses and was finally able to get a decent amount of drinkable beer in a Sam Adams glass. The head of foam was akin to marshmallow and hardly dissipated over time. The lacing would be better described as a coating on the inside of the glass. As for the taste, it was bitter, which I tend to favor, however it was bitterness without nuance, and the after-taste was sharp and off-putting. I am going to assume something went wrong somewhere along the way with this bottle, as I have always been impressed by any other Port entry. I will give this IPA another try.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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.

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.