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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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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 62
Gots: 36 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 10-29-2006)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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...

TMoney2591, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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

bishopdc0, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of SeaOfShells
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into Duvel tulip

A: Nice sunset orange with about 3 fingers of mixed bubble off-white head which lingers for longer than expected. Sticky lace clings to the side of the glass. There are some floaters present, but nothing too out of control

S: Nice, clean citrus hop aroma. Smells pretty sweet deeper down. Citrus fruits and grass are more present than anything. Not a huge malt bill in the aroma.

T: A blast of hop bitterness up front, which lingers for the duration of the swallow. The beer has a fantastic fresh squeezed citrus juice flavor towards the back of the tongue, and finishes bitter and grassy. Really nice. I'm loving these fresh hop beers.

M: This beer is sticky and resinous. An IPA that really coats the mouth and thickens the saliva. A mouth assault, but in a good way. Carbonation is medium to high, with a medium body. Fantastic stuff.

O: A really nice, clean tasting fresh hop IPA from Port. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. Bitter, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is exceptional, and the hops linger. A great drinking beer.

SeaOfShells, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of kkrez
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hooray for the hop harvest and fresh hop beers! It is through this style that my love of hops blossomed.

This beer pours a golden, fiery, yellowy-orange color. The head on this guy is very complex. Bubbles burst everywhere and leave little deposits and arches of foam, gorgeous! As you drink it down, the lacing is caked onto the side of the glass. You can basically see all the hop oils dripping down with the lacing.

Strong, possibly the strongest aroma of tropical citrus hop of the IPA's I've had; grapefruits, lemons, and oranges, oh my.

Taste is same, bold grapefruit and lemon citrus hops, a little grassy (as expected being that the hops are freshly cut). And bitter, I don't remember fresh hop beers being this bitter, mm mmm.

Not only do you get the intense hop flavor, you can feel the resinous hop oil coat your mouth on every sip.

This is a perfect IPA, yes I said it, p e r f e c t.

kkrez, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Dmart1223
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like a hop bisque.

Hazy dark straw color with a thick, fluffy white head with good retention.

It absolutely reeks of citrus and pine, in the best way possible., and the smell mirrors the taste well.

The hops hit hard and linger long after you've finished drinking. And the amount of hops seems to translate well to the mouth feel.

It's bitter, intense and incredibly complex. Definitely worth a try.

Dmart1223, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Deschutes snifter. Bottled 9/21/11.

A: Pours a clean clear yellow orange color. Two fingers of white head. Fluffy. Good carbonation of bottom of glass. Sticky lacing.

S: Through the still there head, I get grapefruit and pine. It's not as pronounced as Mongo or Wipe Out. There is some mild breadiness in there. Some lacing sticks around a while.

T: It's funny but it tastes like a "Port" IPA. Really similar to Wipe Out I think from memory. You get punched with a nice welcoming hop bitterness in the tip of the tongue that continues to the middle of the mouth. It meets the grain bill there. Fairly good balance. And a crisp finish helped by the Centennial I would assume. I get more of the pine notes on the sip. Not as much fruit.

M: Medium bodied.

O: B+. Good but Harvest and Wet are better in the fresh hop category. Strong IPA though.

inlimbo77, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber picked up at 6-and-Save, poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. I've had one or two offerings from "Lost Abbey", but never anything under the "Port Brewing" label... The glass says it was bottled on 9/21/2011, which means this beer is about 5.5 weeks old. Not bad.

A: Pours a hazy golen color with a huge white (2+ fingers worth) head with LOTS of lively carbonation. Huge, thick lines of lacing cling to glass long after the liquid goodness has disappeared below.

S: Lots of earthy, piney-hops in the nose, and something smells a bit "bittersweet" and maybe even a touch sour/skunk? I hope not...

T: At first taste I'm relieved that the hint of sour/skunk does not arrive. What does arrive is a wave of bitterness. There are notes of citrus (not much in the way of grapefruit) here, and certainly some pine as well, but the overwhelming flavor is that of bitterness. There is however, a good level of sweet malt backbone on it to balance this out and give it that desirable bittersweet flavor.

Me? I'd prefer a bit more citrus and grapefruit, and a bit less "bitter for the sake of bitter", but I much prefer this over the earthy-and-overly-sweet variety that plagues much of the East Coast.

M: Light in the mouth, with lively carbonation and a good bit of stickiness and hop residue left behind after the finish.

D/O: A good, drinkable beer. I finished the 22 ounce bomber, but was growing a bit weary of it as I was nearing the bottom. It has some great flavor, and all that *bitter* certainly has a bit of novelty to it, but after a while that novelty wears off for me.

psuKinger, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of argock
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)

argock, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of jsanford
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)!

jsanford, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of 57md
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.

57md, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Centennial
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.

Centennial, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of litheum94
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.

litheum94, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
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.

zhanson88, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Phelps
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.

Phelps, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of mkotsayfan
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.

mkotsayfan, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of IronLover
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.

IronLover, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of HopDiggityDawg
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.

HopDiggityDawg, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
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.

DrinkingDrake, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
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.

jmarsh123, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Florida9
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.

Florida9, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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.

FosterJM, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Kromes
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.

Kromes, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of TheBrewViking
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.

TheBrewViking, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of PerHops
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.

PerHops, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of rab53
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.

rab53, Oct 22, 2011
High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.