High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing
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4/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a tasting glass.
A: A medium golden color with a nice white fluffy head. Nice full glass lacing.
S: Hoppy nose with earthy tones and a light caramel sweetness.
T: Grassy, grainy floral hops jump right out. Pine hops flavor comes in next with some light citrus and then gets smoothed out a bit by the caramel malt sweetness. The sweetness is not allowed to take over as the piney bitter hops come back for the finish. Linger bitterness is nice and full, but not overly so.
M: Medium, prickly, coating and no alcohol.
D: High, enough said.
A great fresh hop IPA that is very easy to drink and very enjoyable. This one rivals the Founders Harvest which I still think is the best fresh hop/harvest made. This was an excellent beer that I really loved. A hopheads dream.
Updated December 2013. I purchased a keg for home that was dated September 2013. I lowered the taste and overall scores to 4 from a 4.5.
T: I was getting a lot of lemon and orange in the beer with some floral notes and a pretty big bitterness on the finish. Malt was less forward as this was pretty much just a huge hop punch of a beer. Still very drinkable but it seemed less complex as it did when I reviewed it years ago. My guess is my palate has evolved.
O: Still a real solid fresh hop, but I think the lack of complexity and depth bumped it down in my beer book.
01-06-2014 16:12:32 | More by Kadonny
3.53/5 rDev -13.1%
Tasted against Pliny the Elder, Sculpin, and Belching Beaver's Dammed DIPA. This simply was the least good of the four. By itself it would be a standout, but in this company it was simply "good". A bit one-dimensional, with a fair amount of bitterness that wasn't offset by any other flavors. Clean, refreshing, pine-y.
01-06-2014 01:45:54 | More by markchristenson
3.76/5 rDev -7.4%
A: Beautiful translucent sunset orange in the vessel with a healthy strong quickly paced effervesce within. Big, dense, foamy 3+ finger pearl white head sits strongly atop with a rocky structure. Big chunky lace deposits.
S: Fresh scent of wet pine and citrus. Sweet tropical fruitiness, sweet pale grains. Some wet pear slices with hints of citron and a dash of lime.
T: Flavor had a heavy toasted grain backing with some bittering citrus and west coast hopping. Flowery dryness. The nose was more wet and fresh, the flavor more bittering and lightly dry in nature. Nice level of bitterness, high end of spectrum for an ipa by style with loads of dry citrus and dry pine.
M: a strong dance of carbonation, malty backbone, dry toasted warmth, some alcohol peeking through with a bittering dry finish on the tongue.
O: Overall a strong show of hops with a fresh wet nose. Alot of hoppiness comes in the late kettle additions, would of liked to see more flavor aspect here, complexity was good, but not great, the level of bitterness is what is sure to please here. One note of contention is no bottling date on a fresh hop ipa is a bit deceptive. Still as always port knows how to brew big hoppy beers, always worthy a try.
12-26-2013 15:31:21 | More by beerthulhu
3.94/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-22-2013 20:06:37 | More by metter98
4.95/5 rDev +21.9%
This is as good as it gets for an IPA/pale ale. It is beautifully unfiltered, perfect hop to malt balance. The malt character is lighter than some of the darker hued IPA's and works wonders. For reference on taste I think racer 5 and six points global warmer are in the same ballpark for quality, uniqueness and quaff ability
If you see it get it - awesome quality brew
12-21-2013 00:36:14 | More by Dougal
High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.