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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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Reviews: 519
Hads: 1,065
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 67
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: 1,065
Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated: 10/2/12

A: pours a hazy yellow with a three finger dense white head that has good retention and nice lacing
S: smells of pine and citrus
T: slightly grassy, a little citrusy, some pine as well and some slight honey sweetness throughout. swallow is oily hops, citrus rind and pine sap
M: medium with active and prickly carbonation. a little overdone on the carb imo
O: pretty solid beer, good flavors but the carb is a little too heavy in my opinion.

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Photo of kenhutchinson
1/5  rDev -75.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: As soon as I uncapped the beer, it sprayed all over me, despite the fact that it had been sitting undisturbed in my cold fridge for two days. Nice color, but the beer all over my face and kitchen did not look great.

Smell: Dry hopped sourness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Like overcarbonated soda water with simcoe and amarillo.

I emailed the Port Brewing via the "contact us" link on their website and didn't get a response after 7 days. If I got a response offering to make amends, I would have reviewed that beer, but alas, I only had this contaminated foam bomb to write about.

Port needs to learn how to carbonate their beers.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 6.99. Bottled 10/2/12. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours light hazy orange tinged straw with about one finger pale head. Plenty of lacey patches.

Smells of faint tropical fruit hops, hay, grass and a bit bready.

Tastes hoppy but balanced. Grassy hops lead, followed by grapefruit, pine and biscuity malt.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Long wet grassy finish.

A well made fresh hop IPA. Not as great as I thought I'd remembered it but still quite tasty.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 2 October 2012.

A: Huge head erupts and sticks around far too long for my convenience. Translucent-murky pale straw-gold. Heavy lacing.

S: Aromatic and lightly sweet. Some spicy yeast? Smells faintly Belgian, oddly.

T/M: Tasty, but not exceptional. The Belgian hints are here too, as the beer is less obnoxiously bitter and much more balanced. The fresh hops are delicate and welcome, with a subtle but lingering spice that tingles the tongue and leaves me wanting more. Earthy and rewarding.

O: Delicious! Highly recommended and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Pushing it here, this was bottled October 2nd 2012, we'll see.

Out of the bottle a very aggressive large four finger head is made, off white and huge retention and clumpy character. Lots of swiss cheese like appearances with a body of slightly dull pale amber banana and gold. Lots of rising thin carbonation. Pretty nice looking.

Expecting this to be maybe downplayed but it still delivers. Slightly leafy hop aromas, with lots of bready malts sticking out in the back. Tropical fruit sweetness and cream, hints of floral nots, and lots of light white doughy bread.

Palate hits with a classic hop sharpness but downplayed bittering at first in the front. Mid palate then fills with a big rich almost crisp body, with bread like bakery notes. Dry a bit, with a lingering hop oil in the aftertaste that comes out like a breath of air. All the flavor seems to coat the front of the palate and the mouth. Leafy and slight downed down tropical notes with a big carbonation which surprisingly adds to the flavor nicely, slightly chalky, but not too much. A good hint of alcohol warmth too but nothing crazy which is surprising since it is only 6.5 ABV.

Pretty solid and memorable IPA that's for sure.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A freshly bought bottle from Whole Foods but off-aromas right away. Getting past that, the hops were very good and it was a creamy mouthfeel and drinkable. Must try it again. Big creamy head. Citrus, caramel,dry finish.Medium bodied and understated carbonation.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port
Bomber into tulip, bottled 10/2/12
A – Monster four finger white head cut my pour quite short, a hazed golden orange yellow color, excellent retention, entire glass covered in spotty lacing, reduced to a very lumpy pillow 4.5
S – Oily citrus hoppiness dominates with a touch of apricot and very slight pine & tropical fruits notes 4
T – JUICY, fresh hop all around. Citrus rind, herbal, pretty much a big green hop bomb. 4
M – Moderate body that feels quite light, high carbonation 4
O – The first of my fresh hop buys this season, and a good one to start. 4

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.31.12.

A -Pours a light, murky orange with a massive off-white head and great retention.

S - Dank grassy hops.

T - Grass, pine, orange peel. Pretty dank.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light, thin body. A slightly bitter finish.

O - Hoppy and earthy grass. This is a solid fresh hop.

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Photo of B33R501
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i would say if you get a good bottle, you're lucky because i returned all 3 of mine $19.47. whole foods devon even refunded the empty, i opened it, i drank it. but it was flat, awful, and that review would be a 0 if i could score that. however this is the draught review ...

beautiful yellow, lemon almost opaque color. nice big blast of fresh hops in smell and taste. nicely malted for balance and drinkability. bitter little buzzsaw that was one of my original favorite beers from 2010. still an enjoyable seasonal, just forget the bottles this year. i wont risk it again unless i know i can return it.

goes real well with capones 25c hot wings.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wet hopped High Tide, with Centennial and Chinook hops had at the Toronado SF.

This pours a clear golden-tan color with nice foam. It has a pleasant aroma, very inviting, crisp and light. I get a big citrusy lemon-zest with some apricot and tangerine notes. The flavor is vibrant—which I find a rewarding and welcome aspect of wet hopped beers—with a blast of flavor and energy, even. It has a sharply defined bitterness, with a flavor of orange marmalade and piney stickiness mingled with a piney resiny finish. Overall just an excellent brew. I loved it—hands down my favorite of the night, and one I imagine I will be craving for months to come. Try it if you can. I’m hoping I’ll get another chance to do just that.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed cervoise glass

Pours a hazy medium gold capped by a fluffy two finger bright white head. Excellent retention and a ton of lacing that very nearly coats the entire inside of the glass. A bunch of tropical notes on the nose dominated by pineapple, mango, and a touch of papaya. The taste follows the nose; pineapple and tropical fruit, sweet malt with just a touch of caramel, and finishes with juicy grapefruit and grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation, oily, sticky resiny mouthfeel. A solid fresh hop IPA, but it tends to be a bit fruitier and sweeter than I usually prefer, however it's perfect for those that prefer those characteristics in their IPA's.

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Photo of rarbring
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded amber colored beer. An off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of tropical fruit, mango, pine and resin.

Tasting of sweet toffee, bread, apple, pine and bitter orange peel.

Medium carbonation, a soft texture. A good body with a dry finish.

A good balanced IPA. Not bad.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of white head. Low-medium carbonation with decent retention. Some light yeast sediment dances around.

Mango, papaya, pineapple, lemon juice, tangerine, sugar cookies and caramel.

A lot of great tropical notes like in the nose. Mango and papaya as well as lighter notes of pineapple and tangerine. Lemon juice, caramel and a dusting of sugar cookies. Finishes with dank, resinous pine needles and pine sap. Some lemon zest and grapefruit pith.

Light-medium bodied, oily, juicy and drying.

Excellent tropical notes and a candy-like backbone. Big, dank and juicy. Is it the best Fresh Hop Ale? No. Is it damn good? Yes!

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Photo of Philousa
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -34.1%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of BeerBeast
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
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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Photo of Blackwolf
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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

Usually I'm fixated on the smell of a bottle once I pop the cap but the look of this beer just consumed me. At first almost pilsnerish in the glass with a raging 2 and a half inch rocky head, inside the medium yellow body a fine beading super storm raged everywhere. The pure white foam stuck everywhere too.
In the mouth there was a quick lightness leading to a firm husky straw penetrating bitterness of great length. Some uncompromising rubber band in there as well.Intense but not extreme, this would make a wicked apertif. More potent than the ABV would suggest as well.

This would make a super beach sipper-hence the label.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Got this as an extra, not sure how fresh it will be.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of fluffy white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Bready malt with a slight fruity sweetness and some herbal hops.

Taste: This beer is a bit malt forward up front, there are some bread notes. The citrus peel hop bitterness shows up to the party and amps up through the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is pretty good, but slightly boring. It may have not been at its absolute prime. I would try it again.

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

Cloudy golden colour with a big, rocky white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Nice citrussy aroma with good pine notes. Mild sweetness. Very good.

Lovely tropical fruit and citrus flavour. Mild malt and alcohol. Nice, firm bitterness. Good American IPA.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good for style.

Really solid IPA with good bitterness and hop flavour. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The body is a lighter golden color with a little bit of haze. Upon serving it had a light white heat that faded very slowly over time, giving way to a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell was largely grapefruit and pine hop in nature. A bit of bready maltiness was also detected in the nose but it was quite light.

Taste – The taste was of citrus and pine hops up front and was mixed with a more biscuit backbone. Some earthy hop tastes work their way into the flavor more toward the middle. Toward the end the earthiness fades way to a great deal of bitter pine and citrus (mainly of grapefruit flavor). This flavor is very potent and leaves it mark on the tongue long after is gone from the mouth.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with an average level of carbonation. Rather normal and nothing special.

Overall - I was not too impressed with the beer overall. I think there are much more affordable IPA’s of similar stature that actually have a better flavor profile as this one leaves a little too much of the grapefruit citrus hop flavor on the tongue.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. The antique white head attenuates quickly, but laces the glass as it dissipates. Sweet grapefruit bouquet. A light smoky peat balances the citrus nicely. Finishes with an appealing bitter grapefruit. This is a delightful effort from Port Brewing.

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