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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: 916
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late January for 5.99.

Beer poured a golden color with a small white head. Nose detects a bit of malts and a hint of those fresh hops that are about to slam my palate. Taste is very true to the IPA form. There is a presence of some malts in the background but my palate is dominated by the freshly harvested citrus like hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but lively, with an oily residual hop left behind on my palate. Drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the IPA style.

arizcards, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear yellow body with a white head.

Smell: A spicy, floral aroma with notes of juicy pineapple and watered down honey.

Taste: Thin, fleeting cereal sweetness with the taste of pears before the jarring bitterness and heavy acidity of the long, unpleasant finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Harsh and uninteresting.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazed golden straw in color. Creamy white head pours one finger thick. Decent retention. Thin sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Citrus juices. Tropical fruit. Pine sap. Bread. Caramel malts.

T: Big juice flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and a hint of lemon are followed by herbal and pine hops that give off a sharp bitter bite on the tongue.Soft caramel malts lend a bread like taste. Muted tastes of tropical fruit are followed by a spicy tickle on the back of the throat caused by a menthol or peppermint aftertaste. Finishes slightly dry.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A nice little hop bomb in it's own right. A medley of citrus and tropical fruit flavors make this beer quite enjoyable. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Port brewing, poured into pint glass. This fresh hop beer mostly displays herbal, floral aromas and tastes. It finishes quite bitter for a lighter IPA.

Poured a clear light gold/yellow color. Smell was pretty clean pine, citrus. Taste was nice and hoppy, citrus, pine, resiny, all come across. The malt is kept lightly in this one, but enough to give it some substance to go with all the hops. Mouthfeel is lively, not overcarbonated, and pretty light. Makes this beer very drinkable. Lots of characteristics of their Hop15, only in smaller fashion.

MiScusi, May 06, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to nvsblman for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy darker golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, grapefruit, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy with a slight malt balance, nice touch of grapefruit and caramel. Medium body, nice balance of hops and malts. Very drinkable, a nice little IPA at that.

Wasatch, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Very good offering here from Port Brewing, this place has some great beer. Pours out with a nice cloudy finger+ head. Nice fresh hop aroma with a very good pined up spruced up flavor. Good tangy citrus finish and well balanced, easy to drink, maybe to easy, I need more of these!!

ChazMania, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a slight white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer and ring. The beer is a slightly hazy golden straw color.

smell: Hops dominate here, light and fresh, giving floral and tropical aromas. Really great. Just a touch of malt to hold it all together. A close 4.5.

mouthfeel: Carbonation on the low side of the medium range, and the body is also a lighter medium.

taste: The malt profile is of the ligher type, somewhat grainy and allowing the hops to stand way out. Big floral and tropical hop flavors grace the tongue and slowly fade to leave a grainy finish with a moderate bitterness that lingers for awhile. Quite nice though some malt couldn't hurt, but it works well as is. I wouldn't usually give this beer a 4.5 for flavor, but it pulls off the light malt - heavy hops thing almost perfectly.

drinkability: enjoyable...extremely solid...I consumed this beer cool in an oversized wine glass, which I believed helped it out a bit. I believe that this beer is a little underrated overall, so I don't mind the possibility that I overrated a touch.

from nvsblman for my anny bombing

blackie, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$5.99 at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA. in March 2006. This one was probably made when hops were fresh last fall.

Pours a very nice clear golden (on the deep side) with a pretty white head, lots of carbonation feeders, and good head retention.

Aroma is very much hops, but not overly annoying hops. My hop-hating wife even liked the aroma. Citrus (lemon and grapefruit, orange to a lesser extent) and other fruity goodness comes through. Flavor is also quite nice and pleasant, hops are strong and clear, with a mix of the fruit flavors mentioned before and herbal/oily/piney that works pretty well. However, the end of the swallow is like choking on weeds- almost like an alcohol burn, but it's a hop-oil burn. Not pleasant. But other than that, this is a very nice beer.

Dukeofearl, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from blitheringidiot, delivered to me via autumnaldave....thanks guys you both rock!! Pours into my glass a nice bright orange hue with a small creamy white head on top. Looks pretty nice in the glass. Aromas start off with sweet caramel that's quickly met by a blast of fruity, citrusy, almost tropical hops. Green, fresh and vibrant.

First sip brings a mellow caramel maltiness along with a slight breadiness as well. Quickly followed up by a blast of herbal citric hops that have a tropical fruit twang. Grapefruit is prevalent as well as some spiciness. Solid bitterness hits on the back of the palate as the brew finishes with a touch of dryness. A tasty fresh hop IPA to be had here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Easy to drink with plenty of carbonation. A solid fresh hop brew from Pizza Port. It doesn't blow me away like some of their stuff, but it's definetly a solid IPA and a tasty treat that I was lucky enough to have the chance to sample.

orbitalr0x, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my DFH shaker pint glass. Appears a crystal clear deep golden yellow with a slight amber hue. Barely a finger of thin, white foam. Smells of cantaloupe melon, spicy hops and sweet malt. Tastes of bitter grapefruit, lemon and peppery, grassy hops. Finish is dry and very bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this fine IPA my way. I look forward to next fall's release.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of koolchas
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: a nice deep golden color with 1" foamy head. head goes down to about 1/16th within a few minutes. some sediment and light carbonation.

s: pleasant citrus and pine.

t: well balanced between the citrus and hops. slight bitter lemony taste left on the tounge. not overbearing on the hops like other hoppy brews.

m: medium bodied with slight sweetness riding on the back of the bitterness of the hops.

d: a very nice moderate ipa. not overbearing on the bitter i.m.h.o. very balanced between sweet and bitter.

pp ipas are an excellent introduction into ipas for the beginner. i enjoyed this brew very much but, i actually prefer "wipe out' more in this medium class of ipas.

enjoy and cheers!

koolchas, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear golden colored beer with a good puffy white head. It is almost a given that IPA will be amber or orange colored nowadays but this one is an exception. There is a slight orange tinge to this but it is really gold in color.

Smell is strong and SPICY hop aroma with big scents of melon, pine, pepper, pineapple and pine with citrus and grapefruit thrown in. Mild sweet malt aroma is still quite good in this one the hops don't just obliterate it like all too many IPAs do.

The taste begins malty and strongly of grapefruit and malt with a bit of tongue numbing bitterness. Quite a strong hop bitterness in this but it doesn't become sharp or harsh. The spiciness comes through very well in the taste but the strength seems to kill the more subtle flavors here. Long lasting hop bitterness this is very much a hop heads beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice beer for hop heads but probably WAY too much for the non-hophead. STRONG glassful of hops here not for average beer drinkers at all.

Zorro, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- crystal clear gold straw color with a 1 finger thin and fine bubbly head, not much retent. though bottom half of bottle purs cloudy and has much better head retent

S- clean and strong, sweet citrus and pine, all hops

T- all hops, thouh some sweetness is there, high bitterness, packs a piney sour citrus bite

M- overall nice body, smooth, silky

D- must for hopheads, might be a bit much for people who do not loves hops so much. the nose is freakin lovely, but the taste is not as sweet. My bottle poured a clear and a cloudy version, the clear version (top half) was kinda lame, the cloudy version was much better. GIve bottle a twirl before pouring.

tonistruth, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of rgrace99
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bombers of this from bevmo. Poured into a goblet. Poured a clear yellow/orange with a small short-lived head and some lacing. Aroma was piney/floral hop. Taste was mildly bitter, lots of pine but I didn't get a lot of citrus. Tasted nice, went down very easily but it isn't a big hop monster like wipeout of Stone RIPA.

rgrace99, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Luchman
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a two liter growler with fellow BA b0ldfacelies. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear gold and yellow colors with nice foamy white head that dissipates a little, but never fully goes away.

S: Hop juice galore. Grapefruit, lemons, pineapple, and pine. Smells delicious and I'm ready to drink!

T: Citrus hops to the max. Lemons and grapefruits all the way. I got some pine in my palate, but I'm pretty sure the lemons were leading the way. The malts are there and they just BARELY balance this IPA out. Still pretty good though.

M: A nice, sticky, medium/full body with great carbonation.

D: Good stuff. I will be revisiting this one. I could just finish my 30oz share of this stuff, as I personally, right now, get a little sick of hoppiness after a bit. For everyone else out there, it should be a piece of delightful cake.

Luchman, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This chunky yellowish-orange IPA has a modest head that lingered well.

Smell – The hops were are crisp but not overpowering. They are fruitier than anything else. The malt is light as well and a bit grainy.

Taste – Ah, this one picks things up at the taste. The grapefruit is sweet and really takes control, pushing the light grain into the background and providing a peep hole for the liquid malts and candy sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is just shy of medium-bodied with some sprightly carbonation and a creamy base.

Drinkability – This went down well enough although it’s not a heavy hitter like some of Pizza Port’s other beers.

RoyalT, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into wine snifter (because my parents have nothing better to drink out of). Thanks to my friend for picking this up on a recent trip to LA.

A - Would be clear orange that is clouded with many suspensions of ___ (yeast or hops?). Nice 3/4 inch head that doesn't stick around for long yet is kind enough to leave behind some whispiness on top. Lacing is moderate.

S - Aromatic floral hops that smells as close to an actual flower as any IPA I've ever had. A touch of malty sweetness accompanies with a slight bubblegum flavor.

T - Spicy hop bitterness with the above notes (sweet malt & bubblegum). Bitterness is moderate and pleasant (for hops heads at least) with a drying finish. Grapefruit fruitiness is evident as well.

M - Delicately carbonated tingle with the expected drying bitter aftertaste. Middle is filling and somewhat mouth coating.

D - A nice So Cal IPA, and one of the few fresh hopped IPAs I've tasted. Never a bad choice, and possibly worth seeking out. My first Port Brewing beer set a nice precedent.

gmcfarre, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed November 24, 2006. Light distant orangey aroma. Pale golden-orange pour, with a nice soapy head. Flavor is a rich creamy sweet malt blended into a bright crisp hop character. This is very light and bright. Fresh hops makes this quite refreshing and quenching. Not a dense or particularly remarkable brew, but fantastic for drinking, or food pairing, or a hot day. The fresh hops lend a nice clean balance between the fruitier orange-like character of the hops and the more pine-like resin. Very nice.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of blitheringidiot who scored some when he was working out West. The appearance is a little clear for an IPA but it is a West Coast Hop bomb. Not much carbonation. The hops is all that I taste and smell but I am a hophead so I enjoyed it. I like this beer better than the Wipeout bottles.


SkinnyElvis, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottled purchased at the bar at RFD.

Appearance: Hazy golden in color with a very minimal white head. Head fades quickly to a sheer lacing topping the beer. Ample lacing is left on the glass was the beer disappears.

Smell: Hard to really get a good aroma profile in a smoky bar but what I could smell was all hops, plenty of citrus fruit, mainly grapefruit with a good dose of pine thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Wow ! Not what I was expecting, might be the Chinook hops which I don't have much experience with. Very hoppy but not like the typica Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe hops that you usually find in an IPA. Has a different type of bitterness that I can't put my finger on but does have a strong grapefruit rind thing going on. Its pleasant but different. Mildly fruity with malt and somewhat spicy but this all about the hops. Finishes very clean with a long lasting bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel but this thing was almost flat. Hardly any carbonation at all which was somewhat offputting for a bottled beer. I could understand if it was on cask but that wasn't the case.

Drinkability/Notes: I was really anticipating try High Tide and I have to say I was somewhat let down. Mind you its a good IPA and its all about the hops, but I just couldn't put my finger on the flavor profile. I love hoppy beers but again I haven't had much experience with Chinooks which might be what through me off a bit. Tons of IBU's with mildly sweet malt undertones. Carbonation was way off as the beer was pretty much flat, not matter how aggressive I tried to pour. Very different with a distinct hoppiness. I would like to try this again to see if I had a bad bottle. Recommended with reservations.

SwillBilly, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw. Actually quite light in color. Small white head is fed from bubbles from below and fades out a bit. Sticky lacing on the walls of the glass.
Malty with a hint of spice, behind citrussy and floral hops.
Much of a citrussy sweet grapefruit. Grapefruit isn't usually my favorite flavor, but this is good. Well balanced with some toasty sweet malt behind. Slight and nice bitterness grows but doesn't linger.
Medium to full bodied. Nice carbonation helps the flavor as it tingles throughout the palate. Suprisingly low alcohol as it seems to warm a bit going down.
Another fine So Cal IPA. The hops are more indicative of some DIPA's I've had. The low ABV really makes this an easy drinker.

BeerRun13, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Callenak
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been seeing quite a few of the same Port/Lost Abbey beers for the past month or two but have only stumbled across bottles of this at one place. Was surprised to see it so picked up a couple bottles, then went over to Lost Abbey and tried it on tap. The bottles of it cost about a dollar more than Old Viscosity and Wipeout.

Pours a nice golden, pale with a fluffy head. A heavy amount of carbonation but it's good with it. Helps bring out that wet hop bouquet, and oh boy what a bouquet. Beautiful nose, those fresh hops really shine through. Rich and juicy, I wish I could eat it. Very citrus hops. Don’t really pick up on any earthy or piney noble hops. I'd be really curious on their hop bill.

Taste matches the smell. Upfront with a grapefruit blast. What I like in an IPA, loads of hop flavor and aroma but doesn't leave a bitter taste in your mouth. It finishes with a mild sweetness that blends well with the hops. A very mild and enjoyable alcohol presence.

Normal body for a west coast IPA with a perfect amount of tingly carbonation.

I could definitely make it a habit to drink this one. In my opinion, much better than Wipeout which I haven't been to impressed with. This is a great example of an IPA.

Callenak, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to try a Port brew.

Appearance: Pours a rather unimpressive straw-colored gold haze. Compared to the sublime physical beauty of many IPA's/DIPA's lately, this one falls a little short. Head is a barely-there strand of froth. Not a highlight of the brew, for sure.

Smell: Whoa. Hops. Candied sugary pear, mango, the familiar pine, a little grapefruit/orange on the back end. The hop aromas are so sweet and intense that it's easy, I think, to mistake them for malt aromas, almost, but they're definitely all hops. Simply gorgeous nose.

Taste: Mmm. Pine and grapefruit hits you up front, the more tropical hop attributes taking a bit of a back seat (pear, mango, even a little pineapple). Still, very IBU-packed, very complex hop character. I found myself waiting for a little malt backbone, but I didn't find it. At all. A bad thing? No. This brew is all about hops, as advertised, and hence I should probably stop being a pussy and take my hop medicine as Tomme serves it to me. : ) Hop bitterness upon swallowing. A hint of alcohol. Perhaps not the most balanced beer, but again, I think this beer was not going for balance, it was going for hops, and it achieved it's purpose with flying colors.

Mouthfeel: Oh man, were others right about carbonation problems with Port's first bottled offerings. Arguably just plain out flat, overall. Some little spiky carbonation bubbles, but this was a killer.

Drinkability: If not for the mouthfeel problems, this is a wonderful, hop atom bomb of an IPA. I hope they resolve their bottling issues.

RidiculedDisplay, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer number 3 in an amazingly bitter and tasty session with chonyr and raider. Much thanks to bennetj17 for this "fresh" treat from the west coast.

The review posted a few before mine mentioning the murky humuluis detritus sums it up very nicely. A cloudy, golden coloured ale poured with an off white head. Carbonation was quite light in this decently laced brew.

Huge ruby red grapefuit, pear, floral and pungent aromas greeted, no more like attacked the nose. Biscuit and a hint of caramel was surprisingly noticeable underneath the hop assault.

Very nicely and aggressively hopped ale with huge hop flavours of red grapefruit, pear, and pine. Light malt backbone bends and almost breaks under this hop tsunami, with dry, biscuity malts with a slight touch of caramel sweetness.

A fresh hop high tide is almost an understatement. This beer is almost entirely about the hops, and i have to admit thats what i was looking forward to. Huge lingering resinous and bitter yet very tasty lingering hop bite blows away the understated biscuity malts in this light to medium bodied IPA.

Probably too hoppy for session fare, even for seasoned hop heads. However, its a very tasty treat in moderation, and one i would gladly assault my senses with again. Thanks again bennet!

demcorhip, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I've never met a hop flower that I didn't like, but Simcoe and Centennial are right at the top of list for me...especially Simcoe. This IPA is very clear and also lighter in color than most. I'd call this a deep golden...or maybe even just "golden." Similar to what a german pilsner might look like. The head is lacking with only a bubbly ivory white collar to show for anything. Lace is intricate, but sparse. The aroma is outstanding and I can smell the simcoe traits in particular right from the get-go. The tangerine-esque character and the cannabis like quality. This one smells juicy. And upon tasting, I find that it is. You hear the term "hop juice" tossed around from time to time. This beer approaches hop juice. And it's bright and citric with notes of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Maybe a little lime peel. The Mary Jane is a little more subdued on the palate than on the nose, but it is still there to a minor degree. The bitterness is pretty damn clean for this IPA. It lingers, but really isn't that abrasive at all. The aroma and the flavor greatly make up for the subpar appearance.

Original Rating, 11-23-06, 4,4,4.5,4,4.5 (4.25 OVERALL)

Hazed peach/orange tone. Slight ivory white head. Lace is spotty and moderate in its amount. Nose is pretty fragrant. Minty, citrusy and piney. The taste is quite good. Hoppy and bitter, yet there's some sweetness to it as well underneath it all. The hop tones are the juicy grapefruit kind. Pulp-like and bright. Malts bring a very light sugary aspect to the profile. The bitterness is quite clean and not over-the-top. The hoppy aftertaste is just the kind that I like. Resinous and oily in nature. Mouthfeel is light and easy going. Light to light-medium in body. Prickly with carbonation, but not airy or gaseous. This beer is quite a refreshing example of the style and very enjoyable.

Thanks for my first crack at the Lost Abbey line Darren!!

Bighuge, Nov 23, 2006
High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.