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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: 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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Photo of scottoale
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bomber pours a slightly hazed honey gold with a 1/2" white fluffy head that leaves gobs of lace sticking to the glass. Good carbonation keeps the head aloft for a bit, a decent amount of hop residuals left in the bottom of the bottle, after the pour.

Sweet and piney is the nose, with lots of citrus as well. Resinous pine is the strongest initial smell with a nice orange peel and grapefruit sweetness keeping this brew alive. A nice blend of fruity and floral (almost spicy) with the use of fresh hops.

The taste is grapefruit and pine followed by a black tea and tobacco adding bitterness to the finish. Great tasting and nicely balanced, with the alcohol really subdued (muted).

Somewhat girthy medium body with ample carbonation tend to add a bit of hop bite to the tongue, which is mostly due to the generous amount and types of hops used. Hophead happiness for sure. The fresher the better, seek it fast, or wait till next year.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, courtesy of the prefootball bif and kegatron

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, rather pale orange- copper body with a beige froth and minimal lacing. somewhat clear

smell: this IPA has a fresh green hop aroma, but isnt as potent as i had expected...hints of green tea and tobacco surround a grassy and herbal base

taste: a fresh zesty hop profile, orange peel and other citrus, touches of pine but very little bitterness. a solid IPA but a little underwhelming given the reputation of Port. Still, a great IPA

mouthfeel: thin and fresh

drinkability: good

Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in my prized Double Mountain tulip glass.

A - A very light golden color with excellent clarity. A small white head with limited lacing. Looks more like a Pilsner than and IPA.

S - A floral and slightly lemony aroma.

T - Citrusy and moderately bitter with a clean, crisp flavor. A bit on the dry side. Not much malt in the mix. Normally I don't mind that but I think it might be too light even for my taste.

M - A bit on the thin side. Good carbonation.

D - A nice beer. I enjoyed it but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

Photo of Beaver13
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light golden yellow with a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is strong bright fruity piney hops with a touch of bready malts in the background.

The flavor is all hops - it is strong resiney tarry bitter hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with soft watery carbonation.

Overall, I remember liking this better the first time I had it. This one is an unbalanced hop bomb - which is fine, but I'm not caring for the hop flavors as much this time around. I remember it tasting fruitier and pinier.

Photo of younger35
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from 0110x011 not so long ago. This will probably be my last fresh hop of the year and I hope this didn't lose to much hop goodness (kept in the fridge the entire time). Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a SUPER clear golden yellow with a nice soft one finger bright white head. The head slowly recedes leaving a soft thick collar and thin wispy cap that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell- Boy o' boy. I described Founders harvest ale as the juiciest fresh hop I've tried. I'll describe this as the most tropical. Loads of pineapple, grapefruit, oranges and mango seem to explode out of the glass. As if that wasn't good enough there is a nice floral bouquet as well. Lilac and rose permeate out of the glass holding its own against all the fruit. Absolutely fantastic nose.
Taste- Lightly bitter at the start but complimented well but a lightly sweet malt kick. Plenty of nice juicy grapefruit and raw piney goodness. Bits of peach and more grapefruit kick me right in the tonsils. A very light sweetness does well in holding up the hoppy goodness adding nothing but a platform for all that fruity delight. Nice lingering herbal pine goodness seems to last forever.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body that is slight and oily with lightly sharp almost prickly carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a ridiculously awesome fresh hop that I may like more than even Broodoo. It just seems to have that perfect balance between smelling nice and hoppy and actually tasting hoppy. Sometimes that doesn't translate from nose to mouth in these fresh hops. Good stuff, thanks Matt!!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear Golden Color with mostly yellow tones. Some sporadic visible carbonation. Whipped egg white fluffy head that shows some nice retention. Excellent lacing.

Aroma was very fresh and floral. My son was with me and I had him smell the beer. He said it smelled "girly" (as in perfume) Pretty funny. I also got a nice grain aroma as well. (light)

Flavor was light, bright and refreshing. A nice IPA. Certainly focuses on the hops. Almost seems like they tried to make the malt profile a little lighter to accentuate the hops further. Real grapefruit hop flavor here. There is a certain malt flavor that I find similar to Two Hearted and Centennial IPA's. And I like those.

Can feel the hop oils on your tongue. Mouth feel is light in body and big in flavor..

Very drinkable and refreshing. I know this is a wet hop/harvest and can only come out in the fall, but I would like this in the summer. Anyway, I'm really enjoying it in early December as well.

Nice brew.

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur.. thanks, Dan!

A: A semi-hazy blonde pour. Nice and creamy head with some great retention and a patchy but notable lacing left behind

S: Citrus rind and some hints of cookie? A nice malt sweetness adding its touch to the hoppiness. Very nice.

T + M: Citrus flavours are a little more subdued, with just a straight up leafy hops. Feels a little light in carbonation, but body makes up for that with a bit of heftiness.

D: A nicer IPA.... almost breakfast like, it's got such a notable grapefruit profile. A slightly sugary note adds a nice touch. If a fan of some nice bitter citrus in the morning, this is a good choice - morning or not.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light amber, with a huge 2 finger foamy white head that does not away and leaves huge chunks of lacing along the entire pint glass. Cloudy, with tons of carbonation visible at the bottom of the glass and rising throughout.

Aroma is of piney and floral hops, very inviting and fresh-smelling.

This one does battle with my tongue - I love it. The hops announce themselves right up front with huge pine and floral taste. Perhaps flavor similar Randall The Enamel Animal, with beer poured through fresh hops. As the ale warms, the bitterness becomes more pronounced, but the malt never shows it's face. At least not to my unsophisticated taste.

Mouthfeel is peppery and carbonated, with a pleasantly oily finish. Amazingly drinkable at 6.5%. (I think it lies.)

Photo of deereless
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid two inches of rocky head, lots of fine sediment, medium copper colored, sticky patches along the edge - 4.5, S: Lots of wonderful hop aroma, what I presume are Cascade hops, as expected the smells are very green and quite similar to grass cuttings - 3.75, T: Grapefruit dominates the palate, lots of hop bite - 3.75, M: Medium-bodied - 4.00, D: One of the hoppier fresh hops I've had, I love the green/fresh hops in the beer - 4.00

Photo of weeare138
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Union Jacks during the Port promotion...
Appears a hazy, semi transparent light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a mild head of sea foam. Tons of tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light hops with birch bark and red grapefruit sticking out among the bunch.
Taste is of caramel, sugary grapefruit, and pine.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter through the entire delivery of the beer from start to finish.

Photo of MisterClean
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle at a homebrew day. Picked up from Monument Wine in Concord.

A - Light golden color, with lots of head, which dissipates slow, and leaves some nice legs. You really can't ask for more from an IPA.

S - Flowers, grass, and malts.

T - Flowers, grass, and malts, but the hops kick you in the teeth and let you know they are there.

M - Well balanced, hops very abundant.

D - Good. Wish I had more. Very good for a wet hopped IPA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus, along with some caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts with a strong hops bitterness and a burst of fruity citrus sweetness. There's a hearty malt character that provides some balance, but this one is all hops as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for a long time if you want an intense hop-bomb without the higher ABV of a 2IPA.

Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't disturb the sediment with my first pour, which yielded a thick golden straw pour with medium, fast settling head and long-lasting lacing. Of course, it's cloudy once the sediment gets mixed in.

Strong hoppy-piney smell, strong hoppy-piney flavor, a little citrus and floral undertone. A little overbalanced in the hops direction (from a moderate hop-head).

Mouthfeel was nice, thick and yeasty until I got all the sediment in it, producing a little grittiness. Either way, no real complaints.


I'm not a "moderate hop head" any more. Now this beer seems in the lower range of appropriately hopped. It's good!


Sentiments are similar to 2011.


Unlike first review, this thing has a massive head that fades slowly. Wasn't timid about my pour, so it's cloudy to begin with. Lacing is still impressive.

Most of my comments regarding the aroma still apply, though now (or this year), I'd consider it a little mild (though still nice).

Taste is actually quite good. I would give it a much higher score now (or this year). Lots of citrus, some honeysuckle floral/sweetness, nice citrus zest finish.

This is a quite good beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold with almost no head. Nose is biting citrus. Flavor brings the same with a quite salty tone. No real complexity. Just lots of hops. Feel is typical on both sides. This is a loud IPA. After having wet hopped IPAs from both coasts, it's interesting to see the differences.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pimt glass. Has a murky yellow orange color with nice pillowy white head. Noticeable hop oil settled at the bottom of the glass.

Nice fresh hop scents. Sweet, citrus, and somewhat earthy notes.

Nice taste...Piney and bitter along with citrus and sweet. A noticebale malt taste provies great balance to the beer.

Drinkability is very high. I like the sweet then bitter feel. It's what I imagine a fresh hop beer to epitomize.

Mouthfeelis medium bodied and somehat oily. Very enjoyable and not anything out of the ordinary.

Another winner from Port. This is a great fresh hop beer. Probably the best I have had. Port keeps churning out quality brews. If you have the means, give it a go!.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pretty much all you could ask for out of an ipa. Shiny gold with a bit of a yellowish tint to it, with a billowing white crown. The head foamed up almost like a cappucino, and lingers for quite some time. Lacing is massive and completely suffocated the sides of the glass.

Smell - Not only does this one deliver in the hops category, but it packs a heavy citrus punch. Lemon and orange seem to be more pronounced than others. Fantastic job by the brewers at Port on this one.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Not overly biting or harsh, and not trying to be more than it needs to be. This is the best balance of hops and citrus fruits I have tasted in quite some time. Gently bitter and fruity, with enough malt to balance it out and give it a smooth, silky, medium mouth feel. Aftertaste just wows me, as it's so easily bitter and lasting. Makes me really want to savor every taste.

Drinkability - I love fresh hop beers, and this is the best one that has ever passed my lips. Sierra Nevadas is good but can't even hold a candle to this one. Wonderful to the nth degree.

Photo of riored4v
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/5/08

Poured into a pint glass. White, 1 finger rocky head w/ good lacing. Slightly cloudy and copper in color.

Smell was mildly sweet. Fruity, grassy and citrusy aromas. Great fresh hop aroma to it.

Taste was amazing. Lots of citrus hop taste to it along with piney, grassy and grapefruit flavors. Mildy malt sweet notes.

Drinkability is great. Crisp but mildly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, medium body with a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall its an excellent Fresh Hop IPA. Simcoe really shines with the fantastic hop taste. Nice lingering bitterness but a good amount of sweetness that provides a really nice balance.

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with FlactoAlto (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a small sized off white head. Some small floaters. Aromas of floral hops, light citrus, and had an all around fresh 'green' hoppiness to it. Tastes of citrus, oranges, light caramel and a grapefruit bitter finish. Medium bitter with a light sweetness.

Notes from 11/23/06

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bring for sending me this in a trade!

A- Pours a slightly foggy golden color with a touch of orange in it. Pretty pale for an IPA. Pours with a substantial 1-2 finger foamy white head. Head holds up pretty well but eventually fades to a thick collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Scent is very fresh. Citrus hops come through first with an earthiness and grassiness in the background.

T- Hoppy flavors of grapefruit and orangy citrus come through for the initial flavor with a subtle pale malt background. A big dose of hop bitterness comes in for the finish but holding it up is a sugary sweetness. A medium residual bitterness lingers.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice smooth oily body.

D- This is a great IPA. I love fresh hop IPAs. Has that great wet hop flavor and a great bittersweet presence. Of the 3 Port IPAs I have sampled over the past 2 weeks this is probably my favorite. I am looking forward to seeing what else this brewing co. has to offer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 received in a trade from dqderrick.. got the box today... I figured I better do the Christian thing and review the fresh hop beer as fresh as possible... Big Thanks Derrick. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head took a short while to die back.. nice lacing and cap atop a slightly hazy lite golden brew.

Aroma is a nice blast of citrus and pineapple.. very fruity... pale malt may be there.. but if it is, it's put way in the background by the hops.

The flavor is so complex.. yet so pure.. simple pale malts lend a little bready sweetness.. but the hops are here to shine.. and shine they do. Big grapefruit and pineapple with just the perfect amount of bitterness.. not overhopped.. just perfectly well hopped for an IPA.... any IPA... let alone a fresh hop brew. perfect for style medium body.. and a sorta creamy yet ever present carbonation. I long sorta flowery.. lime blossom finish... very very drinkable... I would buy these by the case every fall if I had access... I love it.

Thanks again to Derrick... proper trader... and very recommended.. let's do it again... soon!


Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very hazy and a nice light golden color. The head is white, a little foamy, and only about a finger or so deep. It receded quickly and left a light, spotty coat of lace in its wake. It's above average, but nothing special.

Smell: The nose is nice. There's a wealth of citrus rolling off the top. It's an excellent mix of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Hops are readily apparent and feature primarily citric qualities. There's a touch of pine and floral fragrances, but primarily it's a citrus bomb. It's a little earthy and grainy, perhaps attributable to the infusion of some floral hops. There's a very slight sweet malt aroma, but it's pretty well buried in there. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: It is indeed very sweet and citrusy up front. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors attack the palate with some force. They're followed up by a nice hop flavor. I'm clueless as to the hop bill, but it's pretty good. It screams west coast. They mostly have a citric flavor with little pine lingering in there. It's a really solid bitter flavor. There's probably a little floral hops in there as it does have a grainy and earthy vibe to it. Pale malts are there, but they're very restrained. They're a little sweet and play their role very well (i.e. not much interference with the hops). Alcohol is blended very well. It's not noticeable at all. Slight dry, sweet, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied (barely) and is relatively smooth. Carbonation level is pretty high and inhibits it a bit in the feel department. Drinkability is good. At 6.5%, it's very approachable and goes down extremely smooth. I'm splitting the bomber, but could easily tackle it alone. I doubt I'd seek out more than that though.

High Tide's a good fresh hop IPA. Compared to the elite fresh hop releases, it's a notch or two below the best. It's good, but it's almost too citrus heavy. I think it'd be improved a bit if it were slightly toned down in that regard. It doesn't have any other stand out flaws. It's a good solid beer that's approachable and drinkable. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of speakorspasm
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, mildly hazy amber with a thick rocky head that very slowly subsides. Lookin' good!

S: Subdued, spicy hops in the nose that don't hint at much bitterness. Much more laid-back than I was expecting, but very pleasant and inviting nonetheless.

T: Mmmm... Tastes fresh in every respect. The hop character is big and bold without going off the deep end. The bitterness is quite restrained and really that allows the floral, fruity character of the hops to take center stage. There is a slight coppery twang right in the center of this beer that really sells me on this. Finishes slowly and serenely, leaving a pleasant warming sensation on the tastebuds.

M: This beer is not over-carbonated at all. Lately I've really been dreading the uber-lively carbonation of American IPAs, as I feel it masks the flavor while trying to be "extreme." This one takes the opposite route, really allowing the beer to do the talking.The slick oiliness of the hops could have used a little more carbonation to balance it out, but that's a minor complaint and I definitely am jumping to the next sip here.

D: I'm really enjoying this beer. the hop character is so fresh and inviting that I feel transported to a hop farm... or close enough. Unlike some more extreme IPAs, this is a beer that doesn't overwhelm at all.

*Really, wet-hopped beers are a modern example of a seasonal that actually makes sense. This is a great example of the sub-style and a beer that I'm excited to return to next year.

Photo of mnapier
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Temperature, 45 degrees. Serviing Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Appearance is expected a pale orange and clear as it pours a strong foamy head that recedes leaving a wreath of lace behind.
The nose is a citrus orange with grassy earth tones and the finishes with a subtle peppery-ness.
Sipping this I detect medium orange citrus and a medium hop piney-ness.
Mouthfeel is medium at best.

Tastey, and worth trying with Fish & Chips.


Photo of Rainintheface
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden and cloudy with a one finger white head

S: fresh citrus - a subtle mix of grapefruit and orange. faint mint and some caramel in the background. nice aroma.

T: same citric mix, oily hops. caramel is still there but fades farther into the background

M: mild carbonation. starts with a hint of creaminess but goes thin, almost watery

D: o.k. I'll have again even though the mouthfeel could have been better

Photo of beachbum1975
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pwoods was kind enough to share this one with Ftownthrowdown and myself last Friday.

Taken from notes while tasting...

Poured a cloudy yellow with hints of light orange. White head, great spotty lacing.

Smelled of grapefruit, cat urine (simcoe hops!) and super light toasted malts.

Light to medium body, medium to full flavor. Lots of dry resin, grapefruit, pine and light malts.

Moderate drinkability. Refreshing if it was a bit less bitter.

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