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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 68
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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 ryrust5301
4.75/5  rDev +17%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev -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
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Cheers

Photo of Rainintheface
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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

2009 Review:

A: Deep orange-amber body. Massive white head. Good retention and sheetlike lacing.

S: Assertive citric-grapefruit hops ride up front while a more heart pine component lingers behind.

T: A very nice blast of grapefruit, orange, pine needles, and fresh garden flowers. Subtle caramel malt base. Moderately bitter.

M: Somewhat creamy - medium bodied. Crisp bitter bite. Refreshing finish.

D: Probably my favorite fresh hop ale this year... its just so good in so many aspects. Definitely worth a try if fresh hops is your thing!

2008 Review:

A (4.0): hazy golden orange body, thin white head

S (4.0): the Centennial and Simcoe hops lend a rich, but not overwhelming, pine-grapefruit-floral aroma... its fresh and has a delicate grassy accent

T (4.5): much like the nose... smooth play of the different hop characteristics... more on the pine up front then gives way to a fresh field taste with grapefruit popping in here and there.. (less citrusy than their WipeOut IPA - Wipe Out has Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe, and the Amarillo hops definitely account for the difference in citrus profile)

M (4.0): crisp, dry, smooth, light

D (4.5): super easy to drink... at the 6.5 this goes down quicker than the Hop15 or 2nd Anniversary douple ipas... personally pine character is a bit easier for me to drink than citrus, so its a tad easier than the Wipe Out IPA to drink a lot of

Photo of Douglas88
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by footbalm, thanks man. Pours a clear orange color with a small bubbly white head. The aroma is awesome; loads of rich grapefruit and citrus hops, very strong and sweet hop aromas. The taste is similar; sweet citrus and grapefruit hops, some light bitterness, very smooth and quaffable. A nice IPA, not really aggressive, but damn nice.

Photo of bpelowski
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: pours a golden amber color with a frothy white head, nice floral hop aroma, taste is hoppy, sweet, malty, with maybe a little citrus, medium mouthfeel with a fairly bitter finish. The beer is pretty well balanced which is something I like in my IPAs.

Photo of csmiley
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours gold with some cloudiness. The eggshell colored head looked to be decent and stuck around for a couple minutes. Lacing is spotty but still acceeptable. Looks good in my book.

S - Tangerine and grapefruit are first to hit the nose with a touch of orange peel that quickly follows. Some pine notes are present as well. Alcohol is not really evident in the aroma at all. There is an additional aroma that really just throws this beer way off course. Seems to be a cross between cooked peas and brussel sprouts.

T - A dose of citrus made up of grapefruit and some orange is up front. Some earthy notes like pine and autumn leaves come through about midway. Hints of honey and alcohol finish it off. Vegetal (cooked pea) flavor is there but not as strong as in the aroma.

M - Medium bodied with a carbonation level that is just right for this beer. Finish is straight up bitter and dry. Bitterness hangs on to the palate for a little while.

D - Drinkability is good. Alcohol is almost imperceptible in this beer, which makes it that much easier to drink. The standard IPA characteristics are present and keeps everything true to style. That being said, this is a beer that just doesn't work well for me. Could be the brussel sprouts in the aroma. Could be the peas in the flavor. It's not bad but really not good either. I would not seek this beer out again.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Liquor Max in Colorado.

A: Poured a rich golden color with almost no head, what little head there was left a clingy sticky lacing to the side of the glass.

S: I can definitely smell the hops and a sweet sugary malt that balances in with it. Hops are peppery and spicy in the nose. Pine is definitely present, and a slightly grassy finish. Very complex.

T: The hops are the focus of the beer here, initially bitter, the peppery smells come through, definitely oily from the fresh hops. Resins and sticky hop flavors stick all around. Surprisingly though, it is balanced and a nice malt balance pops out. A definite sweetness lies in the beer, but the hop flavor is really more pressing.

M: Sticky, and makes the mouth pucker from the fresh hops. Very nice. Nice lingering bitterness.

D: This one goes down easy, and is one I could spend a while with maybe a few more bombers. One heck of a beer, and easy to drink as well. Very nice.

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

Thanks to Hophead for this extra.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours murky yellow, cloudy, lots of resin. 1 1/2 fingers of white head that holds decently. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Nice wet hops, fresh and oily. Nice citrus.

T/M: Bitterness is a bit weak. Decent but not as much as I'd like. Hops are nice and citrusy. Resinous and oily. Light sweet malts. Medium light body with good carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and tasty. Not quite as good as Founders Harvest but damn good.

Photo of roan22
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I have purchased from Port Brewing Co. in California. As a harvest ale, made with fresh hops, its only available for a short time, then I have wait til next year to get more.

Anyway, its a typical orangey gold color, with floaties in it and haze from being dry hopped to hell. What I would expect.

Aroma is not as good as Russian River's IPA's, as there is an element missing, but it still smells fresh and excellent...plant like...like pinecones and grass and vines etc. Also a touch of caramel and a boozey note as to be expected.

Taste is pretty brilliant...like they brewed right next to the hop garden..picked fresh simcoe and centennial buds right off the vine and immediately threw them in the kettle. Hops wickedly dominate, with a citrusy and resiney bitterness, only more "in your face fresh," rather than oily like some other harvest ales can be. Dry hopping nicely adds to the bitterness/flavor impact.

There is a nice drying on my palate and finishing this bomber leaves me craving more.

Its only 6.5%, very drinkable for me. Only available for a limited time. I will look forward to this new find every year from now on. I am sure the draft version is mind blowing.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Beverage Warehouse find. Poured into my nonic.

A: Yellow-orange and fairly hazy. Looks more like an IIPA than just a regular IPA. Plenty of little bubbles coming from the bottom. Not much head, only about a half-finger, but what's there is pretty foamy and the retention is impressive. Reminds me a bit of the head you get from beers on cask. Head is whitish yellow. Fantastic lacing.

S: Big hop scent, mostly citrus but a bit of floral in there as well.

T: A bit of sweetness up front, somewhat fruity but mostly malt sweetness. Hops kick in very quickly, opening with a nice citrus/floral blend which is quickly overpowered by massive grassy hops. The finish is almost all grass.

MF: Medium bodied, pretty thick for an IPA really. Carbonation is smooth, just the right amount of bite. Finish is quite wet, and not very astringent, despite the hops.

D: Super smooth IPA, very easy to drink. The alcohol is pretty mild, this could almost be a session beer. The hops are pretty heavy, but everything seems to balance pretty well despite the fact that there isn't much maltiness. The very wet finish is a nice touch and gives this beer a fresher taste and feel to me, although that could just be psychological. I really like this IPA. It's not a hop monster, but it's got a nice flavor. Something I would drink again...even something I would drink all the time if it were year round.

Photo of ABHatter
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong Pour from a 22oz bottle into 16oz Dogfish tumbler produces a small blanketing type head. A Glowing light orangeish color, with quality lacing, good carbonation and a semi cloudy appearance, Towards the end of the bottle I am starting to notice some mild sediment that actually looks quite pleasant . Smell is sort of floral with mild grapefruit notes, The nose on this is far from extreme and the malt is virtually nonexistent, but still quite pleasant nonetheless. Taste is very good, Sharp hoppy bitterness at first with Loads of citrus fruits, pine, juicy grapefruit tartness with a sweet malty backbone to round it all out. The malt sort of took me by surprise with a nice sweetness mid palate leading up to the nice spicy bitterness on the finish. The centennial & Simcoe combo is an absolute slam dunk. The mouth feel is quite good leaving an extreme tart grapefruit aftertaste from the hops that is actually quite mouthwatering. Carbonation is A+ on this one as well. Drinkability is superb due to the reasonable alcohol content. The only things holding me back from drinking this frequently are the availability and most importantly the price ($9.00 for a bomber) This is quite an enjoyable beer for hopheads and well worth buying a few of.

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

Thanks to MiScusi for this one!

22oz bottle poured aggressively into my DFH snifter. Not too much of a head at all. But there was an off-white ridge around the edge of the glass.

Nice floral-ness and grapefruit going on in the nose. The mouthfeel was slightly creamy with slight notes of lemon zest and caramel malt. I definitely enjoyed this one. Good drinkability and IMO perfect ABV for this style. I will definitely have this again if I have the chance.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing orange wheat color with a very nice off-white head. Geat lacing. The nose has herbal hops and fruity hops. The taste is a nice blend between the bready malts and citrus hops. As with most IPA's, I would really like to try this fresh from the brewery. I feel that these types of beers drastically change after just a few weeks. The body is well suited for the style. A nice brew.

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

22oz bomber; no freshness date.

An aggressive pour yields a thick cake-like off white head atop a hazy golden body. Decent lace and the head sticks around a while.

Scent is grapefruit and floral hops and a touch of fresh bread. A bit muted and I had to really concentrate to get it.

Taste is grapefruit hops. Other citrus flavors; orange? Floral notes. Mild spiciness and a very slight pine note. Juicy. Fresh doughy bread flavor underneath the hops. Not intensely bitter but there's a nice soft bitterness and a mild astringency to the finish.

Mouth is a juicy and creamy medium.

Drinkability is very high.

A delicious beer in a style I love, however I've had better. Perhaps this bottle wasn't particularly fresh.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber into cab glass...

Hazy golden honey with ample carbonation and light bready signle-finger head with solid lacing.

There's those grapefruit-forward Centennial hops - huge! Nice mild floral notes to this also. Excellent and powerful...also some mild yet hearty malt.

Crisp grapefruit texture - even up between rind and pulp - again, slight floral presence. Malt is crisp and bright with even bitter finish. Slightly lighter flavor profile than expected from the nose of this thing.

Very clean on the palate with solid bitterness. Warm malt gets thicker but not heavy. Finish is strong and even-keeled...quite clean.

Drinks well but not as thirst-quenching as more grapefruit-heavy IPAs. Solid seasonal offering.

Photo of popery
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious huge fresh hop flavored IPA.

I like this style of beer. I like the overwhelming flavor of the hops. It makes me imagine an idyllic hop farm. So, perhaps, I'm not the most impartial of judges, but this beer is just great. It's not quite Russian River great, but it's an extremely slim difference and I could understand the alternative argument. Most of my scores were chosen with Blind Pig squarely in mind.

The beer is a deep orange with a big soapy head. Mountains of fine foam sit atop the liquid. The head could have been a bit more aggressive initially.

The beer has a fantastic smell. It's citrus, pine and earthy flowers. It's how I imagine fresh hops would smell if I ran them between the palms of my hands. Of course, I have never been to a hop farm and doing that might smell like nothing at all for all I know.

The taste is quite good. I will note that the bitterness tends to crowd out the other flavors more than with Blind Pig, which explains my score. Of course, I gave it a 4.5, so I still think it's great. It's sweet with lots of hops and a strong bitter hop aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is also excellent. The bitterness does cause some pucker, but I can enjoy that. On the other hand, it does shock the taste buds some. It's an extremely dirnkable beer. It's relatively low alcohol with a huge amount of flavor. Great beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with spotty lace, overall good head retention. The head dwindles to a skim, but it manages to keep itself intact. Grassy hops mingle with sweet citrus, pale malt faint in the background.

Slick resiny feel, juicy citrus hop flavor. Malt does balance pretty well in the end. Earthy and herbal hop bitterness dominates. It's full bodied like a DIPA, and fakes you out, thinking it could have a higher ABV. Smooth with a dry hoppy aftertaste, making you crave it more. Thanks for sharing Jay!

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,027 ratings.