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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: 885
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 59
Gots: 33 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 10-29-2006)
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber sealed with a silver and black logo crown cap. Pastel dark green label has a large silver colored screwed Port Hole in which a scene of a parting wave of hops is looked upon by two hop-surfers. “Port Brewing” is in green text above and “High Tide Fresh Hop I.P.A. is below in orange and black text. Recently released in Bombers from the newly named, and located, Port Brewing Company (a.k.a. Lost Abbey) in San Marcos. Listed at 6.5% ABV.

Appearance: Rusty pale golden body is murky and filled with a hummulus detritus that floats free and remains in solution throughout. Nice thick creamy beige colored head rises quickly and forms a yeasty looking rock pool filled crust which lingers above the glowing orange brew. Laces with an exceptionally thick set of crisp crusty rings and the carbonation levels seem to keep it that way. Looks superb for a fresh hop brew.

Nose: Sharp tangy marmalade mingles with fresh grapefruit; it has all the smell of a healthy breakfast interspersed with wet cut grass, baled straw and a lingering low end grainy note. Do I get….a smell of a dog freshly soaked by a walk in the rain? Yep, there it is in the back end, a feint wet dog aroma with some day old musty socks thrown in for good measure.

Taste: The hoppy start is fresh and invasive. Basic tones are of recently peeled Tangerines, lush fleshy Satsuma slices and a lemon citric bite. The complexity is provided the grain, soft hops, some herbal influence and a finishing bitterness that is rounded yet transient. The Centennial and Chinook hops are well chosen for this 6.5% brew which offers an unprocessed flowery hop freshness which is rewarding.

Mouthfeel: Tends to flitter between average, to middling, to a little light at times, to back to being middling and sneaking above average on rare occasion. Like cheap watery orange juice, the low end feel can have a tendency to suffer from a diluted profile. That said, it picks up and wavers to a higher strength once the oranges and sharp tangerines build in strength and the citric depth maintains a consistent level. Noteworthy that the end of the swirled Bomber picked up depth, and turbidity, the two are probably linked.

Drinkability: The coarse grapefruit is addictive; the rasping freshly cut grass and orangey citrus builds into a nicely unbalanced fresh hop beer that has a lovable quaffability. Whilst this is not quite a session brew I am sure it could work its way into being one rather quickly.

Overall: It is worthy of note that the first bottle I tried was a bit of a let down, so I never bothered to work up a review for it. But the second was so very much better. Given my experience with the Wipeout IPA, my biggest concern here is the consistency of the Pizza Port bottling in Bombers it seems. That said, the better of the two bottles of PP High Tide Fresh Hop IPA that I tried was very refreshing, lots of grapefruit and full of lovely fresh hoppy bits. Not that bad actually, a few people I know had laid a wavering so-so hand on this one, but…just maybe….they only had the one bottle like my first one – this is pretty damn good, if you get a bottle that cuts you a break that is.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 04:47:30 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber.

Hazy, straw yellow to gold. Very small head, from what I can tell it is pure white.

Aroma is relatively mild. Hops only scent initially - pine. Hop aroma strengthened as it warmed.

Taste is huge compared to aroma. Pine and grapefruit. I would say that this would satisfy any hophead needing a fix. Bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste. Balance isn't really happening in this one, but given the name, one shouldn't expect it.

Body comes in somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation is in the medium range. Very dry, each sip begs you to have another.

A very enjoyable IPA, with a strong hop profile. I wouldn't call it sessionable, but it is close, and I would gladly have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 20:16:06 | More by
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden yellow from the bottle with a minimal white head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma of the beer was bursting with fresh hops and some spicy herbal notes.

The flavor of the beer was dominated by citrusy hops with some grassy notes. It was spicy too. The maltiness of the beer could've been bumped up a little. The beer was a touch one sided as far as that goes.

The mouthfeel was light and maybe could've been a touch fuller. The carbonation was a little low. I've noticed that the bottled Port Brewing beers are a little low compared to the on-tap versions I've had. But these guys are working with new equipment (old Stone brewery) and still working a few things out I'm sure.

This beer is still solid, but I for me, the tastiest fresh hop ale I've had is still the Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 16:19:59 | More by SacoDeToro
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3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with a hazy, orangish gold color. It is lightly carbonated yet summons forth a solid, three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The aroma is nicely grassy; notes of straw and fresh cut grain. Of course the hops are center stage here; notes of citrus that leans towards sweet lemon notes, lychee, tangerine. It is really interesting how much dry malty grain character is noticeable in the aroma.

The taste is quite smooth feeling, the lack of carbonation adds to this. The palate is quite soft; especially up front, but the hops quickly grab hold of the flavor & palate profile. A biting bitterness lingers throughout this beer and is joined by an astringent grassy, definitely herbal hoppiness. Notes of citrus remind me of lemons and tart grapefruits, but also there are notes of herbaceous pine with just a touch of menthol. This beer is actually a bit out of whack. Despite that this beer is supposed to be joyous expression of hops, it does not have enough malt backbone to stand up to the hops and the hops aren't even that overwhelming. The beer is a bit too thin, and could use more caramelized malt to balance out the sharp hop notes. This is a beer I could see myself drinking and enjoying at times, but for some reason the balance just strikes me a bit too unbalanced right now. I'll certainly have to revisit this beer again, but for now I am going to move on to other things.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 19:55:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange in appearance, almost like juice, with a thick haze. Only a short head that dissolves into a film. There is definitely alot of west coast hoppiness in the aroma. The smell is piney, with a floral-like sweetness. Inviting, but weak on malt balance. As expected, the taste is mostly hops too, like citrus melon leaving a decent bitter aftertaste. Again, the malt experience is lacking, making it seem one dimensional. The mouthfeel is decent, light in body, with subtle carbonation and a hint of silkiness.

This is a decent IPA, which unfortunately started out nicely but faded. There is a real lack of depth here, and the mouthfeel didn't hold up enough toward the end leaving it like watery hops. Give it a try, maybe it will keep you interested more than it did me...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 03:42:59 | More by bennetj17
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pounder glass. This is the fourth of 12-22oz bottles I've had and I'll give it consistency for sure. Thin loose white head that is an afterthought, no lace. Cloudy light yellow body.

There is a musky laden frontside. I have images of fresh wet hops in a container evaporating and releasing a certain "young" flavor...thats the smell and taste I get. It comes across on the oily side of things and short on depth, and strong in a humidified hop backend. Enough of a malt bill to keep it fairly balanced but it definately leans towards a piney hop slap. Its unique and interesting but I don't think this will crack the no brainer list. The prices coming out of the Lost Abbey are crazy when you consider the competition.

Notes: I love pizza port brews and this one is in that ballpark. What keeps me from continuing my support is they are not just a couple quarters more expensive than their competition of similar standard, but more like 2,3,4 bucks a bomber more for similar quality.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 06:40:25 | More by DogFood11
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 22oz. bottle a pale golden, yellowish straw color. Aggressive pour yielded little head, but decent carbonation and some nice sediment. Could be a little darker and headier. Smell is juicy, citrus, piney hop, slightly floral as well.

Taste has a good amout of bitter, piney, citrus hops, fresh, barely ripe grapefruit, and a hint of soap. Hop flavor is good, but it could have a little more malt to balance this out. Good finish, slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is nice, soft, smooth. Drinkability is very good for an IPA, as the flavor won't overwhelm, but is enough to stimulate the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 08:04:21 | More by Pooba001
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3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull, pear juice looking brew with loads of sediment. Head is snow white and creamy, sticking to every surface it gets near.

S: Fresh hop indeed. Smell is primarily chinook...a nice mixture between green citrus and pine. Minor tangerine adds a sweet hint behind the other aromas.

T: Begins sappy with bitter pine cone darts to the tip of the tongue. Pungent grapefruit rind bitterness present, lingering across the front half of the tongue. Moves to a primarily citrus based presence with lemon and juiced orange as the key players. Finishes with a pronounced bitter wash down the back of the tongue.

M: Medium body...a bit hard and fuzzy at times.

D: Not nearly as complex as I was expecting. Decent IPA but lacking any WOW factor.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 20:33:22 | More by Westsidethreat
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a wet hop tasting at RFD’s in Washington DC. I believe the host said this one was mainly dry hopped with some wet hopping. This came out a murky orange color with a slight white head that left a little lace. Nose was full of citric hops. Taste was similar with a grapefruit hop bitterness that bites you when you first take a sip. Some malt is present keeping the hops in check as well as the juiciness that seems to come from wet hopping. The finish is a bitter lingering one. Very drinkable stuff here that is good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2004 16:04:29 | More by meathookjones
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new IPA from PizzaPort Solana Beach.

The beer pours a full yellow color Hazy. Nice creamy soft white head. Gentle aroma of citrus. Juicy grapefruit hops and a tasty hop bite. Less outright bitter than the Swamis IPA. Great hop flavor. Nice biscuity malt flavor comes in towards the end. Smooth. Alcohol subtle.

Overall: Very much like Santa Barbara Brewing's IPA. Much better hop flavor than Swamis which is too plain bitter without enough flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2004 04:02:41 | More by oggg
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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
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