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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: 990
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 65
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of Meandmymonkey
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter than expected yellowy-amber color. Not too much carbonation and not sure why either but it didn't produce a very pronounced head. I could smell it coming out of the bottle which made me happy. Initial aroma is citrus, and pine, but also somewhat soapy. Not too sure if the dry hop process also adds a lot of bitterness but it did add a pleasant after taste unlike some IPAs. Very good drinkability with loads of hoppy character. Although I was ready to be swallowed by a monstrous wave of hops as the picture suggests, this should not disappoint any hop head.

Meandmymonkey, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy amber/yellow with one finger of white suds.
Smell is slight grapefruit and a slight amount of pine.
Taste is more piney than the smell. Grapefruit and caramel malts that leave the mouth bitter .
Not much sugar but the bitter is a nice change from the Hop 15.
Mouthfeel is very clean for such a bitter flavor.
Drinkability is high here except for the fact I have to order this stuff from Colorado.

peabody, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of 100floods
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this immediately upon a friend's recommendation. I unfortunately missed the Fresh/Wet Hop fest at Toronado, so the least i could do was get a bottle.

I kept it in the fridge over night to ensure ultimate satisfaction, and it's fucking hot outside.

High Tide pours a hazy golden orange with next to no carbonation and a little lacing, despite the lack of head. Instant attention is given to the hop aroma, not as huge as i'd like, but the sweet tangy grape fruit and earthy/pine sents are where they should be.

The hop attack is really mellow for my liking. You can definitely get the hops more as an after taste. Maybe I've been having too many IIPAs. This beer is super smooth and easy to drink. A little weaker than pillars of the style, Pliny first comes to mind.

Although I had higher expectations for this beer, it did not dissapoint by any means. I would have liked more hops, seeing as how this is a fresh hop beer, but still, it's great for hot days, really easy on the pallet. I think I'll be getting a few more if the weather keeps on staying hot.

100floods, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopHead84 for this one.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orangey color with a good stark white head that stays melted marshmallow fluffy for a good amount of time leaving nice but not amazing lacing.

Great nose here. West coast hops right of the bat, grapefruit, pine, and a nice earthy dank sweetness. Some slight spice and malt sweetness, although slight, indicates that there should be a sufficient malt backbone.

Taste begins with a slight switness, is not bitter from the line, but right off the line it certainly starts. Grapefruit hops ride the malt backbone as it starts off the taste, and quickly begin to overpower it. The beautiful grapefruit and pine hops ride through the middle. There is certainly a wet dankness to this one, brought about by the fresh hop resins. The dry hopping has certainly added to the flavor of this guy, maybe even a touch strong. The malt sweetness peaks its head out again towards the end of the taste. Dry hop bitterness engulfs the palate in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick here, but quite good. Could use maybe just a slight bit more carbonation. Slick in the mouth, slippery, almost a bit greasy. That sounds really bad, but it is not meant to be.

Drinkability is quite good, the mouthfeel does hamper it a bit, but overall a stellarly drinkable beer. Certainly sessionable, but there is an intense bitterness on the finish that may turn those slighly IPA intolerant off a bit as far as sessioning goes.

Overall a very fine fresh hop IPA. I really like the wet sort of dank sweetness in here. Earthy, but still totally west coast. Certainly an IPA. I think some fresh hops may be the secret to this years Sculpin, as i recognize a similar (i know this sounds wierd) hop sweetness in the two. A fine fine beer from port, and one i would surely buy again if they would ship us something in addition to the ample supply of hop 15, wipeout, and old visc we get. (Not that im not appreciative of those, in fact, i would kill to keep them here) Well now im just rambling. Good beer, would love to session it one day. Hopheads try some. It wont blow you out of the water with bitterness, but it is strong in that department, and makes up for it in great flavor. Great beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of walows
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this brew at my local bevmo, i thought it was great surprise. As sort of new to the beer world, this my new favorite season. I love hops and fresh hops are even better. Poured this brew from a bomber into my favorite pint glass. It poured a very light color, like straw colored. I was a little bit surprised. A Nice white bubbly head. This beer was crystal clear. The aroma was great and hoppy. However, this beer had a nice floral, grassy smell that was really unique. This IPA tasted great, it had a decent malt backbone, but wasn't very pronounced. The hops really shown through, nice piney, grassy taste. This beer was unique in taste as well, it was this like fresh grassy taste. Very Good. This IPA wasn't crazy bitter, a very solid IPA. An IPA that everyone would like. This IPA had a good lighter body that was really easy to drink and not as sticky as some IPAs. The carbonation only added to the experience. This was brew was really good, and has great drinkability. I really loved this beer, i need to go back and get some more! If you like hops, then this is a great beer to try.

Bottle- 22 oz. 8/15/08

walows, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What time is High Time? Pours a mostly cloudy dirty yellow color with a soft white foam. Took a while to come down, so good retention and lacing through out the tasting.

The nose is noticeable a west coast IPA. Some nice citrus and pine notes. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange a touch of lemony and a nice piney in the finish. The malt comes out nicely but is second to the hops. Some nice biscuit and bready notes on the back end. Some yeasty notes on the backend and some alcohol as well.

The taste is note as hoppy as the nose indicates but still has a nice presence. The citrus backs off a bit as the piney notes really come out. The bitterness is a bit stronger than the finish, leaving some astringency on the back end that is a bit of a deterrent. This might be due to a limited malt profile. Really not much coming out. Some lighter bready, almost flour notes in the after taste. Some heat from the alcohol, but actually pretty clean from the yeast overall.

The body is moderately light. A bit dry which enhances the bitterness, would have liked to see a bit more body to balance that out a touch. Some astringency as mention in the taste. Overall a good IPA but just out of balance.

Oxymoron, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gather not a lot of this ever gets outside the brewpub, but was fortunate enough to have this beer at Union Jack's on the Manatawny the other day for their Pizza Port/Lost Abbey event.

The beer pours the expected peach color with remarkable head retention and lacing. I get a goodly amount of hoppy bitterness on the nose, though it's not as intense as I was expecting. On the palate this beer is very hoppy and dry, and IMO really could benefit from a bit more malt. Also, I didn't get a lot the wet hop characteristics I normally expect to find with a fresh harvest ale, though it was still a very nice, hoppy IPA. The beer has a very light mouthfeel, and I can't say I'm surprised to see the (relatively) low abv. The beer was pretty drinkable, though again, I think a bit more sweetness from malt would have benefited this beer. Nevertheless, this was a very nice IPA from Port Brewing.

Edit from 11/5/11. Beer is every bit as good this year, but still almost abrasively bitter and dry. Good stuff, but hard to imagine drinking more than a single glass....

John_M, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of leif86
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy yellow-orange brew topped with a near white frothy head (thin and not much lacing).

S: Hoppy as hell. Spicy and citrus.

T: Hoppy as hell again. Some grapefruit, some tangerine. A little piney and spicy. This stays with you. Awesome.

M: Nice and smooth, not overly sticky like some serious IPAs out there. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D: So long as you are careful what foods you pair this with you can expect to keep drinking this for an extended period of time. I'm gonna need to look for this every year.

leif86, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of dashirey
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy - golden orange. Frothy head with tons of lacing. (Looks like a glass of a hefeweizen, but that's were those comparisonsons stop)

S - Great smell - hops all the way grassy mostly.

T - Hops again which is great. Ends with a spicey note.

M - Smooth with a bitter presence at the end. Dryness coming at the end as well

D - Great easy drinking beer - I wish this could be had all year long. 6.5 means you could down a few of these bombers and still be going strong.

Great introduction to the Port Brewing Company. I can't wait to have more!

dashirey, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, pale, orange golden with a moderate head that fades to a thin swirly cap. This is a beer that must be had fresh, which this one is. Wonderful herbal and pine resinous hops on the nose. Very fresh smelling, and with just enough malt to support everything and add some juiciness. The taste is textbook for a fresh hop ale- which should be its own category. Starts citrusy and herbal and on the thin side, and picks up resin and pine until the finish at which point it is a complete pine bomb. Utterly delicious, clean and pure hop flavors without overwhelming bitterness- though it is substantial. A West Coast hophead's dream- when it is fresh. Mouthfeel is smooth to start and ends a bit prickly. I really like this one, one of the best of the harvest ales.

Georgiabeer, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of kinnaird
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer, but I'd put it along the same lines as other West Coast IPA's. I drank this one without having any other IPA's around, and thereby couldn't do a taste comparison to measure the unique attributes of this beer compared to others of the same class. If you see this, buy one. If you don't see one, don't worry about it. Grab another West Coast style IPA and you'll be able to grasp what this one potentially tastes like. Great beer, but nothing I can pick out different from other IPA's found here.

kinnaird, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A somewhat turbent beer with a very rich golden hue. Very frothy head with lacing that lasted throughout the whole beer.

S: Very piney followed by a very subtle lime aroma.

T: It has a very similar taste to "Pliny the Elder" in the sense that it doesn't have a lot of sweet flavoring, but not as strong as the Russian River counterpart (Pliny is also a double, so it won't be as intense). Very hoppy, which I love.

M: Very viscous...almost unfiltered in feel. Medium to heavy body...not sure if its appropriate for this style, but not bad at all. Carbonation is great!

D: Awesome!!! 6.5%...perfect for any occassion.

Overall: There is a lot I want to say about this beer...other then the Sculpin, this is probably the 2nd or 3rd best single IPA I've had. Similar in taste to the Pliny, but it doesn't possess a very complex taste. A bit one-dimensional in its taste as well, but it makes up in its intensity. A must try it beer for me for sure.

OlieIPA, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of pearl white head. This murks up to a hazy apricot at the bottom of the bottle, some scary floaties as well, above average lacing & good head retention

S: Lemons & grapefruit, plus passion fruit as this warms, plus peach juice

T: Lemony hops by the bushel, a touch of pear & grapefruit up front. More grapefruit as this warms, plus a touch of breadyness. Finishes super crisp, with loads of grapefruit & a touch dryness

MF: Creamy, medium bodied & pretty well balanced.

Drinks so easy, a very nice fresh hop offering, I expected no less from Port! This & Hop Henge are my two favorites

russpowell, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden/straw color with a bubbly 1 finger deep head.

Smells grassy, flowery, piney, spruce, citric, lemon, pungent hops. Nice.

Citrusy, not overwhelming on the hops, smoothing maltiness, plenty of lemon like character. The hop character is as I imagined, raw, sticky, fresh picked and unique.

Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, with a really nice sticky lingering dry finish. My favorite part of this beer.

Drinks great. Very sessionable.

A very tasty and enjoyable brew from Port. WHat else is new. Seek this one out if you like the fresh hop or wet hop style. Or even if you want a delicious brew of any style.

Cheers to Port Brewing.

bbothen, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of ironlung
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Hollingsheads(first draw from new keg Mike's pour)

A: Pure Honey looks like a hefe! Standard hollingshead 2-finger head.

S: Can't smell this one at all mabye its the "dirty" brand jalapeño chips were eating.

T: So good!!! Nice creamy hops(if that makes sense) the malt choice in this makes it stand out more than the sierra fresh hops IMO.

M: Crisp/wet hops.

D: Very High, no wonder the employees @ high times horded this one last year (only let me buy 1 bottle).

ironlung, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of gubbt
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a small white head with spotty lace.

Lots of citrus on the nose with underpinnings of caramel and grass.

There is more citrus in this one than most fresh hop beers I've had. That is really the core of the flavor profile. There is a nice orange candy sweetness in the end, but finishes quite bitter. Almost like one of those orange creamsickles at times.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel with medium body.

Very drinkable for a really hoppy beer. It would be fun to do a side by side with this and a Wipeout IPA. Nice beer, but there is not much to distinguish it from the many great IPAs from this region.

gubbt, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a thick hazy coppered burnt orange. Sits in the glass a deep smokey golden hue. The slightly off white head is about an inch of thick entwined bubbles. Leaves a long stretched lacing all around the glass.

S: Amazingly breezy pine hops aroma. The centennial hops are the perfect match of pungent and citrus aromas. Like a garden of tangerines, spearmint, and flowers draped in bitterness. Overall the smell is huge on greeny pine, vivid citrus, and lives up to the earthy fresh description. "Brewed only once each year to coincide with the Hop Harvest in Yakima Washington, High Tide IPA is made with 180 lbs of Fresh Hops per batch that are plucked from the vines and sent straight to our brewery."

T: The taste delivers the same fresh grassy and pined citrus hops as the nose. While the hops are strong and perfectly pronounced there is still a nice malt roundness that helps balance this beer out. Perfect bitterness and heavy textured taste. A nice peppered and creamy backdrop.

M: Medium bodied but pretty big. The carbonation is very nice and adds to the overall long lasting experience of this beer.

D: Refreshing and hopp-notizing. Impressive beer that is highly drinkable especially for anyone who enjoys IPA's. Recommended for anyone who likes loud music and blatantly disregarding authority.

erikm25, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition.

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head that settles to a patchy layer over the beer, leaving some sticky webs of lacing after each sip.

S- Wow! An impressive array of fresh, oily, juicy, resiny hops that presents the full spectrum of aromas: pine, grapefruit, pineapple and oranges. The sweet malt backing is evident as well.

T- The initial hop bitterness is intense, but it's quickly overtaken by sweet-tasting malts. The bitterness resurfaces on the dry finish and stays there for a good while. A very pure and unadulterated hop flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is very slick and oily, slightly coating the inside of the mouth. The carbonation is soft and indicative of this beer's bottle conditioning.

D- This was an easy beer to drink, especially at 6.5% ABV. The flavor was surprisingly balanced and each sip left me in anticipation of the next.

Tdizzle, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got distracted while drinking this, so my notes are rather thin. So what.

Golden yellow. Decent head but light retention.

Smells nice. Grassy hop scent.

Very good flavor. Must be fresh when it tastes just like it smells. Real strong taste.

Overall: YUM!

PatronWizard, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

This beer is semi-hazy in the body, the color is yellowish-orange. It has a good head and retention on top with very good lacing clinging to the glass. Aroma...hops...well duh! Between that are tangerine, pine, and grapefruit aromas. To taste, I was expecting a smackdown of hops, but it ended up being well balanced. Don't worry hopheads, the bitterness is still there. Oranges and bittersweet citrus were among the most prevalent flavors for the most part. The finish turns to a bready/saltine crackery taste. Oily and smooth in texture, and one beer that's worth looking for.

DoubleJ, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of opwog
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: My Morning Jacket - Off the Record

Thanks to Beechwood for having this on tap!

I am feeling tired and the main thing to know about this beer is that it is kick ass! Slightly cloudy, but a great mouth full of fresh hops, citrus, pinapple and grain. I will be back for more!

opwog, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of cerveza5150
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this one, given that it was over $5.50 for a 22oz'er.

Appearance is pretty darn good. The color is a bit pale and thing, but the head is awesome and follows the brew all the way down the glass.

The smell and taste are incredible; you can actually smell the cut, fresh hops. I've had Sierra Nevadas versions of Fresh Hop Ale, but I think this one beats any of those over the head. The taste of the hops is unique and the malt helps stabilize the overall experience.

This isn't one for those who don't like hops. It's also not for anyone looking for a cheap, quick beer. This is an ale. Tried and true.

November Update: After quaffing this for awhile now, I had to reup the ratings a tad. This is really one fine fresh hop ale. Infact, I think this sets the standard.

cerveza5150, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy with a fair amount of goldenrod backing up the orange body. White head pours tight from the tap and sticks for several minutes. Great looking brew.

Strong aroma can be detected from a foot away at least. Lots of citric hops, with enough lemon, tangerine, orange, etc. to make it worth your while.

Smooth, not too overly carbonated, which really lets the hops develop and shine on the palate. Plenty of bitterness but it's not harsh. Grassy, earthy, herbal, with a hint of pine and menthol. Solid, if a little bit all over the place.

No malt to speak of, as the color indicates, it is very pale in character and there's just not much of it to go around. Ok mouthfeel despite; the carbonation is perfect for their aim.

Unbalanced, but what the hell.

BretSikkink, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grapefruit lemon color, no head really, looks thick, cloudy in the middle. Like C3P0 on a sunny day on tatoinne.

Sweet malty and fruity smell. Not unlike jaba the huts rancor pit.

Delicious citrus lemon notes with creeping malt tastes coming through. Bitter. Like Han Solo being encased in carbonite.

some stinging hops but not too overly hopped. This beer could make the kessel run in 12 parsnaps.

Too thin for a DIPA, but resiny and looks like one. Not quite on the dark side.

Fantastic beer. Like shooting womprats back home on my T 16.

Murchmac, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold in color with a nice half inch head sitting atop. Smell is grapefruit, citrusy hops. And I like it. Taste is more balanced, but there's a very nice citrusy finish. Strikes me as a subdued, Hopslam's little brother due to the amount of juiciness that's coming through. Good beer that's too easy to drink.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 01, 2008
High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.