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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: 1,051
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 66
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: oggg on 10-24-2004

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Ratings: 1,051 | Reviews: 520
Photo of Shiredave
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smuggled into NY from PA, I'm not sure how fresh this bottle was - lots of belgianesque trub in the bottom.

It pours a bright but hazy golden amber color with a brilliant white head - sparse but persistant to the very end leaving sheets of lace trailing behind. Floculant yeasties and such stay suspended in the liquid tho slow, steady carbonation is still visable.

Aroma is not a blast of hoppy pine and citrus but a mellow mix of soft vanilla notes and freshly squeezed orange juice. Not in your face but clean and welcoming. Smells a bit like a creamsicle.

The flavor is lush malt up front followed by strong, fresh grassy hop flavors. This tastes like there were generous mid-boil hop additions and the wet hop flavor really comes through. The soft malt character takes a back seat to the hops ( of course) but keeps its presence known by speaking up with bready flavors and more hints of vanilla.

The body is on the light side of medium - mouth filling but not at all heavy on the tongue.

Overall, one of the more drinkable and hoppy flavored IPA's I've had. Very session-able and I would guess even better when truly fresh and closer to home.

Photo of taez555
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an extreme yellow, almost budweiser type yellow with a small white head.

Nose is simply hop head ambrosial Layers upon layers of resiny citrus hops. Oranges, Lemons, pine needles, fresh grapefruit juice, hints of pine, mild touches of wood and a very faint undertone of malt. A perfectly balanced nose without any sharp points, yet layers of smell. This is really a great smelling nose.

Taste is thick and very full bodied. A very interesting kerosene style resin hops hits you almost immediately. Much like the nose, this beer is multi-layered and takes your taste buds on a ride through the hop forest. Strong, yet very mellow and not piercing, citrus, lots of lemon and grapefruit juice. Very nicely balanced touches of potpourri, pine needles and just starting to go white with bacteria grapefruit peel. Alcohol really starts to hit you, and I'm very surprised this beer is only 6.5%, it feels much stronger. Mild touches of caramel malt only come out in hints, with just enough to balance against the perfectly balanced hop bitterness.

Wow, this is a damn fucking good beer. So perfectly balanced with huge resin hops and just enough malt to keep it in check. A great beer I would love to have again.

Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color with a white head leaving good lacing and has pretty good retention. Aroma is mostly of pine, but there are some floral, earthy aromas as well and a bit of grapefruit. Some citrus flavors, but I seem to get a fairly large amount of earthy flavors. Lighter than medium carbonation with a medium body. Pretty good stuff.

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Nice golden pour with great head and good lacing. Only downfall on the appearance front was the large chunks floating in the bottle (assuming they were yeast). Smelled hoppy, citrusy on the grapefruit side, definite grass smell. Tasted hoppy, very earthy and grassy slightly malty, no boozy notes at all. A rather refreshing fresh hop IPA.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color was a light tan with a huge head that was very light, not heavy. Was cloudy and somewhat murky. Great Belgian lacing. Aroma was full of fresh hop goodness, very fresh cut grasslike. The flavor is very complex. A nicely balanced beer as far as bitterness goes but really good hop flavor. Big grapefruit flavor. Summit hops?

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

pours a cloudy yellow-orange with an off-white foamy head, good lacing.

smell is of grapefruit, citrus, some caramel, pine, and a touch of sweetness.

taste is creamy, nice fruity grapefruit, some toffee or sweet caramel, hops, grassy, ends bitter.

overall a good beer.

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

Bottle courtesy of IBUnit63 - thanks!!! Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light, golden orange-yellow body with a fluffy, rocky one-finger slightly-off-white head. The retention is (of course) fantastic, and I had enough in the bottle to top this one off over the rim of the glass - the head maintained itself, no problem, no spillage. Carbonation is pinpoint fine, plentiful, and fast, and the lacing is similarly out of this world. There's a few blocky chunks of solid yeast, as well. Overall, a great looking beer.

Aroma: Very light and ethereal, predominantly citrus, grass, a faint spiciness, fainter tropical fruits, oily, sticky, resinous. There's a full-nosed honey-like sweetness, biscuity, graham-cracker like. It's aromatic, enjoyable, pretty good.

Taste: Solid, relatively dry, biscuity malt backbone pervades, but not as much as thick, sticky, resinous hop oils do. The hop notes are jive well with the "light" nature of this beer - they're mostly spicy, grassy, faintly leafy, and on the lighter end of the citrus spectrum, more orangey and lemony than grapefruity, and pineapple is definitely present. It grows sweeter with time, which is nice, as there's a healthy though not overbearing or overpowering dose of bitterness that accompanies everything.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well-carbonated, and as a result fluffy, crisp, full, and prickly. Despite the residual sweetness, there's no film, stickiness, or cloying qualities. It's crisp, medium bubbled, reasonably even. Nice.

Drinkability: 6.5% abv? Reasonable for an IPA (a little high for an APA). The hop oils in this one? Great, though perhaps they'd have been even better a little fresher (I have two bottles of this, I should have checked bottling dates!!). Regardless, this one comes highly recommended - vibrant, colorful, light, and ethereal. Give it a go.

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

On cask at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Appeared a hazy gold with a short head and lacing. This was a great, bright, and drinkable IPA. Not quite as complex as some of the great fresh hop beers I've had, like Sierra Nevada, but a little more sessionable. The aroma and flavor focused on fruity citrus with a few hits of earth spice and pine. But for the most part this beer was all about the orange, lime, and grapefruit hops. Delicious. Drink it if you can find it.

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yesss. Love this one. Gold pour with a big white head. It says it is "fresh hopped" and you can really taste the difference. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and pine, without the stickiness or resin tastes. Not that I don't like the resin, but this just has a cleaner taste. Very, very good.

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.

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
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