Tidings - Port City Brewing
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3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Good amount of lacing on the glass, mild haze in the pale golden color
SMELL: Ginger, coriander, earthy spice, mild honey, grassy, estery, bready
TASTE: Crisp, smooth, medium body, warming alcohol, peppery, ginger, faint but bitter coriander, earthy hops, pineapple, nutty yeast, finishes semi-sweet and spicy
Love the angle (brewers intention) on what a winter seasonal can be. Enough spicing to say "holiday brew" but not enough to take over, love the level of alcohol as well ... warming but not something that will make you say goodnight.
03-15-2012 02:31:41 | More by Jason
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to Shane and Mike for this one.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head upon pouring. Not much rentention, ultimately reducing to a thin ring of foam. Not much lacing at all.
S: Quite spicy, with pepper, coriander, and cloves up front. There is a bit of lemon and orange in the middle.
T: Lots of orange and lemon upfront with more of the spices from the aroma, coriander and cloves. Has a slightly sweet finish.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, kind of light, but in a good way, especially at 7.8%. Extremely easy drinking.
O: Have tried a few others from Port City and this beer is by far the best one yet.
01-07-2012 21:58:08 | More by mdaschaf
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
Thin white trace of head, hazy blond body.
Nose is mostly sour malted wheat.
Decent taste; quite wheaty down to the finish which explodes in spices. Wheatiness, then honey, then whatever fun spices are thrown in there. I guess I believe the claimed cardamom. The spice is a bit overbearing though, and it comes through as an almost metallic warmth, but not from booze, if that makes sense.
Feel is pretty average, maybe its the carbonation I'm tasting...
This is decent. Possibly overpriced, but a decent winter seasonal. I don't think I'd categorize it as a Belgian Strong Pale though.
12-12-2011 00:43:37 | More by zaphodchak
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
Picked up fresh from the brewery, but it slept in my fridge for a little while before I opened one up.
A- Foggy golden color, with a fluffy, two-finger cumulus cloud for a head. The head disappeared after a short time and left no lacing.
S- Mulling spices, ginger, honey and a little whiff of yeast. Very pleasant, like fresh gingerbread men right out of the oven
T- Ginger! Very strong notes of ginger, some hoppy bitterness but all of this serves as a foundation for delicate flowery notes that play with spices and honey.
M- Fizzy, but not aggressive.
Overall, a well balanced and tasty seasonal beer that --unlike other seasonal beers that rely on a gimmick-- stands well on its own or paired with something else.
12-08-2011 00:19:36 | More by TheStig
District of Columbia
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours fizzy and straw yellow; a bit hazy. The head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Intense yeast and spice aromas; tart and estery with a grainy malt backing and a touch of caramel. The flavor is simultaneously sweet and spicy. Medium to full malt body with cherry and raisin fruit notes. Borders on cloying at times. Sharp, spicy yeast character, with lemon and coriander notes. Not a bad warmer for the holidays but the malt sweetness is a little out-of-whack with the slightly more subdued yeast and spice notes.
12-05-2011 23:07:21 | More by goldbot
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
Christmas leftovers! Poured into a tulip glass, going back to the old neck of the woods.
A faint white head forms off the pour with soapy character. Settles down to a puck quickly. Body is a dull brass and hints of dark lemon on the edges with nice looking carbonation.
Nose is an interesting mix of Belgian sweetness and spices. Quite distinct from most spiced Belgian beers I've had. Nice touch, it's highly sweet clove and some cardamom it seems.
Mouthfeel seems a bit too weak and watery, it doesn't match the good assertive palate of chewy malts, sweet spices, and clove goodness. Flavors here are very nicely put together, and this feels like a distinct American version of the style which is a nice take.
Overall, not bad, I do like it. Even the boozyness factor is toned down quite nicely too. Nice job.
01-07-2012 20:17:36 | More by smakawhat
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
single from WF, brewed with Virginia red winter wheat and Maryland honey
a: served in a unibroue tulip, the beer is a hazy golden hay in color, the pour producing a small head that recedes to a thin ring in short order
s: coriander and cardamom occupy the nose with complex perfumes - underneath is a honey sweetness, phenolic, ginger and white pepper, clean wheat grain, fruity bubblegum esters, white flower nectar, and a slew of yeast output, benign papery hops, the spicing is a bit strong for my nose, but it's a nice spice blend, and kinda creeps on me after a bit
m: carbonation light-moderate, smooth, light bodied
t: spice again takes center on the palate - big coriander and cardamom with ginger, phenols, cleanly sweet flavors of wheat and honey, suggestions of pepper after the swallow, hops mildly flavored with a slight bitterness, spices lingering very long, good but an unbalanced mess of spice at times
o: my gripe here is not with the spice itself, but the fact that a large majority of the character of this beer seems to be derived from the spice bill, a combination of the mild structure of the beer and sheer volume of spice, not to say it's all bad of course - I'm a fan of these spices, and they provide a warm aroma and while creating an interesting drink
04-09-2013 04:24:09 | More by blackie
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Mike, fresh from the brewery. Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Cloudy golden orange body with an initially fluffy, creamy white head. The dissipation was fairly standard, and it did leave some minor lacing and a thin foamy ring. Not at all what you'd expect for a typical "winter" beer, but Port City seems to be taking a different approach in style.
S: Lemon, wheat, coriander, clove, orange oils, white pepper and a bit of sweet honey/mead in the back end. It's a very light, airy smelling beer which I really do like about it. Well spiced and tons of aromas are going on, nicely done.
T: Zippy lemon and orange citrus notes up front, backed with a seriously nice wheat and pale malt backbone. The coriander and clove come in mid-palate and give this a very bright spicy character. The back end has some sweet honey notes and a touch of a peppery flavor.
M: Well carbonated, lots of tiny bubbles around the mouth giving the illusion of a very silky, smooth feel. Quite impressed, no off lingers or flavors - a sharp cut. For being 7.80% ABV this is dangerously well hidden.
Port City took a chance at doing something other than your traditional Belgian Strong Dark, Strong Ale or Winter Warmer style for the winter. A Belgian Strong Pale Ale? You just don't see that as a winter seasonal, but this works really well. It has a lot of Witbier spices with some warming winter-like spices that really make this beer shine. A fine attempt at their first one.
12-04-2011 19:21:36 | More by ShanePB
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/7/11
A: Slightly cloudy yet fairly transparent pale golden. A decent pour yields a disappointingly soapy and rather loose white .25 finger head.
S: Fresh cardamon, grass and a slight twinge of citrus.
T: A substantial amount of wheat is the front runner, and overwhelms the beer. Underneath I find a thin layer of spice and freshly minced garden herbs. It's actually a bit more flavorful then I originally expected.
M: Decent yet unspectacular. Thinner then a winter seasonal like this should be, and therefore it limits what could be a fairly complex little brew.
O: Port City's Tidings isn't a bad offering. In fact if you're into minimally spiced holiday offerings, I recommend checking it out. I don't foresee myself getting back into this, but I wouldn't discourage anyone from doing so.
*Keep churning out the new and seasonal offerings, guys. So far, so good.
01-10-2012 00:19:35 | More by Rhettroactive
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks to Amyliz4 for grabbing a sixer of this at Rick's in Alexandria last night. Served in a mug.
Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a good white head and a good bit of lacing on the sides of the mug. Good retention as well and a thin cap throughout. The nose brings forward plenty of spice along with a bit of malt sweetness and honey. Light pepper, clove, and coriander. Flavor is a good mixture of malt sweetness and spice. Nice yeast presence. Medium body and slightly chewy. Good carbonation for the style. Quite nice for a Christmas ale.
11-19-2011 18:45:07 | More by Thorpe429
Tidings from Port City Brewing
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