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Tidings - Port City Brewing

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35 Reviews
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 6.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WMEugene on 11-19-2011

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 108
Photo of WMEugene
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler purchased today - the 1st day of its availability at the Port City Brewery.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a thick head that dissolves to a thin ring with noticeable lacing.

S - Smell of yeast, spice, and fruits. Touches of wheat in the nose as well.

T - It has that traditional Belgian style flavor. A nice blend of spices (I picked up the cardamon and coriander flavors) and sweetness. Fresh and a little on the complex side, which is nice.

M - Thin to medium bodied, nice carbonation level. Smooth finish and a slightly spicy aftertaste.

O - Tidings is the second straight great seasonal from Port City. It's a very fresh and tasty take on the style. Available in bottles and draft, I look forward to having this several more times this season...well done! (783 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-poured out a deep clear gold. Minimal head or retention.

S-honey and spices are abundant in the aroma

T-has a certain tangy quality to it. The spices, honey, malt and earthy hops blend quite well

M- thinner and smooth. Fits the flavor profile well

O-an full flavored holiday ale that doesn't overwhelm with its flavors (326 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cardamom and other spices are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with lots of spicy flavors—coriander and cardamom stand out in particular—and finishes with some sweetness from the honey and some notes of ginger.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very interesting and complex—I liked how the honey helped to balance things off and prevent this from being overly spicy.

Serving type: on-tap (697 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I live right up the road from the brewery and never even knew they produced this beer until I saw it on the shelf in the store.

A: Strange color indeed: Light peach/orange/honeysuckle mesh, extremely murky, and with a very slight, if even relevant head.

S: More than a hint of ginger. Dang! Additionally, some clove and definitely cinnamon which was pretty potent.

T: Okay, I tried this one the other day as a sample in my local Whole Foods and didn't really care for it. However, after a couple of sips, this one is starting to grow on me. The honey/wheat combo is a fun duet, with coriander, ginger, and cinnamon thrown in to boot.

M: Not only is there a tinge of sugar linger, there is also a spice one as well. The carbonation was mild, yet effective and the lacing was non-existent.

O: I was going to write about how this one is only best in small doses, but that would totally negate my comment to the contrary in the taste section. My suggestion: Drink lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of this one, and then send me a BM with your verdict. (1,093 characters)

Photo of TheStig
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (725 characters)

Photo of 00trayn
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy gold/yellow color with a finger-width's head that faded pretty quickly. No lacing really with low carbonation.

S - Smell has a thick spicy scent with sweet undertones. It's definitely appropriate for a spiced holiday brew.

T - I suspect this beer has a similar base to the Port City Optimal Wit. The belgian wheat flavor has a nice spice profile with a sweetness on the finish. The spice can be a bit overpowering for the first few sips, but it mellows out nicely.

M - Bubbly but not overly so. It has a heavier mouthfeel and it really carries the spice flavor throughout.

O - This beer is second to my favorite Port City, the Optimal Wit, and warranted buying a 6-pack after tasting a single bottle from Total Wine. The spice flavor can be a bit much until you get used to it. (803 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Cloudy light orange color with a bright white head that disappeared a bit too quickly.

S: Honey. Period. And, some holiday spices -- cloves, maybe?

T: Taste a lot like mead. Heavy honey flavor. Spicy. Warm. A very unique finish.

M: Smooth, medium body.

O: I'm not a huge mead fan, and this comes very close to that. But, Port City deserves credit for a risky take on a winter seasonal. This is a good selection. I think a couple of tweaks, and this is a great beer. As it is, a bit too much honey for me. (538 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bready malts in the smell and taste with honey, spices, and yeast. Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. An interesting beer that I am glad I tried. I think it is better than the average 3.65 rating. (211 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first sampling of a Port City brew.

A hazy golden verging on pale orange in color with a 2 finger off white head that recedes rather quickly to a ring around the glass and a bit of patchy film on the surface. Light carbonation.

Spice in the forefront, mainly coriander and ginger, with light honey and doughy bread.

Ginger and coriander and honey on the tongue as well, with some light tart wheat and a not quite acrid bitterness.

Crisp and peppery. Light to moderate in body with warming alcohol. Drying on the palate.

A nice winter warmer for a frigid winter night. Tasty with decent balance. Just a hint of cloy, but that's a Belgian for ya. (654 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (594 characters)

Photo of Brez07
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #6. 12oz bottle served in a snifter

A: Golden yellow hue. Some head with the pour but it doesn't last very long (3)

S: Base of pilsner malt along with an interesting combination. Notes of nutmeg, cardamom, clove, belgian yeast and flowers (3.5)

T: All the spices from the nose. They all come together nicely. Subtle Belgian yeast and some candied sugar. Drinks easy (4)

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp carbonation up front which smooths out. Slightly dry, peppery finish (4)

D: Overall an enjoyable beer. Lots of different spices/herbs in this one (4) (596 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, a bit hazy. Pours a nice white head, smallish but with good retention.

Strong spicy aroma with some mint and cinnamon that has me afraid to taste it. A bit overpowering.

Slightly sweet initial flavor with the Belgian spices noted in the aroma. The use of honey is evident in the flavor as well. Never bitter, but does dry a bit in the finish. Some complex flavors, and definitely doesn't taste like an everyday beer.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. Has a distinct but gentle alcohol warming.

I'm not a huge fan of spiced ales, so I found the spices a bit too much for my taste. However, a nicely made stronger seasonal offering from Port City, and worth a try. (685 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (815 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a highly hazed straw yellow. head starts big and recedes to a rim and a thin top. was expecting some more bustle from a belgian base.

S: menthol-like. Listerine? spruce tips. this is a deep mintyness, unlike any brew i have smelled before. not gonna lie, i dont love it. a little too one-note/overpowering.

T: similar to the nose, there is an almost medicinal minty-ness. a full-bodied pale malt is backing up the mint/spice. fruit in there too. a fig or white grape. a spicey clove/all-spice lingers into the finish with the mint.

M: pretty moderate mouthfeel. medium/full-bodied.

D: not my favorite from port city. good flavor, just wish the menthol was a bit toned down on the nose. otherwise solid and worth grabbing a bottle of if you are in the market. (768 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this today at the brewery, $10.99/6er. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

a - Pours a murky pale golden-yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and about two to three minutes of head retention.

s - Smells of wheat, coriander, lemon, pepper and spices, cloves, and light honey. Not as citrusy/lemony as their Optimal Wit, but the coriander and spices come out a lot more. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coriander, spices, pepper, cloves, wheat, bready malts, light citrus and floral notes, and light honey. Again, heavy on the spices, and pretty nice.

m - Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch too carbonated, but still nice and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good beer. Tried after an Optimal Wit and while I think I like that one a little more, this is still pretty nice. This obviously had a ton more spices, while the Optimal Wit is more citrusy and lemony. Tons of coriander here and overall pretty easy to drink. Worth checking out. (1,087 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,485 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (650 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold with minimal head on top of a light, citric and spicy aroma that is complete w/ some yeast twang and a sturdy malt base. This beer is light and simple, and yet real easy to relax with. Passes over easy and smooth, but not watery, and has a nice citric zip as well as a good wheat/yaest twang. The beer is rounded out with a spicy, peppery edge and some candi sugar sweetness. Wish I could say more but that's about it, but like first said, this is a beer you can just relax with at the bar b/c it's light and simple and beats the shit out of a bud light (no caps on purpose). (598 characters)

Photo of goldbot
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (521 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/7/11
*From notes

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. (930 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (549 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (1,285 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey DC, I've had every beer from this brewery, not my favorite from them, check out the Oktoberfest next year, hopefully it will just as good.

Beer is sort of gold with a thin tan head of small bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is a little spice, nothing too much, mild overall.

Beer is light in body, mild spice, nice finish. A decent ale overall, I might have it again if it were at a party. (436 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a thin white head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma is strong with the spice and honey additions. I get an overwhelming ginger and coriander presence with a lighter honey sweetness. It's zesty and citrusy, but also feels a little medicinal at times. The additions were a little too domination for me.

The taste has more of the zesty, citrusy spices coming through in the front end. Towards the finish I get more of a malty, honey presence mixing with some balancing bitterness and belgian yeast spice. The spice additions are still a little dominating, but it the taste has more balance and range then the nose did.

The mouthfeel is a little heavier than average with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a decent beer but not one of the better beers of the season. The spices and additions seemed a little too over the top for me at times, and a little medicinal. (986 characters)

Photo of heelsn02
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

props to my buddy ASUGeog for dropping this off in my freakin' mailbox last night. gotta love those random sunday night mailbox drive-bys

pretty cool label - love the strands of christmas tree lights dancing around the blue diamond. poured 12 oz bottle into my trusty busy bee cafe tulip. pours golden yellow... very cloudy... hardly any head. murky, dusty. not very pretty. zero lacing.

very strong belgian smell. banana, coriander, clove... and lots of spice coming thru too

I'm getting alot of of lemon flavor... some peppery notes... average/slightly above average taste for the style I suppose. a bit of sweetness coming thru from the honey

mouthfeel - hardly any carbonation whatsoever. not flat, but doesn't seem right

not a bad belgian pale, but not a great one either. probably wouldn't seek this one out to be honest. might give it another shot on draught though. thanks lewt. (891 characters)

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