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Tidings - Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

81 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WMEugene on 11-19-2011)
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Photo of jskennedy
3/5  rDev -17.1%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +10.5%

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of 00trayn
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

00trayn, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of maximum12
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%

Thanks to AndrewNations for a selection of Port City, a heretofore unknown brewery to me.

Pour is light & hazy to the point of solidity. Nose is severe spices, large bit of wheat.

Tidings is a spice lovers dream. Massive spicing overwhelms any beer in this beer, ginger, mint, lavender, who knows what else. Honey overwhelms with sweetness. Tons of wheat.

Eh. Heavy-handed in every direction. Not terrible, but six ounces is plenty. Too much of everything. Wouldn't try this one again.

maximum12, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Rhettroactive, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Brez07
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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)

Brez07, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
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.

mdaschaf, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of BMBeerhead
3/5  rDev -17.1%

BMBeerhead, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of thisladyluck
3/5  rDev -17.1%

thisladyluck, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was just plain ugly. No head, no lacing, cloudy, just ugly. The beer smelled citrus like and tasted like it but I could not identify what fruit. The taste was a little sweet. The big taste was alcohol and that was it. Way too much heat, blew away any flavor notes. I will not buy this beer again.

Minkybut, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of kevinv
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

Picked up a 6-pack from Rick's sometime in early December. No dating noted on the bottle, but it's freshly brewed.

A - The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Only the slightest head forms on top which quickly faded away. Lots of active carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of my glass. No lacing.

S - The smell is a prominent honey with a light lemon zest. Fairly light scents overall, but definitely interesting. Not like many other beers I've smelled.

T - The flavor is pretty sweet and again, honey is at the forefront, followed by a mild bitterness, with the spices coming through on the back end. I keep getting a medicinal aftertaste that I've noticed in each bottle. The honey definitely lingers in the aftertaste and it feels like it's coating the inside of my mouth.

M - Medium bodied brew with a fairly low carbonation.

O - Overall, it's not my favorite offering from Port City and while not bad, I don't think I'd recommend it.

kevinv, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Bottle gifted by Thorpe429. Merry Christmas buddy!

The beer is golden yellow with just a slight haziness. The head is quite thin at the onset, fading to nothing within a minute or so.

The aroma brings an abundant serving of honey, followed by Christmas spices, a touch of coriander, lemons, sweet malt, hard candies.

The flavor Is sweet, with spices and a lasting honey flavor. I can already tell that one pint will be more than sufficient. Lingering notes of honey cough drops. Lacking a sufficient malt bill to support the honey and spice components, which should be subtle compliments to a tasty base beer, rather than overrun the beer in a cloying fashion.

The feel is thin with low carbonation. Too sweet and somewhat out of balance.

Overall, fun to try but not something I could recommend.

Huhzubendah, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of guild337
4/5  rDev +10.5%

guild337, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of axman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

axman, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Jimmys, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

drabmuh, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a murky yellow color with a thin off white head. Minimal lacing on the side on my snifter glass. The nose is very medicinal, with lemon, pepper, and other spices coming through. The medicine quality really detracts from this category however. The taste is better than the nose. The medicine taste is minimal, and the lemon, spices, and malt really shine through. Feel is medium, with little carbonation, and a slightly syrupy vibe to it. Overall, this is a decent brew- but I probably won't look for it again.

jayhawk73, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
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.

zaphodchak, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of mpyle
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

mpyle, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

billab914, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of TheStig
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.

TheStig, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Chaney, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of goldbot
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.

goldbot, Dec 05, 2011
Tidings from Port City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.