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Tidings - Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: WMEugene on 11-19-2011

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

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3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Tidings from Port City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.