High Tide Fresh Hop IPA
Port Brewing

High Tide Fresh Hop IPAHigh Tide Fresh Hop IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #461
Ranked #4,960
4.06 | pDev: 10.34%
Port Brewing
California, United States
High Tide Fresh Hop IPAHigh Tide Fresh Hop IPA
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summitsix from California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass

‘Freshest by 10/18/18’ is stamped on the bottom of the can, not my favorite date, but it's better than no date.

L: Clear golden IPA, half finger frothy white head quickly dissipates into fine lacing across the top
S: Citrusy hoppy goodness, a little dankness floating around
T: Dank and delicious, tangerine, stone fruit notes. Mildly bitter, well balanced, very good
F: Easy to drink, not filling like other IPA with more malt, but not a session beer with no backbone
O: If you’re on a beach, this is a great choice. ABV is little lower than most IPAs, but it's not too malty, great for a summer day. Also, the 16 ounces is a nice bonus.

Jul 20, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a snifter. I liked the look which was classic West Coast IPA - moderately hazy and golden-amber with a foamy two-finger white head that lingered. This one had a bright citrus aroma, tangerine and grapefruit, right out of the can on the pour. Some earthy pine was also there. The taste featured earthy notes up front with lots of pine and some resin. The tangerine was there as well but stayed in the background. There was a deep old-school California bitterness that I appreciated. Dry and clean on the finish. Really enjoyed this one.

Dec 10, 2017
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can with a best by date of 2/3/2018; into a pub glass.
Appearance- gold with a snow globe of sediment and bubbles; head is a thick white tower of yeasty foam. Lacing is thick and sticky!
Smell- juicy tangerine, mango and peach!
Taste - the juicy fruit is not there unfortunately, more of a dull earthy profile.
Feel - dirty and bitter mouthfeel.
Overall- what starts out very strong, fades just as quickly.

Nov 12, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice, sturdy head that leaves dots of lace all around

Smell: Graham cracker and citrus, with a hint of tropical fruit

Taste: Graham cracker malt underpins the citrus, with some grapefruit as well as tropical fruit tones of papaya and lychee; moderately bitter and somewhat piney, through the middle; the finish is rather balanced though it leans toward the hoppy side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very drinkable, with good balance and a tilt toward the west coast

Oct 27, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy deep straw color. A tiny bit of sticky lacing. Aroma is fresh, dewy and citrusy. Taste is also citrus heavy, Feel is medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, I really liked this - very drinkable and I actually like it more/am not even close to tired of it after 3 pints...now that's a good sign.

Oct 23, 2017
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single sixteen ounce can from Cedarville Wine and Spiritsee in Plymouth, Massachusetts for three dollars and twenty five cents. I think that I had this brew before, a long time ago, in a bottle. Solid brew, would not seek out, but would definitely buy again.

Sep 03, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Four pack copped from Barnstable. Pours a copper ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of hops and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

Sep 02, 2017
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose is citrus, orange, pine, grapefruit, orange. Taste is grassy, piney, citrus, grapefruit. Nice lingering bitterness. Clean, crisp mouthfeel. Good beer. I'd happily drink it again.

Mar 24, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dirty orange color. suspended sediment and yeast seen throughout the beer in a cloudy appearance. Frothy off-white head dissipates steadily eventually leaving no residual head or lacing.

Smell has notes of pine, sap, honey, with hints of citrus and grainy malts in the background.

Taste follows the nose - lots of pine, sap, pine needles and grass up front. Hints of citrus and a honey like sweetness come through. Flavors are heavy and thick. Bit of a grainy malt backbone is present, but not super noticeable. Very bitter lingering finish.

Feel is thick, sticky, and sappy. Feels more like a DIPA than an IPA. Medium carbonation. Bitter, but not dry finish.

Overall this is a solid IPA. Just wish it was a bit easier drinking for an IPA.

Mar 02, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now available in cans! I assume this is no longer a fresh hop seasonal offering due to it's winter arrival and lack of saying so on the label anywhere. Anyways, it pours a bright clear gold with a bubble white head that laces, but not very well. Some sediment is noticeable floating around. Smells intensely of pine and some citrus, as well as a hint of fresh ground grain. Tastes similar, mostly pine and some sweetness of what seems like a very simple grain bill, and has a touch of a buttery finish. Body is light-medium, crisp, a good amount of bitterness, and finishes dry. Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA.

Feb 04, 2017
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TrojanRB from California

3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly opaque golden color that pours with a finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Big dank, piney nose, with some citrus

Astringent, herbal flavor. Lots of pine, some citrus. A fair amount of malty sweetness. Not exactly in balance...the taste leads with hops and finishes with the malt. Kind of interesting.

A little sweet and somewhat oily...not the characteristics that I'd look for in a single IPA

Many elements of a classic west coast IPA. Not totally refined though. Solid overall.

Jan 31, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color, heavy on the viscosity for style, 3/4" white head, so much hop oil that retention is kind of a struggle, understandably. Aroma is more of the old school C hop bitterness, not the most lush fresh hop beer I've had.

Taste keeps dropping substantial bitterness. They were making this beer before the mass proliferation of proprietary hops. Drops a lot of that citrus grapefruit and slight pine feels throughout, has a good amount of caramel breadiness to the malt body, too much for my preference albeit not a deal breaker in any way, but with what I perceive as a lot of chinook, maybe simcoe (after he says no proprietary hops, doh) seems understandable you'd want to temper that with this amount of caramel malt.

A good beer when you want to surf those 100 ibu waves I guess. Bomber format though, not preferred.

Jan 27, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy golden pour with a foamy one-finger white head. Mild aroma of citrus fruit. Strong bitter initial taste with flavors of citrus, resin and pine dominating. Light to medium bodied. Strong bitterness lingers through to the finish but with pine and a bit of grass really taking over the long lingering after-taste.

Jan 27, 2017
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bob_roberts from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. Admittedly, I'm not much of an IPA aficionado, but I'd drink this again. definitely has the look of a good IPA and taste is not nearly as offensive as some IPAs. Nice bright hop flavor, light pine and citrus flavors.

Jan 05, 2017
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Braz from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing hop aromas. Flavor is full of bitter hops. It definitely tastes fresh but I'm sure what date it was produced. Color is pure gold and mine had a nice pure white head.

Jul 20, 2015
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Squelch from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Biased review here as I was having a beer brewed in 2013 (2 years old) and I can imagine that the hops had diminished significantly. I'll try to pick up a younger bottle and re-review to provide tasting differences

Look: This beer was relatively clear wtih a good 2 finger head.

Smell: Slight hop aroma present, nothing distinguishing to note

Taste: Balanced which is not what I was looking for. I was hoping for some grassy fresh hops to shine through on this beer and it just wasn't the case. We were comparing to another APA side by side with this one which was Draught fresh brewed on premises. you could tell the difference in freshness right away. Some major oxidation was present in the tail end which was to be expected given the age.

Feel: a bit thick which I didn't really care for.

Overall: I've got to try a fresh beer. Having this beer in Norway, I don't know what conditions it was exposed to on its route. This was the last bottle at a beer bar, so I know it was kept well by the bar prior to serving it to us.

Jun 11, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome yellow color with plenty of foam in the New Belgium snifter. Sudsy mouthfeel with loads of carbonation.

Weedy, dank, and herbal. Not overly bitter, but plenty of the resiny stuff. LIght body, fizzy, and fresh tasting. Some slight maltiness with a bitter tang for the finish.

This is the lighter version of the dank IPA. A decent quaff. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Victoria Market in San Clemente.

Mar 15, 2015
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dcmchew from Romania

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden, nice sturdy finger and a half white head, slowly subsiding.
Big grapefruit on the nose, some tangerine, some pineapple, pine, mild floral notes and a really light candy sweet maltiness.
Bitter citrus up front, lots of orange and lemon peel, with quite some grassy hops early on. Big herbal notes, a bit funky actually, floral, with a nice bloomed hop cone note, i'd say. Malts are pretty hidden, a bit of honeyed grain maybe. Finishes with green leafy hops and pine, with a bit of dankness, really bitter actually.
Aftertaste has spicy (really prickling) hop, grapefruit peel, pine. Medium body and carbonation.
A straight-forward, but really fresh (intoxicatingly so) feeling IPA. Green, bitter, refreshing, what else to ask for?!

Jan 28, 2015
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jooler from California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes pretty hoppy but the hops have an off putting taste to it. Also tastes like there is bittness from a grapefruit in there. Very citrusy. Alright

Jan 06, 2015
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IPAGeorge from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip from a bomber.

A. Pours an amber color with a thick foamy head. As the head subsides there is nice lacing around the glass.

S. The nose is piney, floral and perfumy. Just a little dank. Not a ton of noticeable malt aroma here.

T. I'm getting mostly piney notes here followed by herbal with an everlasting grassy aftertaste. Just a bit of bitterness.

M. Medium to light body with a decent amount of carbonation that chases the swallow and lingers in the mouth with the grassyness.

O. Not the best fresh hop i've had although it was 5 weeks old. Still I don't think that's too long for an IPA. The appearance left me hopeful followed by nice aroma but the taste just didn't measure up. Not very balanced or delicious. But not bad by any means. Just not a rebuy with the other fresh hop options i've come across.

Dec 11, 2014
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Hendry from Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Beautiful looking hazy orange amber pour with a fluffy head, solid lacing on the drink down.

Initial aroma more malt than hops: butterscotch with grapefruit zest and herbs.

Taste balances out a touch more than the aroma, though it does start off malty on the first few sips until the bitterness sets in for some counterbalance.

Medium bodied with a good dose of carbonation,sticky,oily mouthfeel.

Not a bad fresh hop ale, but I think Rock Art's new Humble Harvester was head and shoulders in the style,which is decidedly more hop forward both in aroma and in flavor. Worth a try, this is a beautiful looking beer that delivers quite a bit of bitterness,but lacks some finesse that other fresh hop ales offer.

Dec 09, 2014
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SplitsAtoms from Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Not a huge fan of fresh hop ipas but this one is a standout. High marks for a standout of the style. As always port brings the fluffy head. Great hoppiness.

Dec 06, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours two fingers of head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is bright pine, a little dank lemon.
The taste is a building dry bitterness beginning to end. Wonderful.
The texture is crisp.
Great taste.

Dec 06, 2014
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LosMythos from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Really like the Floral freshness aroma of this Beer. Really drinkable with a spicy bite. Light malt backbone with good carbonation to really bring out that fresh hop. Pillow top foam that's sticky. Really solid Fresh hop beer from the west coast. - cheers

Nov 21, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

Starts with a lemon orange and biscuit nose with a hint of garden herbs in the background. Pours slightly hazy gold with a very finely bubbled, boisterous 3” lightly yellow tinted white foam cap. The cap very slowly drops to ½” and produces very clingy, clumpy lace. A very creamy palate begins with juicy citrus over biscuit with a hint of nuts leading to a citrus rind bitterness softened by lemon and orange flavors. There is a touch of herbal astringency on the finish. A fine soft carbonation supports a creamy, luscious body.

Nov 10, 2014
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