High Tide Fresh Hop IPA | Port Brewing

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPAHigh Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by oggg on 10-24-2004

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of bob_roberts
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Braz
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Squelch
2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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?!

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Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of SplitsAtoms
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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Photo of LosMythos
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

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Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +16%

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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into shaker pint

A: great fluffy head, nice light orange color somewhat hazy

S: very light smells of pine and resiny 

T: very fresh pine taste bitter 

M: it's pretty standard a little bit heavy 

O: meh it's an ok fresh hop beer maybe I'm catching it old but this beer is unimpressive much better examples of a fresh hop beer out there 

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Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

22 ounce bomber poured into a hop tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange hazy color, nice white head with some incredible lacing. There is lots of head retention. I drank this beer in about 20 minutes and the head never really disappeared.

Smell: Big hop aroma on the nose, getting grapefruit, citrusy tropical aromas. Not picking up any alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Big grapefruit, bitter citrusy flavors pouring out of this beer, there is some piney residues on the flavor, bitterness lingers, not getting a big malt presence, no sweet malty flavors, the flavors blend really well. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Didn't get a big mouthfeel on this, medium mouthfeel, not thin, no alcohol burn, the beer's carbonation did not last long, this is probably the beer's poorest aspect.

Overall: Another winner from Port Brewing, I have had several of their IPAs and I have never been disappointed. This is an excellent version of a fresh hop IPA. Worth a try. The only disappointment is the carbonation faded really fast, leaving it flat at the end, I'm not sure if it's the beer or the hop tulip glass that burned the carbonation.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass from a bomber. Bottled 10/2/14

Color is straw/orange with lots of bubbles creating a massive pillowy head with a sticky lacing.
Smells like fresh hops - great job of capturing the essence of the plant. Lots of citrus and grass with a hint of malt sweetness.
Flavor is floral, grassy hops with some orange rind. Carbonation is high and provides a bit of a bite before the lingering bitter finish.
Body is light/medium with a lot of carbonation.

Overall, a very good fresh hop IPA. I enjoyed the way the smell of the fresh hops was captured.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle from MisSigsFan Thank You!

Let's get into the beer since I've never had a brew from Port Brewing. This should be fun! Well for starters popping this bottle open and pouring it was a fun experience. I figured this was going to be a filtered brew...it isnt. That gave me a beer woody. Too many Brewers making clean beer gets boring after a while. I like to see real beer, unfiltered and raw! this pours a beautiful shade of light golden blonde opaque body with an incredible white soapy head. Looks fantastic sitting in my chalice.

Time to break the brew in with my nostrils. I hold it up and take a whiff, first hits with citric goodness (lemons and oranges), unripen mango with some floral lavender in the background. Smells like a watered down woman's perfume, that's not a bad thing. Next hits the snifter with some cut grass and pale malts making it sweet to the nose. Very nice!

Let's see where the flavor takes us! This is a raw hoppy journey that lives in the flavor. First hits the palate with that sticky citric hop goodness. That is rich and inviting for another gulp. Floral notes (lavender and grass) flourish in mid palate leaving hop resins to rest a bit. There is a subtle mango stone fruit underneath the sweetness of the brew. This has a weird finish. It's almost medicinal/soapy type of flavor that appears then fades to the dry bitterness. Lingering bitterness with a leafy tobacco, citric aftertaste. This IPA feels pretty good in the mouth....(Insert "She said" joke here). It's light bodied that has a tinge of some medium smoothness. Carbonation is on point.

Overall: This is an Outstanding brew for sure. One of the better "Fresh/Wet hopped IPAs on the market. This would get a better score if it were't for that weird medicinal flavor before the finish. Looks fan-freakin-tastic, smells and tastes outstanding and is balanced, IMO. all in all this brew is Recommended.

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Photo of pkalix
2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

just a lot of foam on the soft pour.... tried my best to keep it down, interrupting and pouring, etc.... light, billow-y..... slap-stick-y foam to the side of the glass..... I don't like that kind of stuff.
smells skunky in the bottle, urine/skunk in the glass,,,,, wondering what to think of this before I step in . . . . . very little carbonation. some bitterness; like someone else said- "gentler" than their others.... alright, I guess.... shoulda gone with the grapefruit sculpin 12 oz'er instead of this bomber.... gawd I hate bombers when it's not a great brew..... why don't they listen??
I guess it's alright. I mean I havent poured it down the drain yet. just gulping it to finish it and move on to the next one. not really enjoyable, but tolerable. did they forget to clean the vat out after making the Chronic????

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Photo of neurobot01
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

I didn't love this as much as many of Port's other hoppy offerings (Hop-15, Mongo, Anniversary), but then, it's not trying to be those others. This is a subtler, gentler IPA, and for what it is—bearing in mind I've only had a couple other fresh-hop beers—I think it does a pretty darn good job.

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Photo of QueerBeer
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light orange hue. Enormous white head that hangs around. Aroma is citrusy and clean-smelling. Taste isn't as fresh as I hoped - granted, I'm several months late. Slightly piney, some citrus, mostly just subdued except for bitter finish. Mouthfeel is bubbly and sharp, crisp. Wish I got it fresh.

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