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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Reviews: 521 | Ratings: 1,073
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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Photo of Emdaunt
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The first time I ever tried it on tap, I fell in love. It's hard to find (especially off season) on the east coast, but I literally look for it every time I go to the packie. So fresh tasting with a strong hoppy flavor but surprisingly light. Obviously better on tap in season but it doesn't fail to satisfy year round.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle from the Palm Desert Total Wine for $5

Appearance - Amber colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, apricot, resin

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some apricot, resin, and lemon juice/zest.

Overall - Wow, lots of hop resin/juice type flavour. The bottle is a few months old, but still holding up well. Happy I finally got to try this one, very good stuff. Reminds me a bit of Sixpoint Resin.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a tasting glass.

A: A medium golden color with a nice white fluffy head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Hoppy nose with earthy tones and a light caramel sweetness.

T: Grassy, grainy floral hops jump right out. Pine hops flavor comes in next with some light citrus and then gets smoothed out a bit by the caramel malt sweetness. The sweetness is not allowed to take over as the piney bitter hops come back for the finish. Linger bitterness is nice and full, but not overly so.

M: Medium, prickly, coating and no alcohol.

D: High, enough said.

A great fresh hop IPA that is very easy to drink and very enjoyable. This one rivals the Founders Harvest which I still think is the best fresh hop/harvest made. This was an excellent beer that I really loved. A hopheads dream.

Updated December 2013. I purchased a keg for home that was dated September 2013. I lowered the taste and overall scores to 4 from a 4.5.

T: I was getting a lot of lemon and orange in the beer with some floral notes and a pretty big bitterness on the finish. Malt was less forward as this was pretty much just a huge hop punch of a beer. Still very drinkable but it seemed less complex as it did when I reviewed it years ago. My guess is my palate has evolved.

O: Still a real solid fresh hop, but I think the lack of complexity and depth bumped it down in my beer book.

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Photo of markchristenson
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted against Pliny the Elder, Sculpin, and Belching Beaver's Dammed DIPA. This simply was the least good of the four. By itself it would be a standout, but in this company it was simply "good". A bit one-dimensional, with a fair amount of bitterness that wasn't offset by any other flavors. Clean, refreshing, pine-y.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Beautiful translucent sunset orange in the vessel with a healthy strong quickly paced effervesce within. Big, dense, foamy 3+ finger pearl white head sits strongly atop with a rocky structure. Big chunky lace deposits.

S: Fresh scent of wet pine and citrus. Sweet tropical fruitiness, sweet pale grains. Some wet pear slices with hints of citron and a dash of lime.

T: Flavor had a heavy toasted grain backing with some bittering citrus and west coast hopping. Flowery dryness. The nose was more wet and fresh, the flavor more bittering and lightly dry in nature. Nice level of bitterness, high end of spectrum for an ipa by style with loads of dry citrus and dry pine.

M: a strong dance of carbonation, malty backbone, dry toasted warmth, some alcohol peeking through with a bittering dry finish on the tongue.

O: Overall a strong show of hops with a fresh wet nose. Alot of hoppiness comes in the late kettle additions, would of liked to see more flavor aspect here, complexity was good, but not great, the level of bitterness is what is sure to please here. One note of contention is no bottling date on a fresh hop ipa is a bit deceptive. Still as always port knows how to brew big hoppy beers, always worthy a try.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible of carbonation. It poured with with a finger high frothy white head that died down leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. The head has good retention properties.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has flavors of orange citrus along with notes of pine resin and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The pine seems to stand out a little in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice hop aromas and flavors but isn't overly bitter; however the hops aromas and flavors aren't as strong as other wet hop beers.

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