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 Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A freshly bought bottle from Whole Foods but off-aromas right away. Getting past that, the hops were very good and it was a creamy mouthfeel and drinkable. Must try it again. Big creamy head. Citrus, caramel,dry finish.Medium bodied and understated carbonation.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber yellow with a white head. Light floral perfume pineapple nose.

Quality rich mouth with medium body.

Flavors of fresh pine and medium bitter grapefruit skin, bitterness is more elegant and less "oily" likely because of the fresh hops. An extremely drinkable, medium hop beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: this one was very foamy, so large head with scattered lacing. Foam is frothy. Hazy, golden with a crimson hue body and some sediment in the bottom.

S: Very nice aroma. Pine, citrus (pineapple and grapefruit) and earthy.

T: Centennial and Simcoe hops are well represented throughout with a nice malt backbone and citrus notes with a both sweet and piney finish. A little peppery as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent IPA with a nice variance between aroma and flavor which is both hoppy and just bitter enough.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 10/1/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a super foamy off-white head that settles to a small island of foam on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Something seems to be amiss based solely on the way this one is pouring. Smell is of malt and some fresh but somewhat muted earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish but the hop flavors are pretty mild. However, there is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that seems to be showing some sort of problem. For a fresh hop beer, this is just bland and unrefined.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not the best fresh hop of the season, thats for sure, but still love the freshness of the hop palate. pours a bit cloudy with an almost uncontrolable head, its massive. smells like that classic fresh hop pronounced sticky hops, but also a bit of a grainy nose. taste is very simcoe hops, rugged and strong. very bitter finish. mouthfeel is perfect for a freshy, medium and a delicate but active carbonation. this is a good one, but with all the fantastic fresh hop ales out this fall, this isnt distinguished in my opinion

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Photo of t0rin0
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from a 22 oz bottle, poured a copper color, and was a bit hazy. Made a nice thick head but disapeared quickly. Smelled real hoppy. The simcoe was present and the grapefruit comes from the centenial. No malt in the aroma.

The flavor was real nice, mostly hop flavor with some malt sweetness but not flavor except in the aftertaste. The beer was bitter enough to enjoy but not so much as to distract from the flavor. Very good taste over all.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and heavy body especially for this cold night where we have no heater to keep us warm and all we have is the Die Hard trilogy and some pretty good beers to chose from. Very drinkable, I'd love to get some more of this.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled last October so this one could be a little fresher but either way I'm gonna try it. The beer poured out as a nice hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing is pretty good. The smell of the beer is pretty bright and lively, the Centennial overpowers the Simcoe. The taste of the beer is citrusy with a bit of pine in the finish. Not much malt sweetness. The mouthfeel has a little too much carbonation but still drinkable. Overall I want a fresh bottle just to see the difference. Still good though after a few months.

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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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Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California a few hours ago and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz. I'm drinking it as fresh as I possibly can. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. 6.5% confirmed. No best before date.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels from Trader Joe's.

A: Pours almost entirely head. Beige with nice cream and thickness. Excellent retention. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent non-opaque pale dull yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for the style.

Sm: Clean floral hops dominate. Very light, pleasant, and understated. Clean malts. Nectar. It's nice not getting beaten over the head with hop bitterness. Let's hope that carries into the flavour as well. A subtle, light aroma. Appealing and atypical.

T: Clean malt foundation with fresh floral hops atop it. Some hop bitterness on the climax, but only a pleasant surge thereof. Clean and floral all around, with no complex pine or oily character or grapefruit or citrus or any of that murky mess that often makes it into IPAs unwelcomed. A clean, refreshing, fresh floral IPA. The hop bitterness is bothersome, but all around it's relatively well balanced. Not complex or subtle, but pleasant to drink.

Mf: Light, wet, and smooth. Carbonation is off; seemingly flat but the head is ridiculous at the same time. Too thin. Meh.

Dr: Hop 15 is a far far better IPA from Port, but this is passable. Far overpriced. I almost wish I'd aged it to mellow out the bitterness a bit. Any IPA fan will like this, but few will love it. I certainly don't. I might try it again on draught. I expect far better from Port.


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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with spotty lace, overall good head retention. The head dwindles to a skim, but it manages to keep itself intact. Grassy hops mingle with sweet citrus, pale malt faint in the background.

Slick resiny feel, juicy citrus hop flavor. Malt does balance pretty well in the end. Earthy and herbal hop bitterness dominates. It's full bodied like a DIPA, and fakes you out, thinking it could have a higher ABV. Smooth with a dry hoppy aftertaste, making you crave it more. Thanks for sharing Jay!

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Photo of largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Churchill's, enjoyed a pint of this on cask after the barrel tasting at Lost Abbey. Hops were a welcome change of pace after several hours of drinking sours, barleywines and stouts.

Handpump to pint glass, High Tide has a hazy golden-amber body with a thick white head that left behind huge sheets of lace as my pint glass rapidly emptied. This was an incredible looking beer, obviously pulled from a very fresh cask.

Wet, dank hops dominate the aroma. Flowers and citrus are backed by the lightest of malt profiles. There's a hint of honey and grain, but the awesome wet hop profile steals the show here.

The taste opens with tropical fruit, floral hops and grapefruit; this has a beautifully balanced and complex hop flavor. The mouthfeel is wet and sticky mid-palate, surprisingly soft, with a hint of malt and a ton of juicy citrus hop flavor. Carbonation is medium-low, just enough to keep the beer lively on the tongue. It finishes dry with a smooth, clean bitterness. This was phenomenal, one of the best cask ale experiences I've had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of medium citrus and bitter hops is somewhat less intense then I would have hoped. Taste is dominated by medium bitter and citrus hops with a lack of malt to balance the beer together. Body is pretty full with limited filtration with some low carbonation. I am not sure if I did get a bad bottle but I was not overly impressed by this one.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Got this as an extra, not sure how fresh it will be.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of fluffy white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Bready malt with a slight fruity sweetness and some herbal hops.

Taste: This beer is a bit malt forward up front, there are some bread notes. The citrus peel hop bitterness shows up to the party and amps up through the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is pretty good, but slightly boring. It may have not been at its absolute prime. I would try it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty unlabeled tulip glass. Thanks to Freddie for getting those bottles out to Amyliz4 and me so quickly.

Pours a slightly-hazed bright peach skin color with a two and a half finger head and a good deal of sticky spiderweb lacing on the way down. Head isn't too hick and is quite bubbly. Quarter-inch head remains throughout.

The initial nose after a good swirl brings a bit of dank hops. Coming back for more, I get a bit of light citrus and tropical fruits. Some light papaya, maybe. A bit of orange zest. In the end, fairly faint and I would certainly expect more out of any fresh hop, especially one from Port. Nothing over the top, but some really nice subtle characteristics.

The taste goes in a different direction and the bitterness is quite forward. Some really grassy, herbal fresh hops. Not incredibly bitter, as there's more actual hop flavor and the freshness is definitely noticeable. Throughout and as it warms up, I really get some light grassy notes and a bit of straw. This is from the hops as there's no noticeable malt, but really not bringing the hop onslaught I would hope for given the brewery's description of this as having large amounts of fresh Centennial and Chinook hops.

Feel is a bit light with low--though acceptance--levels of carbonation and a moderate amount of bitterness. It seems that this and the flavor are both improving as the beer warms closer to room temperature. No detectable sweetness, though this is not completely dry. This is certainly a good beer, though it fails to live up to the expectations I have very an excellent fresh-hopped IPA.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Port High Tide

Pours a white head. Color is a hazed orange-yellow.

Aroma: A lot of citrus, orange, and mangoes. Some floral hops. Pretty fresh smelling.

Taste: Floral and pine hops. Citrus, oranges mangoes, and a light amount of grapefruit show. Some bready malts here. Fairly straight forward.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and then some. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, a pretty nice fresh hop ale. A ton of hops which I liked. Some nice flavors here. Something that I would have again.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 10/2/2012. Pours lightly hazy bright golden amber color with a very nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, citrus rind, grass, floral, herbal, and light piney spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great hop complexity and balance; very dank smelling. Taste of pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, citrus zest, floral, grass, citrus rind, pine, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop flavor balance and complexity; nice malt/bitterness balance; hardly any cloying hop bitterness on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a sticky, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an awesome wet hop IPA! Great dank hop complexity and balance; very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a huge, four finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves very nice, dense lace.

s - sweet, bready malt, fruity hops and some pine in the background.

T - sweet, bready malt with pineapple and orange hop notes. Some toffee in the middle with more orange and pine as well. Finishes with more pine and some sweaty hop character as well as lingering sweetness and moderate bitterness.

M - medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - very nice, the hops are strong but balanced by potent malt. There isn't any excessive caramel to down out the fruity character of the hops and it finishes with enough bitterness to balanced the malt.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem in a smaller liquor store, it was sitting at the back of the clearance shelf at half price so I figured I would pick it up. No date on it and lots of yeast and sediment on the bottom, so I'm a little skeptical, but here goes. Poured into oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours a golden orange color with haze and sediment, decent head that fades semi quickly

N: Loaded with fresh citrus hops on the nose, slight crystal malt, touch of pine and touch of... toffee(?)

T: Taste actually starts with a big malt hit, almost like an Oktoberfest or red ale, some biscuit, bready, maltier than I expected, slight citrus and pine, it starts slightly bitter and grows, an earthy taste as well, slightly spicey hops too

M: Somewhat oily and semi thin, decent carbonation

F: Bitter hops start to charge in, then fade away hinting at a lot more bitterness, more citrus and pine hang around on the tongue for a bit, its also semi dry

Final thoughts: Its definitely not as fresh as I'm sure it is... um fresh. Its lost a lot of the bitter hit I expected for a west coast Fresh Hop IPA. WIth that being said, I actually really enjoyed this beer. It has a great malty backbone, better than most IPAs I've had. It teases with bitterness but never gets super bitter, instead has a nice hop taste and finally leaves a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue as it dries. I can taste the Centennial pretty well but the usual plasticy taste I get with simcoe isn't there. Perhaps it fades with time, or they did a good job masking it. I really want to try this fresh and come back to it again. But for a $5 bomber of Port Fresh Hop IPA you can't go wrong!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Pizza Port Becker pint glass.

Pours a clear golden color with some great carbonation that gradually rises. The head is initially a white two finger length sized poof that gradually settles down to a nice size covering that leaves some fantastic lacing down the sides. Aroma is a fresh pungent blend of floral hops, pine, and citrus with a slightly spicy maltiness in the background.

The taste is strong with fresh resinous hops and then a pleasant underlying blend of sweet maltiness and grapefruit. Finishes nicely with a lingering hop bitterness and a final citrus kissed splash of malt on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with great carbonation.

I had a great time with this Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing. It really seemed to be much more subdued in the hop department (yet still fresh & biting) and achieved a nice malt balance than a lot of the others that I've had, making this one great example and highly drinkable version of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and fruity citrus, along with some caramelized malts.

T: The taste likewise starts with a strong hops bitterness and a burst of fruity citrus sweetness. There's a hearty malt character that provides some balance, but this one is all hops as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA to drink for a long time if you want an intense hop-bomb without the higher ABV of a 2IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some lemon yellow highlights when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall soapy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of large soapy bubbles and a thick ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - citrus/orange peel, pine/resin, grassy, and tropical/papaya in order of strength. There is something a little dank in the overall aroma.

T: Upfront this beer is all hops and bitterness - it starts with some citrus/grapefruit/orange peel, followed by grassy, then tropical/papaya, and pine/resin. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers throughout the beer. There is a lighter amount of biscuit malts with a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly oily with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A very nice fresh hop IPA that was quite enjoyable - a reasonable amount of bitterness with some pleasant elements of different hops characteristics.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a fluffy white head that recedes to a small layer. Fresh fruit aroma, citrus hops. Lemony flavor with notes of grapefruit and apricot, some piney hops and a dash of spice. Light-medium mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable. A good IPA, basic, solid, and not more else to say.

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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 ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear yellow body with a white head.

Smell: A spicy, floral aroma with notes of juicy pineapple and watered down honey.

Taste: Thin, fleeting cereal sweetness with the taste of pears before the jarring bitterness and heavy acidity of the long, unpleasant finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Harsh and uninteresting.

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
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