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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 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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Photo of Dougal
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is as good as it gets for an IPA/pale ale. It is beautifully unfiltered, perfect hop to malt balance. The malt character is lighter than some of the darker hued IPA's and works wonders. For reference on taste I think racer 5 and six points global warmer are in the same ballpark for quality, uniqueness and quaff ability

If you see it get it - awesome quality brew

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Photo of farrago
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produces a big, fluffy head upon the pour, loads of whipped up larger bubbles with multiple peaks and valleys, slightly off-white color, the thick streaks of lacing stick powerfully and overall retention is very good. The liquid is a pale yellowish gold, clear but not quite watery, not many bubbles but what’s there are big and fat and move upwards with determination. Muscular nose features a dash of salt and pepper, pretzel dough, leafy green matter, black tea leaves, more earthy than sweet, the orange citrus and white pit fruits pushed into the background, gets more metallic and arch as it warms albeit not offputtingly so. Full-bodied, the carbonation is perhaps too gentle to relieve some of the bitterness from the palate, very hoppy with an excess of grassiness, earth, quinine, and pepper notes. Weight sort of prevents it from staying “refreshing,” however, there’s briskness in the tangerine, white grapefruit citrus and arguably more pineapple, green apple, nectarine, peach fruit. Dry finish with white pepper, iron flecks and backroads brown dirt. Its relative lack of smoothness and sweetness makes it more of a food beer than a casual sipper on its own.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pale, slightly cloudy copper with active, huge carbonation bubbles. Thick head on pouring that shrinks to one finger.

S: Grass, orange, lemon, honey, fresh cut flowers, and some tobacco and biscuit sweetness on the nose - like standing near the shores of the Pacific Ocean on a perfect early summer's day.

T: Nice interplay between citrus and piney hops. The malt sweetness kicks in and finishes with the earthy, vegetable hop flavor. Honey, cinnamon, and clove on the finish.

M: Very refreshing in its drinkability and deftly manages the balance between sweet and bitter. The hop finish has a nice stickiness that doesn't over dry your mouth and backs off enough that you're ready for another swig.

O: I'm very impressed both with the balance and complexity of this beer. It manages to have a lighter taste while still displaying a full flavor profile. The hops (centennial and simcoe) were judiciously selected with no one flavor profile dominating yet still managing to have each strength displayed. My only regret is it not being spring when I enjoy this beer, but one can hardly blame the brewers for the timing of the hop harvest relative the experience the final product promotes.

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Photo of joe1510
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber

This bottle was sent my way in a recent trade with messanthrope, thanks brotha! High Tide sports a deep golden body with moderate haziness. When backlit the color lightens up to 24kt and carbonation rushes to the surface in clumps. Two fingers of soapy white head form on the pour before becoming sticky and meringue-like. Clumpy lacing glues itself to the glass.

Weed. There's a lot of weed coming from the nose of this fresh hopped IPA. Candied citrus peel comes across deep in the body as well, nicely integrated. Pale, biscuity malts lay the foundation. The nose let's you know this is a hop showcase and while the aromas are there they seem subdued for some reason.

Flavor has some added characteristics but for the most part it's pretty similar to the nose. Weed flashes through on the front before being overtaken by a hodgepodge of muddled citrus. Easy going crackery malts lay the base while the dankness pounces again on the finish with a firm, lingering bitterness.

The body has a moderate weight but there's smooth carbonation and an easy feel. There's even a little frothiness on the swallow. Bitterness grows as I drink but never beyond moderate. This is a highly drinkable IPA.

I haven't drank much Port over the last couple years but I have to say, High Tide is a nice choice. Dank and citric with a firm bitterness and a body that's easy to put away. I would pick these up in the future. Thanks again, Scott!

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Photo of Ego
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

high tide indeed, this is a foam monster, 4 fingers of suds on a careful pour, golden straw with a little haze and a smidge of orange hue, carbonation in the glass looks spotty but obviously there is tons, lacing and head retention are pretty gnarly (I am a child of the 80s ok?), a nice looking brew here

musty - almost barnyardy dirty hop smell, then underneath a blanket of stanky sharp hop sting burying itself somewhere in between weed and pine, definite fresh aroma, a nice strong and consistent odor

taste etc...
bright and poppy carbonation makes this an easy drinker, the hops leave a trial on the tongue with moderate bitterness at all levels and parts of the mouth which is interesting, the hop signature is a bit muddy in some way, it doesn't smack me like some fresh IPAs, the bitterness does linger especially in the stomach along with a slightly bigger kick than the stated ABV seems to indicate,

a good beer with some excellent qualities, worth checking out but not a killer. honestly it is hard to compete with DIPAs etc, the Hop15 that port makes just blows this out of the water... maybe I suffer from hop overload to appreciate this if there wasn't so many hoppin mad beers out there

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent medium gold with an enormous three inch tall head which dissipated slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and much lacing.

s: Very mild fruit. Pleasant.

t: Citrus and resin hops forward over light malt base. Bitterness lingers somewhat on the tongue and becomes less pleasant. Probably that's from the fresh hop oils, but might also be better served colder than the 49 degrees Fahrenheit my beer fridge started it out at.

m: Light to moderate. Good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A very good fresh hop, albeit lacking more than a tinge of vegetal freshness in the aftertaste. Lighter than some fresh hops I have had, both in color and in taste.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Hazy darkish orange with a nice very frothy and thick two finger head. Can also see the bubbles flying up quick and rapidly so pretty well carbed im guessing.

S - Getting some mild tropical fruit and some smells reminding me of a saison, interesting. very mild though

T/M - definitely veeerrryyy well hopped and bitter but not too over the top. Getting a little bit of Apple in the flavor....some tropical fruits. and caramel sweet malt. Some grassy and earthy hops are present as well. very little alcohol presence but fades quick.

Overall, another good offering by port brewing. This is a beer a real hop head should definitely try at least once... Every beer I've had from these guys is really, really good. I will say Id rather have this then their "Mongo" IPA. haven't had wipeout...anyway, a juicy, solid, bitter IPA. check it out its good.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp and clear golden yellow with a 2 finger head of frothy foam.

Hop resins, pine, grass, earthy.

Bitter hop resins, grass, pine, a touch of toasted malt sweetness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, bitter.

Overall, a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Gatch
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/1/12

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a huge, foamy, fizzy head. Decent lace and retention. Seems to be over carbonated. The head exploded from a normal pour spilling over the side.

S: Hops, Belgian yeast, grass, hay. Farmhouse ale?

T: Big, grassy, barny, yeasty. The fresh hops show through when it's cold, bringing strong pine and citrus. As the beer warms, Saison characteristics come out.

M: Seriously, is this an American Saison? The yeast overpowers. Not enough fresh hops in this one.

O: Although this is more than a month old, I expected the hop presence to be stronger. Especially from a brewery like this. Good cold. Disappointing warm.

Update: enjoyed on tap at Rail Trail in Hudson, MA. Totally different experience. Amazing beer. Super fresh hops and such an easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of andyfrancis
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Hazy gold-amber with a clumpy white head that looks like frothy steamed milk on a latte.

Smells wet and grassy, some tart citrus too.

A little bit watery up front. Green grass and piney burn. Booze is present, but not overbearing. Some lingering grass/pine oil bitterness.

Nice enough fresh IPA. I wouldn't choose it over many of my year-round, go-to IPAs but would definitely have a pint or 3 of this each season.

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Photo of McStagger
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It's a Port IPA. We know it's quality. Let's see how quality.

A: An only marginally aggressive pour leads to 2+ fingers of bleach white head. Beer is a very pale orange, with some mild haziness. Lively carbonation. Head itself is rocky, being made of both small and large bubbles. Slowly collapses in on itself. Excellent retention. Stellar lacing.

S: This one shies away from the grapefruit essence of so many California IPA's. Instead, it's a much more orange presence. Peel, flesh, tangerine, even some possible marzipan when mixed with the toffee notes in the malt. Also in there is a huge shot of pineapple. Maybe a touch of mango. Fragrant, but not incredibly so.

T: Definitely lacking the grapefruit kick. Tropical fruit takes more of a center stage here. Fairly sweet pineapple juice up front. Mid palate is sweet and bitter, akin to a candied grapefruit peel. Bitterness firms up towards the finish, expressing some citrus rind and mild pine notes, with a small splash of herbal quality. Aftertaste is very dry, with some residual pine bitterness lingering.

M: Light to medium bodied. Beer is pillowy, without having the added weight or viscosity of the alcohol. Light on the tongue, with ample, but not overdone, carbonation. Very nice.

O: Good, solid beer. Lack depth but has subtelty, which isn't necessarily what the West Coast IPA is known for. Still, a fairly good pint.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Strong nose of peach and mango. Strong pine resin initially on the tongue that finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Overall, this is very strong for a fresh hop beer, it lacks the grassiness and herbal notes often associated with these beers. In spite of this, I thoroughly enjoyed this atypical wet-hop IPA.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that Raul wasn't feelin' high enough, he decided to paddle out during High Tide with some Fresh Hops at that.

Raul is going to start calling these IPA's "Spring Cleaners;" all kinds of grassy and dusty like your mama told you to clean out the attic. It tastes clean n all, but who da hell wants to juice the chopped up grass from the John Deer and then drink it?

Again, fresh like a Vivaldi Suite, but unlike said master, Raul ain't feelin' this one.

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Photo of t420o
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Port High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Bottled: 10/7/13
Consumed: 10/25/13

A- pour yields a two finger head white that recedes to about a finger and stays for awhile. Beer is a slightly hazy gold. 4

S- grass, lemon, herbal, light biscuit/cracker, earthy, and kind of dank. Not a strong smell by any means, but very enjoyable. 4

T- exceptionally smooth and drinkable. I've had this many times and for 6.5% you can still "session" the shit out of this. Lemongrass, herbal, with moderate amount of bitterness. The malts are in the background but in good balance as to show off the hops. 4

M- medium carbonation and body. Very smooth 4

O- insanely drinkable beer. If this was still the "drinkability" category it'd be a 5. But, overall it's a very good beer. 3.75


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Photo of bierbrauer
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased today as a refrigerated 22 oz. bomber at Fullerton Beverages.

A: Gold, moderately cloudy, with a white head that drops within a couple of minutes, but leaves dense lacing, with constant rising of many small bubbles.

S: Subtle citrus.

T: Quite pleasantly sweet and fruity (pineapple, grapefruit), then turns moderately bitter.

M: Light/medium viscosity, low carbonation, dry finish.

O: I'm very late in trying this, mostly due to my lack of access to it. It is at least 9.5 months old -- certainly way past prime for an IPA, let alone a fresh hop. Yet, it's still an interesting and balanced ale that is worth seeking out, particularly if you can compare it alongside with the upcoming version. I'd really like to try a truly fresh batch.

from website:
Malts – Two Row
Kettle Hops – Amarillo Pellets
Whirlpool – Centennial Fresh Hops
Dry Hop – Chinook Fresh Hops
Yeast – White Labs- Port Brewing Proprietary Yeast Strains

from bottle label:
"...seasonal IPA brewed and dry hopped with freshly harvested and dry hopped Centennial and Simcoe flower hops."

Perhaps the discrepancy is due to differing availability of fresh hops over several years?...

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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 rodlavers
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a growler, AFTER I'd had it on tap and purchased the growler based on that experience. This is pretty interesting.

Poured from growler, a really really strange color: almost a caramel with hints if good and orange, but mostly darker. Super cloudy, opposed to the daft affecting.

Smell is slightly piney and citrusy, with tart hops, if that's possible and floral notes.

Taste is similar, but I like it better. Citrus and pine and fruit. It's hoppy and delicious.

Feel is super smooth. Below medium carbonation, creamy and very enjoyable.

Overall this is very good. Love how smooth it is, even it's appearance is super unique. Very enjoyable. Cheers

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Photo of Chas58
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours a very clear orangey yellow with an moderately aggressive head that dissipates slowly, leaving a very nice and long lasting lacing on the glass. I am a little surprised by the lightness of the coloring and the filtered nature of the appearance.
Smell - Has a piney aroma that is very pleasant, and backed up with a hint of citrus. I am surprised it is not a more aggressive aroma, especially for a Fresh Hop IPA, but that said it is nice and is actually more than made up for in the hop taste.

Taste - The taste borders for me between a strong pale ale and a mild IPA. It leans more towards the IPA, especially with the hop kick it contains in the back end of the taste. There is clearly more hop kick than hop aroma. The taste does linger with a little stickiness. The maltiness does a nice job balancing all attributes to make this a very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel - I am surprised by the significant carbonation in the initial taste. It is more than moderate and slightly more than I usually find in the style. This is very drinkable and quite enjoyable for a fan of the IPA/Fresh Hop style, as it has a very fresh hop kick and leaves a nice sticky hop resin.

Overall - This is an overall enjoyable ale, I think pale ale drinkers will enjoy the hops and an IPA drinker will see this as a mild yet flavorful brew. I enjoyed drinking this, will drink it again, but would hope for more aromatic hops in future.

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

I picked this up about a month ago. I thought the hoppiness would play well with the hot wings I had for dinner tonight (I was right).

Each time I pour this bottle into my glass I get a ton of foam. I have to be patient for quite a while until it dies down.

The hop smell is pretty good. It didn't blow me away, but the presence is good and has good balance.

I like the pine and citrus in the flavor on this beer. I get more of the pine in this one.

Overall this is a pretty good fresh hop beer. I will pick this up again next year.

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,089 ratings.
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