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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 Stoneman78
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler at the Patron Saints private dinner.
A- Pours a hazy yellow gold hue, head is small, white, creamy and mostly diminishing, some sticky lacing left on the glass
S- Aroma is dominated by citrus and pine hops, some spice, floral, and sugar sweetness, backed by subtle bread and caramel malts
T- Initial taste is dominated by wet grapefruit hops that are followed by floral and pine tones, caramel malts are along for the ride in the background, and the finish is dry with a very slight alcohol warming
M- Medium-bodied IPA with a smooth watery texture, oily residue coats the tongue, lively carbonation is at a suitable level for this style
D- This is a nice little hop bomb, and I was surprised to learn the abv was only 6.5%, it is very easy-to-drink and the alcohol is well-masked. My intentions were to get a growler of Hop 15, but I was blown away by the unique "wet hop" profile of this seasonal IPA (I even did a blind taste test with H15), I will definitely pick this up again in the future (It looks like it gets bottled, but I have yet to see it in stores).

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Photo of Floydster
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler directly from the brewery in San Marcos, drank 28 hours after it was poured

Poured into my Bell's Brewery 1 liter tankard with a huge full white head that left lacing throughout the whole drink, golden brown color, more yellow than anything, looked more like a lager

Smell had mild citrus and that was about it

Taste was very bitter and got even more so as it warmed, hops were very fresh and pine shined through the most

Could only drink about 32-38 ounces of the 64 ounce growler and had to throw the rest away, not the most drinkable IPA out there

Growler was kind of expensive at eleven dollars, but that is just because it is a seasonal brew

Worth checking out this fall

Good IPA

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Photo of Vancer
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good beer sent for my BA annv , courtesy of nvsblman ! Thanks again!

Hazy orange and amber pour, semi-lacey white head – this all turned murky as I neared the bottom and started swirling.

The orange and citrus played well in the aroma, and transferred to the quaff nicely. Also some notes of pine and floral made there way in, along with a meaty and venous taste in the finish – lots going on here. A tart and tangy treat – had no problem finishing the bomber off, wished I had two!

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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 BeerTruth
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to an amazing trader, sirhc, for this great brew.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a foggy burnt orange with a nice two finger fluffy head that slowly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is good with nice lacing on sides of the glass. Hop sediment drops to the bottom of the glass, I assume this is where the "Fresh Hop" tittle comes from. Smell is a huge pine burst with a good citrus (mostly grapefruit) as a solid backbone. A good wheat balance in the nose appears as well. Like the name says, very fresh hop flavor up front but more earthy/grainy hop flavors than citrus/pine, not what I had expected. Good pale malt balances out the flavor overall. Aftertaste is a bit oily and pine appears more here. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. I really enjoy the overall balance and drinkability of this brew. This is how IPA's should be. Great representation of the style. Get your hands on this if you can. Thanks again Chris!!

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Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was concerned originally thinking this was a 8 month old IPA, maybe it was, but it still rocked my world. Very aromatic, citrusy and fruity. Golden color, with a full white head. I usually don’t like wet hop beers, they’re usually too grassy and herbal for me, but this example definately avoids that and concentrates mainly on citrusy, grapefruit like hop flavors. There is still a little grass. Port/Lost Abbey is really doing some spectacular things.

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

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late January for 5.99.

Beer poured a golden color with a small white head. Nose detects a bit of malts and a hint of those fresh hops that are about to slam my palate. Taste is very true to the IPA form. There is a presence of some malts in the background but my palate is dominated by the freshly harvested citrus like hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but lively, with an oily residual hop left behind on my palate. Drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the IPA style.

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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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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazed golden straw in color. Creamy white head pours one finger thick. Decent retention. Thin sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Citrus juices. Tropical fruit. Pine sap. Bread. Caramel malts.

T: Big juice flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and a hint of lemon are followed by herbal and pine hops that give off a sharp bitter bite on the tongue.Soft caramel malts lend a bread like taste. Muted tastes of tropical fruit are followed by a spicy tickle on the back of the throat caused by a menthol or peppermint aftertaste. Finishes slightly dry.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A nice little hop bomb in it's own right. A medley of citrus and tropical fruit flavors make this beer quite enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Port brewing, poured into pint glass. This fresh hop beer mostly displays herbal, floral aromas and tastes. It finishes quite bitter for a lighter IPA.

Poured a clear light gold/yellow color. Smell was pretty clean pine, citrus. Taste was nice and hoppy, citrus, pine, resiny, all come across. The malt is kept lightly in this one, but enough to give it some substance to go with all the hops. Mouthfeel is lively, not overcarbonated, and pretty light. Makes this beer very drinkable. Lots of characteristics of their Hop15, only in smaller fashion.

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

Thanks goes out to nvsblman for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy darker golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, grapefruit, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy with a slight malt balance, nice touch of grapefruit and caramel. Medium body, nice balance of hops and malts. Very drinkable, a nice little IPA at that.

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Photo of ChazMania
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Very good offering here from Port Brewing, this place has some great beer. Pours out with a nice cloudy finger+ head. Nice fresh hop aroma with a very good pined up spruced up flavor. Good tangy citrus finish and well balanced, easy to drink, maybe to easy, I need more of these!!

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a slight white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer and ring. The beer is a slightly hazy golden straw color.

smell: Hops dominate here, light and fresh, giving floral and tropical aromas. Really great. Just a touch of malt to hold it all together. A close 4.5.

mouthfeel: Carbonation on the low side of the medium range, and the body is also a lighter medium.

taste: The malt profile is of the ligher type, somewhat grainy and allowing the hops to stand way out. Big floral and tropical hop flavors grace the tongue and slowly fade to leave a grainy finish with a moderate bitterness that lingers for awhile. Quite nice though some malt couldn't hurt, but it works well as is. I wouldn't usually give this beer a 4.5 for flavor, but it pulls off the light malt - heavy hops thing almost perfectly.

drinkability: enjoyable...extremely solid...I consumed this beer cool in an oversized wine glass, which I believed helped it out a bit. I believe that this beer is a little underrated overall, so I don't mind the possibility that I overrated a touch.

from nvsblman for my anny bombing

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$5.99 at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA. in March 2006. This one was probably made when hops were fresh last fall.

Pours a very nice clear golden (on the deep side) with a pretty white head, lots of carbonation feeders, and good head retention.

Aroma is very much hops, but not overly annoying hops. My hop-hating wife even liked the aroma. Citrus (lemon and grapefruit, orange to a lesser extent) and other fruity goodness comes through. Flavor is also quite nice and pleasant, hops are strong and clear, with a mix of the fruit flavors mentioned before and herbal/oily/piney that works pretty well. However, the end of the swallow is like choking on weeds- almost like an alcohol burn, but it's a hop-oil burn. Not pleasant. But other than that, this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from blitheringidiot, delivered to me via autumnaldave....thanks guys you both rock!! Pours into my glass a nice bright orange hue with a small creamy white head on top. Looks pretty nice in the glass. Aromas start off with sweet caramel that's quickly met by a blast of fruity, citrusy, almost tropical hops. Green, fresh and vibrant.

First sip brings a mellow caramel maltiness along with a slight breadiness as well. Quickly followed up by a blast of herbal citric hops that have a tropical fruit twang. Grapefruit is prevalent as well as some spiciness. Solid bitterness hits on the back of the palate as the brew finishes with a touch of dryness. A tasty fresh hop IPA to be had here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Easy to drink with plenty of carbonation. A solid fresh hop brew from Pizza Port. It doesn't blow me away like some of their stuff, but it's definetly a solid IPA and a tasty treat that I was lucky enough to have the chance to sample.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my DFH shaker pint glass. Appears a crystal clear deep golden yellow with a slight amber hue. Barely a finger of thin, white foam. Smells of cantaloupe melon, spicy hops and sweet malt. Tastes of bitter grapefruit, lemon and peppery, grassy hops. Finish is dry and very bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this fine IPA my way. I look forward to next fall's release.

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

bomber bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: a nice deep golden color with 1" foamy head. head goes down to about 1/16th within a few minutes. some sediment and light carbonation.

s: pleasant citrus and pine.

t: well balanced between the citrus and hops. slight bitter lemony taste left on the tounge. not overbearing on the hops like other hoppy brews.

m: medium bodied with slight sweetness riding on the back of the bitterness of the hops.

d: a very nice moderate ipa. not overbearing on the bitter i.m.h.o. very balanced between sweet and bitter.

pp ipas are an excellent introduction into ipas for the beginner. i enjoyed this brew very much but, i actually prefer "wipe out' more in this medium class of ipas.

enjoy and cheers!

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

This is a clear golden colored beer with a good puffy white head. It is almost a given that IPA will be amber or orange colored nowadays but this one is an exception. There is a slight orange tinge to this but it is really gold in color.

Smell is strong and SPICY hop aroma with big scents of melon, pine, pepper, pineapple and pine with citrus and grapefruit thrown in. Mild sweet malt aroma is still quite good in this one the hops don't just obliterate it like all too many IPAs do.

The taste begins malty and strongly of grapefruit and malt with a bit of tongue numbing bitterness. Quite a strong hop bitterness in this but it doesn't become sharp or harsh. The spiciness comes through very well in the taste but the strength seems to kill the more subtle flavors here. Long lasting hop bitterness this is very much a hop heads beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice beer for hop heads but probably WAY too much for the non-hophead. STRONG glassful of hops here not for average beer drinkers at all.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- crystal clear gold straw color with a 1 finger thin and fine bubbly head, not much retent. though bottom half of bottle purs cloudy and has much better head retent

S- clean and strong, sweet citrus and pine, all hops

T- all hops, thouh some sweetness is there, high bitterness, packs a piney sour citrus bite

M- overall nice body, smooth, silky

D- must for hopheads, might be a bit much for people who do not loves hops so much. the nose is freakin lovely, but the taste is not as sweet. My bottle poured a clear and a cloudy version, the clear version (top half) was kinda lame, the cloudy version was much better. GIve bottle a twirl before pouring.

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Photo of rgrace99
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bombers of this from bevmo. Poured into a goblet. Poured a clear yellow/orange with a small short-lived head and some lacing. Aroma was piney/floral hop. Taste was mildly bitter, lots of pine but I didn't get a lot of citrus. Tasted nice, went down very easily but it isn't a big hop monster like wipeout of Stone RIPA.

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Photo of Luchman
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a two liter growler with fellow BA b0ldfacelies. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear gold and yellow colors with nice foamy white head that dissipates a little, but never fully goes away.

S: Hop juice galore. Grapefruit, lemons, pineapple, and pine. Smells delicious and I'm ready to drink!

T: Citrus hops to the max. Lemons and grapefruits all the way. I got some pine in my palate, but I'm pretty sure the lemons were leading the way. The malts are there and they just BARELY balance this IPA out. Still pretty good though.

M: A nice, sticky, medium/full body with great carbonation.

D: Good stuff. I will be revisiting this one. I could just finish my 30oz share of this stuff, as I personally, right now, get a little sick of hoppiness after a bit. For everyone else out there, it should be a piece of delightful cake.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This chunky yellowish-orange IPA has a modest head that lingered well.

Smell – The hops were are crisp but not overpowering. They are fruitier than anything else. The malt is light as well and a bit grainy.

Taste – Ah, this one picks things up at the taste. The grapefruit is sweet and really takes control, pushing the light grain into the background and providing a peep hole for the liquid malts and candy sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is just shy of medium-bodied with some sprightly carbonation and a creamy base.

Drinkability – This went down well enough although it’s not a heavy hitter like some of Pizza Port’s other beers.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into wine snifter (because my parents have nothing better to drink out of). Thanks to my friend for picking this up on a recent trip to LA.

A - Would be clear orange that is clouded with many suspensions of ___ (yeast or hops?). Nice 3/4 inch head that doesn't stick around for long yet is kind enough to leave behind some whispiness on top. Lacing is moderate.

S - Aromatic floral hops that smells as close to an actual flower as any IPA I've ever had. A touch of malty sweetness accompanies with a slight bubblegum flavor.

T - Spicy hop bitterness with the above notes (sweet malt & bubblegum). Bitterness is moderate and pleasant (for hops heads at least) with a drying finish. Grapefruit fruitiness is evident as well.

M - Delicately carbonated tingle with the expected drying bitter aftertaste. Middle is filling and somewhat mouth coating.

D - A nice So Cal IPA, and one of the few fresh hopped IPAs I've tasted. Never a bad choice, and possibly worth seeking out. My first Port Brewing beer set a nice precedent.

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

Originally reviewed November 24, 2006. Light distant orangey aroma. Pale golden-orange pour, with a nice soapy head. Flavor is a rich creamy sweet malt blended into a bright crisp hop character. This is very light and bright. Fresh hops makes this quite refreshing and quenching. Not a dense or particularly remarkable brew, but fantastic for drinking, or food pairing, or a hot day. The fresh hops lend a nice clean balance between the fruitier orange-like character of the hops and the more pine-like resin. Very nice.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of blitheringidiot who scored some when he was working out West. The appearance is a little clear for an IPA but it is a West Coast Hop bomb. Not much carbonation. The hops is all that I taste and smell but I am a hophead so I enjoyed it. I like this beer better than the Wipeout bottles.


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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
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