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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 Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, procured at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a golden yellow-orange into a tulip, with a thick, white billowy head, great retention, fair lacing.

S: Smells of fresh pine, grapefruit, and grass, though not as robust as I've come to expect from wet-hop beers.

T: Tastes heavily of citrus and grapefruit, some tangerine/orange as well. Pine and sap is evident as well, very floral. A very tasty wet-hop beer, one of the best I have had yet.

M: Resiny and oily, very fresh tasting, with a bit of solvent character from the alcohol.

D: One of the better tasting wet hop beers out there, I enjoyed it greatly, and will look forward to it every year. Another great one from Port, keep 'em comin' Tomme.

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Photo of snpub540
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange into my snifter. Nice white head that left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and grass.

Taste was grapfruit and pine. A slight chalky aftertaste, but not too bothersome. Warming alcohol ad it goes down.

It is silky and smooth on the palatew and the drinkability is good. My first "wet hop" IPA and I was not dissapointed at all.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of 22oz bottle into Duvel snifter. Poured a hazy golden color dotted with lots of white yeast sediment. Head is nice and thick clean white with a lacy feel. Smells of wet pine and grass. Taste grapefruit citrus dominates with a bitter sweetness backed by the nice ratio of bitterness to malt. Mouth feel is creamy smooth not to sticky leaving a medium body ale. A pretty good drinking IPA that is a perfect hophead treat.

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Photo of k3n
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle, Fall 2007 edition.

A: Slightly hazy pale golden color, pours with a tremendous off-white head that bubbles down to chunky lacing.

S: Fresh pine needles with a slight citrus backing. Maybe a little malt playing around the edges. Very inviting.

T: Bitter citrus peel, grapefruity, a flash of caramel malt in the middle, quickly smacked down by a long bittering finish.

M: Creamy and oily, feels almost like an IIPA. Bitter finish lasts and lasts. Surprisingly refreshing.

D: Easily drinkable! I'm really partial to these beers that are really flavorful, and don't go into the double digits on ABV. Another winner from Port Brewing.

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Photo of chefscott79
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought two beers out of the same case....as soon as it was delivered from stone distributors it was put in the fridge

First beer
Great smell...super fragrant...lots of passion fruit? characters

appearance....very nice great fine head....lots of Brussels lace

taste...awesome started off with passion fruit hops very balanced with malt flavors....then as it warmed piney hop flavors

second bottle(same case remember)
good but not great...
it seemed to lack the same hop complexity that the other beer had
still good but...it seemed muted....strange

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Photo of Gusler
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer departs the 22 ounce bottle a beclouded yellowish orange with an exorbitant creamy white head that slowly fades away, the resultant lace a nice occluding sheet upon the glass. Nose has a big citrusy, grassy, flowery aroma, the malt sweet, crisp and clean. Start is sweet at the front, with the malt pronounced and the hops spicy, top is medium in feel. Finish has an invigorating hop spiciness, the acidity agreeable, with the hop spicy aftertaste permanently bolted to the palate.

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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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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
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