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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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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bottled on 10/2/2012. Could be fresher for a harvest ale.

A: This isn't a belgian? Gorgeous light gold color, cloudy. Ridiculous head and retention. Soapy.

S: Not as big of a hop aroma as I'm sure existed 2 months ago.

T: Lemon, flower, citrus. Malt does its job to keep the balance.

M: Good, maybe a little too much carbonation for the style. Again, reminds me of a belgian like Duvel.

O: Wish I had this fresher, but still held up well.

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Photo of JG-90
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into glass

A - Pours a large thick head, slowly recedes with moderate-low lacing. Slightly hazy golden/yellow

S - Mostly hops,a little citrus, and a hint of grassy/pine/resin.

T - Hits with the hops first, as expected, followed by a bit of citrus and resin. The grass/resin taste is bigger than it was in the nose (citrus taste seems smaller than it was in nose), I would like a little more citrus in here, but it is a great taste

M - Medium-Light body, medium carbonation, I feel great mouthfeel for this beer

O - Very enjoyable beer, my only real complaint is that the taste is a little more one note than expected, but I love the fresh hops and definitely would buy again.

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Photo of AilidoBrew
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Duvel tulip from a 22oz.

A: cloudy pale wheat color with a huge pillowy head that leaves a nice lacing but dissipates kinda quickly, the color and head are reminiscent of a hefeweizen

S: sour (like a gueze) grassy green hops almost smells like noble and english hops

T: light citrus and grassy notes, subtle bitter aftertaste

M: light and spritzy, very refreshing

O: A real tasty IPA but i'm not sure if mine was contaminated or what because it definitely had a lacto smell to it when opened and even an hour after opening it was still blowing up in the glass with each little pour. It was good but not great especially considering the price but I may have had a bad bottle. If that was the case I would really like to try a proper bottle cause it was still pretty darn good. It just can't compare to their Hop15 ale which is perfection in a bottle.

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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 rawfish
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a tulip, light gold coloration and quickly forms a airy white head that threatens to spill over the glass. Forever retention that leaves thick clumps of lacing behind.

Sharp initial aroma of citrus and cannabis, rather floral. Thin malt backing. Really a great nose to represent a CA IPA.

Taste is intense but brief. A hybrid of grass and pine with a blast of grapefruit juice and lemon pith bitterness to finish. I can taste some sticky bready malt on the finish.

Very carbonated brew, bitingly so, it makes the flavor intense and sharp but I feel like it's getting in the the way of some of the hop flavor. I like high carbonation though so not a big deal. Average body and well hidden abv.

Another well done IPA from Port. Good representation of fresh hops with some teeth, next time I'll pour it slower.

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

Poured chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice blonde color with about an inch and a half of airy white head that recedes but leaves a nice surface layer that clings to the glass.

Wonderfully sweet and tropical smell. Aromas of candied citrus, papaya and other tropical fruits.

Tastes follows through on the aromas but not as flavorful as I expected. Leaves a grapefruit bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate with moderate carbonation.

Overall a nicely balanced refreshing IPA, as you would expect from a fresh hop. Another winner from Port Brewing

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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 denver10
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head. Smell is sharp; sweet juicy citrus, some grass, and some thin biscuity malt. Flavor followed suit but i didn't enjoy it quite as much. A decently bitter finish. An active, medium body. Overall, decent brew.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated: 10/2/12

A: pours a hazy yellow with a three finger dense white head that has good retention and nice lacing
S: smells of pine and citrus
T: slightly grassy, a little citrusy, some pine as well and some slight honey sweetness throughout. swallow is oily hops, citrus rind and pine sap
M: medium with active and prickly carbonation. a little overdone on the carb imo
O: pretty solid beer, good flavors but the carb is a little too heavy in my opinion.

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Photo of kenhutchinson
1/5  rDev -75.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance: As soon as I uncapped the beer, it sprayed all over me, despite the fact that it had been sitting undisturbed in my cold fridge for two days. Nice color, but the beer all over my face and kitchen did not look great.

Smell: Dry hopped sourness.

Taste/mouthfeel: Like overcarbonated soda water with simcoe and amarillo.

I emailed the Port Brewing via the "contact us" link on their website and didn't get a response after 7 days. If I got a response offering to make amends, I would have reviewed that beer, but alas, I only had this contaminated foam bomb to write about.

Port needs to learn how to carbonate their beers.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 6.99. Bottled 10/2/12. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours light hazy orange tinged straw with about one finger pale head. Plenty of lacey patches.

Smells of faint tropical fruit hops, hay, grass and a bit bready.

Tastes hoppy but balanced. Grassy hops lead, followed by grapefruit, pine and biscuity malt.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Long wet grassy finish.

A well made fresh hop IPA. Not as great as I thought I'd remembered it but still quite tasty.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 2 October 2012.

A: Huge head erupts and sticks around far too long for my convenience. Translucent-murky pale straw-gold. Heavy lacing.

S: Aromatic and lightly sweet. Some spicy yeast? Smells faintly Belgian, oddly.

T/M: Tasty, but not exceptional. The Belgian hints are here too, as the beer is less obnoxiously bitter and much more balanced. The fresh hops are delicate and welcome, with a subtle but lingering spice that tingles the tongue and leaves me wanting more. Earthy and rewarding.

O: Delicious! Highly recommended and definitely drinkable.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Pushing it here, this was bottled October 2nd 2012, we'll see.

Out of the bottle a very aggressive large four finger head is made, off white and huge retention and clumpy character. Lots of swiss cheese like appearances with a body of slightly dull pale amber banana and gold. Lots of rising thin carbonation. Pretty nice looking.

Expecting this to be maybe downplayed but it still delivers. Slightly leafy hop aromas, with lots of bready malts sticking out in the back. Tropical fruit sweetness and cream, hints of floral nots, and lots of light white doughy bread.

Palate hits with a classic hop sharpness but downplayed bittering at first in the front. Mid palate then fills with a big rich almost crisp body, with bread like bakery notes. Dry a bit, with a lingering hop oil in the aftertaste that comes out like a breath of air. All the flavor seems to coat the front of the palate and the mouth. Leafy and slight downed down tropical notes with a big carbonation which surprisingly adds to the flavor nicely, slightly chalky, but not too much. A good hint of alcohol warmth too but nothing crazy which is surprising since it is only 6.5 ABV.

Pretty solid and memorable IPA that's for sure.

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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 rsdaugherty
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port
Bomber into tulip, bottled 10/2/12
A – Monster four finger white head cut my pour quite short, a hazed golden orange yellow color, excellent retention, entire glass covered in spotty lacing, reduced to a very lumpy pillow 4.5
S – Oily citrus hoppiness dominates with a touch of apricot and very slight pine & tropical fruits notes 4
T – JUICY, fresh hop all around. Citrus rind, herbal, pretty much a big green hop bomb. 4
M – Moderate body that feels quite light, high carbonation 4
O – The first of my fresh hop buys this season, and a good one to start. 4

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.31.12.

A -Pours a light, murky orange with a massive off-white head and great retention.

S - Dank grassy hops.

T - Grass, pine, orange peel. Pretty dank.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light, thin body. A slightly bitter finish.

O - Hoppy and earthy grass. This is a solid fresh hop.

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Photo of B33R501
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i would say if you get a good bottle, you're lucky because i returned all 3 of mine $19.47. whole foods devon even refunded the empty, i opened it, i drank it. but it was flat, awful, and that review would be a 0 if i could score that. however this is the draught review ...

beautiful yellow, lemon almost opaque color. nice big blast of fresh hops in smell and taste. nicely malted for balance and drinkability. bitter little buzzsaw that was one of my original favorite beers from 2010. still an enjoyable seasonal, just forget the bottles this year. i wont risk it again unless i know i can return it.

goes real well with capones 25c hot wings.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wet hopped High Tide, with Centennial and Chinook hops had at the Toronado SF.

This pours a clear golden-tan color with nice foam. It has a pleasant aroma, very inviting, crisp and light. I get a big citrusy lemon-zest with some apricot and tangerine notes. The flavor is vibrant—which I find a rewarding and welcome aspect of wet hopped beers—with a blast of flavor and energy, even. It has a sharply defined bitterness, with a flavor of orange marmalade and piney stickiness mingled with a piney resiny finish. Overall just an excellent brew. I loved it—hands down my favorite of the night, and one I imagine I will be craving for months to come. Try it if you can. I’m hoping I’ll get another chance to do just that.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed cervoise glass

Pours a hazy medium gold capped by a fluffy two finger bright white head. Excellent retention and a ton of lacing that very nearly coats the entire inside of the glass. A bunch of tropical notes on the nose dominated by pineapple, mango, and a touch of papaya. The taste follows the nose; pineapple and tropical fruit, sweet malt with just a touch of caramel, and finishes with juicy grapefruit and grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation, oily, sticky resiny mouthfeel. A solid fresh hop IPA, but it tends to be a bit fruitier and sweeter than I usually prefer, however it's perfect for those that prefer those characteristics in their IPA's.

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

A clouded amber colored beer. An off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of tropical fruit, mango, pine and resin.

Tasting of sweet toffee, bread, apple, pine and bitter orange peel.

Medium carbonation, a soft texture. A good body with a dry finish.

A good balanced IPA. Not bad.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of white head. Low-medium carbonation with decent retention. Some light yeast sediment dances around.

Mango, papaya, pineapple, lemon juice, tangerine, sugar cookies and caramel.

A lot of great tropical notes like in the nose. Mango and papaya as well as lighter notes of pineapple and tangerine. Lemon juice, caramel and a dusting of sugar cookies. Finishes with dank, resinous pine needles and pine sap. Some lemon zest and grapefruit pith.

Light-medium bodied, oily, juicy and drying.

Excellent tropical notes and a candy-like backbone. Big, dank and juicy. Is it the best Fresh Hop Ale? No. Is it damn good? Yes!

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Photo of Philousa
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at Burger. on 10/21/12
Pale yellow, opaque with dense, creamy white head that laces like crazy. Very green hops aroma prevails. Lots of grapefruit and pine. It's dominating but not overpowering. The malt is just beneath, more of a contribution than most other hoppy IPAs. It's somewhat nutty but light. Pungent American two row precedes a slight metal flavor, then the hops kick in. Lots of lemon and grapefruit flavor accompanied by a lingering bitterness that's slightly piney. Feel is balanced, very approachable. Finish is dry.

This isn't too abrasive. It's very bitter, but it doesn't linger uncomfortably like some really bark-like IPAs have in the past. Between this and their Anniversary Ale, I'm beginning to think I need to have every double IPA Port makes.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Just a little darker yellow than a pilsner with a white head. Can't believe how much head this beer is throwing at me. Great head retention with big bubbles and a surprising amount of lacing. Poured into a pilsner glass and I can't get the head to settle much less than three fingers. Really pretty.

S - Just like the name says, smells like fresh, earthy hops. Very clean fragrance with nice tropical hops mixed in.

T - Bitter hops up front. Hops are really strong and sweet. The bitter bite mellows out into a piney aftertaste. Not a lot of malts, but hop heads like myself really don't mind.

M - Super light for an IPA with very nice carbonation.

O - Very drinkable but I prefer a little more body to my IPA's. Not sure if that's a characteristic of the fresh hopped IPA's, but now I'm curious about it.

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