High Tide Fresh Hop IPA | Port Brewing

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPAHigh Tide Fresh Hop IPA
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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 Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is blonde and there's a nice foamy and spongey white head. The lacing is phenomenal and coats the glass with swiss cheese all the way down.

A floral perfume and grassy hops dominate the nose.

The taste is mostly those same floral and grassy hops, with a light passion fruit finish to add just a little bit of sweetness. The bitterness tends to lean a little heavier in the front than in the back, and there's not much of a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with light carbonation.

A good fresh hop IPA, clocking it at a reasonable but not overpowering abv. The alcohol is not detectable.

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

A somewhat cloudy, light golden pour with a really great looking, white fluffy head. Lacing sets in immediately and sticks all the way down.

Aroma is hops only. Didn't get much malt out of it. Perhaps a bit of cookie sweets, but I think I'm forcing the issue. Still, I love them hops.

Grapefruit and slightly resiny in the taste. The fresh hops gives an impression of minty-ness. It's really fresh tasting. Still, the malt is unbalanced. Again, I love them hops; just not much balance here. The bitterness is subtle yet biting. Slight resin aftertaste/feel.
Very good drinking. Poured at cellar temperature, very nice

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at City Beer. Hazy gold with a small white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has a big cereal and bread thing going on actually, with lots of grassy, spicy, and planty hops. The flavor also has a substantial bready malt flavor with lots of oily, grassy hops and a lower bitterness for an IPA. Medium bodied and crisp. Not really what I was expecting actually, with way more oily grass flavor and less bitterness and fruit. Pretty different from Wipeout and a cool switch-up, though the fresh hops this year may be a bit lacking in fruitiness that you might expect if it really is simcoe and centennial like the description says.

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Photo of HeroJH
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice Californian IPA, pretty hoppy. I might not buy it again though. I would try it on tap though, as I suspect this might just be a freshness issue? If I get local and on tap, I'll review again.

A - Good head and lacing. Pale yellow color.

S - some nice hop smell, citrus oil. But overall pretty one dimensional. Not interesting.

T - a bit more bitter on the front and end than flavorful. A bit tart. The finish is just plain bitter. It's not bad, if you're in the mood for lasting bitterness, which sometimes I am.

M - nice and smooth carb, not too sticky.

D - one large bottle will do just fine. Maybe more if I was eating something that the lasting bitterness would go well with. Not particularly interesting, and new things don't catch my interest as it warms.

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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 sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin off white head and good lacing.

S-Very nice aroma of grapefruit and earthy hops backed by a light bready malt note.

T-Very tasty. Lots of citrus and grassy hops with a very nice malt backbone. Rich flavors without a lot of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and rather light on the tongue

D-Really excellent. I like bitterly hoppy West Coast IPAs but this is such a terrific change of pace. Nice citrus character but still light on the palate. I am not a big fan of our local fresh hop ales as the acids are not well developed but this is great.


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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/3/09

A: This beer pours a cloudy golden copper color with a one finger of thick white head. Head recedes to a film somewhat quickly but leaves nice big sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nise is big floral and piney hops with a hint of faint pale malts.

T: Taste is of fresh earthy, grassy hops up front lending to some grapefruit citrusy hops and blended nicely with pale malts. Finish is floral hops with a slightly pine bite.

M: Mediung bodt, medium carbonation, oily feel that continues through the finish.

D: This is a great beer, well done and highly drinkable!

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

Bought at 7-11 Highland Park, Calif.

Poured a golden orange color with a nice head into a tulip Lucky Baldwin's glass. Smell is definitely hoppy with a fruity aroma.
First taste is also definitely hoppy with a piney back end. Mouthfeel is a strong IPA taste that lingers. A very good drinkable beer with a strong hoppy flavor. Strong bite overall. Would go good with pizza.

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

Drank this at Churchill's after the Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting. I got to sample it on tap as well, but the cask version is outstanding, this just might be the best fresh hop beer I've had.

The pour is one of the best ever, a mildly hazy light orange with a dense, creamy white head that lasts until the beer is gone, just coating the glass with lace. The nose is beautiful, with a bright citrus character with a delicate spicy, earthy wet hop character with some lemon. Mild grapefruit is present as well. Malt character is faint, with delicate cracker and some caramel. Plenty of flavor, bitterness is low and there's a ton of flavor. The palate is just as outstanding. Creamy and light with a great hop flavor with a lot of orange and tangerine along with the exceptional wet hop character, with an earthy, leafy character. Mild malt character is present with a delicate sweetness that complements the citrus character really well. The grapefruit shines on the finish, coating the palate with a fruity character. On cask, this beer really shines, with a delicate carbonation and a fantastic finish. Thoroughly drinkable, thanks for the recommendation, Shane!

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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 jackorain
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Stone Levitation glass.

Slight haze, but still brilliant gold, puffy white tall head that lasted quite a long time. As it fell, it got puffier and left a beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smells of grapefruit, ruby red, pink and white. There is also tangerine, lemon and orange. It is a cornucopia of citrus aromas. There is an ever so slight tinge of sweet caramel malt.

At first sip there is an onslaught of citrusy hops flavors. All those in the nose but even more complex. There is a bitterness of grapefruit zest and grapefruit pith. There is also a bit of piney, oily hops here as well. What little caramel and biscuit malt comes through is quickly between back by the intense hops flavors and high level of bitterness.

The body is medium and the carbonation is medium and tingly. The hop oils coat the mouth.

This is one hoppy fresh hop IPA. The drinkability is good, but, I can't believe I am going to say it, the hops and bitterness are so high, I might not be able to drink more than say 3 glasses of this.

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Photo of mikey711
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a very cloudy gold. Great head retention that is just under an inch. The foam is fluffy and white.

S: Fresh lemon hop notes. Not much pine and only a hint of floral/soapiness.

T: The pine hops dominate the flavor profile more than I would have expected. Very fresh with subtle traces of lemon and floral hops. I would have like a bit more sweetness to come out and the bite from the pininess to be a bit less.

M: A bit light and watery. The pininess linger for quite sometime. No booze what so ever.

D: Very tasty and easy to sip on. My major problem is the bitter pine note is just a bit more than I would have liked.

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

A-Golden color...hazy...minimal head..but nice lacing

S-Outstanding...the citrus jumps out at you right away...and then a sweeter sugary maltiness...

T-Amazingly this is more piney and resinous than the nose led me to think...really seems more like Chinook than the Simcoe the bottle says...can also taste some vintage Centennial...finishes with an unsweetened grapefruit flavor with strong bitterness...kicked out some nice hop burps in a short minute or so..

M-Medium bodied...high bitterness but doesn't feel real jagged or rough....you definitely know hops were used in this beer.

D-Quality beer with a several appealing dimensions....if you like bitter hops you will like this but I am impressed with the depth of the flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very bright golden body with lots of carbonation running to the top...there is an inch of thick white head that retains the entire glass...lacing is left with the second half of the beer

S - Big aromas of resiny, wet, juicy, sweet hops...wet pine and sweet citrus really stand out in the nose...great smell for a fresh hop beer

T - The hops are the star in this ale...they provide all the characteristics that the nose suggests...there is a lot of thick piney hop resin sticking around...the sweet citrus (grapefruit and orange) balances out the pine bitterness...the bite of this beer is pretty big but there is a subtle sweet malt backbone that cuts it down a little

M - Medium bodied...a little dry with a long lasting bitterness

D - This was my first Port Brewing beer and I was very pleased...I love the aroma of a fresh hop ale...I need to get out and try more of their IPAs...a good west coast IPA to try

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

A pint glass served at the Brass Rail deli on 10/26.

A: The IPA is a brilliant golden color, bright and translucent after the pour settles down. A finger of white foam lingered for almost 3/4 of the glass.

S: The nose is piquant, loaded with resiny hops and the thick sweetness that comes from a fresh hop ale. The biscuity backbone is a bit of an afterthought behind the wet hops.

T: Citrus hops reign supreme, with pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit. The hops are bold, a lush taste that manages to combine the full sweetness of a West Coast IPA with the subtlety of a fresh-hopped ale. The bitterness, citrusy and bright, leaves a nice finish on the palate.

M: The mouthfeel is just what you'd expect, hoppy and vibrant with a seam of fresh hops running through the middle.

D: A good pint of ale, surprisingly my first fresh-hopped ale of the fall.

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

A tasty brew courtesy of gibby. Thanks for the hookup!

Appearance: A rough pour yields a deep, copper colored cloudy brew with a nice inch-thick foamy head. Outstanding retention, and some great soapy lacing.

Smell: When you can smell the hops as the glass sits over a foot from your face, you know it's going to be good. A nice splash of bitter grapefruit mixed in with a bit of sweetness on the back end.

Taste: Hops! An immediate bitter grapefruit punch to the face. Not overly complex, and no real heavy malt backbone to balance, just good ole hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, good carbonation. The feel is a bit thin, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it watery.

Drinkability: A simple, tasty hop bomb. If you need a good hop fix, this brew will certainly do the trick. Very tasty.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep gold color, slightly hazy with a finger plus white head which reduces to a dense quarter inch leaving decent lacing.

S - Distinct but not heavy. Bright floral hops with citrus, floral, and a trace of herbs and malt.

T - Crisp and tangy grapefruit hits right up front without being overly bitter, followed by a fresh and grassy quality. Hops are liberally present with just enough malt to provide a bit of balance. Lingering citrus and herbal quality is tingly and pleasant with just enough bite.

M - Medium body with light but sufficient carbonation. Nice bitter finish is not harsh.

D - A thoroughly enjoyable American IPA representation with complex hop character. Big and hoppy in a way that I really enjoyed. Great character from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinged golden color with a solid white head that slowly recedes, depositing ample sticky lacing on the glass. Nice retention.

S - Floral hops dominate with mostly citrus and pine qualities. There are also some herbal aromas as well as a subtle hint of pale malt in the background.

T - Similar to the aroma, with loads of hop flavor. Juicy grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine flavors with a bit of a grassy, herbal quality. Balanced with a very mild, sweet malt presence - the hops definitely dominant. Nice, crisp bitterness with resinous, herbal, piney flavors lingering into the aftertaste. Very nice, powerful fresh hop flavors.

M - Medium bodied and smooth, with a solid kick of bitterness.

D - A well-done, tasty, hoppy brew that I definitely enjoyed thoroughly. Really like the hop varieties used and the heavy focus on those flavors. I could enjoy a couple of bombers of this no problem, and hope I can revisit it before its done for the season.

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

I got this brew from Smokepot23, Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazy yellow color with a nice white head that left a sheet of lacing.
Blasts of hops, citrus and piney scents, lovely.
Bitter hoppy bite most of the ride with a touch of sweetness towards the dry finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down very easy.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating the last day of class. Which doesn't equate to the last day of exams. Needless to say, it's a rather subdued celebration.

Appearance - A light golden color with a lot more cloudiness than would normally be expected from an IPA. A pretty robust inch or so of head.

Smell - Hops! Yes! Very piney hoppy with plenty of citrus burst. Some definite grapefruit. Smells great.

Taste - Awesome. Pretty smooth up front. Then it has a very strong hop bitterness, but it's mellowed a bit. Very grapefruit. It finishes with a semi-sweet citrus goodness. Ton of citrus here, with plenty of hops. Good depth. More citrusy goodness than most IPAs.

EDIT: There is a real astringency in the 2009 version. It's just so very dry. Unbalanced in the bitterness, without the fresh burst of fruity hops that I'd prefer. Downgrade from 4.5 - 4.0.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and clean. It sort of snaps on the tongue. It's great and refreshing.

EDIT: Not a 5, frankly. A little thin. 4.5 is closer to the mark.

Drinkability - Pretty high, considering all the hops and citrus. Would be great on a hot summer day.

EDIT: Absolutely correct, a great beer for a hot day.

Fantastic. This is a great beer. I really love Port, and this is no exception. Great job here.

EDIT: This is a good, not great beer. The unbalanced bitterness is something of a problem. Still, glad to have it again. However, I won't be waiting for it all year like I was last time.

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Photo of Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hoppy loved it and was very tasty.

A - Pours a nice golden yellow with a one finger head.

S - Malt, citrus very strong pungent smell.

T - Stong grapefruit, very nice and tart.

M - nice lingering feel leaves a risdual taste very nice.

D - good litttle harder to find but was able to pick up while in MA. Great stuff if you can get a hold of it.

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Photo of mjl21
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Comes in at 6.5%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a hazy yellow with some a touch of brownish hue. It has a one finger off white head that has a fairly decent retention level. Lots of bubbles let you know it is carbonated.

S-For a fresh hop beer, it has a much more pronounced tropical nose. It smells like freshly squeezed tropical juice. There are notes of pineapple, orange juice, and tangerine. It is tough to find any malt.

T-This one is all about fresh hops from the get go. At the beginning it tastes a little earthy and grassy like so many other fresh hops beers. The citrus really pops midway through each sip. Grapefruit citrus is the strongest flavor and it does not taste as tropical as it smells. There is some sweet malt that cuts off some of the hop flavor as it goes down. There is some decent lingering bitterness. Bread and bitter grapefruit dominate the aftertaste. I also get some sour lemon flavors in between each sip.

M-Higher end of the medium spectrum. It is oily and has a comfortable carbonation level.

D-A very good fresh hop beer that really kicks it up in the aroma category. Worth seeking out while it is super fresh.

I enjoyed this beer and found it to be one of the best fresh hop beers I have tried this year.

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

Got this bottle as an extra from Benanomyces, thanks for the chance Ben!

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful hazy orange gold color, similar to a good looking hefeweizen. Large chunky and creamy white head. Leaves tons of lacing and has a slow laboring carbonation. Great looking beer.

The nose is huge tropical hops. Sweet malt backbone balances it out nicely, but the tropical and juicy fruits are definitely the focal point.

This tastes much more muted than the nose. It's the same story, juicy tropical fruity hops, with a nice sweet malt backbone to balance it out, but it's just not as up front as the nose is. It's still good, but muted.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Tiny carbonation bubbles add to the feathery light mouthfeel. Drinkability is great, this is a good session IPA.

As the season for fresh hop ales is almost over, this is a good one to go out with. Very strong on the juicy fruity hops, which is what I expect from most west coast fresh hop ales. I definitely recommend this.

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Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank/reviewed on 10/24/09 but it was deleted for some reason

pours cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger chunky white head that leaves notches all down the glass

smell - pine pine pine - not much else but i dont care i love it

taste - big pine and citrus - west coast ipa!! - the only bad thing i have to say about this beer is no malt backbone

mouthfeel is light and has decent amount of carbonation

drinkability is good but there are better west coast ipas out there that are not seasonal

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Photo of ffejherb
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 10/26/09.

A - Presented in a shaker pint as a slightly hazy, effervescent golden color with a finger's width of creamy, bright white head that settled into a thin sheet of retention and deposited thick, cake-like lacing all the way down the sides of the glass.

S - A huge waft of pungent, juicy citrus hops unveils a fresh, wet aromatic nose. There's some sweet malt and a hint of light alcohol also present, but the citrus character really dominates here, suggesting fresh grapefruit and sliced pineapple.

T - Initial flavor delivers a bold citrus hop character with lots of pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of citrus rind. Some mild alcohol warmth enters the mix, followed by a surge of sweet caramel malt to balance the aggressive citrus hop explosion.

M - Medium bodied with a very oily texture and modest carbonation. Finish is slightly dry, with lingering bitterness and residual hop oils on the palate.

D - Fresh Hop IPA is an incredibly drinkable IPA that goes down effortlessly. So fresh and flavorful, and certainly outstanding on tap. Chalk up another winning IPA from Port!

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,118 ratings