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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 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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Photo of Seanibus
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lovely. Just lovely.

This is a beautiful beer, bright yellow, slightly hazy, with a torrent of carbonation. The aroma is citrusy, lemony, spicy. The flavor is intensely lemony, with a zesty bitterness and a sharp hop bite. The mouthfeel is smooth, a little clingy, with a bite of carbonation. The finish has a sharp lemony bite.

This is simply delicious, like a delicious beery answer to lemon aid.

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


A- High tide is a bright orange/gold color with a non cloudy appearence, this beer looks very clean. Well, there is no head to speak of, just some scattered islands of white foam on the top, very small islands at that. No lacing.

S- This is floral hops done to the max. Floral up front with some grapefruit in the back plus some light malts giving off some morning bread. Some slight mango and no alcohol presense.

T- A easy going IPA, nothing too extreme. A light mix of floral hops backed with some citrus including grapefruit and the like. Im guessing some fresh/wet hops were used in this as the flavor profile resembles something similar. After the initial flavor fades some malt backing gives off a slightly sweet taste plus bisquit. All the flavors are light in this.

M&D- The feel is a step above light bodied and a easy smooth finish. Not very bitter at all, only a tad. The carbonation is light but effective for a beer of this caliber. A little above sessionable, but the alcohol is not in the taste or smell. I did not want to have another one after finishing this, it just did not grab me.

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with some slight peach and light hazy golden orange color when held to a light source. Two finger frothy, pillowy white head with great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunky rings of soapy lacing.

Floral hoppy aroma with lots of earthy dank hop oil, sticky buds, slight citrus notes, pine and slight alcohol. Subtle malt presence with hints of biscuit but the aroma is dominated by the earthy fresh hops.

Creamy resinous medium body with a huge burst of sweet floral hops with a very nice amount of dry bitterness. Once again there is a lot of earthy dank oily hop flavor that I'm loving. Slight sweet citrus notes, mostly orange/lemon peel and grapefruit and a nice dry piny presence in the finish. There is a nice malt backbone with hints of caramel, biscuit and graham cracker providing nice balance without interfering with the hops. There is some light alcohol warmth towards the end of the swallow and in the finish but otherwise the ABV is decently masked. Pretty drinkable and is as close to a session beer that a 6.5% beer could be. If you love fresh hoppy beers this is for you. Recommended.

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

A: Hazy golden color just like a fresh hop IPA should be. Nice lacing very sticky. A finger and a half of billowy white head.

S: Tons of citrus. Grapefruit and every other citrus fruit out there. Hop cones.

T: Just straight hops. Just enough of a malt backbone to cut down the bitterness a little. Just really nice all around. It lets the hops shine without being overwhelming. Still a hopbomb though.

M: Nice crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing actually.

D: Super drinkable. Split the bomber and daddy wants more. Very smooth. Would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of purpletape
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very cloudy beer dark yellowish color to i. no head but thats ok. citrusy. smells burnt.not too much going on. still a really good brew. good price for a fresh hop one of the better ones i have tried, sierra fresh hop, garbage compared to this. pizza port killing it as always.

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Photo of Docer
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle at By The Bottle in Vancouver. WA since I can't get this stuff in OR ya bastards.

- Nice cloudy stray yellow bready appearance.... white fluffy head... all over creating a ton of lace all down my little tumbler glass....

- Bright zesty citrus hops... grapefruit.... and then a little grapefruit... with some bready biscuit yeast... and slight sugar malt caramel... but so light...

- Citrus ruby red grapefruit... and so smooth and perfectly balanced.... I think the best fresh hop IPA or fresh hop brew I have ever experienced. And I am not just saying that because I am drunk.

- Little dry and sticky... but the grapefruit flavor is so good, that the mouth watering makes up for everything...

- Super fantastic IPA... just the way a west coast IPA should be... bready, cloudy, light... biscuity... and my oh my hoppidy hoppy goodness.... truly a fantastic beer. I want more!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served up on tap in a pint glass with some light haze. A moderate golden straw in color and with half an inch of soapy white foam. Head retention is moderate yet yielding some nice lacing. Rather light.

Fresh and clean hops on the nose are present but not abundant in nature. Clean and floral in nature, with some tangerine rind and a bit of orange dominant. Good but you gotta go reaching for it, which is more difficult after some air time.

Tangerine rind and citrus with a bit too much carbonation on the tongue. Flavor and body are a bit thin but decent. Citrus notes seem a bit off key of effervescent lemon. Touch of bitterness on the close.

Overall a bit of a disappointment for an IPA. Nicely done yet too subtle. Citrus qualities do carry through to the flavor however making for a good drinkability. Otherwise pretty washed out.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a port glass from a 22-oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market in Pasadena, CA. Kept it around 50 degrees for about a week, no discernible date on the label.

This is a great looking beer, a super cloudy rich yellow color that is paler than I would have expected. No floaters, but some nice thick lacing capped by a thin head that lingered throughout the session.

Immediately smelled the fresh hops. Lemon, grapefruit also around. The taste was really where this beer stood out -- just a great example of what an IPA can be. More lemon than I've tasted other brews, but it works insanely well in the beer. Not the hop bomb that I was expected when I opened the bottle, but this has San Diego written all over it.

6.5% seems a tad on the light side for IPAs, and this had a lighter mouth feel than I was expecting. Carbonation is right on the money. Combined with the relatively low (for an IPA) a.b.v., I could drink two or three more 22-ozers.

A job really, really well done by Port.

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,110 ratings
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