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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oggg on 10-24-2004

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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

On-Tap

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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Photo of MGL
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jeff aka Gibby for picking this up for me at the Beer Yard.

A- A hazy yellow/amber with minimal head and lacing poured into a pinot glass.

S- Oranges, nectarines and spice. Not what I expected but pleasant none the less.

T- Oranges and tropical fruit and spice followed by moderate bitterness. Definitley not a hop bomb.

M- Moderate viscosity and carbonation. I was happy that this Port selection was not flat. I have had problems in the past with Port brewing bombers being flat (Hop 15)

D- A very nice offering by Port. Not what I expected but that is why I drink beer. It is a unique brew that goes down easy. This would be a nice beer on a hot summer day. Too bad it is 40 degrees in PA today.

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

Appearance - Pours a nice golden amber color with about two fingers of billowy head that is taking its sweet time to go away, which in turn is leaving some very thick and nice looking lacing.

Smell - Citrus, hops, grapefruit and a hint of pine. It smells very, as Alex so eloquently put it, dank. Wow this has a great smell.

Taste - You can taste the freshness - extreme citrus and bitter hop notes at the forefront followed by just a hint of malt and spice. The citrus notes are of course grapefruit with almost a bit of lime.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than I would have thought for a 6.5% abv. Medium, smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. Feels a bit dry overall because of the massive amounts of hops and bitterness but leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable/quaffable. I'll have to pick up another one of these before they start aging on shelves at the store.

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

After pouring this medium amber hued elixir, a burst of hop aroma escapes. Scents of pineapple are strongest, but citrus and floral scents are in the mix as well. The one finger head fades quickly.

Taste of grapefruit with some light mouth-coating and some bready malt, followed up by a nice amount of bitterness that does not overwhelm the palate. Possible roasted notes as well. There is a considerable amount of lacing on the glass. I think the flavor and bitterness profile of the beer lends itself to many possible food pairings, and is highly drinkable on its own.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy dark gold/orange color. Nice rocky white head has good retention and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma is very light, but nice. Orange and fresh grass stand out.

Taste: Initial taste of sweeter acidic fruits (orange, pineapple), slowly overtaken by grasses, bitter hops, and grapefruit. There's a big burst of bitterness right before the finish, and then things start to mellow out again into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and smooth, with light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: ABV-wise this is just fine. Some might find the taste a bit intense in the hop-bitterness department.

The taste is a bit of a roller-coaster ride, with that bitterness slamming the drinking halfway-through. But, then again, this is a fresh hop beer, so I shouldn't be too surprised. It is pretty enjoyable, and while I might not pick it up again, I'd recommend it to others interested in this style.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found some wet hopped IPA's. This is my first try at an offering from Port Brewing.

Poured from bomber into tulip a nice opaque golden wheat with some bubble action. Head was big and bright and accompanied by sticky lacing.

High Tide has a fantastic nose. Big aroma's of grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange, and tangerine! This IPA is downright tropical.

Flavor was smooth up front with C-Hops hitting sharply giving the tongue a barrage of beautiful citrus notes followed by a nice bitterness and light malt letting the hops do the talking.

Mouthfeel was medium, smooth, and refreshingly creamy

Drinkability is still pretty good, if you don't go into palate shock first. The ABV is just right, making it hugely session forward.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch, where Cascade hops were substituted for Centennial. Consumed on 10/1/2009 and poured into my Moonlight pint glass. The beer is hazy dark orange with a huge, fluffy, and cavernous off-white head. The retention and lacing are almost comical. The lacing on the sides looks like the remnants of a bubble bath. The head eventually recedes a bit, but huge mountains of beige foam are still piled up all over the glass.

Ahhh...wet hops! The hops are the main attraction, imparting notes of fresh cut grass, pine, lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The malt is slightly grainy and it imparts a touch of sweetness. A vigorous swirl of the glass brings out subtle tropical notes.

Moderately bitter up front with grassy notes, some sweetness kicks in almost immediately to provide a little balance. The malt is grainy and doesn't provide much flavor. Moderate hop bitterness carries through to the finish. Other hop flavors are of pine, orange pith, and to a lesser extent, grapefruit.

The beer is light medium bodied with high moderate carbonation and a smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

I tried the 2009 batch on tap last night at Stone and was shocked that it had no carbonation. It was just about completely flat out of the keg. I brought the beer to the bartender and told him I'd like to get a different beer because the High Tide was flat. He told me that, "It's supposed to be like that." *rolls eyes* Anyway, after trying it on tap at Lost Abbey today and picking up a bottle, both of which had ample carbonation, I'm happy to say that is most certainly isn't "supposed to be like that." This is definitely my favorite fresh hop IPA.

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

A: High Tide pours a light golden color with a fluffy white head. The lacing is fairly minimal.

S: A sniff reveals a very pleasant fruity aroma. I pick up very intense grapefruit and pineapple as the primary smells with very little else going on.

T: Following the nose, there are very nice grapefruit and pineapple flavor. There is a subtle spiciness in the middle of the tongue and a piney, bitter finish.

M: The carbonation is moderate and the beer flows smoothly across the tongue. The beer is light to medium in body.

D: A good IPA, but not the greatest. That said, it's a very easy drinking beer and one that you could have a few glasses of in a night or on a nice hot day.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem in a smaller liquor store, it was sitting at the back of the clearance shelf at half price so I figured I would pick it up. No date on it and lots of yeast and sediment on the bottom, so I'm a little skeptical, but here goes. Poured into oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours a golden orange color with haze and sediment, decent head that fades semi quickly

N: Loaded with fresh citrus hops on the nose, slight crystal malt, touch of pine and touch of... toffee(?)

T: Taste actually starts with a big malt hit, almost like an Oktoberfest or red ale, some biscuit, bready, maltier than I expected, slight citrus and pine, it starts slightly bitter and grows, an earthy taste as well, slightly spicey hops too

M: Somewhat oily and semi thin, decent carbonation

F: Bitter hops start to charge in, then fade away hinting at a lot more bitterness, more citrus and pine hang around on the tongue for a bit, its also semi dry

Final thoughts: Its definitely not as fresh as I'm sure it is... um fresh. Its lost a lot of the bitter hit I expected for a west coast Fresh Hop IPA. WIth that being said, I actually really enjoyed this beer. It has a great malty backbone, better than most IPAs I've had. It teases with bitterness but never gets super bitter, instead has a nice hop taste and finally leaves a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue as it dries. I can taste the Centennial pretty well but the usual plasticy taste I get with simcoe isn't there. Perhaps it fades with time, or they did a good job masking it. I really want to try this fresh and come back to it again. But for a $5 bomber of Port Fresh Hop IPA you can't go wrong!

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

650ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com...

Poured a nice crystal clear golden copper colour. White head with coppery hints poured big thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to good covering with thick edging... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy mouth watering fruitiness (pears, grapefruits, oranges, limes), light sweet caramel malts, buttery, some bready notes, honey, citrus and grassy hops, light pine, quite floral, talcum powder traces, faint rubbery notes...

Taste - Tart fruits (tons of grapefruit, oranges, limes), good peppery and citrus hop bitterness balanced by light caramel sweetness, chalky traces, light metallic notes, quite biscuity...

M&D - Smooth initially with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... extremely quaffable brew at 6.5%

Overall - Another first class IPA from Port Brewing... definitely recommended...

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

I am opening this a little "off-season". I was saving it to open with one of my hop head buds, but I couldn't wait any longer. He snoozes, he loses, and I get drunk!

me + 22 oz bottle of awesomeness - wife (working) = trouble

Pours a dense gold color with faint clarity and a very small head despite a mildly aggressive pour. Light shines brilliantly through the beer. The initial pour out of the bottle offered very little head, but the second pour into the same glass offered a much more bountiful one-and-a-half finger width head of creamy white. In this second pour, the lacing lingers for quite some time.

The smell is equal parts sweet toffee and citrusy hop resin. It almost smells like a freshly peeled orange with that combination of sweet rind and tart citrus. The smell is medium-light in strength but is pleasant and very well balanced.

Let's see how the taste stacks up... Good god! The label wasn't kidding! It's a tidal wave of hop flavor. Damn!! I am drowning in it! The aroma didn't prepare me for that... Their is some malty sweetness up front which is quickly engulfed by the flood of hop flavor that pummels your taste buds and lingers long (and I mean LONG) into the finish. I kid you not and I exaggerate very little here: about 20 seconds after you've swallowed, your mouth is still burning with citric hop goodness!! I might need some cheese to balance this. It has the same sort of lingering quality as a slice of pickled jalapeno, and I mean that in the BEST way possible! The dominating hop notes are citric in quality with some floral notes around the periphery.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy from the medium low carbonation. There is certainly a burning quality from the hoppy finish (read: not alcohol burn). The 6.5 ABV is masked very well.

Drinkability...hmmm...for a hop head it is fan-frickin-tastic, but for a laymen: Beware! This beer isn't kidding around when it comes to hop punch. Hence, my grade of 3.5. Don't get me wrong, I love this beer, but I recognize we have wimps in this world with wimpy taste buds!

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

Reviewed 6-27-09
Almost clear, pale yellow color. Great abundance of carbination streaming up a thick frothy head, two fingers, gives way to half inch head.
I can already smell the sweet aroma of hops before the nose hits the glass! AHHH! Citrus hops pour in, slight sweetness to it.
This brew is dominated by citrus hops but not overpowering. Malts tame hop bite, slight spicyness midway through, minimal dry biscut flavors at finish.
Medium body here. Some slick oily resins left in mouth, very refreshing summertime feel.
Overall very well ballanced brew! Held onto this one for a while. Will try at time of release next year for a fresher taste.

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

22oz bomber served in a shaker pint. Poured a bright gold with a thin white head. Big aroma of piney and citrusy hops. Good hop bite, but the hop flavor was a bit vegetal. Good malt base with some sweetness. Dry hoppy finish. Bottle conditioned. Decent IPA, but that's not saying much these days.

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High Tide Fresh Hop IPA from Port Brewing
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,098 ratings.
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