Front Street Port City IPA | Front Street Brewery

51 Ratings

Brewed by:
Front Street Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2006

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a light amber color and a modest head that leaves little lace

Smell: Grapefruity aromatics

Taste: Fruity up front with a nice grapefruity flavor; after the swallow, the bitterness is somewhat pithy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Nice flavor but a touch undercarbonated

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Photo of BEER88
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, copper coloring with a thin, light, off-white head. Nose of grapefruit, resinous pine, and bitter notes, with a roast and sweet backbone. Flavors are hop forward, with pine tassels, tart grapefruit, and bitter overloading the caramel backbone. Mid-bodied, with a very bitter, piney aftertaste. Dry, bitter, almost astringent finish. Solid! I really like this beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a one finger head that lasts. Some lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: nice floral hop aroma and some softer orange citrus is easy to detect with the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, some floral tones, and a soft but sharp bitterness arrives late. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp throughout. Aftertaste is surprisingly brief. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this beer went down quickly and it was a bit refreshing too. If on tap make sure you grab a pint or two.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into a standard pint glass, golden amber in color with a decent layer of white head

s: lots of raw citrus rind hops on a benign body of pale malts - nothing more than a support structure for the grapefruit hop profile, nice and pungent

m: light-medium in body with a lively carbonation

t: much like the nose, a lighter pale malt body holds loads of citrus pith hop flavor, grapefruit, light metal, strongly bitter, unbalanced towards the hop end but tasty all the same

d: a little acrid or harsh at times, but a nice ipa that's easily drinkable

growler sourced from the brewery by a friend, enjoyed while camping streamside in the Pisgah forest

consumed again August 2012: very nice, solid ipa, scores similar

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of zimm421
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery. Appears a pale color, with a small head. The nose is lacking, but is bitter piney and resiny with a touch of citrus. The taste follows suit; very bitter, a small amount of late flavor. Overall, refreshing, but needs some work.

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Photo of kristougher
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Pours a deep amber gold with a white lacing.

Fruity citrus hop aroma with some biscuit malt undertone.

Fresh fruity hop flavor with some berry and piney elements along with biscuity malts.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice IPA well worth trying if you are visiting, especially enjoyable flavor on this one.

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Photo of gregcordle
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brewsed
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Front Street IPA, on tap at Front Street Brewery. Enjoyed on my last trip to Wilmington.

Appearance: Arrives a light golden in hue, spot on color-wise, really - not too dark, not too bright. The head is about one finger high, rocky, with admirable retention, and after fading leaves a good thick ring with nice crunchy lacing dripping along the sides of the glass, a foamy collar, and faint surface dusting. What one expects from a highly hopped IPA.

Aroma: Cascade herbal and citrus notes warmly greet the nose, a little faint though gradually intensifying as this one approaches room temperature. It's probably more herbal than citrusy, and at least more herbal and grassy than pure Cascade would suggest - perhaps there's some Amarillo here, though it's a little less leafy than Amarillo. There's an underlying canned sugar syrup sweetness to the proceedings, too, slightly roasted, though it blends well with the fruityness of the hop profile.

Taste: Mild bitterness greets the tongue, enhanced and amplified by the relatively dryness of the body. Dashes of grapefruit and orange mingle with tobacco and hints of mint, though the hop profile is somewhat pithy rather than juicy, again likely in part because of the dryness of the crackery, roasted base.

Mouthfeel: Bright and fluffy, amplifying the bitterness again above the levels I imagine it's present at (IBU-wise). It manages to remain fairly smooth and even despite the carbonation levels, to its credit.

Drinkability: An above-average IPA, though it doesn't really differentiate itself from the slew of other above-average IPAs out there (is that a knock against it?) or particularly excel in any one category. If I could take any single beer at Front Street and choose it as my "After Work Friday" beer, this would be it. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served pint at the brewpub this afternoon.

Poured a subtle copper color. Very much transparent. Head of white foam that quickly dissolved. Nose was essentially non-present. Picked out just a slight hint of hops. Flavor was very subtle for an American IPA. More akin to an English style with an amped up hop bill but not particularly bitter or powerful. Malts quickly overpowered any real bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.

I have a hunch this would be quite nice if served on cask and dry hopped.

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Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange gold pour into FSB pint glass. Thin head. Very nice sparse lace.

Nose feels a bit dirty and unfinished. Very earthy with weak grapefruit.

Deep hop taste all the way through. Extremely bitter finish. Oily. Very nice hop taste with citrus and tad bit of pine.

Malt body stands up to the hops well.

Great drinker. Easy to have 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of AmitC
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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Front Street Port City IPA from Front Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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