Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA Review
I have not been a big fan of fresh hop IPAs in the past, but this one has changed my mind. Very good, but it's really hard for me to pinpoint the exact tastes I am getting.
3.8Overall Score
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I have not had great experiences with fresh hop (or as they are sometimes called “wet hop”… a term which I find confusing, as it is nothing like dry hop) IPA.  I have found them to have weird flavors like banana, broccoli, and overly bitter.  Well, I rolled by Bine & Vine and picked up a bottle of Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA.  This was reasonably priced, at $5.49 for a 22oz bottle.  It clocks in right on par with west coast IPAs at 6.5%ABV.  Here’s some of my findings on this beer from Port Brewing.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep gold, with a nice fluffy head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer, that laces the glass all the way down.  I poured it into a tulip glass.  The tulip glass, by the way, I found at Goodwill as a set of 4 that were made in West Germany (Berlin Wall era) for just $6!  I am really proud of this find.  This is a very nice looking beer. The lack of clarity was probably due to using fresh hops.

Smell: Black pepper spice is the first impression, followed by fresh cut grass, peach and citrus.  The smell was decent, but I have had many IPAs with bigger aromas.

Taste: Big citrus rind up front, followed by nutty, peppery and earthy hop notes.  On the back end it leaves you with a lingering bitterness.  The taste definitely improved as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, slick but not thin on the tongue.  About what you would expect from a west coast IPA.

Overall: This beer was very enjoyable.  I thought it tasted excellent, but I has a bit of trouble picking out individual flavors.  The aroma and taste seemed to benefit from the fresh hops by adding the fresh cut grass, and citrus rind notes.  At $5.45 for a bomber, I recommend  you track down a bottle of Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA before they are gone.


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