Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

Another late night at work for me. I am so counting down until end of quarter is over. I’m interviewing a temp tomorrow and I’m hoping that she’s good so that it can take some pressure off of me. Given how my last round of temp interviews went, I’m not all that optimistic. Out of 6 interviews, one person showed up. For some reason, I thought people needed jobs? I guess not. Anyways, I’m trying to drink through the beer fridge before making another beer run. I picked this one up awhile ago, so let’s see how it fared.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Each and every fall, we experience a coastal experience in San Diego known as the ‘Super High Tide.’ This happens later in the Fall Season when the tidal swings reach a range of about 8 feet in difference between low and high tides. When this happens, there are days when the tide just gets too high and flattens out the surf. The lineups shut down and surfers are left to wait until the High Tide recedes. While waiting for the tides to shift in your favor, might we suggest a High Tide IPA? Brewed only once each year to coincide with the Hop Harvest in Yakima Washington, High Tide IPA is made with 180 lbs of Fresh Hops per batch that are plucked from the vines and sent straight to our brewery. We skip the whole drying and processing stage which means the hops are ultra fresh and full of flavors we can’t normally get. Like grapes, Hops are only harvested one time each year and as such, we make what we can when we get them. The recipe is very simple and basic with an emphasis on the variety of hops we select each year. Lately, we have selected Centennial and Chinook hops for our High Tide IPA. We used Centennial at the end of the boil and Chinook for the Dry Hopping. Now that we have brewed High Tide, we will sit and wait for the ultra High Tides of Fall to arrive knowing full well that we have sufficient stocks of great beer to get us through the flattest of sessions. We hope you’ll stock up too.”

Random: I still love the song “Kids” by MGMT. Whenever it comes on Pandora, I totally rock out.

This one poured with a two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow with very light carbonation visible. The nose had some piney hops, alcohol and some citrus right after. The taste had some definitely hops with pine resin and then lemon zest with grapefruit. Some grass came through right after with tropical fruits. There wasn’t a huge amount of bitterness, but it was crisp and pleasant. The body was medium thickness and some of the carbonation has left the beer with time. The finish was long and a bit oily with some pine bitterness. This was a really enjoyable beer that had moderate alcohol. It’s a nice brew for both the hop head and hop newbie alike. This is definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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