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Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA

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  • Brewery: Port Brewing
  • Country: USA
  • Style: American IPA
  • ABV: 6.5 %
  • Size: 650 ml
  • Bought from: Brewdog Shop, 6 pounds
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Today I’ll try my second fresh hop ale, i.e. a beer brewed right after the autumn hop harvest with fresh hops, and expectations are quite high, especially since I’ve liked everything I’ve tried by Port Brewing. This IPA is a little on the old side, but hopefully it still packs a punch. It has been brewed with only 2-row malt, and hopped with freshly picked Chinook and Centennial cones, as well as Amarillo pellets. The OG of the beer was 1.062 and the FG is 1.012, so it shouldn’t be too dry. Cheers!

Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA
The first pour is golden clear, and a fluffy white-colored head is formed, that collapses slowly leaving drapes of lacing on the glass. Really nice appearance! The second pour is slightly more hazy as there is a massive yeast sediment layer at the bottom of the bottle.
The aroma features floral, citrusy, slightly earthy, and minimal pineapple-like tones, but overall the aroma is quite subdued. I don't know if it is because of the bottle's age, the fact that I still currently have a bit of a flu, or that the aroma should be like this. I was hoping for a bit more aromatic presence.
There isn't much maltiness up front, as the flavor begins with an earthy, herbal, resiny hoppiness, that also features some grapefruit tones. It has gone some time since I tried the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest, but the hop profile is surprisingly similar. The beer finishes quite dry and with a biting bitterness. I had hoped for a little more caramel or breadiness to help balance the bitterness, but looking at the malt bill I'm not surprised. The hop flavors are still nice, and you can definitely feel the centennial and chinook.
The beer has a light body and medium carbonation level, making it easy to drink. The balance is though on the bitter side withdrawing some points.
Overall, a very good beer, that only lacked a bit in the aroma department. This featured the earthy and herbal hop tones I guess are quite typical for fresh hopped ales. Port Brewing continues to impress, and will be looking forward to drinking their beers in the future.

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