I can't get Port Brewing beer in Connecticut. Well, at least not from my local beer store. I did, however, manage to acquire a bottle of High Tide beer, nonetheless.
Was it worth the extra effort? Yuppers, it was.
I'm a big fan of west coast beer. Especially, hoppy west coast beers. And High Tide fresh hop IPA didn't disappoint me.
High Tide (6.5% ABV) is indeed a hoppy beer. It's hopped in the kettle. It's hopped in the whirlpool. And it's dry hopped. That's a lot of hops.
It pours a hazy honey gold with a big fluffy IPA head that laces nicely.
The aroma is big on citrus and big on pine. It's not a throw you through a hoppy loop smell, but very pleasant.
The taste is all hops. This is an IPA lovers IPA. It's nice and bitter and hoppy - lots of citrus and resin goodness. But there's enough of a malt presence to balance out all that wonderful bitterness. The finish is, again, hoppy. It lingers pleasantly on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. This is a refreshing beer. I liked it a lot and would recommend it.
Overall: very good.