Thursday, November 18, 2010

Port Brewing Company - High Tide Fresh Hop IPA; Mongo

The Port Brewing Company is in San Marcos, California.

High Tide Fresh Hop IPA - Dark honey golden with an inch of thick foamy head that laces the glass as the beer is consumed.  The aroma is hop forward, an intense aroma yet light, full of tropical fruit and tangerine.  The flavor is of citrus fruit and tropical fruit, there is a background of malt and the finish is intensely, bracingly and astringently bitter with a bit of pine and grass.  The aftertaste retains the flavors but also the bitterness.  6.5% ABV. This is an IPA with wonderful aroma and taste, but it is on the bitter end of the spectrum.   
From the bottle:  Our version of a seasonal IPA brewed and dry hopped with freshly harvested centennial and simcoe flower hops.   Fresh hop beers can only be brewed once a year during this annual fall harvest.  We use the hop cones at their peak of freshness bursting with flavor and aromas.  Each fall we brew High Tide IPA in celebration of the new crop year.  We hope this seasonal IPA will be a welcome addition to our lineup of distinguished beers and be sought by hop heads everywhere seeking something a little more extraordinary.

Mongo - This beer pours a glowing and radiant orange and light copper-amber and is somewhat cloudy.  There is a mountain of pillowy billowing head that is just off white that leaves light, ragged, but somewhat sticky lacing down the glass.  The aroma is hoppy and yeasty, fruity, tropical fruits, cantaloupe, citrus zest, and slightly spicy with just the slightest hint of pine.  The taste is a blast of hop forward fruit, followed by a yeasty zest, some bready malt and a very dry and bitter finish.  There is a large amount of yeast sediment in the bottle.

The beer is named after a cat that lived at the brewery, born Columbus, but nicknamed Mongo.  The bottle characterizes the thought of Mongo catching a wave.

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