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Shark Attack Double Red Ale - Port Brewing

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87
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306 Reviews
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Reviews: 306
Hads: 733
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 27
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Floydster on 03-07-2008

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Photo of jlanagnost
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker amber color and had a very fine head to it. On the label it reads that it is quite hoppy, and it doesn't let down, so be aware if you're not looking for a hoppy amber. It also has a bit of a bite on it, but it is 9% so I suppose it's warranted. Perhaps the "Shark Attack" moniker is referring to this? Lol. Overall, it was probably my fault for not reading the label and enjoying the beer because it was too hoppy for my tastes. (444 characters)

Photo of W_Des
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown. There is lots and lots of malt in this. The finish gets a little bit too sweet for me the longer I continue to drink it and takes away from the overall beer. (179 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, a deadly cool thing to see Port Brewing represented in Idaho, and NOHO at that, and at very reasonable prices at further that. Wait, old stock, maybe?

This beer pours a hazy, medium chummed ocean swell hue, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and near-creamy ecru head, which leaves some very loose sudsy gear-chain lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel/toffee malt, muddled orange and some kind of grapefruit citrus rind, wet pine forest floor the morning after the rain (and a bit of subsequent mildew), a skinned nuttiness, faint buttery chocolate, Tootsie rolls, and more and more leafy, grassy, and well-perfumed hops. The taste is fairly sweet, with the grainy baba bread, chocolate-ensconced caramel, bitter mixed citrus fruit (pick any or all and yer good), buttery packaged nuts, water-logged pine needles, and more of those innocuous (you think) weedy, leafy, and besotted floral hops.

The carbonation is quite underwhelming in its barely palpable frothiness, the body a decent medium-full weight, and generally smooth, only a small alcohol astringency taking away from an otherwise puritanical creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, all caramel this, and toffee that, yet with the hops, sundry other players, and booze schedule to back it up.

Yeah, I don't quite feel like I've been attacked by sharks, per se, but this west coast makeover of the workaday American red ale into an Imperialized version might have a bit of the same ancillary metrics, i.e. you hit the water, expecting an outside chance of cartoonish danger, and then BAM! Lights out baby. (1,645 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber under a persistent, clingy 3” light tan foam collar.
S: Citrus rind, citrusy, resiny hops, malt
T: Starts with sweet malt, light caramel, citrus and light fruit and then this gives way to the intense lingering hops – more bitter than many to balance the malt. The hops dry the beer out in the finish but while assertive, they are not harsh.
F: Medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: A big hop forward beer that is fulfilling and easy to drink. (480 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz poured to snifter

Pours a lightly hazed red-brown, inch or so or dark amber head, fairly persistent and sticky. Reds should look good, and this one does.

Smell is vegetal, herbal, a hint of sea breeze and toffee.

Taste is a full on hop riot when cold, pine and bitter orange. A nice toffee note from crystal sneaks in as it warms, but even them this is more aggressive than balanced.

Reasonable mouthfeel for 9%, not a huge body, but appropo.

Overall: I'm not always a fan of reds and double reds. It's easy to go too sweet. Its easy to go too thin, it's easy to go too bitter. I suppose some would argue this is too bitter, but I love a good hop-whipping. No pussy footing around... this beer probably isn't for the meek or the uninitiated at this bitterness level. If you are a crazy hop head like me, this one is a must-try. (837 characters)

Photo of tasteology408
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is good. Really good. Does not have a strong 9% bite. But you will feel it just after half way thru. Smells good tastes good. Kinda has a roasted malty bite .I buy one every other month or so. Buy it! (210 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottled on 12/1/14 (gulp)

look - Beautiful deep ruby/garnet. Big head that sticks around, good retention, very small to medium distribution. Some clinging.

smell - lots of malt, slighlty burnt nutty presence. hints of holiday spices, chestnut, and licorice.

taste - much the same as the smell, oaky woodiness. Alcohol is there, lingering bitterness. Bitternesss really sticks around.

feel - thin to medium bodied.

overall - tasty brew, never had fresh. Malt presence is most predominant, but the hop bitterness is still there. (537 characters)

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was pleasantly surprised by this one. Very fresh, great combo of caramel malt flavors and bitter hops. The hops provide that needed bite at the finish that really round this one out. Tasty! (192 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Hazy rich amber color with an enormous beige head

Smell: citrus, caramel malt, smokey leather

Taste: Caramel malt, slight citrus, and a musty yeast character, smokey leather

Mouthfeel: Medium feel; Its entirely too carbonated and dry for me from start to finish

Overall: This is not the red ale im accustomed to. The hop and malt varieties dont work together, and are all over the place. It also has a gritty and very dry mouthfeel; Overly carbonated. I love a great red, such as Nugget Nectar and lagunitas, but this is far from those. I thoroughly enjoyed Mongo, but im very dissapointed with this offering. It was actually hard for me to finish (677 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber with a really big fluffy beige head, leaving a lot of messy lacing on the glass.
Smell of sweet citrusy hop and rich caramel maltiness, candy, peach, some pineapple, pine, faint alcohol.
Rich fermenting tangerine, pineapple syrup, candied grapefruit, bit of mango and maracuja. Sweet caramelised malts, honey, hints of toffee and toast. Pine towards the finish, spicy leafiness, nice and bitter.
Pretty long finish and a nice intense aftertaste, with some prickling hop, lots of citrus peel, caramel, candy, hints of tropical fruit still around. Medium body, prickly carbonation.
A really by-the-book amber ale, lots of Westcoast hoppiness, rich malts, nice and balanced. (682 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish brown amber with a frothy tan head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Caramel malt sweetness, some dank hops, and some light pine and citrus.

T: Roasty malt, toffee, light coffee, some pine and citrus, with a slight fruitiness on the back side. Hides its alcohol well.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe not my favorite, but not bad. (414 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Port is finally distributed to my area! Picked up the bomber for $7.50 into a pint glass.

A - Easily agitated I must have shook it up since it gave me 2+ inches of mocha head atop of a hazy mahogany brown.
S - Woody with a citrus hops zest. Mild but constant.
T - Much more hoppy than I expected! A hardcore pine blast to the face with underlining caramel sweetness and some hard wood flavors. Flavors do get a bit subdued after a few sips making it more enjoyable.
M - Medium bodied not heavy for 9%. Still it is quite a sipper.

Overall kind of a disappointment I had the Tidal Wave IPA and the Mongo IPA's both had exceptional flavor but this even though piney faded quite a bit with repeated sips. Very drinkable but not worth a repeated purchase. (753 characters)

Photo of docoman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Had this beer during trip to San Diego, CA from tap (place called The Hopping Pig in Gaslamp area), it was decent, but not something I wanted to order a second time. For an amber ale it is very strong so if you like strong red ales I'd give it a try. (251 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was served in my mug at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Resiny pine, citrus, caramel, chocolate, and toasted malts.

Taste: Pine, citrus, resiny, chocolate, caramel, and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, crisp, some booze, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Very nice Imperial red. (575 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Aug. 26, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 3, 2014
Misc.: Bottled April 24, 2014

Poured a mahogany opaque color with 6-to-7 fingers of khaki tan head. A foamy Port pour? You don’t say. Sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention. (Sight - 3.88)

Smelled caramel malts, wet Cascade hops, rye, toffee, buttery malts, roasty malts, faint chocolate, citrus hops, pine, wet soapy malts and floral hops. (Smell - 3.63)

Tasted a bit better than the nose. Earthy rye hops, roasty caramel, wet Cascade, light chocolate (still), soapy pine, honey, floral hops, citrus hops, sweetened iced tea and lime zest. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.13)

A nice tasty double amber. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.93 | 88 | B+ (915 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Cloudy, reddish dark amber color. Great ring lace from a modest head.

Pleasant fresh floral hop aroma.

Hoppy red with a yeasty base. In short, the toasty malt takes a back seat. Very spritzy. Mild bitter aftertaste. (220 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%

Pour is a muddied burnt orange with an off-white frothiness that stays awhile.

Aroma is scintillating caramels and hop. Malt is much more prominent edging on Barleywine territory.

Taste has a decent hop bite followed by a candied sweetness. Alcohol has a noticeable contributing factor.

Mouthfeel has a creamy texture and the mouth is overcome in the onset but wanes quickly. More so a full bodied beer.

I'm personally not digging the boozy sugary aspects, but hey that's me. Has the imperial appeal that does have its fan base. Kinda reminds me of Palate Wrecker in some way. Nice abv that toasts this overall experience. Decent brew nonetheless. (661 characters)

Photo of For_those_near_death
5/5  rDev +29.5%

A translucent copper colored beer with a red head, like my girlfriend. The aroma is sweet-hop tied to some grassy flaves. The overall palette is somewhat malty, but still with strong notes of hops. The alcohol % is a plus. Subtle bitterness derived from the English Challenger hops with desired qualities from the Crystal Malt give it a 'must buy more' note on the white board. But folks, basically its a Belgian golden ale brewed with lots of hops, and heard that it was created for the brewers' wedding celebration. I live on the coast near great white sharks, and this beer has nothing to do with all that, except the hint of blood. (644 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red, dark brown, with a three finger high, beige-yellow, creamy head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich, full nose of butter, caramel malt, fudge, grass, raisin, plum, hoppy, resin and grape. I just love that smell!

Taste: Oily with citrus, toffee, caramel malt, creamy taste, raisin, plum, orange marmelade and dried fruit.

A full body with a good, full texture. A great carbonation and a well balanced bitterness.

Just a GREAT beer! (458 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 1/3/14 poured into a tulip
A: More brown than red with a two-fingered head
S: Caramel, burnt grains, burnt citrus peel, a touch earthy
T: Everything in the smell but amplified. Toasty, caramel, toffee, malt, hops yet all balanced
M: Medium-bodied, balanced
O: The toasted/burnt component comes across most but everything is balanced. Quite a tasty brew (370 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle to my FW snifter glass
Notes taken on 02/13/14

Been a while since having this one…now available at Costco!

A: Pours a murky looking amber color with some rusted orange and brown hues. Thick topping of stubborn khaki suds forms with incredible hang time. Fully laces the glass with the sticky stuff after each sip.

S: Smells strongly of piney resinous hops with some earthiness and a bit of spiced grapefruit. There is some mild underlying malt toffee and raisin bread like qualities. More sugary citrus peel than anything however. Much better than I had remembered. Very vibrant with the hoppy goods.

T: Flavors pack a big hop bitter punch. Oily and resinous with citrus, pine, and floral character. Grapefruit and tangerine meets with some spice and more flowery hop goodness. Malt is there with some subtle bread and toffee sweets but it plays second fiddle to the hops. Alcohol makes a showing towards the finish but it is kept pretty well in balance throughout. The fruit is expressive in this one and the beer has a long lasting bitterness. Creamy and delicious this is really hitting the spot!

M: Moderately full feel with a frothy light texture from the carbonation. Intense puckering bitterness and some mild ABV warmth. Dry towards the finish with an oily linger that carries on afterwards.

D: A nice revisit as this one had really exceeded my recollections. This bottle was either uber fresh or Shark Attack is just way better than I had remembered it to be. Would recommend for a nice hoppy Amber. (1,529 characters)

Photo of jjh19
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Red appearance, lingering head, great look to this beer.

Smell: Quite floral in the hop character.

Taste: Different from the nose, the taste of the hops struck me as perfume-y and bitter. I did not dig the heavy bitter lack of balance.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy body.

Drinkability: For every red beer fan like myself, I’m sure there’s someone who loves this. But for me, Shark Attack is just so, so. (Perfume-ey hops don’t anything for me) (460 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Poured a nice mahogany color with a one inch off white head.

S - getting nice caramel malts, grapefruit, dark fruits, and almost like a bready or oaky sent to it as well. Smells good!

T/M - Definetly more hops in the smell then in the taste, but still a nice hop presence. somewhat mild. big smokey and woody flavors, very mild dark fruit. Super carbonated...almost a little too much for me.... as well with a medium semi heavy mouth feel. This beer holds a lot of the same characteristics as Ithica's "Doublezilla" which was my first Red IPA....im beginning to like these a lot..anyway...Very tasty and drinkable for a big 9%.

Overall - Big smokey Red IPA. somewhat sweet and smoky and fairly drinkable. Another good offering by Port. (770 characters)

Photo of Tsekouratos
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle shared.

Appearance: Excellent ruby red color. Foam was white and very thick nd stayed until the last sip.

Smell: Very smooth hoppy aromas, not something particular, with lots of caramel to balance! Also some notes of burnt sugar, maybe some fruits too. Very nice smell!

Taste: The taste was like the smell, but even better!! Caramel, some exotic fruits, more caramel, hints of table sugar.. and of course caramel! Excellent taste, with a nice sweet and warm aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body was medium as it should be. I got a little dissapointed on the carbonation though. Too much and lively for my preferences, filling the mouth with extra foam sometimes, which narrowed down the enjoyment of the beer sometimes. It did help though spreading out the aromas. (772 characters)

Photo of SeanDonahue
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance on this beer is fantastic and exactly how I like my ales. The color on this beer is a very nice golden-brown with a tint of orange when held to the light. It poured a pretty big head, about three fingers, and you can barely see through this beer.

The aroma on this beer is interesting. I get very few hops but big malt notes. I also get a subtle caramel smell to it as well.

The taste on this beer is very different than anything I have had in the past. It drinks very thick. In the beginning of drinking this beer, you get an alcohol kick with it being at 9% ABV. Then you get some subtle hops in the middle. This is a very full-bodied beer. There are no surprises but just a nice, thick beer.

Overall, this is a fantastic choice for any time of the year. I would recommend it. (797 characters)

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.