Shark Attack Double Red Ale - Port Brewing

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Shark Attack Double Red AleShark Attack Double Red Ale

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 27
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 716 | Reviews: 304
Photo of Brett47
4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my go to beers, rich flavorful aroma with heavy hops and a hard kick to the taste buds. Careful, one bottle should suffice.

Photo of twistwrist
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a very pleasant surprised. It was a great beer to chill with after a super long day at work.

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of KevChiTown
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly malty. Doesn't hide the bite well. Imperial Reds just aren't my thing.

Photo of Bone53
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of dcmchew
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Murky and overcarbed. Wish it were better.

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
2.06/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If your a hop head this is a great red ale for you, I just don't like hops that much.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Photo of docoman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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+

Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

Photo of joeseppy
3.56/5  rDev -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.

Photo of For_those_near_death
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Photo of Nugganooch
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of jjh19
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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 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.

Photo of Tsekouratos
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of SeanDonahue
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of JG-90
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is brown in color with hints of peach and red, contains a good deal of big floaters, I normally like floaters, but these are a little large for my taste. Pours a large beige head with good retention and leaves heavy lacing.

Smells of caramel, citrus, and toffee, a bit of roastiness.

Taste starts with caramel, then orange with a bit of grapefruit, then roasty toffee. Has a caramel/orange aftertaste. Has a heavy mouthfeel and slightly above average carbonation for a double ale.

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep blood red -- it's quite clear why the beer is named Shark Attack. The beer is so red that it's almost purple, but the brown notes mellow it back down to just blood red. It's a great looking beer.

S - lightly hopped with a malty undertone. The 9% comes through the hops a little bit, but not so much. It's nothing too special on the nose, but it is pleasant.

T - It's actually maltier than I had anticipated. The malt is the backbone here, but the hops leave a dry finish with a lingering floral aftertaste. There's a little bit of a metallic flavor here, or something stringent like that. It's definitely interesting, but I think this beer has something of an identity crisis. It reminds me of an over malted IPA.

M - It's a little undercarbonated, which makes it feel like water. I usually like undercarbonated beers, but this one takes it a step too far.

O - This isn't by any means my favorite beer, but it's not the worst. It's not even that bad, really. That said, I wasn't expecting it to taste like this, and I think it's a bit unbalanced on the whole.

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
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