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Shark Attack Double Red Ale - Port Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

628 Ratings
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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port Brewing visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 03-07-2008)
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Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours out a deep red, almost mahogany-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is highly of American hops and alcohol, but its hot aroma doesn't really give it a bad characteristic. The taste is also hoppy with a nice, rich maltiness. It finishes bitter. It has a medium body and is pretty silky in the mouth. A bomber goes down a little too easily. I bet Port could call this a "Red IPA" for marketing purposes haha. Anyway, it's a great take on the Red Ale that is so common on the West Coast.

Douglas14, Jun 11, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, melon, and piney grapefruity hops and a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts, pepper, alcohol, sour apples and tarry hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a velvety finish.

Overall, almost an awesome beer. The flavor was a bit subdued and didn't do it for me.

Beaver13, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Beerswag, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of ElSid
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

The Beers of California

#11

Bottled Date: 7/3/12

A: Pours copper brown with a towering, resilient khaki head.

S: The nose is lively, floral, piney and aromatic; heavy on fresh hopiness, with some, but little sugary maltiness. Very activating but pleasingly so.

T: Bitter, spicy hop notes come in the mid palate; piney and earthy with a lingering citrus zest. The bittering hops overwhelm the sweet malt backbone and dominate the palate. Flashes of sugary brown bread come through but overall the hops storm through leaving little taste buds to discern anything else in this brew.

M: Some smothiness but slightly thin with good, coating linger. Appropriate carbonation which keeps thing lively.

O: A beer for the select that truly appreciate hops and the strength and intensity of flavors rather than subtlety and complexity. If the idea of being attacked by a shark could be bottled, then this is that brew.

ElSid, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of badbeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Ruby red color with a minimal white head that does at least leave a ring around the glass. Lots of caramel, toffee, and pine needles in the aroma. Hops are noticeable, but I'm not so sure about a lethal amount of them, especially coming from Port. Sweet caramel, toffee, biscuits, slightly toasty tastes, and a some citrus coming through in the finish. Thicker than medium body and medium carbonation. I enjoyed this beer and have to give it credit, it was very drinkable, and alcohol was non-existant in this 9% beer. Thanks to doubleo for the bottle.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a hazy medium brown with a beige head that lingers. The smell is mainly malty, with some caramel and bready malts. I didn't detect any hops in the aroma at first, but as the beer warmed the hop aroma came out. The taste is caramel but also some piney hop character and alcohol. I would say the hops and alcohol are the two most detectable traits in the flavor. The beer has lots of carbonation in it, which works well for this style. For a beer that is 9%, this is pretty drinkable although I don't know if I could have more than 2-3 glasses in a sitting. I definitely recommend this beer.

Mora2000, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +29.2%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

Original name is Shark Bitten. Clear, deep red with a short off-white head. Hoppy, citrus aroma. Good pine and resin qualities as well, with very little malt. More flavor that the Shark Bite, but still nicely balanced. Grapefruit, oranges, wood, malt, and a little caramel.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

A- Cloudy non transparent ice tea like color. No head at all with an aggressive pour. Lots of floaties. The review before mine states there beer was clear and mine is anything but.

S- A really tame mix between orange and grapefuit with no hint of the alcohol contained within. Some oakey vanilla notes as well.

T- Again oak and vanilla with plenty of hops and a good deal of malts to balance. Reminds me very much of an aged Bigfoot I had recently.

D- A bomber is more than enough as the booziness really kicks in . I would definetly pick this one up again another impressive beer from Port Brewing.

WeymouthMike, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

virinow, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

Bottle (2011)

Lost Abbey Brewing Company
San Marcos, CA

A cloudy auburn with golden edges. A thin head that falls away quickly. Leaves incredible sheets of lacing. A bigger, stiffer head would have made this beer score markedly better.

The aroma is of hops but they're very muted and distant. The nose seems balanced with plenty of malt character but it comes off as disappointing and lacking because the hops are present, but they seem so far away!

A malty red ale with a candy sweetness and a burnt sugar caramel note. The hops add a touch of bitterness, but this is a malt-forward red ale, which isn't by definition a bad thing, but the label advertises a "lethal amount of hops." I'm afraid I don't find that here.

Medium to full body with ample carbonation.

Not an overly drinkable beer. The candy sweet malt and the muted hops don't make for a great combination in my mind.

ehammond1, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

TKEbeerman, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of KyleMA
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ryser2k, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

Big red and auburn color, minimal head. Aroma was heavy of wood, bitterness, not the typical hop nose, regardless of dry hopping.

Big and bitter as hell, but lacking the hop mouthfeel. Just super resinous, sticky and bitter. Underwhelmed my expectations. Alcohol was very hot. Was very challenging, and I like big brews. Not at all my favorite port offering, just hot, woody, bitter, but without any real appreciable dimensions and interplay. I might as well just take shots of hard liquor. Well, no, but this was below average for a Port beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

WVbeergeek, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%

From a 22oz. bottle. Poured dark red-amber in color with a decent off-white head.

Plenty of bitter grapefruit rind in this high IBU ale comes to the fore by the aftertaste, but has a significant malt base that tempers the hop onslaught up front. Suggestions of caramel, spruce and biscuit.

M: Medium+ body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: More IPA than red ale, although there is a markedly red tone to its color. Irish red ale crossed with a West Coast IPA. Too much bitter grapefruit for my taste.

chinchill, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

On-tap at the Brick Store during the LA/Port kick-off.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of equal parts caramel and pale malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops. Also present are hints of deep citrus aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky caramel malt flavors cut by lighter pale malts kick things off and are joined almost immediately by loads of pine and herbal hops. Midway through the sip the pine fades a bit, allowing the flavor profile to sweeten and light citrus flavors to work their way into things. The large amount of hops carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall, while admittedly being a sucker for "imperial" reds, this beer exceeded my expectations. On-par with Gordon, this is a very good beer for the style and one well worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Auraan
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%

Poured a beautiful amber with a nice one finger off white head. Scents of caramel malt, floral hops and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is strong, with a high hop bitterness, mostly piney but with some citrus notes, balanced by a malt sweetness, there's also a bit of alcohol on the finish. Very high in hop character, with malt keeping it manageable, but still very much a hop-head kind of beer. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, with a thick, sticky feel, very good and akin to an American Strong Ale or a lower ABV barleywine. An excellent ale, it reminds me of Double Bastard, but with more hop character and less of the sticky sweetness.

Auraan, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of pwoods
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this brew.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a tulip. No dating.

A: Pours a deep ruby with decent visibility when held to the light. A short 1/2cm head forms but holds nicely at a fat skim. Some decent lacing to start.

S: Very big hop presence, very citrusy and oily with a touch of pine. I'm guessing Amarillo and Centennial? Hops just about dominate the aroma except for a touch of sweet from the malts, though not thick and chewy like in DIPAs.

T/M: More of the same from the hop department and packs a pretty good bitterness punch. The malts are much stronger and now they do have that thick, almost chewy mouthfeel with plenty of bready and doughy malts. The alcohol is pretty present, especially in the latter half of the swallow and it intensifies as it warms. Very dry finish with lingering bitterness. Body is just about full and plenty chewy with controlled carbonation.

D: 9% is pretty hefty and a highly exposed alcohol sting definitely lowers things further. Tasty but I don't think it could ever replace Nugget Nectar or Red's Rye. Thanks again for the trade, Mike :)

pwoods, Jun 09, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

acurtis, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ste5venla, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JMS1512, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of alesaram
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.