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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: 701
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 27
Gots: 56 | 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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Ratings: 701 | Reviews: 301
Reviews by vacax:
Photo of vacax
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber with slight cloudiness, red hued tan foam, obvious carbonation. Aroma is hop-centric with pine, flora, and spicy notes next to a backdrop of toffee. Assertive hops in the flavor as well. Spicy, herbal hops as well as floral ones with rose and geranium. The spicy hops mix with the alcohol and this one is a bit warming with a cookielike malt and floral finish. Medium to heavy in body, maybe carbonation is a bit heavy, it clashes with the spicy hops a bit. I may prefer to drink this particular beer with a couple months of age on it to taste more like a traditional double red ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ElSid
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


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.

Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of magictrokini
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Taylor88
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of KyleMA
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
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