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: 722
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 27
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 ElSid
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.8%
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 magictrokini
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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 WeymouthMike
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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 ehammond1
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
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 chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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 glid02
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Auraan
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 :)

Photo of Groucho75
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no markings or stamp to let me know freshness, unless I missed it. $6.99 at my local store. We've had Port City here in Georgia for a few months now, and this is the second one of theirs I've tried.

I let this sit open on the counter for a few minutes while I did other stuff, and noticed that after 5 minutes you could pick up the nose on this from a few feet away. Always a good sign in my book!

Poured into a pint glass with plenty of room to allow the suds to settle, but they didn't! A hefty dose of carbonation left two to three fingers of off-white foam that took ages to dissipate. For a red ale, lots of pine-y goodness coming off in the bottle and glass. Hints of toffee and graham? Lacing a go-go on the glass.

Smooth on the palate with a definite oily hop character.

Chewy and substantial over the hour it took to kill this thing. Seriously, I can finish a bomber pretty quickly, but something about this made me take my time. It warmed up quickly and showed no slowing down from oxidation.

The alcohol was noticeable, and as others have mentioned, it can sneak up on you quickly if you take this one fast.

Sessionable? Heavens no, but if you're keen on imperial red ale, this is a fantastic example. Not enough to drag me from my beloved Lagunitas Lucky 13, but nonetheless an excellent bevvy.

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 mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a murky copper/orange color with a solid one finger white head. Slowly reduced to a thin layer of foam on top and left behind some spotty lacing.

S: Hops upfront, mostly citrus with some orange peel with a large amount of caramel malt, a little bit of pine, and some doughy bread.

T: Hoppy, but was expecting a bit more. Some grapefruit, orange, and orange peel are present, but the caramel/bready malt dominates the flavor profile. Light booziness as well.

M: Medium to full bodied, a little heavier than expected. Moderate carbonation. Extremely bitter finish.

O: Good, but not great. Seemed like Nugget Nectar light light. Wish the hops had been a bit more present on both the aroma and flavor profile.

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 Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Yeah she chewed me up then she spat me out, I didn't want to meet a man-eater -- Shark Attack!"-- Split Enz

Got a Shark Attack shirt from msubulldog25 awhile back, and while I love it, I don't want to wear it much unless I can stand behind the beer. Of course, it's Port we're talking about, so I knew it'd be safe to sport the T. Finally found a bottle of this, and I also wanted it because I love Split Enz and their song "Shark Attack" is a favorite. Let's go...

Not quite "slaughter in the water" red, but certainly a striking rusty-red color, with a very creamy head that eventually lays tons of lace on the glass.

Nice aroma brings in a sweet toasted maltiness (which reminds me of Boston baked beans candy) to battle against what seems like a boatload of hops. There are plenty of fruity and brown sugar nuances as well.

First sip and I'm thinking, as I already had with the aroma, "American Strong Ale." But who cares what it's called. Is it good? Yeah, it is. Cinammon-like sharpness/sweetness, pithy citrus, remarkably toasty malt, bits of brown sugar, milky/creamy, cherry/Twizzlers, sherry, with hoppy bitterness doing some nice things in the finish.

Smooth, round, creamy, only barely sticky, somewhat aggressive carbonation that never totally attacks, and that's okay, I don't want it to. Medium body leaning toward full and chewy.

As with anything I've had from this brewery, it's got a ton of flavor but isn't a novelty, exhibits complexity but is also balanced, and is just totally delicious. "I'm a shark fatality"...thumbs up!

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beer Bistro. Amber colour with white Caesar crown head. C-hop aromas. Taste of carmel and hopes, average mouthfeel and carbonation. Very drinkable, a good bomber to share if you are having just the one beer. Listed as 11% and obviously not, on bar menu.

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 WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red. The beer poured a hazy amber/red with decent slightly off-white head that is lacing nicely. There is some fresh hop balanced by malt. The taste is powered by a big malt with hop balance. The beer starts very malty then the hop come in to balance the beer and clean the pallet. I am thinking semcoe hop since it is a bit more fuller in body. The mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation. Overall the beer is very good....especially for those looking for a higher powered red ale.

Photo of cjgator3
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a really dark brownish amber color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma features a really nice amount of malt and caramel with a good amount of hops as well. The balance between the malt and hops in the aroma is outstanding.

T- The taste starts out smooth and malty, with the hops slowly coming into the finish and leaving a lingering bitterness. You can taste the alcohol and feel the warming sensation after each sip, but it doesn't come across overly boozy.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little on the thicker side with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- At times, I was questioning whether the 9% ABV listed on the bottle was accurate, as the alcohol started to kick in. It is a pretty tasty brew though, just nothing I would want to drink more than one bottle in a sitting.

Overall, Shark Attack Double Red is a solid brew that is worth seeking out. Recommended.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown, with a two finger thick white head. Despite claiming to be a red ale, the red seems to be missing. Still good clarity and if seen drinking it, no one would confuse it for a pilsner.

Noise is has a hint of caramel and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste is full bodied, warm, and bitter. The 9% alcohol is noticeable, so the 1 pint 6 ounce bottle will be sipped. A touch of licorice as an after taste.

Mildly carbonated, nothing noticeably horrible or great about it.

Drinkability is not this beer's strong suit. It's a powerful beer that came in a large bottle and it is taking me some time to sip it. I do like the style, which is under represented, and would love to see more strong brown ales with a hoppy presence.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide flute glass. Rust red color with a great thick two inch of off-white head.

Rich malt and and good mix of citrus and pine hops on the nose, more pine. Very aromic

No doubt it is a Double Red. Big malt and big hops just smashing against each other. The hops win out at the end with a nice citrus bitter aftertaste.

It feels a little creamy, a fair amount of bubbles and medium bodied.

It is a big, bold Red without apology.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - poured a deep deep amber with light head and light lacing

S - sweet malts, light caramel, light floral hops

T - a lot of booze was the first thing i noticed. floral hops, a light bitterness, light malts, and waaaay too sweet

M - very full with medium carbonation.

D - i was let down by this overall. too much booze and way too sweet.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a slightly hazy mahogany color with a one finger head, minimal retention and very nice lacing.

Smells like strong bitter pine hops. Pretty concentrated.

Taste is consistent with smell except more dimensions- a nice sweet malt profile well balanced with spicy pine hops. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is very nice also- medium heavy body with light to moderate carbonation. I'd get this again for sure.

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.