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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
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 t0rin0
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never seen this one before yesterday wich came as a surprise to everyone I was with. The overall impression I got from this beer was that it lacked inspiration. That being said, heres what I got from the beer:

The appearance was deep, dark, and red. No head except a small tan ring around the surface of the liquid. Pretty clear.

The smell was strong of hops, mostly piney. There was a touch of alcohol in the nose and a bit of sweet malt. The hops were a nice surprise being that I don't generally like reds.

The taste was a basic run of the mill american made red ale with, again, the hop surprise. Very sweet and caramelly, too heavy on the crystal malts, but thats the style I guess. The hops made it tolerable for me and seemed to work well with the red ale qualities. Not bad. Also, a fair amount of alcohol was present in the flavor, if I had to guess I would say this is why they put so much hops in there.

This beer was somewhat drinkable but I wouldn't recomend drinking the whole 22 oz by yourself. I passed it around the table to 7 different people and it came back half full, so I dumped the rest of it in my roomates glass when he wasn't looking.

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Los Abbey/Port tasting room in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some pine/herbal hops. Taste is pretty much exactly the same. There is a medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good red ale with some nice aromas and flavors.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber-brown in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has lots of citrus flavors and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness. There are also some hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with hop flavors but is rather well balanced with just enough underlying malt.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large off white head with decent lacing on a murky amber body.

S: sweet caramel malts, some sour dark fruits,

T: sweet caramel malts, some toasted malts with earthy tops. Slight citrus and dark fruit tanginess. A touch on the boozy side. floral with the right amount of booziness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice double red. Has all the characteristics of a good red, just doesnt hide the booze well enough.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a moderately impressive head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Balanced aromatics, with fruity citrus wafting above the rich caramel malts

Taste: The caramel malt flavors arrive up front and manage to persist through mid-palate, even while the bitter hop flavors add a citrus and aspirin bent; after the swallow, in fact, the malts appear to win the battle and though there is plenty of hoppiness throughout, this is a malt forward beer

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, I confess, as the sweetness of the malts tends to limit the drinkability for my palate

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

"feeding frenzy in the street
drinking beer and eating meat
when we're hungry watch your back
as we plan our next attack"

--from 'Shark Attack' by Bouncing Souls

Blood orange that develops a gaudy luminescence with morning sunlight behind the glass. What a great color! The beige cap could be larger, firmer and creamier. The upper suface features hundreds of glassine bubbles that leave delicate curlicues of lace when they pop.

The nose is as expected: caramel malt accented by American hops. The biggest positive is that no alcohol is appreciated. The biggest negative is that the hops aren't leaping out of the glass. As always, let's see what the sense that matters most has to say.

Despite a 'lethal amount of hops' as seen on the label, it looks as though Port Brewing decided to double the malt without quite doubling the hops. Shark Attack strikes me as the red ale equivalent of a DIPA that has too many malt sugars gumming up the hoppy goodness. That doesn't mean it isn't good, just that it isn't as good as expected.

The beer has an American barleywine rock candy sweetness in addition to the melted caramel, which means that there's probably at least as much pale malt as crystal malt. Unfortunately, alcohol is more prominent than it should be. Aging might help, but the already less than abrasive hops would fade even more.

It's entirely possible that the IBUs are pushing triple digits (doubtful though). The hop bill is a mystery, but at least one of the C-hops is most likely present. White grapefruit pith and pine sap are attempting to fight through waves of sugary sweetness and alcohol. Again, this isn't bad beer if you're a big beer lover, it's just that I'd love to make a few changes.

An attractive array of adherent lace *almost* earns the next highest appearance score. The mouthfeel is medium-full and glassy smooth. While plush and smooth is nice, plush and alpha acid raspy would have been better.

Is Shark Attack Double Red an Imperialized version of Sharkbite Red? In the end, the hoppiness and drinkability of the smaller beer is preferable. The malt sugars in this one dull the sharpness of the hops and take away the thrill of venturing into shark-infested waters. This is good beer, but hopheads will probably be frustrated if they're expecting their tongues to be torn to shreds.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

. A nice light brown color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it. Not much in the way of a head reaching up through it at all, in fact it was rather lifeless on the first pour, though the second got a bit better. Nice side glass lacing towards then end and some moderate carbonation coming up through it.

The aroma was sweet, nice touches of caramel malts and an almost candy like sweetness that was wrapped up nicely in a bit of a grassy, earthy, hop like nose. The flavor was more of the same, but I have to admit I am impressed here with this. Lots of alcohol in the flavor here, a bit of a hotness that I have not seen in the rest of the their beers. Lots of grainy malts, touches of light caramel and a mostly understated hop flavor. Lingering taste of hot alcohol and grain left me hanging again as well as I really was expecting more from this here. then the hops come in and balance and smooth it right over. very nicely done

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head.

S: Smells kind of boozy at first. There is a strong aroma of grapefruit that comes through and gives a really fragrant and perfumey feel to the beer. Quite a bit of caramel, which is not surprising, some resinous pine, and bread.

T: The hop presence on this one is dominated by the grapefruit. Grapefruit flesh flavor and grapefruit peel are both present and there, along with bitter pine. Quite a bit of bread and caramel and a definite alcohol presence.

M: The body is medium to full for a red ale with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not quite as good as good as I remember it being back when I had this beer when I first started trying "good" beers. But, still one worth drinking...

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a nonic. Hazy, unfiltered, crimson-hued with a small bone-colored head. Pine and spice are redolent, it's like a fresh Christmas tree. There isn't much sweetness to speak of, a touch of burnt caramel perhaps, and a bit of juicy grapefruit. Very resiny on the tongue, the hop character is substantial with pine, red grapefruit and tobacco flavors. The malt foundation is solid, lightly roasty and more dry than sweet. It's a bit of a sipper, really; the combination of heavy dark malts, strong alcohol and even stronger resiny hop bitterness wear down the palate in time, but it's a fairly enjoyable beer. Reminiscent of fresh Double Bastard, but not as good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazy, deep mahogany-hued body with a ½ inch, yellowed-beige head. Decent lace deposits on the way down.

Smell: Earthy scent of reclaimed antique wood flecked with a few dots of resin-based varnish, some hints of light citrus, toast, caramel, and maybe, just maybe, some cocoa.

Taste: Fast introduction of caramelized sugars over well-toasted barley, yielding some generous grainy accents. Earthy, woodsy, in a somewhat rustic way, with spicy, herbal elements and a hint of citrus. A strong bitterness eventually encapsulates the tongue, punctured by some peppery hits of alcohol. Occasionally, and maybe it's just me, but I'm getting a little hint of cocoa powder. Touches of sweetish caramel try to bounce back through the hoppiness. There's alcohol warmth on the bittersweet finish, though the sweetness dies off fast, leaving only the enduring bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy.

Overall: Brash and heady, but it has some needed balancing components present to give aid in finishing off what is a big, hoppy beer brimming with alcohol.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent, thick curtains of lace on the glass.

S - A pungent, sweaty hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and onion as well as noticeable caramel and toffee character.

T - Dark caramel and toasty toffee up front with hoppy notes of pine and orange. Some more pine and thick caramel in the middle and a finish full of dark sugar and hops with lingering grapefruit and pine notes as well as moderate, balancing bitterness.

M - A medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sugary finish.

D - Lots of malt and lots of hops with an oddly balanced finish. The sweaty hops from the aroma are replaced by pine and a grapefruit note that works very well with the darker malt in the flavor profile. Overall a very drinkable and pungent red DIPA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is starts with a bitter bite of hops and very sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a significant alcohol sting and a hearty malt character that follow, very barleywine-like. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good high-octane red ale that is quite similar to a hoppy ABW. Overall, it's a good beer to drink for a while.

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.