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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

593 Ratings
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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 28
Gots: 36 | 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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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-16-2012 12:41:12 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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ADZA

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive been wanting to try this for a while and with thanks to Beermasons i get to and it pours a very dark non see through orange hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is piney piney hops,boiled candy,grapefruit and ripped lemon leaves,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and coats the whole mouth with tastes of candied orange,marmalade,pungent piney hops and lots of them,graperfruit,lemon cheesecake,candy sugar,boiled candy and the finish is piney hop bitter but i find that the crystal malts really balance this drop out in a good way to just take that slight bitterness away and for me a really enjoyable American Amber that i could drink all night i just wish i had more of it cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 10:28:00 | More by ADZA
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-16-2012 00:22:47 | More by Chugs13
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella chalice glass, bottled 1/12/12.

A: Hazy dark copper red color with a fluffy bright light-tan head. Falls to a very frothy head, lots of sticky lacing.

S: Sweet syrupy malt, bready, booze, not a lot of hops in the nose, just a hint of citrus fruit.

T: Sweet caramel, toasted grain, and bitter hops. Right in the middle this beer gets VERY sweet and molasses/maple-like. There is a quick shot of tasty juicy hops before getting very bitter and dry with all grapefruit in the finish. Very malty, some alcohol present.

M: Pretty intense, high biting carbonation, very bitter with a dry finish, but heavy and boozy. Definitely more of a sipper than I expected.

O: I had this beer all wrong, it is a boozy, bitter, and very malty beast of a beer. This is not your hopped up amber ipa crossbreed. Honestly, I feel that it represents it's namesake quite well, both being a shark attack and a double red ale. Although I prefer the hoppier/less malty amber ales, I can't hate on this one for being different.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 17:15:30 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle fermented double amber ale? Yes. Been looking forward to trying this thing for a while now. Sounds super unique. Pours a hazy deep garnet color with a big sticky off white head. Hop bill is huge on the nose. Smells like it should be drank fresh. Big citric and floral hop presence. Some caramel malt beneath.

Wow, I really like this alot. Big carbonated body with a spicy bitter finish. Citric and spicy herbal hops come forward on the tongue and are held together all the way through as one big hoppy wave till you swallow. The fruity sweetness is complemented by a caramel like malt bill which blends everything. The beer rounds out by blossoming into a bitter floral finish with a touch of detectable alcohol. Sticky sweetness left clinging to the mouth.

lacing is superb

Quite a beer. Makes me wonder why more double ambers arent made. Alcohol is detectable but this is one of the biggest flavored amber ales i've ever had and damn are those flavors good. Wonder how this beer holds up though.... (the huge malt bill might make things interesting)

amazing none the less

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:35:52 | More by jtierney89
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-14-2012 06:57:10 | More by strongaf
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richbrew

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-11-2012 19:41:34 | More by richbrew
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a huge 3" head that lasts a long time. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness, ripe fruits, grapefruit, and a woody tone is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malt backbone. Caramel, ripe dark plums, grapefruit, some honey sweetness, and a nice earthy and woody flavor. Bitterness is strong. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: if you are in the mood for a hearty malt focused beer, this one will do it for you. Slow sipping but also satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:07:45 | More by Gavage
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-11-2012 03:31:53 | More by HarmonMW
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dazedandconfused

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-10-2012 03:53:14 | More by dazedandconfused
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-09-2012 05:44:16 | More by msarver16
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-09-2012 05:21:14 | More by Elfastball7
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danoeltico

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-08-2012 22:24:10 | More by danoeltico
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-08-2012 21:37:32 | More by jwat
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SoCalStout

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-07-2012 00:52:31 | More by SoCalStout
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mpdrago

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.5%

02-06-2012 05:47:20 | More by mpdrago
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-06-2012 05:18:29 | More by freduardo
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle hit the shelves just a matter of hours before I purchased according tot he stocker at Parker Payless. I wanted to sample this while on vacation in San Diego but it didn't come to be at my visit to Port/Pizza Port. Anyhow, poured from undated (though I am assuming quite fresh) bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours a translucent ruby mahogany with a huge 3 finger creamy/off-white head. Amazing retention and gobs of lacing. Looks impeccable. The nose is quite hop heavy with a healthy dose of citrus aroma. Hints of pine and earthy hop character, though mostly the citrus you'd expect from the West Coast. A good amount of caramel malt sweetness as well. I really enjoy the aroma. The flavor continues on the nose with an initial surge of hop flavor as described in the nose. The beer takes a while to materialize on the tongue as all the flavors come to fruition. The citrus hop and medium bitterness are consistent through out. After the initial surge of hops the caramel sweetness enters and provides a nice compliment to the hop bitterness and flavor. I found the beer to be hop forward but relatively well balanced for the high abv. Smooth and full bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I don't know if it's just super fresh but I can't understand all the sub-4 ratings it's received. I think it's a terrific brew and would happily purchase again. Highly recommended. Hides the alcohol well and is very easy to put down.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:50:36 | More by hopfacebrew
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-31-2012 04:54:28 | More by TastyIsBeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-30-2012 03:44:35 | More by JAHMUR
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-27-2012 18:28:20 | More by PhineasGage
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Rwalford74

Australia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-27-2012 07:18:22 | More by Rwalford74
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger off white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy hop aroma with earthy, floral notes, dry pine and a strong malt presence.  Lots of carmel, toffee and dark fruit.  Kind of bland with the strong malt character overshadowing the hops.

Fuller bodied than expected with a blast of dry, sticky hops that linger over the sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish.  Very earthy and bitter with lots of dank pine needle flavor.  Hop profile is one dimensional and is countered by way too strong of a malt backbone. Sweet caramel, toffee and dark fruit notes as well as some zesty, peppery spice.  Some alcohol heat in the finish but abv relatively well masked.  The hop profile is one dimensional and theres too much malt for my preference.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 21:45:47 | More by corby112
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-22-2012 03:17:43 | More by barnzy78
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

aggressive pour yeilds a frothy, 2 and 1/2" beige head; body of the beer deep amber, almost a mahogany or chestnut tone with ruby highlights. good retention and lacing.

nose offers a lot of citric and pine hoppiness with a distinct caramel maltiness in the background.

flavor dials in more of the same. hop forward (pine, citrus) with that caramel malt backbone. medium to relatively high bitterness. a boozy, especially in the finish. on the fuller side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this was is good, albeit flawed on a few fronts and just didn't quite click for me. while it's not my favorite offering from port but i wouldn't turn one down, either.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:16:03 | More by perrymarcus
Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.