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Shark Attack Double Red Ale - Port Brewing

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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 Ummagum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Poured cloudy red with an dirty white foam. Foam disappered quickly and left some small lacing. Good drinkability with citrus flavors and some bitterness. Good mouth feel. I liked this beer and would defintiely get another one.

Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com...

Poured a hazy mahogany red colour with amber hints. Tan head poured pretty thick and fizzy and faded almost instantly to thin ring around the edge... no real carbonation...

Aroma is pretty complex... deep alcohol soaked stewed fruits (currents, plums, apples, dates and figs), strong hints of rum and raisin, citrus and piney hops, very spicy - hints of nutmeg and black pepper, lots of rubberiness, toasted malt loaf, some slightly stewed veg notes, petrol, caramalised nuts, molasses sugar....

Taste is pretty much as above... sweet malts followed by a much bigger blast of (slightly harsh) resiny pine and citrus hop bitterness... again lots of rum and raisin, muscovado and molasses sugar, metallic notes, warming alcohol is very noticeable, liquorice, very peppery...

Feel - Smooth initially then becomes quite sharp on the tongue soon after... medium / full bodied... A bit too big and boozy to be very drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good brew if a little rough and harsh around the edges... not something you'd want to drink a lot of but certainly worth a try...

Photo of coldmeat23
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Great Divide Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Nice clear, ruby/copper color liquid. Two-fingers of fluffy, light tan foam. Retention is very good. Lacing creates a sticky ring, all the way around the glass.

Piney, floral hops hit me hard. Light hint of caramel malts. That's about all that I get.

A kiss of sweet malts, which is then pummeled by a fist of citrus hop flavor. Bitter, bitter hop flavor.
No sir, I don't like it. Way too far out of balance, for me.

Strong medium body, with a nice amount of creaminess. Good carbonation level.

If you're a hophead, it deserves a shot. If not, stay away.
It's not for me.

Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep, murky red-orange-coppery color. The rocky off-white head started 1/2" and slowly dropped to a thin cap. Lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

S= The aroma was full of malty sweetness and a bit of juicy hop bite. Some alcohol present, but nothing overpowering.

T= Flavors of sweet bakery and caramel maltiness up front leading into just enough citrusy hops to balance the sweetness. Some biscuity notes in there too. Finish was mildly bitter and dry with a last minute warming alcohol note.

MF= Medium bodied with a slightly slick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation level.

D= I really liked this beer a lot. Alongside Southern Tier's "Big Red", I consider these to be my benchmarks for the Imperial Red style. Very drinkable!

Photo of ShrLSU
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep murky crimson color with a slight beige head. Smells of some citrus hops and roasted malts. The taste is sweet citrus hops then a huge malt burst. The malts are very caramel and roasted flavors. The end is quite bitter also. Seems slightly barely wine-ish. It's medium bodied and low carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit oily. Over all it's pretty good. I think its slightly overly malty, I prefer more balance but it's good for the style.

Photo of ryrust5301
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - None to impressive on the pour. Color is a dark orange red with a sludge quality to it. Head was tan, but was very loose and chunky.

Smell - Not what I expected. Heavy deep malt with a dab of hops. Very unhoppy for a port beer, and I can't say that I like it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Malt is smeared across the tongue. Very caramel and creamy and just not enough hops, which again is shocking for a port beer. Some citrus taste fades in before the swallow, but this is just way to damn heavy and sweet.

Drinkability - I'll pass on this one in favor of a great red ale, Brian Boru from Three Floyds. Too chewy and heavy, with a barleywine like feel to it for me. Oh well, can't win em all.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 12 Sep 2008.

Small dark tan head, quickly dissipating. Cloudy burnished copper color. Smells roasty, molasses, resin, roasty. Tastes of dried peaches, apricots, alcohol. Alcohol and peaches throughout along with resiny bitterness. Med body. Finishes bitter and dry.

Good but seems to be more of an American barleywine.

Photo of riored4v
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/21/08

Poured into a pint glass. Tan colored head, 2 fingers thick. Ruby/amber colored body.

Smell was caramely and sweet. Mild bitterness. Slight nuttiness and hints of citrus hops.

Nice citrus bitterness. Sweet and caramely. Hints of raisin along with a slight floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium body. Stick and sweet. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability was moderate. Slightly sticky and mildly hot.

Overall a good imperial red. Hides the 9% fairly well.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 ckeegan04
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown in color with a very thin off-white head. No retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Sweet boozy aroma with a nice hop backing. In your face aroma from every direction. Some toffee and caramel notes along with a little toasted bread. Citrus hops provide a very nice backing.

T - Very sweet initially with alot of caramel maltiness. Hops assert themselves well to provide nice balance to the malt. Bitterness is present but not overwhelming. The alcohol burns a little in this one.

M/D - Light to medium bodied and very crisp. Medium carbonation. The alcohol makes this one a bit of a sipper but at 9% that is probably not a bad thing.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

deep reddish amber with a creamy almost tan head. slightly hazy. nose was caramel and rum-soaked fruitcake. big sweet malts in the taste with an almost equally big spicy/peppery hop bitterness. full-bodied with a long, semi-sweet finish. warming alcohol is noticeable again. prickly carbonation underneath. overall alcohol presence brings this one down a bit.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with a bright red label featuring the typical Porthole graphic and an illustration of an impending "shark attack."

Brew pours a murky, rusty brown with a thin ring of off-white foam rim-jobbing my glass.

MALTBOMB! aroma full of caramelized malts, prunes

Medium full bodies with a slight slickness in texture.

Flavor tastes much like the aroma, very sweet, caramelized malts, dark fruit (prunes), Alcohol numbs my mouth. Hops are much more subdued than I expected but there is enough to balance the large malt bill. The hops flavors are herbal and spicy and leave the palate dry in the pine-like finish.

Overall this brew was very nice, very easy drinking despite abv. I would classify this beer as a barley wine or a strong ale before calling it an amber/red.


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 onecrazybreeze
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a smallish off white head. Smelled extremely malty and caramel with slight hoppy notes. Tasted extremely malty, earthy with citrus and hop notes. I guess when I saw the label, I expected it to be a red similar to Oskar Blue's Gordon, considering it was overly malty and not hoppy like I expected, I did not enjoy it and will probably not be drinking it again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 5/28/08. Bottle (as "Shark Attack Double Red Ale", 9% abv). Pours a murky brown with very little head. Aroma of very rich sweetness, alcohol, slight bitter hops. Reminiscent of an imperial stout based on the aroma only. Flavor strongly of sweet malt, same alcohol and bitter hops. Finish of crisp, sweet apple (subtle). The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the aroma suggests, but it is not weak, just light. However, the mouthfeel does get a bit thicker as the beer warms. What I liked most about this beer is its nice rich sweetness. Very enjoyable.
9/4/8/5/16 (4.2/5)

Photo of b3barron
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up several Port brews the first day they arrived in Chicago. This has been sitting in the fridge and is the first to be reviewed. Poured into a quasi-weisen glass of ~ 17 oz. given to me as a gift from my roommate's trip to Italy (and Germany) this summer - personalized with my name!

A - A mildly assertive pour yields a bubbly two-finger head with decent retention and frothy lacing down the glass. Color is bright ruby red - almost blood orange. Really a nice looking beer.

S - I get some earthly hops, a little alcohol, and some carmel maltiness.

T - Up front I get malty sweetness kept in check by citrusy and herbal hops. Pretty sweet flavors too - dark fruits (raisin) giving way to alcohol and pine toward the end. Interesting.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. I had poured some Hop 15 before this that had to go down the drain because the beer was completely flat. Thankfully this one was much better.

D - A 22 oz. serving is about perfect for me. I am not one to session big ales like this though I do enjoy them. The sweetness of this beer is evident but balanced enough that I doubt I'll find it to be cloying by the time I am finished.

This is pretty tasty and I recommend fans of big hoppy ales give it a try. I am glad that Port is now in Chicago and can't wait to try some of their other offerings.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They weren't joking when they said red. Rusty red, with maybe some copper highlights. What a color! Only a thin white head after the pour that quickly turns to nothing. What a heavy, orange citrus hop aroma. Its almost so bitter, its sweet. Great combo of heavily toasted malts and wet smelling hops in the aroma. Syrupy, resiny palate that plays well with the citrusy hops. Very orangey hops and well toasted malts with maybe a touch of cinnamon adds an herbal note to this beer. Sticky and hop stinky palate. This beer is potent and spicey. Long lingering hop bitterness after each sip.

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 hwwty4
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 22oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a deep ruby red with a big creamy head that leaves just a slight bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma of the beer is grassy hops, tangerine, and a underlying subtle maltiness. The flavor follows suit with grass, pine, and just a bit of citrus coming from a very strong hop presence. The part of the flavor profile that I really don't dig is an over whelming booziness. This beer is really hot. Its 9% ABV really makes itself known. The mouthfeel is boozy, leaving a astringent feeling on the mouth. Honestly, this is a beer I won't be revisiting. While its not a bad beer, the alcohol was just too prevalent for me.

Photo of corey0212
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Passed this one over several times...glad I finally picked up a bottle when I had the chance.

Pours a murky reddish/iced-tea color, tiny tan head fades out very quickly, spotty lacing on the glass, and lots of tiny floaties in the beer. Massive amount of caramel on the nose of this beer, some juicy citrus hops lurk in the background...which is surprising, because on the tongue, this is one aggressively-hopped Red Ale. Huge tangerine & grapefruit notes, slightly piney, and a thick & chewy caramel backbone. Some heat from the alcohol on the way down, belly-warming....this is a serious brew here. On the lighter side of full-bodied, lots of lingering hop kick, and some mouth-coating/warming alcohol spiciness. This is not your average Red Ale.

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

Poured from a 12-oz bottle, the color is a brick red, with a quarter inch of head. Smells lightly of malt. Taste is a big sweet malty flavor, with a hint of cherry, a bit of hops, and the slightest trace of vinegar. Bitter, bready aftertaste. Carbonation is just right. A fine red ale, very drinkable.

Photo of callmescraps
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Whole Foods find. Good news for me.

Appearance - A very deep "red". It's so red it's almost brown. More opaque than expected. A solid inch of head.

Smell - Hops! Wait. Malt! Wait. Both! Pretty unusually, it is both very hoppy and very malty. Lots of pine malt up front. But there is definitely the malt coming afterwards. I'm not sure if they exactly balance, it seems more like a competition.

Taste - It tastes like alcohol. Actually, there's some pretty solid hoppiness. The malt sort of mellows it out, but instead of being malty it mostly dilutes the hops. Altho, the malt shows up a bit on the back end. It has sort of watered down barleywine feel. Can pick up some citrus, maybe even grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty nice. It's a boozy one, so the mouthfeel is solid, and not thick. It doesn't stick around or anything.

Drinkability - It's really pretty decent. It's a boozy drink, but not overly heavy. I could have a couple. But that might not be the best idea in the world.

Overall, this is a pretty decent bev. I'm not a huge fan of reds, and this one didn't change my mind about the style. Still, it's very enjoyable. I think it got a little muddled, and would have preferred a more focused taste.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent, dark red with a small, off-white head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of caramel malt with light grassy hops, and just a touch of cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly hot with alcohol, and bitter cocoa. Citrus lingers in the finish.

Photo of jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- the body is dark amber in color with just under a finger of cream to beige colored head which doesnt last very long.

S- sweet caramel malts are over shadowed by a stronger odor of citrus hops. something fruity in here as well. very interesting.

T- caramel and bready malts upfront followed closely by a massive hoppy kick. lots of citrus and pine. the alcohol is barely noticeable.

M- full bodied and syrupy. very mouth coating. theres a warming in my stomach from the alcohol.

D- a great hoppy red. too much alcohol to consider drinking more than one in a sitting. the one i had to myself was finished rather quickly. im glad i picked this one up and gald to see port brewing on my local stores shelves. ill check this one out again sometime soon.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer from the lovely Port brewery

22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Reminds me a hell of a lot of the Yulesmith I had not too long ago and it really helps me understand what Yulesmith was shooting for with their beer. They were looking for balance which is what the beer in front of me seems to be shooting for as well. Big sweet, cakey and pie malitiness, sweeter hop profile than most double beers, cherry, pineapple and pine resin seems to be the dominate aroma grouping instead of that familiar grapefruit/citrus bite. Taste is undercut a bit the bitterer aspects of this beer. Quite hot, sharp, biting bitterness that sticks to the back of the throat during the drying finish. Subsequent sips even out a bit but could be because my tongue is coated in thick hoppy goodness, but even so the malt bill begins to show itself and makes me much happier. Good lacing, nice cap. Nice and cloudy, deep cherry amber. Decently chewy mouthfeel, but I wish it was the slightest big more substantial. Drinkability is great, one of the better offerings I've had from Port, seems to be a bit more balanced, where hops and malt have a more even relationship with each other.

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