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Shark Attack Double Red Ale - Port Brewing

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669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 29
Gots: 49 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 03-07-2008)
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle at Liquor Max in Loveland Colorado.

This pours a clear deep amber red with a 1" head of foam. The head disappears quickly and there's very little lacing.

The smell has big citrus notes up front with some solid malty and fruity sweetness.

The taste starts off with some of that citrus hop bitterness followed by a sweet malty and earthy malt goodness. It also has some roasted character and some fruitiness that brings more complexity to this big Red Ale. The alcohol is noticeable so I wouldn't put it at the top of the class for drinkability.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is on the light side, it finishes on the bitter side and has a longish aftertaste. Good stuff.

Bitterbill, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at AJ's in early July for $7.39.

Beer poured a deep amber with a smallish off white head. Nose is good; malty with a health dose of citrus hops. Taste is a whopping blast of malts balanced by a generous amount of hops - nothing overly complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall drinkability is good. This is a pretty smackable beer that i would try again if offered. Price was a bit steep as I can get a six pack of the Shark Bite for cheaper at Total Wine.

arizcards, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan for $9.50...
Eager to sample this Imperial Red Ale from a hard-to-find brewery here on the East Coast...
Appearance: An aggressive pour resulted in a deep, rich amber hue with hardly any head and very minimal lacing... Nothing too exciting in this department...
Smell: Rich, red, amber malts with a slight hint of hops, caramel, and vanilla...
Taste: The flavor strongly paid homage to the aroma, replete with alcoholic amber grains, a boatload of malts balanced by a nice hoppy bite...
Mouthfeel: Ultra-thick, full-bodied mouthfeel...
Drinkability: Not an exceptionally drinkable brew, strong alcohol with slightly cloying flavors...
Definitely scores for style, strength and substance... Too bad this one isn't more downable...

dsa7783, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to vasdef42 for this one!

An orangish rubyesque copper with a nice slowly forming full ivory head.

Big rich bready malt and spicy hops on the nose. A little berry syrup aroma, sweet but slightly bitter. Plenty of hop resin and pine needles.

Big and strong on the palate. Lots of nice malt in the base, with flavors of rich home baked bread, unripe berries, grainy dry roasted taste, and a little syrup. Fills in with harsh spicy hop bitterness, shredding at the other flavors and replacing them with resin, pine, and apricot. Sometimes resin seems too clingy in doubles, but I'm finding this one pleasant despite the strength.

Again, I like the feel of this one despite the resinous strength. Not too clingy or sticky, a little chewy, but then finishes with a dry spice. Medium bodied with carbonation that fights through just enough to be notice.

It's extremely strong on the hops, but nice. A little sharp and harsh at times as the only real drawback to drinkability, well, and the abv. Tasty!

lightindarkness, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The minute I smelled the cap, I thought Big red. The minute I poured the beer and saw that cloudy thick haze, I thought Double Red, forgetting, this IS a double Red.

Do Doubles have to have that hazy viscous look in the middle of the beer? Because this one does. With Reddish Ruby highlights. Almost Red Mud colored, like wet adobe...

Smells of caramel malts, hops, bubble gum? It's like smelling a bit o' honey candy bar with hops replaced for honey...

Big Malts, Big hops, Big alcohol hit you all at once. Kinda like the "D" list hit Richard Dreyfuss after Jaws. Makes way for sweetness and heat.

The alcohol slides down your throat reminding you this is a beer with a bite. Lingering hops dance on your tastebuds like the devil in the pale moonlight.

This is one big beer, sip it like a cognac during shark week.

Murchmac, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Kempleton
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Biere du Boucanier tulip glass. I have had this in my beer cabinet for a couple of months prior to drinking.
Hazy rusty brown color with almost no head that quickly receeds to a patchy slick almost spotty.
Smells like piney hops and some malt sweetness.
Taste has more hop presence than the smell would have hinted. Very bracing. As it warms more caramel flavor comes forward. I feel that malt has to fight its way through even with a bit of age the hops are still overwhelming.
Leaves a dry feeling on the tongue. Has a heavy mouthfeel like it's going to make me feel full quick.
Would drink again but only because I already have another bottle.

Kempleton, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of reeder
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy red. Almost magenta. Forms a moderate head. Would have liked to have seen something a bit more substantial.

Smells big. Hints of dark cherry and plums. Mostly a good amount of hops and alcohol.

On first sip its hard to point out any distinct flavors. Its definitely hoppy. Not the biggest hop bomb I've ever had. But definitely enough hops to turn off someone who doesn't like hops. Then again, such a person should have known not to try this beer in the first place. As I continue to drink, I'm pleased. This is a solidly crafted beer. There are no flaws. On the other hand, nothing really stands out to me. It has the rich maltiness that I would expect of a quality red ale. The alcohol is not overdone, although it is definitely present.

In conclusion, this beer is quite drinkable for such a strong ale. It is a solid strong definitely American beer. But not a work of art.

reeder, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with warriorsoul, many thanks to him.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a good looking cloudy dark reddish orange, very nice when held up to the light. One inch off-white head produced after a hard pour sinks down to a skim after a couple minutes. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with citrus dominating, tropical fruit, a bit of an herbal quality, and some caramel malts.

Taste starts and stays hoppy. There's a sweet fruitiness to it that's kind of like candy that comes out midway through. Finishes up with more citrusy hops, a bit of spiciness, and a lingering sweet taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, quite smooth and somewhat creamy in the mouth. Carbonation might be a little low.

Pretty solid beer overall. Nice balance of hops and sweetness but the sweetness almost seems artificial. Worth a try either way.

roadhouse, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jtrockchalk for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, some carbonation, small fizzy off-white tan head, some minimal sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, some spices. The taste is slightly sweet at first, hoppy, malty, with some spice's. Medium body. Drinkable, this reminds me of a Arrogant Bastard.

Wasatch, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Rippeddisc
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Was brought this by a random BA member and stored it for about 4 months. Birthday opening. And now review

A - very dark amber. sexy red. very little head (even tried high pour coaxing). color and opacity give this great presence. pours suuuper thick. yay.

S - sweet, both fruity/candy like and hoppy, buiscity?

T - yeow thats a punch. right in the taste buds. dont think i've ever had a red this hoppy. then again i've never had a double red :-P malty, toasty up front and then lingering hop bitter on the backside. not in any hurry to leave your pallet. warming for sure

M - def a beer with substance, not quite chewy, but you know it's there

d - this would be a mouth killer b/c of the hops so end of the session beer. would be good maybe to have 2 over the course of a football game lets say.

Rippeddisc, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of DuqTroops
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at a local Whole Foods store while I was traveling on business in California. While I was at Whole Foods, I purchased a bbq chicken pizza and cheese pizza.

I am a big fan of amber/red ales. I didn't realize how strong an ale it was until I dug into it.

It is very dark, with little head/carbonation to it. It was easy to drink, but with a 9% abv, you need to be careful with it.

It was great. Definitely recommend.

DuqTroops, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

09/07/08- Purchased at Ledgers in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, summer 2008 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber in color, slight cola/clove color. Very slight rim of a head. Almost flat looking. However, it does leave decent lace patches and streaks.

Smell- Really nice scent of fresh harvested juicy hops and a sweet caramel malted nose. Blast of nice scents.

Taste- Taste is extremely well balanced for a beer with such strong flavors on both sides. Hops come through juicy as in the scent and very fresh and hard hitting. But, on the other side, the caramel malt is also very strong with a super sweet backbone...a bit too much IMO..actually way too much of a sugary malted flavor. The hops really saved this beer from being a sugar bomb.

Mouthfeel- I like cask beers as much as the next guy, if not more, but this one was very lowly carbonated and super thick and viscous with a sugar daddy teeth rotting coating. Way overboard on the sugar.

Drinkability- Like I said above...the hops really saved this beer. Sugar is nice, but this was a bit overwhelming. Not sure I will try again.

GClarkage, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  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.

cjgator3, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours off amber color from 22 oz. bottle. Head retains well.

Nose is sweet caramel, hops cased in a dessert like surrounding of aromas.

Palate is malty sweet, caramel again, and a candied hop flavor. Higher alcohol is noticeable but the sweet flavors dominate.

Worth trying, but not a regular ale to keep around.

yemenmocha, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rich brown/red with nominal head, and only a few soapy bubbles for lacing. Nose-sweet candied fruit and pine. Taste- initially very sweet caramel and then a wallop of hops- grassy, woody and pine. Finish is quite hot and dry. Impressive dry finish considering the initial sweetness. Very little carbonation and lighter in body than expected. This is a balls out beer- no question.

oakbluff, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My first "double red ale" from bomber to glass...

Caramel in the light, looks as thick as molasses. Paper thin head. Darker, ruby brown in the light.

Smells very nice. Light fruit and hops.

Lots of flavor. Something fruity like. Too much flavor. Sorry, theres a taste that just doesn't agree with my palate. Sickly sweet. Hop taste is subdued.

Heavy body, low carbonation, like syrup. No problems there, but I'm just not fond of this. I'm sure it's well crafted, Port Brewing is pretty damn solid, so the blame probably lies within myself.

It's possible I don't/won't like this style of beer. I know I like Port's other offerings so I don't want to say anything unkind about this offering, but, what the hell, I don't like it.

PatronWizard, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see...I really enjoyed Shark Attack, so is there any reason to believe this double version will let me down? Let's pop the cap, pour the beer into an Imperial Pint glass, and go on to the beer:

Dark amber red color...almost ruby brown to a point. The head is low and creamy looking. Surprisingly, i'm getting good lacing on the glass. My nose is picking up aromas of fruit, caramel, and hops.

As for the taste, although it's the big brother of the original Shark Attack, it features many of the same characteristics on a larger scale. Medium heavy bodied with little carbonation. But damn, it is well balanced and delicious! Big fruity taste with tropical, gooey, and hoppy influences. Undertones of caramel and butterscotch. Well hopped, but the hops gets knocked down by the malt, which in turn gets knocked down by the hops to create an extremely silky smooth beer.

When a beer is big bodied, gooey, fruity, deceiving, and hoppy, but not bitter, I call it a "gummi beer". That's a good thing because I love that kind of beer, the kind that pleases your tastebuds while asking to be soaked in the liquid again and again.

DoubleJ, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass, Shark Attack is a murky dark bronze with a small, large bubbled head that required an aggressive pour to stir up, only to quickly settle to a thick skim leaving a smattering of lace.

Smell is rich and pungent, piny hops with a touch of citrus, sweet caramel malt, gaining more bubblegum as it warmed from about 50F, it was ultimately the best component of this brew.

Taste starts out pretty smooth and balanced, with the crystal malt sweetness slightly edging out the resinous hops, but they both come to be a bit exaggerated. There's also a bit of toast from the malt providing a counter-balance to the caramel, but it's only semisweet due to the hops and alcohol. While there were some solvent like fusels on the finish, which was bitter and spicy, the ABV wasn't to aggressive until it warmed (over only 30-45 mins), at which point it almost got to be to much.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, with a medium to heavy body that slowly thickened.

Drinkability isn't too bad, for a big ass red it comes together as pretty smooth and easy drinking, but with some decent complexity. Pretty good for tonight's chilly summer evening, it started out really good but got to be a bit heavy and rougher towards the end, ultimately leaving me with hobo breath. I bet it would be great if it were super fresh, with more hops cutting the sweetness of the crystal, I just got this today from the fridge of the store.

ccrida, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- mahogany with no head but some foam and lacing

S- pine, rich dark fruit and caramel

T- rich caramel, pine, toffee, toasted malts, spicy, bran cookie flavorings, hop oils

M- medium and sticky with some heat

D- complex and recommended, awesome imperial red

tonistruth, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy though very red in color. Quite the malty aroma with a bevy of hops to boot. Great malty flavor. Nice tongue stripping bitterness. Quite the heavy piney and citrus flavors going on. Great meld of flavors. Solid mouthfeel all around. Very, very drinkable BIG beer. Might sneak up on you.

lackenhauser, Aug 01, 2008
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich and somewhat hazy burgundy. Syrupy pour. Essentially no head, just a tiny bit of tan film.

S: Big candi sugar, pineapple, sweet citrus and other tropical esters. The slightest hint of bitterness in the background.

T: Sweet beginning, tastes like it smells. Quickly the hops come out with a nice touch of bitterness. Taste is mostly grapefruit, although it's pretty hard to pick out through the sweetness. Finish is quite interesting, with the hops and sweet malt battling on the tongue to see who will last the longest.

MF: Thick and syrupy brew with very low carbonation. Super smooth and easy to quaff. Finish is a bit dry and there's plenty of warming. Alcohol makes its presence known, but not overwhelming.

D: This is a big, bold beer. Very nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors, and a great smoothness that makes it fairly easy to drink despite the big alcohol and huge flavor. Reminds a bit of Double Bastard or Yulesmith, although more on the sweet side than those two. Doubt I could drink more than a bomber, but a damn good bomber it is.

rxdrewthejew, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, Big Beer Alert!! But wonderful Beer Alert!

This beer poured with a nice off white (almost tan head) that was fairly creamy and slowly faded to a film across the top of the beer. The beer was much more Brown in color than I had expected and only had tones of red. I'd say a deep amber color with just hints of redness. Only a touch of lacing remained after the beer was consumed.

Aroma was strong, and inviting. It was very fruity and quickly reminded me of OVER-ripe pineapple. There were other more complex fruits here, but frankly I can't name them. It almost smelled like candy. Caramel, toffee, or perhaps taffy. I hesitate to write this because it doesn't sound complimentary, but I really like it.

Flavor was really big and deep. This is a beer that I enjoy the longer I drink it, or should I say, the warmer it gets. I think the flavor gets deeper and deeper. There is a big burst of malt and a fruity flavor. This certainly carries a strong sweetness, but it is balanced by an equally big hop flavor. Big yet balanced.
Again, this beer reminds me of over ripe pineapple and other sweet fruits. Really complex and wonderful. You can definitely sense the warmth of the alcohol and taste it if you look for it.

Mouth feel = BIG & BOLD. This is no session beer and a 220z bomber is as far as anyone should go. (just an warning at 9.00% abv, not a statement)
This is a thick beer and not for the faint of heart

It's drinkable in the sense that you want more and want to savor it. I was not happy when the bomber was empty. That's probably the best I can describe.

If you have enjoyed other Port offerings you'll enjoy this. If you enjoyed this, go buy Hop 15 from Port tomorrow!!!!

Very Nice!

Reagan1984, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrkrispy for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a brownish crimson red with a one-finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a sticky ring and a floating cap. Not much lacing.

Smell is earthy, minty hops, caramel, dried dark fruits like figs or prunes, some alcohol, cherries, and a ton of spruce and pine.

Taste starts with some bitter earthy hops, before some caramel and sweet fruit. Toasted bread, a hint of bittersweet chocolate?, and oily pine resin lead into some cherry flavors. Overall, though, the piny hops dominate. Finishes bitter and semi-dry, with a good amount of warming alcohol that borders on being a bit too harsh.

Full-bodied, thick and oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability was OK, and it was an enjoyable brew, but it could have scored a bit higher if the alcohol wasn't so harsh in the finish.

MrMonkey, Jul 19, 2008
Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.