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Shark Attack Double Red Ale - Port Brewing

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 29
Gots: 48 | 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 weeare138
3.98/5  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
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into two 16oz pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy rusty-brown color with a smallish off-white head. Not much lace left behind.

S: Awesome aromas of caramel drizzled apple, piney hops, alcohol, brown sugar, and a hint of citrus.

T: Huge whack of sweet boozy caramel followed closely by piney hops. Also noted were molassas, black pepper, rum soaked raisins, spices, a touch of lemon-y hops, and brown sugar.

M: Slick and sweet with a creeping boozy alcohol burn. Peppery and spicy as well. Heather said it felt "firey".

D: Good considering the obvious alcohol presence. Hops, alcohol, and malt...gotta love it!

Photo of HopDawg
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to scott @ charleston beer exchange!

deep ruby red with abundant floaties. moderate head that dissapaites quickly - little lacing.

floral hop but doesn't dominate. strong malt presence.

big butterscotch and toffee here with hops bringing up the rear. columbus? hops more dominate as it warms up...

glad to try this. enjoy this style. compares favorably with terrapin's big hoppy monster. would love to have this on draft next time i'm in socal.

Photo of RedChrome
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear beer with a deep amber colored hue.A half inch off white headed faded quickly to a slick on top of the brew. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen rising slowly. Thin sticky lace patches.

A Caramel malt was quickly overwhelmed by a nice hops punch. Hop aroma was citric and tended mainly towards orange scents. Sweetness finishes a bit stronger once the hops are done surprising.

Taste was a bit grain heavy after the aroma, but was still pleasant. A bit of a alcohol presence on the tongue. Bitterness pops up to finish a mouthful.

Average thickness on the tongue. Carbonation was a bit subdued in moving flavors.

A nice choice. Great brew for a rack of dry rubbed ribs. Worth trying if you can put your hands on a bottle. Just be aware of the alcohol punch.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  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.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a dark caramel red.

S: Lots of caramel malt with some raw hops.

T: Tastes a lot like a barleywine. A little bit of malt sweetness, some raw alcohol and some bitter hops as well.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Not all that drinkable of a beer. It's big and raw but I still enjoyed it.

Photo of MisterClean
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store. Um, that's in the City (San Francisco).

A - Dark auburn pour, moderate head, dissipates moderately, with protein clumps in the head.

S - Citrus, pine, grapefruit, butterscotch, caramel, and light alcohol.

T - Citrus, butterscotch, grapefruit, noticeable alcohol, bitter, spicy hops, and caramel.

M - Balance is almost there. A bit much on the bittering hops with decent alcohol presence.

D - This is not a beer for wussies. As advertised, this bad boy goes in for the kill. Will not leave survivors. Overall, good, but could dumb down the alcohol flavor and bittering hops.

Photo of Rzzzzz
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evidently Red X 2 = Brown, because this Double Red appears cloudy and brown. Thin but wonderfully creamy head saves it from looking like...well, let's not go there. Big malt nose with some spice detected as well. Bold Caramel malt flavor with enough hops to balance it out. Medium to full bodied and easier to drink than I would have imagined.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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...

Photo of lightindarkness
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Kempleton
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Photo of reeder
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Rippeddisc
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.