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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: 688
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of onecrazybreeze
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
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 +10.3%
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 -7.2%
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 +12.4%
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 -9%
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 -12.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +3.4%
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 +1.3%
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 +2.6%
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 +5.2%
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 +11.1%
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
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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...

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
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.