Shark Attack Triple Red Ale | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Gusler on 12-10-2003

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Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved this one. Dark red pour with a tiny white head that turns into an oily ring. Resin, pine, grapefruit, and malt make up the aroma as well as the taste. Thick without being syrupy in mouthfeel. Hops and citrus dominate the beer with the malt tempering it enough so it is not overwhelming. This one is just so good, my description simply can not do it justice.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark reddish mohogany. The thin white head fades fast, leaving no laces on the glass.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It also has a good hoppy aroma. The alcohol content is noticable in the aroma.

This beer tastes quite malty. It is very sweet. I can taste the alcohol keenly. This beer is also plesently hoppy.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a hoppy aftertaste. It is just a little undercarbonated.

I dont think this beer would make the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, making it slightly hard to drink all night. Also, the flavor is aggrressive, and might wear thin after a few.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany red with very little head...just a ring of white bubbles at best.

Aroma is very American Strong Ale dark amber malts with plenty of sweetness and strong alcohol.

Taste is sweet amber malt with brown sugar and just a bit of hops at the end that get drowned in the alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick...just right for the style.

Nothing outstanding or spectacular. Just a very decent American Strong Ale.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on February 28, 2005. Handbottle. Pours a clear deep bloody red, with a frothy tan head. Light creamy sweet orange hops aroma. Flavor starts with crisp sweet hops continuing from the aroma, with a light dry grassy smack. Spiciness and warm bready yeasts on the finish, all poured over sticky bright fruits of apricot and peaches. A hint of esters. Palate is a little cloying from the fruity sugars, but ends dry. Fruitiness stays strong. Finishes with a parching pinesness and slick fruit punch.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler poured fresh at the brewery from a trade with Marvz. The growler was shared with JohnnyM2002 and Phatz.

A: The ale is a deep red-brown color, closer to brown which it betrays when held to light. The head is near 1.5 fingers and slowly dissapates to an off-white ring around the glass.

S: The aroma is big sweet toffee and biscuit malt. Hops are present but restrained.

T: The ale is an imperial amber. The malts are upped significantly, increasing the nutty biscuit flavor. Hops are present but, despite the bigness of the malts, do not overwhelm. They are bittering and support the malts. From time to time, they kick up with a bit of an earthy citrus flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy, with a strong malt base that refuses to back down.

D: The ale is very drinkable. The abv is well hidden and the malt body really shines. If you should come across this, give it a look.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
The beer pours a very dark red, almost brown color; the head was monstrous in size, creamy in texture and a beauteous light tan color with a thick sheet of lace to obscure the glass. Large malt sweet nose, the aroma of hops also present, light toasted grains, citrus crisp and fresh, a real nose pleaser with the start rich in malt, sweet and the top moderate to full in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops potent but pleasing to the palate, a quite clean and thirst quenching brew, another that I sampled multiple times, as I like to say a “Real Hoot”!

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Photo of Phatz
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks is owed to akorsak for sharing this treat with us today. I said it before but I will copy my self again; if Adam is going to keep sharing with us then Marvz, keep hookin him up =)

This beer did not knock my socks off today but I had been previously seduced by Masala Mama and wonderfully abused by Cantillon Vigneronne so up against that bar (standard) Shark Attack Triple Red seemed a bit more like a Mosquito Bite than a shark attack, but still a very pleasant bite ;-).

Appearance: Deep red purple hues seep out the recesses of this otherwise mahogany body. The small head recedes but it sustains an ivory collar around the rim for the duration of the beer.

Smell: Sugary sweet bread and malt with a dose grassy hops and a light whiff of booze.

Taste: It has a sweet crisp crystal malt flavor and a nice fruity amber attribute but other than the ABV is didn't "Imperialise" or "Triple" enough of the flavor to actually earn a position among the great American Strong Ales. It is tasty and it is a big (maybe a big big) Amber but as a fan of ASAs I hold a higher expectation for them and this is simply good. It does have a fruity citrus hop attribute that give it just enough balance. Finally, the alcohol shows through in the flavor just for a brief glimpse. This maybe my favorite attribute and the one that deems its style appropriate.

Mouthfeel: This is a full body malty sugary thick beer that benefits form the warming dry alcohol.

Drinkability: Eh. Not bad. With the extremely highly regarded reputation of the sought after Pizza Port (aka Port Brewing Co) beers, my expectations may have been a bit high but I am very happy to have tried it. I could handle a pint but wouldn't need two. A growler full - not alone anyway.

Thanks again akorsak and JohnnyM2002 for sharing this opportunity with me.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of techsoldier
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was kind of old school IPA that was not all about hops. Its not the best ever but an IPA from times gone by...

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Solana Beach location.

Poured a medium copper color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of caramel, an little nutty, citrus and some floral hoppiness. Tastes of the same maltiness with citrus and floral hops.

Notes from 11/30/04.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kmeves
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium brown with a thin beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, caramel malts and piney hops. Flavor is big grapefruit, caramel malts and piney hops. Full body, sticky texture. Long big bitter finish. Simple but lovely!

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Photo of nealbert
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of bigjoe786
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark brown, pretty as in attractive, with some ruby highlighting. The head isn't much to speak of, but the lacing is pretty nice.

Very sweet nose, with lots of breadiness, some citric hops, and some alcohol.

Lots of caramel, crystal malts, but not enough to put it in the Great American Strong Ale group. The grapefruit and orange zest hops are pretty apparent for this style; I'm used to more of the pine and menthol type flavors.

Decent mouthfeel, but not quite up to par again. Pretty dry in the finish, which adds a touch of class to an otherwise pedestrian affair.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beat up hazy reddish brown with a thin head that settled fast.

Peachy scents with some apricots.

First swigs: Dry and lightly fruity with nothing too exciting going on. Well hopped up and brisk. Lingering tart lemon and maybe crystal malts?

9.2%? Ya gotta be kiddin'! That's a mistake! A touch thin and undercarbonated but wrth a try.

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Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a growler, shared with Akorsak and Phatz.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a medium, tan head that melted away to a small ring around the glass.

S - A little faint, but a malty flavor with mild hops was present.

T - A biscuity malt flavor up front, coupled with a hint of hops on the way down. Honestly, I was expecting more from this...but as it warmed up more (and the more I drank throughout the day), other earthy flavors came through.

M - Medium, creamy body with a rich finish. If not for the abv, I wouldn't have categorized it as an American Strong Ale, but it still works for me.

D - I definitely enjoyed this beer, the more I drank it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Alan's HSC initation. Bottle from the Solana Beach location. The beer pours a luminous reddish-amber color with a thin beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Toasted malt, orange rinds and hops in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with hops, toasted malt and citrus flavors. The finish is hoppy with some grainy malt underneath, and the bitterness lingers for quite some time. Overall this is an enjoyable beer, and would be even better with just a little more balance.

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Photo of danieelol
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About 6 months old give or take.

Pours murky red with good head/lacing.

CCC hops present as soon as I crack the bottle.

Smell is big honeyish malt flavours, hops show big pine and pineapple. Lightly toasty malts detectable, and a rose profile.

Taste is more hoppy malt with decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, pineapply and bitter.

Ticks the boxes (American Barleywine-like) but I'm not inspired by this approach anymore after being spoilt for hoppy goodness recently.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ujs glenside.

A- comes to me with two good fingers of fluffy light tan head atop a deep ruddy red brown brew. Head settles slowly to a nice cap and some sticky lace.

S- nice balance between malty sweetness and big bold hops. Lots of grapefruit rind and oranges with some conifers and fall spice tossed in to the mix. Malts bring to mind holiday fruit cake.

T- hop forward with grapefruit, pine, cloves and other fall spices. Malts are bready and rich. The combined flavor really remind me of a citrus marmalade or a clove studded orange. Mildly astringent linger.

M- on the fuller end in the body department and mid level carb.

D- big beer and lots of flavor. Bordering on a palate crusher. Tasty but not one I'd get every day.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a barely translucent mahogany with a fairly thick pale honey-golden head. Malty aroma has a honey overtone and hints of apple and horehound. Rich flavor has hoppy, malty, honey and fruity tones with a hint of caramel. Firm-bodied texture is quite fizzy, leaving a tingly finish that has fruit and honey tones. This is one shark attack you will be glad you experienced!

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Shark Attack Triple Red Ale from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 22 ratings