Shark Bite Red Ale | Port Brewing

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186 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States
portbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerluvr on 01-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of gboley
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Not_a_Shovel
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breadwinner
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous. Hopped to high hell red, bursting with resin and grapefruit, this is unapologetically West Coast. But it ain't just a hop show, as lurking beneath is a malt profile tinged with dry chocolate, an almost peat-like greenness, and pleasing biscuit overtones. Mostly, though, you'll be focused on the hop oil coating your teeth, unrelentingly and delightfully bitter. There's a point to the bitterness, by the way. People think something so big and brash can't have a purpose, that it's sloppy and simplistic. But, in the same way that certain Southeast Asian cuisines incorporate mouth-melting levels of spiciness into their dishes, which can actually serve to highlight other flavors, so here the hops may appear dominant but in fact complement the robust malt character. This is beautiful stuff, and I can only hope that, while nouveau hopsters kill each other for the next juice bomb, stuff like this never goes away.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on date of 01/11/17

Appearance - Pours clear and ruby brown in color with a khaki, one-finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds. Not much for lace save one broken line running near the top of the glass.

Smell - Toasty notes with some floral hop qualities. Lesser hints of citrus, toffee and faint chocolate.

Taste - Malts upfront, with toastiness and a fair amount of powdered chocolate. Hops come in mid-taste, bring notes of floral and herbal quality in addition to a bit of citrus. The finish is bittersweet before some waxy bitterness kicks in and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Slick, slightly creamy texture with an easy drinking finish.

Overall - A solid, quaffable red. Simple, but tasty. For a recipe supposedly drawn up in 1992, I'd venture to guess this as a brew a bit ahead of its time.

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3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snakeayes11
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SDStoutly
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad, CA.
Chestnut with tan film. 3.75
Light lemon - not much malt. 3.5
Slight sticky caramel, blood orange, kronik and pine sap, and a speck of cherry. 4
Speck of chocolate and lime rind linger.
Medium, sticky, chew. 4

Big hoppy amber. But not Lucky 13 - no juice, not enough crystal brightness, some pretty scratchy IBUs. Not quite one thing or another. 3.75

*moved from wrong listing.

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3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red amber with lots of clarity and a full inch of off white head. Substantial hopping and toasted red malt aromas.

Drops waves of c hops, red malt flavors with that peat and wood aftertaste to it. Pretty bitter stuff.

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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aoampm
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of double2chin
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of fafnir
1/5  rDev -73.7%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Mrchato
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jjf3792
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of Clemskis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of fito1212
1.96/5  rDev -48.4%

Photo of BreweryRun
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of _morandi_
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of vidisad
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Shark Bite Red Ale from Port Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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