Shark Bite Red Ale | Port Brewing

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Shark Bite Red AleShark Bite Red Ale

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beerluvr on 01-18-2003

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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 130
Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper/amber in color, with moderate carbonation leading to an middling-sized, light tan, creamy head. Caramel malt aroma with some light, spicy hop notes. More caramel malts in the flavor, with a nice toasty character. There are quite enough hops in here to balance and, in combination with a steady, even carbonation, lend the beer a pleasant, tingly mouthfeel. Nothing tremendously complicated going on here in terms of flavor, but it is a well-balanced, tasty, and quite drinkable brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an attractive label. Pours from the stubby bottle a nice deep amber red color with a creamy off white head on top. The top of the glass is deep red and the hue lightens towards the bottom. Nice. Aromas of rich caramelly, biscuity, slighty nutty malts collide head on with a bounty of grapefruity, citrusy hop tones. The aromas are nicely balanced and quite inviting.

First sip brings a forward biscuit/caramel maltiness that is reminiscent of fresh baked bread. There's a nice underlying current of citrusy hops that are vibrant in the flavor..maybe even a touch of pine. The finish brings only the slightest bitterness with a lingering biscuity/doughy flavor on the palate and a touch of nuttiness. A lovingly balanced mix of hops and malt here that is quite tasty and's hard to put down the glass.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice creamy aspect that hits every corner of the mouth....almost silky. Goes down so easy and smooth this is a sessioner without a doubt. I can see why this is one of the flagship brews at Pizza Port as it's highly drinkable and easily approachable to those new to the craft beer scene as well. I wish I had easier access to this as it'd make a great everyday drinking brew. A nice, hoppy red that maintains its balance..well worth seeking out if you can find it.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear auburn with a bubbly off-white head that dissipates with good lacing. Malt, grass, wood, and some hops in the nose. Kind of bitter taste with a mix of malt and wood. Some nuttiness and hops towards the back. This is one of the weaker "Sharks" in the series.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear type of red amber with a 1" head, good hopping, substantial malt toasted aroma.

Still enough hop taste, cascade, chinook, nice chalky red malt flavor. Kind of a woody aftertaste to it, very high ibus for a red ale. I think I prefer this to the double sharkbite, that one is too boozy, too bitter. While this one isn't faint either, it seems to be a more enjoyable pint than the double.

Can't believe the price on these though, Pizza Port's growler prices are getting a little much.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brownish red with a white head. The head fades quickly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It has a nicley balanced hop aroma. It has a slight caramel aroma.

This beer tastes malty. It has a plesent hop bite to it though. It is well balanced. It has a caramel sweet flavor. I can taste the roasted malts.

This beer is carbonet well. It goes down smooth, leaving a caramel sweet aftertaste.

This beer would be a great session beer. It tastes good, and it is low in alcohol. I have had this beer in the past, and I will have it in the future.

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Photo of alesaram
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass and gave me a amber body with a sight off white head that ran away quickly. The nose had a slight hoppy tone to it but not overly done. There are also some malty sweet notes in the aroma as well. Seems well balanced. The taste of this beer is more of the malty sweet taste and a bit less of the citrus hop that is in there. Overall well balanced and very drinkable, especially with the relatively low abv.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very red amber with a single finger head that melts to a very heavy lace which stays forever.
Aroma is very faint but sweet malts and raisens.
Taste is initiallly sweet from the malt, followed by thick dark fruit and then sharp hops....very complex and balanced.
Mouthfeel is creamy with slight alcohol burn.
This red is much more complex and flavorfull as it warms to room temperature. Cold, it was lacking depth and complexity...warm it is wonderful.
Good pizza to after dinner session beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mix of above-average hoppiness and maltiness, redish colour. This style is now found and often imitated everywhere it seems in the craft bre world. Its a transition brew from macros.
Not substantial C-hop aroma, but its there. Above average for its style, however nothing outstanding and memorable. Touch of roasted sugar.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from San Diego by my roommate, Kate. My first from Pizza Port.

Pour: an attractive and accurate shade of deep ruby/auburn under a scant khaki head that fizzles quickly.

Nose: very fruity upfront with citrus, cherry and strawberry, milky-vanilla husky malts and a rounded hops bitterness.

Taste: creamy, husky malts, fruity ale esters throughout the middle of cherry skins, strawberry and citrusy tangerine hops.

Feel: light and smooth, crisp and refreshing

Drinkability/Overall: one of the tasier Amber/Red ales I've had, with loads of fruity esters and creamy malts bracketed by juicy hops. A truly SoCal take on the style that's a nice change of pace in the Upper Midwest.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, crimson-tinted copper body is topped by a short head of frothy white foam. The retention is only fair; but it maintains a nice, big-bubbled collar and leaves some attractive spotty lace throughout the glass. Brightly piney, grassy, and citrusy hops are evident in the nose over a soft, caramel-laced maltiness. The body is medium; and it's accentuated by a very fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it gently crisp and then smooth in the mouth. The flavor follows the aroma with a toasty caramel-malt base that's peppered with piney, grassy, and citrusy hop flavors. The caramel malts are balanced well, adding character but not overstepping their bounds (as is found in many examples of the style). It's not really complex; but it is rich in flavor, very well-balanced; and quite drinkable. Very nice! Easily, and without a doubt, one of the best "red" beers I've ever had. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DJButters
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dirtylou
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, courtesy of timtheenchanta and the bluemax bif

appearance: something a little off here as it just explodes into a foam head as it hits the glass...this one will require some patience. body is a hazy copper amber with the aforementioned huge beige foam cap

smell: big floral aroma, light green hops, sweet syrupy fruit - pear, apple, grape, light citrus.

taste: good but not great, though i fear this bottle may have hit a bump in one of its journeys. body is a little flat, syrupy sweetness, light green hopping, even lighter malt profile

mouthfeel: medium body, foam fluff gets in the way a little

drinkability: fine

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Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber color with a thin head.

S- The aroma is very nice. Caramel malts and a good amount of leafy hops.

T- The taste is caramel with a lot of citrusy grapefruit hops. Good flavor, but I would have liked a little more of a malt base to support the hops.

D- Good beer, I could drink a couple more of these.

Overall, Sharkbite Red is a really solid beer that is worth a shot.

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Much appreciated.

Appearance: It's a nice nut brown color with ruby red highlights. It looks a little hazy. The head is tan colored and about two fingers deep. Retention was on the shorter side, but it left a pretty nice coat of lace lining the glass.

Smell: The nose features of load of caramel malts up front. They're sweet and seem to give it a good base. Hops are very much in the mix. There's a little bit of a citric quality to them. Some secondary notes of very light roasted malt and toasted nut emerge. They're faint, but definitely there.

Taste: There's a lot of sweet caramel malt initially. It gives a nice base and a strong kickoff. Hops kick in and really clash well with the malts. The hops provide some citric qualities and an excellent bitter taste. It's difficult to say if it overpowers the malts. At the end of the day it's pretty well balanced. There are some (very) light toasted nut and roasted malt flavors toward the end. Finishes sweet and a little bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a nice, creamy feel. Carbonation is a little light and really bolsters it in this department. Drinkability is extremely high. This is one smooth, very drinkable beer. I don't know what the abv is, but it doesn't seem too imposing. I could drink this all night.

Port's got another winner. Can these guys do anything wrong? I'm not a huge red ale guy, but this is delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with an expansive light tan head over a hazy medium red/amber brew. The nose is fresh, fruity and malty. Taste is slightly nutty, biscuity, medium-bodied maltiness and some yeasty fruitiness with a laid back hoppiness. Finishes sweet and malty...a malt lovers delight.

Thanks to xlperro for "Beering It Forward"!

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from AJ's in Phoenix. Pours a decent head though it dissapates pretty quickly. Really nice color, a deep garnet. This is one "red" that actually is. (I am looking at you Ska) Smell is hops and malt at once. Seems like it has a nice hop backbone to balance out the malt. Fairly fruity aroma as well.

The taste is malt up front and hops in the back. Nicely balanced. The malt itself has a nice biscuit quality to it almost reminds me of the malt flavor in a fat tire. Although the similarities pretty much end there. The mouthfeel on this beer is creamy, it has a nice tight carbonation even though it doesnt have much head.

Overall this is a really good beer that I would definately pick up if you can find it. For me it is not a session beer, I would draw the line at one or two, but overall this is a really nice beer that I would love to try on draft.

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Photo of RyanLaw
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MiScusi
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey
Clear and rich reddish brown in color, the head is also a thin dirty white color. The smell is mostly made of a nice citrus and pine hoppiness, but there's plenty of caramel around too. This is a hoppy red ale, most like North Coast's Red Seal Ale. It balances a nice hoppiness with a bulked up malt background (compared to a regular pale ale). Just a good beer all around. It's not my favorite style but what they did with it was pretty darn good.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Ike's market Tucson, review based on notes

Poured an effervescent caramel with 1 finger of sand colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Caramel & leafy hops

T: Caramel, grainyness & some grapefruitty hops up front. More of the same once warm, Finishes with doughy malt & good quantities of leafy & grapefruitty hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, skews hoppy for the style

A nice, easy drinking red that is pretty sessionable

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Photo of Kegatron
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad on 3/19/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a thin beige colored head. Retention is fizzy looking but solid, with a great flareup when swirled that leaves foamy clinging lace back. The aroma is straight up West Coast American Amber, just bristling with the floral, spicy, and piney character of Amarillo and Cascade hops. A solid undercurrent of bready caramel and juicy smelling citrus nicely evens out a lot of the hop activity in the nose, imparting a deep tangy smell.

Well they don't call this Shark Bite for nothing! A big resinous and spicy hop bite chomps you right out of the gate, which is quickly followed by a silky and tangy backbone of toasted malts, caramel, and ripe tropical fruits. Very nice balance to this, giving you the full effects of the hops but not too much to override the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (so it has a good bit of presence to it) but it's so creamy and smooth feeling in the mouth, it's easy to think that it's much more lighter bodied than it is. Nice!

An extremely solid American Amber Ale with a big West Coast pop to it, this is a certifiable Pizza Port classic. I can't make a visit out to the San Diego area without getting at least one pint (or six) of this at one of the locations.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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 CharlesDarwin
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 26, 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma ebbs of nicely toasted caramels, sweet peaches, and faint almonds. Reserved. Pours a consistent ruddied amber, with a foamy soap of off-white rim. Flavor a is a bright, clear and surprisingly hoppy sweet malt. Sugar fades fast as a dry lemon hop bitterness fills the profile, with a good floral quality, nips of Hibiscus and coconut husk. Nicely melds with rising alcohols and gentle fruity caressing. A bit of pineapple over lemongrass fires up the smack. Enjoyable to have a good bit of character in a red. Hop character is unusual, there’s little to no aroma or flavor, instead just a phoenix of ashy bitterness rising and dominating the middle and rear of the profile. I’m not sensing loss from filtration. A few yeasty esters show themselves in the backend.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is darker then the average red ale, with ok carbonation. The head is ok about 2 fingers, light tan and it leaves some lace.

The smell is earthy hops and some nice lightly roasted malt.

The taste follows, a strong earthy hops with some citrus notes, and a big malty base.

The mouthfeel is good, nice better then medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not the best hopy red ale out there but still worth a try. Prosit MK

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Shark Bite Red Ale from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 193 ratings