Shark Bite Red Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #105
Ranked #24,275
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Port Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Shark Bite Red AleShark Bite Red Ale
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Reviews by strangefate:
Photo of strangefate
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Hulmeville Inn - 7/9

Pours a dark clear amber brown with a little bit of frothiness and little lacing. The scent is malty with a slight hint of citrus. Taste is similar - toasted malt with a hop bite and a tinge of caramel. Although this is medium-bodied, it also has a somewhat syrupy quality to it. Average carbonation. Decently drinkable, but not as good as other Port offerings I've had.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 beerguy101
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish color. Small head. Aroma is roasted malt. A medium bodied red. Malts are slightly roasted, somewhat sweet. Hops are grapefruity and a touch floral. Well balanced. Very drinkable red. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is kind of dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark red colored beer, hazy, with chunks of yeast seen swimming around in the beer. Head is also impressive, about 3/4" after a quick pour into a goblet.

Smell: Great citric and floral hops, really pungent in the nose. Also has some great carmel and toasty malts present. A fine smeling beer, up there with the best I have seen in the style.

Taste: Rich and delicious, hops do have a fairly raw edge to them, and the beer could use a touch more sweetness to balance things out a little. Grapefruit and light honey/carmel sweetness are the main flavors, with the hops giving this beer a huge bite.

Mouthfeel: Thick and well carbonated, spot on.

Drinkability: Up there with my favorite beer of the style, Santa's Private Reserve, I like what these West Coast brewers do to red ale's. Thanks to Zorro for the sample.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught at the Solana Beach location. The beer pours a clear brownish amber color with a medium thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Thin rings of lacing with some spots. Toasted malt, hops and mild spice in the nose. Medium-bodied and smooth with moderate hops, herbs and spice and grainy malt flavors. The finish is hoppy and spicy with a lingering bitterness. Pretty solid flagship beer overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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 mzwolinski
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce squat like brown glass bottle that is sealed with a silver crown cap which sports the Port Brewing logo in black, on closer examination it could well be a “twist-off” but I used my CAMRA bottle opener before I even realized this. Plastic sheen like label lists this as from the newly created Port Brewing in San Marcos. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Deep and rich blood red mahogany has a very clear presentation. Creamy yellow head rises quickly and has a feisty presence. Thick crusty lacing grabs the sides of the glass. Carbonation is almost perfect.

Nose: Has a roasted nose, grain and malts with a light hoppy back end. Definitive nose.

Taste: Caramelized toffee punches early on but this soon transitions into a spicy Red middle with lots of malt to firm up the body. Finish is spicy with a full-bodied constitution. A big brew that drinks easily. Rewarding.

Mouthfeel: Bold feel, the creaminess is the main thing that has me returning to this on a frequent basis. Can tend to have a grainy texture but it balances nicely with the soft conditioning.

Drinkability: It’s a bit heavy in the long run for me, but this is nevertheless a solid drinking brew that certainly fulfills. Tasty stuff.

Overall: Sold in 6-Packs, I only picked up a single but I could easily pick up a Sixer in future with little effort, this is a damn good Red, and being as Reds are not one of my favorite styles that is saying something in itself. Good stuff and no doubt the staple frontline brew for the “new” Port Brewing facility.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Carlsbad brewpub.

This ale poured a clear, dark reddish amber color with creamy, off-white foam that settled but clung to the glass and left some lace. The smell was slightly sweet caramel malt, but was very modest. No hops in the smell. The taste was mildly sweet malt with a touch of caramel and a nice hop balance (mostly bitter hops but with a touch of floral hops). The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. The carbonation and hops combine to bite the tongue. The aftertaste was malty and hoppy. This was a nice red ale.

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Photo of Gusler
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer departs the 12-ounce bottle a slightly hazy reddish amber color with a modest creamy white head that upon settling leaves a fine coating of lace. Nose has a fruit like sweetness to accompany the malt, citrus like in its crispness, fresh and clean to the senses. Front has a delightful malt presence, the hops bite a bit at the back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a staunch acidity, the hops pleasant in the bite, quite dry and somewhat sweet aftertaste, a good fleshing beer, pleasing to the palate.

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

Cheers To XlPerro for this tasty treat. This beer pours a nice dark red/amber colour with a small, white head with minimal retention. The aromas are heavy caramel malts and nice west-coast hops. The taste is hoppy up front with tons of malt in the back and in the finish. This beast is a malt monster. The ABV is hidden really well and the mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent!


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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: nearly clear, and fully crimson, nicely retained bubblinng beige head.
Aroma: malty, toasty, ripely fruity.
Taste is freshly flavorful, bright and replete with dark fruit, grape and cherry, little hoppiness, rich in malt. Drinkability's a dream, medium/light bodied, swift, but pleasant finish, though it's a sturdy, quaffable delight, when all's told. Flavor never ends, either, keeps on a bursting in the mouth. That's always a good thing.
When you just need a tasty quncher, this ably fills the bill.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear deep red with a little ruby. Very beautiful when held up to light. Not much head upon pouring, but a little one pops up with a little swirl - it is almond colored.

A very attractive candied malt smell with hints of a stone fruit. Not much hops in the nose, but a very surprising bitterness in the taste. The smell and taste seem worlds apart, but they compliment each other. The bitterness hangs into the aftertaste and concentrates on the back and sides of the tongue, with a little sweetness on the tip of the tongue. As the beer warms, the sweetness of the smell, expresses itself better in the taste and it ends up being a very good beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is good. My first from Pizza Port, and I am convinced those who have this readily available are totally spoiled. Pours out to a huge head of orange white foam, with a reddish orange body of beer. Very high carbonation. Lots of lace. Nice. Aroma is very hoppy, with some citrus notes and sweet bubblegum notes being present as well. Taste is great for the style, by far the best Red Ale i've ever had. Flavors of hops, citrus, grain, fermented caramel malts. Wow. Mouthfeel is highly bubbly and totally enjoyable. The carbonation brings tastebuds to attention and gives them a good work out. Drinkability is great. Special thanks to Boolshot for the sample. World class example of the way a great Red Ale should be.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sharkbite is an exceptionally tasty and enjoyable red ale. From the great looking tawny amber body to the lovely puffy eggshell head, this is a top-notch beer. The head lasts well and laces throughout the glass.

The nose is a nicely aromatic combo of malt with strong hints of the hops that set this red apart. The flavor is malty and full with very prominent hops that impart a very nice citrus overlay to this great brew. The body is full without being too filling and it has a very nice clean and crisp finish. Great drinkability from this very nicely built red ale. Bravo, Pizza Port.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am sampling this brew at room temp and poured into a snifter. The beer is courtesy of Westsidethreat. Thanks!

The beer pours a clear deep mahogany color with dark crimson highlights. A fine fizzy beige colored head of .5 cm foams up with a slightly aggressive pour. The aroma is an even mix of sweet caramel and some toffee and a soft herbal and piney mix of hops. Well balanced and appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and fine rolling carbonation. Nice physical properties.
Flavor is good too, the beer starts with some caramel and that rolls for a second but gives in to a bit of an astringent hop bite on the finish. The finish lingers hops for a while after swallowing as well.
This is a very well crafted and balanced beer, not sure of ABV but it is not evident and this is an easy drinker. I would buy 6ers of this beer if available!

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ San Clemente Location: This one pours a rich amber color. There wasn't a whole lot of head, but it had some decent lacing. There was a hint of some piney hops to the nose. A hint of sweetness also. There was a hint of bitterness to the taste, but mostly a good medium bodt maltiness, without much sweetness at all. Very good!

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint style glass

An excellent flavorful but not an over whelming ale. The appearance is deep red with a brown tint. Nice tan head with good lacing and decent retention. The smell is not too strong. Plenty of malt and sweet fruit dominate the nose. The sweetness gives in to a plum and fruit candy scent.

A very big malt flavor. The fruit is not as powerful in the flavor as in the nose and is less sweet. A yeast middle with some sweet biscuit for finish. The hops help this ale along but are mild with only a minor bite. Nicely done.

A medium bodied mouthfeel. Some mild carbonation sizzles on the tongue. A very crisp finish. Very good drinkability. Goes down very smooth with a tiny bite of hello in the back of the throat.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at AJ's in early September for $1.59 each.

Beer poured a deep red with not much of a head. Nose was very malty with a hint of citrus. Taste is a great balance between the malts and hops. As the name indicates there is a big hop bite which is surprising for this style. Mouthfeel is fairly full for the style and very smooth. Overall drinkability is good. I have had this on tap before and both times this has been very enjoyable. Recommended to Red fans!

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Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appeared to posses a handsome red amber body and a creamy beige tall head that formed quickly as I poured, and graced the mug with lots of lace as it dissipated. I could see many floating yeasties in suspension. The natural carbonation was very lively at first but died down to a very minimal level pretty quickly. Aroma was quite hoppy with pine, spruce, and other scents on the nose. The taste was dry, nutty, and slightly burnt with some hints of caramel. The beer also had a snap of hop bitterness that lingered in the aftertaste. Creamy medium mouthfeel was very satisfying. This was a nice bonus in the box from EyeDrinkAle. I thank you for your generosity..

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with little retention and no lacing. Aroma of deep bitter hops is dominating. Taste is also dominated by some deep bitter hops with some citrus notes and a standard caramel malt taste which is kind of deceiving. Body is full with some medium carbonation. Maybe my expectation was too high based on the brewer reputation but I thought this was pretty standard.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very unique amber/red ale with a very unique flavor profile combining a lot of different elements. I had this beer (many times; it was a favorite!) at GABF last fall, and I'm happy to rediscover why I visited the Pizza Port booth so many times last fall.

This beer pours a slightly dull red-brown, with a very sturdy head. Aroma is a combination of a grapiness reminiscent of certain Belgian ales (most recently in my experience the Gouden Carolus Ambrio) and a light hoppiness (Centennial?). Flavor is significantly different than other amber is grapey, like a Belgian ale; dry-hopped like an IPA, and has some malt balance like an amber. The amber ale style seems a bit over-exposed (as in, everyone has one, and most are not very special). This one is quite unique.

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

Pours a deep, clean red hue and makes a huge meringue-like fluffy offwhite crown. Head retention is long lasting and leaves quite a bit of lacing on my glass.

Roasted, toasty malt aroma with essense of west coast american hops, namely cascades. Very citrusy.

Solid malt flavor featuring huge caramel and toasted grain, strong bitterness in the foreground and a well balanced citric hop finish.

Smooth carbonation on the palate, medium creamy texture, finishes clean and slightly dry.

A solid quaffable red ale, definitely one of the best on the market. Its refreshing to see this available all over Southern California. This will be a great go-to beer in the years to come.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no date code.

Deep reddish brown, with a thick sticky tan head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is caramel and roasty malt, with some piney hops lurking in the background.

Flavor is carmel up front with the citrusy then piney hops building to the finish.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Port Brewing / Lost Abbey Facility

Pours with a dark, reddish, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby color when held up to the light. The beer is lightly carbonated and shows a one-finger thick, tan colored head only after it has been roused. The aroma has a sweet malt and fruit note to it up front and then moves to a light citrusy hop note; notes of berries and raisins move to light notes of tangerine and candied orange peel.

The taste has a rich caramelized note up front with a touch of toffee. Fruity notes of berries and citrus intermingle as a solid bitterness starts at the beginning and lingers on into the finish. There is even some toasted grain notes and perhaps even a hint of roast character in the finish of this brew, though both are quite subtle. The bitterness in the finish has an astringent gripping character that grabs a hold of the palate and demands that you take another quaff of this brew so you can balance that with the sweet malt and fruit notes that are found when the beer is in your mouth. I really like the low carbonation of this brew, much more English in CO2 levels, and it helps to bring a certain creaminess to this brew. Without the lower carbonation, I think that the hop bitterness might be a bit too much.

This is quite a flagship brew for Pizza Port. It, in some ways (though it clearly surpasses), reminds me of Fat Tire when it first came out. The tire had a nice hoppiness to it that has long since disappeared. This beer is quite a bit hoppier though and has the same rich maltiness, in fact it is even a bit more complex in its malt notes. This is one of those brews that I could easily spend an afternoon with; easy drinking, yet still assertive enough to keep the palate interested over a couple pints of this brew.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 193 ratings