Shark Attack
Port Brewing

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From:
Port Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #41
ABV:
9%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,857
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
481
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 14, 2022
Added:
Mar 07, 2008
Wants:
  33
Gots:
  86
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: Is it really safe to paddle out in our waters? It's impossible to know for sure. What we do know is that this is an incredibly distinctive and bold American red ale that attacks your taste buds with lethal amounts of hops which are balanced by a boat load of Crystal malt. If none of this fazes you, then maybe swimming in the shark filled waters is exactly where you belong. We'll see you in the lineup!

(2014 Winner Best of Show San Diego International Beer Festival)
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Rated: 4.13 by atesus from California

Jun 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.63 by Brian_Pelsh from California

Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by dbauer from California

Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned January 2021, consumed Aug 6 2021. Pours a clear dark copper color with a 1/2 finger of head that leaves little or no lacing. Smell and taste are both malty but the taste reveals a lot more hop than I expected. There is no overt indication of the 9% ABV. This one is smooth and could lead to downing too many too quickly for the high-ish ABV.
Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle, as Port Brewing Shark Attack Double Red Ale, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.0%. Hazy reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head with an orangey hue. Lovely and complex aroma of fruity and piney American hops, on a sweetish background of crystal malts. The flavour is medium sweet with plenty of crystal malts, and loads of resinous and grapefruity hops. The bitterness in the finish is substantial, but not too extreme. Good stuff.
May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Oct 29, 2020
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
have to say, i like it even though i think my can is a bit on the old side. i think it says best by 5/31/20 but its a bit distorted so i can squint and think it's 6/30. consumed 9/18/20 so a bit past. but it's working for me.
L: from the can. the can is plain but gets the message across.
S: caramel, some sweetness, a bit of pine lurking around. very nice, enticing, exotic.
T: for me, delivers on the nose. add a bit of burnt sugar. hop bitterness and astringency on the aftertaste. it may not be for everyone but it seriously works for me.
F: smooth and rich
O: this is a winner in my book. I see other comparing to Tongue Buckler, and both of these rank highly in my book.
Sep 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Currently #66 in the top ranked American Imperial Red Ale beers list.

CAN: 16 fl oz pull-tab with a faded red label. Freshest by: 06/30/20.

Served cold into a nonic pint glass.

Pine, caramel, floral hops, crystal malt sweetness, subtly toasted amber malt/red malt. Not as bready as many imperial amber ales. The pungent pine is nice.

Unfortunately, some of its alcohol warmth does come through, reducing its drinkability substantially. It's a big bold beer but I'd like to see them dial back the ABV a bit.

Finishes dry which helps amplify its detrimental lingering bitterness.

It's a drinkable imperial red ale, but it won't soon unseat Nugget Nectar for the beer to be in the uncommon style. Its booziness is off-putting.

C / AVERAGE
May 26, 2020
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Reviewed by JamarcusMarinovich from California

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured an awesomely beautiful hazy, coppery-red into pint glass. Half-finger of foam with minor lacing, just the way I like it...this is a wonderful look. Nose is not nearly as evident as the look would have you think...some hop notes for sure but not overpowering. Perhaps a bit floral, but I'm not getting much. Malty forward taste with lingering hop bite on the tongue, very well balanced between the two major players. Malt is light roast, carmel-y tinge while hop bitterness is not overwhelming grass/pine/flower, lingering on the back of the tongue. Alcohol (at 9%) doesn't punch you but I can certainly see this sneaking up on you. The balance here is what makes this a winner to me...malt, hops, and ABV are woven together nicely with none of them overpowering. I think this might become a rotation staple in my beer fridge.
May 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.36 by RDW from Nebraska

May 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.02 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by JuiceMan818 from California

Jan 14, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours an auburn/amber with ruby hues and nice clarity; small light khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. Great color. The aromas are malt forward along with caramel and citrus. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Some floral notes. More caramel coming through. Solid bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Bittersweet. Mild spiciness. Some subtle rye and black pepper in the mix. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy and smooth. This one is dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice "Double Red Ale". It's basically what you would expect from the style. Lots of malts and hops. The craftsmanship is on impressive and really takes this one to the next level. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.
Jan 03, 2020
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Reviewed by pabloski

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
It's excellent! If could brew it I'd make it...I just might try! Not living in the southern part of the state I don't get it often.
I would drink it all the time it's that good! It's what a red ale should be, clean, smooth, and mellow. I gave it low ratings on the smell, there's no strong hop odor just beer smell and that's okay. It is like the old days northern California red ale before it went commercial.
Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.66 by Avitra from California

Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I see that this is a big one. Nope, it’s not a gold fish Red Ale. Blue Fin? Nah, not even close to being big enough. Shamu? Now we are talking. At 9.5%, this bad boy struts in the room large and in charge. But does it deliver? Meh. I feel like if you are going to put the word “imperial” in front of a style, you better step up your game. Imperial is like the Romanov’s, you know? I’ll even call Grace Kelly an imperial being. But Shark Attack? Nope.

In the end, it’s not bad, but it’s just a little too lackluster. Hints of toffee and caramel, slight bite from the 9.5%...

It just doesn’t do it for the Raul man.

Peace!
Sep 20, 2019
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, malts. Taste is caramel malts, light citrus, well balanced, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.
May 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by BalancingBrooms from California

Nov 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by sweetbrew82 from California

Aug 05, 2018
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A double red ale sounded good to me, so I got this one on draft. Good call. You don't really feel the 9.5% ABV, and it's not super hoppy like some reds are, but also not super sweet thanks to the double red. Basically it's a good balance, and it's not a session beer by any stretch, but you could have a couple of these over the course of an evening.
Aug 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee

Jun 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by 2beerdogs from California

Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by BarrelAgedG from California

Apr 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by shelby415 from Oregon

Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has toasted malt, light caramel, resiny/piney hops and a hint of fenel. Taste is nutty, bitter and resiny with some dried orange notes. Medium body and carbonation. Complex, tasty and quite easy drinking for its ABV.
Nov 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
It is an amazing, hoppy American Red Ale by Port Brewing. Really, they are one of the few whose beers simply cannot go wrong. This red ale also, it is among their best ones, along with Hop 15, a very intensively hopped red ale with almost an IPA-like quality - I mean, hey this is a Double Red Ale! Intense American hops in the nose and in the taste, followed by a dense hop bitterness that is also full of flavor - bittered with aroma hops or what? Agree with the comments on the bottle - see the details. Whoever loves red ales or American ales must try this one! Will be an instant trend-setting classic.
Jul 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by hermit990 from Illinois

Jun 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mnine from California

Jun 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by fthegiants from California

May 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Stoutmaster9 from California

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bomber to a pint glass.

Murky orange-brown amber, thin head vanishing swift, bit of lacing.

Mouthwatering malty red.

Creamy Caramel mustering on my mouth's roof, followed by a sharp, lingering booze burn with a mid-taste of mild Rye. Smiling after the first gulp! After the third, the earthy oak hops begin dancing relentless on the top of my throat. A feisty beer!

I am quite partial to Double or Imperial Red Ale, or as I like to call it "Liquid Ruby", and Shark Attack dose not disappoint!
(Far from it, though far from the imperial heights of mighty Tongue Buckler!)
Apr 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.59 by Timtac from New Jersey

Mar 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.72 by thebooyakid from Hawaii

Feb 15, 2017
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Reviewed by descobar from Florida

2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Aged 3+ years. did not know what to expect and don’t remember last time I had it fresh. so... it pours ruby brown (reddish) with a thick frothy head with good retention. clarity is on the cloudy side. as expected there’s some off flavors of oxidation, band-aid and green apples but its not overwhelming. bready sweet malts and earthy hops still come through. it had medium/full body with decent carbonation. texture is on oily side. strong astringency that hits the palate to almost harsh levels. taste of heavy sweet malts, earthy hops and alcohol with some off soy-saucey thing going on. major components (semi-harsh astringency, bitterness and alcohol warmth) last long after swallowing. - wish I had a fresh one for comparison.
Dec 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Kraig from California

Nov 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.59 by vidisad from California

Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 2.74 by John_Squires from New York

Sep 23, 2016
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