Shark Attack
Port Brewing

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Port Brewing
California, United States
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #39
Ranked #17,413
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Nov 28, 2021
Mar 07, 2008
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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4.63 by Brian_Pelsh from California on Nov 28, 2021
4.18 by dbauer from California on Oct 07, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BillAfromSoCal from California

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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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

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
3.75 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
4 by paulish from New York on Oct 29, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

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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2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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.


May 26, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JamarcusMarinovich from California

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
3.36 by RDW from Nebraska on May 24, 2020
4.02 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 04, 2020
4.25 by JuiceMan818 from California on Jan 14, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BB1313 from Ohio

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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4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by pabloski

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
3.66 by Avitra from Switzerland on Oct 25, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by RaulMondesi from California

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.


Sep 20, 2019
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3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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
4 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 21, 2019
3.77 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Nov 01, 2018
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 02, 2018
3.77 by sweetbrew82 from California on Aug 05, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dcscientist from Colorado

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
3.75 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee on Jun 24, 2018
3.73 by 2beerdogs from California on Apr 20, 2018
3.94 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 15, 2018
3.92 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 29, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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
3.93 by TheHopsman from Nebraska on Aug 20, 2017
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5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by monkist from Hungary

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
3.92 by hermit990 from Illinois on Jun 10, 2017
4 by mnine from California on Jun 04, 2017
3.5 by fthegiants from California on May 25, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Stoutmaster9 from California

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
3.59 by Timtac from New Jersey on Mar 01, 2017
3.72 by thebooyakid from Hawaii on Feb 15, 2017
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2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by descobar from Florida

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
4 by Kraig from California on Nov 22, 2016
3.59 by vidisad from California on Nov 20, 2016
2.74 by John_Squires from New York on Sep 23, 2016
4.42 by sephyrott from Spain on Aug 24, 2016
Shark Attack from Port Brewing
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