Shark Attack Double Red Ale | Port Brewing

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
87
very good
312 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Shark Attack Double Red AleShark Attack Double Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Floydster on 03-07-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
312
Ratings:
768
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
17.62%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
78
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 312 | Ratings: 768
Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz Bomber poured into a clown shoes glass.Smell is grapefruit.Taste is grapefruit with a slight touch of maybe caramel.Overall a very drinkable beer.Went down really nice.I would buy this again.

 197 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mixture of amber and auburn with some red splashes. 1/4" head. Bitter dry hop aroma with usual red malts.

Super bitter, hop flavor doesn't come through as much as I'd hoped for. So big, viscosity, syrup, resin. Boozy. A decent beer, but somewhat upsetting coming from a world class brewery that does hops like no one's business.

 334 characters

Photo of aleigator
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a ruby red, cherry color, with a decent head. Fruit and sugar aromas dominate in this beer, which lots of hops in it. Grapefruit, orange, peach and hints of malt stand out for me. Has a rich fruity taste, with a powerful upcoming bitterness in the end. Malts in the beer hold the taste together, smooth out sweet and bitter tastes to an overall well balanced, medium-bodied beer, which is special in its own way. Bitterness is at very first glance a bit distracting from the sweet beginning, because it kicks in very sharp and changes the whole taste within a split-second, but consider it the biting shark. After a while I really begin to appreciate the sudden change, it adds depth to the ale. Before that, tastes of apple, peach and malt are noticable, creating a refreshing fruit flavor, with a hoppy underlining. This by itself would already make up for a decent ale, but the aggressive bitterness makes this just great. It turns down the first impression of the beer, without going too far, but adding a big, hoppy ending to it. Surprisingly enough, this is still in balance, some fruits still linger on the tongue, while the bitterness does its work. Low carbonation smoothes the beer out, still adds some groove to it, which is not too refreshing in paricular, but underlines the ongoing transformation.

 1,315 characters

Photo of Sexybeernerd6969
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three yums! Great interesting take on an uncommon style - double red. Very malty and bright bitterness. Hop bitterness lingers on the tongue with hints of chocolate malt. Mouthfeel has medium body with quite the effervescence. Port Brewing doesn't let down!

 257 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a classic beer, i cant believe its taken me this long to write about it. i feel like i have one at least once a year. always a treat, i think this kind of sets the standard for the style. its red malty flavored, without being sweet, and it lets the hops do the majority of the flavoring without taking over, but while propping them up in a unique way too. some caramel and dry irish type red malt in the base, with a little brown sugar kick before the hops come in, not too much at all. i get tangerine and orange in the hops, very citrusy, but real bitter too. resinous and dank, this is west coast at its best, loaded with the hop oils and feels as much as flavors. surprised by all the bitterness coming through, especially for a red beer this strong, but it works out in the end, pungent hops is all thats left after the swallow. tons of body and carbonation both, this is somehow refreshing and easy drinking for a style that is generally anything but. i think this really is the benchmark for an imperial red ipa, even the gold medal winning one from founders didnt get to this level i dont think. top notch stuff, under appreciated i think here on BA.

 1,166 characters

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-red body with a light caramel cap.

Aroma/Flavor: Citrus peel, nut and caramel. Malt character slightly over powers the hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky.

 178 characters

Photo of jlanagnost
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker amber color and had a very fine head to it. On the label it reads that it is quite hoppy, and it doesn't let down, so be aware if you're not looking for a hoppy amber. It also has a bit of a bite on it, but it is 9% so I suppose it's warranted. Perhaps the "Shark Attack" moniker is referring to this? Lol. Overall, it was probably my fault for not reading the label and enjoying the beer because it was too hoppy for my tastes.

 444 characters

Photo of W_Des
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown. There is lots and lots of malt in this. The finish gets a little bit too sweet for me the longer I continue to drink it and takes away from the overall beer.

 179 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, a deadly cool thing to see Port Brewing represented in Idaho, and NOHO at that, and at very reasonable prices at further that. Wait, old stock, maybe?

This beer pours a hazy, medium chummed ocean swell hue, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and near-creamy ecru head, which leaves some very loose sudsy gear-chain lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel/toffee malt, muddled orange and some kind of grapefruit citrus rind, wet pine forest floor the morning after the rain (and a bit of subsequent mildew), a skinned nuttiness, faint buttery chocolate, Tootsie rolls, and more and more leafy, grassy, and well-perfumed hops. The taste is fairly sweet, with the grainy baba bread, chocolate-ensconced caramel, bitter mixed citrus fruit (pick any or all and yer good), buttery packaged nuts, water-logged pine needles, and more of those innocuous (you think) weedy, leafy, and besotted floral hops.

The carbonation is quite underwhelming in its barely palpable frothiness, the body a decent medium-full weight, and generally smooth, only a small alcohol astringency taking away from an otherwise puritanical creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, all caramel this, and toffee that, yet with the hops, sundry other players, and booze schedule to back it up.

Yeah, I don't quite feel like I've been attacked by sharks, per se, but this west coast makeover of the workaday American red ale into an Imperialized version might have a bit of the same ancillary metrics, i.e. you hit the water, expecting an outside chance of cartoonish danger, and then BAM! Lights out baby.

 1,645 characters

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber under a persistent, clingy 3” light tan foam collar.
S: Citrus rind, citrusy, resiny hops, malt
T: Starts with sweet malt, light caramel, citrus and light fruit and then this gives way to the intense lingering hops – more bitter than many to balance the malt. The hops dry the beer out in the finish but while assertive, they are not harsh.
F: Medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: A big hop forward beer that is fulfilling and easy to drink.

 480 characters

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz poured to snifter

Pours a lightly hazed red-brown, inch or so or dark amber head, fairly persistent and sticky. Reds should look good, and this one does.

Smell is vegetal, herbal, a hint of sea breeze and toffee.

Taste is a full on hop riot when cold, pine and bitter orange. A nice toffee note from crystal sneaks in as it warms, but even them this is more aggressive than balanced.

Reasonable mouthfeel for 9%, not a huge body, but appropo.

Overall: I'm not always a fan of reds and double reds. It's easy to go too sweet. Its easy to go too thin, it's easy to go too bitter. I suppose some would argue this is too bitter, but I love a good hop-whipping. No pussy footing around... this beer probably isn't for the meek or the uninitiated at this bitterness level. If you are a crazy hop head like me, this one is a must-try.

 837 characters

Photo of tasteology408
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is good. Really good. Does not have a strong 9% bite. But you will feel it just after half way thru. Smells good tastes good. Kinda has a roasted malty bite .I buy one every other month or so. Buy it!

 210 characters

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottled on 12/1/14 (gulp)

look - Beautiful deep ruby/garnet. Big head that sticks around, good retention, very small to medium distribution. Some clinging.

smell - lots of malt, slighlty burnt nutty presence. hints of holiday spices, chestnut, and licorice.

taste - much the same as the smell, oaky woodiness. Alcohol is there, lingering bitterness. Bitternesss really sticks around.

feel - thin to medium bodied.

overall - tasty brew, never had fresh. Malt presence is most predominant, but the hop bitterness is still there.

 537 characters

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was pleasantly surprised by this one. Very fresh, great combo of caramel malt flavors and bitter hops. The hops provide that needed bite at the finish that really round this one out. Tasty!

 192 characters

Photo of Bone53
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Hazy rich amber color with an enormous beige head

Smell: citrus, caramel malt, smokey leather

Taste: Caramel malt, slight citrus, and a musty yeast character, smokey leather

Mouthfeel: Medium feel; Its entirely too carbonated and dry for me from start to finish

Overall: This is not the red ale im accustomed to. The hop and malt varieties dont work together, and are all over the place. It also has a gritty and very dry mouthfeel; Overly carbonated. I love a great red, such as Nugget Nectar and lagunitas, but this is far from those. I thoroughly enjoyed Mongo, but im very dissapointed with this offering. It was actually hard for me to finish

 677 characters

Photo of dcmchew
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber with a really big fluffy beige head, leaving a lot of messy lacing on the glass.
Smell of sweet citrusy hop and rich caramel maltiness, candy, peach, some pineapple, pine, faint alcohol.
Rich fermenting tangerine, pineapple syrup, candied grapefruit, bit of mango and maracuja. Sweet caramelised malts, honey, hints of toffee and toast. Pine towards the finish, spicy leafiness, nice and bitter.
Pretty long finish and a nice intense aftertaste, with some prickling hop, lots of citrus peel, caramel, candy, hints of tropical fruit still around. Medium body, prickly carbonation.
A really by-the-book amber ale, lots of Westcoast hoppiness, rich malts, nice and balanced.

 682 characters

Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish brown amber with a frothy tan head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Caramel malt sweetness, some dank hops, and some light pine and citrus.

T: Roasty malt, toffee, light coffee, some pine and citrus, with a slight fruitiness on the back side. Hides its alcohol well.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe not my favorite, but not bad.

 414 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Port is finally distributed to my area! Picked up the bomber for $7.50 into a pint glass.

A - Easily agitated I must have shook it up since it gave me 2+ inches of mocha head atop of a hazy mahogany brown.
S - Woody with a citrus hops zest. Mild but constant.
T - Much more hoppy than I expected! A hardcore pine blast to the face with underlining caramel sweetness and some hard wood flavors. Flavors do get a bit subdued after a few sips making it more enjoyable.
M - Medium bodied not heavy for 9%. Still it is quite a sipper.

Overall kind of a disappointment I had the Tidal Wave IPA and the Mongo IPA's both had exceptional flavor but this even though piney faded quite a bit with repeated sips. Very drinkable but not worth a repeated purchase.

 753 characters

Photo of docoman
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Had this beer during trip to San Diego, CA from tap (place called The Hopping Pig in Gaslamp area), it was decent, but not something I wanted to order a second time. For an amber ale it is very strong so if you like strong red ales I'd give it a try.

 251 characters

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was served in my mug at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Resiny pine, citrus, caramel, chocolate, and toasted malts.

Taste: Pine, citrus, resiny, chocolate, caramel, and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, crisp, some booze, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Very nice Imperial red.

 575 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Aug. 26, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 3, 2014
Misc.: Bottled April 24, 2014

Poured a mahogany opaque color with 6-to-7 fingers of khaki tan head. A foamy Port pour? You don’t say. Sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled caramel malts, wet Cascade hops, rye, toffee, buttery malts, roasty malts, faint chocolate, citrus hops, pine, wet soapy malts and floral hops. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted a bit better than the nose. Earthy rye hops, roasty caramel, wet Cascade, light chocolate (still), soapy pine, honey, floral hops, citrus hops, sweetened iced tea and lime zest. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00)

A nice tasty double amber. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.87 | 87 | B+

 915 characters

Photo of smcolw
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Cloudy, reddish dark amber color. Great ring lace from a modest head.

Pleasant fresh floral hop aroma.

Hoppy red with a yeasty base. In short, the toasty malt takes a back seat. Very spritzy. Mild bitter aftertaste.

 220 characters

Photo of joeseppy
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%

Pour is a muddied burnt orange with an off-white frothiness that stays awhile.

Aroma is scintillating caramels and hop. Malt is much more prominent edging on Barleywine territory.

Taste has a decent hop bite followed by a candied sweetness. Alcohol has a noticeable contributing factor.

Mouthfeel has a creamy texture and the mouth is overcome in the onset but wanes quickly. More so a full bodied beer.

I'm personally not digging the boozy sugary aspects, but hey that's me. Has the imperial appeal that does have its fan base. Kinda reminds me of Palate Wrecker in some way. Nice abv that toasts this overall experience. Decent brew nonetheless.

 661 characters

Photo of For_those_near_death
5/5  rDev +29.5%

A translucent copper colored beer with a red head, like my girlfriend. The aroma is sweet-hop tied to some grassy flaves. The overall palette is somewhat malty, but still with strong notes of hops. The alcohol % is a plus. Subtle bitterness derived from the English Challenger hops with desired qualities from the Crystal Malt give it a 'must buy more' note on the white board. But folks, basically its a Belgian golden ale brewed with lots of hops, and heard that it was created for the brewers' wedding celebration. I live on the coast near great white sharks, and this beer has nothing to do with all that, except the hint of blood.

 644 characters

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red, dark brown, with a three finger high, beige-yellow, creamy head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich, full nose of butter, caramel malt, fudge, grass, raisin, plum, hoppy, resin and grape. I just love that smell!

Taste: Oily with citrus, toffee, caramel malt, creamy taste, raisin, plum, orange marmelade and dried fruit.

A full body with a good, full texture. A great carbonation and a well balanced bitterness.

Just a GREAT beer!

 458 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
3.86 out of 5 based on 768 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!