Shark Attack
Port Brewing

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #68
Ranked #16,908
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Port Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Shark AttackShark Attack
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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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.91/5  rDev -25%
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.


May 26, 2020
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JamarcusMarinovich from California

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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
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RaulMondesi from California

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.


Sep 20, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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
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monkist from Hungary

5/5  rDev +28.9%
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
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Stoutmaster9 from California

4.23/5  rDev +9%
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
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descobar from Florida

2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
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
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Motleydrunk56 from California

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Apr 19, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Mar 30, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Dec 18, 2015
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Sexybeernerd6969 from California

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Dec 18, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Oct 25, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Sep 05, 2015
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jlanagnost from California

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Aug 21, 2015
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W_Des from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Aug 02, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Aug 02, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Jul 21, 2015
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Jun 27, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Jun 08, 2015
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BowWowWowYippyYoIPA from California

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Jun 05, 2015
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