Shark Attack
Port Brewing

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American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #67
Ranked #15,647
3.88 | pDev: 11.08%
Port Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
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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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Reviews by rrryanc:
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Photo of jjh19
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Red appearance, lingering head, great look to this beer.

Smell: Quite floral in the hop character.

Taste: Different from the nose, the taste of the hops struck me as perfume-y and bitter. I did not dig the heavy bitter lack of balance.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy body.

Drinkability: For every red beer fan like myself, I’m sure there’s someone who loves this. But for me, Shark Attack is just so, so. (Perfume-ey hops don’t anything for me)

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Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SJbigtuna
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of RaulMondesi
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. You know? This isn’t 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 boi 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 Sharm Attack, albeit not bad, it’s still a little lackluster. Hints of toffee and caramel, slight bite from the 9.5% content... But it just doesn’t do it for me. Ya feel me?


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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle hit the shelves just a matter of hours before I purchased according tot he stocker at Parker Payless. I wanted to sample this while on vacation in San Diego but it didn't come to be at my visit to Port/Pizza Port. Anyhow, poured from undated (though I am assuming quite fresh) bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours a translucent ruby mahogany with a huge 3 finger creamy/off-white head. Amazing retention and gobs of lacing. Looks impeccable. The nose is quite hop heavy with a healthy dose of citrus aroma. Hints of pine and earthy hop character, though mostly the citrus you'd expect from the West Coast. A good amount of caramel malt sweetness as well. I really enjoy the aroma. The flavor continues on the nose with an initial surge of hop flavor as described in the nose. The beer takes a while to materialize on the tongue as all the flavors come to fruition. The citrus hop and medium bitterness are consistent through out. After the initial surge of hops the caramel sweetness enters and provides a nice compliment to the hop bitterness and flavor. I found the beer to be hop forward but relatively well balanced for the high abv. Smooth and full bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I don't know if it's just super fresh but I can't understand all the sub-4 ratings it's received. I think it's a terrific brew and would happily purchase again. Highly recommended. Hides the alcohol well and is very easy to put down.

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Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy 500th review to me! Poured into a pint glass. I bought this about 9 months ago, so this review might not be indicative of a fresh bottle.

3.5 A: Opaque dark ruby red color. One finger of creamy yellowish beige head with not so great retention and no lacing.

4.0 S: Still pretty hoppy. Lots of orange and some pine. Malts are plentiful with caramel, some toffee, and a bready biscuity flavor in there. Sweetness dominates over the bitterness.

4.0 T: Not surprisingly this is malt forward. The orange and pine hop flavor is there again, but isn't all that strong. Very soft bitterness. Caramel is running rampant in my mouth. Toffee is stronger in the taste than the nose. Bready again. Alcohol is moderately detectable. This is almost like an American barleywine. Pretty good.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Well done here.

4.0 D: Overall a pretty good brew. No problems and good all around. I wonder what it tastes like fresh, but it's good now so whatever.

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Photo of Wisconsinhop
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kendollkaff
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JCellars
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz btl into Duvel tulip at 50-55 degrees.

Pours beautiful amber with thick 2-3 finger ivory head. Good retention and lacing.

Grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, and floral hop aromas with a subtle undertone of caramel and toffee malt.

The taste is a little more subdued than I expected with lots of tropical fruit notes (dates, plum, fig, slight grapefruit, etc.) the hops are very well integrated with the creamy mouthfeel and subtle malt. The malt does come through with a nice caramel undertone. There is almost a taste of sweet tarts to this beer. Not in a bad way necessarily...

The finish is very lightly hoppy for a "double" red. Not what I was expecting, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of johlac66
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coldmeat23
2.81/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Great Divide Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Nice clear, ruby/copper color liquid. Two-fingers of fluffy, light tan foam. Retention is very good. Lacing creates a sticky ring, all the way around the glass.

Piney, floral hops hit me hard. Light hint of caramel malts. That's about all that I get.

A kiss of sweet malts, which is then pummeled by a fist of citrus hop flavor. Bitter, bitter hop flavor.
No sir, I don't like it. Way too far out of balance, for me.

Strong medium body, with a nice amount of creaminess. Good carbonation level.

If you're a hophead, it deserves a shot. If not, stay away.
It's not for me.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of KevChiTown
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly malty. Doesn't hide the bite well. Imperial Reds just aren't my thing.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 22oz bottle

A-Really murky deep amber, clarity is much like the yeasty part of Gordon. Small off white head with good retention and good lacing.

S- Not a whole lot here. My beer is a bit too cold for my tastes so this may add to the lack of any scent other than booze.

T- Nice depth of malt with a good hoppy balance. I get a ton of roasted malt, caramel, bready, a bit of bitter roasted coffee. The hops are far from over powering but a a great balance to this big beer. Not much in the way of alcohol taste.

M- Good, oily but gassy enough to keep you palate clean.

D- Eh, it's okay. I am a fan of the style and this is a decent representation of it. Worth a shot for sure.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle fermented double amber ale? Yes. Been looking forward to trying this thing for a while now. Sounds super unique. Pours a hazy deep garnet color with a big sticky off white head. Hop bill is huge on the nose. Smells like it should be drank fresh. Big citric and floral hop presence. Some caramel malt beneath.

Wow, I really like this alot. Big carbonated body with a spicy bitter finish. Citric and spicy herbal hops come forward on the tongue and are held together all the way through as one big hoppy wave till you swallow. The fruity sweetness is complemented by a caramel like malt bill which blends everything. The beer rounds out by blossoming into a bitter floral finish with a touch of detectable alcohol. Sticky sweetness left clinging to the mouth.

lacing is superb

Quite a beer. Makes me wonder why more double ambers arent made. Alcohol is detectable but this is one of the biggest flavored amber ales i've ever had and damn are those flavors good. Wonder how this beer holds up though.... (the huge malt bill might make things interesting)

amazing none the less

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle:

The beer poured an excellent deep dark opaque red, almost a brown color. It had a thick and dense off, but foamy white head, which was probably 3+fingers, that had excellent retention and ultimately led to a thin cap and with a swirl you could easily get a large head back. Also some very nice lacing.

Excellent aroma, nicely balanced with perhaps a slightly more boozy sweetness aroma than anything else.

The it. Very nice, very big malt flavor with citrus and pine hops noted. Also, the beer had a breadyness taste along with some booze.

The beer had a medium to full feel to it with the exact right carbonation. The beer was smooth, very creamy and very easy to drink especially given the elevated ABV. Overall, this is an excellent beer and one that I will be heading back to the beer store for very soon. So glad that Port Brewing made it to Georgia.

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Photo of Yabev15
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Shark Attack from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 796 ratings