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Shark Attack Double Red AleShark Attack Double Red Ale

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Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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.

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Photo of Auraan
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful amber with a nice one finger off white head. Scents of caramel malt, floral hops and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is strong, with a high hop bitterness, mostly piney but with some citrus notes, balanced by a malt sweetness, there's also a bit of alcohol on the finish. Very high in hop character, with malt keeping it manageable, but still very much a hop-head kind of beer. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, with a thick, sticky feel, very good and akin to an American Strong Ale or a lower ABV barleywine. An excellent ale, it reminds me of Double Bastard, but with more hop character and less of the sticky sweetness.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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 neophilus
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper red color. Thick white head on top.

Sweet, boozy scent. Depth of caramel and malt with some kind of aromatic hoppiness dancing on top.

Spicy, sweet caramel with a heavy dose of hop bitterness. Almost sugary sweet on top but the solid malt base carries it and the spicy citrusy hop bitterness cuts through the sweetness and delivers balance just in the nick of time.

Heavy dose of flavors coat my palate as the beer finishes, but strong bittering cleans it up.

Totally blown away by this beer. I have soft spot for Imperial Reds but this one breaks away from the pack. This level of sugary/caramel sweetness would be rude in another beer but the brewer has assaulted it with American hops to the point where it becomes most agreeable. I would have had more but would probably end up on the floor as a victim of this shark attack.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep red, almost mahogany-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is highly of American hops and alcohol, but its hot aroma doesn't really give it a bad characteristic. The taste is also hoppy with a nice, rich maltiness. It finishes bitter. It has a medium body and is pretty silky in the mouth. A bomber goes down a little too easily. I bet Port could call this a "Red IPA" for marketing purposes haha. Anyway, it's a great take on the Red Ale that is so common on the West Coast.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt amber in color, some ruby high lights.
There's abit of haziness in there too.
Very turbulent carbonation.
The head is thick and tall with a mousse like density of course there is loads of lacing up and down the glass.
Very striking color combo when held up to bright light like the sun.

The aromatics are quite nice with hops and malts balancing out nicely although the sweet malty backbone is slighty more prominent then the hop bouquet. Hops have a fresh hop aroma but aroma wise are muted. A suggestion of citrus is what I can come up with.

A big tasting beer with loads of sweet caramel, there lip smacking good. Hops have a fresh taste but not much in flavor which is not a bad thing.
What ther is of cours is a bunch of hop bitterness at the finish.

This beer has a thick mouthfeel and slides down with oily smoothness. Bitter into the aftertaste. There also is a good deal of soft alcohol warming.

A good beer definitly good to the last drop, but for me the ABV is getting into the defcon 3 area: use extreme caution.

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Photo of austincsuf
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in 12oz cold pint glass...

A- lost of head...dark red tint what you would expect from a double red ale

S- not overwhmeling hoppiness but smells fresh

T- awesome red ale and a real clean finish

M-pleasant lol

O- i really enjoyed this double red, i would def buy again and even order if i ever see it on a menu...

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Photo of khiasmus
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I went to Belize when I was thirteen. The fourth largest barrier reef in the world is just off of the coast, and we went snorkeling. The water was perfectly clear (like this beer), and a beautiful blue (not like this beer). We were able to swim with some sharks and stingrays, and I got to wrestle a shark, it fighting my every move. They're leathery, you know. Not smooth like one might expect. There were no waves that day, or possibly ever, it seemed so serene. The beer sits in my glass calmly, docile, never giving away its' intentions. What little head formed disappears quickly, and it simply lurks.
Then it reaches out and crushes my skull with its' aroma. I can only sit back in awe. The malt character of Dale's, but stronger. Far stronger. The hops are aged and almost a bit cheesy above the dankness. The malt character, though... I'm not a malt head. I lean far towards the hops. But this is phenomenal.
The flavor is much the same, the malt embracing the palate, the senses, allowing you to sink in... but the hops are throat-constricting in their fury and bloodlust.
Thick, syrupy, so smooth. The carbonation could be a little higher. There's a ton of warming and bitterness that seems to suck the walls of your throat together, the teeth don't stop, just ripping...
It's a monster, a leviathan, this is not a mortal creation. Tussle with this one, and may God have mercy on your soul.
There wasn't a shark attack that day. Seems ironic, looking back, as though there should have been. But this is good enough. This beer is so original, so sublime. Powerful.

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Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store during the LA/Port kick-off.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of equal parts caramel and pale malts with large amounts of pine and floral hops. Also present are hints of deep citrus aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky caramel malt flavors cut by lighter pale malts kick things off and are joined almost immediately by loads of pine and herbal hops. Midway through the sip the pine fades a bit, allowing the flavor profile to sweeten and light citrus flavors to work their way into things. The large amount of hops carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall, while admittedly being a sucker for "imperial" reds, this beer exceeded my expectations. On-par with Gordon, this is a very good beer for the style and one well worth a shot.

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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!

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

A vigorous pour produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a dark, plum colored, amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, red color and a light carbonation when held up to the light. The aroma smells sweetly of hops as I am pouring this and a deeper inspection of the nose confirms this with ample hop notes of lychee, sweetened grapefruit, tangelo and expressive orange zest. It is really hard for me to smell anything but the hops; this is a bit surprising given the rich red hue, but luckily the hops are very nice smelling.

Sweet tasting and quite smooth feeling with its soft carbonation, towards the middle the beer starts to pick up a biting hop-bitterness that slowly grips the tongue and becomes very pronounced in the long finish. This is nicely balanced between the sweetness up front and the sharp, biting, slightly astringent bitterness that comes to dominate in the finish. The light carbonation adds just a faint tickle to the texture, just enough to keep this from feeling flat. While clearly dominated by citrus and fruit hop notes there is a certain spiciness to this brew that couples with an over that top bergamot-oil / über-citrus zest note up front; it s something like a mix of allspice, mint and hemp oil. This last is definitely noticeable and herbal, but plays a secondary role to the sweeter hop fruit notes.

The fantastically interesting spicy / herbal note that is noticeable, at times explosively, I think is actually partially due to the rich maltiness that is not really all that noticeable on its own. The hop character is just too huge here, but there is obviously a big malt character to this beer that more than anything serves as a vehicle for all of the hop flavors. This really hides its alcohol pretty well too, it really isn't very boozy at all. Perhaps the alcohol is noticeable just a touch as it couples with the hop notes and provides a touch of pepper-like bite in the finish that melds with the bitterness. As the beer warms it becomes a bit more herbal, more hemp like even, but this only creates more of a balance between the competing hop notes of fruit and herb; the fruit still wins out, and decidedly so, but the other side of the hop coin is definitely an appreciated addition.

This is much nicer than I was expecting, for some reason I was expecting an unbalanced, scathing hop bomb. This is certainly an aggressively hop dominated beer, but there is enough malt to support the hops and keep them from getting overly aggressive or harsh. I really like the mix of hop flavors here; dominated by aromatic & expressive fruitiness, but with a slight backdrop of herbal & hemp oil flavors that is then tethered in the finish by an aggressive, clean, biting bitterness. Something about the slight carbonation & the mix of flavors already here tells me that this would be an absolutely phenomenal beer served via traditional cask & hand pump. There is something about this beer that just makes this really hit the spot right now; I am not sure if it is purely situational, palate driven or if this is just a phenomenal beer. No matter what it is I definitely am loving this beer right now.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Jeffo
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice compact two finger thicker looking off-white / beige head with good retention. Medium carbonation evident in the form of tiny bubbles. Partially clear and deep maroon or sangria red in color. Head slowly fades to a nice film and leaves some immediate lacing. Splotchy wisp and a thick ring remains, leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Looks great.

SMELL: Huge bold nose jumps out of the glass. Toasted and pale malts, as well as lots of caramel and sweet toffee. A bit of piney hops and floral touches as well. Light notes of red berries in the back too. Very nice.

TASTE: Toasted and pale malts with caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Floral hops and citrus notes follow, as well as some spicy alcohol. Ends with some bitterness and citrus grapefruit notes too. Bold and long lasting aftertaste is full of plenty bitter citrus and piney hops. Very enjoyable and tells a good story from a malty beginning to a hoppy end.

PALATE: Medium-full body, nice and creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of an alcohol bite at the end and finishes slightly sticky on the palate.

OVERALL: This is definitely a great brew. A well balanced red that tells a story. Port makes some fantastic stuff, and this is another stellar one from these guys. Will be getting more of this one.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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 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.

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Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A murky cloud of reddish brown muck. The head is decent sized but disipates into a thin tan cover with a blanketing lace. The aroma is hugely malty and piny hop perfectly blended, thick and edible, sweet and serious. The taste is big and bold with tart piny bitterness and mellow chocolate malt in a thick flavorfest. There's grainy goodness and sharp alcohol licorice. This is smooth, a bit resinous, but powerful. Sweet but wholesome. Awesome job once again, Port has my attention! A little hefty to drink too freely.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into two 16oz pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy rusty-brown color with a smallish off-white head. Not much lace left behind.

S: Awesome aromas of caramel drizzled apple, piney hops, alcohol, brown sugar, and a hint of citrus.

T: Huge whack of sweet boozy caramel followed closely by piney hops. Also noted were molassas, black pepper, rum soaked raisins, spices, a touch of lemon-y hops, and brown sugar.

M: Slick and sweet with a creeping boozy alcohol burn. Peppery and spicy as well. Heather said it felt "firey".

D: Good considering the obvious alcohol presence. Hops, alcohol, and malt...gotta love it!

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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.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich and somewhat hazy burgundy. Syrupy pour. Essentially no head, just a tiny bit of tan film.

S: Big candi sugar, pineapple, sweet citrus and other tropical esters. The slightest hint of bitterness in the background.

T: Sweet beginning, tastes like it smells. Quickly the hops come out with a nice touch of bitterness. Taste is mostly grapefruit, although it's pretty hard to pick out through the sweetness. Finish is quite interesting, with the hops and sweet malt battling on the tongue to see who will last the longest.

MF: Thick and syrupy brew with very low carbonation. Super smooth and easy to quaff. Finish is a bit dry and there's plenty of warming. Alcohol makes its presence known, but not overwhelming.

D: This is a big, bold beer. Very nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors, and a great smoothness that makes it fairly easy to drink despite the big alcohol and huge flavor. Reminds a bit of Double Bastard or Yulesmith, although more on the sweet side than those two. Doubt I could drink more than a bomber, but a damn good bomber it is.

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Memphis Taproom during Philly Beer Week.

A-Pours a hazy blood red, blending to amber with a pillowy tan head.

S-An unusual, but interesting aroma of funky gouda or sour milk mixed with a pine hop note.

T-Malty sweet in the front, followed by piney hops dissolving into a wine barrel-aged character. Almost boozy in an odd way. Fun and different.

M-Medium bodied, lightly oily with a slight boozy remnant.

D-Quite tasty, great flavor, a little high in ABV.

A unique, delicious beer.


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Photo of boralyl
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours 2 fingers of creamy light tan head into a pint glass. It's got great retention and leaves some decent lacing. The beer has a murky, dark red appearance with visible carbonation.

S - The nose is full of sweet crystal malt paired with aggressive piny hops. The combination also emits a spicy aroma.

M - Medium to full in body with a very oily, resiny feel from the copious amount of hops. Medium carbonation.

T - Some sweet malt up front followed by a ton of piny hops flavor. Caramel notes interweave with the pine and then there is a big bitter finish that lingers in the mouth. There is a little bit of booze detected in the finish.

Over the top crystal and west coast hops give this beer a nice flavor profile. It's a little bit spicy and piny but with enough crystal to back it up.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They weren't joking when they said red. Rusty red, with maybe some copper highlights. What a color! Only a thin white head after the pour that quickly turns to nothing. What a heavy, orange citrus hop aroma. Its almost so bitter, its sweet. Great combo of heavily toasted malts and wet smelling hops in the aroma. Syrupy, resiny palate that plays well with the citrusy hops. Very orangey hops and well toasted malts with maybe a touch of cinnamon adds an herbal note to this beer. Sticky and hop stinky palate. This beer is potent and spicey. Long lingering hop bitterness after each sip.

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Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a crystal clear, red-tinged amber color. There was a very small off-white head on it that didn't leave any lacing. The aroma is pretty good. Some piney hops and a ton of malts. Some fruity esters hanging around in there also. The taste is really good. A ton of malts, without too much sweetness. The hops give a slight dryness to the finish to a slightly sweet start. Some caramel, dark fruits, very well balanced. This drinks very easy.

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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!

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Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Today I try the first of many I received as a gift from a too kind BeerMolly. Just after pouring this beer I knew I was really going to like this... and it smells great and looks great... can't wait... ok.. here we go...

- Wonderful creamy cloudy caramel... bubbled greatly in the bottle when opened... poured at an angle into a tumbler... minimal creamy tan head... which settled down and left a nice wee bit of lacing...

- Sweet caramel malty scent w/ as they said... a boat-load of hops... smooth citrus hops with a hint of bitterness and pine... but overall smells like a honey-sweet hop bomb.. mmm..

- Smooth sweet caramel with hints of clove, sweet honey.. cotton candy... and smooth citrusy hops.. mild alcohol aroma, but not much at all as it is very well hidden.. slight bitter/sour finish... one of the better tasting reds I have had.

- Excellent mouthfeel... sweet, not so chewy... not too dry at all... bit of a fruit aftertaste...

- Way drinkable and a must have... a favorite red for me for sure! Just smooth, and not nearly as strong tasting as it's stated 9.0%.

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