Shark Attack | Port Brewing

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Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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)

Added by Floydster on 03-07-2008

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Photo of poopsmitherson
1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

Photo of LightsOut3000
1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

Photo of ToddL
1.83/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wife stuck this in my stocking for christmas, Looked great when poured. had a nice medium red color. The smell was average. It was all downhill from there and then down the drain. This is not the the most hoppy beer i've had but mighty close. The mouth feel was fine, but the bitter aftertaste stuck with me after my next beer. if your a hop lover go for it. Otherwise go to something more malty

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Photo of Oldmankeebler
2.06/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If your a hop head this is a great red ale for you, I just don't like hops that much.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of gpinto
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of Eden
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of ryrust5301
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - None to impressive on the pour. Color is a dark orange red with a sludge quality to it. Head was tan, but was very loose and chunky.

Smell - Not what I expected. Heavy deep malt with a dab of hops. Very unhoppy for a port beer, and I can't say that I like it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Malt is smeared across the tongue. Very caramel and creamy and just not enough hops, which again is shocking for a port beer. Some citrus taste fades in before the swallow, but this is just way to damn heavy and sweet.

Drinkability - I'll pass on this one in favor of a great red ale, Brian Boru from Three Floyds. Too chewy and heavy, with a barleywine like feel to it for me. Oh well, can't win em all.

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Photo of John_Squires
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of onecrazybreeze
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a smallish off white head. Smelled extremely malty and caramel with slight hoppy notes. Tasted extremely malty, earthy with citrus and hop notes. I guess when I saw the label, I expected it to be a red similar to Oskar Blue's Gordon, considering it was overly malty and not hoppy like I expected, I did not enjoy it and will probably not be drinking it again.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy amber red color into my pint glass. About four fingers of orangish head rests above the amber. Smell consists of lots of caramel and malt. Mouthfeel starts pretty creamy and smooth and then ends with a bite. Alcohol taste and burn in the back of the throat. Not a fan of this in the least. A malt bomb with a booze finish. Poor attempt.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
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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Photo of denver10
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark ruby with a bright reddish hue. Thumbs width khaki head that eventually dissolves and okay lacing. Aroma of toffee, some fruit, and alcohol. I dislike tasting the alcohol in this style beer and the alcohol is very present with each sip of this one alongside the toffee from the malt and some indistinct fruit. Some carbonation to the moutfeel, medium bodied. Overall, I was disappointed in this one. Way way too heavy on the alcohol presence and not enough other flavors to remedy that in any way. I did not make it through this bottle.

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Photo of descobar
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at Monk's Cafe. Self described as an imperial/double red. The first thing I think of is Nugget Nectar and this brew is nothing like it, so onward with what it actually is.

Pours a hazed amber brown color with a finger of creamy head that is slightly tanned. The lacing hangs all over the glassware in a seemingly solid curtain. The aroma is sweet and floral with indications of citrus fruitiness and just all together very sweet smelling. Taste is super malty sweet, way more than I expected despite the warning from the aroma. Flavors of golden raisins immediately come to mind as well as pear and apple skins. Outside the sweet malt character is a solvent alcohol presence and bittering hops that taste both grassy and herbal. This brew has a medium to heavy feel with a mild level of carbonation. As it warms the taste takes on another level of sugary sweetness but this time from a darker more caramel-like flavor.

Overall the brew really threw me for a loop, I just didn't enjoy all the different fruity malt (and possibly yeasty) sweetness this brew had. I couldn't finish my glass and wouldn't try this again.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of corby112
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger off white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy hop aroma with earthy, floral notes, dry pine and a strong malt presence.  Lots of carmel, toffee and dark fruit.  Kind of bland with the strong malt character overshadowing the hops.

Fuller bodied than expected with a blast of dry, sticky hops that linger over the sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish.  Very earthy and bitter with lots of dank pine needle flavor.  Hop profile is one dimensional and is countered by way too strong of a malt backbone. Sweet caramel, toffee and dark fruit notes as well as some zesty, peppery spice.  Some alcohol heat in the finish but abv relatively well masked.  The hop profile is one dimensional and theres too much malt for my preference.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Murky and overcarbed. Wish it were better.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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