Shark Attack Double Red Ale | Port Brewing

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Shark Attack Double Red AleShark Attack Double Red Ale

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 03-07-2008

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Ratings: 778 |  Reviews: 315
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beer Bistro. Amber colour with white Caesar crown head. C-hop aromas. Taste of carmel and hopes, average mouthfeel and carbonation. Very drinkable, a good bomber to share if you are having just the one beer. Listed as 11% and obviously not, on bar menu.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large off white head with decent lacing on a murky amber body.

S: sweet caramel malts, some sour dark fruits,

T: sweet caramel malts, some toasted malts with earthy tops. Slight citrus and dark fruit tanginess. A touch on the boozy side. floral with the right amount of booziness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice double red. Has all the characteristics of a good red, just doesnt hide the booze well enough.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Los Abbey/Port tasting room in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some pine/herbal hops. Taste is pretty much exactly the same. There is a medium bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good red ale with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never seen this one before yesterday wich came as a surprise to everyone I was with. The overall impression I got from this beer was that it lacked inspiration. That being said, heres what I got from the beer:

The appearance was deep, dark, and red. No head except a small tan ring around the surface of the liquid. Pretty clear.

The smell was strong of hops, mostly piney. There was a touch of alcohol in the nose and a bit of sweet malt. The hops were a nice surprise being that I don't generally like reds.

The taste was a basic run of the mill american made red ale with, again, the hop surprise. Very sweet and caramelly, too heavy on the crystal malts, but thats the style I guess. The hops made it tolerable for me and seemed to work well with the red ale qualities. Not bad. Also, a fair amount of alcohol was present in the flavor, if I had to guess I would say this is why they put so much hops in there.

This beer was somewhat drinkable but I wouldn't recomend drinking the whole 22 oz by yourself. I passed it around the table to 7 different people and it came back half full, so I dumped the rest of it in my roomates glass when he wasn't looking.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber-brown in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose—grapefruit stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has lots of citrus flavors and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness. There are also some hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with hop flavors but is rather well balanced with just enough underlying malt.

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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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a moderately impressive head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Balanced aromatics, with fruity citrus wafting above the rich caramel malts

Taste: The caramel malt flavors arrive up front and manage to persist through mid-palate, even while the bitter hop flavors add a citrus and aspirin bent; after the swallow, in fact, the malts appear to win the battle and though there is plenty of hoppiness throughout, this is a malt forward beer

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, I confess, as the sweetness of the malts tends to limit the drinkability for my palate

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a nonic. Hazy, unfiltered, crimson-hued with a small bone-colored head. Pine and spice are redolent, it's like a fresh Christmas tree. There isn't much sweetness to speak of, a touch of burnt caramel perhaps, and a bit of juicy grapefruit. Very resiny on the tongue, the hop character is substantial with pine, red grapefruit and tobacco flavors. The malt foundation is solid, lightly roasty and more dry than sweet. It's a bit of a sipper, really; the combination of heavy dark malts, strong alcohol and even stronger resiny hop bitterness wear down the palate in time, but it's a fairly enjoyable beer. Reminiscent of fresh Double Bastard, but not as good.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From a 22oz. bottle. Poured dark red-amber in color with a decent off-white head.

Plenty of bitter grapefruit rind in this high IBU ale comes to the fore by the aftertaste, but has a significant malt base that tempers the hop onslaught up front. Suggestions of caramel, spruce and biscuit.

M: Medium+ body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: More IPA than red ale, although there is a markedly red tone to its color. Irish red ale crossed with a West Coast IPA. Too much bitter grapefruit for my taste.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent, thick curtains of lace on the glass.

S - A pungent, sweaty hop aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, and onion as well as noticeable caramel and toffee character.

T - Dark caramel and toasty toffee up front with hoppy notes of pine and orange. Some more pine and thick caramel in the middle and a finish full of dark sugar and hops with lingering grapefruit and pine notes as well as moderate, balancing bitterness.

M - A medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sugary finish.

D - Lots of malt and lots of hops with an oddly balanced finish. The sweaty hops from the aroma are replaced by pine and a grapefruit note that works very well with the darker malt in the flavor profile. Overall a very drinkable and pungent red DIPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is starts with a bitter bite of hops and very sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a significant alcohol sting and a hearty malt character that follow, very barleywine-like. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good high-octane red ale that is quite similar to a hoppy ABW. Overall, it's a good beer to drink for a while.

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
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