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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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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 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 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 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 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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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 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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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 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 Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to HopDerek for picking this up for us.

Pours a murky dark amber with a thin layer of creamy off-white head. Retains around the edges with some thin wisps across the center that leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is a alcoholic smelling fume of deep malt sweetness, citrus, and floral hops.

The taste is beefy bready malts giving away to tingling resinous hops and a tinge of grassy hops and spice. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a warm, sticky, and bitter feel. Pretty much the definition of medicinal.

Hmmm, I hate to say it but this was a complete disappointment for me. A little too much of some character and not enough of others helped make this one big sticky mess to the point that I had trouble just finishing my half of the bottle. A rare miss for me from Port Brewing.

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

Bottled on 1/12/12

A: Pours a clear brownish red in color with a finger tall beige head. The head reduces to patches and a ring a the edges of the glass but never completely goes away. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Very intense aromas of citrus hops and lighter hints of pine hops.

T: Slight hints of caramel malts up front followed by large amounts of citrus hops and some very light pine hops. Considering the amounts of hops used, the beer is not overly bitter but rather has an approachable hoppy flavor. There is a bit of lingering citrus hops in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Great beer for when you are having a hop head moment. I think the aroma on this beer is great and the alcohol is well hidden. Glad the flavor is not as intensely bitter as might be expected from the hop aromas. Very drinkable.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber with a really big fluffy beige head, leaving a lot of messy lacing on the glass.
Smell of sweet citrusy hop and rich caramel maltiness, candy, peach, some pineapple, pine, faint alcohol.
Rich fermenting tangerine, pineapple syrup, candied grapefruit, bit of mango and maracuja. Sweet caramelised malts, honey, hints of toffee and toast. Pine towards the finish, spicy leafiness, nice and bitter.
Pretty long finish and a nice intense aftertaste, with some prickling hop, lots of citrus peel, caramel, candy, hints of tropical fruit still around. Medium body, prickly carbonation.
A really by-the-book amber ale, lots of Westcoast hoppiness, rich malts, nice and balanced.

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

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazy, deep mahogany-hued body with a ½ inch, yellowed-beige head. Decent lace deposits on the way down.

Smell: Earthy scent of reclaimed antique wood flecked with a few dots of resin-based varnish, some hints of light citrus, toast, caramel, and maybe, just maybe, some cocoa.

Taste: Fast introduction of caramelized sugars over well-toasted barley, yielding some generous grainy accents. Earthy, woodsy, in a somewhat rustic way, with spicy, herbal elements and a hint of citrus. A strong bitterness eventually encapsulates the tongue, punctured by some peppery hits of alcohol. Occasionally, and maybe it's just me, but I'm getting a little hint of cocoa powder. Touches of sweetish caramel try to bounce back through the hoppiness. There's alcohol warmth on the bittersweet finish, though the sweetness dies off fast, leaving only the enduring bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit chewy.

Overall: Brash and heady, but it has some needed balancing components present to give aid in finishing off what is a big, hoppy beer brimming with alcohol.

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

"feeding frenzy in the street
drinking beer and eating meat
when we're hungry watch your back
as we plan our next attack"

--from 'Shark Attack' by Bouncing Souls

Blood orange that develops a gaudy luminescence with morning sunlight behind the glass. What a great color! The beige cap could be larger, firmer and creamier. The upper suface features hundreds of glassine bubbles that leave delicate curlicues of lace when they pop.

The nose is as expected: caramel malt accented by American hops. The biggest positive is that no alcohol is appreciated. The biggest negative is that the hops aren't leaping out of the glass. As always, let's see what the sense that matters most has to say.

Despite a 'lethal amount of hops' as seen on the label, it looks as though Port Brewing decided to double the malt without quite doubling the hops. Shark Attack strikes me as the red ale equivalent of a DIPA that has too many malt sugars gumming up the hoppy goodness. That doesn't mean it isn't good, just that it isn't as good as expected.

The beer has an American barleywine rock candy sweetness in addition to the melted caramel, which means that there's probably at least as much pale malt as crystal malt. Unfortunately, alcohol is more prominent than it should be. Aging might help, but the already less than abrasive hops would fade even more.

It's entirely possible that the IBUs are pushing triple digits (doubtful though). The hop bill is a mystery, but at least one of the C-hops is most likely present. White grapefruit pith and pine sap are attempting to fight through waves of sugary sweetness and alcohol. Again, this isn't bad beer if you're a big beer lover, it's just that I'd love to make a few changes.

An attractive array of adherent lace *almost* earns the next highest appearance score. The mouthfeel is medium-full and glassy smooth. While plush and smooth is nice, plush and alpha acid raspy would have been better.

Is Shark Attack Double Red an Imperialized version of Sharkbite Red? In the end, the hoppiness and drinkability of the smaller beer is preferable. The malt sugars in this one dull the sharpness of the hops and take away the thrill of venturing into shark-infested waters. This is good beer, but hopheads will probably be frustrated if they're expecting their tongues to be torn to shreds.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. it poured a deep mahogany red color with a thin off-white head clinging to the edges of the glass. It had decent head retention and good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows more of a floral and citrus hoppiness to it with some orange and lemon coming through. Some malty, caramel flavors are there as well and mix nicely with the hops.

The taste has a hoppy, orange, citrus flavor coming through mixed with a malty, caramel flavor. A bit of bitter chocolate is present as well in the finish. Pretty nice mix of flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is good, it had some nice flavors to it and was a pretty easy drinking beer. I liked the hoppiness it had, which doesn't seem typical for the style but worked well.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to my friend Eric for lugging this back from Cali while house hunting & sharing this with me!

Poured a caramel/red with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Biscuitty malt, piney hops & cakeyness

T: Cakey with much pine & some grapefruitty hops. Dryness dominates as this warms, pus a bit of boozeyness. Finished warming with caramel

MF: Chewy with light carbonation & good balance

Drank easy but the dryness & ABV would put me off after a few pints

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a murky copper/orange color with a solid one finger white head. Slowly reduced to a thin layer of foam on top and left behind some spotty lacing.

S: Hops upfront, mostly citrus with some orange peel with a large amount of caramel malt, a little bit of pine, and some doughy bread.

T: Hoppy, but was expecting a bit more. Some grapefruit, orange, and orange peel are present, but the caramel/bready malt dominates the flavor profile. Light booziness as well.

M: Medium to full bodied, a little heavier than expected. Moderate carbonation. Extremely bitter finish.

O: Good, but not great. Seemed like Nugget Nectar light light. Wish the hops had been a bit more present on both the aroma and flavor profile.

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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 mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

. A nice light brown color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it. Not much in the way of a head reaching up through it at all, in fact it was rather lifeless on the first pour, though the second got a bit better. Nice side glass lacing towards then end and some moderate carbonation coming up through it.

The aroma was sweet, nice touches of caramel malts and an almost candy like sweetness that was wrapped up nicely in a bit of a grassy, earthy, hop like nose. The flavor was more of the same, but I have to admit I am impressed here with this. Lots of alcohol in the flavor here, a bit of a hotness that I have not seen in the rest of the their beers. Lots of grainy malts, touches of light caramel and a mostly understated hop flavor. Lingering taste of hot alcohol and grain left me hanging again as well as I really was expecting more from this here. then the hops come in and balance and smooth it right over. very nicely done

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head.

S: Smells kind of boozy at first. There is a strong aroma of grapefruit that comes through and gives a really fragrant and perfumey feel to the beer. Quite a bit of caramel, which is not surprising, some resinous pine, and bread.

T: The hop presence on this one is dominated by the grapefruit. Grapefruit flesh flavor and grapefruit peel are both present and there, along with bitter pine. Quite a bit of bread and caramel and a definite alcohol presence.

M: The body is medium to full for a red ale with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not quite as good as good as I remember it being back when I had this beer when I first started trying "good" beers. But, still one worth drinking...

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a local DC tasting thanks to Jonathan.

a - Pours a mahogany amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, sweet fruit, and sugar

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent amber ale. Would try again.

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Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
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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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
3.86 out of 5 based on 774 ratings.
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