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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 dcsham
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours to a very nice reddish orange color with a solid 3/4" off white head that holds well. Carbonation is evident with a solid stream of bubbles rising to the head. This beer gives a very pleasant appearance.

Smell - Faint hint of cinnamon and citrus, with orange overtones. Caramel and roasted malt are evident as well.

Taste - The citrus is somewhat lost as the bitter hoppiness of this beer really stands in contrast to the toasted malt flavor. It's an iteresting contrast that is somewhat conflicting at the initial taste, but comes together well at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and creamy. This beer will touch your entire palate during a swallow.

Overall - I like this beer. I would have preferred that the hoppiness would have been drawn back a bit as to not overpower the citrus and cinnamon, but nonetheless this is a pleasant beer to drink. 9.0% ABV packs a nice kick that is appropriate for a hearty red ale like Shark Attack.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

aggressive pour yeilds a frothy, 2 and 1/2" beige head; body of the beer deep amber, almost a mahogany or chestnut tone with ruby highlights. good retention and lacing. nose offers a lot of citric and pine hoppiness with a distinct caramel maltiness in the background.

flavor dials in more of the same. hop forward (pine, citrus) with that caramel malt backbone. medium to relatively high bitterness. a boozy, especially in the finish. on the fuller side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this was is good, albeit flawed on a few fronts and just didn't quite click for me. while it's not my favorite offering from port but i wouldn't turn one down, either.

(originally reviewed: 01-22-2012)

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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 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 denver10
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
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 beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rustic cadmium orange exit from the bottle appears a deep ruby red in the vessel with help from strong backlighting. A staggering 3 finger light khaki rigid foam structure dominates the glass by volume with a rock steady rate of retention. Great sticky foam coverage shellacks the glass leaving little windows of opportunity. Finishing pour from the bomber produces lots of bran colored yeasty matter on the bottom of the vessel, yum. Medium show of effervesce beads up and replenishes the head.

S: Sweet crystal malt, not to much hops. Light peppery citrus flower. Was expecting a bit more aromatic wise.

T: Dry citrus flowery hops with a peppery spicing. Toasty crystal malt, dry lemon grinds with some dry pine. Spicy alcohol strong malt base with a spicy finish.

M: Medium bodied, peppery dry citrus on the hold. Good carbonation presence with a warming alcohol and peppery leave.

O: Strongly hopped with a good strong malt base. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky copper gold beer, huge khaki head, with tons of even lacing with great retention. The port hop sediment joins as well, ruining the look.

Smell is caramel, roasted malts, tangy pine hop. Clean and pure.

Taste is a balance with piney and caramel malts. The malts and hops flip flop taking turns in the forefront throughout the taste until the finish.

Texture is a little bit bubbly, not quite as smooth as I would like, but a nice hoppy bite rounds out the medium bodied beer. The bite mellows as it warms.

I really enjoyed this beer, great flavor and nice complexity. However, that crappy sediment from Port strikes again, ruining it a bit for me.


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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lord Hobo- pours a slightly hazy mahogany color with a one finger head, minimal retention and very nice lacing.

Smells like strong bitter pine hops. Pretty concentrated.

Taste is consistent with smell except more dimensions- a nice sweet malt profile well balanced with spicy pine hops. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is very nice also- medium heavy body with light to moderate carbonation. I'd get this again for sure.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a beautiful two finger off-white head. Long retention and some sticky lacing. This head has stuck around for like three minutes. Not bad. Cola brown, translucent with nice carbonation.

S- Hop heavy, some spicy hop oil is the first smell you get. Cherry, apple scents. Fruity and nice smelling.

T- Hop heavy again, but with layered malts. The hop oil finishes bitter, overpowers most other flavors in the beer.

M- Creamy, but at the same time it seems too watery for the taste and smell.

O- Looks great! Goes downhill from there.

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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 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 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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper-amber color with a finger of frothy tanish head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts with some citrus hops and a touch of pine and a bit of toasted sweet malts.

T - Starts off with some bready and caramel malts with some citrus hops with some grapefruit and some bitterness. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some toasted caramel and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet rich caramel malts with some residual sugar and citrus hops and a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of malt and hops with some good richness from the toasted lightly syrupy flavors.

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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 FickleBeast
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle 11/9/11.

Pours a cloudy reddish color with two fingers of foam. Clearly bottle conditioned. Aroma has a nice citrus hoppiness to it, but there is also substantial crystal malt sweetness in the nose.

First impression is that it is boozy, with a harsh lingering bitter bite. The harshness subsides a bit after a few sips, showcasing a nice malt profile. But the booziness still dominates.

I think this would greatly benefit from a year or two of age. It is a slow sipper, for sure. The hops are more bitter than full of flavor. It goes straight from boozy to bitter, with just a quick glimpse of the malty goodness in the middle.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive been wanting to try this for a while and with thanks to Beermasons i get to and it pours a very dark non see through orange hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is piney piney hops,boiled candy,grapefruit and ripped lemon leaves,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and coats the whole mouth with tastes of candied orange,marmalade,pungent piney hops and lots of them,graperfruit,lemon cheesecake,candy sugar,boiled candy and the finish is piney hop bitter but i find that the crystal malts really balance this drop out in a good way to just take that slight bitterness away and for me a really enjoyable American Amber that i could drink all night i just wish i had more of it cheers.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella chalice glass, bottled 1/12/12.

A: Hazy dark copper red color with a fluffy bright light-tan head. Falls to a very frothy head, lots of sticky lacing.

S: Sweet syrupy malt, bready, booze, not a lot of hops in the nose, just a hint of citrus fruit.

T: Sweet caramel, toasted grain, and bitter hops. Right in the middle this beer gets VERY sweet and molasses/maple-like. There is a quick shot of tasty juicy hops before getting very bitter and dry with all grapefruit in the finish. Very malty, some alcohol present.

M: Pretty intense, high biting carbonation, very bitter with a dry finish, but heavy and boozy. Definitely more of a sipper than I expected.

O: I had this beer all wrong, it is a boozy, bitter, and very malty beast of a beer. This is not your hopped up amber ipa crossbreed. Honestly, I feel that it represents it's namesake quite well, both being a shark attack and a double red ale. Although I prefer the hoppier/less malty amber ales, I can't hate on this one for being different.

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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 Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a huge 3" head that lasts a long time. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness, ripe fruits, grapefruit, and a woody tone is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malt backbone. Caramel, ripe dark plums, grapefruit, some honey sweetness, and a nice earthy and woody flavor. Bitterness is strong. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: if you are in the mood for a hearty malt focused beer, this one will do it for you. Slow sipping but also satisfying.

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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 corby112
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
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 perrymarcus
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

aggressive pour yeilds a frothy, 2 and 1/2" beige head; body of the beer deep amber, almost a mahogany or chestnut tone with ruby highlights. good retention and lacing.

nose offers a lot of citric and pine hoppiness with a distinct caramel maltiness in the background.

flavor dials in more of the same. hop forward (pine, citrus) with that caramel malt backbone. medium to relatively high bitterness. a boozy, especially in the finish. on the fuller side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this was is good, albeit flawed on a few fronts and just didn't quite click for me. while it's not my favorite offering from port but i wouldn't turn one down, either.

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

22 oz bomber pours a deep amber with fluffy white head. Smell is caramel with citrus hops and cotton candy. Very intense toffee malt flavor with peppery bitter hops. For a 9% beer the alcohol is very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel starts wet and finishes dry. I think I'd like this beer more if had more citrus and less bitter hops.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer at a welcoming party of Lost Abbey and Port Brewing to New Jersey. I was glad to attend since I have enjoyed both of these breweries in the past. Lost Abbey and Port are both really highly thought of brew makers.

I started the evening with this imperial red. I really enjoy both styles; so why not have peanut butter with my chocolate. This is a beautiful shade of red. Just a little darker than ruby. There was also pretty decent lacing on the glass from the two and a half fingers of foam.

The smell was piney, but the flavor was tons of citrus. The flavor is very good, but the high level of bitterness can be off-putting to most.

This was a good beer, but the balance was just a little off.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red colour with weird static floaties that look like flecks of ash. Head is lovely and fluffy, great crown retaining and some gorgeous lace behind. Could do without the floaties, but otherwise spectacular.

Smells pleasant, if a little boozey. Lots of malt with hints of nuts giving toffee, macadamias and almonds, with a big citric hop note giving quite a sharp, almost peppery astringency. Just a hint of some spiritous alcohol as well. Nice notes, but a bit overblown.

Taste compensates, with malt and plenty of it. Sweet, almost honeyed toffee notes on the assault, overlain with a slight citric hint of hops that take hold mid-palate and take it into a nice tangy finish, with hints of copper and a mild honey-glazed ham note as well. Just hints of ash and oak, plus peanuts and pepper. Really very pleasant and enjoyable palate, just a bit hot at the back.

Yeah, full enough but not very textured except for a flaggable booziness which takes over and dried up the finish in a spiritous way.

Pleasant beer; if that booziness subsided I could drink this all night.

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Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing
3.86 out of 5 based on 772 ratings.
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