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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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Brilliant reddish amber color with a large head that hung around for a fairly long time before settling to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I smell quite a bit of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange zest. This is complimented by the sweet malt. No hint of the alcohol. Plenty of malt in the flavor as well. It is needed to carry the hop load this beer brings. But it comes at a price, and that price is the alcohol. A lot of warmth and flavor that sort of spoils the rest of the party as it seems I can only taste the booze after awhile. It is out of place in a red ale and keeps me from enjoying the hops and malt. DIPAs can pull this off most of the time, but not this beer. The body is bigger than almost all others in the style and nicely paired carbonation. I am a lover of hopped-up red ales, but this one is just too boozy for me to enjoy.

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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 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 armock
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops and some caramel malt with a touch of alcohol

T - Follows the nose starts with citrus hops then some malt comes through but not much then an alcohol finish

M - This beer has medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This would be a very good beer if it wasn't so alcoholic in the taste I really enjoyed the rest of the taste I love big reds but its too hot for me

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

A- Poured from a bomber bottle into my DFH snifter... starts with very nice head with good retention and leaving some spotted lacing stuck to walls of the glass. Beer is a murky copper colored liquid with some visible activity

S- The first wiff I took while the beer was still in the bottle was filled with hoppy malty goodness. Since being poured, while there's still some aroma, it seems to be less pungent

T- Good stuff. Very hoppy from start to finish, with less malty sweetness then I had expected. Hint of booze

M- Pretty heavy bodied beer with medium carbonation

D- All in all, a great red ale though not my favorite. I would probably purchase again... depending on what my other choices were


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Photo of IronLover
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a caramel brown with a ruby red hue. Very hazy. Thin, small tan head that doesn't' last, but maintained a thin cap. Wet lacings on the glass. Big malt and hop aromas. Toasted malt, orange citrus, and pine in the bouquet. Citrus flavors in the beginning that lead to big toasted malt flavors and then back to citrus orange and pine. The alcohol is very apparent throughout, a bit on the sweeter side, and hit me quickly. Full bodied feel with medium carbonation. Enjoyed drinking this, but not one you'd drink too many of.

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

Pours a nice, slighlty hazed ruby amber color with thin cap of off white head, decent retention and thin sheets of lacing. Scent is of huge piney hops and sweet carmel, backed with faint citrus and roast qualities. Taste is as anticipated, huge piney hops followed by a smooth, clean and sweet carmel backbone. Notes of alcohol combine with the pine to make a somewhat astringent tasting brew, faint citrus and roast cover it up only slightly. Medium bodied, bitter aftertaste and a dry finnish. Nice beer, a little too aggressive to be a regular drinker.

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Photo of regspeir
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

draft into a standard pint.
Poured a hazy ruby-reddish with a small one-finger off-white head.
Nose is very sweet - caramel and some citrus. Taste - caramel, grapefruit, piney hops, spices, dry roasted malt and alcohol warming. There is some interplay between the sweetness and the hops of this beer that initially wasn't appealing but luckily got better as I drained this. Mouthfeel - medium to heavy body with healthy carbonation in evidence. While I liked this, I don't think I could have more than one at a sitting.

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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 oz draft pour into a widemouth pokal of sorts. $4.95.

A: Pours with a small tan head that has below average retention. The fluffy/creamy head leaves a solid sheet of tan lace behind which eventually transforms into drooping splatters. Islands of contiguous bubbles float in a sea of thin sudsy film. The body is a murky chestnut brown with yellow-tawny edges and 50% opacity. Unique appearance for the style.

S: The nose is full of monstrous amounts of hops and malts. Given Port Brewing's track record, it's no surprise that even a typically maltier style of brew has become a borderline hop bomb. Heavily toasted caramel with a huge crystal contribution. Earthy, musty, woody yeast. Hops aromas are grassy, herbal and piney with a slight wildflower quality. The ABV is beginning to show more and more as the beer warms.

T: Follows the nose with a touch of fruit. The alcoholic warmth was noticeable on the nose and even more noticeable on the palate and mouthfeel. Liqueur-like sweetness and flavor (think hints of Crown Royal).

M: Solid mouthfeel hitting all aspects appropriately. Medium body, fine, fizzy carbonation coats the mouth creating excellent flavor duration. Not as creamy smooth as it could be as the alcohol once again gets in the way. Medium-low level of bitterness promotes sweetness throughout the mouthfeel save the semi-dry finish.

D: Decent drinkability. I ordered a second glass. With such big contributions of malts, hops and yeast, I am surprised by how prominent the alcohol component remains. It's just too aggressive for an amber ale regardless of the ABV. There are plenty of intriguing flavors and aromas that should, in my opinion, do a better job burying the heat.

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Photo of deereless
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light layer of thick creamy head, spots of foam along the interior of the glass, medium amber and with some very minor sediment - 4.25, S: Loads of citrusy hops - especially grapefruit and lime, hint of oak and/or woodiness, there is a dry subtle sweetness, a slight effervescence that reminds me of champagne - 4.50, T: Concrete hop bitterness, strong grapefruit pith, somewhat pungent, lots of caramel malts which provide a firm sweetness, alcohol is evident, what I perceive as candied sugar - 4.00, M: Medium bodied, quite dry and astringent - 3.50, D: A very big beer, quite enjoyable and drinkable - 3.50

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

Had this one at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne PA on 6/5/10 during Philly Beer Week. They were having a Pig Roast / 12% Importers event that I attended with StonyB, MicroChris, and a friend.

Appearance: Pours deep brown with crimson highlights and a 1 finger khaki crown that shows minimal retention but suprisingly good lacing.

Smell: Toffee malt, lightly bitter hops, tea, and grass over a solid dose of alcohol.

Taste: Same as nose but the hops take center stage unlike the nose where the toffee malt is more prevalent.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and satifying.

Drinkability: Great mouthfeel but the pungent alcohol note holds it back for me. A good high octane west coast red none the less.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy brown with 1 finger of off white head. Nose of fruity/earthy malt, with a pronounced aroma of hops.

Taste is immediately of an almost fruity hop, well mixed with malt, with a slightly bitter hop resin that sticks to the tongue. A nice beer that leaves me looking forward to the old viscosity waiting for me in the fridge.

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

I received this bottle in a trade, but there's been so many lately I can't remember exactly who sent it to me. I really need to start keeping a spreadsheet for these things. Review is from notes taken on 5/22/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a murky toffee brown and starts with a 1/4 finger head that fades to a thin skim foating in the middle of a nice thick and light tan ring; body is cloudy and murky and hard to see anything in; no lacing is left behind at all; tons of sediment are left sitting near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A nice blend of dominant caramel and toffee maltiness and grassy bittering hops with a fair whiff of boozy alcohol; a nearly dark fruity scent with some spiciness (kind of like coriander or nutmeg?) is worked in there as well from all the malts.

Taste: Wonderful! A great balance of caramel and toffee malts and a nice earthy/piney bitter hoppiness; alcohol is big in the mouth and leaves a vaporous and warm pleasure; that spicy dark fruitiness is present as well and is quite interesting and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Body is thick and a little chewy; carbonation is there, but very soft and smooth and it helps the body come across as creamy; ABV is a tad high and it creats a warm and drying sensation and it definitely leaves the belly warm.

Drinkability: I went with a more moderate number here due to the higher ABV and weight of this beer. I really like the imperial aspect of the amber and think it's very much like one of my current favorites - Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster, just more boozy. An excellent offering and if I come across it, I'm picking it up again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opens with a fizzle belying what will pour to be a massively frothy-headed beast. Wonderful deep and vibrant red-brown colour, with a very fine-bubbled head of almost orange-sherbet-coloured foam. Lots of tiny streaming carbonation, but it's clear that it's having some difficulty pushing through the thick body. Really, colour, body, head this beer has the complete package - an absolutely divine brew to look at.

Nose is redolent with sweet and robust hop fragrance, almost tropical fruits with an underlying dose of dusty grain. It's an odd juxtaposition of fresh and luscious hops with musty cellar floor. Very pleasant all up though. A very nice nose indeed.

Taste is somewhat more one-dimensional - largely consisting of a sharp and vibrant, if somewhat overwhelming hop bitterness through the centre of the palate. Some fusel presence on the back adds a bit of heat, and at least another element which mingles with the bitterness, but it's missing some of the promised body to back it up. It feels very dry on the finish, and the hop oil residue is really pronounced, leaving it exhausting on the palate.

Overall, this was missing something. Although it does present some raw and unabashed aggressive hop character, to my mind this needs to be balanced with something, and it was missing from the flavour.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Anxious to try this after reading a good review on my daily beer calendar. Here goes... Pint glass pour with a hazy amber colored ale and an off-white ice cream thick foamy head that floats throughout the session. Hoppy, malty aroma with a candy presence and pine scents. Major hop kick on the initial sip followed by some maltiness and a kick of bittering, spicy hops on the swallow followed by a LONG, lingering bitter aftertaste. Major flavor in this monster! I like the overall bold bitterness on this brew. Drinkability was very easy as a bomber was consumed and two could have been taken down if I had another. Overall this is a beer I will be consuming again and a great take on the red ale category. Give it a shot and gaze at the sweet artwork on the label as you consume.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy these big reds. Shark Attack pours a deep amber with a small tanned head. The beer looks good but not great.

Smells of hops some sweet maltiness and some fruitiness. The alcohol comes through more as the beer warms.

A good dose of caramel and bready maltiness followed buy hop bitterness, a little grapefruit and alcohol. Overall a good beer but I would stick with some other of the breweries offerings.

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

Slightly hazed deep amber, browned center, orange edges. Big frothy beige head. Huge thick laces.

Pine, dank ganja, and some grapefruit. Toasty caramel, vanilla, tobacco.

Toasty caramel and bread, vanilla and tobacco and a little booze, some sweetness, but not overwhelming. Pine & Grapefruit give it a nice hoppy kick. A big hoppy bitter finish with sappy pine and sticky ganja.

Rich, smooth, some stickiness, med body, subtle carbonation.

Very drinkable for 9%. And damn tasty. Nice hoppiness coupled with some tasty malts. Exactly what I want when i want a double red.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown orange with a small off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and floral hops.

Tastes of big sweet caramel malts up front. A lot of caramel sweetness is present. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a small astringency to the taste. Hops are noticeable, but in the background. They offer citrus and floral notes to accent the caramel.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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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 vacax
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber with slight cloudiness, red hued tan foam, obvious carbonation. Aroma is hop-centric with pine, flora, and spicy notes next to a backdrop of toffee. Assertive hops in the flavor as well. Spicy, herbal hops as well as floral ones with rose and geranium. The spicy hops mix with the alcohol and this one is a bit warming with a cookielike malt and floral finish. Medium to heavy in body, maybe carbonation is a bit heavy, it clashes with the spicy hops a bit. I may prefer to drink this particular beer with a couple months of age on it to taste more like a traditional double red ale.

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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 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 foxbat2500
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red with a thin head that does not stay for long.

S- Caramel like candy and malt.

T - I agree with other reviewers, minimal hop bite. Carmel, malt and sweetness hit. You can naturally also taste the alcohol. I like it, but as was said earlier - I did want more from this.

M & D - Pretty drinkable for a big beer. Bit of burn from the alcohol would keep non-craft lovers away.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice and tight head. The beer itself is very dark. Almost a maroonish brown. Held up to the light it shines ruby like. Head is about one finger and very tight bubbles. Creamy looking.

S: Smell is full of Centennial hops and big hop aromas. Cascades are used as well, I think? Caramel malts are very noticeable, gotta love that. Smells sweet and citrusy, but bold and malty at the same time. Smells like a big red ale. Very proper. Quick swirl and the alcohol arises. Not strong, intermingles with the citrus hops.

T: Hop bite is not there. The caramel malt takes over on the palate. Very sweet with just a very brief initial hit of citrusy hops. No bitterness left on the back end. Has all the characteristics of a red, but was expecting a hop blast with this double red. Does have a nice grapefruit flavor but it mellows out quick to sweetness. Suppose this is akin to the style. Just wanted more.

M: Good overall mouthfeel, but the alcohol has a slight burn at the end. Slick and malty, with a slight hop kick. Hits all the taste receptors.

D: Very drinkable beer, almost dangerous considering its sweetness. Doesn't pucker the mouth with sweetness or hops. It's balanced nicely and is a nice take at a catch all style.

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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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