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 djmichaelk
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Ruby-tinged amber, with a huge four-finger head that took several minutes to drop. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

S - Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine and orange zest. Sweetness from the malt.

T - Enormous bitterness from the hops, which helps to balance out the sweetness of the malt. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. It's more like a DIPA than an amber. I'm actually shocked at how hoppy this is, considering it's been sitting at my local Bevmo for months.

M - Big and sticky, like a good amber should be.

D - The abv is a little high, but I could definitely go for another one.

O - In a long day of tasting, this was one of the unexpected highlights. I'll be buying more for myself.

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Photo of hophead247
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, burnt copper with hints of ruby and a creamy, off-white head with great lacing. aroma is great with huge cascade hop notes of pine resins, pink grapefruit, canned peaches, and light berry notes with hints of sweet toffee malts. flavor is "wicked good" with huge, spicy, piney hip notes up front backed by big, sweet, toffee malts, hints of passion fruit and sour cherry, with an herbal, mildly nutty finish. palate is thick and sticky-sweet with medium carbonation and a long, bitter, fruity finish. overall, a delicious, big-ass beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured brown with maroonish orange highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the sweet malts show some good presence on the nose with caramel, nuttiness, slight candied sugar, and booze notes.

T: upfront on the palate caramel nuttiness and a hop bite strike first on the palate with candy sugar and boozy accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, and slight boozy finish.

D: it drank pretty damn good and I'm glad that I live pretty close to pizza port where I can also try some of their offerings that don't aren't bottled.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a dark ruby red with a slightly off white head that dissipated quickly to a crown with a slight amount of bubbles on the beer. Smell is a good mixture of malts with some sweetness. Taste is much the same with a slight floral nature sneaking in behind. Feel is a good level of carbonation with a crisp finish. Overall a very good tasting red ale.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big red and auburn color, minimal head. Aroma was heavy of wood, bitterness, not the typical hop nose, regardless of dry hopping.

Big and bitter as hell, but lacking the hop mouthfeel. Just super resinous, sticky and bitter. Underwhelmed my expectations. Alcohol was very hot. Was very challenging, and I like big brews. Not at all my favorite port offering, just hot, woody, bitter, but without any real appreciable dimensions and interplay. I might as well just take shots of hard liquor. Well, no, but this was below average for a Port beer.

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Photo of Dlish
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to have a few sips of this on tap at San Clemente brewery. But this review is coming from the bottle. It has a great read appearance the lacing is heavey around the sides and remains. Smells of hops very nice smell even a bit floral. Taste! wooo very strong crystal malt flavor, very sweet but the hops quickly start to dominate in the bitter flavor department. This beer is grat at 9%! I'm a fan of anything that tastes this good and will get me messed up!

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a clear amber color. One finger white head that died down almost as soon as it formed. No lacing on the sides of the glass when I drank it.

S- Caramel malts were the first thing I smelled although one it breathed was not the dominate aroma. Citrus hops in the middle to backing of this with a light bready hint. Alcohol in the backing of this with nothing else going on.

T- Citrus hops run from start to finish on this beer. There is a light caramel malt toward the middle but this is put away quick by the citrus hops. Light alcohol in the ending of this beer. A good clean hop bomb flavor wise.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hop resin left on the palate and teeth for that matter. Alcohol was drying on the palate. Light alcohol in the aftertaste with some hops. Flavors were a little one sided leaning toward well....hops.

D- This was a nice surprise. Port Brewing to me is fantastic and have yet to let me down on anything I have had from them. Just wish they came to Indiana that's all.

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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Angel in the Fillmore District, San Francisco.

A-Dark amber, with a half inch of thin white head.

S-caramel, nutty malts,bread.

T-Big sweet malts dominate Layers of bread grain and piney hops break through. The finish is lingering, with a mild phenolic burn. Not bad for an imperial red, but I wish it wasn't quite so sweet. It could use a slightly more assertive hop profile.

M-Medium to full bodied, somewhat thick.

D-Pretty drinkable, a malty alternative to Port's regular IPA.

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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +3.4%
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 +12.4%
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 -14%
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 -25.6%
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 bbeane
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -4.4%
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 +3.1%
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 +2.6%
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 +3.4%
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 -12.7%
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 +0.8%
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 -1%
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 +4.7%
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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Shark Attack from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 783 ratings