What happens when you give a rich and malty red ale a West Coast spin? Yup, that's right. You get this hop-heavy beer with a chewy caramel center from Port Brewing Company. Living up to its name, this one definitely has some bite.
Beer Details: Shark Attack Double Red Ale from Port Brewing Company, San Marcos, CA (Double red ale, 9.5% ABV)
Appearance: Cloudy russet-brown against the light with some ruby glints. The cap of sticky foam sticks around all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Aroma: Mmmm! Sweet orange and spicy toffee pudding.
Taste: Lots of stinging grapefruit juice upfront, mellowing out to fresh-squeezed orange juice and soft caramels in the middle. Spicy for sure, especially a warming hit of clove. A burnt molasses flavor emerges after a few sips. This beer reminds me of a fruit chutney: simultaneously sweet and savory, and strangely addictive.
The dual personality of this beer makes it an interesting taste adventure, for sure. Bitter hops stand directly opposite the fruity-sweet malts, prickly vs. chewy. It's not a beer that I would want every day, but definitely a good one for special occasions. Also, look out for that ABV: it hits you before you know it.
Food Pairings: This feels like a perfect summer-into-fall beer. Wait for a cool evening and then sip it alongside a bowl of hearty stew.
What do you think of this beer?
Check Out the Brewery! Port Brewing Company, San Marcos, CA
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