Pizza Port Sharkbite Red Ale
Here's a red ale from one of my favorite breweries, Pizza Port in Carlsbad, California. This was my one lone bottle of this beer...but I really wish I had more!!
12oz bottle with an attractive label. Pours from the stubby bottle a nice deep amber red color with a creamy off white head on top. The top of the glass is deep red and the hue lightens towards the bottom. Nice. Aromas of rich caramelly, biscuity, slighty nutty malts collide head on with a bounty of grapefruity, citrusy hop tones. The aromas are nicely balanced and quite inviting.
First sip brings a forward biscuit/caramel maltiness that is reminiscent of fresh baked bread. There's a nice underlying current of citrusy hops that are vibrant in the flavor..maybe even a touch of pine. The finish brings only the slightest bitterness with a lingering biscuity/doughy flavor on the palate and a touch of nuttiness. A lovingly balanced mix of hops and malt here that is quite tasty and enjoyable...it's hard to put down the glass.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice creamy aspect that hits every corner of the mouth....almost silky. Goes down so easy and smooth this is a sessioner without a doubt. I can see why this is one of the flagship brews at Pizza Port as it's highly drinkable and easily approachable to those new to the craft beer scene as well. I wish I had easier access to this as it'd make a great everyday drinking brew. A nice, hoppy red that maintains its balance..well worth seeking out if you can find it.
Overall I gave this brew a 4.1 out of 5...seek it out!
Check out what's brewing at Pizza Port at www.pizzaport.com