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Mermaid's Red Ale - Coronado Brewing Company

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Mermaid's Red Ale
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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-15-2003

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Ratings: 440 | Reviews: 143
Photo of Randumgrrrl
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too rich and malty for me...I didn't enjoy the chocolatey thickness.

Photo of jkrich
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber with ruby highlights; a very creamy, sustained beige head. There is a date stamped on the bottle; however, it does not indicate if it is a "drink by" or "bottled on" date. If the latter, it is past due by a couple of months.

The aroma has some hints of toffee and malt; not much else.

The taste has a very nice roast-malt flavor with faint hints of licorice and even fainter hops. I have no doubt this ale would taste better if I had a fresher bottle. The cascade hops have expired.

The ale has a pleasing, creamy mouth feel, and sweet, malty flavors linger on the palate.

A decent amber ale that I will update when I receive a fresh batch.

Photo of CaliforniaBurrito
4.95/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A little to sweat for my taste buds, but still a good red.

Photo of Brownr152
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting beer not many beers compare to this style.

Photo of Kraj30
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

solid amber.. not my style.. like hoppy ambers but this ok

Photo of jooler
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a malt Bomb to me with a slight lager taste

Photo of Juhnny19
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A taste of the mermaids tail.

Photo of Joncasso
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It was good. Malty but good flavor. It isn't my red ale beer but enjoyable

Photo of Janosian
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice bite to start. Finishes smooth.

Starts off with the aroma of caramel & cedar. The flavour starts with strong citrusy hops, but quickly evens out with a rush of oaky malt.

Lingers beautifully, causing you to want to go back for more.

Photo of Romoworld
2.51/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not much of an IPA person but this has a slight soft taste of it.

Photo of hophugger
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep golden, slightly reddish color with a nice head that packs its bags fast and leaves leaving hardly any lacing at all. Aroma is malty sweetness with hops, kind of citrusy and slightly piney. One of the better tasting red ales I have had as the hops is the star and balances well with everything else. Smooth going down and leaves a nice hop and malt aftertaste..

Photo of andrewjraab
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber red with a crisp white head that fades quickly. Smells of roasted malts, and caramel. Nice hop presence up front balanced nicely by the rush of malts. Really nice balance with this brew. Overall really a solid brew and definitely worth a shot. I could keep a few of these on hand at all times.

Photo of BergBeer
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Look: Nice clear amber with a white head. Nice lacing with minimal legs.

Smell: lots of floral cascade hops, sweet malt, bread crust, and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Smells like a solid red.

Taste: Floral hops, citrus, gets balanced out by a really nice malt backbone. The finish is the best with hints of roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth no hint of booze.

Overall: Fantastic. Easily one of my favorite reds. Love the bouquet of cascade hops and it is balanced perfectly with the sweet malt. While most reds would rely on that this one adds a beautiful touch of roasty chocolate malt on the finish that sets it's heads and shoulders above the rest

Photo of charlatan
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%

Cask version specially brewed at Wadworth for Wetherspoon (same abv).

Brick red colour with slight offwhite head. Apple and lemon nose. Fairly syrupy feel. Slightly earthy maltiness with toffee and apple flavours before some mintiness from the hops. Goes together better than I would imagine reading the previous sentence....

Photo of T100Mark
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

A 12 ounce bottle, with a silk screened label, poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Nice copper color. Slightly hazy. A big head made up of very fine bubbles. Great stickage! A handsome beer.

Nose - Sweet malt mixed with spicy hops.

Taste - The malt backbone is a combination of sweet and toasty. The hops are zesty but not overpowering.

Mouth - Light on the pallet. Prominent carbonation.

Overall - A good beer but not a great beer. This being an Amber, I was hoping the beer would be a bit more "malt forward." On the plus side, this beer is plenty chugable. Also, this a fine looking beer in a nice looking bottle.

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- new penny copper. Medium head.

Aroma- citrus hoppiness. Starts with a stale hoppiness, mild roasty middle, finishing with a lingering hoppiness.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted Jan. 2013.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/9/2014. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, bread, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with well balanced notes of dark/bready malt and citrus hops; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance

A smooth medium nut brown head. Heavy lacing and a wonderful non-transparent honeyed brown color with different enticing hues in the light

Nose

Fresh hops – not citrusy though which I really like and it is a refreshing and welcomed change. Phenomenal med-malt nose behind the hops accompanied by caramel and nuts

Palate

Refreshing and palate cleansing hop character with a long and delicious finish full of hops and slight caramel. Notes of caramel malt, orange, lemon, vegetal notes and a medium mouth-feel which is nice and smooth. Also has low carbonation which suits it very well.

Overall

I really enjoyed this, it was easy drinking, has a fresh hop cone taste, possessed strong, bold flavors and I found that it didn’t taste like a traditional Red-Style beer which I enjoy. It was also had a strong hop presence (in case you hadn’t noticed) that didn’t balance the beer, but accompanied the subtle- yet rich and creamy malt pretense.

-BeerandwhiskeyHQ.com

Photo of cbutova
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Bottle poured into a slim pint glass with a clear red body. An off-white cap forms to about a finger and a half high with a foamy, frothy texture. Head retention is pretty good as a large pillow sticks around in the center of the glass. Lacing starts with some webs at the top of the glass and tons of sheets/webs follow those down the glass.

S- Malts and hops are fairly balanced in the nose. From the grains comes a fair amount of toasted, nutty, caramel and biscuit notes. Hops round it out with citrus and pine hints. Slight fruity hints from the yeast.

T- Pretty much follows the nose with a solid balance struck between malts and hops with a slight yeast influence. The malts are mostly caramel and toasty with hints of cereal, fresh cracked grain and nuttiness. Tea comes to mind at points. Some roast hints open with warming. Hops mostly citrus with a grapefruit/orange feel as well as floral and pine tones. American Ale Yeast provides a base of bread, light fruits and slight spice.

MF- Moderate to light overall thickness to the body with a texture somewhere between creamy and foamy. Carbonation at a medium to high level providing a nice sting to the taste buds like good IPAs. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Solid Amber with a nice balance struck between a fairly diverse, flavorful malt profile and hops.

Photo of Maxwell
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice clear amber with a slightly off-white head of medium sized bubbles. The bubbles settle to a quarter of a finger’s width above my glass and leaves a nice sticky splotching of lacing. In body the beer is clear and translucent, though darker from its malt; no particles nor haze are present. On the nose, the beer smells decidedly hoppy with beautiful citric and pine scents. A soft touch of caramel and apple juice can be sensed beneath the assertive hop character along with a touch of breadiness. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially bitter, with a sweet finish that doesn’t entirely lose its bitter piney tastes. Soft acidity can also be sensed from the hops. In flavor, the beer begins as prickly pine, swiftly working to citrus juice that slowly blends with a caramel malt and then winds into a nice bready malt while holding onto prickly pine on the sides of the tongue. The finish is of a nice length, and the aftertaste is of citric bitter juice. Touches of apple juice and herbal hop bitters can also be sensed towards the finish of the beer. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with a middling carbonation that provides a fluff and a prickle to the tongue. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly chewy with middling gelling sense taking place on the middle of the tongue. Overall, this is a nice mildly hoppy amber ale. It has some stranger flavors on the corners of the palate, but I suspect that has to do with age more than anything (its Coronado’s first time shipping to MA). The beer features a nice hop bite and middling malt balance. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these thanks to Cali traders sending me them to try. Now they randomly started showing up in MA, so I get to try this one at least, and a couple others I think.

Pours a tan colored fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly due to the big bubbled fizzy nature of it, touch of lacing left there, mostly clear slight hazed reddish color, little iced tea brown color to it.

Nose brings sweet reddish malts, little toasty reddish malts, amber malts, bit of caramel and candy like, even a touch nutty almost, juicy malt, with a very faint citrusy earthy hop note.

Taste comes on richer than I though, plenty of toasty brown malt flavors, reddish malts as well, little candy like with toasty flavors, nutty, plenty of caramel and hint of toffee even, a bit of a juicy malt flavor and hint creamy like. Hops come in on the back end and fairly light, mild bitterness with an herbal like hop note, not the best bittering hop as it seems to clash a bit with the sweeter malt style. Finish is dry but a bit sticky, more candy malt flavors, caramel, toffee, brownish malts, with a little herbal tea note on the hops.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bod, lighter carb though.

Overall eh, not a great beer, the malt profile borders between a brown and red ale with some sweet notes, not bad actually, but then the herbal hop note seems to clash with it, and lighter carbonation, slight syrupy nature, don't play well with the amber style of it. That being said it's not a bad beer at all, just not great.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber reddish hued with a slight bit of white foam covering most of the top of the beer. Good clarity. Good aroma of caramel and amber malt. The flavor is gently hopped with piney hops and then I get some rich caramel malt and some hop bitterness returns after the sweetness of the malt fades. The mouth is moderately carbonated.

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed, red with a bit of an orange hue. Short, dense cap of fine tan bubbles. A good amount of sticky lacing, decent head retention. Piney hop aroma, caramel malt and some citrus, earthy. Bitterness was sharp and earthy, and lingered in the finish. Some caramel sweetness, herbal with a bit of pine. Moderate carbonation, medium body, a bit creamy in texture. Good overall.

Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber red color with a thick one finger off-white head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of American yeast, biscuit malt, caramel, earthy hops, pine and flowers.
Pleasant flavor with notes of American yeast, caramels, citrus, pine, spices, cocoa, roasted and toasted malts, earth and a hint of nuts and iced tea. Dry and bitter aftertaste. It doesn’t feel like 50 IBUs, maybe given it is quite malty.
Medium body with good carbonation
I preferred it to be less malty, though it is still a good beer that I liked. After warming up felt to me like sweetened iced tea.

Photo of Noboatfred
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty decent beer. The flavor was better when the beer was cold. Most beers, should be cool; but this one was better COLD. Not bad, I really don't have anything bad to say about it.
The red smells appetizing, and pours well. There was little head formed.

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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.