Mermaid's Red Ale - Coronado Brewing Company

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 72 | 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: 464 | Reviews: 150
Reviews by Franziskaner:
Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into anonic a clear rich amber/bronze with a thinner but well retained soapy-like white head,aromas were bready in character along with some mild caramel sweetness,the cascades used are pretty subdued.Flavors reminded me more of some of the PA ESB's I used to drink when in living in Philly,what I mean is its bready with subdued caramel and fruity malt notes with a decent shot of piney/citric hop in the finish.A little prickly in the mouth and not like alot of American reds but its decent.

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 5 Points

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.

S: Fairly malt forward, primarily caramel malts with a hint of toasted bread. The hops are there, but in the background and are floral with a hint of citrus.

T: Some caramel, toffee, and perhaps even a bit of chocolate to go along with the bread. The hop bitterness is somewhat minimal, and there is only a light citrus note to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation to it.

D: I prefer my ambers/reds to be a bit more hop forward, but this wasn't too bad. Easy enough to drink and nothing bad to say about it.

Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a dark brownish-red in color with a moderate off-white head. It’s thick and murky but the reddish highlights show daylight.

Smell – There’s a mild but pleasant hop nose to this one. It’s a strong citrus with maybe a hint of grain.

Taste – The hops come over well at the taste and the grain isn’t bad, but there’s a strong Spree-like spanking of sugar that seems out of place . . . in any beer.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied with some pretty-good carbonation and some residual bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability – Some of the flavors like the hop and grain are OK but others like that rank sweetness is just awful.

Photo of SBarbeerian
4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark cloudy red, with a nice tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: some malts, some hops, inviting.
Taste: somewhat hoppy for a red, but well balanced. Not your malty, caramely Irish-style red, but rather a bigger, hoppier west coast version of a red ale.
Mouthfeel: med-full bodied, very satisfying.
Drinkability: awesome stuff, I was most pleasantly surprised.
I like a nice Irish-red, and loved the heavier, hoppier, bigger west coast twist on it.
The heavier use of hops makes it go with more foods than your blander Irish red which goes better with blander foods, such as fish & chips.
This brew can hold its own against more of a variety of dishes. I loved everything about it. Excellent stuff!

Checked the ABV on the bottle,it is at 5.7%

Photo of magictrokini
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap. Pours brownish-red with a short off-white head. Nutty and caramel aroma, strangely, without a lot of hops. More of the same in the taste with biscuits, metal and a bitter cascade finish. Lots of caramel. Kind of a malt-bomb for a red. Expected more resin/grapefruit for a SoCal red, but maybe that's just their style.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a good beer!

Pours a nice red amber color, closer to the red...
Fluffy tan head, with adequate lacing. The taste is smooth and well balanced, notes of subtle chocolate, caramel sweetness lingers in the finish. There is a malty feel to this brew, but not a grainy feel.

I will have this one again, and again. This is a good representation of a Red Ale.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red pour, pretty sexy looking actually, fair head, or maybe its just the mermaid on the bottle. Aroma was muted, the toasted irish red malt thing going, more hop aroma than expected.

Taste doesn't bring anything beyond ordinary in the malt and hop interplay. Mild irish moss and cocao notes, mild bitterness and hopping. Typical non offensive red ale. A little better than average, but would like to see a heavier hopped red ale from a SD brewery.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red ale with a large khaki tan head forming four fingers worth of head with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has caramel notes with mild earthy hops going on, not bad. Flavor has some dark red malt action brings out a bit of clean caramel and strong hop earthiness actually a good mix that I'm sure is better the fresher the ale is. Drinkability overall is excellent light to medium bodied smooth carbonation I can't get away from these Coronado brews.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Yardhouse in downtown San Diego.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are good amounts of citrus and floral hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors with very light hints of toffee kick things off. Midway through the sip mild amounts of light citrus hop flavors enter into things along with an earthy bitterness that carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not too sure about another.

Overall there was nothing that really stood out about this beer, good or bad. Not worth avoiding but not worth seeking out.

Photo of Noboatfred
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Whoa...this was strange
Poured a nice milky reddish amber with a finger full of tan head that melts to a nice lacing.
Aroma is predominately bubblegum, followed by toasted malt.
Taste is....strange....sweet fruits....bready yeasts....and a very drying hops that is unidentifiable to me, but not pleasant.
Mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and drying.
I won't finish this bomber so I can't rate very well on drinkability.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a nice stand-in, style and geography-wise, for the long-awaited Stone Brewing Company of San Diego, CA, for we in the somewhat perma-frozen Great White North.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of densely puffy, foamy, bordering on creamy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of low-lying cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it very slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly biscuity, grainy pale malt, some thin bready caramel notes, softly bitter citrus rind and pine needle, some black teabag tannic astringency, and more musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bready, crackery malt, a touch of dryish caramel/toffee, some pithy citrus fruitiness, and evenly bitter herbal, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, though hardly ineffective, the body medium-light in weight, and a tad too astringent to be deemed all that smooth, though it is at least partially so. It finishes a bit off-dry, the demi-sec breadiness still kickin' it, and definitely hoppy, of the fruity citrus, leafy sort.

A pretty decent hopped-up west coast Amber Ale, one rather reserved on the malt side, which of course just amplifies all things intrinsically (and overtly, to be fair) bitter. The reigned-in ABV means that one could theoretically 'session' this awoken pageboy offering for at least a few rounds.

Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with an orangish hue, there's a thin, quickly fading white head

S - bready malts, citrusy hop aromas

T - bread, faint cupcake batter sweetness, citrusy hops throughout

M - medium bodied though thin at times, well carbonated

This is a nice though simplistic beer. It's not as full-flavorerd as I would like, but it had a few subtleties such as the batter-like sweetness that made it enjoyable. The hops were very noticeable and their citrusy character balanced the intense maltiness of the beer quite well. In the end this is an easy drink amber ale with a decent flavor profile that you can sit back and enjoy.

Photo of adam_moops
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Delicious. Good flavours. Not overpowering at all. Good session amber

Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a half finger of head on a deep red colored body.
The aroma is a nice blend of dry grain, caramel and lemon.
The taste is watery with a touch of caramel sweetness and a mild bitter note.
The texture is nice and soft with moderate carbonation.
The flavor was the big disappointment here, everything else was good.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice red/amber color with a thin white head. Ok lacing.

Not much aroma. Smells like a red though.

Taste is ok. Just kinda malty and a bit hoppy. Not much goin on.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carb.

Overall an ok beer. Probably won't buy it again

Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a nice beige head that retains well and leaves lacing. The aroma is really nice with piney and citrusy hops upfront, along with some caramel, toasted bread, dark fruits (cherry and red apple), and barely a hint of alcohol, not especially complex but very fresh smelling. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a juicy hops character initially (with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, pine and flora), along with caramel sweetness, toasted bread, fruity esters, and a touch of alcohol. This isn't a particularly complex or exciting rendition of an american amber ale, but it's well executed and fresh tasting so it's damn good regardless.

Photo of hophugger
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
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 WestValleyIPA
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz non-dated bottle into my Dale's Pale shaker glass. Nice huge fluffy white head, about 3 fingers. Dark amber/brownish hue. Pretty decent lacing. At first whiff a lot of floral bright hops come through, but then the malt hits. Chocolate chocolate caramel chocolate. The the palate, a nice bitterness, followed by chocolate malt, breadiness, and then some more bitterness. Very drying on the finish. Sadly, the finish fades fairly quickly. I'm on my third of the night, so it goes down like a champ. Very good amber. In the same vein as Fat Tire, but much more amplified.

Photo of drcarver
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - I have to agree with GRG1313 it has one of the best heads I have ever seen. Fluffy with thick lacing and it lasts for the ENTIRE beer. It sits on a nice amber colored body.

S - The aroma is all cascade hop. It isn't overpowering, but it beats the sweet malt smell I usually associate with a red into submission.

T - Almost an IPA in the amout of hop in this beer. Very floral with bits of pine. Not bad, but not what I was expecting or hoping for. The is a bit of malt, but no chocolate or caramel as the bottle claims.

M - Full bodied with a hop aftertaste that lingers well after the beer is finished. Leaves a dry slightly metallic feeling as well.

D - Not bad.

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.7% abv as stated on bottle;

Pours a deep copper red with a thick, firm and solid pillowy off white head. Neat, full lacing and one of the best looking heads I've seen.

Nose is assertive orange peel and a bit of holiday spice.

Mouthfeel is thin but fresh and with a crisp carbonation.

Flavor is somewhat single dimensional lemon/grapefruit skin with a very light lemon/citric honey undertone. Not terribly complex but takes on a lemon mouse character that really grows on you.

Grapefruit/lemon finish that ends with some pine and pine resin.

This is one that grows on you as you drink it!

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Reddish brown pour, ample finger of white head. Retained fairly well.

Aroma is quite sweet, malty, some nut and chocolate, but I prefer a sweeter red.

A nutty, roasty, malty with heavy dark chocolate accents. Some herbal hop, but more leather and tea to be expected in a red ale in the finish. Very interesting, I like it.

Closer to medium bodied than I would have expected. Healthy carbonation though. Pretty easy to drink, I enjoyed this one for a red ale.

Photo of aepb1
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Tannish brown body with a white head

S- Caramel malts, some piney hops in there

T- Caramel and toffee malts up front, citrusy hops balance it a bit and this tastes just like a red should

M- Medium body, smooth and creamy

D- Great example of the style, very approachable and I will certainly return.

Photo of BergBeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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

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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.