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Mermaid's Red Ale - Coronado Brewing Company

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Mermaid's Red AleMermaid's Red Ale

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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-15-2003)
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Reviews by specksofdust:
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3/5  rDev -16%

specksofdust, Jun 02, 2013
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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

oberon, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of SBarbeerian
4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
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%

SBarbeerian, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -2%

TTripp725, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Beerswag, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Franziskaner, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

StevenBilodeau, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

glid02, May 18, 2010
Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +5%

richkrull, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +12%

LXIXME, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -2%

ste5venla, May 08, 2013
Photo of Noboatfred
3.56/5  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.

Noboatfred, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -2%

InfernoBoss, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

IntriqKen, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of skholbrook1982
1.75/5  rDev -51%

skholbrook1982, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Sammy, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

tdm168, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -9%

dertyd, May 19, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2%

cliff1066, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Fatehunter, May 02, 2013
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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.