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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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BA SCORE
81
good

366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -58%

skaboom420, Nov 17, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -51%

skholbrook1982, Sep 15, 2012
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
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Maltyduo, May 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

EvanWilliams, Dec 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

vfgccp, Aug 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Belittle, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

524th review on BA
Draft to plastic cup
@ Hilton Mission Valley SD

App- A lighter reddish brown with a two finger puffy head. Great cling even in a plastic cup.

Smell- Smells like a bigger American Adjunct. Not too fresh missing the hops & malts.

Taste- Very malty in taste but didnt have any carry from the aromatics. It was soft and almost spicy but still carried a bit too much adjunct for me.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left a bit of the malt flavor.

Drink- Damn, I have had high hopes for coronado. So far have been a bit let down. Won't come back to this one.

FosterJM, Jun 02, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

afrokaze, Jul 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Hultkrantz, Jun 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

leftstagebrew, May 16, 2013
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2.76/5  rDev -22.7%

kmanjohnson, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of shand
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a brown color with red tinges and a finger of head. Everything about this beer is uninspiring. The aroma is weak, with caramel malts and some citrus dominating. The taste has just a little bit of hoppiness and citrus, followed by alotta malt. The mouthfeel is thin, and the drinkability is alright. This is basically the harbringer of the average beer. There's nothing that stands out at all here.

shand, Aug 12, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Fish Market in San Diego.

A: Pours a medium red amber with a medium off-white head, minimal lacing.

S: Nothing overpowering here. Some malt and sweetness from the caramel.

T: Very malts, but felt like this one was missing something, The malts lacked more sweetness or hops to back them up. Almost felt a skunky taste coming from this.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth, has a creaminess to it, medium carbonation.

O: Was very underwhelmed with this. Tried many great beers on my trip to San Diego, this was not one of them though.

OleJohnnieAle, Jan 27, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like rootbeer with tomato juice added to it. Some bubble activity occurring at the bottom of the glass. Head is an inch tall, khaki color made up of medium sized bubbles.

S: Caramel, fresh dough, cantelope, red fruits and some soapiness. As it warms, a cooked vegetable aroma really takes shape.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Begins like raw dough with caramel swirled through it that just happened to have gotten spiked by some stray soap. What a bummer too, because soapy tastes in beer sucks. Moves towards a stewed veggie type thing reminiscent of carrots, yams and spinach. Finishes with raw almonds, more veggie malts and cloying cider like qualities around the sides of the tongue.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel…just a bit fuzzy.

D: This cooked vegetable aroma/taste is killing me. I’m going to finish this beer but its under duress.

Westsidethreat, Mar 12, 2007
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2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very inviting deep reddish copper with a fluffy light tan head. Lots of malty richness. Reminds me a little like Killian's. Very mild hops in the background. All malt, all the time. No perceptable hops. Somewhat grainy with slightly cereal notes in the finish. Dry mouthfeel, with a long, dry finish. Interesting brew. Too dry throughout for me. No hops, but no sweet malt either. No need to hunt for this one.

winomark, Jun 30, 2004
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2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

14th Review – from notes
On-tap into pint glass at House of Beer (Orlando, FL)

L: Dark maroon and 0.5 fingernail head.

S: Fruity and sweet with slight hint of malts. Nothing special here.

T: Over-bearing fig and plum taste somewhat balanced by slight bitterness. Not what I was expecting from this red ale; however, it was not bad either.

M: Rough up-front, yet balanced on the back-end. Quite weird, yet unpleasant at the same time.

O: As mentioned previously, not what I was expecting from this beer. Almost drank like a quad with a bit of funk – cannot say that I will seek out to return to this beer.

spdyfire83, Sep 19, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear red amber, almost a cherry tint. Plenty of foam with nice lacing in the big tulip glass. Really good sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma is mushroomy and faintly resiny.

This has that classic earthy, murky flavor that brewers seem to go for in the Red and Amber styles. Distinct bitterness explodes on the tongue. Kind of a dry, cardboard aftertaste. The malt is overwhelmed by the sourish, dirty hop flavors.

Not a brew that inspires drinkability. Lovely to look at and a nice mouthful, but it's such a waste of malted barley. From the 22 oz bottle.

mactrail, Aug 02, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Odd color for a beer. Light amber, almost purple. Some particulates, but overall it's quite clear. There is a thick layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Thick tan head, awesome lacing. Impressive retention.

Aroma: Grapes, tomato, lighter malts, mostly pale with some caramel malt. A bit roasty, must be a bit of dark malts as well.

Flavor: Pale and caramel malt. Almost tomato-like aftertaste. Some mild hops, but a strong vegetable taste. A little astringent, and some DMS.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, on the dry side.

Overall Impression:
Kinda regret getting the 22 oz bottle. I got excited when I red the label and it mentioned roasted malts, rich chocolate, caramel and spice. I didn't detect much of this, perhaps it wasn't fresh? The worst part of this was is the aftertaste. It's rough due to the DMS. It's strangely easy to drink, as long as you don't take a long time in between sips. Not the way I want to enjoy a beer though.

soulfly1492, Aug 21, 2011
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2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by RoyMunson. Pours a dark reddish brown in color. Smell is some hops and malt. Not too much to talk about in the taste. Just more of what was found in the nose. Nothing stands out as dominant or catching on the tongue. Decent, but nothing that draws you back in.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 ounce standard “Bomber” that attracted my attention without even moving in the Cooler. A very colorful plastic like label has the requisite red-haired beauty politely holding a large glass of frothing ale in front of what should be her naked breasts. Labeled as Coronado Mermaid’s Red Premium Ale. No freshness or strength listed.

Appearance: A reddish brown body easily supports a very light tan frothy head which soon settles down to a creamy thin collar affair.

Nose: Sweet freshly baked Scones and some dark biscuit traits with a caramel hint hiding in the background.

Taste: Faded hoppiness, like an old tired Pale Ale with a hint of caramel sweetness. Feels a tad unbalanced and “knackered” at times. Awkward and not quite Red in feel, taste or complexion.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel, mainly from the Caramel I imagine. Decent carbonation though lends some vitality to the tired tastes.

Drinkability: I dispatched the 650ml reasonable easy, but this is far from drinkable. As a ‘one-off’, it was more of the investigative tasting adventure that precipitated the completion of this one. A second bottle would have been harder to finish for sure.

Overall: Not one I would try again – was this an tired old sample I had, without any date on the bottle I cannot even give Coronado the benefit of the doubt and mark accordingly. Rather boring and tired to be honest.

TheLongBeachBum, Apr 20, 2004
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3/5  rDev -16%

CUbeerfan, Jun 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

ThinkRedEsq, May 10, 2013
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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.