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Mermaid's Red Ale - Coronado Brewing Company

Mermaid's Red AleMermaid's Red Ale

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%

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:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-15-2003)
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Photo of cbutova


3.61/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 00:43:13 | More by cbutova
Photo of Maxwell


3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:10:19 | More by Maxwell
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3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:39:11 | More by jlindros
Photo of DrJay


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:57:06 | More by DrJay
Photo of FLima


3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:29:51 | More by FLima
Photo of Noboatfred


3.56/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:02:16 | More by Noboatfred
Photo of Fatehunter


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 01:17:13 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy, herbal hop and vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell but the flavors are somewhat dirty in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 07:09:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a sparkling orangish red with two fingers of fine white almost pinkish foam. it lingers a bit. Some Lacing

Aroma- carmel and vanilla , some earth/dust a little buttery with a floral finish.

Taste- roasty with some carmel brown sugar in the front. Maybe a bit nutty. I get some clove not much chocolate like they claim but this is a red that takes it malt seriously, and I like that about it. The hops are piney and balance pretty well at the end.

Mouthfeel-medium bodied decent carbonation and good mouthfeel. the butteryness in the smell and taste translate to a slick finish but its not off putting.

Overall- A good red in fact one of the better ones that I have tasted. I think if you want a hop forward red go with the red seal and if you want a maltier red go Mermaid !

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 04:37:54 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a copper colour with a finger of bubbly head.

Smell- Caramalts, leafy hops, citrus, a hint of clove.

Taste- Instantly hit with caramalts with a bready touch. Leafy hops, clove, and orange peel come into play near the end. Nice light bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A nicely balanced and enjoyable American Amber/Red. Enjoyed the balance between the malts and hops which made it an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:21:20 | More by leaddog
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 12:49:43 | More by tdm168
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $1.79
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish brown color, almost like iced tea, with two fingers of frothy khaki white head. Lots of “pieces” in the beer, which at first glanced looked like pulp. Nice wet and foamy lacing. Good retention.

Smelled surprisingly pleasant whiff of caramel and toffee malts and hops (maybe Cascade). Reminded me a bit of a black IPA. More malty, but definitely a great smell.

Malts still came through first on the smell. Got caramel, toffee, light chocolate and iced tea. Also Cascade hops and rye hops. Bitter on the tongue after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt bitter finish.

This beer had its moments. The smell was the best part for me. Really like that. I would have this again though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 06:24:26 | More by BucannonXC5
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:50:33 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 8/1/13

A clear amber liquid with a long lasting thumbs width of cream colored foam that leaves some random lace

S faint pine with some orange peel, herbal and floral hops with some iced tea, more fruity notes but I can't quite place it, a little hard toffee and very faint coco, smells pretty solid and well balanced

T some dark bread and slightly less hops then the nose, pretty solid red ale even though I preferred the nose I'm still enjoying the taste

M enters silky and creams up, a mild bitter bite and lingering nutty caramel on the finish

O I thought this was a solid example of the style and I'm a little surprised this one doesn't have a higher rating. I like the mellow mix of hops and it still has a malty backbone, pretty well done if you ask me

I'm not sure what beer other BA's were drinking while reviewing this one, looks like I'm way above the average yet again

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 06:48:20 | More by wordemupg
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4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber-red with a nice firm head on top.
some hop and floral aromas.
tastes floral, pine-y, some grapefruit. not too hop-py, or bitter. malt in the beginning and hop toward the end. nice balance in taste.
overall, a decent brew. easy to session. clean aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 23:51:29 | More by pkalix
Photo of argock


3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear pinot noir glass. No obvious freshness date. Purchased as a 6-pack at Olive Tree Marketplace (San Diego, CA) for $9.99.

A: Burnished red-amber with 1-finger of light beige, big-bubbled cola-like head with average retention and moderate lacing in one band around the top of the glass.

S: Strong pine aroma with some orange and grapefruit aromas as well. The malt component doesn't show much character though.

T: The malt bill doesn't show much character in the flavor either, which is a requisite for a solid-to-good amber ale. The maltiness is one-dimensional, mostly raisin and burned caramel which falls very flat and covers the floral, pine, and grapefruit citrus hops flavors and mutes it significantly. The dankness of the hop profile may be a positive to some but it is the reason I don't generally dry hop with Cascade -- grassy and herbal without the citrus.

M: The body is light-to-medium and pretty dry with a little too aggressive carbonation.

O: A very average red ale without much to suggest it. It's okay but not up to par with many of Coronado's other products like Idiot IPA and Islander IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 06:59:33 | More by argock
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, mahogany red. Nice one finger white head that settles pretty quickly leaving a white layer across the top of the brew.

S - Caramel malts, toffee, and a little citrusy hops. Reminds me of toasted grains or a bagel shop.

T - Lots of sweet malts. Caramel and some light coffee flavors. has the bitterness of a light IPA with all of the malts that you find in red ales. Definitely a west coast red ale as it's packed with the zesty, hoppyness that you would expect from an IPA.

M - Leaves a thick residue on the mouth that gives off a long after taste. Decent carbonation.

O - A little more flavor than your standard red ale. I'm pretty impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 19:57:14 | More by ThePaleRider
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy brown with a rusty hue. Forms a off white small half finger head. Retention is decent but nice tight sheeting of lacing follows all the way down the glass.

Toffee, bread and a hint of roast and cocoa nibs. Hops come up earthy and piney, decently balanced.

Dark malt profile for an amber very bready and perhaps a bit nutty. Earthy herbal and pine hops with quite a dull bitter kick towards the end. Evenly balanced though the malts come off as rather bland in comparison to the hops.

The dull earthiness and bitterness overpower the malt making this one a bit harder to put down than other ambers/reds. Carbonation and body were appropriate.

Coronado beers really have a nice hop forward west coast feel to them but there is nothing that stands out about this beer. This beer falls in line with the rest of the ambers out there, perhaps a bit darker and bitter than most, nice but uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 07:29:22 | More by rawfish
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque Reddish Brown w 5 cm of tan head. Good looking beer.

S- Citrus, hops and a little bit of malt.

T- Fruity citrus with some hops and small sweet malty taste. Very slight alcohol taste

F- Crisp, light, not a lot of carbonation.

O-A simple and well done red. Not the best out there, but definitely a nice well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 22:21:54 | More by NicoDuval
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is "okay". I find it a slight touch too tangy with a lacking balance. There might be a slight woody tone in there in that amber kind of way, but it's more tangy and slightly sweet with a fruit edge. I wouldn't call this a fail at all, but probably not very indicative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 08:54:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 04:50:16 | More by mactrail
Photo of Souleman


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got most of what I like in a red ale, with a little extra bitterness and hoppy touch.

A- Nice red-amber color, head retention is not the best.

S- kinda unique smell, not as hoppy as I would have thought it would smell, the though some malt aromas are up in front.

T- pretty well balanced, though slightly towards the bitter side (which I like) and a great hoppiness that actually puts this thing closer to an IPA than a Red. I think it would have been completely flat if it were not for the bitter hoppiness.
There are a bit of cocoa/caramel/smokey notes coming through, but you really have to be paying attention to get it, if not, it still tastes good.

M- I liked drinking this beer, it had a smooth mouthfeel, which coated for just long enough to remember what I had just swallowed, and the carbonation was on, so it had that great little pop-rocks effect for a second, which works out well with this beer.

Overall- I would buy this beer again, it is one of a very few reds that I actually care for, probably because it's was not a slave to tradition. And it kinda reminds me of my homebrew.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:07:21 | More by Souleman
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glass: nonic

Ruby, brown appearance with a thin bubbly head. Hints of cocoa, lavender, grape, date on the nose. The taste is, light floral hops, brown sugar, cocoa, date, grape, plastic. Finishes with a decent bitterness. Body is light-medium with medium carbonation. Very drinkable. Decent red but tastes too much like an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:15:31 | More by JosiahS
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - Cloudy amber colored brew with a sticky looking 2-finger head. Head retention seems to be very good, and I got some nice lacing on my glass.

S - It smells very ESB like to me. Upfront I get lots of fig, plum, and raisin. I also pick up a bit of floral and lemon citrus hop characteristics. Toffee, caramel and brown sugar qualities underneath.

T - Hmm, tastes a little like an ESB as well. I get lots of plum and fig upfront. Rind like hop flavors quickly follow, and it finishes very dry with more plum and lots of brown sugar. Bitterness is moderate for a Red Ale and it lingers a bit.

M - Medium-full bodied with a smooth and chewy feel. Lite-moderate crispness. I actually like the feel of this beer.

O - Well I like the beer but I think it's a little too sweet for me, and it also comes off like an ESB more than a Red Ale. I also didn't like the finishing flavors of the beer too much, it's kind of mineral like to me and un balanced. I'll pass on this one next time, but it's worth a try I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:13:43 | More by PintOHops
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. No date.

Appearance - Hazy medium amber body. Tan-yellow one-finger billowy head with great stick and decent to good retention.

Smell - Slight hay hop. Light and refreshing. Honey sweetness.

Taste - Moderate honey sweetness. Slight spiciness. Mild to moderate hop presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Slight chewiness which is partially washed away by slight solvent character.

Overall Drinkability - Great session. Pretty decent tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 18:10:05 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.