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Mermaid's Red Ale - Coronado Brewing Company

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 495
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 22.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 495
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with crimson hues. two finger frothy head leaves decent amount of lace and nice retention.

S: Spicey, mildly piney hops with sweet grapefruit and orange mixed in. Nice mix.

T: The smell is the strong point as the taste, though good, lets you down after that aroma. Lots of hops up front with complex lemon/orange with pine mixed in finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall: I think the aroma is under rated for this beer and the taste is excellent.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark apricot orange with a slight reddish blush and bright Sunkist edges. Nearly two fingers of sandstone colored foam look good up top. The bubbly head melts in attractive fashion and is beginning to grace the glass with sheets of Swiss cheese-like lace.

The nose is classic for the style, featuring caramel malt and what smells like a generous amount of American hops. Regarding specific ingredients of a lupulin nature, the CBC website says only that Cascade is used for dry-hopping.

Mermaid's Red is tasty stuff, there's no doubt about that. I'm pretty sure this bomber is fresh (it sure does tastes like it), so that always helps. The wonderful balance between malt flavor-sweetness and hop flavor-bitterness is right on the money as well. Coronado isn't lying when they call this offering 'well-hopped'.

Flavors include slightly earthy caramel-toffee with the perfect amount of sweetness, in combination with a bright and tongue-tingling spark of juicy grapefruit and orange zest. This brew isn't too far removed from a caramel malty IPA, like Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

The mouthfeel isn't the cat's pajamas, at first, but it develops a lovely creaminess by the bottom of the first glass. Once the initially sharpish bubbles begin to fade, it's pure pleasure from then on.

Coronado Brewing Company seems to do much better with the hoppier styles. Mermaid's Red is definitely a worthwhile purchase for... well, for just about anyone who likes good beer. Bottom line: a pleasant (and pleasantly hoppy) surprise.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another gem i found on tap at barleys last night, they had like evrything coronado on, lol. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 08/14/2010,

What a nice rich looking pour. Nice dark amber with a heavy leaning towards a reddish tint for sure. Nice head of off white comes up about an inch or so before it falls but leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides and bottom.

Aroma is nice piney hops right up front, smooth, balanced with a heavy dose of caramel malts and a nice bready tone to it. Warming brings ou a stickiness and a smooth an even carbonation lends to the palate quite nicely. Even the rich piney nose carried over to the taste as it was a nice and subtle balance between that and the breadiness that really worked quite well i have to admit. nice and light i was able to put this one down in no time.

overall a very solid and very sessionable offering from coronado, worked wonders on me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours an amber red color with 1 inch of off white head and no carbonation.

s - Smell is faded grain or bready malts; it is almost non existent.

t - Tastes of light hops and bready malts.

m - Medium body and no carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - An ok red ale. Very easy to drink but not much in the smell or taste. Wouldn't look to have again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer from this Brewery. Taste is very dry not a hint of sweetness that is a trademark of amber ales. I can't taste much of the hops in this beer and can't get over the dryness. I am ratimg this this as a very average amber. This is not worth the premium price I paid for it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber in color with a 2" head that lasts awhile. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and a hint of roasted malt is easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, bready malt profile, a bit of citrus, and a light toasted tones creates a nice flavor. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: an easy drinking red ale that hits the spot when you want the style. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a East End Pint glass.

Mermaid puts out with a red amber appearance. The liquid is clean with a nice off white head that reaches a inch and a half with some froth to it. Barely clinging lace.

Smell is pretty simple with a big malt base and some caramel swirl. A nice amount of hopping with some bittering, floral hops, in fact the hops beat the malt out by a hair. Smells like a hoppy west coast red.

Starts off with a nice hop base thats floral and somewhat bitter with a small amount of pine in the back. The malt gives off some caramel and slight toffee but not as much as some east coast red's i've drank. A simple style that's done right.

A easy going slightly above light bodied beer with a nice mix of hops and malt and a slight bittering on the tounge Nice carb and no alcohol taste. I would not have a problem drinking a few of these in a sitting but mermaid is not something I would look for regularly.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first taste of Mermaid's Red should have happened a lot sooner. The grocery store I worked at in Irvine received a case of Mermaid's Red by accident from the distributor. The beer was put in the cold box with all the other beers, but there was no price tag for this. I attempted to scan a bottle at self-checkout, but the beer wouldn't register. In fact, because this beer wasn't even registered among items sold at my store, the beer was taken off the shelf, stored in receiving, and just sat there for over a year rotting away. Nobody did anything about it, not even putting a Clearout sticker on the scan bar.

Glad to get that story off my chest. Let's see what I missed out on. From a 22 ounce bottle from Wayne's in Villa Park, on to the beer:

Slightly faded autumn orange with hues of red and yellow. The head is an inch thick with semi-creamy texture, holding on top well. Lots of lacing create patterns on the glass. The nose is respectable. For a San Diego beer, its malty aroma surprises me. Caramel and fudge, light husky malt, and to be fair, a kiss of grapefruit.

If you are expecting a hoppy experience, forget it; this beer takes the malty road. Nothing wrong with that. I'm getting hints of chocolate from the malt, oktoberfest-style malt sweetness, a wee pinch of orange on the tip of the tongue, tiny waves of pine....really a 3.75 in taste. The mouthfeel is fine; the carbonation sizzles just a little too much in this medium-heavy body. Despite the added weight from the malt, it does a fine job going down.

Borderline B/B+ beer right here. It may not stand out among San Diego beers, but it does have its time and place. Offer this to a Fat Tire lover, for instance.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium red amber with a medium off-white head, average to good retention, some lace.

S: Not particularly fragrant, red malt, sugar.

T: This one goes to the malty end of the spectrum. For San Diego County a little surprising. Sweet crystal malt flavour dominates with a mild citrus hop backing it.

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

D: Solid brewpub red, the bomber prices are a little much for what you get, but something to revisit on-tap at the source.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange in color, some lace too. Smells of floral hops. Taste is west coast citrus hops on a nutty, caramel malt body. Good amount of hop flavor and bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel and above average drinkability. My favorite beer from Coronado that I have tried.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is malt and dark roasted grains; touch of fruit scent is present.

Taste is malt and hops in a death match to see who will survive at first. Flavor is a bit of rye and very well caramelized malt with a fairly strong hop finish. Imagine a scotch ale and then toss in a good bit of cascade hops, that is what this tastes like.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is lessened by the finesse of this mix. This isn't Mozart; this is ACDC playing Mozart. It has its moments, but it could be better.

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a murky farm amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention ad lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel and a leafy citric hop.

The taste was a bit loose with a crisp crystal malt and leafy cascade hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty brew that very much resembled an unrefined homebrew.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pine, citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of pine, slight citrus hops, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, decent amber ale, but nothing special.

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Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Al's of Hampden.

A: The bottle opens with a hiss, revealing a strong hop aroma. But this is not the time to discuss aromas. The ale is a pretty copper color, clear in my glass. A finger of head has left behind wispy lace.

S: Plenty of caramel malts to set the stage here, a dark bready aroma that has chocolate elements in it. In fact, a nutty toffee aroma seems to be loitering around. Only after all those malty notes pass do the citrusy cascade hops come through.

T: The darker malt profile really throws things out of whack. The chocolate and toffee come through immediately, crowding out the hops. For all the richer flavors, seems like the one thing missing is a dose of rye. Citrusy cascade follows, albeit mildly and without much fanfare. When the ale hangs around on the palate for a bit, the citrusy bouquet becomes stronger but it still can't overcome the chocolate malts. Those dark malts are an unusual twist on an amber.

M: The mouthfeel is full, loaded down by stronger flavors that the style would suggest. The darker malts have a warming aspect, richer than normal.

D: Drinkable? Very much so, yes. A twist on the standard red ale that seems a little light on the hops.

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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.