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Mermaid's Red Ale - Coronado Brewing Company

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Sammy, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2%

t0rin0, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

djrn2, Mar 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 11, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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!

GRG1313, Sep 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev +12%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12%
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 18, 2011
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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
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3/5  rDev -16%

JAHMUR, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

SocalKicks, Aug 11, 2013
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
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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
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4/5  rDev +12%

nickfl, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 15, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

jlindros, Mar 08, 2014
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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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3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

mdfb79, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Gavage, Jul 24, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

imperialking, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2014
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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.