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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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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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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5/5  rDev +40.4%

02-14-2013 06:06:36 | More by Flashyspoons
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-12-2013 15:56:38 | More by JAHMUR
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02-06-2013 05:44:46 | More by Devinph
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02-03-2013 01:20:18 | More by hollywood_15063
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-30-2013 02:43:23 | More by apf
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-27-2013 03:16:24 | More by lupercmda
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-22-2013 17:23:45 | More by danwho
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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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-06-2013 01:59:41 | More by pukahi91
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-05-2013 21:24:10 | More by brez8791
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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
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-26-2012 16:44:12 | More by djaeon
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

12-23-2012 06:07:01 | More by EvanWilliams
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-09-2012 14:58:00 | More by bigd03
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-20-2012 20:48:38 | More by JohnK17
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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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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

11-17-2012 15:53:07 | More by skaboom420
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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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-06-2012 23:12:31 | More by Broden
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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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North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-05-2012 20:37:36 | More by Johnhaley1989
Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.