Mermaid's Red Ale - Coronado Brewing Company

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 470
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 75 | 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: 137 | Hads: 470
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with two-finger, white head that diminished in a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Fruity. Caramel malt. Slightly toasted aroma.

T: Moderate sweetness and a subtle hop bitterness. More spice than bitter though. Sort of toasted malt flavor. Pretty good.

M: Light to medium bodied. Sort of oily, creamy. Not watery. Refreshing. Nice carbonation.

O: A very drinkable red ale that looks nice and is not too bitter. I like the spice. (477 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker brown/tan/red. Small head and some good lacing.

S - Fresh brew-day malts, caramel, sweet hops mixed with some pine hops. Little bit of raisin/spice but not much.

T - Taste is rich caramel malts, has a great initial burst. Hops come second with a nice bitterness of grapefruit, finishes strong with a bitter after taste. Caramel, grapefruits, and big malt profile. Can't believe this is only 5.7% ... tastes stronger.

M - Nice, goes down easy with some fizzyness going down, first is medium, nice aftertaste!

O - Overall a really good red ale, one of the better ones around. I like the amount of bitterness mixed with a complex maltyness. Tastes stronger than it is, must be the larger amount of hops in the recipe. Almost like a red ipa, as that is what I would call it. THUMBS UP! (796 characters)

Photo of Cavery
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Random single from holiday wine cellar, thought I'd give Coronado a swirl. 

A: Looks like a mix of iced tea and cola. Reds and browns shine revealing softer tones of yellows and rustic oranges. Off white head of about a finger leaves pan scrambled egg lacing.

S: Mildly sweet toffee and caramel malt. Rustic bread crusts that crack to reveal the cherry inclusions in the breading. Hard red candies throughout, while maintaining an in check sweetness.

T: Rustic bread crusts with a chile sweetness suggestive of chocolatey moles. Deep dark rustic malt flavors that augments the notes in the nose to be tangy and savory. Cherries become chiles, candies to bitter chocolates, and a hop bitterness to give a rustic feel. Malty, but not too sweet. Sweetness similar to sun dried chiles. Cardamom, clove, and banana are in there as well.

M: Medium-full with a decent chocolate sauce feel that thickens the modest carbonation. Wateriness breaks through in spots interrupting the illusion, but consistently thick sauciness. The creamy feel does well with a lightly drying mouth, which really  allows the hop bitterness to shine.

O: I really like the savory chocolate malt flavors in this red. The hop flavor is a bit absent in the front for me, but the middle flavors are superior. Combined with relatively full body makes for a solid drinking beer. Love the rustic bread notes, and nuttiness/savory over sweet. A pleasant surprise from Coronado brewing company. (1,461 characters)

Photo of soulfly1492
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of shand
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of rambo10546
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a tap at The Five Points Brewing Co., San Diego, CA. by Clint Stromberg the owner.

A: Reddish amber color with a nice fluffly light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Moslty malty smells with a decent amount of underlying floral hop scent.

T&M: Crisp, yet smooth. Well-balanced with toasted caramel malts and substantial hop flavors throughout. Mild chocolate sweetness, and citrus hops are balanced throughout. Medium bodied.

WAY BETTER on tap than in the bottle. The smoothness was unparalleled. I have never had a beer this fresh and easy to drink. (597 characters)

Photo of Diesel76
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle, so can not testify to it's appearance... but the smell and taste were great. Very smooth and mild hop flavor.

This was my first beer from Coronado Brewing Co, but I did go back and buy a 6 pack of this particula beer. Based on its quality, I did go out of my way to give a few other of their beers a try. If you like the reds, this one will not disapoint.. (388 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red pour, pretty sexy looking actually, fair head, or maybe its just the mermaid on the bottle. Aroma was muted, the toasted irish red malt thing going, more hop aroma than expected.

Taste doesn't bring anything beyond ordinary in the malt and hop interplay. Mild irish moss and cocao notes, mild bitterness and hopping. Typical non offensive red ale. A little better than average, but would like to see a heavier hopped red ale from a SD brewery. (453 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a big frothy tan head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with some moderate hoppiness.

Tastes of a very solid malt base cut with sharp hops. Malts have a caramel sweetness and some toasted bread to them. Hops add a citrus and grassy character. Bitterness and sweetness are well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very good red that is very hoppy and some might mistake for an IPA. (492 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown amber, it has a medium-big tan head, slowly-steadily shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma is chocolate, pineapple, mild dark toast, faint citrus, caramel.

Taste is woody at first, some grapefruit, caramelized orange, light sweetness, light bitterness, good full body and somewhat reasonably well-rounded in character. The finish is a touch too sharply bitter with lingering bitterness and lacking balance. It lacks complexity or depth and in the end is a pretty good, but not great, and it's a fairly standard beer for the style. (537 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours an orangey amber with a nice clingy off white head.

Smell is a nice balance between piney and sweet biscuity malt.

Taste is a pretty bright and nice hoppy yet malty body. Good amber.

Very good, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is an above average amber. My first coronado brewing company beer. (347 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz non-dated bottle into my Dale's Pale shaker glass. Nice huge fluffy white head, about 3 fingers. Dark amber/brownish hue. Pretty decent lacing. At first whiff a lot of floral bright hops come through, but then the malt hits. Chocolate chocolate caramel chocolate. The the palate, a nice bitterness, followed by chocolate malt, breadiness, and then some more bitterness. Very drying on the finish. Sadly, the finish fades fairly quickly. I'm on my third of the night, so it goes down like a champ. Very good amber. In the same vein as Fat Tire, but much more amplified. (587 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice red/amber color with a thin white head. Ok lacing.

Not much aroma. Smells like a red though.

Taste is ok. Just kinda malty and a bit hoppy. Not much goin on.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carb.

Overall an ok beer. Probably won't buy it again (252 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mermaid's Red pours a reddish coppery amber, very clear with a creamy off white head that leaves a moderate bit of lacing.

The aroma is mostly sweetish toasted malt with a hint of cocoa and a mild hop grassiness.

The flavor has a very nice earthy grassy hop bite behind the crystal malts which are nicely sweet but not overdone. There is a hint of cocoa/chocolate with a bit of nuttiness as well. The finish is bitter and a touch briny.

The mouthfeel is medium, a touch creamy and chewy and very smooth.

A very good Amber Ale, a recommended drinker and goes well with food also. I'm impressed with Coronado! (611 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice lighter brick brown/red color with a thin lacing.

Smell: Sweet, wet malts. Some spice and dough scent come through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nice dry hops at first, then turns spicy with some chewy malt. Medium in body with a certain grittiness that you find in red ales. The aftertaste has a warmness to it and a spiciness too.

Drinkability: Was a little underwhelmed with this particular beer, especially after having the Idiot IPA. Still, it's a very serviceable red ale...just probably wouldn't drink too many of them or revisit it as much as some others. (574 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep ruby and chestnut color with a small slightly off-white head.

S: Completely malt and hop dominated.

T: Some chocolate notes at the beginning and some smooth caramel malts, then it fades to a bitter, hoppy finish. I thought the mouthfeel was way weak on this one. (273 characters)

Photo of aepb1
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Tannish brown body with a white head

S- Caramel malts, some piney hops in there

T- Caramel and toffee malts up front, citrusy hops balance it a bit and this tastes just like a red should

M- Medium body, smooth and creamy

D- Great example of the style, very approachable and I will certainly return. (305 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,697 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, small malt and citrus like hops. In the taste, sweet malt with a nice faint citrus hop. A small hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry small hop in the aftertaste. Like a mellow IPA, quite nice. (296 characters)

Photo of feelmefoam
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mermaid's Red pours a murky reddish-caramel color with red-orange highlights. The beer puts up a finger and a half of yellowish head that has some really nice retention time and leaves nice drapes of lacing hanging around the glass.

The smell is fresh and pretty assertive. A nice piney-hop scent comes out up front, floating on a sea of sweet, mellow caramel malt aroma.

The flavor is exactly what I look for in my reds. Sweet caramel malt up front, followed by a bit of pine sap and spruce hop flavor. A bit of bready sweetness floats around in the background as well. My only gripe is I'd like it a bit more hoppy, but that's really personal preference and not something the beer should be penalized for.

The mouthfeel is dead on medium, accentuated by light, effervescent carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Pretty well put-together beer.

All in all, I'm pretty impressed with this beer and Coronado as a brewery. Granted, I've only had two of their beers, but I've enjoyed both of them. Similar to Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale (though maybe a hint less flavorful), this is how I like my Red Ales to be. Sweet and Hoppy!! (1,138 characters)

Photo of Foxtrot
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been craving a Red Ale for a while, and need to satisfy that craving with something new.

Poured from bomber into a pint glass with a incredible red/burgundy body with an abundance of off white foam, and massive lacing. Retention made the lacing even more splendid to watch as my glass slowly became empty.

Aroma is pretty potent with caramel and toffee being the most easily recognizable. Add to this a nice hop presence with hints of pine give this a nice all around aroma.

The flavor is just fantastic, and spot on for the style. Sweetness of caramel and toffee are punctuated by nice highlights of bitter hops. Lighter hints of grapefruit and lemon zest are present but are easily kept in check by this brew's large hop bill. Tasty to say the least.

Mouthfeel was smooth, and slightly creamy. Its lusciousness makes it even more of a sipper.

Drinkbability is definitely on par. It's dual purpose brew. Its good as a session beer, and as a sipper. Hard to finds beers that can fill both shoes. (1,007 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle/Duvel tulip. Handsome looking beer, deep reddish amber with a dense cap of creamy foam. Patches of sticky lacing.

Pine and caramel duel for supremacy in the nose. The battle continues in the mouth, with pine eventually bowing out gracefully toward the swallow, but making a nice showing for itself in the process. Some earthiness joins in and matches up nicely with the caramel. Finishes with a nice toasty and and moderately sweet malty combo. A rather thickish brew, but with plenty of bitterness and carbonation to keep things moving along. Solid amber- recommended. (586 characters)

Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.