Red Devil - Coronado Brewing Company

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tonistruth on 10-01-2007

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 124
Photo of Durge
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark, sort of murky mahogany color with a modest oatmeal colored head with thin but decent sheets of lacing. The aroma comes on strong with heavy malt and herbal hops, unique floral peat and honey. Very odd but I like it. The flavor is intense, thick with lots of herbal hops and mango. This is something special and really unique. There's some licorice and lots of nutty malt. Wow. Clover, mead, like a Ricolah cough drop. I love this. Won't be to everyone's taste but it's complex and full of sweet and bitter beauty. This is nearly full bodied but reasonably drinkable for the style. Smooth with minor carbonation. Just wonderful in my book. (651 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $6. Label states bottled on 10-20-09, 9%ABV. Uncapped and poured into my Dogfish shaker glass. The ale appears a clear mahogany color with about a finger of thick rust colored foam. The head leaves a thin lace in it's wake with each sip. Huge notes of bittersweet white and red grapefruit juice, peel, and pith, dominate the nose and flavor followed by roasted, caramelized malts, cocoa, tangerines, resinous pine, more sweet caramel, sugar, citrus. There is a noticeable alcohol burn, especially when the beer warms up a bit. Decent body for the style and amply carbonated as well. If you like Great Lakes Nosferatu, you will dig this. (704 characters)

Photo of Katahdin
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on the strong ale category. Kind of a cross bteween the Imperial Porter and Red Ales with unfortunately none of the better characteristiocs of either category with the exception of the high ABV. It pours like your typical red beer and ah some of the body of an imperial style beer but overall just fails to impress. Not a bad beer by any means but more just run of the mill, nothing that jumps out and grabs you and makes you say "WOW," (456 characters)

Photo of Pinto21
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great double amber!

Such a gorgeous ruby red with very nice head and lacing.

Pine hops straight up, followed by sweet caramel. That was pretty much the taste too. The pine hops attack you taste buds, but the caramel malts battle it back. This happens about twice more before you swallow the sip. This brew is well balanced and so enjoyable. One of the better brews i've had in a bit. It was greatly balanced and the alcohol wasn't noticable. (443 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swimsum shared this one with me. Bottled 02-26-2009. Thanks Brent!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: First off, this was a gusher. Looks great in the snifter: dark brown body with shades of crimson; sticky, khaki-colored head that retains very well and drags lots of lacing.

Smell: Honey, caramel; lots of residual sugars. Lots of graininess too. Don't know if I have anything else I can say about it...

Taste: Big caramel and big pine with a subtle alcoholic kick. Nice toastiness throughout, and pleasant bitterness in the finish. Very well-balanced for an imperial red.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and malty but not too syrupy. Velvety carbonation adds a little activity to the palate. Not too dry or harsh. Really nicely done.

Drinkability: Can't say I'm a big fan of red ales, and imperial reds are just okay for me. This one, however, was very tasty. Alcohol was concealed well, and the overall taste was simple but well crafted. (936 characters)

Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured like a Coca-cola with a deep copper body that boarders on being brown...a tan head stands about two fingers and stays for the whole beer...lacing cascades down the glass

S - There are some fresh hop aromas coming out...very earthy and again fresh...there is a faint malt presence...which leads me to believe this is a hopped up red ale

T - A complete turn around from the nose...but not in a bad way at all...the hops are really subdued in the flavor but they are able to provide the perfect bitterness at the end of this beer...once again leaving with the earthy flavors...the malts are the star here...they are perfectly roasted and give off caramel and chocolate flavors...the chocolate is very subtle but it's a nice addition to the beer...the flavors all merry together nicely

M - Medium bodied...it's very smooth and creamy and has that nice bite

D - I did not realize this was 10% when I ordered it...the alcohol is hidden nicely but I would just be careful...I like how the aroma and flavors reversed themselves...this is a nice offering from Coronado and I'm looking forward to more (1,106 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear cola color with a dense foamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving sheets of sticky lacing behind. The smell is a really nice bready malt and piny mint. The mouth feel is lively, almost hot, and piny and at the same time uber creamy smooth. The full body compliments the equally complex flavors. A big hoppy pine resin character plays the lead role while a subtle chorus of semi-sweet malted chocolate notes elevate the drink-ability. The 9-10% ABV is warming but this one is a hell of a drinker. Many thanks to radshoesbro for this phenomenal extra. (575 characters)

Photo of botham
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a rich reddish amber with two fingers of thick eggshell colored head. good retention and moderate lacings.

aroma is of rich caramel malts and a lightly spiced hop quality. very rich with a mildly bready base. almost barleywine-esque in sheer malt levels.

taste is of rich caramelized malts, lightly sweet and flavorful. finishes on a bready note with a bit of warming alcohol showing. nicely composed.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a semi dry finish and a sticky, malty texture.

drinkability is good. rich, malty, and a bit roasty after a bit of warming. nice and balanced on the palate, this a solid strong ale. cheers! (674 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's go imperial tonight. Bottled on 2/26/09. On to the beer:

Pours caramel orange into my Pilaarbijter glass, the beer has a very dark brown color with hues of red. Under limited lighting, it looks black. The head forms thick and retains well. Smells like....burnt sugar, fruity esters, hop leaf, sticky....on the sweeter side despite sighns of hoppiness. So will it be malt-mania or hop-attack?

More malt-mania to me. But...the overall taste is not quite as intense as anticipated. A touch of burnt sugar hits. Unsweetened cocoa and tame hop resins spring up. Here's comes a sqeeze of hop juice. Cough syrup too. A hint of roasted coffee rounds it all out in this smooth, medium bodied beer. Nice work hiding the alcohol.

If I were guessing ABV blind, I would have said 6-7%. The bottle listed it at 9%, so something was done right. But it also has the taste of a 6%er. A safe pick for a strong ale, though those demanding the fury to be released on their palates may feel shortchanged. (994 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade from a good buddy! Bottled on 02/26/09... its actually 9% Alcohol.. and it's also actually an "Imperial Red Ale" as stated on the bottle.

- Super dark slightly cloudy, murky brown; almost porter-ish appearance... bundles of lacing of mocha color.. spotty...

- Tons of sweet caramel candy notes, witha touch of mocha, chocolate, and coffee creamer... this has got to be loaded with calories... huge better hop notes, with some pine as well... will I be able to taste it past all the mega malt?

- Rather smooth and creamy malt bomb.. chocolate, butter cream.. vanilla.. fig.. lots of prune.. sugars.. very complex and flavorful brew! Not like your usual Impy Red. There is actually a noticeable bitter hop presence.. and also a nice aftertaste of fruity hops with a bitter bang. I bet this would be a winter nectar on-tap... something that would keep me home sick from work.

- Bit oily, some resins... chewy, and sweet aftertaste... overall nice. Chalky mouthfeel..

- Is there really a lot of alcohol in this brew? I don't know, couldn't tell ya.. other that slight warming and loopy head drifts.... goes down well, has an excellent blend of flavors, is very well balanced, and stands among the best of the best in this category.

Edit: Now after a bit through the bottle... I am noticing a tad touch of coffee.. sweet sugar cane and coffee... with a tart touch of baking cocoa.. I am seriously amazed by this brew the more I pull through the bottle.. (1,475 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a murky deep red, almost brown color with a less than 1 finger deep bubbly & thick tan colored head.

Big sugary and caramel aroma with some pine & citrus hop aromas coming through.

Like the aroma suggested there is a big blast of toasted caramel maltiness, nicely sweet, citrus hoppiness, big flavors going on here.

Medium to full bodied, nicely carbonated, sticky, lingering bitterness.

A massive, flavorful %10 big boy. Proceed with caution. (457 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Weibull for this nice extra. Been wanting to try some Coronado for awhile now.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Very deep ruby and brownish mix, opaque. Decent sized head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very spicy mix between the amber malts and big hop bill, almost ryeish spicy. Loads of hops with caramel and brown sugar malt sweetness.

T/M: Tons of hops, good bitterness level. The amber malts mask a bit of the pine and citrus but it's still there. More of the caramel and brown sugar with more of the ryeish spiciness and some bold, oily nuttiness. Body is full, thick, and a bit chewy.

D: 10% could definitely knock ya down and the mouthfeel is pretty damn big. Tasty and interesting, though. (747 characters)

Photo of drunkmonk
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep garnet, thick belgian lace. A pretty beer in wine glass if there ever was one. Toffee and caramel malt aromas with hints blood orange. Chocolate and toffee malts lead into a citrus hop finish. Fruity undertones from the alcohol linger on. Nice warming finish and I mean nice. This is a complex mutha of a red ale! A real nice sipper. Interesting cellar candidate for sure. (377 characters)

Photo of PhxHorn
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep reddish brown color with a big big tan head. Smells of malt and dark fruit. Tastes of malt, cinnamon, a bit of cherry. A sticky sweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit too smooth for me, but I may have poured too aggressively--the head really jumped up there with a very gently pour. A sipper, but one of the best reds I've had. (343 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of radshoesbro poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep brownish amber that settles in almost completely opaque in the glass. There is a big off-white head that continues to be fed by bubbles from the bottom and leaves good lacing and remained a cap for the duration.

The aroma is very good with a dominant floral pine hop aroma with tons of sweet caramel malts as well. The hops are deeply resinous in the nose.

The taste isn't quite as well balanced and the hops are much more astringent that the aroma suggested. There is plenty of caramel malt sweetness that seems more toasted in the taste. The finish is astringent and bitter with the pine hops dominating.

The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied and very sticky with the pine resin. There is plenty of carbonation that keeps the stickiness from becoming overpowering on the palate.

This is a very good beer that could be great if the taste had lived up to the balanced hoppiness of the aroma. A bit too astringent for my liking without delivering the flavors necessary to pull it off. (1,056 characters)

Photo of johnnieoz
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, bottled in Feb 2009 (as stated on the case, not the bottle).

Pours a beautiful dark red, bordering on mahogany. The lush light brown head leaves plenty of lacing. Light malty aroma with some vague citrus seeping through. A balanced imperial red, starting off quite sweet, and finishing with heavy hoppiness. While the mouthfeel is nice and sturdy, there is a slight astringency pervading this beer. And this makes it somewhat of a chore to drink (in tandem with the 10% abv).
Coronado's Islander and Idiot IPAs are both delights, but this lil' diable rougel is just above average. (595 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 56 degrees.

Pours dark amber with a ruby hue and a one inch head of tan froth. After the retreat, a partial skim coat remained on the surface as well as some smears of dotted lacework.

Aromatics lead off with roasted malts, bitter pine bark, pungent hop resins, and burnt caramel. Hints of chipped toffee and warming alcohol follow through.

On the full side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky, and crisp mouthfeel. A bit heavy on the gription.

Caramelized malt, bitter hops, and earthy tannins start the palate. The bitterness builds along with a slight harshness from crystle malt. Grapefruit zest and spruce bark step forward along with hints of alcohol and hop pellets.

Finishes with a building warmth, lingering roast, and a bitter hop bite.

A big beer for sure, but lacking some floral pungentness in the nose and the hops are second to the roast character on the palate. (899 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid double IPA. The color is a crimson red with a small beige color head that isapeered quickly. The aroma is some chocolate malt with piney and citrus hop notes predominate. The flavor and is all hops with little malt. Piney hop flavor throughout. This is a very hoppy beer and has a big alcohol kick to it. Decent Belgian lacing. Coronado is an overlooked brewery in my opinion that is producing some quality beers but without all the press of other good San Diego breweries. (481 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled April 2009
A vigorous pour produces a large, four-finger thick, darkish tan colored head with amber notes. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark cherry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite noticeably hoppy with a citrus-sap character to it, lots of lychee aromatics, candied citrus notes, solid grapefruit peel aromatics as well as a strong malt character that consists of caramelized toasted malt, a touch of sweet tea, biscuit notes, crushed whole grain crackers and a touch of a metallic note in the finish. The hop character also contributes a pine-sap edge to the nose that mixes in quite well with the fruitier hop notes. As I adjust to the aroma I start to actually get a touch of roasted character in the nose.

The beer is thick and chewy feeling as it rests on my tongue and it has lots of caramelized notes that make this beer taste sweet. It is not cloying though as it is balanced well by herbal and pine flavors as well as a touch of burnt grain flavors towards the finish (this last is a bit more prominent than it was in the nose). This beer is not aggressively bitter, but does have a bite to it at times. It can also have a green hop, herbal astringency to it at times in the finish. The texture of this beer is easily approaching Barleywine territory; viscous, chewy and with a full mouthfeel, but it doesn't really get syrupy, which is good. There seems to be a touch of butterscotch to the flavor too, though this is pretty subtle.

This is a nice beer, the heavy crystal malt character is spot on for the style, but doesn't really do all that much for me. I would have doubled the base malt and hops, but left the character / specialty grain bill the same level as in the regular version of this amber beer. Still this is pretty tasty and enjoyable and was certainly worth a try. (1,854 characters)

Photo of jgap
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was turned on to Coronado after being impressed with their islander IPA at the brewery. I picked this one up to fuel the highly hopped red trend:
Pours a very, very dark red into my tulip pint glass. A sizable kaki head quickly fades to a thin layer (but thicker than a lacing- in fact the beer never reached a lace). Great retention! Smell is very hoppy- piney and very craft-brew-esque (it's a common sent but I can't quite pin it... not grapefuit slight orange-lemon peel-ish...?) The taste is a slight caramel followed almost instantly by a kick to the face of hops. It's like a sucker punch from that ugly mermaid on the bottle. Why does it look like she's flying and how could she have a beer in the ocean? That's neither here nor there... the taste fades to a pepper which I'm not too fond of and that lingers in the aftertaste which is my only compaint with the beer. I'm really liking Coronado and am super excited for a mermaid makeover and the idiot IPA! My review sucks and this is def worth a try (1,012 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9% listed on bottle. Received this as an extra from Mr torchednoodle. Very dark crimson red in the glass with a solid 1/2 inch of tan frothy head. Very ripe and deep pink grapefruit aroma, with a balanced dose of caramel. Fragrant hop flavor up front...indian river pink grapefruit. Full mouthfeel and somehow balanced nicely with cashew nuttiness. Toffee-laced deep grapefriut flavor. Complex & wicked tasty...lingering grapefruit bitterness. Very nice (453 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Cherry Hop delight in this bottle of Red Devil. Pours very dark amber with ginormous, rocky, meringue like head that jiggles oh so well.

Nose is seductive with black cherries, candied hop citrus, and a slight metalic "clean" smell.

Palate is rich with caramel & biscuity malt, some of the aforementioned cherry character, and a metallic hop presence to round it out. The alcohol level is masked very well. I'm in love with this one! (440 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to seaoflament for this brew.

Pours a very nice medium thick brown color, nice carbonation, very nice little creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice hoppiness, chocolate/toffee, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice hop balance, some chocolate/toffee blend, nice caramel notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first brew from Coronado, and it is a tasty one. Thanks Carlos. (464 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mike. Pours a very dark brown with a nice off white head. Sticky lace that reveals this brew's legs.
Smell is a massive hit of caramel. Lots of hops compete for attention but the sweetness wins out.
Taste is damn fine....like dark roasted caramel, rich sweetness floats around in your mouth like cotton candy. Rich and dense, with a dry finish which is slightly bitter and acidic. This in no way detracts from the wonderful sweetness of this beer.
I want more. (468 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn great looking beer. Best red ale I've seen. 90% opaque mahagony color. Deep garnet/ruby hues with a terrific red tinged fluffy pillow of a head.

Caramel, milk chocolate, hints of carroway seed, very bold in your face aroma. Malt is thick in the nose wit red currant, hints of bing cherry and a piney hop character.

I'm really digging this brew. Wasn't expecting this at all. Caramel is thick and chewy with a slightly burnt quality that rides through the palate. Piney hops ith a hint of earth. Thick and viscous chewy mouth. Very creamy as well in the middle. Red currants other red fruits hints of date and a bit of RS. Great beer. (641 characters)

Red Devil from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.