Mermaid's Red Ale | Coronado Brewing Company

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Mermaid's Red AleMermaid's Red Ale

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Red Roost Al" at the Clam Catcher restaurant in La Jolla, CA.

Added by xlperro on 11-15-2003

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Photo of SBarbeerian
4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark cloudy red, with a nice tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Smell: some malts, some hops, inviting.
Taste: somewhat hoppy for a red, but well balanced. Not your malty, caramely Irish-style red, but rather a bigger, hoppier west coast version of a red ale.
Mouthfeel: med-full bodied, very satisfying.
Drinkability: awesome stuff, I was most pleasantly surprised.
I like a nice Irish-red, and loved the heavier, hoppier, bigger west coast twist on it.
The heavier use of hops makes it go with more foods than your blander Irish red which goes better with blander foods, such as fish & chips.
This brew can hold its own against more of a variety of dishes. I loved everything about it. Excellent stuff!

Checked the ABV on the bottle,it is at 5.7%

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Photo of drpimento
4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is now for me, top tier beer! Maybe the best red ale I've ever had. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy, light tan head that lasts a long time and great lacing. Color is a clear copper red with lots of small bubble trails. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, roast, hint of fruit. Flavor's like nose, but with all of those qualities much more bold and the roasty/dry character adding that perfect quaffing attribute, that for me, is dynamite. Perefct carbonic tang to enter into the mix for a supremely drinkable beer. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of average length, but leaving the desire for another swallow (not sip). Sure wish I had easy access to this.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark and opaque amber hue with a huge, craggy white head that is mostly sustaining, tons of thick lacing throughout
S- Nose is dominated by caramel malt aromas, some sweet hops and a hint of sugary bubblegum, breads and yeast far in the background
T- Wow, great taste is characterized initially by sweet bread and caramel malts that are not too cloying, in the middle comes some citrus and pine hops, and finishing with a subtle dry bitterness that sticks around for a few seconds
M- Medium-bodied amber ale, smooth and slick texture with an ideal amount of carbonation
D- Label states 5.7%abv which is well-masked, this is one high quality amber that is in my session beer range, the Coronado brewers have done a great job with this revised recipe and I would put this at the top of my Amber List (along with Green Flash's Hop Head Red), I would definitely buy this again in the future and I now have a strong desire to shoot down to CBC tomorrow for the ultra-cheap growler fills! Congrats again to CBC for a great lineup of core ales!

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

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Photo of TongoRad
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous beer- rich, saturated amber/red color, crystal clear, with a dense creamy head.

Whoa- old school alert on the nose! C-hops and deep caramel up the wazoo. It's bringing me back to when St. Rogue Red was a whole new experience. What's pretty great is how multi-faceted it really is after that initial blast. Lots of pine, for sure, but also orange peel, toffee, dark bread crust, those fruitcake candies, even a hint of cocoa. It's all so creamy yet lively as well. There's a pretty nice see-saw ride on the palate between the hops and caramel malt, with the malt winning out at the end. It could use a touch more bitterness, but that's a minor quibble. It's pretty smooth and drinkable overall. A lot of the flavors from the nose are repeated, although the main impression I am left with this time are those fruitcake candies. Caramel and orange peel come on very late and linger on the finish.

This. Is. Exactly (!!!) what I was hoping for when I picked up this beer, without a doubt. This kind of beer may seem old-fashioned these days, but to me it's more of a classic ride. And it's well-made, to boot!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a nice beige head that retains well and leaves lacing. The aroma is really nice with piney and citrusy hops upfront, along with some caramel, toasted bread, dark fruits (cherry and red apple), and barely a hint of alcohol, not especially complex but very fresh smelling. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a juicy hops character initially (with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, pine and flora), along with caramel sweetness, toasted bread, fruity esters, and a touch of alcohol. This isn't a particularly complex or exciting rendition of an american amber ale, but it's well executed and fresh tasting so it's damn good regardless.

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Photo of pkalix
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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 snogglethorpe
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly unusual, and really, really, good -- a deep and solid from the ground-up bitterness, which manages to be interesting and satisfying, and extremely refreshing. Part of the refreshing character is due to the strong and fine carbonation, unlike any other beer I've tried.

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Photo of Diesel76
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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..

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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 BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A smooth medium nut brown head. Heavy lacing and a wonderful non-transparent honeyed brown color with different enticing hues in the light


Fresh hops – not citrusy though which I really like and it is a refreshing and welcomed change. Phenomenal med-malt nose behind the hops accompanied by caramel and nuts


Refreshing and palate cleansing hop character with a long and delicious finish full of hops and slight caramel. Notes of caramel malt, orange, lemon, vegetal notes and a medium mouth-feel which is nice and smooth. Also has low carbonation which suits it very well.


I really enjoyed this, it was easy drinking, has a fresh hop cone taste, possessed strong, bold flavors and I found that it didn’t taste like a traditional Red-Style beer which I enjoy. It was also had a strong hop presence (in case you hadn’t noticed) that didn’t balance the beer, but accompanied the subtle- yet rich and creamy malt pretense.

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Photo of Janosian
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice bite to start. Finishes smooth.

Starts off with the aroma of caramel & cedar. The flavour starts with strong citrusy hops, but quickly evens out with a rush of oaky malt.

Lingers beautifully, causing you to want to go back for more.

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Photo of yaegerje
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On bottle, pint glass.

A - Beautiful rusty brown color, nice tan head with good carbonation.

S - Pleasing citrus notes and some spunky hoppiness.

T - Keeps getting better, nice and hoppy and possibly coriander.

M - Incredibly smooth and clean.

D - I really enjoyed this beer all around, would be great with some red meat.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear amber body, lazy carbonation, fizzy off-white head with lines of lace. Nose contains toasty malt and some mildly citric hop bitterness. Taste is much more developed but a bit mild, with hefeweizen-like banana and clove, toasted malt, fruitcake, and mild nutty toffee/caramel. Slight sweetness throughout, nicely bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.
Right on the edge of being an amazing beer but falls just short, into 'really great' territory. Despite banana and clove being flaws outside of weiss beers, knowing that this was intentionally and well incorporated I welcomed it. I love the feel, and like the entire profile, just wish the nose was more vibrant and taste was a tad more powerful.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Reddish brown pour, ample finger of white head. Retained fairly well.

Aroma is quite sweet, malty, some nut and chocolate, but I prefer a sweeter red.

A nutty, roasty, malty with heavy dark chocolate accents. Some herbal hop, but more leather and tea to be expected in a red ale in the finish. Very interesting, I like it.

Closer to medium bodied than I would have expected. Healthy carbonation though. Pretty easy to drink, I enjoyed this one for a red ale.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/20/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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!!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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