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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:
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Added by xlperro on 11-15-2003

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 541
Photo of pugdragon
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It definitely tastes more like an ipa rather than an amber ale, which took me by surprise. If you are a fan of amber ales and malts, you would probably do no harm by skipping this one. If you are an ipa fan, feel free to give this one a whirl.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

From Zombier. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 2x06. Balanced, with a nice caramel touch (not too agressive) and very drinkable. May be missing a bit of punch but is still pretty enjoyable

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber body poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug boasts a 1/2in off-white head and leaves some lacing.
Aromas are faint but hop and stone fruit with a bread malt.
Taste is bitter hops and grassy backed by a caramel tinge that falls away to nothing. As it warms I sense the spice. I wouldn't call it clove, as the bottle claims, but something is back there.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but coats the tongue. Medium carbonation. An ok amber ale.

They've got more mermaids in Coronado than in Chicago, so what do i know?

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled 09/07/15. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark amber red body. One finger of thin frothy off-white head that leaves excellent sheets of fluffy lacing. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - Aroma is of earthy herbal leafy hops with a twiggy / caramel malt backing. Subtle notes of fruit and dried berries, some yeast presence noticeable.

T - Taste is the same: earthy, herbal, twiggy. Notes of bright citrus fruits / piney hops, but a smooth caramel / toffee malt body gives way to a dry finish. Dry emulations of chocolate malt peek through, as it says on the bottle.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, with a bitter, dry, resinous finish. Notes of lingering hops and dry caramel / chocolate malt continue on.

Overall, a fairly average Amber / Red ale from Coronado. Drinkable and flavorful stuff, but it's easy to look over it especially with the crowded craft beer market of today.

Coronado Brewing Mermaid's Red Amber Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Attractive red appearance, good clarity, 1/2" off white head. Aroma did the lesser than average toast/roast of the red malts, but still dropped a relative amount of hop aroma.

Taste though reverted back to average land for style. Red malts, peat, moss, earth, cocoa. Not putting itself near the awesome hoppy 1st tier red ales out there.

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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 JackieKu
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Clear amber.
S: Intense citrus (tangerine) aroma. Moderate caramel.
T: Quite matching the smells. Fresh hops (citrus and grassy) and caramel flavors. Moderate to high bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. High carbonation. Crispy.
O: Fairly good amber. Hoppy and flavorful.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Don Quijote 12oz. Amber color, chocolate smell and taste, creamy and smooth, medium body, overall a good beer. It taste more like a stout with the chocolate and creamy taste, but has the look of a red ale so it was not expected. Very interesting to drink.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pine, citrus hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of pine, slight citrus hops, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, decent amber ale, but nothing special.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-Dark red almost brown
-Caramel, brown sugar, some dankness very little
-sweet front, caramel, chocolate pudding, then a hop bite
-A little bitter for me, smooth, not quite creamy

-ok for me but wouldnt seek out.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with long lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrucy hops, caramel malt and some fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, caramel malt, some chocolate and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Tasty brew.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber red with a good head of foam and good lacing. Not a lot of visible carbonation.

Smell: Toasty malts, citrus, caramel.

Taste: Toasty malts, citrus, caramel, chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate hop bitterness.

The Verdict: I like it. This is everything a red should be. Sweet, with enough hops to balance it out. Well done, Coronado.

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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 RyanK252
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep red orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Toasty malt, floral, light citrus, a little fruity, and some caramel, almost brown sugar like sweetness.

T: Floral, light grapefruit, fruity notes, toasted malt, caramel/toffee sweetness, mabye a hint of chocolate.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one is just ok. I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of jkrich
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber with ruby highlights; a very creamy, sustained beige head. There is a date stamped on the bottle; however, it does not indicate if it is a "drink by" or "bottled on" date. If the latter, it is past due by a couple of months.

The aroma has some hints of toffee and malt; not much else.

The taste has a very nice roast-malt flavor with faint hints of licorice and even fainter hops. I have no doubt this ale would taste better if I had a fresher bottle. The cascade hops have expired.

The ale has a pleasing, creamy mouth feel, and sweet, malty flavors linger on the palate.

A decent amber ale that I will update when I receive a fresh batch.

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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 hophugger
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep golden, slightly reddish color with a nice head that packs its bags fast and leaves leaving hardly any lacing at all. Aroma is malty sweetness with hops, kind of citrusy and slightly piney. One of the better tasting red ales I have had as the hops is the star and balances well with everything else. Smooth going down and leaves a nice hop and malt aftertaste..

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber red with a crisp white head that fades quickly. Smells of roasted malts, and caramel. Nice hop presence up front balanced nicely by the rush of malts. Really nice balance with this brew. Overall really a solid brew and definitely worth a shot. I could keep a few of these on hand at all times.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Look: Nice clear amber with a white head. Nice lacing with minimal legs.

Smell: lots of floral cascade hops, sweet malt, bread crust, and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Smells like a solid red.

Taste: Floral hops, citrus, gets balanced out by a really nice malt backbone. The finish is the best with hints of roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth no hint of booze.

Overall: Fantastic. Easily one of my favorite reds. Love the bouquet of cascade hops and it is balanced perfectly with the sweet malt. While most reds would rely on that this one adds a beautiful touch of roasty chocolate malt on the finish that sets it's heads and shoulders above the rest

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Photo of charlatan
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%

Cask version specially brewed at Wadworth for Wetherspoon (same abv).

Brick red colour with slight offwhite head. Apple and lemon nose. Fairly syrupy feel. Slightly earthy maltiness with toffee and apple flavours before some mintiness from the hops. Goes together better than I would imagine reading the previous sentence....

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Photo of T100Mark
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

A 12 ounce bottle, with a silk screened label, poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Nice copper color. Slightly hazy. A big head made up of very fine bubbles. Great stickage! A handsome beer.

Nose - Sweet malt mixed with spicy hops.

Taste - The malt backbone is a combination of sweet and toasty. The hops are zesty but not overpowering.

Mouth - Light on the pallet. Prominent carbonation.

Overall - A good beer but not a great beer. This being an Amber, I was hoping the beer would be a bit more "malt forward." On the plus side, this beer is plenty chugable. Also, this a fine looking beer in a nice looking bottle.

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Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- new penny copper. Medium head.

Aroma- citrus hoppiness. Starts with a stale hoppiness, mild roasty middle, finishing with a lingering hoppiness.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted Jan. 2013.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/9/2014. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, bread, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with well balanced notes of dark/bready malt and citrus hops; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 cbutova
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Bottle poured into a slim pint glass with a clear red body. An off-white cap forms to about a finger and a half high with a foamy, frothy texture. Head retention is pretty good as a large pillow sticks around in the center of the glass. Lacing starts with some webs at the top of the glass and tons of sheets/webs follow those down the glass.

S- Malts and hops are fairly balanced in the nose. From the grains comes a fair amount of toasted, nutty, caramel and biscuit notes. Hops round it out with citrus and pine hints. Slight fruity hints from the yeast.

T- Pretty much follows the nose with a solid balance struck between malts and hops with a slight yeast influence. The malts are mostly caramel and toasty with hints of cereal, fresh cracked grain and nuttiness. Tea comes to mind at points. Some roast hints open with warming. Hops mostly citrus with a grapefruit/orange feel as well as floral and pine tones. American Ale Yeast provides a base of bread, light fruits and slight spice.

MF- Moderate to light overall thickness to the body with a texture somewhere between creamy and foamy. Carbonation at a medium to high level providing a nice sting to the taste buds like good IPAs. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

Solid Amber with a nice balance struck between a fairly diverse, flavorful malt profile and hops.

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