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 WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying a bottle of this at my bro-in-laws. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent was faint sweet malt. The taste is nicely balanced with sweet malt being the base. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

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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 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 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 Red5StandingBy
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottle/freshness date visible. Great Lacing.

L: Clear Amber. 1 1/2 finger head with solid retention.

S: Malt, slight toffee and caramel, herbal and floral hops. Very bready-yeasty.

T: Well balanced in hops and malt, similar notes to the smell. Caramel and toffee, floral and herbal.

F: Light bodied, easy on the tongue.

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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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