Mermaid's Red Ale | Coronado Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
coronadobrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
551
Reviews:
153
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
124
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 551 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy, herbal hop and vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell but the flavors are somewhat dirty in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a nice stand-in, style and geography-wise, for the long-awaited Stone Brewing Company of San Diego, CA, for we in the somewhat perma-frozen Great White North.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of densely puffy, foamy, bordering on creamy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of low-lying cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it very slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly biscuity, grainy pale malt, some thin bready caramel notes, softly bitter citrus rind and pine needle, some black teabag tannic astringency, and more musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is bready, crackery malt, a touch of dryish caramel/toffee, some pithy citrus fruitiness, and evenly bitter herbal, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, though hardly ineffective, the body medium-light in weight, and a tad too astringent to be deemed all that smooth, though it is at least partially so. It finishes a bit off-dry, the demi-sec breadiness still kickin' it, and definitely hoppy, of the fruity citrus, leafy sort.

A pretty decent hopped-up west coast Amber Ale, one rather reserved on the malt side, which of course just amplifies all things intrinsically (and overtly, to be fair) bitter. The reigned-in ABV means that one could theoretically 'session' this awoken pageboy offering for at least a few rounds.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into anonic a clear rich amber/bronze with a thinner but well retained soapy-like white head,aromas were bready in character along with some mild caramel sweetness,the cascades used are pretty subdued.Flavors reminded me more of some of the PA ESB's I used to drink when in living in Philly,what I mean is its bready with subdued caramel and fruity malt notes with a decent shot of piney/citric hop in the finish.A little prickly in the mouth and not like alot of American reds but its decent.

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these thanks to Cali traders sending me them to try. Now they randomly started showing up in MA, so I get to try this one at least, and a couple others I think.

Pours a tan colored fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly due to the big bubbled fizzy nature of it, touch of lacing left there, mostly clear slight hazed reddish color, little iced tea brown color to it.

Nose brings sweet reddish malts, little toasty reddish malts, amber malts, bit of caramel and candy like, even a touch nutty almost, juicy malt, with a very faint citrusy earthy hop note.

Taste comes on richer than I though, plenty of toasty brown malt flavors, reddish malts as well, little candy like with toasty flavors, nutty, plenty of caramel and hint of toffee even, a bit of a juicy malt flavor and hint creamy like. Hops come in on the back end and fairly light, mild bitterness with an herbal like hop note, not the best bittering hop as it seems to clash a bit with the sweeter malt style. Finish is dry but a bit sticky, more candy malt flavors, caramel, toffee, brownish malts, with a little herbal tea note on the hops.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bod, lighter carb though.

Overall eh, not a great beer, the malt profile borders between a brown and red ale with some sweet notes, not bad actually, but then the herbal hop note seems to clash with it, and lighter carbonation, slight syrupy nature, don't play well with the amber style of it. That being said it's not a bad beer at all, just not great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear red amber, almost a cherry tint. Plenty of foam with nice lacing in the big tulip glass. Really good sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma is mushroomy and faintly resiny.

This has that classic earthy, murky flavor that brewers seem to go for in the Red and Amber styles. Distinct bitterness explodes on the tongue. Kind of a dry, cardboard aftertaste. The malt is overwhelmed by the sourish, dirty hop flavors.

Not a brew that inspires drinkability. Lovely to look at and a nice mouthful, but it's such a waste of malted barley. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark apricot orange with a slight reddish blush and bright Sunkist edges. Nearly two fingers of sandstone colored foam look good up top. The bubbly head melts in attractive fashion and is beginning to grace the glass with sheets of Swiss cheese-like lace.

The nose is classic for the style, featuring caramel malt and what smells like a generous amount of American hops. Regarding specific ingredients of a lupulin nature, the CBC website says only that Cascade is used for dry-hopping.

Mermaid's Red is tasty stuff, there's no doubt about that. I'm pretty sure this bomber is fresh (it sure does tastes like it), so that always helps. The wonderful balance between malt flavor-sweetness and hop flavor-bitterness is right on the money as well. Coronado isn't lying when they call this offering 'well-hopped'.

Flavors include slightly earthy caramel-toffee with the perfect amount of sweetness, in combination with a bright and tongue-tingling spark of juicy grapefruit and orange zest. This brew isn't too far removed from a caramel malty IPA, like Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

The mouthfeel isn't the cat's pajamas, at first, but it develops a lovely creaminess by the bottom of the first glass. Once the initially sharpish bubbles begin to fade, it's pure pleasure from then on.

Coronado Brewing Company seems to do much better with the hoppier styles. Mermaid's Red is definitely a worthwhile purchase for... well, for just about anyone who likes good beer. Bottom line: a pleasant (and pleasantly hoppy) surprise.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mdfb79
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours an amber red color with 1 inch of off white head and no carbonation.

s - Smell is faded grain or bready malts; it is almost non existent.

t - Tastes of light hops and bready malts.

m - Medium body and no carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - An ok red ale. Very easy to drink but not much in the smell or taste. Wouldn't look to have again.

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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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