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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Ratings: 550 |  Reviews: 153
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tyler's in Apex served in a free Coronado pint glass a crisp dark red with a nice frothy light tan head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malts and a touch of hops. The taste is loads of sweet malts with a nice earthy hop backbone that leaves an interesting bitterness on the tongue. The beer is light crisp and smooth with decent coronation. This is an interesting amber, one at least worth trying.

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Photo of Offa
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown amber, it has a medium-big tan head, slowly-steadily shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma is chocolate, pineapple, mild dark toast, faint citrus, caramel.

Taste is woody at first, some grapefruit, caramelized orange, light sweetness, light bitterness, good full body and somewhat reasonably well-rounded in character. The finish is a touch too sharply bitter with lingering bitterness and lacking balance. It lacks complexity or depth and in the end is a pretty good, but not great, and it's a fairly standard beer for the style.

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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my tumbler. The ale appears a hazed crimson amber color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramelized malt, medium toast, floral and pine-y hops, a bit of lemon and orange, somewhat grassy. Medium body and amply carbonated with a bitter finish.

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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DogFood11
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm liking the fact that if you bring in the label off the bottle to the restaraunt you get 10% off. Nice little marketing swing. Forms a large rocky, sticky tan head. Dark brown with some reddish hue.

Had the smell of a fresh batch of malted grain. Caramel.

Toasted malt taste comes through more in the flavor than I was expecting. This is pretty heavy, doughy, malted with out much of a balancer, although the carbonation is powerful and needed. A light fruity presence if I dig deep, not much of a factor but pleasantly in the background.

I enjoyed it but it was just OK for me. This has some serious potential to be a great red, A tweek here and tweek there and it will be a star.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid pour gets you about two fingers of dense light tan foam with a slight dimpling across the surface, retention is about average hence starts to crater as it resolves down to the liquid surface, lacing broad and lends visual appeal. Rich amber red color with as much brown as orange to it, more transparent than translucent, few scattered bubbles visible. The nose starts off like it's gonna get all hoppy on you then veers into milk chocolate, butterscotch and generalized malts with a raisin bread, orange peel and Brazil nut stripe, can conjure up mixed floral bursts when so inclined, does have an herbal dimension with a very low undercurrent of pine, any fruit sticks to basic apricot, peach, apple scents, nothing unique here but well packaged. Medium to full-bodied, the fluff factor of the carbonation favors the latter. The chocolate, toffee, butterscotch nuances persist but truly are not all that sweet. Probably more sweetness in the tangerine, grapefruit citrus. More of a slow, subtle roast than toast, again something like raisin bread to whole wheat. Dry, erect bearing through the finish. Nothing dumbed down here, strikes you as a "food beer" which may not shine best on its own.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 550 ratings.
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