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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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 547
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a good beer!

Pours a nice red amber color, closer to the red...
Fluffy tan head, with adequate lacing. The taste is smooth and well balanced, notes of subtle chocolate, caramel sweetness lingers in the finish. There is a malty feel to this brew, but not a grainy feel.

I will have this one again, and again. This is a good representation of a Red Ale.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a tap at The Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC.

A: Reddish amber color with a nice fluffly light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Moslty malty smells with a decent amount of underlying floral hop scent.

T&M: Crisp, yet smooth. Well-balanced with toasted caramel malts and substantial hop flavors throughout. Mild chocolate sweetness, and citrus hops are balanced throughout. Medium bodied.

WAY BETTER on tap than in the bottle. The hops shine through enough to give it a unique taste.

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Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Al's of Hampden.

A: The bottle opens with a hiss, revealing a strong hop aroma. But this is not the time to discuss aromas. The ale is a pretty copper color, clear in my glass. A finger of head has left behind wispy lace.

S: Plenty of caramel malts to set the stage here, a dark bready aroma that has chocolate elements in it. In fact, a nutty toffee aroma seems to be loitering around. Only after all those malty notes pass do the citrusy cascade hops come through.

T: The darker malt profile really throws things out of whack. The chocolate and toffee come through immediately, crowding out the hops. For all the richer flavors, seems like the one thing missing is a dose of rye. Citrusy cascade follows, albeit mildly and without much fanfare. When the ale hangs around on the palate for a bit, the citrusy bouquet becomes stronger but it still can't overcome the chocolate malts. Those dark malts are an unusual twist on an amber.

M: The mouthfeel is full, loaded down by stronger flavors that the style would suggest. The darker malts have a warming aspect, richer than normal.

D: Drinkable? Very much so, yes. A twist on the standard red ale that seems a little light on the hops.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to South Carolina, Coronado. Mermaid's Red is my first brew from Coronado, and the Islander and Idiot IPA's should follow shortly, as they rounded out the opening lineup here in SC.

The pour is a dark reddish-brown one. A bit more than a finger of off-white foam rises a little more quickly than it falls. Just a halo remains midway through the glass. There's some really nice looking lacing on the glass. Impressive, thick sheets.

Nose is surprisingly toasty and sweet. I say surprisingly, because I just expect West Coast pale ales to be hoppier than others. I'm smelling plenty of caramel and toasted grains, with just a hint of citric hops. It's a pleasant, unexpected balance. Nothing about the aroma is particularly memorable or exciting, but it certainly invites you to take a sip.

And that first sip invites you to take several more. Mermaid's Red is flavorful, yet restrained. The balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness remains intact throughout.

Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. It's smooth (horrible descriptor, I know) and lightly creamy. A very, very easy drinker. My glass was empty in no time. Not one I'd go out of my way to have again, but I'd absolutely drink another if you placed it in front of me. All in all, a pretty good first impression, and I look forward to trying more from Coronado.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a slightly hazy mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and caramel malt, with copper hops and a little bready yeast.
T: It tasted just like it smelled, mostly of roasted barley and caramel malt, along with copper hops and bready yeast. It had a dry bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation.
D: This was a decent red ale, but nothing memorable or worth recommending. It was easy to drink, but was otherwise boring.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
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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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 avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rubyish color with a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A slight aroma of hops, sweet malt, and some sort of sugar.

T: Tasted of malt, a sharp dose of hops, and a little caramel. Not the most dynamic of flavors, but decent for a red ale.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bone dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: As this style of beer goes, Mermaid's Red Ale is a solid, drinkable example.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice crystal-clear red/amber with tall white head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation is fairly low.

Nose doesn't show much, with only a hint of malt sweetness--if you really want to find it.

Medium mouthfeel that begins with malt and finishes with a clean hop bitterness. Finish is rather short.

Overall a decent beer--nothing special, nothing glaringly wrong. Would recommend to anyone looking for something more than a lager for a session beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Yardhouse in downtown San Diego.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are good amounts of citrus and floral hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors with very light hints of toffee kick things off. Midway through the sip mild amounts of light citrus hop flavors enter into things along with an earthy bitterness that carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not too sure about another.

Overall there was nothing that really stood out about this beer, good or bad. Not worth avoiding but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer from this Brewery. Taste is very dry not a hint of sweetness that is a trademark of amber ales. I can't taste much of the hops in this beer and can't get over the dryness. I am ratimg this this as a very average amber. This is not worth the premium price I paid for it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 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 Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in Columbia, PA on 2010-03-26

A - Hazy copper with a 1.5 finger tan head

S - Toasted bread, light pine and citrus

T - Roasted malt with a bit of toffee and bitersweet chocolate. Moderate hop bitterness

M - Creamy with medium body and carbonation

D - Session beer. Not quite as complex as a Rogue Dry Hopped Red Ale but in the same vein.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with 100109 date. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a medium light tan head.
Light aroma of toasted malt, caramel, squaw bread comes to mind. If the beer tasted like it smelled, I would have liked it more.
Grainy malt, rye and hints of earth.
Medium body. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Nice mouthfeel leaning toward silky.
A simple easy drinking red. Not much complexity. As I wouldn't drink this for flavor, I wish it had a bit more doughy malt to make it a session beer.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a East End Pint glass.

Mermaid puts out with a red amber appearance. The liquid is clean with a nice off white head that reaches a inch and a half with some froth to it. Barely clinging lace.

Smell is pretty simple with a big malt base and some caramel swirl. A nice amount of hopping with some bittering, floral hops, in fact the hops beat the malt out by a hair. Smells like a hoppy west coast red.

Starts off with a nice hop base thats floral and somewhat bitter with a small amount of pine in the back. The malt gives off some caramel and slight toffee but not as much as some east coast red's i've drank. A simple style that's done right.

A easy going slightly above light bodied beer with a nice mix of hops and malt and a slight bittering on the tounge Nice carb and no alcohol taste. I would not have a problem drinking a few of these in a sitting but mermaid is not something I would look for regularly.

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Photo of drcarver
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - I have to agree with GRG1313 it has one of the best heads I have ever seen. Fluffy with thick lacing and it lasts for the ENTIRE beer. It sits on a nice amber colored body.

S - The aroma is all cascade hop. It isn't overpowering, but it beats the sweet malt smell I usually associate with a red into submission.

T - Almost an IPA in the amout of hop in this beer. Very floral with bits of pine. Not bad, but not what I was expecting or hoping for. The is a bit of malt, but no chocolate or caramel as the bottle claims.

M - Full bodied with a hop aftertaste that lingers well after the beer is finished. Leaves a dry slightly metallic feeling as well.

D - Not bad.

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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 Floydster
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Richmond's Bar and Grill last night for five dollars, glad to see a Coronado made it into my hometown spot, color is medium to dark red with some highlights around the rim, one inch slightly off white head, decent retention, some lacing at first, aroma consists of caramel malt, some hops, toasty malts, lemon, pine, earthiness, and toffee, flavor starts off with dry hops that are a little grassy, some toasted and chewy malts in the middle which turns into sweeter and more rounded caramel later on, finish is also dry and full of hops, fair amount of citrus in there once it warmed, dry, earthy and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation, could drink another pint of this but it is a little heavy at times, not as smooth for this style than others, can sweeten up a bit as it warms up too, malt loses its toastiness, nice hop profile for an amber, cool to see that bottles are available of this stuff now too, would drink again, worth trying

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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 illidurit
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Deep ruddy brown color with a tan head. No lacing, okay retention. Aroma is sweet citrus with some caramel. Flavor is caramel and crystal malts with some sweet orangey hops. Another boring red ale. Medium body, too sweet. Yawn.

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Photo of constahoogan
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich deep copper/brown color that pours a creamy 3/4" head. Lacing is intense and very attractive.

S - toasted Oat/malt notes with a small central spike of alcohol, very minimal hop presence at the nose. I think I pick up a hint of plums or raisin in there. (can't quite put my finger on it).

T - A bit out of order from the nose. First the plummy raisin hints then the dry hop bitterness with the malts at the end of the palate.

M - This Brew really quenches me. The carbonation is well balanced. That dry hoppiness at the end just indulges me to the next sip.

D - As I said in the Mouthfeel, I just requires my palate's attention. I wish i had purchased 2 12oz. bottles instead of just one. Very refreshing.

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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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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 547 ratings.
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