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 yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Whitbread in many respects. Pours very dark red to brown with nice contrastng head. Nose has a ripe fruit component with malt. Palate offers sweet malty base with balancing hops, reminding me of cherry cough drops. Medium bodied. Refreshing.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer I had on my West Coast trip... It pours a nice copper red, the beer was a little Hoppier than I would have expected for a red, but this is CA so I guess this is to be expected here. It was enjoyable and I would drink again. As an added bonus there is a 10% coupon off your food bill if you visit their restaurant on Coronado Island. All in all a good start with hopefully better beers to come.

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Photo of hopdog
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Coronado Brew Pub.

Poured a darker reddish color (with some brown it) and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and some floral hops. Tastes of the same caramel, floral hops, and ligthly earhty. Lightly sweet with a bitter balance.

Notes from: 12/1/04

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Photo of magictrokini
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap. Pours brownish-red with a short off-white head. Nutty and caramel aroma, strangely, without a lot of hops. More of the same in the taste with biscuits, metal and a bitter cascade finish. Lots of caramel. Kind of a malt-bomb for a red. Expected more resin/grapefruit for a SoCal red, but maybe that's just their style.

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Photo of froghop
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at the brewery.

pours a brown-red with a small head and good lacing.

smell is of hops, sweet malt, and a touch of caramel.

taste is of caramel, some hops, and toffee in the back.

very simular to the other three samples i had at this sitting.

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Photo of opwog
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Pablo Moses - A Song

Thanks to San Diego Brewing for having this on cask!

A- Deep reddish brown, with a very thin, kinda rough, head.
S- mild nose all around, and can pull out all major parts of the beer. This cask did seem to have a bit more hop in the nose, but the waitress had no details about this specific cask
T- Great mix of malt and hops with a crisp, dry finish. Some citrus.
M- As a cask, this was served cooler than most places. But also as a cask, the carbonation was less present and left the beer with a much more malty feel
D- This was a great companion to the jalapeno beer cheese soup!

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red head mermaids? Poured a mostly clear darker red color with darker amber hues throughout. A good pour leaves a nice frothy white head. Good retention and lacing through the whole tasting.

The nose has a blend of malt and hops and is well represented. A more caramel malt aroma with some lighter toffee and a hint a bready aromas. A more west coast hop nose with some citrus and piney/earthy notes. Some yeasty notes as well, but a light fruity esters, plums and bananas. Some lighter oxidation as well.

The taste is limited compared to the nose but still comes out. Caramel mostly on the malt side but some chocolate and toffee notes as well. Subtle bready notes, but mostly detectable if you look for it. Some soapy notes in the finish as well. The hops are a bit stronger than the malt with a nice orange citrus and a lighter pine flavor in the finish. Bitterness lingers throughout. Esters back off a bit but still some yeast characteristic comes out.

The body is closer to mid more than anything. A decent carbonation helps the hops shine a bit more. Overall a good red but some flaws in the yeast.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by RoyMunson. Pours a dark reddish brown in color. Smell is some hops and malt. Not too much to talk about in the taste. Just more of what was found in the nose. Nothing stands out as dominant or catching on the tongue. Decent, but nothing that draws you back in.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Coronado brewery. It was deep red in the glass, which was filled almost to the top, leaving very little room for any head. However, it did leave a bit of lacing on the glass as I drank it down. The flavor was very nicely malty sweet up front, followed by a floral hoppiness--very well balanced for my tastes. I like red/amber ales and this was a good one within the style.

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Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber: This one pours a ruby tinged amber. It is very clear. There is a large beige head on mine. It seems to be dissipating rather quickly. The aroma has a bit of caramel, grassy hops and a touch of spiciness to it. The taste is a touch dry, with a slight hint of bitterness to it. Decent enough malt backbone to it. A pretty good beer. Easy to drink. Thanks to Vac for the trade.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark and opaque amber hue with a huge, craggy white head that is mostly sustaining, tons of thick lacing throughout
S- Nose is dominated by caramel malt aromas, some sweet hops and a hint of sugary bubblegum, breads and yeast far in the background
T- Wow, great taste is characterized initially by sweet bread and caramel malts that are not too cloying, in the middle comes some citrus and pine hops, and finishing with a subtle dry bitterness that sticks around for a few seconds
M- Medium-bodied amber ale, smooth and slick texture with an ideal amount of carbonation
D- Label states 5.7%abv which is well-masked, this is one high quality amber that is in my session beer range, the Coronado brewers have done a great job with this revised recipe and I would put this at the top of my Amber List (along with Green Flash's Hop Head Red), I would definitely buy this again in the future and I now have a strong desire to shoot down to CBC tomorrow for the ultra-cheap growler fills! Congrats again to CBC for a great lineup of core ales!

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

A- copper with light amber hues, 1/2" thin creamer like head, decent retent, leaves white lacing streaks on glass.

S- carmel & toffee

T- roasted toffee, toasted malts, pleasant hop flavor, grass and pine, burnt sugar, toffee at finish, nice balance, flavor has a richness to it

M- light bodied and smooth

D- yummy flavor, easy drinking, flavor may be a tad to rich to session this brew, very good red ale though, i'd recommended fans who enjoy a maltier red over a hoppier red

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks like rootbeer with tomato juice added to it. Some bubble activity occurring at the bottom of the glass. Head is an inch tall, khaki color made up of medium sized bubbles.

S: Caramel, fresh dough, cantelope, red fruits and some soapiness. As it warms, a cooked vegetable aroma really takes shape.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Begins like raw dough with caramel swirled through it that just happened to have gotten spiked by some stray soap. What a bummer too, because soapy tastes in beer sucks. Moves towards a stewed veggie type thing reminiscent of carrots, yams and spinach. Finishes with raw almonds, more veggie malts and cloying cider like qualities around the sides of the tongue.

M: Medium body with a full mouthfeel…just a bit fuzzy.

D: This cooked vegetable aroma/taste is killing me. I’m going to finish this beer but its under duress.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours very dark amber with an alright head that mostly disappears. Some stays around though, and that's nice.

Smell: Great caramel malt aroma with a hoppy balance that mixes well. If it tasted just like it smelled, I'd be quite happy.

Taste: The hops are too intense for me to handle without the proper malt balance. It's almost bubble-gummy in it's attempt to balance and it's near butter at the same time. This is kinda strange.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, quite bitter, but with a subdued aftertaste.

Drinkabilty: I like my red ales sweet and mildly bitter... this one was the opposite.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown with a full light brown head. Grassy hops are most prevalent in the aroma. There is also a caramel sweetness with a touch of nutmeg. The sweet malt flavor is well balanced with a lingering bitterness. There is a little bit of a metallic finish. Full bodied and well carbonated. This is pretty refreshing, and one I would have again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a dark brownish-red in color with a moderate off-white head. It’s thick and murky but the reddish highlights show daylight.

Smell – There’s a mild but pleasant hop nose to this one. It’s a strong citrus with maybe a hint of grain.

Taste – The hops come over well at the taste and the grain isn’t bad, but there’s a strong Spree-like spanking of sugar that seems out of place . . . in any beer.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied with some pretty-good carbonation and some residual bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability – Some of the flavors like the hop and grain are OK but others like that rank sweetness is just awful.

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

From a 650ml. brown bomber pours a deep coppery-red with 1/4 inch of foamy off-white head. It has decent carbonation and a bit of lacing.

The smell is faint...sweet toasty malt and bubblegum with the hops barely coming through. Even as it warms a bit the smell is very faint.

Very much the same taste wise. Mild sweet caramel malt that tastes somewhat roasty and very much like bubblegum. Then the hops blend in to give a bittery twang to the finish. Fairly well balanced but seems to lack flavor overall making it rather bland. It tastes good, just needs a little umph to make it shine.

Good body to it, alcohol is not noticeable, the mouthfeel is creamy and slick that ends up with a hop bitter bite. It's worth a try, but they call this one their flagship? My tastebuds favor their Porter and Islander IPA over this one.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Whoa...this was strange
Poured a nice milky reddish amber with a finger full of tan head that melts to a nice lacing.
Aroma is predominately bubblegum, followed by toasted malt.
Taste is....strange....sweet fruits....bready yeasts....and a very drying hops that is unidentifiable to me, but not pleasant.
Mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and drying.
I won't finish this bomber so I can't rate very well on drinkability.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of beersarang
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red with a light tan head. Decent lace. Pretty average red overall, retention is nothing to write home about.

Sweet butterscotch caramel aroma, not much else.

Sweet malts, almost cloying, but then a reasonable amount of bitterness kicks in. Hop character is slightly piney. Hints of caramel and grain in the malts. Finishes grainy with a lingering bitterness from the hop oils on the back of the tongue. An interesting red for sure.

Smooth bodied, medium, velvety. Pretty nice texture overall.

I wouldn't buy it again, not that reds are usually that great anyway, but this just isn't amazing. Worth a try though.

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Photo of rowew
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the CBC. Aroma is hops and a sweet maltiness. Hazy red color. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Taste is caramel flavors with a nice hoppy finish. This one wasn't bad - if the mouthfeel was stepped up just a little bit I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

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Photo of winomark
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very inviting deep reddish copper with a fluffy light tan head. Lots of malty richness. Reminds me a little like Killian's. Very mild hops in the background. All malt, all the time. No perceptable hops. Somewhat grainy with slightly cereal notes in the finish. Dry mouthfeel, with a long, dry finish. Interesting brew. Too dry throughout for me. No hops, but no sweet malt either. No need to hunt for this one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is malt and dark roasted grains; touch of fruit scent is present.

Taste is malt and hops in a death match to see who will survive at first. Flavor is a bit of rye and very well caramelized malt with a fairly strong hop finish. Imagine a scotch ale and then toss in a good bit of cascade hops, that is what this tastes like.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is lessened by the finesse of this mix. This isn't Mozart; this is ACDC playing Mozart. It has its moments, but it could be better.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 ounce standard “Bomber” that attracted my attention without even moving in the Cooler. A very colorful plastic like label has the requisite red-haired beauty politely holding a large glass of frothing ale in front of what should be her naked breasts. Labeled as Coronado Mermaid’s Red Premium Ale. No freshness or strength listed.

Appearance: A reddish brown body easily supports a very light tan frothy head which soon settles down to a creamy thin collar affair.

Nose: Sweet freshly baked Scones and some dark biscuit traits with a caramel hint hiding in the background.

Taste: Faded hoppiness, like an old tired Pale Ale with a hint of caramel sweetness. Feels a tad unbalanced and “knackered” at times. Awkward and not quite Red in feel, taste or complexion.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel, mainly from the Caramel I imagine. Decent carbonation though lends some vitality to the tired tastes.

Drinkability: I dispatched the 650ml reasonable easy, but this is far from drinkable. As a ‘one-off’, it was more of the investigative tasting adventure that precipitated the completion of this one. A second bottle would have been harder to finish for sure.

Overall: Not one I would try again – was this an tired old sample I had, without any date on the bottle I cannot even give Coronado the benefit of the doubt and mark accordingly. Rather boring and tired to be honest.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 22oz bomber with an attractive label but no freshness date. Appearance was a clear ruby red with a modest frothy off-white head that dwindled down to a broken skim and thin collar in a matter of seconds.
The nose was somewhat fruity and had some nuttiness intermixed with an earthy malt aroma that had my thinking of black farm soil. Hops aroma noticeably subdued, more so than expected. Slightly phenolic note present also.
A few tastes and I'm still waiting for something to really assert itself. It's got a raisiny flavor up front which is quickly supplanted by a grainy, caramel-tinged malt and nut flavoring. Then the dirt taste rears up. Finished with a modest hops bitterness. A bit of a medicinal bite slapped my tongue as this brew warmed up a bit. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and a bit slick.
Overall, this brew didn't possess any kind of inspiration or panache for this style. Drinkability suffered from the medicinal notes in the nose and taste. Nothing I'd get too excited to see again.

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Mermaid's Red Ale from Coronado Brewing Company
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