Red Devil | Coronado Brewing Company

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Red DevilRed Devil

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tonistruth on 10-01-2007

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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 103
Reviews by paulthebeerguru:
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coronado Red Devil
22oz. brown bomber

A: snifter. rich dark red almost a typical BBQ sauce color, nice white head on top, with a great retention rate, and nice thick lacing.

S: nice sweet malty aroma. some sweet citrus hop aromas and some floral hop aromas. smells very appealing.

T: a lot more body to this than expected. great malts up front providing a sweet backbone with a high gravity. Great hop characteristics, tastes a lot like cascades. Good amount of citrus and some honey tones.

M: a little heavy, but it is an imperial red ale. great palate. very smooth. good carbonation.

D: great example of an Imperial Red Ale. definitely not a session red ale at 10.7% but a great beer nontheless. worthy of a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a Red Ale, but a very dark red one. Off-white head with good retention and very good lacing. Sweet caramel, pine, and citrus in the aroma. Grassy hops immediately greet the tongue, pine and citrus come afterwards with some caramel in there too. Finish is a blend of citrus, caramel, and some toffee. Lower than medium carbonation with a medium body. This is my first beer from Coronado, and it's a good one. Bottle courtesy of doubleo. Thanks!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending this bottle to me. The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is chocolate and caramel aroma with some piney hops. The flavor is citrus orange and piney hops with dark chocolate malt and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red with a medium off-white head. Lovely heavy aroma of wet hops, grapefruit, lemons, resin, and caramel. Taste is good, but doesn't follow through as strong as the aroma. Sticky citrus hops with resin up front that move nicely into the caramel malt piney finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark mohogany red with a thick, fluffy, tan head that fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive curtain of lace.

This beer has a strong piney hop aroma. It has some sweet caramel malty aroma as well. The alcohol is hidden in the aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells, but the sweet caramel is the dominate flavor. Some piney hop flavor also.

This is a thick, full bodied beer. The alcohol warms slightly on the way down. It has a sweet caramel aftertaste. Carbonation is low.

This beer isnt the best session beer because of the high alcohol content, and the aggressive flavor. One is good though.

Overall: This is a good beer. I would say it is above average for the brewery. It is not my favorite, but it is a solid beer.

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Photo of pwoods
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Weibull for this nice extra. Been wanting to try some Coronado for awhile now.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Very deep ruby and brownish mix, opaque. Decent sized head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Very spicy mix between the amber malts and big hop bill, almost ryeish spicy. Loads of hops with caramel and brown sugar malt sweetness.

T/M: Tons of hops, good bitterness level. The amber malts mask a bit of the pine and citrus but it's still there. More of the caramel and brown sugar with more of the ryeish spiciness and some bold, oily nuttiness. Body is full, thick, and a bit chewy.

D: 10% could definitely knock ya down and the mouthfeel is pretty damn big. Tasty and interesting, though.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coronado- Imperial Red Devil

Thanks to Rallison for this 1.

A- Hazy deep red with thick foam head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S- Huge pine resin and varnish alcohol.
T- Sweet grapefruit rind with an equal balance of pine oil. Creamy vanilla malt and lemon citrus pokes through in the end.
M- Sweet and surprisingly mild.

Overall- When you smell this one you think you're gonna get socked in the mouth but instead it lets you off easy. Too drinkable for a 10%.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

strength. Undersatated in all aspects, that's its Bottle from Half Pints. Hits the spot for the style, hoppy aromas, amberish tinge body with white head, malty, toasty malty. Satisfying very drinkable. Above average mouthfeel. Not necessarily my favorite style, but a good job for it.

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Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber at Tap and Table for $11. Not a bad imperial red ale, at first. But as it warm a sugary plastic flavor emerges, covering the otherwise tasty citrus and berry hop flavors. It's like something's off with the caramel malt, that for the most part creates a good balance to the hops. Meh, I don't know what went wrong, but I won't try this beer again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a tasting, one of the last ones we had. Not sure who to credit this one to.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head.

Aroma is pretty nice and intense withcaramel malt and rough earthy and citrus hops.

Flavor is caramel malt, typical of a red ale, with orange and grapefruit hops, maybe a little pine. A bit sweet, but not terribly so for the style.

Medium-bodied with well-hidden ABV and some palate-wrecking hop oils.

Drinkability is medium-high. Overall this is a pretty good example of an imperial red ale, but not quite as good as the awesomer incarnations like AleSmith Winter YuleSmith.

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a finger of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & pine & not much else, even that fades over time

T: Follows the nose, some caramel & vanilla as well up front, along with some woody hops. Hints of chocolate up front, along oaky notes & more caramel & a touch of figgyness & more. Finishes with caramel sweetness, figgyness, dryness & some oaky notes

MF: Fairly chewy, over carbonated up front, but settles down nicely, then sticky

A nice offering, would buy this available here (picked this up in NC). Their Islander IPA was nice too, but my taste buds were compromised when i tried it, so I won't review that one

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split into a 1/2 pint glass. Special thanks to ffejherb for being so generous with this.

Pours a murky amber with a finger width of light tan foam with great retention and left some just beautiful lacing. The aroma is a fresh, floral nose of hops, citrus, and sweet maltiness.

The taste is fresh Amarillo hops and citrus up front that is nicely balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone with jut a pinch of spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a full, creamy feel. Just a tad bit of heats adds some warmth to the whole affair but is undetectable for the most part.

This was a rather tasty and hugely drinkable Strong Ale from Coronado that reminded me of a Double IPA or Imperial Amber at times. With just a ton of flavor and beef, and without barely any heat detection, this gets an easy recommendation.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dirty brown more then red with good carbonation. The head is a nice big rocky mass that leaves good lace.

The smell is big, hoppy and massive. Lots of stuff in this bottle.

The taste is ok but not quite what I expected. The malt is huge and has some caramel notes, The Hops are over the top an out of control. Both are good in there own right but not a good mix for me.

The mouthfeel in good, Just a huge, thick impy.

The drinkability is off for me. Just not an easy drinking brew.


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Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade from a good buddy! Bottled on 02/26/09... its actually 9% Alcohol.. and it's also actually an "Imperial Red Ale" as stated on the bottle.

- Super dark slightly cloudy, murky brown; almost porter-ish appearance... bundles of lacing of mocha color.. spotty...

- Tons of sweet caramel candy notes, witha touch of mocha, chocolate, and coffee creamer... this has got to be loaded with calories... huge better hop notes, with some pine as well... will I be able to taste it past all the mega malt?

- Rather smooth and creamy malt bomb.. chocolate, butter cream.. vanilla.. fig.. lots of prune.. sugars.. very complex and flavorful brew! Not like your usual Impy Red. There is actually a noticeable bitter hop presence.. and also a nice aftertaste of fruity hops with a bitter bang. I bet this would be a winter nectar on-tap... something that would keep me home sick from work.

- Bit oily, some resins... chewy, and sweet aftertaste... overall nice. Chalky mouthfeel..

- Is there really a lot of alcohol in this brew? I don't know, couldn't tell ya.. other that slight warming and loopy head drifts.... goes down well, has an excellent blend of flavors, is very well balanced, and stands among the best of the best in this category.

Edit: Now after a bit through the bottle... I am noticing a tad touch of coffee.. sweet sugar cane and coffee... with a tart touch of baking cocoa.. I am seriously amazed by this brew the more I pull through the bottle..

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Photo of vandemonian
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Coronado Red Devil pours with a red colour and a head that starts about 5 mm tall and fades to decent lacing. The smell is malty and sweet with a hint of lemon and hops. The taste is very malty up front but develops some very subtle citrus charater in the middle. There is a small amount of bitterness and charcoal. Over time there was a less pleasant taste that built in mouth. This beer has an excellent foamy texture. I really like this beer that falls half-way between a red ale and a strong ale.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with an ample fluffy off white head. Great lacing down the glass.

Smells of caramel, citrus and piney hops and a little bready malt.

Initial flavor burst is heavy in chocolate rounding into some malty caramel flavors with a bitter finish. Dank piney resinous is here throughout.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy. Lowish carbonation levels.

Very solid brew from one of my favorite underrated brewers. Imperial Reds are my favorite anyway and the subtle hint of chocolate added to this one makes it very unique and tasty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served right out of the fridge and allowed to warm up a tad and poured into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a very deep dark mahogany colored brown with lots of hints of reddish type hues throughout the glass. Very hazy and cloudy almost to the point of being opaque, but not quite as some light was coming though on the bottom, letting me know that there was some sediment collecting in the bottom of the glass. If there was any real carbonation to it, I did not see any as it was jus to hazy and clouded over. A very large head of off white colored foam then rose over the top to height that neared three fingers deep. There was excellent retention on this one, letting a sticky foamy pillow of off white settling over the top for quite a while before it finally decided to settle down and leave behind at least an inch high of gooey lace that stuck to the glass and nearly obscured the entire contents by the time it was through. Really quite impressive looking and a good way to get it started.

S - The aroma was very deep, very rich and full of sugar, which were my first impressions of it. There was definitely a big hop presence here as well, as aromas of orange, tangerine, and even a touch of grapefruit were all easily picked up, and however there was this he malt bill attached to it, a huge amount of sugary goodness that really just would not let up. It was a rich hoppy like sugar note, full of earthy hints and a touch of a bread like quality. Very pleasing, and nothing on this was harsh in anyway. In fact the entire presentation was rather mellow/ No hint of the alcohol in the aroma, and it honestly smelled as if it had been aged, very cool so far.

T - Wow now this is what I was talking about. I wanted a big beer tonight and this was exactly what this one was a very big red ale. The first thing I noticed about this one was how smooth the flavor was. There just no hint of alcohol. Remarkable for being over 10%. The flavors were all much mellowed which was kinda nice, no harshness here whatsoever. First thing that came across was the huge amount of malted sugar in this one. Big flavors of earthy grains and breads that were just layered with caramelized sugar. This was all blended in seamlessly with the big west coast hop profile. Nice hints of sugary orange and tangerine in here with a nice light twang of grapefruit thrown in on the end. Very big flavors, that all seemed to meld very well together. This had a lot of similarities to the Alesmith 2006 Dead by Dawn in terms of well rounded flavor. Very nicely done and very well put together.

M - The feel was very nice. A medium to full bodied ale, this was definitely not a thin beer. A super smooth consistency that was literally like silk drenched across your tongue was just simply too good to be able to resist. The carbonation as well was superb, I enjoyed this one over the course of almost two hours and it never once got flat or dull. Really well done.

D - Outstanding, for such a big beer this was really outstanding. I would have love to have drank this all night, as the warmed it got it almost seemed to be getting better. Once of the smoothest beers I have ever had with no hint of alcohol and just a great all around flavor this was really scoring quite high in my book. Really a pleasure.

Overall I would have to say this was outstanding. I was not sure how it was going to be going into it, but it was really great. The Imperial Red is really making a come back and I am loving all the new ones coming out. This was really a great effort and I am glad I was able to snag more then one as it looks to be quite the bottle to sit down and age a bit, though to be honest, I do not know how much more mellow it could possibly get. Definitely go out and try this one if you can find it, you will not regret it.

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Photo of Jree261
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Red to brown in the glass with burnt orange head.

Smell: Nutty, chocolate, toffee, earth

Taste: Same as aroma. This beer could be paired comfortably with nutty hard cheeses and gamy meats (lamb etc).

Mouthfeel: Full body with a creamy and long finish which is my own favorite part of the beer.

Overall a good beer that would work well with food or can be enjoyed alone. The cream mouthfeel leads me to believe it would work well paired with nutty deserts like pecan or apple pie the sweetness of the pie would complement the earth of the beer very well.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep amber with a thick white head that takes its time. Smells big on citrus, rind, hoppy to the nines and more than I expected. Tastes of big grapefruit rind hops with a nice rush of balancing sweet malt, almost rye like. Medium in the mouth with a refreshing finish. So drinkable, the only thing holding me back from wanting to session this is the non existant ABV that would kick me in the mouth.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has a ring of beige bubbles encircling the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: Aromas of pine resin hops dominate the nose, which also has some notes of caramel
T: Like the smell, the taste is piney and the hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness, although this is not that overpowering because for the most part the hops are balanced by the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: I'm not sure if I could drink more than one of these at a time with all of the bitterness.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.26/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Beer pours a beautiful color that produces deep ruby hues through a hazy mahogany body. Thick and fluffy 2-finger head sits majestically atop the pretty liquid. This head produces really nice looking thick rings of lace.

S: The aroma is not overly complex. I make out bisuity malts along with some hints of caramel and spices. Not too much going on in the hops department.

T: Whoa. Lots of spices here...cardamom or something? I can't figure out what it is besides completely overpowering. There is a slight piney hop character, but the malts really overwhelm this and push the sweetness through the roof. In the finish, there is a smokey flavor...huh? All I know is that there is too much going on in this beer.

M/D Smooth and creamy in texture, and pretty good until the finish when the smokey flavor makes my tongue recoil somewhat. Not a big fan of this beer, and I almost had to drain pour it.

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Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent redvwith a small off white head that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dough, sweet malt, ripe fruit, flowers, and toffee covered peanuts.
Taste is of the aromas with a real, fresh dough, malty flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, juicy, and mildly bitter.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by RoyMunson. This is the bigger, badder version. Definitely bigger in the taste and mouthfeel. You can easily taste the more plentiful hops and malt that was used. Plenty of piney, grassy hops to make this appealing. Decent brew, much better than the red.

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Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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