Red Devil
Coronado Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #106
Ranked #13,819
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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paulthebeerguru from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Apr 20, 2008
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Pours a deep dark red, almost purple color with a big frothy head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is sweet and boozey, with some caramel aromas and malts as well as dark fruits. Taste is boozey and malty. Not as sweet as the aroma and actually a bit bitter. Tastes of some dark fruits along with more malt. This beer is too alcoholic to be considered all that drinkable. Overall this is basically an average Strong Ale.

Dec 16, 2010
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mactrail from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Distinctly red cast to the dark amber color in the wine glass. Looks nice enough with lacing and bubbles up the sides. Head lasts well. Quite tart and more than a hint of rhubarb. Mouthfeel is rather coarse and quite carbonated, like seltzer water. Very spicy and hot with alcohol. Hops give a long bitter finish. Grapefruit peel bitterness, green apple sour, and tannic acid like old tea.

Sharp and a little harsh. The emperor was giving out lashes. I wonder if this is somewhat on the old side. Was age-dating beer just a passing fad?

May 22, 2011
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dwilson01 from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into an indian wells pint glass, dark red and caramel brown combine to form the body which is topped by a dark yellow mocha colored head which dissipates very quickly.

The scent has distinctly separated the hops, a floral spicy type, and the malt which is a maple brown sugar presence weighing it down a bit.

The flavor profile is great, initially I get a hoppiness which is refreshing to the palate. This is quickly cut down to size by a full bodied malty impartation which adds a sweet brown sugar and maple syrup to it. I get tons of holiday spices in there as well, the cinnamon and nutmeg type flavors. It's a very hoppy beer but the malt disguises the bitterness 100% and turns this into a sweet flavorful brew, I am impressed.

The mouthfeel is solid, it starts out as a refreshing lighter carbonated brew and changes to the solid malty feel I expect out of a porter or stout.

Overall I was quite impressed with this beer, I am a fan of the imperial reds, I think they have a ton of different flavors mingling and combining together which always makes for a great beer.

Sep 16, 2010
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a deep, dark red color with some brighter cherry tones. A fluffy beige head retains well for a bit, leaving plenty of film and lacing behind on the glass.

Pretty rich nose with a thick helping of roasted malts and caramel. Toffee with raisin and cherry, notes of alcohol and pine bitterness.

Bitter hops with pine and sticky resin up front. Some lighter citrus notes followed by heavier, sweeter tones. Slightly bittersweet toffee and caramel, followed by raisin and burnt sugar. Finishes bitter, hoppy, and boozy.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky, full, and slightly heavy on the tongue. Pretty tasty imperial red, slightly sweet and boozy overall though.

Jun 29, 2011
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Exiled from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 14, 2011
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Retsinis from California

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I both had a glass of this on draft last night at Instant Replay.

Served in a Chimay chalice glass.

A:Pours a auburn red amber, with a copper hue, with a generous inch of frothy head, leaving light coating lacing.

S: Mixture of some tropical and dark fruit hop notes. Dates, grapfruit, mixed with light brown sugar, caramel, and Belgian yeast.

T: My first glass was pretty malt forward, where as my wife's glass was a bit hoppier, interesting. Both were solid ales though, that matched the nose, carmale malt, light brown sugar, mild spice from the hops, and some grapefruit and date fruit flavors melded. The 10% is not really evident, but it's a nice sipping ale.

M: Full, but not sticky. Good medium carbonation, and a mild bitter finish.

O: Pretty solid Strong Red Ale. Noting crazy complex, but it was a decent sipper for $4. Glad I got to try it.

Apr 22, 2011
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Katahdin from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on the strong ale category. Kind of a cross bteween the Imperial Porter and Red Ales with unfortunately none of the better characteristiocs of either category with the exception of the high ABV. It pours like your typical red beer and ah some of the body of an imperial style beer but overall just fails to impress. Not a bad beer by any means but more just run of the mill, nothing that jumps out and grabs you and makes you say "WOW,"

Dec 07, 2009
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calcnerd from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jan 30, 2013
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a good solid foamy head which is thick and frothy. Not alot of carbonation. Aroama is mostly fragrant hops with balancing sweet malts. Taste is sweet and malty with maybe a hint of roasted malts or maybe Vienna malts. Hops are light in flavor and are more bitter then flavorful. Smooth but bitter. A good beer I was thinking this might be along the lines of a Nugget Nectar. It wasn't. What it was, was a good red ale. But be warned it sneaks up on you.

Dec 03, 2011
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zestar from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Aug 06, 2014
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice clear looking red color with a off white head on top. The head has a strong lacing and a good retention also. The smell of the beer has a good hoppy aroma with some undertone of caramel. The taste of the beer had some strong earthy hop flavors along with some nice sweet malts up front. The mouthfeel is dry and bitter with a good carbonation too. Overall it's not a bad brew in my opinion. I would drink this one again.

Nov 22, 2011
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garuda from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very deep red/plum color with almost no head and no lacing. Smell was heavy with dark fruits, and a hint of some hops at the end. Taste is similar to the aroma, loaded with dark fruits, and the hops only make a slight appearance at the end. Full bodied, a pretty good mouthfeel with the delicate carbonation. I had one, and wouldn't want another. Its just loaded with too many dark fruit flavors for me.

Mar 07, 2010
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nhindian from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Bottle generously provided as an extra by jodan, thanks Jordan!

A - This beer looks pretty good out of the gate. It's a reddish brown color, but where the glass is wider, it gets even harder to see through and is bordering on dark brown. It's pretty hazy as well. The head is a foamy, 2-fingered affair with great retention. The lacing on this is very nice as well, with thick mats of foam sloughing off from the head and cementing itself to the glass.

S - The nose on this is a blend of a copious amounts of malt, which gives off heavy caramel, molasses, and chocolate smells, and hops, which are sticky with pine resin. It's an interesting ratio that makes it seem fresh and almost come across as an American Barleywine. I am also getting oranges and grapes in the back-end.

T - After my first sip, I am almost immediately reminded of Stone's Arrogant Bastard, as if this is a more full-bodied yet less hoppy and bitter version of it. I'm not sure if it's the specific mixture of malts and hops, or the types used, but I am really getting that vibe. As it continues on, it does disengage from that similarity a bit, as it explores the chocolate and other malts more than Arrogant Bastard does, and these hops end rather citrusy. For a 9% beer, I'm not getting that much alcohol heat at all, although it does come through a little in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. This is pretty slick, which the generous hops certainly add to. Leaves a long-lasting bitter finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I found myself enjoying this quite a bit more than I thought I would, but had to save what was left after my first glass for a later time. Despite that, I'm interested to see how this pairs with some food I'm cooking tomorrow.

Jun 04, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight caramel flavor on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

Oct 03, 2012
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Sep 10, 2011
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whatthehull from California

3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A - a swampy red/brown, half finger almost tan head and sticky lacing

S - dog/cat food, booze, plants, lots of malts, decent hops, super biscuit yeast and a huge funk. Very plant like

T - booze, weird hops, toasted malts, nice funky yeast, some very ripe fruits and a decent floral very bitter hop

M - medium plus body, medium minus acidity, weird balance, decent complexity and very long finish

D/O - this was over hyped for me. Heard it was amazing and come to find it is, just ok. Their idiot ipa is so effing tasty! Heard this was better. It is a good beer, but just that good! If you like to get drunk, get you some of this!

Final thought - 10% and $6 a pop. Good times for sure! Other than that, this beer is just, ok!

Edit: fell asleep and left the rest in the fridge, poured the rest and wow, it really opens up when it has so time. Very nice beer. Updated smell and taste score

Jan 22, 2012
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NatsnSkinsDC from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 26, 2015
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DaPan from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Mar 05, 2013
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SolomonGrundy from California

3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, things are gonna get crazy here at SG headquarters - gotta work from today and every day through April 18th (except for March 27th, as that's the Rotting Christ/Melechesh show in SF)...So, in deference to the end of my life for about 7 weeks, these reviews are gonna get craaazzziiiieeee...

Pours a dense, ruby red mahogany-ish....Beautiful, creamy tad head tops this off. I think I used a Laura Prepon analogy once already, but she is so awesome, I have to use her nicely filled out physique here, because this beer is like that, but maybe even nicer looking?? OK, maybe not...But this beer still looks great...well carbonated and sticky lacing from the persistent head....Awesome so far...

I'm thinking Donna from "That '70s Show" could have totally had a better guy than Eric...He was a gangly dweeb. Hell, Hyde was any event this beer smells like....wait for it...wait for it...I can't really make it out...I get sweet caramel malt. I get some nice West Coast style hoppiness. Not much else...Maybe a touch of pear in there. Muted aromas...

Flavor is huge as one might expect from an Imperial anything, but these are painfully well-balanced flavors. What starts out as a hop-si-cade turns into a nicely fleshed out ale. Kind of like Laura's backside...Well, without the ale in it, of course. Don't know what a Hop-si-cade is? If you do, write it down on a piece of paper, crumple it up, and throw it'll be gald you did...Then you can tell us all what a Sampo is...

Back to the beer, or was it "That '70s Show"? Who here thinks Mila Kunis is hotter than Laura? Not me, that's for certain....OK, maybe in Black Swan, but I still gotta pick Prepon...

Back to the beer...Once the hop burst mellows, the malt takes center stage (or is that stage left?). This is really a pleasant ale. In fact, I love it and want to marry it...OK, I can't do that I'm being told...

$6.99/bomber is a hefty price to pay for this delectible and luscious brew, but at 10% ABV it's a nice hefty beer, too. I say find and drink, and if you also find Laura P, send her a message for me: "SG says hey and wants you to move to the swamp with him"...thanks folks, I'm here all week...

What I like most: The delicious, well-balanced and quirky flavor profile.

What I like least: The price and hard to find aroma profile.

Verdict: delicious and worth tracking down.

Feb 25, 2011
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TicoCali from California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 21, 2011
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BurpingtonDC from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint from a 22 oz. Bomber

A - Beautiful carmel/red, tan, creamy, persistent head, considerable lacing

S - Nice toasted malt and citrus hop notes.

T - Apricot and peach, sweet malt and butterscotch

M - Good mouthfeel, light carbonation, medium body

D - I wasn't immediately impressed by this strong ale, but it grew on me. It's very drinkable and at 10%ABV it doesn't taste overly boozey.

Jan 23, 2011
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haazer from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Good 1 finger head retention from a foamy offwhite poor. Stays for a long time despite high abv. Brew is a burnt brown sugar/cinnamon color, and charred cedar. Almost opaque. Lace blankets left on the glass.

S- Piney hops sting the nostrils upfront. Good fruitiness following this in the form of grapefruit, raisins and cherries.

T- The malt bill hit me upfront with this before transitioning into the hop profile. Nice and hoppy with fruit flavors. Apple, berry, citrus, and earthy taste. Tastes like hop cones were used in this one. Good bittering.

M- Light to medium body. Smooth upfront, then becomes bittering. Not puckering, but deffinitely prickly on the tongue.

D- High ABV warms the body and becomes noticeable throughout, but is still drinkable. Nice and bittering, I'm curious to see the IBU rating for this. Not my favorite hop flavor, but would deffinitely have again.

Jan 11, 2011
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vandemonian from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Mar 29, 2011
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SDtastentune from California

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Good red look, some lace and minimal head, pored slow into a snifter.

S - Smells malty and has that red kinda smell, caramel and some bread.

T - Taste is there for a double red, pretty intense red flavor for a red. That being said... large malts, large toned down hop thing going on.

M - Nice carbonation, just about right. Goes down smooth, smooth aftertaste of malts.

O - Great DR brew that makes its stance welcome at any time. This incorporates a nice balance of malts and similar taste of hops.

Mar 24, 2011
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