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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
Photo of d4114
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep red going towards light brown; 2 finger off white head with a lot of lacing

S- Big malt smell; caramel and roastiness

T- The front you get some hops and bitterness then the malt backbone comes in with sweet, caramel, fruit, and some spice. Finishes with porter like roastiness and chocolate.

M- Very smooth but still full bodied

D- For 9% abv this is really really smooth, you wouldn't think it was that high at all. I could drink a couple bottles of this with no problem. With such a complex taste I can't believe how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of Pinto21
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great double amber!

Such a gorgeous ruby red with very nice head and lacing.

Pine hops straight up, followed by sweet caramel. That was pretty much the taste too. The pine hops attack you taste buds, but the caramel malts battle it back. This happens about twice more before you swallow the sip. This brew is well balanced and so enjoyable. One of the better brews i've had in a bit. It was greatly balanced and the alcohol wasn't noticable.

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Photo of mcallister
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn great looking beer. Best red ale I've seen. 90% opaque mahagony color. Deep garnet/ruby hues with a terrific red tinged fluffy pillow of a head.

Caramel, milk chocolate, hints of carroway seed, very bold in your face aroma. Malt is thick in the nose wit red currant, hints of bing cherry and a piney hop character.

I'm really digging this brew. Wasn't expecting this at all. Caramel is thick and chewy with a slightly burnt quality that rides through the palate. Piney hops ith a hint of earth. Thick and viscous chewy mouth. Very creamy as well in the middle. Red currants other red fruits hints of date and a bit of RS. Great beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Cherry Hop delight in this bottle of Red Devil. Pours very dark amber with ginormous, rocky, meringue like head that jiggles oh so well.

Nose is seductive with black cherries, candied hop citrus, and a slight metalic "clean" smell.

Palate is rich with caramel & biscuity malt, some of the aforementioned cherry character, and a metallic hop presence to round it out. The alcohol level is masked very well. I'm in love with this one!

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Photo of genog
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to franksnbeans for sharing this one.

Pours a brown/amber color with a great white/ very faint brown rocky head. Lacing remains on this one and hugs the side of the transparent vessel. Aromatic flavors of strong hoppy pine fill the nostrils as well as some molasses and sweet red caramel malt. Taste is at first very sweet at first followed by a hoppy finish. Mouthfeeling is watery with a fizzy carbonation that makes this one a strong and potent yet refreshing drink.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 220z bomber picked up at Green's in downtown Columbia, SC. Another brew I can't get back home in Atl, GA

A - a dark cloudy amber red. Tons of sediment in this unfiltered beer. 2 fingers of head and sticky lace all over the glass. It doesn't get any better looking than this one

S - Huge caramel malts with some piney hops at the end. Delicous

T - Wow, as good as it looked and smelled, the taste did not dissapoint. Carmel, toffee up front, nice hop kick in the rear at the end. Red style is prevalent.

M - Full bodied, high in carbonation. Very smooth and well balanced

O - If you like imperial red's, this beer is for you

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9% listed on bottle. Received this as an extra from Mr torchednoodle. Very dark crimson red in the glass with a solid 1/2 inch of tan frothy head. Very ripe and deep pink grapefruit aroma, with a balanced dose of caramel. Fragrant hop flavor up front...indian river pink grapefruit. Full mouthfeel and somehow balanced nicely with cashew nuttiness. Toffee-laced deep grapefriut flavor. Complex & wicked tasty...lingering grapefruit bitterness. Very nice

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Photo of kirok1999
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mike. Pours a very dark brown with a nice off white head. Sticky lace that reveals this brew's legs.
Smell is a massive hit of caramel. Lots of hops compete for attention but the sweetness wins out.
Taste is damn fine....like dark roasted caramel, rich sweetness floats around in your mouth like cotton candy. Rich and dense, with a dry finish which is slightly bitter and acidic. This in no way detracts from the wonderful sweetness of this beer.
I want more.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- attractive near opaque garnet brew, sporting a 1/2" off white head and silky lacing, with decent retent

S- caramel, toffee, toasted malts, malty

T- quite the complexity of flavors here. malts flavors range from dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. while the hops bring about earthy flavors and some raw oils. slight alcohol presence throughout

M- full body, hops are abusive and tongue numbing, some alcoholic heat supports the throttling of the palate started by the hops

D- surprisingly drinkable and absolutely delicious. shares some similarities to a scotch ale with malts, competitive with Bear Republic's Red Rocket Ale

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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 brewdlyhooked13
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - reddish iced tea color, several fingers of creamy tan fan form up. Just cresting over the top of the glass, they settle back under the top within a half minute. Slow to fall back any more than that, there are some large bubbled lace splotches placed randomly around the glass. Topping it off before the first sip, it's a beaut. Quite cloudy if you add every last drop...

Aroma - citrusy hops on the nose, light whiff of cooking spices like cinnamon or pumpkin.

Taste - roasted malts, sweetness and a light note of chocolate. Turns fruity and citrusy after that, bitterness gaining momentum after the swallow. Fades out after a few moments, nice showing there. Now some big alcohol warming along with returning chocolate and a drying bitterness escort to the finish line. Lots of great flavors here.

Mouthfeel - solid body with a smooth feel. Carbonation is kicked up to keep the bigness at bay.

Drinkability - I'd like it down around 9%, that's the only thing holding it back from top scores for me.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear cola color with a dense foamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving sheets of sticky lacing behind. The smell is a really nice bready malt and piny mint. The mouth feel is lively, almost hot, and piny and at the same time uber creamy smooth. The full body compliments the equally complex flavors. A big hoppy pine resin character plays the lead role while a subtle chorus of semi-sweet malted chocolate notes elevate the drink-ability. The 9-10% ABV is warming but this one is a hell of a drinker. Many thanks to radshoesbro for this phenomenal extra.

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

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine and More in late September for $5.99. Bottled on 2-26-09.

Beer poured a deep red with a solid tan head. Nose is pungent with big malts and floral hops. Taste is big on caramel malts, toffee, hints of chocolate, balanced nicely by healthy dose of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth. Drinkability is quite good, the 9% abv is well hidden making this a dangerously drinkable beer. This brew was an unexpected treat. I have to believe it aged quite well given the scores of fresher versions from my beer drinking cohorts.

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Photo of jakenunes
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful ruby red color. Smells of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Good carbonation. Tastes of caramel and red velvet cake. Delicious! Well-balanced, great finish. Alcohol is definitely present, but not over-powering. Awesome Imperial Red!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to seaoflament for this brew.

Pours a very nice medium thick brown color, nice carbonation, very nice little creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice hoppiness, chocolate/toffee, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice hop balance, some chocolate/toffee blend, nice caramel notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first brew from Coronado, and it is a tasty one. Thanks Carlos.

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Photo of Durge
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark, sort of murky mahogany color with a modest oatmeal colored head with thin but decent sheets of lacing. The aroma comes on strong with heavy malt and herbal hops, unique floral peat and honey. Very odd but I like it. The flavor is intense, thick with lots of herbal hops and mango. This is something special and really unique. There's some licorice and lots of nutty malt. Wow. Clover, mead, like a Ricolah cough drop. I love this. Won't be to everyone's taste but it's complex and full of sweet and bitter beauty. This is nearly full bodied but reasonably drinkable for the style. Smooth with minor carbonation. Just wonderful in my book.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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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 PhxHorn
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep reddish brown color with a big big tan head. Smells of malt and dark fruit. Tastes of malt, cinnamon, a bit of cherry. A sticky sweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit too smooth for me, but I may have poured too aggressively--the head really jumped up there with a very gently pour. A sipper, but one of the best reds I've had.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dwilson01
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Bnoise11
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jgap
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was turned on to Coronado after being impressed with their islander IPA at the brewery. I picked this one up to fuel the highly hopped red trend:
Pours a very, very dark red into my tulip pint glass. A sizable kaki head quickly fades to a thin layer (but thicker than a lacing- in fact the beer never reached a lace). Great retention! Smell is very hoppy- piney and very craft-brew-esque (it's a common sent but I can't quite pin it... not grapefuit slight orange-lemon peel-ish...?) The taste is a slight caramel followed almost instantly by a kick to the face of hops. It's like a sucker punch from that ugly mermaid on the bottle. Why does it look like she's flying and how could she have a beer in the ocean? That's neither here nor there... the taste fades to a pepper which I'm not too fond of and that lingers in the aftertaste which is my only compaint with the beer. I'm really liking Coronado and am super excited for a mermaid makeover and the idiot IPA! My review sucks and this is def worth a try

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Red Devil from Coronado Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 124 ratings
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