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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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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Called an "Imperial Red Ale" on the label. This one was purchased from Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley, CA. Brought back in my luggage to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Lovely colour, a bright ruby red hue, genuinely red almost like a light pinot noir or a deep rosé. Head is pocked with large bubbled, forming an off-white mesh on the top of the glass. Regular persistent lacing however, forming a pleasant frieze over the top of the beer. Looks very nice.

Nose is a bit disappointing to be honest. Clear hop fragrance comes through, but it is overridden by a rather strong apple sweetness, giving green appleskin tartness to the mix. This is also matched with a rather potent alcohol sharpness, and a hint of something spicy, almost like cinnamon. It's an odd aroma, and doesn't really match nicely with the style.

Taste is similarly lacklustre. Thin reedy palate, without much body, depth, or hop character. Instead, there's the sharp bite of the booze, and a mild sweet apple note. Some bitterness comes through on the back, but without the body or substance, it doesn't have much to offset.

Feel is incredibly weak. Actually rather impressive for a beer of this ABV, but it slips through the palate without giving any weight or substance.

This was a pretty big disappointment for me. I can't believe how lacking in flavour this was. It's like a pale shadow of a good American Red Ale. To call it "Imperial"? Bah, humbug.

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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 Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head and some good lacing on the way down. Thin collar as it settles. The nose carries some fairly heavy caramel with some light citrus hops behind that. Some bready malt as well. Earthy hops come in to play as well. The flavor is bready with a fairly-strong malt presence. Earthy and citrus hops bring a bit of flavor. Good body with a nice level of bitterness. Pretty solid beer, though straddles the malt/hop line a little too closely.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely shiny ruby colour, rich and clear. Head is beige, nice and dense and retaining thin crown. Lace is good and sticky. Looks wonderful.

Smells a little bit... weizeny? Plenty of apple notes to it with a hint of banana, caramel and corella pear. Not much else, really, mostly a weak fruit aroma. Definitely lacking in character and complexity.

Taste has malts that the nose just doesn't have. Still has that mild, weak cidery ester on mid-palate but starts with nice, toffeed malt, developing rich peanut and salted caramel but doesn't quite cover the bland appley notes midway which do turn into enjoyable enough hop flavours but not really big or bold enough for my taste. Yeah, not bad, good characters for red ale, just not enough, feels a bit lacking.

A bit watery in the mouth, but feels fuller as it goes down. Not bad; not great.

Yeah, can see what they're going for and at times it seems they've hit it, and at others it feels like a big miss. Decent, though. Certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Katahdin
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
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,"

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Photo of johnnieoz
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, bottled in Feb 2009 (as stated on the case, not the bottle).

Pours a beautiful dark red, bordering on mahogany. The lush light brown head leaves plenty of lacing. Light malty aroma with some vague citrus seeping through. A balanced imperial red, starting off quite sweet, and finishing with heavy hoppiness. While the mouthfeel is nice and sturdy, there is a slight astringency pervading this beer. And this makes it somewhat of a chore to drink (in tandem with the 10% abv).
Coronado's Islander and Idiot IPAs are both delights, but this lil' diable rougel is just above average.

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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 froghop
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear light brown with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, sweet malt, and grass.

taste is thick, caramel, a little cocoa, and hops, end is a little on the chocky side, and nicely bitter.

more of a cross between a pale ale and an IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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?

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of quantumcipher
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy and brownish red in color, with a half of an inch of head.

Smell: Sweet smelling with some hops and malt coming through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The hop and malt are very prevalent in this beer. Has a caramel flavor along with heat from the alcohol. Has a chewy texture, with a mouth numbing quality in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nice American Strong Ale. I probably could only do one of these and by one, I mean half a bottle. The 10.00% abv should be respected, and with this in mind, "one and done" is the motto for me.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of NickMunford
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark red/maroon color with a moderately bodies head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Smells very hoppy with a nit of maltiness thrown in.

T: Lotsa hops. Some roasty maltiness. There's a faint hint of chocolaty caramel in there too.

M: Smooth and bitter.

D: It's fairly drinkable. Not the hardest hop bomb to drink that I've tried. All in all its pretty good for a hoppy red ale.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Str8 out of a firkin at TJ's for their all day cask event, served up in a snifter.

A- Ruby red with a caramel colored head, bubbles galore that looked quite mature, off the bat, settled into a cap, i guess they needed a nap.

S- Perfume scented with a bunch of hop types that I don't need to mention. Sweet caramel giving malts abound, with alot of dark fruits around town.

T- A strong ale indeed, with alot of flavors trying to take the lead. Perfume and alcohol winning the race, with a hop shower and sweet malt in second place, trailing the back, are dark fruits and some chocolate, in a neat little sack.

M- Probably tamer from the cask than a bottle, still with a lot of flavor in full throttle. A big medium build, with level carb from the firkin fill. A little hot from all that booze, small sips are preferred so I don't take a snooze.

D- A slow sipper for sure, Red Devil just pulls you in for more. If it was not for the perfume & alc. in nose and taste, I would buy more of this post haste. A bomber of this may be a chore, better to get a drinking partner so I don't fall on the floor.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up upon recommendation from the bottle shop employee while on vacation in Escondido. Poured a clear runny dark orange color to standard pint.The head was a few fingers high with decent retention. Caramel, orange liqueur, and subdued tobacco/black tea notes account for an intetesting flavor.Medium bodied and slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Well balanced malt and hop flavors that included the likes of honey, caramel, and citrus candy. Hides the higher abv well. Solid but not my favorite.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish body missing any sign of a head. It's red, alright, let's see how devilish it is.

Smell: A solid caramel maltiness along with hoppy notes of citrus, tree blossoms, wood, and mint.

Taste: Toasty dark caramel with a medium amount of sweetness. Biting citrusy, floral hop component. Also, hints of wood and dried mint leaves. Earthy, medium-high bitterness. Touch of acidity. Slightly warming on the more than slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Stunned to see this is over 10%, I certainly wouldn't have guessed that. A decent strong ale with a punchy hoppiness.

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

Sampled April 2009
A vigorous pour produces a large, four-finger thick, darkish tan colored head with amber notes. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark cherry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite noticeably hoppy with a citrus-sap character to it, lots of lychee aromatics, candied citrus notes, solid grapefruit peel aromatics as well as a strong malt character that consists of caramelized toasted malt, a touch of sweet tea, biscuit notes, crushed whole grain crackers and a touch of a metallic note in the finish. The hop character also contributes a pine-sap edge to the nose that mixes in quite well with the fruitier hop notes. As I adjust to the aroma I start to actually get a touch of roasted character in the nose.

The beer is thick and chewy feeling as it rests on my tongue and it has lots of caramelized notes that make this beer taste sweet. It is not cloying though as it is balanced well by herbal and pine flavors as well as a touch of burnt grain flavors towards the finish (this last is a bit more prominent than it was in the nose). This beer is not aggressively bitter, but does have a bite to it at times. It can also have a green hop, herbal astringency to it at times in the finish. The texture of this beer is easily approaching Barleywine territory; viscous, chewy and with a full mouthfeel, but it doesn't really get syrupy, which is good. There seems to be a touch of butterscotch to the flavor too, though this is pretty subtle.

This is a nice beer, the heavy crystal malt character is spot on for the style, but doesn't really do all that much for me. I would have doubled the base malt and hops, but left the character / specialty grain bill the same level as in the regular version of this amber beer. Still this is pretty tasty and enjoyable and was certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Red Devil from Coronado Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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