Red Devil | Coronado Brewing Company

Red DevilRed Devil
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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with russet highlights and a three finger head that leaves a lace curtain

Smell: Huge aroma of caramel, with an alcohol-soaked stone fruit character underneath

Taste: Sweet and fruity, up front, with caramel and stone fruit flavors dominant; very boozy, with a cherry and orange hop character that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet malts overwhelm, though the hops continue to offset, somewhat, in the background

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and somewhat syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A little one-sided with the malts, though I admit this bottle has a little age on it so the hops have certainly faded; my sense, though is that this always has been a malt-forward beer

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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 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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Men are nicotine-soaked, beer-besmirched, whiskey-greased, red-eyed devils."

--Carry Nation

Two parts dusky cherry to one part orange peel, which gives the beer a sunset coral glow when backlit. The golden ecru colored crown didn't look great at first, but it becomes sticky and rocky over time, with quite an array of lace appearing on the pint glass in the end. Yeah, this is pretty much what an Imperial red ale ought look like.

The nose is less caramel malty and more tropical fruit hoppy than anticipated. Then again, knowing what else Coronado brews, the hoppiness isn't really a surprise. I had no luck in trying to find a list of specific ingredients, but Simcoe and/or Amarillo have to be in there somewhere. The 10.7% is buried extremely well.

Red Devil fits comfortably into any of three different styles: American barleywine, Imperial red ale and American strong ale. There's a significant amount of overlap there anyway. For those who are familiar with the CBC lineup, this beer is supposed to be an exact doubling of Mermaid's Red Ale.

Caramel malt is appreciated, but it isn't as upfront as in some beer of this style. Other flavors include cherries soaked in Cherry Herring and orange slices soaked in Cointreau. Given that description, it's obvious that incompletely masked alcohol has now made an appearance. On a positive note, warming melts some of the initial harshness.

Sweetness and bitterness are evenly matched. Even so, the IBUs are probably about 80. RD must have been scathingly bitter right out of the hopper. It still has quite an edge, especially as the hop resins begin to accumulate on the tongue over time.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's bigger than medium and smaller than full, thanks to the alpha acids and the alcohol cutting through the malt sugars like a hot knife through butter. It's firm more than soft, but in a good way.

It appears that Coronado BC is incapable of brewing anything but excellent beer (Islander IPA, Hoppy Daze IPA) and good beer (Idiot DIPA, Red Devil). As if the state of California wasn't already overflowing with excellent craft breweries. Good stuff.

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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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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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

Poured into a wine glass. Beer is so red it is nearly brown with a thick off white / tan head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation, OK retention and some lacing on the glass. Looks like beer.

Aroma is strong, sweet, like malt syrup and mild alcohol.

MALT BOMB MALT BOMB. Whoa, this beer is thick, full bodied and heavy. It is sweet with a hint of booze, neither the high alcohol or the high carbonation can thin this thing out, just when you thought it could get any heavier the finish is super bitter and hoppy. I don't know how much of this I could drink but it is decent that is for sure.

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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 DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's go imperial tonight. Bottled on 2/26/09. On to the beer:

Pours caramel orange into my Pilaarbijter glass, the beer has a very dark brown color with hues of red. Under limited lighting, it looks black. The head forms thick and retains well. Smells like....burnt sugar, fruity esters, hop leaf, sticky....on the sweeter side despite sighns of hoppiness. So will it be malt-mania or hop-attack?

More malt-mania to me. But...the overall taste is not quite as intense as anticipated. A touch of burnt sugar hits. Unsweetened cocoa and tame hop resins spring up. Here's comes a sqeeze of hop juice. Cough syrup too. A hint of roasted coffee rounds it all out in this smooth, medium bodied beer. Nice work hiding the alcohol.

If I were guessing ABV blind, I would have said 6-7%. The bottle listed it at 9%, so something was done right. But it also has the taste of a 6%er. A safe pick for a strong ale, though those demanding the fury to be released on their palates may feel shortchanged.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Pours very dark brownish red, a bit hazy, and with quite a nice head that sticks around as a thin cap and leaves some decent lacing as well. Quite a bit of bitter grapefruit in the aroma as well as very firm malt that smells very dry and even a bit spicy. Taste is hugely hoppy with grapefruit and pine and the malt is firm, even stiff and very dry. Almost burnt sugar tasting it is so dark, bitter, and almost charred tasting- but no hint of roasted grains. Certainly the firmest, most bitter red I have had. Mouthfeel bears this out as well. Sry, firm, bitter, and even a bit tannic. Quite good if a bit chewy.

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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 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 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 avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a thick, cloud consistency. Some floaties. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of malt, hops, caramel, and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of caramel, a good deal of malt, and some hops. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. If there's a real weakness in the flavor it's that there's a grassy quality in the finish. It's not very appealing. On the whole, a solid flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer that packs a bigger punch than you might expect.

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Red Devil from Coronado Brewing Company
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