Red Devil | Coronado Brewing Company

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Red DevilRed Devil

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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 hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with TheCheeseMan (thanks!).

Poured a deep amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, and some caramel. Nice hoppy aroma. Tastes were reversed with more caramel with lighter pine and citrus. Aroma was hops vs. the tastes more sweet and malty. I never would have guessed this one was over 10%.

Notes from: 2/16/08

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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 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 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 msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Owww, my retinas!"
Sorry, that's a dig at that techni-color label...picked up this 22 oz. bottle at BevMo in La Mesa, CA in late March; poured to a pint glass. My first taste of a Coronado brew...

Lists at 10.7%, a Silver Medal winner at 2007 L.A. County Fair.

A: Deep amber with a reddish hue. Cap is a huge (over 3-fingers) light tan head of of perma-froth - it just refuses to die for at least 10 minutes. Spongy (or rocky?) and bubbly as it drops, leaving speckles of lace.

S: Ample aroma of piney, resinous hops; plenty of juicy orange citrus, too. What malt there is (an ample caramel sweetness) is matched by a fragrant hopping. A nice nose-ful.

T: Hops! Malts! They collide head-to-head in this Imperial Red, duking it out to the finish. Ultimately, Hops win in a tightly contested judges' decision. Caramel malts are thick, hops are grassy, citric and spicy - what varietal are these? Malts are deeply toasted and there is, overall, an overtone of earthy/woody bitterness.

M: Big mouthfeel, syrupy and viscous. Carbonation is hardly noticeable in this heavy ale. Fills the mouth with a velvety fullness.

D: Maybe expected this to be 'incredibly awesome' and it turned out to be 'really good' - is that a bad thing? Big citrus hop bomb with a goopy caramel maltiness and a lofty alcohol content. It's bold and flavorful but is a beer I wouldn't want too much of. This bomber is more than enough (could have stopped halfway through and been satisfied)...but certainly one worth trying.

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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 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 ATLbeerDog
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rust color with a small thin tan head, and average lacing. Average carbonation with a smell of sweet, sweet hops. Tastes of strong hops and sweet malts. Very hoppy yet very balanced with a strong malt backbone. This is hoppy for the style, yet it is soo good. Drink and Enjoy!

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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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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 m1ked
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$5 dollar growler fill sundays I love you.

A- Pours a murky, ruddy reddish brown with a tan head about 1/2", that fades away quickly. Leaves behind mild sticky lacing around the edges.

S- Mild hop bitterness noticed right away, followed closely by some malty sweetness, hint of brown sugar, touch of alcohol.

T- Just like the smell, starts with some bitterness, followed by some biscuity sweetness. tastes like a cross between an amber/brown/red. Definetly taste some alcohol. Lingering bitterness. Somewhat balanced, heavier on the bitter side.

M- Medium bodied, mild carbonation which is ok with me due to the etoh heat.

D- While this isn't my favorite style, this beer is easy to drink. I can't help but think that I am somewhat biased due to the awesome price for the growler fill. Is it easy to drink because it is so easy to buy? Definetly worth trying regardless.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this surpassed my expectations if anything. Pours a murky brown with great ruby highlights. Nice off-white head that leaves sticky lacing down the glass. Consistent and solid carbonation from what I can see. Smell at first is heavy on the malt. Sugary and sweet, big time. Caramel, brown sugar, very light chocolate. Underneath, a great hop presence is blanketed by the malts but you can tell it's there. Taste is an explosion of flavors across the tongue. Juicy, citrusy west coast hops are more apparent while the malts are still at full force. Tangerine and orange, a bit of grapefruit, and other great fruity hops. A perfect blend of flavors. Strangely, it reminds me of a liquid fruit roll up in a good way. Near full mouthfeel with steady, creamy carbonation on the tongue. Delicious in every way. The alcohol is hard to detect in this one. Reminds me somewhat of Shark Bite Red on steroids. Definitely a great brew that I hope to try again.

Big thanks to seaoflament for the chance to try this!

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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 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 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 ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz. bomber on 1/25/08.

A - Fairly hazy burnt red/amber body with lofty one-finger creamy beige head and plenty of active carbonation. Good, solid head retention with some decent lacing.

S - Tons of perfumy hops balanced with some caramel sweetness. Whiff of alcohol as it warmed up.

T - Perfumy hops up front with a surge of sweetness that follows. Finishes with a warm hop bitterness.

M - Smooth, creamy texture with nice dose of heat from the alcohol, but not as heavy as 10.7% would imply. Warm, tingly feeling on the tongue. Very soft carbonation. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the tastebuds.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink despite the high ABV%. A bit too heavy on the perfume and sweetness, but still very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of lifebeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. on the light amber-orange side, finger of head head collects into a frothy pillow of mushroom head that grows int he center of the glass, nice and long-lasting

s. sweet and round with subtle citus, but dissipates very quickly, wish i could enjoy it longer

t. kinda disappointing after the nice aroma, begins with subtle ginger upon swallow, finishes earthy with a twinge of grapefruit peel

d. very drinkable

i like the complexity of this one, wish i had more

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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 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 ArrogantB
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. It is very dark ruby red with a short ring of bubbles for a head. The smell is oddly slight chocolate and heavy pinecones, which makes me think of chocolate mints. The taste deviates (much like the Idiot IPA) and is very green hops almost like green melon rinds, the malts seem totally overpowered and there is a lingering bitterness. This is a very hoppy beer but I'm not sure I dig the green flavors. For some reason both Coronado brews i have had smelled much better than they taste.

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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 seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The latest bottled offering by Coronado brewery.

Pours a rusty nail color with a quarter inch of foam. Some sticky lacing and a ring of foam holds itself throughout.

Big pine aroma at first, then followed by some hefty doses of caramel malts and toasted aromas. Smells of stale bread (not in a bad way), pine and fresh hop pellets. I would have preferred a bit more citrus notes but there are a few towards the finish. Reminds me of a really fresh x-mas tree.

The taste is of roasted and toasted malts followed by the caramel, piney hops and some hints of chocolate. The abv is nicely hidden. I’m digging the after taste, never really had a hoppy beer before with this type of aftertaste (hints of chocolate, caramel and pine). Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Not as complex as I would have liked, hence the average score on taste, but still pretty good.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a surprisingly dark red/brown hue, three fingers' of white frothy/craggy head that is mostly sustained, decent amount of lacing on the glass
S- Nose is dominated by fresh herbal hops and caramel/toasty malts, strong earthy tones give the essence of freshness, "green" scents abound, a touch of chocolate sweetness
T- Initial taste is of monster pine hops which are kept in check by rich caramel malts, midway comes that overall sense of fresh green grass, subtle chocolate and toffee gives way to slight alcohol warming, finishes with slight bitterness
M- Medium-bodied, watery-to-oily texture, light carbonation
D- An intriguing offering from one of my favorite breweries, this is a somewhat unbalanced beer with dominating fresh hops that override the malt flavors, i wouldn't peg this as a strong ale as listed here on BA, i do like the fresh flavors but think this might improve with some decent aging, i would like to try this again sometime down the road (NOTE: this may be somewhat skewed due to subconscious comparisons to the last Coronado seasonal, IDIOT IPA, one of my personal faves)
Buy again? Undecided
Personal score? 81/100

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