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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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 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 SolomonGrundy
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.

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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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Photo of haazer
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice ruby red. Light tan head with good retention and some nice spotty lace.

S: Nice sweet aromas. Nice caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Hints of sweet pine, fruit, and chocolate.

T: Nice sweet malts. Tons of summer fruits and candy like malts. Hints of chocolate, pine, grass and a dash of citrus.

M: Medium, smooth, fairly sweet from start to finish.

D: Not bad, a nice sweet malty treat with a dash of hops.

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

Mahogany brown color with a tan head that pours about an inch tall. Seems tight enough, but also has some larger bubbles. Lacing is okay, retention is magnificent.

Nose is a fairly equal balance of really sweet brown malts and tropical fruity hops. Given the self-described Imperial Red I would have expected a weight towards the malt side, but I'm sure as hell not complaining about getting more hops than I bargained for.

Flavor is right down the middle of American Strong Ale: somewhat boozy, with a strong kick of caramel sweetness balanced approximately by some kick-ass hopping. Particular to this beer are notes of orange, hint of grapefruits, resins, and a unique boozy cherry note.

Mouthfeel is just fine, with the alpha acidity chopping down the brawnier malts. No major problems, although it comes off a bit harsh in the initial sips. Better as it warms, and a pretty good brew altogether.

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

Tasty and rich.

Pours deep pretty dark red with a fluffy offwhite head. Smells rich and malty, vanilla cherry and a deep spicy hop bitterness, with a little cinnamon burn and floral hoppiness. Mouthfeel is slick and tasty. The high alcohol content is nicely masked by the malt, making this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color, with very creamy tan head.

The scent was of caramel malts, fruit, and floral hops.

The taste was initially strong alcohol and bitter floral hops, then gave way to caramel malts and hints of fruit and pine.

Full bodied, creamy and thick, not much carbonation.

I thought this was a pretty good beer, there were many flavors throughout the beer making it very interesting.

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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 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 garuda
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent redvwith a small off white head that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dough, sweet malt, ripe fruit, flowers, and toffee covered peanuts.
Taste is of the aromas with a real, fresh dough, malty flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, juicy, and mildly bitter.

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

A - Pours very very very dark cola. Lots off off white head, slowly leaves to disk. Lots of cling lace.

S - Malty goodness. Smell a little hot and malty. I would have said barelywine.

T - Taste follows smell. Deep rich sweet malt, bitters nicely so as not to cloy. Big beer, boozy.

M - Creamy, good balance, good carb. Very coating...

D - For the style, very. But seriously, one would get you there.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass mug. Bottling date of 10/20/09 on side of label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.25.

A: Deep amber-red with 2-fingers of beige, big-bubbled lace with good retention and lacing.

S: Very caramelly and hoppy with nice toffee tones and spicy hops aromas

T: Sweet malts are upfront with less assertive spicy and floral hops components. Alcohol makes a fairly harsh entry after little to none in the aroma. Good roasted quality lands this brew in the Imperial Red category for me, but the alcohol is above detectable.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation and an alcoholic aftertaste.

D: A good brew with nice roasted notes but too heavy an alcohol component. I liked it and the maltiness sweet and buttery, but the harshness of the alcohol downgraded this for me somewhat. I am looking forward to trying the Islander IPA though after this brew.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a tasting, one of the last ones we had. Not sure who to credit this one to.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head.

Aroma is pretty nice and intense withcaramel malt and rough earthy and citrus hops.

Flavor is caramel malt, typical of a red ale, with orange and grapefruit hops, maybe a little pine. A bit sweet, but not terribly so for the style.

Medium-bodied with well-hidden ABV and some palate-wrecking hop oils.

Drinkability is medium-high. Overall this is a pretty good example of an imperial red ale, but not quite as good as the awesomer incarnations like AleSmith Winter YuleSmith.

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Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again, towards the end of the tasting I've forgotten who brought any of the beer. Thanks to whoever it was. Pours a dark amber-brown with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is big sweet candied hops, orange, grapefruit, dark caramel. Flavor is that omnipresent dark crystal malt character that's in every imperial red, along with sweet citrus and some wheat bread. Solid bitterness, but not quite enough to balance the sweetness. Pretty solid beer. One of Coronado's best I'd think.

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