Beer review: Mermaid Red, Coronado Brewing Co.

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Mermaid’s Red Ale is made by the Coronado Brewing Company in California. This beer, as the name implies, is an American amber or red ale.

Appearance – Mermaid Red is very dark, mahogany red. Nice one finger white head that settles pretty quickly leaving a white layer across the top of the brew.

Smell – Smells like caramel malts, toffee, and a little citrusy hops. Reminds me of a bagel shop.

Taste – Lots of sweet malts. Caramel and some light coffee flavors. Has the bitterness of a light India Pale Ale (IPA) with all of the malts that you find in red ales. Definitely a west coast red ale as it’s packed with the zesty, hoppyness that you would expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel – Leaves a thick residue on the mouth that gives off a long after taste. Decent carbonation. If you do not like the “bite” of an ale, the citrus flavors help nullify the mouthfeel.

Overall – A little more flavor than your standard red ale. 4/5 stars.

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