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Native Storm - The Celt Experience

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Celt Experience visit their website
United Kingdom (Wales)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Nutty biscuit body meets orange, citrus with a touch of delicate spice. At the eye of the storm, in the depth of legend 1400. Owain GlynDwr Welsh ruler, conquering spirit. His legend forever remains.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 03-23-2012)
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Reviews by stcules:
Photo of stcules
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It has a reddish brown color, beautiful, english foam.
Malty smell, with good touches of roasted hazelnut.
Hazelnut in the taste too, along with grassy and earthly hop.
Not bad at all.
A good bitter finish in the aftertaste, grassy and earthly, almost root.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear copper/bronze with a thinner lacey white head atop.Sweeter biscuit malt with mild fruity tones in the nose,a whiff of herbal hops came into play as it warmed.Lighter feel but it's expected for the style.Biscuit malt flavors with some caramel sweetness that becomes more firm in the finish,fruity tones with a smattering of leafy hops in the finish.Not much out of the ordinary for the style,it's an easy quaffer with good malty tones to it.

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO. Name is in reference to Owain Glyndwr (Owen Glendower), who led a Welsh revolt against English rule in 1400 which lasted for 15 years, though he himself disappeared in 1412, never to be seen again.

Poured into a nonic. Dark amber, with a creamy, almost nitro head of foam. Lots of lacing, great retention. Solid looking brew.

Nose is sweet fruit (apple and berry), flowers, a touch of hops and biscuit.

The description of the brew on the bottle is the somewhat oxymoronic "robust mild brown ale," but I agree this resembles more of a well-hopped English pale. Nice biscuit and fruit entry, a bit of spice, and a long dry hop finish that is accompanied by a touch of grain. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation - again, this feels like a brew from a nitro-can.

Solid brew, would have again - I agree, this would be nice on cask.

Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More hoppy than your run-of-the-mill UK blond, as the LCBO has stepped up their quality, this is no dumb blond. Drying.caramel, a little citrus and pear, herbal finish. A little cheesy aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Big foamy head. Decent drinkability, I could have this again.

Photo of genovm
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle marked 17.09.2013. Sampled on September 6, 2013.

It pours medium amber to orange with a moderate off-white foamy head that clings and lingers. Good clarity.

The aroma has a weak caramel malt note, doughy esters, some spices, and maybe just a little vanilla.

The body is medium with a slight astringency. It breaks into carbonation bubbles on my tongue.

The caramel malts are a little more evident in the taste as is the low to moderate bitterness that quickly vanishes at the finish. Easy drinking. But it is one that I could have again without question.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a small bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy notes with light dry bitter hops profile. Taste is also dominated by slightly weird unrefined grainy notes with a dry aftertaste. Body is light with medium to low carbonation. I must say that I really didn’t dig the malt profile on this one.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Pours a medium red-copper amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and caramel malt (hints of malt syrup), nuts and sweet toffee. Interesting flavor of biscuit and caramel malt, nuts, hints of light fruit and great, light peat that really sets this light ale apart. Finishes with light peat, bittering hops and residual dark malt. Light to medium bodied. I really liked the deep malt body and the peaty element blended nicely with the hops to give this a more interesting, rustic taste. I enjoyed this quite a bit and unlike many otherwise satisfactory light British ales, I will seek this out again. A pleasant surprise.

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of biscuit malts and mineral water are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts, earthy yeast, mineral water and herbal hops, the latter of which contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it is very flavorful for the style and also very easy to drink.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt. 0.9oz bottle (best by 17/09/13) poured into a tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color. Soapy thin off-white foam. Persistent sheets and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Solely hops. Strong herbal and some sulfur smells.

Taste: Bitter up front, bit of buttery/biscuity malt in the middle, and bitter finish. Bitterness is classic English bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, slick.

Overall / Drinkability: I would classify this better as an English Bitter than an English Pale Ale. That being said, it's above average and quite hoppy. Went well with a ploughman's lunch, but too expensive to get again. Worth a try though.

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the LCBO Ottawa for 3.50$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a small size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a minute or two.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, faint chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, grassy hops, and some faint grapefruit. There is also a touch of toffee/chocolate. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - I was surprised by the amount of hop bitterness. I can appreciate the great flavour this beer has, especially considering the low ABV. Worth trying.

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before end of January 2013. Described on the bottle and website as a 'robust mid-brown ale,' so hopefully the English Brown Ale style categorization suits this somewhat.

Auburn in colour, fairly clear with some eggshell coloured head. Sticky webbed lacing and bubbly retention. Bready and biscuity on the nose, some hopping. Maybe a bit of fruitiness and some caramel. More hops on the palate, earthier and spicier with some pronounced bitterness. Dark bready maltiness again, with a dry finish. Medium light feel and similar carbonation, easy to drink and not too complex. Simple, and consumable in quantities. I'm sure this would be nice on cask.

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New product line introduced to NH, what the hell the bottle looks cool.
Pours a clear deep dark golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates to a cap. Smells of caramel malt, toffee, butterscotch, earthy with a hint of mineral water. The flavor holds no surprises that the nose hadn't already revealed. Lightly caramelized sugar, toffee, lots of light sweet fruit, a bit of butterscotch mineral and earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost tart mouthfeel. Nice English pale, I could see myself plowing through a few of these if I were sitting in a pub on the other side of the pond.

Photo of SFC21
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of KevinSP
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 500 ml bottle the LCBO from a hidden corner.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice thick foamy head. Good retention settling into a nice lace. Beautiful mahogany colour with larger bubbles rising to the surface at first giving way to a streams of small bubbles.
Initial smell is of some light hops, a sweet bisquit and a touch of apple.
Entry on the palette is smooth with light carbonation up front but quickly settling in at the back of throat. Some taste of spice and malts but the real presence of the beer is the hoppy finish which lingers and lingers. Not strong but actually very well balanced which makes a very refreshing and enjoyable beverage.
It's not a complex beer but that's ok. Overall a pleasing experience. Native Storm is a beer that works very well on its own or paired with your favourite food.

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange-brown hue with a moderate haze and a relatively strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Pretty attractive.

Smell: lightly spiced aroma; sweet malt with notes of orange, vanilla, and something floral -- chamomile, perhaps. Earthy and calming.

Taste: earthy, bready, toasty malt, with more of that floral character. There's something here which is smoky; almost like a lapsang souchong tea; I kind of like that aspect. An interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decently creamy feel. Not bad.

Overall: this is kind of a bizarre beer, but I like its dank, earthy, smoky feel.

Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A random I picked up on a recent visit to the local LCBO.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber colour, finger of head with some retention, some sheeting lacing with little visible body carbonation.

S - Musty caramel, cardboard, hints of peat and pepper and a touch of cinnamon on the finish.

T - Nice must caramel with muddled smoke and leather, leafy hops and a hint of wheat grass.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty session ale, though given the style there was potential to load up a bit more on the flavour. Would be tasty on tap, but I wouldn't go out of my way to grab another bottle.

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label calls this a "mid brown ale"(sic) and, indeed, its colour is basically that, mid-way between brown and golden (the result being a tawny-amber tone). Its radiance is not bright enough to blind the beer's clarity. Although loose-headed the surface has not a bare spot on it and more and more the same can be said of the glass.

The aroma carries a floral, herbal kind of pungency that only English hops could deliver. It is earthy and bitter, showcasing very little fruit but plenty of spice and herbalness. It would be tremendously pleasant if not for being so terribly bitter (which, mind you, I personally find very appealing, though the average person might not).

The leafy, herbal, spicy bitterness of the hops carries over onto the palate where flavors of hibiscus, fennel, carnation and fresh cut grass dry out the mouth and leave an almost minty aftertaste that becomes lost in stale bread crusts and crumbs of biscuits. Like all the other ales I've had from Celt, this is full and persistent, conventional yet special.

Floral and herbal hops are as natural a pairing for English pale ales as pepperoni is for pizza. Yet, when it comes to convincing British brewers to use them, it's like trying to teach cats to bark. Fortunately the fine people at Celt understand this and use the little green buds in good quantity, contributing ample spice and rose-like refreshment.

Native Storm, like all the Celt offerings, is an encouraging testimony to the state of beer in Great Britain. While some UK breweries have limited themselves to traditional customs, and others have used hype to subsidize creative but superficial and sub-standard offerings, Celt strikes a positive and effective balance between new and old world. I expect lots more good things to come from this tiny Welsh brewery.

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Native Storm from The Celt Experience
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.