Native Storm - The Celt Experience
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2.5/5 rDev -30.7%
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.
12-05-2012 16:53:17 | More by Phyl21ca
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
04-01-2012 03:31:11 | More by Sammy
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-26-2012 23:40:50 | More by damndirtyape
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
Vessel: Purchased in a 1 pint. glass bottle, poured into a teardrop glass
Appearance: light brownish red, extremely clear. Did not pour much of a head at all.
Smell: No real smell to speak of.
Taste: This is a low alcohol session beer for sure. It has a very light malt taste with low to medium hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Very light on the pallet and ends dry.
Overall: This overseas UK beer feels awfully american. It calls itself a "robust mid brown ale" but it is far more similar to light English Pale Ale (as BA has it listed) or an ESB. At 4.4% alcohol this is a session beer with a hefty price tag.
10-31-2012 22:35:33 | More by MRclean
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
I tried this beer on March 23, 2012 after purchasing at the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario. The beer poured a translucent copper colour with a thin white head. The aroma was sweet malt, floral hops, and nuts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was nutty, wooden, with hints of caramel.
06-03-2012 03:20:55 | More by cyrenaica
3.49/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
10-30-2013 19:57:45 | More by stcules
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-21-2012 20:04:22 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours clear copper with a moderate head that lingers and leaves good lace. Good looking beer.
Smells of sweet malts and a touch of floral hops. Appetizing enough.
Taste is also dominated by malts - caramel, earth - complimented by greening hops. Tasty, but unusually powerful bitter finish. The kind of brew you have to drink a few times to develop a proper taste and appreciation for.
Overall, well put together, but probably better if you line up a few in a row so you can get a handle on the bitterness.
08-23-2012 19:15:59 | More by TerryW
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]
The pour was a lightly cloudy medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 fingers) off white frothy head that reduced down to a puddled film and large collar with good sticky spotty lacing.
The aroma was moderately malty with a biscuit malt, light floral hops and a sweet doughy yeast along with notes of caramel, citrus (orange and tangerine) and a mild fruity ester (raisons and figs).
The taste was good and malty with a moderate caramel sweetness which was present throughout, and then progressed with a bit of fruitiness along with a mild hop presence and a good bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a sweet bitter citrusy taste lingering on the taste buds for a bit longer.
Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with a watery yet dry texture and a very soft carbonation.
Overall I really enjoyed drinking this brew, it possessed just the right balance of sweet malts and bitter hops...
05-28-2014 16:18:04 | More by KajII
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-23-2012 00:10:20 | More by spinrsx
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-22-2013 19:19:18 | More by flagmantho
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
11-01-2012 22:17:44 | More by johnnnniee
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-10-2012 20:36:35 | More by biegaman
3.74/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-06-2013 21:27:07 | More by puboflyons
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-23-2012 04:18:07 | More by liamt07
Native Storm from The Celt Experience
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