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Newport Storm Rhode Island Blueberry - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 20.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 06-19-2006

Our Rhode Island Blueberry Beer is a crisp, refreshing Kolsch style ale made with fresh blueberries from local Rhode Island Farm, Schartner Farms in Exeter, RI! The prominent blueberry aroma that first meets the nose translates into a perfect balance of blueberry and beer flavor that pleases but doesn’t overpower the taste buds. The addition of fresh blueberry juice, over other types of flavoring, keeps our second year-round beer light and not-too-sweet-but-just-right!

11 IBU
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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 57
Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My favorite of all they carry. Nice Newport local brewery with some tasty beers. Growing up in RI comes with some great finds. A must if you visit the Ocean State.

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, day 19 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent calendar.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber colour, with two skinny fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky coral reef lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of blueberry fruit pie, doused in artificial blueberry Slurpee, the bready pale malt commendably present and accounted for, a touch of seemingly independent sourness, a touch of field honey, and very faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet mashed blueberries, now mostly bereft of their fake fruity essence, with a mild earthy tartness, gritty bready caramel malt, dry honey, and weak weedy hops.

The bubbles are rendered in a rather low-key manner, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, with little worthy of getting in the way at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, and duly fruity, the blueberry still working it, the plain-ass malt not really still as notable.

There's blueberry in this thar beer, sure, however the overall effect is middling, underwhelming, and well, just too meh for me 'I'to lust after another (of this, that is). Oh, and the under-cap sentiment doesn't exactly help - "I'm going to need a beer to put these flames out". What?

Photo of StoutHunter
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Coastal Extreme Brewing Company's Newport Storm Rhode Island Blueberry a couple days ago for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. I was looking for a new brewery to try and since i have never seen this brewery around and didn't know they were available in Michigan I decided to give them a shot, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz glass into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple, it doesn't look bad, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a dark orange/amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but the head retention wasn't that great.

S- The aroma starts off with a fairly high amount of sweetness followed by a huge blueberry aroma that smells a little artificial and it really reminds me of some Sour Straws berry flavored candys that I loved as a kid, the sour aroma was unexpected, but I don't mind it. I get a light amount of pale malt aromas but other than that there's no other noticeable aromas. I thought the aroma was nice, but it was pretty one dimensional.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma but it's much lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by light blueberry and mixed berry flavor that seems to be more natural then it was in the aroma. Up next comes some grainy and slightly bready pale malt flavor with no noticeable hop flavors and hardly any bitterness with a grainy and blueberry like aftertaste. The taste was pretty average, it was much thinner than I expected.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, on the thicker side of being lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was alright and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I wasn't real into this beer and I thought it was a very average example of a blueberry beer, the aroma gave me some hope that this would be one of the better Blueberry beers I have had, but when I got to the taste i was let down with the typical watery blueberry flavor that is in most average Blueberry beers. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, and I could see how it might be a little refreshing on a hot day, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and one is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, I thought it was pretty nice and I actually liked the sour blueberry candy like aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was how thin the taste was, there's wasn't a lot of flavor or complexity going on. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't really recommend it as a good Blueberry beer. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, when I got to the taste if fell right in that average category. This didn't make for the best first impression for Newport Storm, but I would still be down to try a some more of their beers, better luck next time guys.

Photo of Maxwell
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours clear light gold with an ever so slight red tint. The head is little and white, and fades quickly, leaving noting on top of the beer. The beer is crystal clear with a slight haze. On the nose, the beer is ripe with blueberries and blueberry syrup. Wheat grains dance behind everything else in the smell. On the tongue the beer tastes of blueberry, light cereal malts, and a surprising touch of bitter hops, though all flavors are clean on the tongue. The beer begins with light blueberry, which builds into heavy blueberry syrup before fading into light cereal malts and a touch of dry grassy bitters. The aftertaste is light with blueberry and grassy hops. On the mouth the beer feels clean and crisp, while the carbonation sits at a medium level. The mouth is left dry with a slight scrim of syrup over it. Overall, this beer is mediocre. Sure I can drink a lot of it, but the blueberry flavor tastes very artificial and syrupy, which is sweet, but not quite melding enough for the beer. The kolsch characteristics in this beer, while weak are still interesting and nice. The crispness from the kolsch is great, but overall the beer is too syrupy sweet with not enough real blueberry flavor. I don’t think this beer is worth picking up again.

Photo of alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Freshest before date notched is not notched. Whoops.

Golden copper body, with a small, gauzy, eggshell white head. Some lacing. Lots of blueberry on the nose. I can smell it from three feet away! Blueberry cobbler comes to mind, as there are notes of graham cracker and cookie to go with the sweet, slightly tart blueberry aroma. Still, this is a little bit too much of a one note wonder.

Grainy, bready malts up front. Soapy blueberry flavor sails in and takes over. Becomes fruitier, with some genuine blueberry flavor. Honey wheat bread malts make up the backbone. Slightly sweet overall, but not too cloying. Blueberry essence dominates the finish with lingering crackery malt. Moderate to light body, with a lilting, refreshing feel. A nice summer beer if you really like blueberries. For the rest of us, it's an okay, once-in-awhile beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before SEPT notched.

pours out a deep hazy golden color with the slightest bit of red/ purple color noticable at times if you look for it. about a one finger head that faded to a thin, retentive ring after a minute. only spotty, quick lace from a swirl.

big aromas of fresh blueberry juice. smells a little tart and maybe even reminds you of grape juice. pretty nice.

again, a nice blueberry juice like flavor thats just at the right level, a slight tartness thats quickly cut by an assertive carbonation. the beer finishes with a slight wheat, pale malt breadiness and a quick snap of bitterness from the hops.

refreshing light body, great drinkability. slightly sweet.

maybe the best ive had from newport storm yet. a decent summer drinker with appeal to all. a nice sub 5% beer with lots of flavor.

Photo of GinDC
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is crisp and tart but with sweetness to balance. The blueberry flavor comes.off as natural. A good beer if you like the fruit. This beer is crisp and tart but with sweetness to balance. The blueberry flavor comes.off as natural. A good beer if you like the fruit. This beer is crisp and tart but with sweetness to balance. The blueberry flavor comes.off as natural. A good beer if you like the fruit.

Photo of seesnow3
2.84/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shot glass-flight, reviewed 10/27/11

Pour-Deep gold, dull, light tiny effervescence and lots of it, no lacing.

Nose-Slightly subdued blueberry (natural), hint of citrus.

Palate-Very sweet (though a weird one), hint of sour, a little bitter. Slightly tart, subdued blueberry, some citrus (lemon?), not as good as I would have hoped. Some yeasty flavor as well.

Body-Medium body, rich, creamy, slightly heavy, clean finish. I like it but I definitely like others better, such as Sea Dog.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a deep straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light blueberry aroma. Not as pronounced as I had anticipated however. Soft breadiness detected as well.

The taste was lightly fruity with some tartness and a round grain.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent ale. Not as assertive as others I have had.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.8 ABV. Had it at a tasting session in the Brewery.

A- Pleasant enough looking...lots of carbonation

S- I think it smells more like blueberry than a blueberry does. Very pleasant to smell.

T- Taste was somewhat surprising. I expected a sweet taste, but actually the beer has a bitter aftertaste.

M- Can definitely feel the carbonation while drinking it. Lots of fizzy feeling.

D- Easy to drink many of...but would you want to? Not that this is a bad beer by any means.

Photo of drumenigma
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this beer quite a few times over the years. Out of all of the blueberry beers I have had I would have to say this is probably my favorite. The appearance is a little hazy pouring from the bottle. There isn't a lot of head and it dissipates rather quickly. The smell reminds me of a fresh batch of picked blueberries from a local farm. The taste is similar. Very fruity with a somewhat dry finish to it. The blueberries are definitely the star of the show. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and makes a great summer brew.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between blueberry pancakes, Fruity Pebbles cereal, and grape Pez candies, this beer makes for one serious confectionate delight. I'm just not sure how much of this I want in a beer.

Fresh blueberry aromas remind me of the fruited pancakes, blueberry muffins, and mild syrups. Light malty/bready/grainy notes reinforce the more pancake-like character to balance the blueberry aroma.

Pouring a deep golden color, almost copper, and with a creamy slighted white head, the beer carries a slight haze with moderate lacing. Much more substance than I would have expected.

The blueberry pancake flavor continues that in the aroma: grainy, sweet, and tart. But a burst of confectionate grape-like character floods the retro-olfactory senses and the beer takes on a super sweet candied demeanor. Pez, Fruity Pebbles, and Hubba Bubba bubble gum memories come charging back. Where these flavors are bright and juicy, the beer doesn't have much sugary sweetness aside from the soft cotton candy evaporation-type sweetness.

The body is thin throughout. Trying to hold onto a malty-creamy start, the beer's tart berry character and grainy flavor/feel gets a bit astringent and bitey going forward from the early roundness.

Finishing with a late fruity burst of flavor and aftertaste, the beer has some alluring flavors, just not very beer-like. It follows the same mold as Leinenkeugle's Sunset Wheat and Sweetwater Hummer in that it's a great aromatic treat but the base beer is just too weak to support the fruit additions.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

The theme? "A brewery in the Northeast is just not complete without a blueberry ale." What they hell, we'll give it a whirl ... every beer deserves a try, right?

Soapy frothing leaves behind some sticky lacing. Crystal-clear, golden straw color. Very faint blueberry in the nose, aromas of doughy malt and mild yeast display a clean smelling ale. Moderate-sized body with some crispness. With a slight, blueberry-like twang, there are extract qualities showing here. Withdrawn malt character just gets by; quick kiss of herbal bitterness from the hops helps to balance. Semi-clean and semi-dry finish.

Half decent, drinkable in a pinch, but it lands in the middle of the pack for fruit beers as the "natural flavor added" just does not cut it for us.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours an orangish amber with a very small white head that dissipates to a white ring almost instantly.

S. Tons of blueberry with a very light malt.

T. Lots of blueberry upfront that fades into a light malt backbone. The refreshing hop bite makes an appearance on the swallow.

M. On the light side of medium bodied with a brisk small bubble carbonation that bites your tongue a bit too much. Nice and dry on the tail end.

D. Light and refreshing. The blueberry is subtle and tastes like real blueberry rather than a sugary syrup. I liked it enough to buy a case to bring home. I'd surely stock this regularly if they distributed to Ohio.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy golden hue into a pint glass, with less than a finger of white, poor retention, and modest lacing. Lots of blueberry in the nose of this one, with lemon, grass, and hay as well. The taste yielded a little more malt balance, with a prevailing blueberry flavor that was refreshing without being overpowering. A little one-dimensional and thin-bodied, but it works with the flavor. Normally not a fruity beer kind of guy, but again this one works. Probably a summertime/lawnmower beer.

Photo of steve8robin
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Robin loves this, let's see why...

A: Thick golden honey color with a thick white head that quickly fades. Good.

S: Smells of heavy blueberry muffin. Hints of sugary malts on the backend. Ok.

T: Tastes of watery blueberry upfront. Hints of sugary sweet malts blended with some strawberry flavors. Hints of breadiness on the backend. Good.

M: Does not leave much on the palate. Low carbonation. Ok.

D: Goes down easy, but in some bad ways. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Not too much special happening in this one. Not worth hunting. Only try once if you have access.

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.24/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden Amber color, thin white head that dissipates very quickly. Smells like blueberries with a hint of grain, very fresh aroma. Taste is primarily fruity and almost candy-like, but not sugary, with a light grain taste that complements the fruitiness well. Very smooth feel, moderately light as is the flavor. Extremely drinkable, with a lot of flavor while it is in your mouth but no aftertaste, so it begs for the next sip.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer was poured into a pint glass, and had a hazy orange color. Very small white head. Berry aroma, sweet candy aroma. However, the aroma didn't translate to the taste. Kind of a cotton candy taste, couldn't appreciate very much blueberry. Pretty tangy, not sure how they managed that. One and done for me.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber, with not much head or lacing.

S: Huge aroma of blueberries, but also a caramel sweetness.

T: Can definitely taste the blueberry, but has a nice malt taste to it to almost make it a blueberry muffin kind of taste.

M: Thin, and decent carbonation, makes for a nice refreshing feel.

D: The fruit can get a little overwhelming, odd to drink in the winter, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of albern
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had much higher hopes for this beer, which turns out to be a pretty mediocre offering. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small head, some retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation. The nose is fruity flavors, a bit of blueberry, and a bit of undefined perfumey florals that do seem a bit over processed.

As for the taste, this is a weak APA with a bit of blueberry extract thrown in, and not enough to give it sufficient character. The beer is very bland, a bit of a sourish nut flavor towards the finish; there is just a teeny bit of tautness in the beer, barely enough to keep it interesting. The beer is just bland, lacking character, easy to drink, doesn't make much of a blueberry statement, and not worthy of any additional comments.

Photo of u2carew
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz long neck. Consumed 01/08/10

A) Pours with a finger thick, white head. Tight. Creamy. Lacing is sticky. Very active upward carbonation. Body is nearly clear, just a hint of haze (could be chill haze). Bronze in color.
S) Blueberry and light grain notes.
T) Fairly robust blast of blueberry up front, unfortunately the berry flavor is more artificial rather than real berry. Once the berry subsides, light notes of malt sweetness (caramel) and dry grain. Finishes with subtle hops and a grainy sweetness.
M) Fizzy then smooth. Light body. Slightly dry.
D) A decent brew. The blueberry gets a little overwhelming by the end of the glass.

Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Got in a BIF from TheManiacalOne. Thanks for this beer once again Mark. Drank a little bit past the freshness date I'm sure but it was a good beer nevertheless.

A- Pours a light hazed golden amber color. Half finger dirty white head dies to nothing quickly. Light lacing covers the sides of the glass.

S- One word....blueberry BLUEberry BLUEBERRY! Everything is covered in a sweet blueberry presence. I do pick up some light biscuit malts in this one but that is quickly covered by the blueberry scent. This smells like a blueberry muffin.

T- Malts come in a little bit to even out the blueberry taste in this beer. There is a light hop taste to it which Im sure if I would have drank it a little sooner would have been a little more. The malts clash with the blueberry taste to give this a weird but enjoyable Tootsie-Pop taste (the blue one).

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good with the beer. Palate left in a blueberry mess. There was some drying in the mouth. Aftertaste was a toned down blueberry taste along with light malts.

D- Interesting take on this. Very fruit forward for sure. Might have enjoyed this a little more if I would have drank it sooner. Would like to try this one again a little fresher this time.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce pry-off (bottled freshly today, by me!) into a SA pint glass.

A: Poured a golden amber color with a slight, fizzy head of carbonation which left little lacing.

S: Smells of a big whiff of sweet, blueberry candy or preserves.

T: A quick hit of that blueberry flavor, but it's light enough not to dominate the overall taste. The fruit gives way to a sturdy enough malt profile of lightly toasted grain and some slightly spicy hop bitterness towards the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, yet the blueberry flavor does cling in a slightly artificial way to the tongue.

D: A flavorful, different brew to introduce to the fold lighter beer drinkers and fruit brew fans alike. Probably best suited for hotter weather, but I didn't mind it today at all. Steady drinking enough for me to probably pick it up over other blueberry offerings if I were in the ever-rare blueberry lager mood.

Big thanks to the guys from Newport Storm and Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, Conn. Fun day and well worth our reward. Hope to work with you guys again soon.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.09/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer.

A- pours golden yellow. Not much of a head, but a good amount of carbonation.

S- Wow! That's blueberry-riffic. You won't smell anything else- like a blueberry muffin in a bottle.

T- Same as above. A good blend of real and imitation blueberry that goes smooth with the beer flavor. Really refreshing and thirst-quenching- nothing better on a hot day. Really balanced when you compare it to the first couple of batches from a few summers ago..

M- smooth, lots of carbonation, but it works well. A fine balance.

D- Very high, best on a hot day with some grilled food. Not too much alcohol, so you can drink a few in one setting and catch a mellow buzz.

I'm fond of this beer and have been since the first shipment. My local liquor store had a liquidation of stock a summer ago, and I scored cases of this at $11.99 a pop. After 70 or 100 blueberry beers, I still liked it. That should speak to the quality of this beer.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.12/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle brought back in late February. BB notch seems to have washed away in the condensation.

Poured into my DFH rounded glass.

Golden, vaguely cloudy grainy-looking brew. Half inch of wispy head leaves transparent uniform stitching.

Smell is so obviously artificial. Much too strong & waxy. Along with the malt though, it comes off a lot like kid's cereal or $1 packs of Hostess blueberry-flavored pies. A little appetizing if just it's a bit nostalgic.

Taste is plastic phenols & headache inducing/medicinal blueberry popsicle flavors. The grain is chalky & just totally lays down to die. "Natural Flavor Added" means it comes from a naturally synthesized chemical flavor plant in Jersey.

Feel is like I said, chalky. Carbonation is alright. I prefer Wachusett's take on blueberry, which adds just a touch of earthiness, along with better pronounced malt. With Dark Horse's "Tres" being the only real pronounced, tart & earthy blueberry beer I've ever encountered.

Blueberries should be the perfect accessory to a thirst quenching beer. This one doesn't work. Sickening quasi-natural beer additives only promote bad headaches & teenage pregnancy.

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Newport Storm Rhode Island Blueberry from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.