Newport Storm Rhode Island Blueberry - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
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3.46/5 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?
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2013 03:46:41 | More by biboergosum
3.19/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2013 03:44:49 | More by StoutHunter
Newport Storm Rhode Island Blueberry from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.