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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber AleNewport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
74
okay

269 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This first beer from Newport Storm continues to be one of its most popular. The goal was to create a flavorful ale where delicate malt and hop flavor were in perfect balance. To meet this goal, the brewing crew uses North American crystal malt for color and sweetness, and Munich Malt for body and mouthfeel. The perfect amount of spicy Tettenang hops are added for flavor and aroma which compliment the bittering properties of the Magnum hops to round out this session brew.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-27-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 269 | Reviews: 146 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-amber hue, with a frothy topping. Smells of raw grains and yeast before it has been pitched into a batch of homebrew. Weird and rather raw at first presentation.

The overall flavor profile is thin and grainy, with a yeasty aftertaste. Funky hops help bring some depth, but not necessarily in a way that makes this a sought after brew. There are some toasty malt flavors, and a slight notion of caramel. The hops seem a bit much for the style and the aftertaste lingers a bit too bitterly and a bit too long for my personal liking. The ending tastes like the air that is left behind after one has cleaned the floors with Pine Sol.

I was told by the representative of the Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. that the brewers use Saaz hops in the mix. I decided to buy one to support "their cause" at a local beer and wine shop. I'll consider it a donation.

Not sure what one would eat this with...fresh-baked Pilsbury biscuits? It's not the worst thing in the world (this brew), but it isn't the best. This is what I would call a "clumsy" beer.

Zraly, Sep 16, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The amber is hazy, dark orange in color with a sweet malty nose, featuring plum like fruit aromas. Foamy off white head with okay retention and good lacing down the glass. I found this beer to have a good balance between the malt and hops, with neither coming on too strong.

Mouthfeel at first feels a little thin, but then manages to coat your mouth pretty well. Overall, a decent amber that has the ability to hold its own with others of the style.

ExtraStout, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Todd
1.6/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No bottle date.

Appearance: Haze stricken, orange/amber in colour, with a thin off-white cream head -- some stick, some retention.

Smell: Smells like someone shoved a handful of grain husks up your nose -- not very pleasing. Coarse, slightly fruity in the background.

Taste: Malty with a medium, even sweetness. Loads of dry, coarse grain / husk tannins line the palate and never go away, stealing from the overall flavour. Biscuit, bready and a thin bitterness is present, but the tannins stifle their efforts. Touch of tea-like fruity / hop blend, especially as the beer warms. The finish is plagued with tannins, leaving just about the worse feel on the palate you can imagine.

Notes: Made in remembrance of the Hurrican of 1938 (the most powerful storm in the 20th century, in the northeast). The brewery mentions on the label that they hope you'll find this beer as "rare" as the storm ... but unfortunately it's not rare enough. This is a horrible beer. Its poor use of malts leave an unexperienced homebrew flavour in the mouth that you can't shake. You have to ask youself how the hell could someone brew this, and actually think it good enough to market?

Do yourself a favour and pass on this one.

Todd, May 26, 2002
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Color: Hazy amber.

Smell: Twang of fermentation, dusty floury biscuits, baked apples and a faint herbal hop.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and toasty, moderate sized body. Sort of a malt bomb, flaunting toasted and bready flavors. Kiss of sweetness and hint of alcohol. Toasty flavor reaches pretty high. Light hopping there for balance. Semi-dry finish that just can't shake the toasted grain flavor.

Overall: Bit of a poster boy for Amber Ales, it pretty much says “take me the way I am” … it also begs to be paired with something.

Jason, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, braized copper body, with a frothy, tightknit, ivory head that rises and remains at 2 cm. Excellent retention, but the head falls into ring, collar, and film lacing after several minutes.
Aroma is quite malty, with a strong hit of caramel, toasted molasses, and Cinamon buns. A strange, metallic note is also picked up.
Mouthfeel is interesting, with a medium heavy body, moderate carbonation, and the metallic note(aluminum or platinum).
Taste is very pleasant, with bittersweet roastiness, apple peel, and a fresh slice of Georgia peach, all bathed in a caramel tub. The flavors are really put together in an astounding manner. I'm extremely impressed by this effort. I think it rates as one of the top ten American amber ales.

merlin48, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a six pack I picked up from Gordon's Wine on Main Street in Waltham, MA.

There is nothing remarkable about this brew. Not that every beer needs complexity and cause excitement in the mouth, but this one lacked any semblance of character. A bit malty, a bit bready. That was really it. As much as I hate to not promote local, I have to say not even worth trying for the sake of trying.

fdrich29, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of Stahlsturm
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

Stahlsturm, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, orange-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, honey, small citrus hops in the back

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light body, sweet

Drinkability: Very drinkable, slightly sweet amber ale. Nothing outstanding, but I could easily pick up six cans and be happy after a long day of cutting the grass.

tigg924, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of standardcherry
3/5  rDev -5.7%

standardcherry, May 16, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

NilocRellim, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -5.7%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to homeboy Chris for bringing this back from the brewery for me!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before DEC(?) notched.

pours out a fairly clear lightish amber color with about a one finger of just slightly off white colored head. average retention, eventually fading to some patchy foam, bits of sticky lace.

lots of aromas of buttered bread. maybe a bit of diactyl, but it works, lots of biscuit and toasted grains. mostly malt forward, maybe a hint of floral hops

defiantly a malt forward beer. very nice tasting buttery biscuits, bread, toasted grains, a bit nutty and a bit of caramel/ toffee. some fruity esters. just enough herbal/ floral hops to round things out.

fairly light bodied, snappy carbonation. a bit sweet.

i started off kind of agreeing with that C+ overall score, but the more i drank this the more i enjoyed it. just a simple amber ale, but very nice flavors of fresh grain and buttered bread. a very nice session beer, similar to fat tire in ways. happy to have a six pack on hand.

dogfishandi, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light copper colored with a low beige head that recedes quickly, but leaves a fine topping of bubbles rising up around the edges of the glass. Aroma is malty, but also sweet and fruity, with hints of butterscotch and honey. Mouthfeel is a bit slick upfront, but full at the back. Flavor is biscuity upfront, and morphs to light malt and tingly faint hops in the finish. Lemon zest appears in the aftertaste. Not much depth to this one.

far333, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours quite a hazy orange with a big fat foamy off white head. Smells weakly of malt with no real reamrkable features.

The taste is um...um....very sweet with a bit of caramel and diacetyl with slight hop bitterness at the end. It's unremarkable at best. Very underwhelming. Also a bit overcarbonated. Seek safe harbor immediately.

I also noticed on the label that it's contracted at someplace in Portland.

yankeeheel, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of doremite
3/5  rDev -5.7%

doremite, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper color, clear. Yellowish head is down to a skim in 50 seconds. Laces in fat rings. Aroma has quite a bit of emphasis on butterscotch, just shy of diacetyl. Carbonation in the mouthfeel is limited, vaguely felt and pin-prick like. The taste certainly leans on the malt side, crystal malt sweetness and caramel are the main impressions. Hops are underwhelming. Slight astringency and phenols at the close. Start is better than the finish on this one. Thanks to Liza P. and her dad for getting it, and Ken K. for dragging it back on the plane.

ADR, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -5.7%

richkrull, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Bingja18
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Not great. Part of my beer of the month club. Let's just say Wisconsin breweries do a much better job with ambers.

Bingja18, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Brenden
2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A friend brought this back from a trip to RI a while back. Fortunately for me, I recently found my notes.

The color is a hazy coppery amber. There's good retention from the whitish-tan head and some sticky lacing in small patches is left behind.
To put it simply, the aroma is grains and some fruits. It's not especially complex and a little too much with the biscuity notes.
Again, on the palate the grains are just a little too much. Some malt and fruits are there, but minimal hops presence with a balance that isn't very good. There's a harsh astringency I wasn't expecting as well.
Body is moderate with a mouthfeel that's creamy.
My friend swears that the ones he's had other than this one from Coastal are better, but this isn't the one to start out with if you want to convince someone to give this brewery a try.

Brenden, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of brewQ
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is just beyond amber. A thin head left behind decent cling. Malt and yeast called out in the aroma. The finish was a little bit nutty.

It reminded a bit of Fat Tire which I drink at home. This was in RI at Aidans, where they seem to keep good taps.

Very drinkable but not outstanding.

brewQ, May 26, 2004
Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, day 5 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar, and my first brew from Rhode Island. Is this a local competitor to Pawtucket Patriot Ale? Nonsensical ramblings concerning humor appear under the cap.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few decent examples of vibrant sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready, yeasty, and somewhat pastry-like caramel malt, sugary grainy breakfast cereal - almost Corn Pops, almost not - a hollow muddled tropical citrus fruitiness, a hint of pine resin, and further, yet sill understated floral, earthy hops. The taste is more crackery, slightly biscuity pale and caramel malt - still rather processed cereal-like - some astringent citrus and pine bitterness, both removed of the flavour side of their essence, stale lemon, and earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is average, but kind of aggressively frothy at times, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally smooth, a certain hard water metallic character trying to nudge its way in. It finishes leaning toward the dry side, as the cereal cereal sheds the last of the sweet malt, and the hops carry on with their blind, unfocused bitterness.

An agreeable enough amber ale, the bar being what it is for this style. Malty, in a more or less ironically dry sense, and strangely bitter, like it may not have been wholly intended. At any rate, this Hurricane is of a very academic threat category to me (we don't get them up here, so I have no frame of reference), and my skirt is still steadfastly in place.

biboergosum, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a slightly hazy copper color. Small one finger head formed and dissolved to layer of fine bubbles along the top. Splotchy lacing down the sides.

S: Toasted grains, a little bit of caramel, and a fruit sweetness.

T: Lots of caramel malt and toasted grains. No hops to speak of, and a little sweetness.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, slightly dry and astringent, and a little thin. Is it amazing, no, but its not too bad.

mdaschaf, Mar 16, 2011
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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.