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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

Newport Storm Hurricane Amber AleNewport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale

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236 Ratings

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.61%

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)
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Photo of gonzo000


3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A. Is for Apple, but I digress. The appearance was an orange/ rusty brown color with .5 fingers of head.

s. - Smell of Honey and nuts

t. - reminded me of a brown, with a nutty taste. Honey also detected

m - Lacks carbonation, gritty

o - This beer is OK, but do not think I will go back to it anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:50:04 | More by gonzo000
Photo of JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured nicely but was a little cloudy which was unexpected for an Amber Ale. It smelled okay with a yeasty bread smell and some sweetness. The taste was atrocious however with a very bad oily aftertaste. I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish this beer or not. Would not recommend and it paints a bad light of the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:07:22 | More by JeanDuteau
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:05:53 | More by biboergosum
Photo of superspak


3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/2013. Pours moderately hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, floral, light nuttiness, grass, and floral earthiness. Ok aromas with good complexity of malt notes with light hops; and decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light nuttiness, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish. Nice complexity of malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this a pretty solid malty amber ale style. Good complexity and balance of malt notes with light hops; and smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:11:23 | More by superspak
Photo of Smoke


4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into glass. Exp date March. Poured into glass with a medium head. Crystal clear amber color. The first smell of this beer is a combination of caramel and spicy hop. Seems like a nice balance between the two for an amber ale from the east coast. The first sip not surprisingly is smooth and full of caramel sweetness. A mild hop bitterness balances out the caramel and malty sweetness and finishes clean. Certainly not a hop bomb, but I don’t think it is supposed to be. Great example of an amber ale

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 22:00:53 | More by Smoke
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hurricane Amber looks as though it's survived a storm; its darkish, honey-dijon colour is completely clouded over, seeming as though it were recently shaken up (it wasn't). Its highlights are dull. Its carbonation spent. The beer offers very little by way of aesthetics.

The aroma has the correct combination of gooey maltiness and resiny hops, but it could stand to be a lot more expressive. The malts, while toasty, have but a slight nutty overtone and the hops don't have any specific character to them aside from a vague herbalness. Dry-hopping would have been wise.

Crystal malt provides notes of crunchy caramel and a touch of burnt sugar. These otherwise sweet flavours are balanced by a fairly prominent hoppiness, which spots hints of pine resin and grapefruit rind that carry through to a medium-length finish. The aftertaste develops a pineapple flavour.

Hurricane Amber is a tad light-bodied but maintains a bready, somewhat chewy maltiness in the mouthfeel thanks to the inclusion of Munich malts. For an American amber ale this is far from buff, but it's still in fine shape. Refreshing, and agreeable enough for casual drinkers.

Hurricane Amber is a good entry-level amber ale that is best suited to easily pleased palates, though I doubt even the most discerning drinkers will find anything not to like about it. Newport Storm's flagship beer lives up to the brewery's reputation as being very good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 23:40:32 | More by biegaman
Photo of smakawhat


3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint in Bristol RI. From notes, consumed 12-08-2012.

A nice somewhat clear copper amber body, producing a solid off white head of about three fingers, and even some creamy character. Looks solid.

Interesting notes. Boy is this ever toasty, but very grainy and malty. Lots of ripping and powdery husky grain, some spicy hop angle to this also. Real interesting, feels inviting, even some doppel toffee like angle here.

Taste is extremely grainy. A real mish mash of flavors, sweet malts and husky dry grain, even some Irish ale stickiness too. Toffee angle comes in with a sweetness on the finish, and powder grain. Toast angle seems all over this, and that spicy hop burst comes through in places even with a little bit of a wet body.

This is a real dyslexic beer, with what feels like a mish mash of Red like styles and even some doppelbock stickiness. I actually think its pretty interesting and find it quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:17:57 | More by smakawhat
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North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, hazed, amber-copper coloring with no head. Slow, steady flow of carbonation cuts through the muddled looking body. The nose is richly sweet, with caramel and cane sugar aromas in the forefront, followed by some buttery highlights. Flavors are a bit watered down, with toffee and caramel backbones amidst a slight smoke highlight that just confounds the palate, becoming both sharp and cloying at the same time. Sugary aftertaste leading to a messy, clumsy, tangy flavor left behind on a limp, cloying finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 21:39:06 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of BostonHops


3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a slightly hazy amber tone while yielding a foamy 1" or so of an off-white head. mediocre retention and lacing. decent looking beer, nothing to write home about. nose is muted, offering mostly subtle notes of bready/toasty malt, maybe a touch of caramel. not bad; nothing special.

continuing with the established theme of mediocrity, the flavor is fair but really nothing that impresses at all. grainy, more toasty maltiness, and not a whole lot else. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall? drinkable, inoffensive, but nothing about it comes close to wow-ing the palate. wouldn't refuse one if offered in the future but no need to seek out more. average beer.

(originally reviewed: 06-26-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 22:54:30 | More by BostonHops
Photo of phantomwyse


3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a copper/amber body that yields a finger high head of linen white that slims down considerably.

S: Even mix of malts/hops. The malts come in a little sweet with pie crust, brulee, almonds. Hops are moderate with erring more on the grapefruit than pine side.

T: Again, a nice even balance – sweet and cracker light malts mix in some caramel molded with a slight piney bitterness. There is note on the finish I can’t quite place – almost funky, more like old corn flakes.

M: Medium to light bodied, finishing crisp.

O: Overall, not a bad a session amber – though not a standout in the field. I remember having this at ACBF in 2009 and it being more assertive then.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:56:17 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of seesnow3


1.6/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Shot glass-flight, Originally reviewed 10/22/11

Pour-Medium copper color. Fades to a film head very quickly, bubbles still rise just inside of the glass, washy lacing.

Nose-Hoppy (fruity?), maybe sort of earthy.

Palate-Light sweetness, light sourness, sort of bitter. Very odd flavor. To me it tastes like spoiled fruit and mold.

Body-Medium bodied, hangs on unfortunately, medium effervescence. I absolutely hate this beer, but to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:38:11 | More by seesnow3
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 23:42:23 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Knapp85


3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a orange color, thin white head, no lacing, decent retention though. The smell of this beer is malty, not too much else really. The taste is a little watered down to me, some sweet malt flavors with a very light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is watered down and has a light carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't anything too impressive to me. I am glad I tried it but won be looking for it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 00:38:45 | More by Knapp85
Photo of perrymarcus


3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a slightly hazy amber tone while yielding a foamy 1" or so of an off-white head. mediocre retention and lacing. decent looking beer, nothing to write home about.

nose is muted, offering mostly subtle notes of bready/toasty malt, maybe a touch of caramel. average aroma.

continuing with the established theme of mediocrity, the flavor is fair but really nothing that impresses at all. grainy, more toasty maltiness, and not a whole lot else. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall? drinkable, inoffensive, but nothing about it comes close to wow-ing the palate. wouldn't refuse one if offered in the future but no need to seek out more. just an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 02:22:54 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of Dodo2step


2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

P- Thanks to Jojo for this beer

A- a hazy amber that looks like murky water. No head and no lacing.

S- not much going on here but i do get some toasted grains and some caramel malts faintly.

T- caramel malts come out more in the flavor and that is about the only thing this beer has going for it.

M- chewy like a stout but it shouldnt be because its an amber ale

O- i have had a few of these a week ago and at the time they seemed decent but now i dont know. Its a nice change of pace beer and something different. Not something to purchase though.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 23:12:39 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of mdaschaf


3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:41:53 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of THECPJ


3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: amber orange with 1 finger head

Smell: Malts, with little hops,

Taste: Sweet malts, hops

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

Drinkability: not a bad beer but also not a great beer. good everyday drinker.



Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 21:39:21 | More by THECPJ
Photo of mjn5036

New Hampshire

1.85/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This one pours a honey color with amber highlights. Pours gives way to a large, three finger, off-white head that takes its sweet time to dissipate. Thin, sparse lacing is left behind in the aftermath. A thick cap of foam sits on top of the beer long after the head has gone from whence it came.

I struggle to pick up on much in the nose. This one seems to focus on the malts. A faint fruitiness can be picked.

Taste is... not what I was expecting. It is just plain odd. Sweet, citrusy and maybe copper? Cherry? This is pretty damn bad. Not what an amber ale should be at all.

Mouthfeel is medium I suppose. Drinkable? Not so much... Only reason I am managing to finish this bottle is because of the hot sausage on my plate.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:53:13 | More by mjn5036
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Oktoberfest Mug. The brew pours a very nice medium amber color with a slight light orange tinge to it and is overall quite clear. Hurricane Amber pours with a thick head that is slightly off-white and is creamy in texture. The head lingers shortly but does leave a large amount of creamy lacing on the glass. The beer has an overall sweet scent that is backed by a very slight molasses like note. The overall taste begins with a slight sweetness (possibly honey) and then finishes with a slight maltiness that helps to give the beer a bit of depth and makes it more enticing. As with most beers in the style, this offering by Coastal Extreme drinks very smooth and relatively light which helps to make it easy drinking. There is a medium carbonation tingle which goes away as the beer is being drunk. Also, this beer seemed to open up a bit more taste as it warmed up which really helped it to be a joy to drink. Overall, I found this brew to be a nice representation of the style. The taste was overall pleasing but did not blow me away. I really liked how easily and lightly the brew drank and I can now look forward to trying some other brews from Coastal Extreme.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 20:25:19 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of MasterSki


1.78/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this gem. Served in a Surly pint glass. The bottom of the cap cheekily asks me "Are you the brewmaster?" Best before May (2011?).

A - Pours with three fingers of quick-dissolving orange-tan foam that leaves behind a few spots of lace as it settles to a solid cap. Body is a hazed light amber color with lots of tiny bubbles visible.

S - Clementines and a strange metallic note. As it warms some herbal and vegetal notes. Not completely awful, but very bad and totally inappropriate for the style.

T - Taste has a weird cherry flavor to it, mixed with orange zest. It's less off-putting than the aroma and surprisingly bland and chalky. Gets more lemony as it warms up.

M - Over-carbonated, and extremely dry. Medium-light body, with a gritty texture.

D - Wow. This is bad. I'd put this up against Indian Wells in an East-West showdown.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:25:36 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Thorpe429


1.5/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Thanks to red999 for the bottle.

Color is a hazy moderate copper-amber with a thin white head and almost no lacing. There is a light amber malt presence in the nose plus a slight sour cherry note. Some light biscuit and dough as well.

The taste has light amber and some notes of a sour mash plus cherry and oxidized cardboard. Really quite bad. The feel is light with mild carbonation and a acidic presence. This is just terrible. There's some dirty hay in the finish. I feel like I need to throw away my glass after this. Yuck.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 12:00:05 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Dark cloudy pour with minimal foam. Musty malty smell. Hoppy taste buried in a light sweet malt. Hop a little too pushy, edges out the other flavors. Finishes with a bite, bitterness lingers. Just so so. Not terribly drinkable, taste a move on.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 11:33:30 | More by KTCamm
Photo of TMoney2591


3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to jlindros for this bottle!

Funny, Amber can work as the hurricane's name too. ...Well, funny's a strong word... Anyway, this brew pours a hazy orange-amber topped by a nice finger of slightly-off-white foam. The nose orange (both peel and flesh), lemon zest, coriander, cardamom, and a touch of socky sweat. (Thankfully that last one isn't very strong at all.) The taste mostly revolves around some stale, peppery wheat, with a dash of lemon dripped in for good measure. This is all buttressed by some mild orange peel and even milder flowers. The body is decently light, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda drying finish. Overall, as not necessarily offensive as this brew is, it doesn't make me want to drink much of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 06:35:54 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a hint of orange. Solid off-white head and above average lacing as well. Bready, sweet aroma, hints of fruit as well. Not huge flavor, but definitely a lot more malt than hops. Caramel, bread and toffee malts are the main flavors. Just a hint of dark fruit flavor as well A little rush of hops at the end and a slight metallic flavor. Solid flavor, but nothing special and can be hit or miss.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:58:05 | More by uustal
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is, not too surprisingly amber, poured with a nice fluffy head and some lacing, would be perfect, except that the head didn't retain too long. Both the smell and taste were faint biscuity malts, and the mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, albeit somewhat disjoined. I was able to finish this, but it is not necessarily the best amber out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 21:22:43 | More by tjd112
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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.