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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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269 Ratings

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 18.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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)
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Photo of ClockworkOrange
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bjohnson for sending this beer my way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a clear, copper color with barely half an inch of white head. Very slight amount of lacing left on the glass. Smells of sweet caramel malts and grassy hops. There is also a funk to this beer that I can't quite place. Tastes of grainy malt and mild, earthy hops. Thin in body with medium carbonation. I'm glad I was able to try this beer, but I would not go out of my way to drink it again.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of WanderingFool
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hurricane Amber Ale pours a clear copper color with a small fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly down to a thin ring around the surface leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass. The aroma has a bit of fruityness to it with hints of strawberry. There's also a nuttiness and a hint of hops mixed into the aroma.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a nice firm carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins with toasted malt and nuts. In the middle a touch of strawberry fruityness comes through. It finishes hoppy and a bit tart with some citrus and flowery notes. Once gone some of the hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

This beer has a nice balanced flavor and is quite drinkable. The 'flat' appearance and fruity aroma through me off a little bit, but overall it's a descent middle of the road amber ale.

WanderingFool, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review would not be possible if not for bjohnson.
Pours an amber color with a modest highly carbonated head. The head disappears to nothing in a minute. I mean nothing. No lace...nothing.
Mild fruity smell and buttered biscuits in the aroma.
Taste is very malty. This beer could use some citrus hop flavors. Buttery finish and somewhat grainy.
Mouthfeel is light bodied.
Overall it's a good beer for pizza and maybe as a cross-over beer.

wcudwight, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of LarryV
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with nary a head to be seen. Smell is malty with a slight mustiness falling on the tail. Flavor is mostly caramel malt with a slight tinge of hoppiness. Tea like flavors and a slight sourness show up as well. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side. Overall, not a bad brew, but not very inspired.

LarryV, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Alexmc2
4.03/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite session beers. Beer pours a cloudy pale red with a modest head. Fair lacing. Smells of crystal malt with a fair share of hops mixed in. Beer goes down very smooth, not the strongest taste, but if you're looking for an amber ale, especially in the summer, I strongly suggest a Newport Storm.

Alexmc2, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a literal amber ale color with a one and a half off white finger head. Head dissolves within three seconds to almost nothing.
S: Fruityness hits the nose first with a malty background that follows up. Slight metallic smell also.
T/M: Bland bland bland. Not much taste in there. Slight fruityness tied to some malt, but very watered down. Light body and very plain. Clings to the mouth a little, but otherwise pretty slick through the mouth.
D: Not a very drinkable beer. Almost reminds me of unsweetned ice tea or one of those vitamin waters that tastes like water with a slight fruityness. Not the best offering from Newport Storm.

bjohnson, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Celtica & The Sea Fare Inn, in Newport, RI., served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden amber color, with a short, thin off-white head that fades quickly and doesn’t leave a lot of lace on the glass.

S: The smell is a combination of caramelized malt & hops, with a little bit of nut & spice mixed in. A bit more hops in the smell than other beers I’ve had in this style, which I consider a good thing in this case.

T: The hops and malt come out together in the taste, but neither is very strong. However, just like in the smell, there are more hops in the flavor that you would expect in the style, which gives it a touch of hops after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: The beer goes down very easy because it's light, but a bit weak in flavor, which could leave you looking for something else. However, it’s a good alternative to the macros if there is nothing else on-tap.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of DrunkPagan
4.22/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was priveliged enough to slip into a tour of the brewery yesterday. They started off by pouring Hurricane Amber for everyone before going on the tour. It's been a while since I had some, so last night was great. Apparently they use tettnanger hops for this one, which makes sense when you think about it.

Anyway, it was much better coming straight from the source. Usually I can only get it in bottles when I'm looking for it. Good malty aroma, only a slight hint of the tettnanger. Good dark amber color, light sweet taste, I went through two of them right there.

The Hurricane Amber, flagship beer of Newport Storm, is a very nice amber ale to toss back in the pub, or on a nice summer day. It's much better on tap if you can get it. And, apparently, they also make it in cans for the summertime. Cheers.

DrunkPagan, May 27, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle with no freshness date. The color is a dark amber with a hint of red. The head is the thinnest I have ever seen, less than a finger tall, off-white in color. There is no lacing around the glass. The aroma is fruity with hints of strawberries and cream mixed in with some hops. The taste is a fairly decent blend of hops and malts with some graininess in the back. Not a bad beer, but, I have had much better.

abcsofbeer, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle with cheesy metallic label and design that reminded me of Hurricane malt liquor. Date imprinted on the label 05/26/05.

Pours into my goblet a hazy honey-copper with a brown head that settled into a pile of big bubbles in the middle of the surface of the beer.

Aroma of sweet crystal malt and some grassy hops.

Hearty English malt flavor with a vigorous, dry hop bite in the finish.

Medium body, very round, satisfying mouthfeel in the finish.

I found this to be a nice, balanced beer. Good deal out of the $1 bargain bin.

akahn, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of JayQue
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple of drafts at the Brick Alley pub in Newport RI tonight. A very average beer. Does not have any strong flavor and the mouthfeel is a bit weak and watery. Pours a light golden/amber color. Small head, dissipates quick with not much lacing. The beer goes down smooth but is overall pretty flat. Some malt flavor but could have used more pronounced flavoring. Anything this smooth without any annoying flavorsor aftertaste should get some drinkability marks, but overall nothing sensational.

JayQue, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a decent light beige head. Lightly sweet and spicy aroma and flavor. Malt dominates with some spicy Oktoberfest characteristics. A bit sweet but not out of balance. Medium-light bodied with a spicy malt finish.

A good amber but a bit pricey to buy more than once...

Per label: "Crystal and Pale Malts; Noble hops"

Per CEBC website:
SPECS: 16 SRM, OG 1.046, FG 1.007, 5.2% abv, 24 IBUs.
Malts: Pils, Munic, Crystal.
Hops: Tettnanger, Magnum

Bottle Code: 5.103
Tasted: 11/05/05

($8.29 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
1.3/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'll start off by saying I have enjoyed many of Coastal Extreme's products in the past. This was not one of them.

The appearance was decent. Golden with a decent head.

Smell wasn't impressive. The taste was what lost me. Very astringent and not pleasing at all. I actually poured it out. Drinkability suffers when you can't finish it.

Not up to what I would have expected from Coastal Extreme. I'll stick to the IPA, which is excellent.

gotbeer, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of chilidog
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I asked for thisone via trade. Newports flagship beer, the first & best place to start, I thought. From the bottle, a good pour is had, a clear orange amber with a nice off-white soft frothy head. Lace was spotted and semi-ringed the glass.
The aroma was sweet malted biscuit with a slight tropical fruit hint.
The taste sets you back alittle. It is sweet, but not to sweet. The malts are caramalized as if hinted with brown sugar on a biscuit. The hops are faint but favor signs of pineapple and coconut. You don't run accross that everyday.
The mouthfeel sets you back as well for the beer leaves the palate as a dry tea would. Its left with a mineral water, husky feel. Overall the drinkability is there. The body is medium as is the carbonation to make a soft drinker.
Get past the odd complex sweetness, its an ok drink'n brew. Colder the better.

chilidog, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of TinusTime
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on Tap at Conklin's in Virginia Beach.
Pours a medium amber, actually a bit lighter than I thought it would be. Not much of a head, but it was at a bar so I wont take off for that. A touch of sweetness and fruitiness on the nose. Taste is fairly simple. Malty up front with some fruity ale notes coming through. Hops really are not much of a player here, but it is balanced and not over the top fruity. Mouthfeel was good although it may have been a tad low in carbonation. Drinkability is its stronges suit as these went down very easily and it was no problem to order another. Overall I found this much better on tap than I did in the bottle.

TinusTime, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = clear, average looking light amber. Bad head and lacing, respectable carbonation.

Smell = Great scent. There's a unique sweetness here that I really find appealing, almost like tropical fruit with touches of pineapple and coconut. Hops and malt seem well balanced.

Taste =A tiny hint of that pineapple/coconut but not much else interesting going on here. Extremely average.

Overall = I love the smell, but other than that it's a fairly average ale. Nothing great, nothing awful.

LPorter33, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of rousee
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, it pours amber color like its supposed to. No head minimal wisp of foam on top. Smell is cedarry malt. Actually quite nice, not too pronounced but quite pleasant. Unfortunately, it smells better than it tastes. Good caramel like maltiness but it is so flat. No carbonation and a very boring mouthfeel. I was never too big on Newport Storm. This is probably the beer I tried that made me think not too well of them. I try the Maelstrom IPA and like it, so I give this one a try--disappointing. Smooth enough but so boring. Why would I want more than one ? I don't. Very average.

rousee, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems I like this beer more than most others. Poured a slightly hazy amber. Aroma was surpisingly sweet and suggested a touch of funky yeast. First sip delivered a wallop of malt-extract sweetness, but this quickly subsided into a moderate sweetness that held steady throughout. Vague orchard fruit flavors in the background - red delicious apple and red grapes. Finished up with a bit of astringency. Overall, this was an easy-drinking beer, with more substance than the average 5% abv beer.

Brent, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It is smooth and earthy with breadlike notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth, well balanced flavor. It is sweet with crystal malts along with a breadlike earthy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good amber ale. I really like the sweet, earthy feel it has. This is a fine sessions beer; a good drinker.

WesWes, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this beer at a cold dreary festival in Rhode Island. While the weather was awful, the beer was very good.

Darker amber in color, this draft provided a nice bone white head. Lace was impossible to determine in the plastic (ugh!) cup.

The beer had a well-balanced aroma. I liked the floral hop that softly appeared without overpowering. Tastewise, I enjoy a good balance in these types of beers. More crisp than many ales, the beer is still full-bodied.

The production of this beer is very limited (under 5K barrels). Should you find yourself in Rhode Island, seek this beer out for a taste.

smcolw, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my MA amigo PPoitras for the bottle.
Pours an amber and golden color with an enormous dull white head. Carbonation abounds almost to the point of overcarbonation. Lots of head is retained and tosses of uneven lace on the glass.
Aroma has a sweet, pungent almost musky hint with spent grain and bread notes also prevailing.
Flavor is a combination of a bit of citris and a sort of burnt bread and biscuit flavor. Not very effective. Odd sort of hard water minerally notes also jump out as beer warms a tad.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side if the medium spectrum but the heavy carbonation doesn't really let the flavors glide across the palate effectively.
Drinkability is average. There is a hint of a half way decent beer in here but the odd mish-mash of flavors, overcarbonation and somewhat astringent notes really knock it down.

CRJMellor, Apr 28, 2005
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 SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Newport Storm experience turned out to be a rather bland and boring one. This isn't a bad brew, just very run of the mill.

It pours a decent amber colour with a fluffy off-white head. Not bad, but not great.

The smell, much like the flavour, is fairly thin: it is sweet, fruity and of a slight biscuit hop odor all about the same level. One does not dominate the other, but again, all are fairly faint.

The flavour is more of the same, if not more bland. It starts out with the biscuit hop flavour and moves int o a juciy sweetness that finishes ith a bit of a mix of the hops, which are barely present at all.

Is this their 'brew for the masses'? I think so. While it's not horrible, there's just nothing really going on here. It's passable if ambers are your thing, but that's about it.

SixpointJMH, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Bottle code on the back of the bottle that reads " 4 240". I'm not quite sure what that means. Practically no sticky lacings present.

Pours copper in appearance with a minimal head on top that eventually turns into a whispy lace.

Biscuity with a sweet caramel malt mouthful at first, but the finish becomes unpleasantly sharp and metallic. I also taste a slighty fruity yeast backdrop as well.

This one was an overall disappointment. I am very interested in trying more Newport Storm offerings in the future, but I don't think I'll be in any hurry to return to the Hurricane Amber Ale. Not a bad beer by any means, but could be enhanced.

Hibernator, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of kennyo
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can I say, this beer is a step above ordinary, nothing to blow you away but I love it. Everything, taste, aroma, etc tells you to drink one and move on but I love it. It tastes good, goes down nice, kind of sounds like a commercial for one of the macros.

Copper color with a nice white thick head.

Aroma is malty but nothing great, just ordinaryt

Taste has roastiness, some hops, some malt, fruit, citrus

kennyo, Oct 20, 2004
Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.