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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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269 Ratings

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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)
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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 connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew sampled at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

This one was a nice amber, but without a lot of head that I would have expected from something on tap.

The aroma was of light malt... not too strong.

The taste was hoppy, with a light maltiness. The hops were a surprise, as I did not detect any in the aroma.

This one was pretty good. Could have used a little more hop aroma though.

connecticutpoet, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Halloween pumpkin orange topped by a sturdy cap of lightest beige that is tacky enough to leave a moderate amount of lace. The aroma is balanced, while also being underpowered, and does nothing to distinguish itself. It's lightly pale malty with the suggestion of noble hops; nothing special.

Hurricane Amber has more flavor than many amber ales, but when that flavor is so lackluster, what's the point? The mildly sweet, toasted malt backbone is countered by assertive, spicy noble hops (Tettanger, Magnum). As far as I'm concerned, hops that are typically used in German pilsners are exactly the wrong choice for an American amber ale.

That may be a subject for legitimate debate, but the simple truth is that it doesn't result in an amber ale flavor profile that I like. Some sort of citric American hop would improve this beer immensely. In addition, the flavor isn't mouth-filling in the least and woody, metallic notes intrude on the finish. The body is strictly medium for the style and the mouthfeel is serviceable at best.

Coastal Extreme is capable of brewing good-very good beer, as evidenced by their Maelstrom IPA. Hurricane Amber is another matter entirely. A simple recipe change just might do the trick. I suggest that they tweak it before this storm does any more damage to their reputation.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 19, 2004
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
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly hazy golden with slight amber hues. The head was white and compact and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with caramel.

The flavor was bitter, but not overly so, with caramel in the background and some muted citrus flavors.

The finish was just about even with slight lasting bitterness. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Bottle code 4.149. A fairly run of the mill beer with nothing to make it stand apart from the crowd. It drinks easy, but doesn't leave you wanting another bottle or remembering the experience. Anything named Hurricane should be memorable!

GCBrewingCo, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, deep amber body rests gently beneath a thin cap of creamy off-white foam. The head retention is rather good, however, and it maintains its short cover for some time and leaves craggy, bubbly washes of lace about the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish, biscuity and caramelish malt with just a subtle touch of diacetyl (that does more to lend it character than detract from its enticement) and some delicately fruity yeastiness. It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a fine, median carbonation and medium body. Buttery biscuits come to mind at first sip, followed by some floral hop flavors and a yeasty fruitiness before its solid bitterness begins to dry it. It finishes short with a touch of astringency and some lingering bitterness, as well as another caress of soothing buttery diacetyl. It's a basic beer, but it does have some character - odd as it might be. It might not stand up as a straight out session ale, but this is definately a good cross-over beer for people who are starting to wake up to better beers.

NeroFiddled, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of danadeny
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the British brewing company, Hyannis MA. Clear brown / amber body with a small frothy head. The smell was yeasty and bread like, with a little hop. The first taste is a hint of salt, then a good amount of roasted (not burnt) malt in the middle and finishes with a little tart hops at the end. The drink ability is good due to it's smoothness. There was a slight sour aftertaste that lingers, but is remedied by drinking more.

danadeny, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish / orange in color with a 1" head that produced some light lacing. Light malty aroma. The flavor is a combination of malt, caramel, and faint orange with some mellow bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth at the start with a quick caramel finish. A mild bitterness arrives on the tongue after swallowing. Nicely drinkable, and a decent session beer while bar hopping in Newport.

Gavage, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1" beige head above the clear darkish amber brew. Laces well. Aroma consists mainly of malts, pales and maybe some caramel. Taste is basically malts, with a segue into a somewhat slightly sour hop character. Mouthfeel is reasonable, and drinkability is good. Good solid brew, and good sessionability.

ppoitras, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A mostly clear, medium brown body with little to no white head.


Faintly nutty with strong herbal character.


A pleasant, but unremarable ale. Nutty at first with a bitter hoppy finish. Goes down smooth, but doesn't necessarily leave you wanting more.

cbl2, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of Morris729
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a short white head that fades into a solid lace. Nose is a bit on the vegetal side with additional aromas of grain husks and grass. Light to medium in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste begins with sweet and powdery malts followed by some astringent grainy notes and grassy hops. Finish is somewhat astringent. A decent brew but probably below average for the style. Thanks to paceyourself for the sample!

Morris729, Jun 12, 2004
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 bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery-gold in hue with tawny influences, largely clear, I only noticed the suspended sediment when I held my glass to a light. A slightly off-white head reached a finger in height; the head retention was fair, it took a moment before it faded to a firm but soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was negligible. Still it is a good-looking beer. The nose was very fruity, a good mesh of orange, pears, and watermelon. It took a few sniffs before I could detect a trace hint of maltiness, which provided notes of biscuit and caramel. There was a suggestion of vague grassy hops at the very back. The potency is good and I found the aromas to be simple yet inviting. The palate is straightforward, I found it to be very fruity upfront, lots of watermelon and oranges, this was a bit odd and annoying at times but it grew on be after about half the glass. The modestly bitter hops make a stand in the middle before succumbing to the lightly toasty maltiness, which doesn’t really provide that much flavor anyway. The finish is more fruit. Aftertaste is the same with a touch of grassy-hay. This Amber Ale is okay, it didn’t quite jive with me; I’d like more maltiness, more malt flavor too and less fruitiness. It grew to be sweet and tacky on the tongue as well, medium in body, bigger than normal carbonation, but it is has a decent mouthfeel. If I had the opportunity again I’d revisit this one but I need not go out of my way. Nevertheless I need to send a huge ‘Thank You’ to UnionMade for supplying me with my first Rhode Island beer.

bditty187, May 06, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Except for the porter, most of the Newport Storm brews would not be my first choice. The color of the beer is an Irish red (or whatever that is, but I have an idea what that color is in my head). There is very little head to the beer, which appears to be common with all Newport Storm beers. The hops in the beer are mild and not particulary noticeable but their is a nice, small hint of malt flavoring.

MuddyFeet, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of etho1416
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is Newport Storms flagship brew but is not their best by far. It is not a bad beer, but is not as good as most of their seasonals (maybe with the exception of their IPA). It is your average amber ale, but it has a rather unpleasant and lingering aftertaste. It is tough to describe, but is not very nice. I will always drink it if it is the only microbrew on tap, but will pass if their are any others. I can barely taste any hops hops and the malt taste is nothing special.

etho1416, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a tawny, reddish amber, reminding me of the woodstain used on my parent's molding in their house. A thin collar of head tops the beer, dropping out rather quickly, leaving the beer fully exposed. Decent clarity.
The aroma is a soft, blended caramel malt, slightly toasty, with a dextrinous sweetness that the hops fail to balance adequately. Not cloying, but enough residual sweetness to lay a little too far on the side of malty. Mild pear esters provide some complexity, with an underlying herbal hoppiness that drowns in the malt.
The flavor starts with plenty of sweet caramel malt up front, riding atop a bubbly carbonation that's perhaps a bit too much for me. A bit of toastiness, easing it's way into the middle where it joins mild esters asserting pear and red apple. A bit of buttery flavor, adding a slickness to the rather overweight body. I'm guessing a low boil, because of the sweetness and body. The finish could be a bit hoppier, with only a timid herbal hopping that's easily overtaken by toasty malt. It feels a bit undercooked, somehow. Like it's not finished.
With a bit more assertiveness to the hopping, or maybe a better attenuation, this could be a really stellar amber ale. The right flavors are there, but the dextrin sweetness gets to be a bit much towards the bottom of the pint. It could have been a bad batch, and I'll certainly revisit this again.

UnionMade, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep amber, filled to the top of the glass so there was only room for a thin white film.
The aroma melds citrus hops, with a mild malt note.
Earthy and citrus (grapefruit) hop taste, under a nice biscuit malty base. Well rounded. Toffee and a little orange, fairly sweet.
Light shading towards medium body, very smooth.
A good session beer, should be even better in the summertime.

mschofield, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of winomark
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Good amber/copper tones with a thin, yet persistant light tan head.

Aroma: Malty sweetness dominates. Slight hop spice in a somewhat muted nose.

Taste: Lots of crystal malt flavors, with some hop bitterness in the back. Carbonation controls the middle. Solid, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Light and short in th emouth. Carbonation dominates. Unimpressive.

Drinkability: Easy-drinking, but lacks much character. Being a lighthouse fan, the label is my favorite aspect of this beer. Won't try again.

Thanks to DevilDogg59 for the bottle.

winomark, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of zerk
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear copper with a thin white head that left behind some lace. Aroma is malty with caramel and bread notes. Flavor was much the same as the aroma, with a slightly nutty finish. Not much going on in the hops department. Mouthfeel was medium with medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special.

zerk, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, its color is pretty much amber. A bit of an off white head, but it went away quickly. No lacing down the glass at all. The nose is mainly of sweet malts. The taste is a slightly less than medium bodied malt sweetness. Not much else. Rates on OK, but definitely nothing special.

Boto, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of counselor
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pale copper/amber color, head dissapeared pretty quickly. Aroma of sweet malts and faint hops. Taste was rather average, nothing major anywhere, plain ale flavors, mostly caramel and some small apple flavors. OK to session, but nothing to write home about.

counselor, Jan 05, 2004
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 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 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 tavernjef
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a hazy dark honeyish gold. Tall, beyond ridiculously high light tan head that took three separate pours from a 12 oz. long neck. And I wasn't even pouring it fast. Yikes. Took forever to settle, but finally resorted to a thick fluffy skim always present, lace in sticky sheets and strings that fade after a bit. Smell is a whole lotta dry stuff; leaves, wood, hops, malts. everything coming across super dry and toasty. Taste is a bit different, but not by much, quite smooth with a mild dry hop bite, toasted malts, notes of dry wood and nutskins. finishes dry and crisp. Feel is light to medium bodied with a few thin areas and a touch of astringent texture in the swallow. Gets better as it warms. Not a bad session brew, the warmer the better with this one. Thanks goes to UncleJimbo for the bottles.

tavernjef, Nov 12, 2003
Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.