Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 19.24%
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 rousee
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of fdrich29
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of kennyo
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Zraly
2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of danadeny
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of cbl2
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Morris729
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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!

Photo of brewQ
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of etho1416
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.