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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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287 Ratings

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-27-2002

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
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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
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
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Morris729
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
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
3.33/5  rDev +5%
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
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.81/5  rDev -11.4%
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
2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of mschofield
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of winomark
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of zerk
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of counselor
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of far333
3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
2.38/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Ianhockey91
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one makes me think about my first homebrew. Pours out a nice amber coloer with an off white head that fades quickly. Smells a lil biscuity, with a hint of hops but not much. Tastes a lil bland and has some sort of chemical flavor too, that coupled wiht a thin mouthfeel really brought this beer down.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a good sized off-white head that stuck around and laced nicely.
Aroma is fruity with mild malt and hop aromas intertwined.

Taste is pretty mild. This one seems to be geared more for the masses, but it's still good. Toasty, biscuity caramel malt balanced out by hops that are tough to pin down. Fruity with trace floral notes and hints of earthiness.

Mouthfeel seems a little overcarbonated and a bit thin.
Easy going and drinkable, but not much to get you excited about having another.
Overall, a solid amber ale that would probably make a good crossover beer.
Big thanks to Xgrigorix for the bottle!

Photo of CharlesRiver
2.56/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, from the start this smells like bad home brew which isn't good. Pours a solid brown with a small head. The first thing I notice is how overly carbonated it is. Kind of takes away from the taste, IMO. I just can't get over that bad home brew smell. It reminds me of plastic and cider. Maybe I have a bad one, but this is just no good. Some sour taste comes through in the end. I really hope this is bad and not what it really tastes like.

Photo of BierReise
2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on draught at the Brick Alley Pub in Newport. Light amber with dense thin white head. Very light body and almost like a light beer. Very slight lacing. A subtle pale malt aroma but very little flavor. High carbonation gives it a sharp mouthfeel.

Photo of vitesse
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a middle of the road amber ale. tastes like a sam adams boston lager clone to me when i have it on tap. nice carmel matliness. very light body. amber red in color. good session beer. won't offend anybody, both beer snobs and swill hounds can enjoy this one. very very drinkable.
did i mention it tastes like sam adams?

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

This beer is OK. There, I can end this review. But seriously, it is amber, bready and has a hoppy taste. even the label is non eventful. Nothing special, probably a "drikin" beer. I guess I exspected more of this brewery, but one sometimes is stuck with ordinary.

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

Presented to me in a pilsner. Fortunately this is available on draught all over Rhode Island, so I've had it a few times before, and I got over the lackluster presentation quickly enough. As the name says its amber, and it does come with one finger of tight white head floating on top. Not much of an aroma here.
Taste is bready, like someone threw a loaf of sourdough in the fermenter with the wort. A touch of sweetness mixes with toffee, and caramel flavors. Finishes with just enough hops to keep it honest. Has that same mineral flavor as all Newport Storm products. A good default beer when in Rhode Island, as it is our only brewery.

Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.