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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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276 Ratings

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.5%
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 zerk
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -2.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +11.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -26.3%
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 +1.3%
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
Photo of Ianhockey91
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Ianhockey91, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

PhantomVodoo, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

CharlesRiver, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of BierReise
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

BierReise, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of vitesse
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
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?

vitesse, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -6%
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.

bewareOFpenguin, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
2.9/5  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.

xgrigorix, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Newport Storm, hailing from my hometown on Aquidneck Island, RI, is a brew I always will pick up when i get a chance to get back home from school. A word to the wise - stop by the brewery for their free samples and tour. Its pretty much like going to a free bar for a couple hours, with the option of a tour midway through - heaven on earth (details at website and on bottom of 6-packs. The amber is hazy, dark orange in color with a sweet malty nose, featuring plum like fruit aromas. Foamy off white head with okay retention and good lacing down the glass. I found this beer to have very good balance between the malt and hops, with neither coming on too strong. Mouthfeel at first feels a little thin, but then manages to coat your mouth pretty well. Overall, a very decent amber that has the ability to hold its own with others of the style - its just too bad that their distribution doesn't reach me up here at UConn. Very refreshing as well as far as beer goes.

nixhecks, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of Hhawk06
4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can always appreciate a beer with a historical basis, as this beer was made in remembrance of the Hurricane of '38. Even more appropriately, I was able to enjoy this brew on the deck of my uncle's boat after a great day of sailing in Narragansett Bay. It appeared golden caramel with a sweet and appetizing smell. A very crisp mouthfeel that is mildly malty with hoppy punctuations. Woodsy would be a good adjective. A very impressive amber.

Hhawk06, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of QXSTER1
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber orange color with a thin off white head. Spidery lace on the side of the glass. Aroma has a bit of pine and some malt sweetness. Taste was agressive with a medium bodied mouthfeel.
Plenty of toasted malt with some hop bite. Carbonation was medium giving some spritz to the equation. Overall a nice amber.

QXSTER1, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy leather with sluggish head that lingers but gradually fades to something too thick to be called a film. The aroma is lightly sweet (not syrupy) with light fruitiness and tea. Teh flavor is hopless. Typical pale malt flavors with big toast and a little caramel but there's also the slightest hint of something darker like from a porter that I can't identify. It's just strong enough to add character without weighing down the taste buds. This is a great beer that would be perfect for those times you want something good but don't plan on paying attention to the beer enough to warrant something more complex.

aracauna, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of kunzbrew
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber color, little to no head that is white. A medium body with a caramel malts that are not over bearing. The hops are to bittering with a very smooth aroma. This is an ok Amber Ale that needs a little work and it will be pretty good.

kunzbrew, Oct 03, 2002
Photo of Jdiddy
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had read some not so good reviews about this one but I found it quite enjoyable. First taste is of malt and then the hops kick in. There is not a real solid taste until the aftertaste which is very bitter. This is rather unusual but a good beer. Great on a nice chilly night. Color is a very nice dark amber with a head that lasts to the finish.

Jdiddy, Sep 16, 2002
Photo of slurpinhops
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A good amber color, with a healthy smell, but not much body here. I picked this up by chance looking for beers to bring back from road trip. It's good, but fruity.

slurpinhops, Jul 27, 2002
Photo of pbrian
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another average amber... Sweet malty aroma, this one has a touch of almond as well. Decent sticky head. Slightly cloudy with thin dregs at bottom of bottle. Is this bottle conditioned? It can't be. Toasted malt flavor, finishes slightly dry and bitter. There's something a little weird in there as well. Thin. Not the best.

pbrian, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of Longstaff
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has more flavor than most amber ales but what is lacking in this brew is quality brewing. Appearance is cloudy even though it seems that it has been filtered. Even though malt profile is very sweet and biscuity, mouthfeel is lacking with a watery finish. You would expect this kind a quality from a brewpub that barely knows what they're doing.

Longstaff, Jul 16, 2002
Photo of Todd
1.6/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No bottle date.

Appearance: Haze stricken, orange/amber in colour, with a thin off-white cream head -- some stick, some retention.

Smell: Smells like someone shoved a handful of grain husks up your nose -- not very pleasing. Coarse, slightly fruity in the background.

Taste: Malty with a medium, even sweetness. Loads of dry, coarse grain / husk tannins line the palate and never go away, stealing from the overall flavour. Biscuit, bready and a thin bitterness is present, but the tannins stifle their efforts. Touch of tea-like fruity / hop blend, especially as the beer warms. The finish is plagued with tannins, leaving just about the worse feel on the palate you can imagine.

Notes: Made in remembrance of the Hurrican of 1938 (the most powerful storm in the 20th century, in the northeast). The brewery mentions on the label that they hope you'll find this beer as "rare" as the storm ... but unfortunately it's not rare enough. This is a horrible beer. Its poor use of malts leave an unexperienced homebrew flavour in the mouth that you can't shake. You have to ask youself how the hell could someone brew this, and actually think it good enough to market?

Do yourself a favour and pass on this one.

Todd, May 26, 2002
Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The American amber style is so diverse, it is hard to sefine preper characteristics. This ale is quite tasty with good color and a spicy hop profile that comes through in both overall flavor and a clean finish.

beernut7, May 19, 2002
Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.