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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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281 Ratings

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.93%
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:
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 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.

Photo of nixhecks
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Hhawk06
4.09/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of QXSTER1
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of kunzbrew
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Jdiddy
3.46/5  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.

Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.