Newport Storm India Point Ale - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle, day 11 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Freshest before January, so best that this wasn't at the tail end of the 24 days, eh?
This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden apricot amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some skewed bike chain lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of semi-sweet bready, biscuity, and a tad pastry-like caramel malt, candied orange, a more bitter grapefruit pithiness, a bit of gooseberry, lemongrass, and further floral, piney hops. The taste is rather bitter grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit, a reduced, but still steady biscuity caramel malt, a twinge of hard toffee, wheat grain, and yet more leafy, kind of perfumed hops.
The carbonation is a bit peppy at times, and generally sturdy, the body a decently rounded medium weight, and mostly smooth, those bitter hops making a bit of ingress here. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity caramel and edgy wheat malt still doing all they can to parry the persistent bitter fruity and flora-based hop esters.
A pleasantly balanced IPA, the complexity of both malt and hop not gone unnoticed. I'd like to give this one a go right off the bottling line, because, despite its near old-age, it's still pretty robust and tasty. The price to be paid for secrecy, I suppose.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2013 05:13:32 | More by biboergosum
3.41/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Aroma: Resiny hop aromas up front. Reminiscent of freshly sliced oranges , fresh lemon zest, and light honey blossom. There is a slight honey sweetness to it. Fermentation character is clean.
Appearance: Deep hazy amber pour with effervescence noted. Huge mousse-like off-white head that retains very well. Light golden edges and some stick lacing on the glass.
Flavor: Strong biscuity and bread-like malt base followed by some earthy hop bitterness to balance. Moderate grapefruit-like hop flavors persist and keep the strong biscuit malt base in balance. No fruity esters- clean fermentation profile. Balance is nearly even but the hop bitterness holds the slight edge. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is long and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No warmth or creaminess noted. Slightly oily due to hops. There is a slight hop-derived astringency which I find pleasant.
Overall impression: A malt-forward, East coast IPA. I prefer mine lighter with much more aggressive American hops in the aroma and flavor. This drinks more like an American Amber to me. Still, it's well made and one pint is enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 20:12:56 | More by mattcrill
Newport Storm India Point Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.