Newport Storm - Xavier (Cyclone Series) - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
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3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
A very solid deep red rusty glowing orange body, that makes a 2 finger faint tan head with lots of seltzery snapping sounding carbonation. Head fizzes out quite quickly but a faint pink coral white collar still always remains with some pleasant carbonation.
Nose is watery cherry, a mild sweetness and a little bit of malt depth. Not too bad but not that varied. A short little note of cinammon and spice tones, and some faint wine vinegar but not much.
Palate hits with a wet body even for Flanders Red. Borderline seltzery finish with a little hint of tart fruit. Not much aftertaste going on here on the swallow unfortunately. Nice balance of mild fruit with light acid and simple drinking tartness.
There's unfortunately too much of a watery palate to bring the beers qualities forward, lacking some depth. Drinkable but nothing that really comes off as very appealing.
11-14-2013 22:49:21 | More by smakawhat
3.59/5 rDev +0.8%
A: pale strawberry color. Minimal lacing. bubbles quickly fade
S: kinda white wine smell. Fruity. Clean
T: whoa. Tart. Interesting. Acid forward. Really tart. But then it just kinda changes with every sip. Makes you want to try it again. The tartness goes away to give some subtle layers of complexity. Not very "cherry", but certainly there. Perfect beer for a really hot day.
M: almost no body to speak of, but it really suits this beer!
O: All of the other "individual" catergories are kinda mid-range by themselves. But the overall feel of this beer is really unique. Worth a go for sure--but you gotta loves sours, and tart ones at that (which I do).
08-15-2013 16:11:04 | More by marrisotter
3.54/5 rDev -0.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains mostly tart cherries along with some caramelized malts but not much else, which you would expect from the style.
T: The taste starts out with a huge burst of an extremely sour black cherry flavor. Then some mild breadiness comes in from a thin malt character and some Belgian yeast. There’s isn’t any kind of hops presence as you would expect but there also isn’t much balance either. The after-taste is sour.
M: Very crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
O: A little flavorful beyond the intense sourness, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, if you’re looking for sour-bomb you’ll get it with this beer.
12-05-2013 04:25:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
2.64/5 rDev -25.8%
The Newport Storm beers have all been mediocre or even terrible in some cases. only the special anniversary beers are worth anything. this being a Flanders will hopefully break that curse.
Pours a very light fizzy head that disappears almost instantly, very hazy reddish orange beer.
Nose is meh, some Flanders red tart flemmish sour malt, but also a a syrupy brown mess, waves of halfway decent Flanders sour cherry like malt and general tart goodness mix with the layers of weird syrupy sweet malty mess, toasty brown malts, and a touch of regurgitated black cherries.
Taste again brings the sour cherry with sour brown malts, a hint of Flanders like toasted sour brown malts, but more like soured cherries and soured mash blended with a brown ale, and then regurgitated, a syrupy mess somehow still, with a cinnamon like spice added to it, little slimy even, just a general mess. Finish is more slimy syrupy soured puss, with more soured fermented cherry slime and a bit of bile, and sticky syrupy icky mouth feel finishing.
Mouth is slimy and icky, very little carbonation even, and warming booze that makes my tongue think it wants to have a party, but then remembers what it tastes like and instead feels like the morning after.
Overall blech, again continuing in their own fashion they ruined another beer, this is just poor, borderline awful.
09-20-2013 03:32:29 | More by jlindros
3.79/5 rDev +6.5%
Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a tulip snifter glass. The beer pours a clear bright amber with mild red highlights. There are several streams of carbonation rising to the surface creating 1 cm of eggshell head that moves quickly to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is some grainy malt but also lots of tart cherry and a little acetic vinegar note.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is grainy malt and a bit of caramel, some bready yeast and then tart cherry lingers on my palate. The beer dries out my mouth after each sip. A tasty tart treat that makes for a good representation of a style that isnt brewed too often. This is an enjoyable beer and I wish I had a few more bottles to share with some friends.
03-13-2014 03:48:01 | More by sulldaddy
4.29/5 rDev +20.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at High Spirits in North Providence, RI.
A- Pours a burgundy colored, slightly hazy body with a small 1" fizzy white head that reduces quickly and leaves no lacing. Looks like the typical sour/flanders.
S- The aromas are subtle but inviting. Dark cherries dominate with some berry aromas. Caramel and a slight breadyness too.
T- Wow! Totally wasn't expecting that to be so tart. Upfront, you're punched in the taste buds with sour, borderline acidic cherry, lactic, tannin tartness that's really tasty but not cloying in the least bit. The follow through is nicely balanced with caramel, vanilla, and a light maltiness. Aftertaste is a lingering berry tartness. I love this.
M- Light, crisp, thirst quenching, refreshing. Pretty high carbonation which is perfect for this style. I would have guessed that this was 4% alcohol.
I have to say that I was very impressed with this offering from Newport Storm. This is not an easy style to brew, but they've really outdid themselves.
Dollar for dollar, this outshines Lindeman's cherry lambic by a longshot in both taste and price per ounce. It's drinkable, balanced, and flavorful. I could put down a 6 pack without thinking twice because it's not overly sweet. I will be buying a case tomorrow.
A note to Newport Storm: Put some Xavier in oak barrels, maybe add some wild yeast, put it in 22 oz bottles, and make it a limited release. You won't regret it.
07-30-2013 00:23:41 | More by gcamparone
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
Picked up a single of this to give it a shot, 12 oz. bottle poured into a Newport Storm tulip.
Appearance: Pours a reddish amber with a large three-finger white head that fades very quickly. Very little lacing on the glass but carbonation is quite evident.
Smell: Tart cherry, strong sourness, and I get a bit of spice; very acidic and sour with a hint of belgian yeast.
Taste: Sour - warhead candies come to mind, a bit of tart cherry and raspberry, with some sweetness, more cherry as it warms, a bit like champagne but solid taste overall.
Mouthfeel: light-bodied and fizzy with very light alcohol presence. High carbonation with some sweet notes and a sticky finish as it warms.
Overall: Quite unique and definitely not an easy beer to brew. I haven't had too many sours but I do like this, yet I don't have a ton to compare it to. Definitely worth a try as it is a nice sipper.
07-18-2013 01:45:01 | More by Mikecap
Newport Storm - Xavier (Cyclone Series) from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.