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Native Storm | The Celt Experience

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Brewed by:
The Celt Experience
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nutty biscuit body meets orange, citrus with a touch of delicate spice. At the eye of the storm, in the depth of legend 1400. Owain GlynDwr Welsh ruler, conquering spirit. His legend forever remains.

Added by liamt07 on 03-23-2012

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt. 0.9oz bottle (best by 17/09/13) poured into a tulip stout glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color. Soapy thin off-white foam. Persistent sheets and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Solely hops. Strong herbal and some sulfur smells.

Taste: Bitter up front, bit of buttery/biscuity malt in the middle, and bitter finish. Bitterness is classic English bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, slick.

Overall / Drinkability: I would classify this better as an English Bitter than an English Pale Ale. That being said, it's above average and quite hoppy. Went well with a ploughman's lunch, but too expensive to get again. Worth a try though.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a small bubbly head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of unrefined grainy notes with light dry bitter hops profile. Taste is also dominated by slightly weird unrefined grainy notes with a dry aftertaste. Body is light with medium to low carbonation. I must say that I really didn’t dig the malt profile on this one.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of SFC21
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New product line introduced to NH, what the hell the bottle looks cool.
Pours a clear deep dark golden color with a smallish off white head that dissipates to a cap. Smells of caramel malt, toffee, butterscotch, earthy with a hint of mineral water. The flavor holds no surprises that the nose hadn't already revealed. Lightly caramelized sugar, toffee, lots of light sweet fruit, a bit of butterscotch mineral and earth. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost tart mouthfeel. Nice English pale, I could see myself plowing through a few of these if I were sitting in a pub on the other side of the pond.

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Photo of MRclean
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vessel: Purchased in a 1 pint. glass bottle, poured into a teardrop glass

Appearance: light brownish red, extremely clear. Did not pour much of a head at all.

Smell: No real smell to speak of.

Taste: This is a low alcohol session beer for sure. It has a very light malt taste with low to medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the pallet and ends dry.

Overall: This overseas UK beer feels awfully american. It calls itself a "robust mid brown ale" but it is far more similar to light English Pale Ale (as BA has it listed) or an ESB. At 4.4% alcohol this is a session beer with a hefty price tag.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear copper/bronze with a thinner lacey white head atop.Sweeter biscuit malt with mild fruity tones in the nose,a whiff of herbal hops came into play as it warmed.Lighter feel but it's expected for the style.Biscuit malt flavors with some caramel sweetness that becomes more firm in the finish,fruity tones with a smattering of leafy hops in the finish.Not much out of the ordinary for the style,it's an easy quaffer with good malty tones to it.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a moderate head that lingers and leaves good lace. Good looking beer.

Smells of sweet malts and a touch of floral hops. Appetizing enough.

Taste is also dominated by malts - caramel, earth - complimented by greening hops. Tasty, but unusually powerful bitter finish. The kind of brew you have to drink a few times to develop a proper taste and appreciation for.

Overall, well put together, but probably better if you line up a few in a row so you can get a handle on the bitterness.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle
4.4% ABV

I tried this beer on March 23, 2012 after purchasing at the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario. The beer poured a translucent copper colour with a thin white head. The aroma was sweet malt, floral hops, and nuts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was nutty, wooden, with hints of caramel.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the LCBO Ottawa for 3.50$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a small size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a minute or two.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, faint chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, grassy hops, and some faint grapefruit. There is also a touch of toffee/chocolate. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - I was surprised by the amount of hop bitterness. I can appreciate the great flavour this beer has, especially considering the low ABV. Worth trying.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A random I picked up on a recent visit to the local LCBO.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber colour, finger of head with some retention, some sheeting lacing with little visible body carbonation.

S - Musty caramel, cardboard, hints of peat and pepper and a touch of cinnamon on the finish.

T - Nice must caramel with muddled smoke and leather, leafy hops and a hint of wheat grass.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty session ale, though given the style there was potential to load up a bit more on the flavour. Would be tasty on tap, but I wouldn't go out of my way to grab another bottle.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label calls this a "mid brown ale"(sic) and, indeed, its colour is basically that, mid-way between brown and golden (the result being a tawny-amber tone). Its radiance is not bright enough to blind the beer's clarity. Although loose-headed the surface has not a bare spot on it and more and more the same can be said of the glass.

The aroma carries a floral, herbal kind of pungency that only English hops could deliver. It is earthy and bitter, showcasing very little fruit but plenty of spice and herbalness. It would be tremendously pleasant if not for being so terribly bitter (which, mind you, I personally find very appealing, though the average person might not).

The leafy, herbal, spicy bitterness of the hops carries over onto the palate where flavors of hibiscus, fennel, carnation and fresh cut grass dry out the mouth and leave an almost minty aftertaste that becomes lost in stale bread crusts and crumbs of biscuits. Like all the other ales I've had from Celt, this is full and persistent, conventional yet special.

Floral and herbal hops are as natural a pairing for English pale ales as pepperoni is for pizza. Yet, when it comes to convincing British brewers to use them, it's like trying to teach cats to bark. Fortunately the fine people at Celt understand this and use the little green buds in good quantity, contributing ample spice and rose-like refreshment.

Native Storm, like all the Celt offerings, is an encouraging testimony to the state of beer in Great Britain. While some UK breweries have limited themselves to traditional customs, and others have used hype to subsidize creative but superficial and sub-standard offerings, Celt strikes a positive and effective balance between new and old world. I expect lots more good things to come from this tiny Welsh brewery.

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Photo of KevinSP
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 500 ml bottle the LCBO from a hidden corner.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice thick foamy head. Good retention settling into a nice lace. Beautiful mahogany colour with larger bubbles rising to the surface at first giving way to a streams of small bubbles.
Initial smell is of some light hops, a sweet bisquit and a touch of apple.
Entry on the palette is smooth with light carbonation up front but quickly settling in at the back of throat. Some taste of spice and malts but the real presence of the beer is the hoppy finish which lingers and lingers. Not strong but actually very well balanced which makes a very refreshing and enjoyable beverage.
It's not a complex beer but that's ok. Overall a pleasing experience. Native Storm is a beer that works very well on its own or paired with your favourite food.

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Photo of traumaqueen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO. Name is in reference to Owain Glyndwr (Owen Glendower), who led a Welsh revolt against English rule in 1400 which lasted for 15 years, though he himself disappeared in 1412, never to be seen again.

Poured into a nonic. Dark amber, with a creamy, almost nitro head of foam. Lots of lacing, great retention. Solid looking brew.

Nose is sweet fruit (apple and berry), flowers, a touch of hops and biscuit.

The description of the brew on the bottle is the somewhat oxymoronic "robust mild brown ale," but I agree this resembles more of a well-hopped English pale. Nice biscuit and fruit entry, a bit of spice, and a long dry hop finish that is accompanied by a touch of grain. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation - again, this feels like a brew from a nitro-can.

Solid brew, would have again - I agree, this would be nice on cask.

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Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More hoppy than your run-of-the-mill UK blond, as the LCBO has stepped up their quality, this is no dumb blond. Drying.caramel, a little citrus and pear, herbal finish. A little cheesy aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Big foamy head. Decent drinkability, I could have this again.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light brown colour with a small head that fades leaving a small layer, and very nice lacing down the inside too.

Smells faintly of sweet malts.

Tastes of sickly sweet malts, followed by a light hop bitterness that lingers for quite a while. Not bad at all.

Overall a decent session beer.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before end of January 2013. Described on the bottle and website as a 'robust mid-brown ale,' so hopefully the English Brown Ale style categorization suits this somewhat.

Auburn in colour, fairly clear with some eggshell coloured head. Sticky webbed lacing and bubbly retention. Bready and biscuity on the nose, some hopping. Maybe a bit of fruitiness and some caramel. More hops on the palate, earthier and spicier with some pronounced bitterness. Dark bready maltiness again, with a dry finish. Medium light feel and similar carbonation, easy to drink and not too complex. Simple, and consumable in quantities. I'm sure this would be nice on cask.

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Native Storm from The Celt Experience
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 46 ratings
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