Newport Storm - Alyssa (Cyclone Series) | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Newport Storm - Alyssa (Cyclone Series)Newport Storm - Alyssa (Cyclone Series)

Brewed by:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alyssa, named after Brent’s beloved Porshe, kicked off our “Cyclone Series”. We plan on releasing a new beer, about 1,000 cases at a whack, every four months or so. We name them like you name hurricanes (alphabetically, alternating boy girl, boy girl) and we will make sure to stop on each letter—no National Weather Service wussouts when it comes to “q” and “x”. This inaugural brew was an award winning Brown ale. Its ABV topped out in the 8.1% range, but had a sweet smoothness that masked the high alcohol. Certainly worthy of its class five status, Alyssa blew in to town and flew off the shelves and has been permanently retired! If you still have some un-opened ones, save them! They might be a collector’s item one day.

33 IBU

Added by Todd on 02-15-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by Denali:
Photo of Denali
2.54/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Brown with tan head of medium thickness that dissipated to a ring.

Smell: Very bready and sweet aroma. Big alcohol aroma also comes through - too much though.

Taste: Strong bitterness and malt sweetness up front. Very big alcohol taste - too big. Sweet and slightly metallic finish. Unbalanced. Tastes like just alcohol and malt. In a blindfold test, I would probably not recognize this as a brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Too much alcohol flavor makes this beer less drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
1.64/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

The Newport Storm Alyssa pours from the bottle a deep crystal crimson brown color with a small eggshell bubbly head that quickly falls to a ring around the top of the brew. Aromas literally sting the nose as I inhale. Sweet caramel, aluminum foil, a hint of odd nut aroma and some buttery notes. Aroma is just not at all good on this one.

First sip brings a horrible metallic taste that permeates my entire mouth and leaves a lingering slighty stingy sensation. Underneath there are some caramel notes as well as some nuts but the weird metallic flavor overtakes everything else in the brew. Really, really muddled. Conclusion: drain pour.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick with good carbonation..I really can't fault it all that much. Drinkability is nil, zero, zip, zilch. I was able to have four sips before it went down the this got out of the brewery I do not know. I'm hoping I possibly just got a bad bottle.

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Photo of Todd
1.44/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Bottle cap says: “Holy Jesus, What are these goddamn beers?”

Pours a very deep ruby leathery stained colored beer and tops itself with a creamy, lacing tan head with some retention and stick.

Quite acrid in the nose, with rank prune and suggestions of blackstrap molasses and raw honey. Soft musty grain throughout.

Lighter than expected on the palate. Crisp. Carbonation creams things up and lifts the flavors. Fruity esters and a dominant solvent hit first – dirty alcohols. I get some old ketchup mixed in. What the? Dark ripe fruits lay within an almost sickly sugary sweetness with hints of caramel hidden beneath a touch of wet-paper oxidation. Toasted malts get overpowered by grain tannins, and these linger in the drying finish. The low hop content (33 IBU) is lost in the malt and alcohol. In fact it’s all malt and alcohol and a bit too cloying at that.

I often wonder if some brewers actually taste their beers before they release them, because not only does this taste like one of my first homebrew bombs, but I agree … “Holy Jesus, What are these goddamn beers?” That said, I dig what they’re truing to do this series and I’ll definitely keep on trying ‘em.

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Photo of Jason
1.83/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a bottle code that means nothing to me on the back label.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear reddish brown, thin tan lacing has retention problems.

Smell: Higher alcohols, grain husk and an odd acrid twang in the aroma.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Bitty and slick on the palate, light crispness in the medium body. Lots of sweetness and fruitiness upfront, estery and faintly solvent within the alcohol. Lots of toasted husk … reminds me of brown malt. The sweetness continues and is borderline cloying … where are the hops to balance this big ale out? 33IBUs and all I can taste is malt sweetness, husk and alcohol.

Drinkability & Notes: Very 1980’s homebrew-esque, not sure where they were going with this one but unfortunately it was a total miss for me.

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Photo of far333
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chestnut colored with an oatmeal colored head that looks thick, but settles pretty quickly. Aroma is strong, coming out as soon as the cap is popped. It's a little sweet, strong smells of caramel and toffee, roasted malts, some fruit and a hint of the ABV lying beneath. Mouthfeel is sorta slick and oily, finishing with a little carbonation feel, but not much. Flavor is initially roasted malt, with hints of sweet cocoa and coffee, almost cloying, and then an odd or off flavor of something I can't detect, or maybe the yeast is just coming through too strong for my tastes. Seems to finish with some faint hops, a metallic taste lingers, morphing into a burnt taste, morphing into just a really bad aftertaste.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An "extreme brown ale" - certainly a contradiction in terms, since brown ales are usually the ones that sit in the back of the class and never raise their hand. Poured a somewhat turbid dark brown. Aroma immediately called to mind a Belgian style, with some fruity, funky notes. First sip confirmed the impression of a Belgian dubbel - yeasty orchard fruit flavors - muted pear and apple, with a touch of spicy yeast funk, overlayed on a sweet, caramel apple malt. The bottle proudly touts the 7.9% abv, and, while the alcohol does show up toward the end, with a touch of fusels, it does not clobber you over the head, and the beer was surprisingly drinkable. As a mutant brown ale, this beer is all wrong, but throw out the brewer's designation of the beer, and take it as a quasi-Belgian style, and I thougth this beer rather odd, but good.

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Photo of carln26
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear medium brown with orange highlights and a thin tan head. The aroma is dominated by the malt. Caramel and toffee notes abound followed quickly by something I can only describe as Tootsie Roll (and I’ve not had one of those for years). The hops show up on the finish just to brighten the aroma. The flavor is very rich. Very caramel in character with a mild date character. The hops in the flavor arrive late in the profile and again brighten the flavor with some orange. The mouth feel is rich and smooth, and this is extremely drinkable. Great beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle bought as part of a six pack from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head is foamy and lasts well, with nice lacing here. Aroma is grain husks with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is malty up front, with some slight sour fruit in the middle and a messy sort of close with alcohol apparent. Maybe it's just me, but these extreme or double browns just don't work. Mouthfeel is creamy, but just isn't quite effective in keeping everything going smoothly, and drinkability suffers the same. Nice to see brewers trying different and new styles, but I could have done without this one.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle of this beer tonite at room temp in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear brown color with a small spongy beige colored head. Aroma is some toffee and maple syrup mixing with a bit of faint grassy hops and some hot alcohol scents. First sip reveals an average body and average carbonation. The flavor is similar to nose. I get sweet caramel and toffee with some warm alcohol. No hops that I could taste. Very easy to drink and smooth. Definitely not my favorite beer of recent samplings but not too shabby. I do dig the hurricane naming idea!

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Photo of bigbubba
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice dark amber beer with red highlights, unfortunately the head was unimpressive. It is very low in carbonation. The smell is good, a bit sweet and smokey with a hint of alcohol. The taste is also good but I was expecting more hops. The mouthfeel is ok, I think with more carbonation it would have been much better. It is very drinkable even at 7.9%.

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Photo of smcolw
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark like dense dark honey. Unimpressive head, no lace.

Lots of caramels in the smell. I also detect aluminum for some reason. It also has the high alcohol aroma. I cannot discern any hop.

The metalicness is still present on the first sip. The taste is mostly malty caramelized sugar--nearly burnt. Noteable alcohol oiliness, which describes the mouthfeel accurately as well. Carbonation seems low for richness.

Definitely not the style that I would typically seek out. It's also a beer that I would put into the barley wine category, although it would be a weak example.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Alyssa pours a very smooth dark brown color with a thin off white head that quickly dissolves leaving no lace behind. The aroma is mainly molasses and cherry with some alcohol mixed in.

This beer is very smooth on the palate with a bit of a syrupy feel on the tongue. The flavor is filled with roasted malt, molases and cherries. It finishes with an alcohol taste leaving a toffee flavor behind.

The flavor reminds me of a World Wide Stout more than a brown ale.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mahogany with a very creamy light beige head that stays up and laces as the beer goes down. Aroma is weak, but interesting. Molasses, toasted grain, toffee, and cigarettes. Flavor immediately strikes me as more of an "American Strong Dark" as opposed to any relation to a brown ale. Nice raisins and a bit of coffee with the alcohol not hidden at all. The malt would be great here if it had something to balance its taste - more IBUs, or spiciness, or phenols. The sweetness grows tiring half-way through the bottle, even though I tend to like sweet beers. Right after being poured the carbonation and alcohol make the thin feel come across fine, but as the beer sits it loses some of its life. Kind of a skanky, subpar finish to this decreases its drinkability. Again, I am thinking that some more IBUs would have helped here. A decent beer that is unique, but not something I would be likely to get again.

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Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls fast and leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a hint of roasted malts, bit of chocolate, but smells a lot more alcoholic than a brown should. Not bad though. Slightly sweet and quite malty. The flavor has a nutty character with some biscuit malt and possibly some aromatic. Good malty flavor. Very little hop here. It is creamy in the mouthfeel, but somehow seems a bit thin because of the high level of alcohol. Quite tasty with moderate drinkability, but it seems a bit big for the style.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compared head to head with the only other imperial brown that I know of, Tommyknocker's Imperial Nut Brown.
Perfectly clear, nutty brown. Thick, off white head dissipates quikly, down to a weak misty coating. Decent retention, maintaining at least a collar throughout. Shines a brilliant, mahogany woodstain color through light. Much hoppier, though simpler aroma than the Tommyknocker. Grainy caramel malt. A hint of chocolate and english hops. Clean, especially considering the abv. Kinda smells like a doppelbock. Caramel malt right up front in the flavor. A bit of chocolate, dark fruit and nuttiness, meandering into a dryish, slightly hoppy finish. A bit doughy, grainy, and woody. Dryish finish. Medium bodied, relatively smooth mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. Hides the alcohol very well.
A better appearance than the Tommyknocker version, although the flavor lacks some. Less sweet, although compared to the Tommyknocker, that's not saying much. Very much like a fruitier doppelbock. No problem finishing the bottle, but I don't know if I'd want to revisit this too often.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Deep dark mahogany. Reddish highlights around the edges. Topped by 2 fingers of sturdy beige coloured foam. Nice lace.

Aromas of cola & brown sugar.

Quite sweet. Flavours of molasses, brown sugar, & cola abound. Dries out a bit, but 33 IBUs just isn't enough for this beer. Solvent flavour from the alcohol numbs the tongue a bit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Earthy sort of rustic hop flavours linger gently.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big brown scary beer. Almost 8% alcohol and I do not even notice it at all. Went through the first bottle and said this stuff is dangerous. Pours a dark amber (almost brown) in color. With a centimeter thick head that dissipitated down to ring the edges of the glass. No lace. The aroma is molasses and brown sugar. The taste is more of the same, the malts are rich and smooth; nicely balanced with the hops. Also note of hazelnut. There is something else, but it may be as a result of the Sprite I drank right before it, but something like toffee or another type of candy. It lasted through two bottles of the beer. The mouthfeel unfortunately has the tell tale tinny pasteurized feel that I associate with Newport Storm, but it is not as blatant as some of the other NS offerings. But I find this beer so drinkable because the alcohol is concealed so well and the rich flavor of the malts.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hopasaurusrex for sharing this one.
Pours light mahogany with creamy beige head. Tinges of auburn in the curves of the glass.
Nose is unexpectadly estery, filled with bannana and red fruit.
Dry chocolate courting with roasted malts, mild caramel and a hint of cherries. Aromatics finish up with a light vineous nod.
Medium on the pallet, with a slight chew and mild bittering.
Bavarian character coming through with roasted cocoa and caramel coated bannanas.
Finishes fairly quickly, not too slick or sweet and no lingering hops or bitterness.
Seems more like a hybrid between an Imperial Dunkelweizen and Brown ale.

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Photo of craigasaurus
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this at a Newport Storm tasting event at a store in Brookline. I had a small sample, so I can't judge appearance/head retention so well, but this was an intriguing brew nontheless so I'll give it a shot.

At first glance, it looks like a standard-issue brown ale - a little darker brown than a Newcastle, but not as dark as a Brooklyn Brown. As I sipped the beer, however, I was a bit overwhelmed with sweet, malty, almost floral notes, which is strange in a brown ale. As the flavors disapated across my tastebuds, it faded into that familar dry, roasty brown ale flavor. An interesting effect, but probably not something I'd drink that much of.

Since I only had a small pour, it'd be hard for me to register the effect on the beer's high alcohol content on its drinkability. But I don't get the sense that it's meant to be a session brew. I think there are other styles that lend themselves more to "doubling" than brown ales, but I think it's great that people are trying and experimenting like this. The brewery rep mentioned that this is just the first in a long-running series of Cylcone-themed "big" beers, so I expect them to hit their stride with their next few releases.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean Brown beer with some orange and red highlights. Has a small light brown head. There is a light malty sweetness mixed with a nice roasted malt background. The flavor starts out with a sweet malt that slides into a molasses undertone. A clean dry hop finish is followed by a malty sweet after taste.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ppoitras

This brew pours a deep brown and ruby color with a small head that falls to a light coating over the top. The nose is nice, with some sweet cherry, brown sugar and a puff of alcohol. I like it, but not necessarily what I look for in a brown. The flavor is better than the nose. I get some nice roasted malts over a sweet brown sugar base and a slight alcohol. There is a hint of a metallic and slightly bitter aftertaste as well. The feel is thick, with a moderate carbonation. I get a very warming feel in my stomach from this brew. Drinkability is hurt by the alcohol that is in the nose and some of the aftertaste flavors I get from this. Not bad at all though.

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Photo of Boto
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This poured out a clear, ruby tinted brown color. There was a small, off white head on it. The aroma is a bit weaker than I had expected, but still with pleasant notes of toffee and some other sweet maltiness. Some notes of coffee and roastiness to the tsate, with a decent medium malt body. Some alcohol taste. There is a hint of malt sweetness to the taste, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not too bad.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown ( lighter than I would have thought) almost amber. The head is decent and it laced all the way down the glass. Aroma was fairly non-descript. Hints of some roasted malts, and a touch of sweetness. Nothing that really jumped out however. The taste starts a bit sweet with a faint amount of light cocoa and a little dark caramel. Neither of these are dominent and leave one guessing as to what they are. There was also a touch of alcohol in there as well. After the initial sweetness it mellows out an drys out. I believe the bottle says it has 33ibu's. It definately has a bit of hoppyness, but its not a hoppy beer by any stretch. Just enough to keep the sweetness in check and dry the beer out nicely.
Mouthfeel was nice, but nothing special, very smooth despite the ABV. Kinda felt a bit thin for a beer with this much alcohol, but that might have just been perception. Quite drinkable. Nothing shocking, very pleasant brown ale. Might have to keep an eye on it as it is very smooth, but potent

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Photo of chilidog
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened this Cyclone series I got via trade in honor of our southern coast, as I saw what Katrina did to those states as she came on land towards the "Big Easy". Best of luck.
With all do respect, Alyssa poured a deep ruby brown. The head fizzed abit but formed a nice beige, milk chocolate colored head that maintained well. No lace was seen.
The aroma was malty, sweet molasses. The taste was sweet malt with hints of honey and caramel. The mouth feels the alcohol all the time and is left with a warm dry chocolate feel.
drinkability is ok, as long as your not expecting this brew to go a way its not going to. A complex little sweet brew, in a Big beer series.

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Newport Storm - Alyssa (Cyclone Series) from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 31 ratings