Newport Storm Rhode Island Blueberry | Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Brewed by:
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Rhode Island Blueberry Beer is a crisp, refreshing Kolsch style ale made with fresh blueberries from local Rhode Island Farm, Schartner Farms in Exeter, RI! The prominent blueberry aroma that first meets the nose translates into a perfect balance of blueberry and beer flavor that pleases but doesn’t overpower the taste buds. The addition of fresh blueberry juice, over other types of flavoring, keeps our second year-round beer light and not-too-sweet-but-just-right!

11 IBU

Added by hopsaplenty on 06-19-2006

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Reviews by stjjoseph87:
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1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.8 ABV. Had it at a tasting session in the Brewery.

A- Pleasant enough looking...lots of carbonation

S- I think it smells more like blueberry than a blueberry does. Very pleasant to smell.

T- Taste was somewhat surprising. I expected a sweet taste, but actually the beer has a bitter aftertaste.

M- Can definitely feel the carbonation while drinking it. Lots of fizzy feeling.

D- Easy to drink many of...but would you want to? Not that this is a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.56/5  rDev +6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

The theme? "A brewery in the Northeast is just not complete without a blueberry ale." What they hell, we'll give it a whirl ... every beer deserves a try, right?

Soapy frothing leaves behind some sticky lacing. Crystal-clear, golden straw color. Very faint blueberry in the nose, aromas of doughy malt and mild yeast display a clean smelling ale. Moderate-sized body with some crispness. With a slight, blueberry-like twang, there are extract qualities showing here. Withdrawn malt character just gets by; quick kiss of herbal bitterness from the hops helps to balance. Semi-clean and semi-dry finish.

Half decent, drinkable in a pinch, but it lands in the middle of the pack for fruit beers as the "natural flavor added" just does not cut it for us.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer was poured into a pint glass, and had a hazy orange color. Very small white head. Berry aroma, sweet candy aroma. However, the aroma didn't translate to the taste. Kind of a cotton candy taste, couldn't appreciate very much blueberry. Pretty tangy, not sure how they managed that. One and done for me.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Doomcifer
1.53/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I'm not typically a fan of fruity beers so I may not be the person for a great review of said beer but what I have noticed in these type of beers is that the balance between actually tasting the beer and the total cloying sweetness has to be harmonious. Also, the fruitiness, in this case blueberry, must taste authentic for me to enjoy it. Unfortunately, this offering from Newport Storm is neither. The taste is complete overkill of artificially flavored blueberries. I couldn't even drink it, so I mixed it with an Old Rasputin so I wouldn't waste it. Even my girlfriend who, for the most part, only drinks blueberry/fruity beers wasn't a fan.

Newport Storm offers some pretty good beers but, in my opinion, falls short on this offering.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before SEPT notched.

pours out a deep hazy golden color with the slightest bit of red/ purple color noticable at times if you look for it. about a one finger head that faded to a thin, retentive ring after a minute. only spotty, quick lace from a swirl.

big aromas of fresh blueberry juice. smells a little tart and maybe even reminds you of grape juice. pretty nice.

again, a nice blueberry juice like flavor thats just at the right level, a slight tartness thats quickly cut by an assertive carbonation. the beer finishes with a slight wheat, pale malt breadiness and a quick snap of bitterness from the hops.

refreshing light body, great drinkability. slightly sweet.

maybe the best ive had from newport storm yet. a decent summer drinker with appeal to all. a nice sub 5% beer with lots of flavor.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had from the bottle into a snifter, the label looks a different than what is on the pic here, probably a small change. Pours a clear copper color with a small head that doesn't leave much lacing. First sniff is a big punch of blueberry juice, some malt sweetness in the back. Taste is similar at first, but after a few sips the blueberry gets muted on the tongue, what remains is a bitter and sweet malt combo with a little blueberry in the back, a touch grainy. Heavier in the stomach than what the ABV would lead you to believe. Overall a decent attempt but I would not have this again.

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Photo of Dface
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bannedforlife
4.24/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I"m usualy not a fruity beer guy...but this one was a pleasant exception.
The nose was ALL much so I was afraid that I was going to go into diabetic shock upon drinking it. The body and mouthfeel of it, however, was balanced and didn't have that sicky sweet after taste so many fruit beers have. This is a strong contender for a sesion beer...especially in the summer.

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Photo of alesaram
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to TheManiacalOne for this treat.
I put off trying this beer for a long time because I am not a big fan of fruit beers especially blueberry. I have discovered that I'm really just not a fan of 'bad' fruit beers. This one is good.
While blueberry is predominant in the nose, it doesn't smell synthetic or too sweet and blends well with a lager smelling malt and yeast that actually makes the aroma seem to have body, smoothness and textures.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, especially after expecting something really chewy from the aroma.
Taste is a lightly sweet pale malt with a bit of bready or biscuit yeast in the middle fading to light citrus hops at the end. All of it with a mild undertone of the fresh blueberries.
This is really, really well done for a fruit beer.
Thanks for the opportunity.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, day 19 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent calendar.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber colour, with two skinny fingers of wanly puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky coral reef lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of blueberry fruit pie, doused in artificial blueberry Slurpee, the bready pale malt commendably present and accounted for, a touch of seemingly independent sourness, a touch of field honey, and very faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet mashed blueberries, now mostly bereft of their fake fruity essence, with a mild earthy tartness, gritty bready caramel malt, dry honey, and weak weedy hops.

The bubbles are rendered in a rather low-key manner, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, with little worthy of getting in the way at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, and duly fruity, the blueberry still working it, the plain-ass malt not really still as notable.

There's blueberry in this thar beer, sure, however the overall effect is middling, underwhelming, and well, just too meh for me 'I'to lust after another (of this, that is). Oh, and the under-cap sentiment doesn't exactly help - "I'm going to need a beer to put these flames out". What?

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Photo of Guardian
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pleasant enough looking...lots of carbonation

S- BLUEBERRY (I meant to write that in caps). In fact I think it smells more like blueberry than a blueberry does. Very pleasant to smell.

T- Taste is surprising. I expected a sweet taste, but actually the beer has a bitter aftertaste. I liked it while I drank it, but later on felt like I wanted to shave my tongue.

M- Can definitely feel the carbonation while drinking it. Lots of fizzy feeling.

D- Easy to drink many of...but would you want to? I enjoyed the 2 I had, but after that I was ready for something else. Not that this is a bad beer by any means, but I'm not sure I could (or would want) to drink a 6-pack of these. The 4.5 alcohol content would make that a possibility, however.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It seems that every brewery on the north Atlantic coast produces a blueberry beer. (Not really, but...) Maybe it has something to do with tourism. I could at least see that in Maine. Anyway, this is your average lighter-bodied golden ale with blueberry extract added (it's 1/2 fruit, 1/2 extract). It pours a clear yellow body beneath a thin head of white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar, and it leaves average lace about the glass. The nose is ALL blueberries, and you can't go wrong with that! The flavor is nice, clean, well-balanced, but clearly from extract. In fact, the extract pretty much over-rides any "beer" character that might be there. Fortunately, it finishes short and clean, leaving you refreshed rather than fruity. It's a great summer beer! Perfect for picnics or hikes or biking or boating or whatever you want to do when you don't really want a "beer" flavor, but more of something lightly sweetish and fruity.

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Photo of rjm0715
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Alexmc2
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not normally a fan of fruit beers, but this one was nice on a hot day. It pours a light golden-straw color with medium head that goes away quickly. The smell is of pure sweet blueberries, very fresh. Taste is also very sweet at first, then settling to a light malt towards the end. I suggest having this on either a hot day or as part of a "Black and Blue".

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Photo of drumenigma
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this beer quite a few times over the years. Out of all of the blueberry beers I have had I would have to say this is probably my favorite. The appearance is a little hazy pouring from the bottle. There isn't a lot of head and it dissipates rather quickly. The smell reminds me of a fresh batch of picked blueberries from a local farm. The taste is similar. Very fruity with a somewhat dry finish to it. The blueberries are definitely the star of the show. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and makes a great summer brew.

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Photo of aluskungs
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My wife took a sip before me and she likes blueberry beers. i asked her if she liked it and she said "I could have one, but I wouldn't want another."

Pours like ginger ale, all popping and fizzing with a large bubbled head that is gone before I can say "scheppevesance". The color is hazy, light tea colored beer. A bit on the brown side, not golden.

The smell of the beer is sweet and strong with blueberry, no hops can be detected. There a hint of soap, like it's fake blueberry flavor, I don't know how many blueberries grow in Rhode Island.

The taste is bitter! I can't taste the blueberries, only smell them. The beer is very carbonated and has a strong dirt/root taste that is hard to get down the gullet. Way out of balance! Almost no sweetness in the beer all bitterness. It's like they used the blueberry branches for bitterness, not the blueberries! Too bad, i'll be sticking to Maine for my blueberry beers.

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Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alleykatking
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Got in a BIF from TheManiacalOne. Thanks for this beer once again Mark. Drank a little bit past the freshness date I'm sure but it was a good beer nevertheless.

A- Pours a light hazed golden amber color. Half finger dirty white head dies to nothing quickly. Light lacing covers the sides of the glass.

S- One word....blueberry BLUEberry BLUEBERRY! Everything is covered in a sweet blueberry presence. I do pick up some light biscuit malts in this one but that is quickly covered by the blueberry scent. This smells like a blueberry muffin.

T- Malts come in a little bit to even out the blueberry taste in this beer. There is a light hop taste to it which Im sure if I would have drank it a little sooner would have been a little more. The malts clash with the blueberry taste to give this a weird but enjoyable Tootsie-Pop taste (the blue one).

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good with the beer. Palate left in a blueberry mess. There was some drying in the mouth. Aftertaste was a toned down blueberry taste along with light malts.

D- Interesting take on this. Very fruit forward for sure. Might have enjoyed this a little more if I would have drank it sooner. Would like to try this one again a little fresher this time.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev +19%

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