Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale | Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber AleNewport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This first beer from Newport Storm continues to be one of its most popular. The goal was to create a flavorful ale where delicate malt and hop flavor were in perfect balance. To meet this goal, the brewing crew uses North American crystal malt for color and sweetness, and Munich Malt for body and mouthfeel. The perfect amount of spicy Tettenang hops are added for flavor and aroma which compliment the bittering properties of the Magnum hops to round out this session brew.

23 IBU

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Ratings: 354 |  Reviews: 158
Reviews by danadeny:
Photo of danadeny
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the British brewing company, Hyannis MA. Clear brown / amber body with a small frothy head. The smell was yeasty and bread like, with a little hop. The first taste is a hint of salt, then a good amount of roasted (not burnt) malt in the middle and finishes with a little tart hops at the end. The drink ability is good due to it's smoothness. There was a slight sour aftertaste that lingers, but is remedied by drinking more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bingja18
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Not great. Part of my beer of the month club. Let's just say Wisconsin breweries do a much better job with ambers.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Dark cloudy pour with minimal foam. Musty malty smell. Hoppy taste buried in a light sweet malt. Hop a little too pushy, edges out the other flavors. Finishes with a bite, bitterness lingers. Just so so. Not terribly drinkable, taste a move on.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.86/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

P- Thanks to Jojo for this beer

A- a hazy amber that looks like murky water. No head and no lacing.

S- not much going on here but i do get some toasted grains and some caramel malts faintly.

T- caramel malts come out more in the flavor and that is about the only thing this beer has going for it.

M- chewy like a stout but it shouldnt be because its an amber ale

O- i have had a few of these a week ago and at the time they seemed decent but now i dont know. Its a nice change of pace beer and something different. Not something to purchase though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.58/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Thanks to red999 for the bottle.

Color is a hazy moderate copper-amber with a thin white head and almost no lacing. There is a light amber malt presence in the nose plus a slight sour cherry note. Some light biscuit and dough as well.

The taste has light amber and some notes of a sour mash plus cherry and oxidized cardboard. Really quite bad. The feel is light with mild carbonation and a acidic presence. This is just terrible. There's some dirty hay in the finish. I feel like I need to throw away my glass after this. Yuck.

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Photo of BostonHops
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a slightly hazy amber tone while yielding a foamy 1" or so of an off-white head. mediocre retention and lacing. decent looking beer, nothing to write home about. nose is muted, offering mostly subtle notes of bready/toasty malt, maybe a touch of caramel. not bad; nothing special.

continuing with the established theme of mediocrity, the flavor is fair but really nothing that impresses at all. grainy, more toasty maltiness, and not a whole lot else. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall? drinkable, inoffensive, but nothing about it comes close to wow-ing the palate. wouldn't refuse one if offered in the future but no need to seek out more. average beer.

(originally reviewed: 06-26-2011)

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Photo of Hergestridge
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coastal Extreme Brewing's Amber Ale was a sample of a BOTM Club my lovely wife surprised me with at Christmas last.
Their other entry that arrived was Newport Storm India Point Ale, which is top rate, outstanding!!!!
I chose to critique this Amber Ale because, it is a flagship standard for the brewer but is nothing special.. Very MOR and had it not been for the IPA, I would not consider other entries from this East Coast Brewery.. I would definitely try others from Coastal, but NOT on the strength of this entry..
~Carry on Citizens!!!~

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to jlindros for this bottle!

Funny, Amber can work as the hurricane's name too. ...Well, funny's a strong word... Anyway, this brew pours a hazy orange-amber topped by a nice finger of slightly-off-white foam. The nose orange (both peel and flesh), lemon zest, coriander, cardamom, and a touch of socky sweat. (Thankfully that last one isn't very strong at all.) The taste mostly revolves around some stale, peppery wheat, with a dash of lemon dripped in for good measure. This is all buttressed by some mild orange peel and even milder flowers. The body is decently light, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda drying finish. Overall, as not necessarily offensive as this brew is, it doesn't make me want to drink much of it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.62/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, hazed, amber-copper coloring with no head. Slow, steady flow of carbonation cuts through the muddled looking body. The nose is richly sweet, with caramel and cane sugar aromas in the forefront, followed by some buttery highlights. Flavors are a bit watered down, with toffee and caramel backbones amidst a slight smoke highlight that just confounds the palate, becoming both sharp and cloying at the same time. Sugary aftertaste leading to a messy, clumsy, tangy flavor left behind on a limp, cloying finish.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.45/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not surprisingly, poured amber into a pint glass, with a high degree of carbonation, one finger of white, poor retention, and spotty lacing. Very subtle nose; a little caramel, malt, and herbal hops. The taste and feel were VERY thin, including the finish. Unfortunately I don't have much insight to offer on this one. Ho hum if it was AB's attempt at an amber ale.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer poured nicely but was a little cloudy which was unexpected for an Amber Ale. It smelled okay with a yeasty bread smell and some sweetness. The taste was atrocious however with a very bad oily aftertaste. I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish this beer or not. Would not recommend and it paints a bad light of the brewery.

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Photo of ellflle
1.92/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I don't understand the hate for this ale.
A- Good amber color, nice normal ale head.
S- I thought it was a little over-assertive and winey. My wife found it pleasant and fruity.
T- Tasted fine, full and balanced.
M- Decent, not overly heavy.
D- Rewarding.
I didn't find the alkaline or biscuity character some of the other reviewers did. It was unremarkable but decent.

Update: I bought another six pack of this recently and it was really inferior. Maybe it was badly stored, or another batch, but it was barely drinkable: Parmesan cheese aroma, taste like the pith of a grapefruit. It's still beer, and past the shock of the first taste it gets better, and it is inexpensive. But pass this one by if it'd not super fresh.

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Photo of seesnow3
1.68/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Shot glass-flight, Originally reviewed 10/22/11

Pour-Medium copper color. Fades to a film head very quickly, bubbles still rise just inside of the glass, washy lacing.

Nose-Hoppy (fruity?), maybe sort of earthy.

Palate-Light sweetness, light sourness, sort of bitter. Very odd flavor. To me it tastes like spoiled fruit and mold.

Body-Medium bodied, hangs on unfortunately, medium effervescence. I absolutely hate this beer, but to each his own.

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Photo of MaxBrewell
2.46/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear, amber color with moderate off-white lacing.

S - Biscuity nose with earthy undertones.

T - Roasted malt flavors with mild hop profile. Lacking the hops I would expect from an Amber Ale.

M - Lightly carbonated and smooth to the taste. Not a lot going on with this beer.

D - Probably the best thing going for it. No pronounced flavors or aromas to offend the senses. Though not an overly impressive beer, it was quite drinkable.

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Photo of MasterSki
1.77/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this gem. Served in a Surly pint glass. The bottom of the cap cheekily asks me "Are you the brewmaster?" Best before May (2011?).

A - Pours with three fingers of quick-dissolving orange-tan foam that leaves behind a few spots of lace as it settles to a solid cap. Body is a hazed light amber color with lots of tiny bubbles visible.

S - Clementines and a strange metallic note. As it warms some herbal and vegetal notes. Not completely awful, but very bad and totally inappropriate for the style.

T - Taste has a weird cherry flavor to it, mixed with orange zest. It's less off-putting than the aroma and surprisingly bland and chalky. Gets more lemony as it warms up.

M - Over-carbonated, and extremely dry. Medium-light body, with a gritty texture.

D - Wow. This is bad. I'd put this up against Indian Wells in an East-West showdown.

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Photo of colts9016
2.36/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this from Rhode Island. Thank you so very much. Poured into a pint glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger ivory head that is foamy and creamy with some retention. The color of the beer is an amber color with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of haziness. The head has left a little lacing on the glass.

Nose: A mild toasted malt, with caramel, toffee, yeast and biscuit. There are notes of floral, and a touch of phenols.

Taste: A mild toasted malt, caramel and biscuit note. There are notes of floral, lemon, grass, and phenols

The mouth feel is carbonated, dry, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. This is a poor example of amber ale. There is no flavor, no wow factor and let alone just blah. It is just okay, nothing special here.

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Photo of mjn5036
1.89/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This one pours a honey color with amber highlights. Pours gives way to a large, three finger, off-white head that takes its sweet time to dissipate. Thin, sparse lacing is left behind in the aftermath. A thick cap of foam sits on top of the beer long after the head has gone from whence it came.

I struggle to pick up on much in the nose. This one seems to focus on the malts. A faint fruitiness can be picked.

Taste is... not what I was expecting. It is just plain odd. Sweet, citrusy and maybe copper? Cherry? This is pretty damn bad. Not what an amber ale should be at all.

Mouthfeel is medium I suppose. Drinkable? Not so much... Only reason I am managing to finish this bottle is because of the hot sausage on my plate.

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Photo of Todd
1.63/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No bottle date.

Appearance: Haze stricken, orange/amber in colour, with a thin off-white cream head -- some stick, some retention.

Smell: Smells like someone shoved a handful of grain husks up your nose -- not very pleasing. Coarse, slightly fruity in the background.

Taste: Malty with a medium, even sweetness. Loads of dry, coarse grain / husk tannins line the palate and never go away, stealing from the overall flavour. Biscuit, bready and a thin bitterness is present, but the tannins stifle their efforts. Touch of tea-like fruity / hop blend, especially as the beer warms. The finish is plagued with tannins, leaving just about the worse feel on the palate you can imagine.

Notes: Made in remembrance of the Hurrican of 1938 (the most powerful storm in the 20th century, in the northeast). The brewery mentions on the label that they hope you'll find this beer as "rare" as the storm ... but unfortunately it's not rare enough. This is a horrible beer. Its poor use of malts leave an unexperienced homebrew flavour in the mouth that you can't shake. You have to ask youself how the hell could someone brew this, and actually think it good enough to market?

Do yourself a favour and pass on this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, day 5 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar, and my first brew from Rhode Island. Is this a local competitor to Pawtucket Patriot Ale? Nonsensical ramblings concerning humor appear under the cap.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few decent examples of vibrant sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready, yeasty, and somewhat pastry-like caramel malt, sugary grainy breakfast cereal - almost Corn Pops, almost not - a hollow muddled tropical citrus fruitiness, a hint of pine resin, and further, yet sill understated floral, earthy hops. The taste is more crackery, slightly biscuity pale and caramel malt - still rather processed cereal-like - some astringent citrus and pine bitterness, both removed of the flavour side of their essence, stale lemon, and earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is average, but kind of aggressively frothy at times, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally smooth, a certain hard water metallic character trying to nudge its way in. It finishes leaning toward the dry side, as the cereal cereal sheds the last of the sweet malt, and the hops carry on with their blind, unfocused bitterness.

An agreeable enough amber ale, the bar being what it is for this style. Malty, in a more or less ironically dry sense, and strangely bitter, like it may not have been wholly intended. At any rate, this Hurricane is of a very academic threat category to me (we don't get them up here, so I have no frame of reference), and my skirt is still steadfastly in place.

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Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up in Western Mass. Poor taste sentence at bottom of cap, and so was the beer. Poured a rudy red, some initial off-white head that quickly fizzed. A drop of C-hop in aroma. Heavy carbonation and some bitterness that finishes metallic. Not too drinkable.

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Photo of AnneReed
1/5  rDev -68.9%

I really don't like Newport Storm. I'd rather have Dos Equis Amber in a restaurant, and those are usually the choices in places in RI that have Newport Storm on tap.They do events around Newport,and seem like nice people but they don't draw a craft beer audience.No local craft beer fans want to drink this beer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
2.81/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my MA amigo PPoitras for the bottle.
Pours an amber and golden color with an enormous dull white head. Carbonation abounds almost to the point of overcarbonation. Lots of head is retained and tosses of uneven lace on the glass.
Aroma has a sweet, pungent almost musky hint with spent grain and bread notes also prevailing.
Flavor is a combination of a bit of citris and a sort of burnt bread and biscuit flavor. Not very effective. Odd sort of hard water minerally notes also jump out as beer warms a tad.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side if the medium spectrum but the heavy carbonation doesn't really let the flavors glide across the palate effectively.
Drinkability is average. There is a hint of a half way decent beer in here but the odd mish-mash of flavors, overcarbonation and somewhat astringent notes really knock it down.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A. Is for Apple, but I digress. The appearance was an orange/ rusty brown color with .5 fingers of head.

s. - Smell of Honey and nuts

t. - reminded me of a brown, with a nutty taste. Honey also detected

m - Lacks carbonation, gritty

o - This beer is OK, but do not think I will go back to it anytime soon.

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Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottom of cap has a stupid saying... "You have beered yourself retarded"...Whatever...(another said "Kill the beer"...) What the hell??!!
on to the beer...

Pours amber with a thin off-white, settled head. Trailing lace adorns the glass.

The smell is of caramel, toast and an earthy backing.

The taste is of mild caramel, toast and a tea-leaf, earthiness. An annoying metallic tinge gets in the way a bit, but is not overbearing. tea-leaf bitterness becomes more apparent as it progresses. Soft, unbalanced dry (almost puckering) finish.

It's on the light side of medium bodied. Easy carbonation. Astrigent with a lasting puckering dryness. (Reminds me of having drank tea).

Not impressed. Has characteristics of being an English ale - which is fine, but don't know if it fits here. An uncontrolled leafy bitterness makes this a bit tough to enjoy. If you are looking for a tasty, "sessionable" amber ale, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a orange color, thin white head, no lacing, decent retention though. The smell of this beer is malty, not too much else really. The taste is a little watered down to me, some sweet malt flavors with a very light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is watered down and has a light carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't anything too impressive to me. I am glad I tried it but won be looking for it in the future.

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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 354 ratings