Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber AleNewport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Coastal Extreme Brewing 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

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-27-2002

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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 332
Photo of AnneReed
1/5  rDev -68.8%

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 gotbeer
1.36/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'll start off by saying I have enjoyed many of Coastal Extreme's products in the past. This was not one of them.

The appearance was decent. Golden with a decent head.

Smell wasn't impressive. The taste was what lost me. Very astringent and not pleasing at all. I actually poured it out. Drinkability suffers when you can't finish it.

Not up to what I would have expected from Coastal Extreme. I'll stick to the IPA, which is excellent.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.58/5  rDev -50.6%
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 Todd
1.63/5  rDev -49.1%
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 seesnow3
1.68/5  rDev -47.5%
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 MasterSki
1.77/5  rDev -44.7%
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 mjn5036
1.89/5  rDev -40.9%
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 ellflle
1.92/5  rDev -40%
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 Bounty628
2.13/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The Newport Storm Hurricane Amber is brewed in the American amber style and as such really does not venture out of the realm of the ordinary. The Hurricane Amber is about as standard as it gets when dealing with an amber ale and seeks to stay close to the ordinary rather than venture into something perhaps a bit different that could push this beer into the category of being extraordinary. With an ABV of 5.20% the beer certainly could serve as a session beer, but to me it seems to be a better beer to have every now and again, perhaps if at a cookout or something and it is the option against the macros available.

This beer pours with a traditional amber appearance gracing the glass with a tan head quickly filling the top of the pint. The amber brings a red hue to the pour in which visually allows the carbonation to show off inside the glass. The tan head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing along the inside of the glass throughout the tasting.

The aroma is quite faint and does not impress with anything in particular. There is a faint undertone of some malt at play but it is quite difficult to discern much in the aroma. A modicum of hops can only be noticed if really straining to find them so needless to say the aroma is quite weak with this offering and falls short of being ideal.

For an amber ale, I am disappointed with the taste of this beer as it seems too watered down and thin to be considered a truly decent amber ale. What was missing in the aroma of the beer also seems to be missing in the taste. Nothing jumps out of the glass and onto the palate in terms of what is noted in the taste though there are smatterings of different tastes here and there. A mild caramel maltiness is noted in the beer and there is a dull, fruity hop undertone at work here as well. Bland, boring bread is noted in the taste and the lack of anything significant in the taste leaves one disappointed.

As stated previously, the mouthfeel for this beer tends to land on the side of being too watery and thin but there is a somewhat surprising coating left upon the palate that typically would find its way there if there was a rich sweetness or deep maltiness at work here. It is a pleasant surprise to find in this offering what could have been a very pleasant mouthfeel if there was a bit more backing to that mouthfeel in the taste of the beer.

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Photo of Brenden
2.24/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A friend brought this back from a trip to RI a while back. Fortunately for me, I recently found my notes.

The color is a hazy coppery amber. There's good retention from the whitish-tan head and some sticky lacing in small patches is left behind.
To put it simply, the aroma is grains and some fruits. It's not especially complex and a little too much with the biscuity notes.
Again, on the palate the grains are just a little too much. Some malt and fruits are there, but minimal hops presence with a balance that isn't very good. There's a harsh astringency I wasn't expecting as well.
Body is moderate with a mouthfeel that's creamy.
My friend swears that the ones he's had other than this one from Coastal are better, but this isn't the one to start out with if you want to convince someone to give this brewery a try.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
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 JDV
2.26/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle courtesy of jjpm74.
Pours a cloudy amber with a smallish, short lived head. Smell is sticky, malt with a bit of a guaze-like odor to it. Taste is mainly malty again with the band-aidy like sweet flavor. Medium bodied and drinkable, but hindered from the possibly unintended malty flavor.

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Photo of Zraly
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-amber hue, with a frothy topping. Smells of raw grains and yeast before it has been pitched into a batch of homebrew. Weird and rather raw at first presentation.

The overall flavor profile is thin and grainy, with a yeasty aftertaste. Funky hops help bring some depth, but not necessarily in a way that makes this a sought after brew. There are some toasty malt flavors, and a slight notion of caramel. The hops seem a bit much for the style and the aftertaste lingers a bit too bitterly and a bit too long for my personal liking. The ending tastes like the air that is left behind after one has cleaned the floors with Pine Sol.

I was told by the representative of the Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. that the brewers use Saaz hops in the mix. I decided to buy one to support "their cause" at a local beer and wine shop. I'll consider it a donation.

Not sure what one would eat this with...fresh-baked Pilsbury biscuits? It's not the worst thing in the world (this brew), but it isn't the best. This is what I would call a "clumsy" beer.

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Photo of Deuane
2.36/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Copper-amber with a thin white head that leaves behind some lace.

S-Sweet malt and bready.

T-Unbalanced all malt sweetness with an odd astringent bitterness at the end.

M-Medium-light body bordering on light....too thin for my liking.

D-Wow, what a weak attempt at a beer. You would like from all of the previous years of negative feedback they would try to reformulate this beer....I guess not. Well, it looks nice but then it is all down hill from there. Not a very good effort!

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Photo of colts9016
2.36/5  rDev -26.3%
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 yankeeheel
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours quite a hazy orange with a big fat foamy off white head. Smells weakly of malt with no real reamrkable features.

The taste is sweet with a bit of caramel and diacetyl with slight hop bitterness at the end. It's unremarkable at best. Very underwhelming. Also a bit overcarbonated. Seek safe harbor immediately.

I also noticed on the label that it's contracted at someplace in Portland.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
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 MaxBrewell
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
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 OtherShoe2
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an amber red with a decent white head and some good lacing. Head reduced quite a bit, but I had something thru the pint.

Smells of sweet malt and caramel.

Taste is caramel, sweet malt, some grain bitterness, and hops at the end. Nothing smooth or complimentary here. A mish mash of off flavors.

Brew is well carbonated, and kinda filling.

Taste is everything in drinkability. Just a poor attempt at this style. Unique qualities or reasons to have another? None worth pursuing here. Avoid.

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Photo of bjohnson
2.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a literal amber ale color with a one and a half off white finger head. Head dissolves within three seconds to almost nothing.
S: Fruityness hits the nose first with a malty background that follows up. Slight metallic smell also.
T/M: Bland bland bland. Not much taste in there. Slight fruityness tied to some malt, but very watered down. Light body and very plain. Clings to the mouth a little, but otherwise pretty slick through the mouth.
D: Not a very drinkable beer. Almost reminds me of unsweetned ice tea or one of those vitamin waters that tastes like water with a slight fruityness. Not the best offering from Newport Storm.

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Photo of nelnutter
2.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color with a decent creamy head that left decent lacing and remained throughout.

S: Sweet, sweet, sweet, caramel.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet, caramel; just like it smelled. I was hoping that maybe there was going to be some surprise bitter hoppiness that appeared, but it didn't. A bit too sweet for me. Carbonation was a bit on the too-much side.

D: I have to give some credit to the sweetness of this beer; it would probably be a decent 6-pack for someone on a hot summer day; but for me, it needs some bitters.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
2.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, from the start this smells like bad home brew which isn't good. Pours a solid brown with a small head. The first thing I notice is how overly carbonated it is. Kind of takes away from the taste, IMO. I just can't get over that bad home brew smell. It reminds me of plastic and cider. Maybe I have a bad one, but this is just no good. Some sour taste comes through in the end. I really hope this is bad and not what it really tastes like.

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Photo of loosey
2.6/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

copped a growler while in newport, i never has any of these guys brew... he said this was the flagship

poured nicely (although a bit hazy) into a pint glass with a nice foamy head. it kept a thin layer throughout with a little lacing every step of the way.. a thin copper color

smells like grist and sweet malt, some caramel

taste is sweet with little to balance, slightly refreshing but it could use some hopping...

light bodied and well carbonated, feels drinkable despite average taste but ends dry and feels vaguely like licking a penny..

this has a homebrew feel to it, drinkable so i will most likely finish the growler, but i would say darth vader has a better grasp on what a 'flagship' is [excerpt from wikipedia entry for 'flagship': In Star Wars, Darth Vader's flagship is the Super Star Destroyer Executor. Although Lord Vader is not an admiral, he has a special military rank in the Empire that makes him answerable only to the Emperor (and Grand Moff Tarkin, until the latter's death), and apparently all the officers in the Navy are under his command when needed. Vader uses the Executor as a flagship, leading a fleet of other ships from the Executor's bridge.]

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.62/5  rDev -18.1%
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 jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
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