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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Photo of DrMullet
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color.
Smell is a sweet blend of apple and caramel.
Taste is sweet light malt and some caramel. A hint of fruit and floral hops.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Another from the latest beer shipment. Even though this brewery is in a state nexdoor to mine, I can't recall seeing any of their products in my state.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mildly herbal/spice.

t; Follows the nose along with floral notes and a light hop bite. Dry to spicy finish.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A flavorful amber, better than the ratings average here suggests. Seems quite complex in various incarnations as it's consumed.

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Photo of ryanoh401
4.82/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has been around since I was in highschool- it's been a staple at every party and every bar I've ever been to in newport, hurrcane amber has become one of my go to "easy" beers, i've found it a great starter beer to get people into craft beers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.36/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

SAmpling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. This 12 oz bottle has been in the cellar for about 2 years in an unintentional aging process.
The beer pours a rich crimson to mahogany color with a fizzy beige head of 1 cm. The head fades quickly to a wispy surface layer soon after the beer is poured into the glass. So far this seems okay for drinking.
The aroma is rich and sweet immediately after the pour with caramel and toffee and a bit of dark fruit mixes in too. I think any hops have faded on this beer.
The first sip reveals an average body with very fine and tingly carbonation. Texture is smooth and silky and does coat my palate just a bit on each swallow.
Flavor is a bit of biscuity malt and some sweet caramel and a little corn sugary sweetness on the finish. Again no hops at this point and no booze comes through either.
The beer is easy to drink but is a little sweet at this time. I prefer some of the other offerings from coastal extreme and will stick to those on future purchases.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I am doing my winter snowbirding, the trunk of my car is full of beers from woodychandler. This is one of them. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some caramel. Taste is malts, some pine, caramel, a bit on the mild side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber with a thin beige head.

Smell: Light malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of light hops and malts.

Overall: Not bad. But nothing special.

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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 Hergestridge
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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 gonzo000
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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 biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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 superspak
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/2013. Pours moderately hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, floral, light nuttiness, grass, and floral earthiness. Ok aromas with good complexity of malt notes with light hops; and decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light nuttiness, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish. Nice complexity of malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this a pretty solid malty amber ale style. Good complexity and balance of malt notes with light hops; and smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Smoke
4.28/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into glass. Exp date March. Poured into glass with a medium head. Crystal clear amber color. The first smell of this beer is a combination of caramel and spicy hop. Seems like a nice balance between the two for an amber ale from the east coast. The first sip not surprisingly is smooth and full of caramel sweetness. A mild hop bitterness balances out the caramel and malty sweetness and finishes clean. Certainly not a hop bomb, but I don’t think it is supposed to be. Great example of an amber ale

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Photo of biegaman
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hurricane Amber looks as though it's survived a storm; its darkish, honey-dijon colour is completely clouded over, seeming as though it were recently shaken up (it wasn't). Its highlights are dull. Its carbonation spent. The beer offers very little by way of aesthetics.

The aroma has the correct combination of gooey maltiness and resiny hops, but it could stand to be a lot more expressive. The malts, while toasty, have but a slight nutty overtone and the hops don't have any specific character to them aside from a vague herbalness. Dry-hopping would have been wise.

Crystal malt provides notes of crunchy caramel and a touch of burnt sugar. These otherwise sweet flavours are balanced by a fairly prominent hoppiness, which spots hints of pine resin and grapefruit rind that carry through to a medium-length finish. The aftertaste develops a pineapple flavour.

Hurricane Amber is a tad light-bodied but maintains a bready, somewhat chewy maltiness in the mouthfeel thanks to the inclusion of Munich malts. For an American amber ale this is far from buff, but it's still in fine shape. Refreshing, and agreeable enough for casual drinkers.

Hurricane Amber is a good entry-level amber ale that is best suited to easily pleased palates, though I doubt even the most discerning drinkers will find anything not to like about it. Newport Storm's flagship beer lives up to the brewery's reputation as being very good, but not great.

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful, muted amber/gold brew with a solid creamy off-white cap and generous lacing. The aroma brings a somewhat weak caramel malt, maple. Nice but too meek as far as I’m concerned. The flavor is more pronounced with a peppery malt and subtle evergreen / herbal hop. Very nice really. A bit musty and crisp with a medium-light body that offers an evenly carbonated, crispy feel. A touch of cardboard here, but not really a negative. I think this is a little different and a worthy amber with a great vegetable/herbal edge that works in this tap offering tonight.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint in Bristol RI. From notes, consumed 12-08-2012.

A nice somewhat clear copper amber body, producing a solid off white head of about three fingers, and even some creamy character. Looks solid.

Interesting notes. Boy is this ever toasty, but very grainy and malty. Lots of ripping and powdery husky grain, some spicy hop angle to this also. Real interesting, feels inviting, even some doppel toffee like angle here.

Taste is extremely grainy. A real mish mash of flavors, sweet malts and husky dry grain, even some Irish ale stickiness too. Toffee angle comes in with a sweetness on the finish, and powder grain. Toast angle seems all over this, and that spicy hop burst comes through in places even with a little bit of a wet body.

This is a real dyslexic beer, with what feels like a mish mash of Red like styles and even some doppelbock stickiness. I actually think its pretty interesting and find it quite enjoyable.

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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 BostonHops
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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 donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a fingerswidth white head. Not a standout in the foam department but sufficient collar for the style.

Aroma is bread crust and a floral/apple juice caramel.

Lots of bread crust which makes for a cozy beer. The toasty theme is balanced by caramal and marmalade sweet highlights.

The last time I had this beer was in a dark pub in a rainy afternoon in Newport before my first marathon. Yesterday I had it on a rainy afternoon at a pub in Bristol at my engagement party. This beer seems to be connected with rain and lifetime acheivements.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a copper/amber body that yields a finger high head of linen white that slims down considerably.

S: Even mix of malts/hops. The malts come in a little sweet with pie crust, brulee, almonds. Hops are moderate with erring more on the grapefruit than pine side.

T: Again, a nice even balance – sweet and cracker light malts mix in some caramel molded with a slight piney bitterness. There is note on the finish I can’t quite place – almost funky, more like old corn flakes.

M: Medium to light bodied, finishing crisp.

O: Overall, not a bad a session amber – though not a standout in the field. I remember having this at ACBF in 2009 and it being more assertive then.

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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 indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

POUR: dark amber to auburn in color with a great looking inch of offwhite head. Clean and clear. Great looking beer coming out of the can.

AROMA: a big whiff and you get some nice caramal and molasses malty notes. Plenty of sweetness with some hints of creaminess and vanilla.

TASTE: malty, caramel-y, nutty and sweet. Again, there are some hints of cream and vanilla along with some bold malt flavors and very subtle hints of hops. The finish is rather dry, sweet with some slight hints at cherry and again creaminess.

OVERALL: something about this amber ale makes it a bit atypical of the style. Lots of great malt flavors but that creaminess and vanilla/cherry flavor(s) that come out make it a bit unique. Solid flagship brew from Rhode Island's only production brewery.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to homeboy Chris for bringing this back from the brewery for me!

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before DEC(?) notched.

pours out a fairly clear lightish amber color with about a one finger of just slightly off white colored head. average retention, eventually fading to some patchy foam, bits of sticky lace.

lots of aromas of buttered bread. maybe a bit of diactyl, but it works, lots of biscuit and toasted grains. mostly malt forward, maybe a hint of floral hops

defiantly a malt forward beer. very nice tasting buttery biscuits, bread, toasted grains, a bit nutty and a bit of caramel/ toffee. some fruity esters. just enough herbal/ floral hops to round things out.

fairly light bodied, snappy carbonation. a bit sweet.

i started off kind of agreeing with that C+ overall score, but the more i drank this the more i enjoyed it. just a simple amber ale, but very nice flavors of fresh grain and buttered bread. a very nice session beer, similar to fat tire in ways. happy to have a six pack on hand.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How have I not reviewed this? New design can into fantome tulip.

A- Very nice clarity amber beer pours with a slightly off-white... let's call it eggshell white head that is 3-fingers and thick. Heavy lacing.

S- Caramel malts and some floral hops. Pretty delicate.

T- Very bready, toasted grain, grassy and herbal hops. Flavors extend to biscuits and mineral water. Very light with a building lingering bitterness that is sharp on the tongue.

M- Moderately thin body, easy to drink.

O- This beer has some serious variation, this can's good but not the best. I like this beer better on tap. A great local staple.

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