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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 Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Knapp85
3/5  rDev -6%
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 biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
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 zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, amber color with a one-finger, tan, foamy head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and grasses. Not much else going on here.

T - It tasted sweet and of roasted malt caramel. It had a nice grassy taste, too.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a somewhat dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is an okay amber ale. I've had better but it works in a pinch.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.58/5  rDev -50.5%
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 superspak
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
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 NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, deep amber body rests gently beneath a thin cap of creamy off-white foam. The head retention is rather good, however, and it maintains its short cover for some time and leaves craggy, bubbly washes of lace about the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish, biscuity and caramelish malt with just a subtle touch of diacetyl (that does more to lend it character than detract from its enticement) and some delicately fruity yeastiness. It's lightly crisp in the mouth with a fine, median carbonation and medium body. Buttery biscuits come to mind at first sip, followed by some floral hop flavors and a yeasty fruitiness before its solid bitterness begins to dry it. It finishes short with a touch of astringency and some lingering bitterness, as well as another caress of soothing buttery diacetyl. It's a basic beer, but it does have some character - odd as it might be. It might not stand up as a straight out session ale, but this is definately a good cross-over beer for people who are starting to wake up to better beers.

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

Halloween pumpkin orange topped by a sturdy cap of lightest beige that is tacky enough to leave a moderate amount of lace. The aroma is balanced, while also being underpowered, and does nothing to distinguish itself. It's lightly pale malty with the suggestion of noble hops; nothing special.

Hurricane Amber has more flavor than many amber ales, but when that flavor is so lackluster, what's the point? The mildly sweet, toasted malt backbone is countered by assertive, spicy noble hops (Tettanger, Magnum). As far as I'm concerned, hops that are typically used in German pilsners are exactly the wrong choice for an American amber ale.

That may be a subject for legitimate debate, but the simple truth is that it doesn't result in an amber ale flavor profile that I like. Some sort of citric American hop would improve this beer immensely. In addition, the flavor isn't mouth-filling in the least and woody, metallic notes intrude on the finish. The body is strictly medium for the style and the mouthfeel is serviceable at best.

Coastal Extreme is capable of brewing good-very good beer, as evidenced by their Maelstrom IPA. Hurricane Amber is another matter entirely. A simple recipe change just might do the trick. I suggest that they tweak it before this storm does any more damage to their reputation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Celtica & The Sea Fare Inn, in Newport, RI., served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden amber color, with a short, thin off-white head that fades quickly and doesn’t leave a lot of lace on the glass.

S: The smell is a combination of caramelized malt & hops, with a little bit of nut & spice mixed in. A bit more hops in the smell than other beers I’ve had in this style, which I consider a good thing in this case.

T: The hops and malt come out together in the taste, but neither is very strong. However, just like in the smell, there are more hops in the flavor that you would expect in the style, which gives it a touch of hops after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: The beer goes down very easy because it's light, but a bit weak in flavor, which could leave you looking for something else. However, it’s a good alternative to the macros if there is nothing else on-tap.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one as part of the Review this BIF. This was my second foray into that box. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/20/2009.
The pour was just great, rich amber in color with a huge, towering head of white over the top. Just looked incredible I have to say. Nice clarity and with a rich looking level of carbonation bubbling forward their was not much more I could have asked for. Aroma was bready at first, hints of light grain, a touch of an earthy hop note as well. Really nicely done. Warming seemed to bring out a bit more of the hops for me, nothing really that strong but a nice little accent and breakup of the malts. Crisp, clean and very even profile from start to finish. Each sip was very complex and relaxed. Caramel malts and hints of grain those were just superb. Light hops, piney with a touch of dryness in the finish all but hid any ABV that was present.
Overall I thought this was a very solid amber ale. Nothing I could really pick apart on this one at all, just steady from top to bottom and I would go for it again for sure.

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

Color: Hazy amber.

Smell: Twang of fermentation, dusty floury biscuits, baked apples and a faint herbal hop.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and toasty, moderate sized body. Sort of a malt bomb, flaunting toasted and bready flavors. Kiss of sweetness and hint of alcohol. Toasty flavor reaches pretty high. Light hopping there for balance. Semi-dry finish that just can't shake the toasted grain flavor.

Overall: Bit of a poster boy for Amber Ales, it pretty much says “take me the way I am” … it also begs to be paired with something.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a slightly hazy copper color. Small one finger head formed and dissolved to layer of fine bubbles along the top. Splotchy lacing down the sides.

S: Toasted grains, a little bit of caramel, and a fruit sweetness.

T: Lots of caramel malt and toasted grains. No hops to speak of, and a little sweetness.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, slightly dry and astringent, and a little thin. Is it amazing, no, but its not too bad.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of trying this beer at a cold dreary festival in Rhode Island. While the weather was awful, the beer was very good.

Darker amber in color, this draft provided a nice bone white head. Lace was impossible to determine in the plastic (ugh!) cup.

The beer had a well-balanced aroma. I liked the floral hop that softly appeared without overpowering. Tastewise, I enjoy a good balance in these types of beers. More crisp than many ales, the beer is still full-bodied.

The production of this beer is very limited (under 5K barrels). Should you find yourself in Rhode Island, seek this beer out for a taste.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Yo, Shoko, as in Kawada, you da man, yo! This is a serious hook-up to a brother! CAN you dig it? Without any request nor an expectation for a return trip, the little one-eyed pirate sent me some CANs! That's what The CANQuest (TM) is about - hookin' me up, gratis. NO! It's about the pursuit of CANs and although Smiley didn't ask, I'm'a return the favor.

Soundtrack: Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane". It's 1984, I'm at the New London Pier warehouse with EN3 Hegepeth and things are definitely rocking onboard the Captain's gig! Say, where did Jimmy and the SKSN disappear to?

C & G followed by a huge head of ecru head that stood up like morning wood. Nose had an an initial scent of vanilla, but leaning into it, I got cinnamon, pine, vanilla, cocoa. Wild. Very woody and completely unexpected. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Mouthfeel was medium but the taste was very spicy, almost like a Belgian Wit! CAN-conditioned, perhaps?!? Really yeast-driven, no kidding! Lots of odd flavors for an Amber, but style may be incorrect on the site. Holy coriander, Batman! Hoozoominhoo? Amber? Really?!? Best Amber ever (except for Amber Lynn, who I met in 1987)! Finish was spicy like a Christmas ale.

Everybody else out of the cooler! Make way/room for Newport Storm HurriCANe Amber Ale!

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Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
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 ejimhof
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Andrea Hotel in Westerly RI. I think of this as a hoppier version of an Octoberfest which is my favorite beer. Not sure why this beer has such low grades I think it is a good beer. The look,smell and taste are above average. Try it out maybe the recipe has improved since the last time you had one.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
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 MasterSki
1.77/5  rDev -44.5%
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 GarthDanielson
2.62/5  rDev -17.9%
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 tempest
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 20oz dimpled mug at the Wickenden Pub for $5.75. I was actually pleasantly surprised and would order this again. It was a bit thin for the strength, but I also usually thing amber ales are too thick. Otherwise I found it to be a tasty session ale. It seemed to have a Scottish influence with herbal caramel and toffee notes. There was also a bit of toasted malt and a light brown sugar sweetness. There was nothing cheap-tasting about it. No grainy-ness or off-flavors, just a clean and flavorful beer. I'd order it again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It is smooth and earthy with breadlike notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth, well balanced flavor. It is sweet with crystal malts along with a breadlike earthy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good amber ale. I really like the sweet, earthy feel it has. This is a fine sessions beer; a good drinker.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish / orange in color with a 1" head that produced some light lacing. Light malty aroma. The flavor is a combination of malt, caramel, and faint orange with some mellow bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth at the start with a quick caramel finish. A mild bitterness arrives on the tongue after swallowing. Nicely drinkable, and a decent session beer while bar hopping in Newport.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear copper color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of slight sweet malts, and caramel. The taste is light of malts/caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew from Coastal, would be nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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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