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 Amalak
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
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 plaid75
3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at the Viking Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nutty malt, some cocoa and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of thin malts, a light nuttiness and a bit of astringency.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style with an astringent finish.

Overall a decent beer if you are in a pinch. Nothing too exciting here though.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | 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. average aroma.

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. just an average beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
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 mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
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 ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The amber is hazy, dark orange in color with a sweet malty nose, featuring plum like fruit aromas. Foamy off white head with okay retention and good lacing down the glass. I found this beer to have a good balance between the malt and hops, with neither coming on too strong.

Mouthfeel at first feels a little thin, but then manages to coat your mouth pretty well. Overall, a decent amber that has the ability to hold its own with others of the style.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: amber orange with 1 finger head

Smell: Malts, with little hops,

Taste: Sweet malts, hops

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

Drinkability: not a bad beer but also not a great beer. good everyday drinker.



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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 BigPlay1824
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Oktoberfest Mug. The brew pours a very nice medium amber color with a slight light orange tinge to it and is overall quite clear. Hurricane Amber pours with a thick head that is slightly off-white and is creamy in texture. The head lingers shortly but does leave a large amount of creamy lacing on the glass. The beer has an overall sweet scent that is backed by a very slight molasses like note. The overall taste begins with a slight sweetness (possibly honey) and then finishes with a slight maltiness that helps to give the beer a bit of depth and makes it more enticing. As with most beers in the style, this offering by Coastal Extreme drinks very smooth and relatively light which helps to make it easy drinking. There is a medium carbonation tingle which goes away as the beer is being drunk. Also, this beer seemed to open up a bit more taste as it warmed up which really helped it to be a joy to drink. Overall, I found this brew to be a nice representation of the style. The taste was overall pleasing but did not blow me away. I really liked how easily and lightly the brew drank and I can now look forward to trying some other brews from Coastal Extreme.

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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 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 KTCamm
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev 0%
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 uustal
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a hint of orange. Solid off-white head and above average lacing as well. Bready, sweet aroma, hints of fruit as well. Not huge flavor, but definitely a lot more malt than hops. Caramel, bread and toffee malts are the main flavors. Just a hint of dark fruit flavor as well A little rush of hops at the end and a slight metallic flavor. Solid flavor, but nothing special and can be hit or miss.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.68/5  rDev +46.3%
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 tempest
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
3.2 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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