Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

Newport Storm Hurricane Amber AleNewport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale
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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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Ratings: 337 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Coastal Extreme Brewery in Middletown, RI.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, reddish amber color with decent clarity and a thin head of white foam which disipated into a fine lace.

S: Some toasted grains and candied fruits to go with a light, sweet roasted caramel aroma. No real hop bitterness.

T: Semisweet caramel malt with a mild toasted grain flavor up front. There are some weak, tea-like hops picked up around mid-palate which wash the brew down somewhat dry and toasted for a finish. Not a ton of good flavors to be had, but nothing too out of balance.

M: Light-medium bodied, somewhat dry but thin and watery around parts with some metallic qualities.

D: A relatively inoffensive amber ale, but not enough character to have me ordering up some or picking up a sixer. Wishy-washy malts and hop bitterness so low its like a Tetley's, but it's not swill. Would make a decent intro brew or session for the meek ale drinker. Not this guy, however.

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Photo of tjd112
3.24/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is, not too surprisingly amber, poured with a nice fluffy head and some lacing, would be perfect, except that the head didn't retain too long. Both the smell and taste were faint biscuity malts, and the mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, albeit somewhat disjoined. I was able to finish this, but it is not necessarily the best amber out there.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.45/5  rDev -23.7%
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 -23.4%
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 colts9016
2.36/5  rDev -26.5%
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 ejimhof
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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 alleykatking
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a orange amberish color. One finger sandy white head comes up and fades rather quickly. No real lacing to speak of...everything slides back down into the beer.

S- Bready malts collide with some light caramel malts. There is some light maybe toastedness in the back end of the aroma as well. Very faint altogether and really was well one dimentional.

T- Taste is right along with the aroma. Big bready sweet caramel malts all throughout the beer. No hops in this beer at all or at least what I could tell. Some light metallic notes to this some light oxidation.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit on the high side. Caramel malts left on the palate with more sweet malts in the aftertaste. Light metallic twang on the backing of this as well. No real crispness to this and the flavors were bland and ran together.

D- This beer is bland and this makes it a easy drinker. Not the worst amber I have had but far from the best. I have had some other Newport brews and realize this one is not one of their best. Glad to have tried it though.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange amber with faint off white head.

S: Smells like bready malt, with some caramel.

T: Similar to the nose with the malt, a certain sweetness up front, but a really nice hoppy bite at the end.

M: Fairly thin, but goes down easily.

D: Low ABV, and good taste this time around, easy to put some down.

I must note: I have had this several times on-tap and from a bottle, but my last night was my first time at the bar I had it and was impressed. It is usually a let down, but perhaps in 2010 these guys are stepping up their game?

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, orange-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, honey, small citrus hops in the back

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light body, sweet

Drinkability: Very drinkable, slightly sweet amber ale. Nothing outstanding, but I could easily pick up six cans and be happy after a long day of cutting the grass.

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Photo of nelnutter
2.56/5  rDev -20.2%
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 ellflle
1.92/5  rDev -40.2%
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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
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 zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Brenden
2.24/5  rDev -30.2%
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 Bounty628
2.13/5  rDev -33.6%
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 kenscrx
4.17/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good "flagship" beer. It accomplishes the goal of being an easy drinking beer, but does not give into being wussy at all. Nice hop taste with the magnum giving some good bittnerness, but not too much. The color is a beautiful amber. It's easy to drink several of these at a time.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Jcb890 for sharing this.

A - Hazy copper amber with a thin off white head.

S - Grainy, grain husk aroma with some biscuit.

T - Grainy, biscuit and fruity hops.

M - Medium body. The grainy taste creates a dry, almost powdery taste in the mouth.

D - This beer is not terrible but I would not seek it out. The grainy biscuit flavor is like chewing on cardboard at times.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date June; Sampled December 2008
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an initial two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is exceedingly clear and is a reddish, amber-gold color that shows a bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of expressive citrus hop notes and crystal malt aromatics. Some other notes of metallic, lightly herbal hops join aromas of grapefruit zest, tangelo, lightly toasted grain (sort of biscuit like), and a touch of sweet caramel maltiness.

Pretty dry tasting and actually a bit lighter than I was expecting. The citrus hops seem to add a touch of tartness due to the overall dryness of this beer. Meyer lemon zest character comes through in the flavor more than the juicy, ripe, slightly sweet citrus notes that were noticeable in the aroma. The beer has a nice, clean, biting bitterness that is noticeable from the beginning to lingering end of each sip. The finish has a nice cracker like malt to it at times, but at others comes off as thin and tart.

Not bad, but a bit weird somehow. I don't think there is quite enough malt to support the hops here and the tartness is a bit odd; I don't think it is an infection as this beer is pretty clean over all.

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy, thick-looking amber orange with a fast-fading slightly off-white head with average to below-average retention that leaves naught but a thing sheen of white head on top of this one.

Aroma: Watery, faint, like cat-foor, sunflower seeds, faint doughy bread, not much else.

Taste: Dull and watery dough, like bread dough that's under-salted and over-watered, nutty, a little too thin and strechy, with a faint hop bitterness and less hop flavor. Rather lifeless

Mouthfeel: Perfectly average, fluffy, reasonably well-carbonated, though a little thin.

Drinkability: A decent American amber, lacking in most places, decent in a few others, but on the whole decidedly average. First I've tried from this brewery so I'm willing to give them a second shot.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled in November 2008 from a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a December 2008 expiration date. It pours a cloudy orange-amber with very little off-white head. I catch a whiff or malts and some overripe fruit. It feels smooth enough in the mouth. The flavor is also malted and lightly hopped. Overall I found it to be an alright brew.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle of this at a Middletown, RI liquor store - just around the corner from Coastal Extreme's brewery - late October '08. The store sold 6-packs, but (luggage space being limited) I opted for a lone bottle ($1.75). Notched at 'Oct' for the 'Freshest before' date, so I'll accept that this may be on the brink. Poured to a pint glass. I did also try this twice on draught (fresh) during our time in Rhode Island.

A: Foggy copper, nothing floating or anything, but definitely unfiltered. About 1/2 finger of frothy head that doesn't last long, fading to a vague off-white swirl. Scattered carbonation rises sleepily. Flecks of lace stick randomly, most lace drops to a thin, creamy ring.

S: Light malty caramel, singed nuts and a faint herbal hoppiness.

T: Caramel toasted grain with a bittering that is combines singed bread crust, grass and an herbal, slightly flowery zest. Something in the finish reminds me of lightly-spiced gingerbread, even a vague tartness. This beer reminds me of a decent English Bitter, flavor-wise.

M: Strange mouthfeel: seems thin/watery the first few sips; evolves to a stickier, grainy/silty lip-smacker. Lingering bitterness. By far my least favorite feature of this one.

D: All in all, an average brew but not a bad one. A decent 'every day' drinker that proved to be a good option when presented with few 'craft beers' to choose from (Chilis, Chelo's...I'm looking at you two...). Easy enough to drink and a beer I'd probably have again.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a cloudy, orange hues amber with a very light bodied look, thin white head that dissipates really quick and leaves next to nothing on top. not very exciting.

a damp, dark wheat and freshly husked corn on the cobb scent dominates at first with allspice, tangy, sour yeast, pumpernickle bread with some caramel sweetness from the malt.

The flavor is a nutty, earthy malt, very simple, home-brew-like flavor with tangy, sour yeast and a light wheatie hop right at the end, but very subtle. Fresh corn, dark wheat bread and sour yeast pretty much wraps up the flavor spectrum.

Not exactly up to par for the style, a style that is not all that exciting to begin with.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.46/5  rDev -23.4%
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 dsa7783
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this beer on-tap at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick, RI...
Pours a deep amber hue with a minimal head that revealed a miniscule level of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Faintly hoppy aroma mixed with a nice dose of malts... Slight ginger and caramel noticeable...
Taste: Crisp, slightly hopper amber and grain flavor... Nothing special... Ordinary at best...

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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 16.6% out of 100 with 337 ratings
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