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 pinotboy007
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draft at "Timmy's" in Oakland Beach, RI.

A - Red/off-amber color with a modestly creamy head that leaves rings with each sip.

S - Caramel.

T/M - Served ice cold in a chilled glass so I think it lost some of its character. Regardless, I found this a bit too sweet and lacking any hops or real complexity, even as it warmed. Malt, caramel, and a touch of peat. Mouthfeel is OK with vigorous carbonation.

D - A thirst quencher in the nice summer weather.

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Photo of albern
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm in the minority on this beer in that I give it higher marks than the panel. It pours a clear copper color with some creamy off white head, retention, and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is quite pungent with prodigious caramel and peaty notes. There is a very bready aroma to this beer with a toasted maltiness. The taste is all of the above with a fairly creamy consistency. If anything, there is a bit too much caramel and buttery notes, perhaps a bit of nuttiness in the background as well, and perhaps not enough crisp peatiness. This is a very creamy caramel beer. The mouthfeel is a bit oily. This is a refreshing beer, a bit too buttery with not enough of the deep red, almost cherry like peatiness to really be considered a Red Ale for my tastes. Not a bad beer, and I think better than what it is being given credit for. There is also a freshness date on the new labelling.

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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 morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

So I was kinda let down with the 12 pack of NS Summer Ale I bought for a bbq yesterday. So I traded a few of my summer ales to my friend who had a 12 pack of NS Amber Ale. Poured into a cup, and it looked amber in color, slight carbonation. Weak malt smell to it. Taste was OK, didn't blow me away but it was easy to drink. The only thing that I noticed that after about only half a glass, it was completely flat and looked like apple juice. The beer went stale in like 10 minutes right in my hand. Not cool. I see where the comment about "homebrew" comes from in other peoples' reviews. I drank one of these later in the evening, but I drank it quicker to avoid this happening again. Overall, not too happy with my Newport Storm beers this weekend.

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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 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 BDIMike
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color. Thin head that goes away fairly quickly.
Smell was the best part. A bit of caramel, but mainly toast and malts.
The taste is a very toasty taste. Not much else to it.
Very thin brew. Not a lot to the mouthfeel at all.
A beer like this you could drink a lot of it, but you wouldn't want to. Average beer, but there are many better options.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Another average amber... Sweet malty aroma, this one has a touch of almond as well. Decent sticky head. Slightly cloudy with thin dregs at bottom of bottle. Is this bottle conditioned? It can't be. Toasted malt flavor, finishes slightly dry and bitter. There's something a little weird in there as well. Thin. Not the best.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.1/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Orange amber color. Thin white head and some lace that stuck to the glass.

smell - Has a grainy smell to it.

taste - Malty, grainy, with a slight bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer. Beer you can pound down. Another good one from New Port.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with moderate off-white head.
Smell is light caramel with a mild fruity background.
Taste is very refreshing. The strong malt character, a light caramel taste, and enoung balancing hops in the background is very enjoyable.
Left a nice taste sensation in the mouth.
Vert drinkable, would be a good session beer.

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Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
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 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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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Newport Storm- Amber

Served up on tap everywhere in Newport, RI.

Appearance- Clear ruby red with a small sticky head.
Smell- Sweet sugary malt with slight corn syrup notes.
Taste- Sweet corn syrup, malt, and candi sugar. Mild dry hops try to come through in the end.
Mouthfeel- Sweet body with a lackluster end.

Overall- Not a horrible beer but not a very good Amber. This is definitely the choice when its in the middle of a BMC lineup. I drank several pints over my vacation and wouldn't shy away from in the future.

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Photo of Foxman
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy iced tea golden amber. A half-finger of loose white head sinks soon to sparse foamy nebulae. Thin arches of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a mist of toasted malt, very soft with caramel and biscuit and a light fruitiness. The hops are quite distant and mildly bitter, with a veiled spicy implication, and overall the aroma is mellow to the point of almost indistinct.

Upon tasting, the malt is mildly sweet at first, then fills out with ripe berry and rounded citrus tartness. After that, the bottom seems to drop out, with a mere intimation of any residual malt and a rather ethereal bitterness that then lingers crisply but shallowly. It just doesn't have a lot going on.

It starts with a creamy coating that soon passes to a dry palatal tingle.

It's a subtle style, as a rule, but I fear this takes subtlety a step or two too far. The grain is fleeting and the hops more present in the mouthfeel than anywhere else. Despite those limitations the crisp finish makes this decently refreshing and drinkable. That said, there are other drinkable beers that leave a more positive final impression.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would like to thank the TheManiacalOne for this beer from a trade.

Newport Storm pours a marvelous burnt orange, light amber color with no head, there are a few stray bubbles but very low carbonation.
the aroma is bready, fresh baked biscuits, malt, with a hint of grassiness.
the flavor is very malty, but light on the palate, there is a grassy hop flavor, and little flecks of caramelized malt.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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 billybob
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a meduim amber color with an ivory two finger head that holds fairly well with good lacing. first aroma is of canned peaches or fruit cocktail and then some caramel and roasted malt. taste is bready, roasted malt and caramel. mouthfeel is light to meduim with good carbonation and clean finish. easy to drink, I'll be looking to buy it again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bjohnson for sending this beer my way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a clear, copper color with barely half an inch of white head. Very slight amount of lacing left on the glass. Smells of sweet caramel malts and grassy hops. There is also a funk to this beer that I can't quite place. Tastes of grainy malt and mild, earthy hops. Thin in body with medium carbonation. I'm glad I was able to try this beer, but I would not go out of my way to drink it again.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hurricane Amber Ale pours a clear copper color with a small fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly down to a thin ring around the surface leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass. The aroma has a bit of fruityness to it with hints of strawberry. There's also a nuttiness and a hint of hops mixed into the aroma.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a nice firm carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins with toasted malt and nuts. In the middle a touch of strawberry fruityness comes through. It finishes hoppy and a bit tart with some citrus and flowery notes. Once gone some of the hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

This beer has a nice balanced flavor and is quite drinkable. The 'flat' appearance and fruity aroma through me off a little bit, but overall it's a descent middle of the road amber ale.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review would not be possible if not for bjohnson.
Pours an amber color with a modest highly carbonated head. The head disappears to nothing in a minute. I mean nothing. No lace...nothing.
Mild fruity smell and buttered biscuits in the aroma.
Taste is very malty. This beer could use some citrus hop flavors. Buttery finish and somewhat grainy.
Mouthfeel is light bodied.
Overall it's a good beer for pizza and maybe as a cross-over beer.

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Photo of LarryV
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with nary a head to be seen. Smell is malty with a slight mustiness falling on the tail. Flavor is mostly caramel malt with a slight tinge of hoppiness. Tea like flavors and a slight sourness show up as well. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side. Overall, not a bad brew, but not very inspired.

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Photo of Alexmc2
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite session beers. Beer pours a cloudy pale red with a modest head. Fair lacing. Smells of crystal malt with a fair share of hops mixed in. Beer goes down very smooth, not the strongest taste, but if you're looking for an amber ale, especially in the summer, I strongly suggest a Newport Storm.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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 DrunkPagan
4.2/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was priveliged enough to slip into a tour of the brewery yesterday. They started off by pouring Hurricane Amber for everyone before going on the tour. It's been a while since I had some, so last night was great. Apparently they use tettnanger hops for this one, which makes sense when you think about it.

Anyway, it was much better coming straight from the source. Usually I can only get it in bottles when I'm looking for it. Good malty aroma, only a slight hint of the tettnanger. Good dark amber color, light sweet taste, I went through two of them right there.

The Hurricane Amber, flagship beer of Newport Storm, is a very nice amber ale to toss back in the pub, or on a nice summer day. It's much better on tap if you can get it. And, apparently, they also make it in cans for the summertime. Cheers.

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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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