Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
newportstorm.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,616
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
344
pDev:
18.07%
Bros Score:
2.73
 
 
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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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Photo of Ragingbull
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber in color with a wispy foam head and average prickle. Malt nose. Malt forward attack with hints of grain at the finish. The flavor holds a lot of promise at first. That promise is that something light and fresh is going to be followed up some exotic flavors. The presentation is light and fresh but the flavor tapers quickly and seems to come up short and leaves me with a dull and flat impression. Perhaps it just didn't live up to its own promise.

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Photo of pinotboy007
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +13.7%
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 -26.5%
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 -3.4%
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 -19%
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 -29.6%
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 +8.1%
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 -0.9%
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 +27.7%
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 +27.7%
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 -12.8%
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 -18.1%
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 -15%
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 +0.6%
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 +15.3%
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%
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 +40.2%
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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Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 344 ratings