Newport Storm Spring Irish Red Ale | Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Newport Storm Spring Irish Red AleNewport Storm Spring Irish Red Ale

Brewed by:
Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Although there are a lot of “Irish red” beers out there, only a few of them feature the slightly roasted flavor that made this style legendary. Not surprisingly, this flavor comes from the addition of a small amount of roasted malt, the same thing that gives the beer its deep ruby hue. Ours also uses hops from the United Kingdom to lend even more Irish authenticity to the style. It is the perfect brew to enjoy while watching St. Patrick’s Day parades from Boston to New Haven and beyond!

33 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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Reviews by Frank_TX:
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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5.0 ABV. Had it at a tasting session in the Brewery.

Pours a red color with an off-white full head. The flavor balance works for the most part. Hops are a bit scratchy, but do the balancing job ok by putting the sweetness into the background.

There is a strange taste hanging around that I would like gone, but it isn't very strong. Though not a bad beer by any means there is something about this one I can't put a finger on which hurts the drinkability.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Yeah, spring is nearly upon us—at least in the beer world, though it doesn’t just revolve around March 17th, so we look past the style connection here. Firm pour provides a tall head and lengthy lacing. Red knocks on black’s door in a chestnut manner. Hints of roasted malt, mild sweetness and a faint suggestion of licorice root. Sultry smoothness on a medium body. Toasty goodness that lands dry, then roasted flavors kick in. Moderate hopping with some lingering herbal, woody flavors. Palate drys up really quick with a second kiss of the roasted grain. A sessionable ale for sure, sadly a seasonal only ... there is no need to have a boiled dinner just once a year when you can have it whenever you want.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single from the Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, Va. Pours a clear, amber body alive with tiny carbonation bubbles. Small, offwhite head quickly drops to a lasting cap and collar. Minimal patch lace. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and a light medium to medium body. Taste is full of bready malt and toffee sweetness, with spicy hops for a nice balance.
Very good drinkability, but I'm not a big fan of this style.

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Photo of standardcherry
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kimlhurst
1.39/5  rDev -61%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Copper collar, medium to barely covering collar. Sweet coffee aroma & coffee taste. I HATE IT!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rough pour brings up a marvelously creamy ivory head over its deep copper body. The head holds quite well, and leaves nice craggy lines about the sides of the glass. The nose is clean and inviting with just a hint of malt and some subtle yeasty fruitiness. Its medium body and median carbonation leave it lightly crisp and then smooth across the palate. Mild, caramel-tinged malt is well balanced in the flavor with a touch of floral hops and a firm bitterness. Some yeasty fruitiness also enters, and gives it a little bit more character. It finishes clean, dry, and refreshing. It's a basic, well-made beer that represents the style well and could easily serve as a decent session ale or party beer. It's accessible to the masses, but still has enough going on to satisfy the beer lover.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Irish Red. It’s funny to see beers of this "style" when there is no style to judge it against. No BJCP, no one brand made through history, nothing. So what we get are brewers interpretations of what they think it should be with a wide range from Coors with food coloring to deep roasted amber ales. One famous company even uses invert sugar. Why?!! Also, I truly don’t think Irish red goes with Red and Amber since beers such as Fat Tire and Boont are completely different from each other as well as different from this. Anyway, about this particular beer.

A deep amber/brown color fills the glass with a thin head. Minimal lace. The aroma is roasted, slightly nutty, and malty. No real hop aroma. The taste is well balanced malt and flavor hops. A bit of citrus is cut by the roasted malts and then it mellows to sweetness of perhaps crystal. Nice body and well balanced. The finish is clean with a touch of caramel and fruit. Possibly from yeast of citrus hops.

I think Storms take on an Irish Red is what I would look to make if I made one. Only a bit more on the roasted side than I would do. The spring Storm of the Season is a nice transition to wean away from the tasty porter that is available in the winter.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bjlps
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a nice half inch head. Smell is mainly malt with some molasses undertones. Taste is sweet, malty and well-rounded. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet with a nice slightly bitter finish, Easy on the drinkability scale, definitely could have more than one.

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Photo of Franchise
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Red Ale pours a dark amber color closer to brown than to red. It leaves a very thin white lace that disappates quickly. Appearance is clear smoothe looking. The aroma is faint, I had to stick my nose deeply in the glass. What I could smell besides the alcohal was a nutty, maybe roasted essence. As I put it on my palate the mouthfeel was nice, I detected tastes of caramel, nuts, and a little peppery lemon. Overall decent IRA I recommend it, but not one of the better beers from Coastal.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to PPoitras for the bottle.
Pours a clear copper color with a big but thin dull white head. Spoty webs of lace on the pint.
Aroma of caramel, toasted bread and some light roasted nuttiness appear after warming a bit.
Flavors of sharp caramel, faints hints of grain and chocoloate with an even fainter whiff of nuts and roastiness.
Mouthfeel has a short shot of sweetness covered by both malt based on hop bittering. Heavy water taste and serious overcarbonation plague this sample also. Good beer lurking in here somewhere just overtaken by some poor bottling or something.
Drinkability is average good be better and I'm sure it is on draught but in the bottle this one is a relative yawner.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in the glass, with a soft foam head. Delicate carbonation visible after pour. Nose is a hint of biscuity caramel, but is balanced immediately by taste when the light bitter hops kick in. Nicely balanced flavor and moderate mouthfeel. Hint of sweetness, but not too sweet--and definitely something that would go well with food. I enjoyed it with a Cheeburger Cheeburger turkey sandwich. Perfect pairing.

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Photo of wedge
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent reddish-copper with a dense white head of froth - good retention. Clean toasted malt aroma with interesting hints of chocolate and nuts - a little rough. Nice roasted malt flavor, similar to the smell, with bready grains and a slight hint of grassy hops (especially as it warms). Mouthfeel is dry and medium.

Not my favorite style, but a decent beer to be had. The smell is a little odd, but overall its not too bad.

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Photo of LPorter33
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Decent looking with a very deep dark red/brown color like rootbeer. Respectable lacing and head retention.

Smell = Fairly typical malt/hops mix. Nothing great but there's substance to it and it's appealing.

Taste = A little watery and a tiny bit of skunkness in there. There's some bitter raw flavor and this one's a bit disappointing as you can find better examples of this style elsewhere.

Overall = a pretty average ale. I don't see any reason to seek this out. It's drinkable though.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*I think the Bros rating this beer exceptional is too generous*

A- Very cloudy. Has the appearance of beef stock. I don't think I've ever seen a Irish style Red look this cloudy. Very small head that doesn't stick around. Surprisingly sediment
is floating around in the glass.

S- Roasted malts! Sweet and caramel notes. Faint hops.

T- Tastes like a cross between an Irish Red and an IPA. The bitterness is very present. The Carmel malts are also present. Has a sour flavor as well. Carbonation dances on the tongue, although I can't see it in the glass. Just a weird Irish Rd Ale! I think a 3 is a modest rating on taste, but to me this is unique for an Irish Red Ale.

M- Kind of rough to be honest. Sticky and medium in feel. I cannot suck this back in the spring. Nope!

Overall, this was a disappointment. A hoopy Irish Red is not what I want in the spring, nor is a kind of heavy and sticky body/mouthfeel what I want when the weather is getting nice. I wouldn't choose this at anytime of the year. I'd rather Newport Storm bring back the Summer IPA and replace this beer with that!

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Photo of civicm87
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep cloudy garnet, bordering on brown; the head is voluminous, beige and the lace in thick sheets. Nose is malt, nutty sweet, and butter like. Front begins lightly malt sweet, the top is skinny and the finish purposeful in it acidity, the hops quite profound in their presence, aftertaste dry and long lasting, quite a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Newport Storm Spring Irish Red Ale from Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
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