Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA | Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Newport Storm Maelstrom IPANewport Storm Maelstrom IPA
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Newport Storm Maelstrom IPANewport Storm Maelstrom IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by steelreign:
Photo of steelreign
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this beauty in Narragansett at the Coast Guard House last week on vacation, prompting me to pick up several six packs to take home from the package store! Whoo hoo! This is one excellent IPA, Large, frothy sticky white head, clear golden amber color. The smell will wake up your nose and let you know that hops await you!

The taste is so very smooth and filled with citrus and hop character, fruity and airy. Wonderful balance and goes down so easily (dangerously easy). The mouthfeel was better than average, and the bitter hop aftertaste was at a minimum for this hoppy of a brew! Better by far than I anticipated. I am soooo glad I tried this one. Cheers to Coastal Brewing!!

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Photo of Todd
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with an eye catching pink, gold and silver label. Bottle code date on the back is cool, but without the free decoder ring ... pointless to the consumer.

Appearance: A rich golden beer, bright and clear, with very little carbonation action, and initial thick white foam that teases, but doesn't follow through and cowers to a lackluster wispy white foam head.

Smell: Soft floral hop aroma with bready malts behind it, notes of wood and faint hints of tobacco (like a week old empty pack of cigs).

Taste: Smooth and malty with a biscuity and toasty malt character, caramel backing, bready edges and suggestions of tobacco leaf. Dry currant fruitiness. Juicy-ish middle with soft orange allusions. Dull vanilla notes lurk about, look and you'll find them. Hops come to play and coat the palate with resiny oil feel, then sting the palate for a moment with some citric crispness. The commotion settles quickly bringing forth woody edges and then leaves the palate a bit roughed up, but nothing crazy. Flower pith milk and raw petals. Overall bitterness is surprising low.

Notes: In the big world of IPA's, Maelstrom IPA pretty damn decent choice. Complexities are all over the damn place. My only knocks would head and I expected more out of the hop profile, but I'm pleasantly pleased by what is one of Coastal Extreme's best beer releases to date. Nice to see this coming from a New England brewer, too.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a weird gold and hot-pink and gold label. Bottle code freshness date means nothing to me …

Appearance: Deep golden hue with a great clarity, awesome lacing … you have to love hoppy brews that can hold a head.

Smell: Hops go from faintly woody to citric to mild tobacco … delicate aromatics with some bread malt as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Soft pungent hop oil, not too much bitterness but it is certainly there. Solid juiciness of the malt in the middle with a blast of citric hop. Very smooth with a layered crispness. Finishes dry with leaf tobacco like hop flavors.

Drinkability & Notes: I lift my pint glass to Coastal Extreme for making such a great American IPA … I may not be a total hophead though I do love a good smack of hops and this beer has sufficed my craving.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maelstrom pours a clear, medium orange body with an admirable, offwhite head that sticks around for several minutes. Nice patch lacing is apparent.
Aroma is hoppy, with pink grapefruit offering a bittersweet hops bouquet that is soft and mellow. Caramel malt lurks behind the bushes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, softer than expected, and is smooth.
Taste is ideal for an American pale ale. Ideal selection of Cascades, grapefruit hops and a sturdy, caramel malt backbone. Some pear and golden apple flavors linger in the background.
This finishes with a citrus bitterness.
Nice sipping, American IPA. Recomended!

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Photo of far333
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a honey amber color with a tight white head that recedes quickly but leaves a layer of fine foam. Aroma is of grassy hops, pear, sweet malt and candy. Flavor seems off-style. Too malty, a little uneven, a bit metallic. Hops are all in the finish, mostly pine, a little citrus, and too subtle. Orange peel bitter lingers. Creamy mouthfeel, but a little bubbly and tingly, and overly burp-inspiring. Nice long legs of lace running down the glass.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer worth giving a chance. It pours a nice amber color. A descent head forms and stays for the duration. The smell is nicely hoppy. The taste is also full of hops. There is a slight metallic tinge on the palate as part of the after-taste. This however does not really affect the experience. Give one a try!

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Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and gold with slight amber hues. Lovely head sticking pretty well to my glass. Smells hoperific. Juicy fragrant pine and citrus with some pears and prunes over slightly buttered bready malts. Tastes juicy with dense grapefruit peel, other citrus, and some pine. Bitterness throughout, and all the way to the finish. Juicy/sticky mouthfeel and pretty drinakble. The lingering bitterness makes it a little less than ultra drinkable for me, but still I like it.

Good citrusy IPA. Its like a citrus/grape fruity party.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep-amber body is topped by a full-sized head of off-white froth that holds well and leaves some very nice rings (and even sheets) of sticky lace throughout most of the glass. Sweetish, grainy malt; a mild yeasty fruitiness; and some citrusy hops (orange) combine to leave more of a candyish note to the nose than might be expected... but it's welcoming! The body is decidedly medium, and it's median carbonation leaves it gently crisp on the tongue. The flavor reveals more malt than hops... it's lightly caramelish, and again touched by a welcome note of very soft, yeasty fruitiness and delicate, citrusy hops; and backed by a solid bitterness that balances it quite well. It finishes dry with some spicy and floral hops appearing before its bitterness rises and cleanses the palate. It's an interesting beer that tends towards drinkability over bravado, and yet it doesn't quite reach that mark. And yet, it's a really great beer (possibly Newport Storm's best regular) that shouldn't be passed by!

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Photo of UncleFrank
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange amber color with white head that lingures.
Aroma: Can you say citrus hops?!? Great aroma. If you inhale the glass while sipping this beer it actually intensifies the hops.
Hop bitternes is there but not overpowering, leaving room for the crystal and other malts to balance it out, then finishes with woody-hop dryness.

In the world of double IPA and super-IPA this is what I really want. An IPA that I can have more of without destoying my palate for other beers or foods. Its also better than last year. I dont think there were any changes to the recipe, maybe just perfected it. A top pick in my small world. (fhf)

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, voluminous off-white head that stuck around and laced with every drink. Hazey with some hop floaties. Brownish, orangish golden in color.
Aroma shows a mix of hops; citrus and floral mostly, grassy present as well. Toasty malt underneath.

Taste shows big hop flavor that's nicely balanced with a solid malt backbone. Again a mix of hops. Floral seems dominant to me, but citrus and grassy notes are there as well. Toasty, pale malt flavors balance this one out.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability. Lots of hop flavor, but not overly bitter. Too bad I only had one of these.

Overall, a good IPA.
Big thanks to xgrigorix for the bottle!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on July 22, 2006. On tap in Wood's Hole, MA. Pours a deep ruddied brown. No head. Caramalized sweet corn and orange hop aroma. Peculiar overbearing old yeasts interfere with any decent hop malt play that might be occuring. Finishes sacharrin and stagnant. Carbonation is low. Cloying smack of indescipt sugars.

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Photo of Alexmc2
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a golden brown with a moderate head that leaves some lacing in the glass. The malt is there at the first sip, but then the hops take over from there. It is a complex beer that allows you to keep thinking about it long after the first glass is empty. Smooth and just the right amount of bitterness to go along with the hoppy character of the beer.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darn nice brew. Smell is of citus hops, with a light copper appearance, decent head and nice lacing. Taste is smooth yet tart on the finish...definite citrus hop taste..very nice. Mouthfeel was waht you would expect from a good IPA...lightly astringent, but refreshing. Goes down smooth, so drinkability is well above average.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color, maybe a bit brownish. Fluffy white head is on top of my glass, fades to a thin lace. The lace is always replenished by the bubbles racing up form the bottom of the glass. The aroma is hops. Nothing extreme but nice. Flavor is malt a t first, sweet bread flavor, then a rush of citrus. Nicely balanced. Smooth in the mouth and a crisp finish. A brew to enjoy all evening……
Well done!

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Photo of OatmattStout
2.26/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Think I got a bad one which had real bad carbonation problems. I poored 1/2 the beer in to a pint glass and the head was foaming over the top. Had to blow off a solid two inches to get 12 ounces into an english pint. The nose was piney, medicinal and resinously plastic smelling. The mouthfeel was super bubbly like a Beligian ale or even champagne.

The taste was medicinal and not really drinkable. I will try this one again when I get the chance. But this time no luck. I have had other beers they brew and they were good so, chuck this one up to bad luck.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brother PPoitras for the bottle.
Pours a clear gold and copper tinged color. Thick off-white head that leaves very faint ridges of lace.
Aroma of floral hops, some light citrus and a touch of resins.
Flavor is dominated by some plae malt a hint of citrus and a slightly fruity bittering.
Mouthfeel is very crisp, almost lagerish. Not quite enough full and rich flavors for the style. Finishes with a slightly sweet aftertaste.
Drinkability is a littel bit above average but just nothing super special worth seeking for those outside the distribution area.

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Photo of wedge
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a full frothy off-white head - leaves some pretty good lacing. Smells of dark fruity esters upfront and a bit malt-heavy. Hops are there but aren't the primary aroma. Almost smells like a light barleywine? Weird. Taste is darkly hoppy. Resinous, fruity, woody. Malt sweetness is a bit high for me. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly bitter.

Not a super hoppy IPA - more malty. The flavor seems to improve with each sip yet its still a bit "off". Lots of interesting things happening yet it doesn't seem to balance out. Definately a different IPA. Interesting...but I won't be getting this again.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SigEp
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, nice head, nice color. Orange-red agate color. The hops bouquet is an elegant blend of citrus with a hint of pine. Hoppy, but not overly so on the palate and smoothing out as it heads down the back of the mouth and into the beer chamber. This beer is an accomplishment as it is hoppy enough for hopheads to give it a respectful nod, while still being quaffable for less zealous beer-o-nauts. I live in Newport and now that Maelstrom is on tap summer has officially begun!

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Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mudvilles in Newport, RI. Rich dark golden to copper in color. Hop bubbles fill out a thick light beige head. Head stayed and stayed, laced nicely down the glass. Yummy, oily, resin filled hop bubbles bounce around on the top. Yeilds a thick sharp grassy hop filled aroma, sharper than cascades, more snap to it. Taste was perfect for the style. Rich sharp bitter hop bite, nice slighltly sweet malt slides by to balance the hop hite. Very refreshing and quite flavorful. Medium bodied fun to drink IPA. Very good, and worth a try.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tis A Cloudy Amber Brew", with a "Mount Everest sized head, the lace is K2", and a "Bazillion" tiny bubbles, enough to make Don Ho proud, off white in color. Flowery or even Perfumey nose, hints of malt, light citrus tones also noted. Front malt sweet, the top skimpy, the finish is minimaly acidic, mammothly hopped,but not actually overpowering. The aftertaste long and dry, one darn good IPA in my books. Ranks #225 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper hue with a two finger frothy head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell was mostly malt. There was a hint of flowery hop, but the aroma was dominated by the sweet malt.

The taste was likewise sweet and malty. I was disappointed that there wasn't a stronger hop presence.

The mouthfeel was full. There was good carbonation, but the finish could have been drier.

Drinkable, but not the best example of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber, with a decent, foamy, white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is well-blended with hops, malt & citrus.

T: The taste starts with a good hops burst and follows with just a hint of citrus & malt sweetness. The hops bitterness comes back and remains in the after-taste.

M: Smooth & very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Easy to drink, not too filling, might be a bit less flavorful than most IPA’s, but I can go with this one for a while. If you don’t like your IPA very sweet, this would be one for you to try.

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Photo of LarryV
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with a minimal head. Smell is bready with a tinge of hops. Not an in your face IPA, pretty well balanced with a strong malt backbone. Hops are present, but not overpowering at all. Leaves a nice bitterness lingering on the palate. Somewhat of a dry beer imho. Nice.

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Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA from Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 70 ratings