Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA | Coastal Extreme Brewing 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:
Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 66
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 GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear medium golden with a white fluffly head that fell rapidly, but lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with a nice hoppy and ctirusy backbone.

The flavor was bitter with a very well done balance between bitterness and maltiness. The balance was decidedly bitter with citrusy hoppiness, but the malt continues to fight the battle for supremacy.

The finish was just past even with a long lasting bitterness that fades into the aftertaste and dries out leaving you wanting another swallow. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Call me crazy, but this to me tastes like Dreadnaughts little brother. I'd like to see what they could put out in an Imperial/Double IPA.

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Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Sulldaddy...thanks for the opportunity! Consumed June 2005 and this review was written from detailed notes. Pours a half finger white head over a crystal clear very light rust-orange liquid. Smells piney citrus caramel and honey. Taste starts piney and ctirus hops and a honey sweet jumps in halfway through. Very mild caramel. There is some co-humulone, but there is more of a pine-sol than a co-ho. Gentle carbonation works well. Fruity esters (apricot, pear, and strawberry) are in a nice balance with a not too bitter hop ummph. Late there are some tannins and a sour I can't quite place. Medium mouthfeel and a mild carbonation that leaves a gentle and pleasing sting as it forms tiny ubbles on my tongue as part of the aftertaste. Throughout, there is an underlying malt sweet that leaves a wet ending.

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

Crystal clear orange-amber, accent on the orange. The head is large and dense after a vigorous pour and looks like it'll stick around for a while. Literally. The nose is wonderful. Sweet, fruity, hoppy... excellent. Cascade hops have been unleased to great effect.

This is a very nice IPA with loads of hop flavor arrayed on a solid pale malt backbone. Zesty citrus fruit and pine sap dominate. It's more grapefruity than anything else, but thanks to the other hops in use (Goldings and Magnum), it falls short of a grapefruit storm. A grapefruity light downpour perhaps?

That's not a criticism though. This is a solid, damn tasty IPA that beer lovers of all stripes, not just hopheads, should be able to get their taste buds around. The finish is long, bittersweet and pleasantly slick. The body is medium-full for the style and possesses a lively but unobtrusive carbonation. As drinkable as a summer day is long.

Maelstrom IPA is a beer that Coastal Extreme has every right to be proud of. Many thanks to xgrigorix for the bottle and for the opportunity to try yet another quality IPA from the Northeast.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer. Has a nice off white head and a nice bit of lace. There is a light malty sweetness in the aroma which is dominated by a lovley citrusy hop character. The hops tingle the tip of your tongue before a light hint of malt sweetness. This is finished off by a smooth hop bitterness. That creates a dry refreshing finish.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA pours a clear light amber color with a big frothy white head. The head slowly dissolves to a thick ring on the surface leaving full sheets of lace on the glass. An aroma of toasted malt, citrus and pine greets you before each sip.

This medium bodied beer is very smooth giving only a mild tingle on the back of the tongue. Each sip begins with a toasted malt flavor. Flowery hops with citrus and pine flavors move in at the middle of the sip and it finishes with a mild bitterness.

I'm a big IPA fan and this is one great tasting brew. It's well blended, but I thought it was a bit "thick" which lowered its drinkability score.

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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 necoadam
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this gem at the Manchester Wine & Spirits. Pours out a golden color with a little bit of head, but goes to just lacing around the glass. Looked more of a lager than anything. Smell consisted of hops but blended in well with some citrus notes with some toffee/buttery undertones which just seemed to blend in well. Taste was very nice. Hops in abundence but are well controlled with some malts and citrus notes. Some IPA's are a little rough around the edges but this one is so smooth and creamy it was amazing. This is probably a top 5 IPA for me. Just tastes and feels so nice.

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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 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 rousee
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a growler of this as a gift from RI BA--michiganmiked--Thanks Mike !!

Pours orange amber with a quickly vanishing 2 mm head. Some minor lacing is left along the sides of my glass. The smell is a cedar-like malt with some saltwater aspects noticed as well. This is a smooth mild pale ale. It is maltier than most pales and it is done quite nicely. There is nothing that knocks your socks off flavor-wise, it is a smooth well made example of the pale ale style. When I think IPA, I think extra hoppiness--this is not the case here as this seems more like a straight pale ale. It does have a somewhat sweet finish.

There is some extra fizziness on the mouthfeel initially but this smooths out rather quickly. Very easy to drink beer that seems like it would be quite versatile for pairing with many foods. I had it with an aged VT cheddar and they paired real well. A good one for Ploughmans lunch I bet.

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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 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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter, pale malt scent along with an earthy breadlike aroma. It reminds me of an English- style IPA; not overly hoppy. The taste is good. It has a super smooth, malty flavor that boasts of pale, light crystal , and Marris Otter malts. It goes down smooth and finishes breadlike and mildly bitter. This is not a real hoppy beer, but it makes up for it with malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. It's not for average hophead, but it has real malt flavor, an elevated abv., and a mild hop bitterness. This is highly drinkable.

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

My first review for the site, so please bear with me... I tried this beer at a tasting event at a store in Brookline, and was impressed (I took home a six pack!) I enjoy the citric flavors of hoppy IPAs, but I think a lot of them go over the top with the hops. The Newport Storm is ra rich and complex as its peers, but it's not so over-the-top pallate killing that you can't enjoy it. A great summertime IPA for me.

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

12oz brown bottle. No date, but a bottle code (4.112)
It pours a shiny copper color with a medium-sized and regular fading white head. Some trailing and sticky lace is noticed.
A citrusy and mild pine-like smell rises at first pour, then fades in intensity, revealing a sweet malty aroma.
A sweet caramel and doughy malt flavor peaks through shortly after the initial hop blast. A mild fruity taste emerges as it warms.
Tart grapefruit and a faint taste lemons gives this brew a nice complex citrusy taste. A light alcohol fuminess creates a small counterbalance, and somewhat complimentary diversion to this abundantly hopped IPA.

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

...drove down to the brewery only to find they are closed on I found a place in Middletown, RI that sold 6 packs. I was looking forward to drinking it the whole way back to Boston. It has a great color to it, a nice rubyish color with a clean appearance. A delicious blend of bitterness that makes the tongue feel alive. A little like Hopdevil dare I say. A nice brief head that dissipates evenly. A well made beer. I look forward to checking out the brewery and trying this from the tap. If you can find Newport Storm, try it for sure.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1 1/2" slightly off-white head above the clear light amber brew. Laces well. Aroma is dominated by slightly citrusy hops. Taste has a slight pale malt body up front, and then is quickly overcome by strong hops character. The hops effect does seem to rely more on brute force, and not so much on light touches, but we'll forgive. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, with the hops bitterness knocking both down a bit for me. All in all, my favorite Newport Storm regular offering.

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Photo of vitesse
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in brown 12 oz. bottle.
i got this beer nice and fresh....the 2004 spring/summer release.
this is a hefty IPA, and definitely a no-holds-barred type of beer.
pours a rich, rubyish amber color. nice clarity and fairly dark. leaves a real sticky lace on the sides of the glass. smell is of pine sap, citrus friut and slight biscuityness.
tastes like a very substantial hoppy ale. big piney, grapefruit hoppiness in this one. uses lots of cascade hops, obviously. bigtime american hops in the aroma. substantial malt backbone gives this one a fairly thick mouthfeel. more thick and rough than i expected. at 6.1% ABV, this is a pretty big beer! definitely a take-no-prisoners kind of IPA. an IPA for IPA lovers.

I highly recommend this beer if you like big and brassy IPAs. certainly can hang with the west coast microbrews, imho.

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Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this IPA via trade, actually sometime ago. Late on the review, but took note.
It poured nice, clear golden in color, not over carbonated. The head starts out full and thick only to fade to a wispy lace. Nice touch on the glass. The aroma was floral & bread-like. Not real strong.
The taste; Good toasted malt, caramel & earthy bread. Hops provide a backdrop of a solid full bodied base. Hops don't overtake the taste or the beer, mild for an IPA.
The softer hop notes make this beer very drinkable. The 6+ abv is nice as well. The beer pairs well with alot more food choice than an overhopped version of this style would. Good job Newport!!
Thanks again for the trade.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Clear, no haze/sediment or anything. Scant lacing.

S: Hoppy resinous smell, floral and piney and just nice. Faint bready malt aroma underneath.

T: Hop bomb! Bitter, sticky pine flavors, very low malty sweetness.

M: Medium body, spot on carbonation. Alcohol warmth is fairly low.

D&N: A nice IPA. Seems to get everything right. Very nice beer to make my comeback with.

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Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 70 ratings