Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden amber, with off-white head.

S: Grapefruit and malt, nothing overwhelming, but some nice hints of hops.

T: Pretty malty to begin with, but very nicely balanced with hops. Mostly a citrus hops kind of taste.

M: Nice and smooth, great carbonation.

D: It's good, but wouldn't order another due to other beers available. Worth a try. In my opinion, Newport Storm beers are much much better on tap than bottles.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Bottle Code : 6.111
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy dark mustard yellow with a golden tint. Fluffy white top with really nice patterns of sticky lace.

Fruity nose with strong whiffs of citrus.

Sweet grapefruit, orange and lime flavors with an ultra-soft mouthfeel. Toasted grain and light caramel backdrop with a pleasant hop finish that provides an intense fruity quality. Overall, I think this is pretty solid.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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 SteveO1231
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle code 3.111. "I'm a risk taker. I'm growing beer in my parent's back yard," printed under the cap. Pours a lightly hazed, peachy copper with a nice white head that hold pretty well. Aroma of caramel and biscuit malts hints of grain husk and vanilla, light citrus hop aroma of cascades. Light bodied, with a slippery texture. Light caramel sweetness, bready hints. Hop hits halfway with a little spice, juicy and refreshing just before the finish that is full of dry pine bitterness. Bittering hops are pretty dominant. A good IPA, refreshing and complex. A good fix when you're jones'n for some hops.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Alexmc2
3.69/5  rDev 0%
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 cbl2
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle code 619. Summer release, so it's fresh.


Pours a crystal clear light brown with a quarter inch of creamy white foam on top.


Subtle notes of grapefruit and cut grass, but no stand out aromas.


Mouthfeel is slick and refreshing, but flavors don't comply quite as well. Very one sided with hops dominating - an odd pine sensation coupled with an offputting, weak malt backbone. Not my cup of tea at all. The worst IPA I've had in recent memory, with very little complexity and pleasant hop presence I have come to appreciate over the years.

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Photo of bigone4
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light smooth tasting IPA. Very drinkable and pleasant to the palate. Not to overpowering with hops but nice clean hop finish. Smells fruity and floral with some yeastiness. Yellow/golden clean and clear beer in color. Clean white head very little lacing of the glass. Nice after taste mild bite not to strong of an IPA. Toned down IPA but worth drinking. Good overall offering of this style beer. Maybe more hops adn unfiltered may pick this offering up a bit. Give it a nice hop kick and you may have something here. Not bad but not the best. I enjoy a milder IPA sometimes and this one is it.

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Photo of LarryV
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy almost perfect amber color. Nice off white frothy half finger head that has great retention. NIce lace left on the glass.
S: Nice fruit hop notes with a good bready malt backbone. Very fresh smelling.
T & M: Grassy and leafty hop taste well balanced with a bready and biscuity malt background. Some fruit hops in there, possibly lemon. Hop notes aren't as big as I would have liked, but not matter, still a decent fall back ipa. Good bitterness in the aftertaste that clings to the back of the tongue. Not as slick as it looks--kind of crawls through the mouth. Quite a smooth beer.
D: Definately a drinkable beer. While in Newport, get this on tap as it's most likely the best (or only) micro at almost every bar.

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Photo of soultrain
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear light golden orange beer. 2"+ head, moderate carbonation evident.
S-Sweet malts. Almost no hop aroma.
T-Some mild hop twang, but for the $9.00 I paid for this 6-pack in Newport, I expect a bigger hop bang for my buck: especially from a beer that calls itself "Maelstrom IPA"....and has 4 hop additions and is dry-hopped! Wow. This is one mild-ass IPA.
D-Drinkable, and highly, at that, whoopie.

CRUX: GOOD ALE HERE. It is a decent ale, but as an IPA, uh, hells no!
Newport, (and the world,) deserves a much better local IPA than this. When I think of Newport, I think of the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, you know, the one where the Duke Ellington Band changed the world when Paul Gonsaleves played, like, this timeless 18 minute screaming sax solo to some blonde in the crowd who was wearing her underwear, or something, ...intense stuff, but that was a Newport Storm! I wish this brewery would use that solo as IPA inspiration and stop fucking around. This is supposed to be art, dammit!

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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 Crosling
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dusty Gold. Subdued, interesting nose of burnt caramel and citrusy, peppery cascade hops. Not very aromatic to say the least. Pleasant malty flavor that begins with some nice malty tones, mainly burnt caramel and apple. The grain bill is great. The hops are what I don’t like. They just don’t seem to work very well. I think that a larger blend of chinook and centennial would work mch better with the malt profile. I still enjoyed this though.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 JasonCoop
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice clear pale orange color with decent white head.

smells quite malty, with sweetness and and some earthiness. hops are there too but not as pronounced as the malt sweetness.

tastes really malty. little hops, mainly in the finish. im not sure if i have a bit of an old sample, but it's alright.

overall this is very mediocre. as i said i'm not sure of the condition of my sample, but it doesn't strike me as anything special.

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Photo of Tang07
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA pours a fine dark gold (not 14 carrot).

It has a GREAT head that doesn't lace the glass, it covers it all the way down.

It has a very malty smell, with a little hint of hop.

It does not have a heavy hop taste like most IPA's. It is not typical of IPAs (that I like anyway), but it is pretty well balanced, and is very drinkable. American IPA's are my preferance in beer so I'm a bit picky.

I'm in RI for the moment so when in Rome... (Harpoon is local too but it's becoming available everywhere.)

The higher alcohol content is nice and fits the beer very well.
The carbonation is slightly on the light side, but it's not by any means flat.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, and it's very drinkable.

I will enjoy drinking the rest of this sixer and maybe I'll try some of their other beers.

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Photo of wedge
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
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 tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 mentor
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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 feloniousmonk
2.46/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks: a clear apricot, nice cap of dotted suds above.

Smells: fresh and fruity, but a little too mellow for me.

Tastes: hoppy, ...a bit. Brisk, highly carbonated, coppery. Average in all respects, I'm stretching about a bit to give it the benefit of doubt, but I have to put an end to the deliberations and say I'm disappointed. This is a dud of an IPA. Just falls flat on the palate, and dies there.

Overall: Bluh. No fun.

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Photo of rousee
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Boto
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Connecticut Brewfest: This beer poured a pretty standard orangish amber color, with a big white head. The nose was pretty potent. There was a big blast of grapefruit hops. Not much else was evident. There was a good malt body to the beer, but it was a bit harsh. The hops were a bit overdone and not well balanced.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 craigasaurus
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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