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 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 feloniousmonk
2.46/5  rDev -33.7%
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 jdhilt
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Strong hoppy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts hoppy with a hint of sweetness in the background; finish is hoppy with a bitter after taste as the brewer has loaded it with three hops. $1.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of soultrain
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
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 AlexJ
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear amber orange brew wearing a short-lived head of eggshell white, which recedes very quickly, leaving only traces of lace as it does.

Uninspired aromas os sweet, caramel and bready malts shadowed by faintly floral and grassy hops.

Flavor is equally uninspired and very similar to the nose. Malt flavors not as pronounced as the nose and the hops are bitter and biting, but lack direction and form. It simply tastes bitter, without the benefit of falling into the citrus, floral, or piney hops categories that are usually prevolent in an IPA.

Body is light/medium with ample carbonation. The texture seems a bit chalky or gritty to me. Definately not my favorite IPA.

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Photo of cbl2
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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 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 jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of BierReise
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Also on draught in Eastham MA. Served amber in color with no head in sight. Hoppy aroma but not as big as promised. More of a balanced IPA with a hop/malt balanced flavor. Has quite a bite to it with respect to bitterness. After reading reviews I was really expecting a better ale but I wasn't too impressed with this one.

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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 bigone4
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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 winomark
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium copper with a sticky bone white head. Lovely hoppy tones with a rich malty background. Hop bitterness dominates the palate, with a slight metallic finish. Malt adds some depth and backbone. Fairly well-balanced. Flavorful mouthfeel, with a crisp, dry finish. Aside from the metallic finish, a very enjoyable beer. A well done IPA. Worth a try if you find it.

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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 Crosling
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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 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 Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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 NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle; cheesy retro label on the bottle.

Frothy white head that clings to the sides. Dense lacing that's surprisingly strong. Glowing deep copper in color; very clear. Noticeable carbonation.

Floral hop aromas with a light citrus tone. Aromas are all pretty mild.

Begins a little thin, but a floral hop flavor kicks in. A very bold hop bitterness that lacked the expected flavor. A lot of hops but not much substance. IMO it lacks a balance in terms of a lot of hops used and a the traditional strong flavors of a bold IPA (hop oils, juicy, etc.).

Medium bodied. A little heavy (without the full flavors). A grainier mouthfeel.

A good American IPA, but nothing to seek out. Very straight forward version of the style. Nothing great about this one but nothing bad either.

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Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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 SteveO1231
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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 bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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 JasonCoop
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 nixhecks
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poued a crystal clear orange with a foamy white head. Head was thick, about an inch, and had great retention - a good start! The aroma was full of soft floral accents, very enticing. The taste starts off gently and then finishes with a hoppy bite, almost overdone. I did notice a slight "offness" with the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was low in carbonation and pretty smooth and medium bodied. Overall it is't the best IPA I have ever had, but the 6.1% ABV, the plentiful hoppiness, and the fact that NPT Storm is right down the street from my hometown residence, make this a comparable IPA.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out orange in color with a thick white frothy head that does not die down much. As soon as you pour it the hops jump out at your nose, citrus, floral, grassy and to balance out the hops with a curve ball you get some chocolate malt in there. It has a medium bodied mouthfeel with little carbonation, it has a slight hop aftertaste but nothing to overpowering. A very enjoyable brew.

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