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 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 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 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 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 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 Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a nice 1.5" head. Lacing develops. The aroma is very hoppy and citrus tones are evident. The flavor is basic as malt is balanced with a mild bitterness but a strong citrus tone seems to arrive at the end.

The mouthfeel was basically smooth with a lightly crisp edge, and had a long bitter finish. A decent drinking brew, but the strong citrus notes knocked the taste score down a notch.

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

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

Clear gold color with a small loosely bubbled cap that poofs away in seconds, thin stringy lacing sticks in minimal amounts. Aroma is quite resinous and sweet of hops, bits of fruity things are in there as well, kinda dulled orange and lemon skins, a bit of a toasted malt backing shows through, more so as it warms. Taste is light and crisp in the front aspects with a quickly leaving little toasted malt with smooth parts of dulled fruit sweetness. Hops barge in quickly thereafter with citrus acid touches and highly resin coated sweet pine bitterness that builds sufficiently and for a good duration. Laying the ground work for a late return of toasted grains and malts in the finish with even more left over hop pine and grassy tinges. An eager finish thats to style for US IPA's. The front and middle is fruity with a pleasing smoothness and the hops finish it off. Balance is a little one sided to the sweeter fruit malt side mostly with a light play between some of the citric hop tones in the fruit factions. Feel is smooth and slick, creamy with a good little hop finish thats not overly bitter, yet carries enough bite to make it worthwhile. A fine drinker, light, crisp, clean, smooth, creamy, and a nice little hop finish and fruity flavor make this a pretty good IPA.
Thanks to michiganmiked for the samples!

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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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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 rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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