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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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 70
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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 AlexJ
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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 CRJMellor
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Fish113d
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To start, this ended up not being one of my favorite IPAs ever, but it was decent, and worth a look if you like Coastal's other brews.

It pours into my goblet a nice honey amber color w/ 1 cm of head that is fairly spongy, but dissipates mostly leaving nice lattice on the glass, and a firm edge layer. Pretty clean looking brew also! Very hoppy when taking a nice whiff (cascade mostly) w/ bright citrussy aromas (grapefruit) and a distinct grainy malt that reminded me of dry cheerios. Also a slightly sweet sugary maltiness creeps through as well making this seem VERY interesting. Taking the first sip, the hops comes through with a vengence. It changes from sweet to more bitter w/ the sweet sugars moving over your palette. The cheerios smell also comes out then in the taste, along with orange or grapefruits, which was nice. This was a fairly tingly carbonated ale that beats on your palette w/ the hops, but is mainly thin bodied w/ a bold floral aftertaste. Definitely bang for the buck here! For me, 1 of these is plenty, but major hopheads would love this one I believe! Have at it!!!

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Photo of far333
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
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 jdhilt
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
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 merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 winomark
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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 HiroProtagonist
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maelstorm IPA was served from a 12 oz. bottle with an attractive label. In a pint glass, the beer was a orangish amber color, and was topped by a thin white head. The nose offered a very nice, delicate citric and strawberry hop bouquet and a soft supporting sweetness. On the palate, a good citric-tinged bright malt base let loose a pleasantly robust of zippy limey-spuce hop bitterness. The finish was clean with a pleasing level of citric zesty-spicy bitterness. The body was appropriately full and the carbonation was peppy. Maelstorm IPA is a well-crafted, balanced, and full-flavored session IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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 NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Todd
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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 MuddyFeet
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an IPA for folks who are not fond of extreme hoppiness. While the characteristic bitter of a hoppy IPA is very much present, the beer itself goes down much smoother than many IPAs I know some people wince at. The well-developed finish on the beer makes this a very drinkable IPA--even for non-hops lovers. Also, hints of citrus were present in the finish. The beer poured a light amber in color, slightly lighter in shade than how I generally expect most IPAs. And there was a nice foamy head which developed into a solid lace on the glass.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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 necoadam
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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 TinusTime
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden colour with a big white fluffy dence head. Lace all down the side. Smell is off nice floral hops and Sweet Malt. A bit of orange in the smell as well. Taste has nice Malt up front with a kind of sweet candied citrus in the middle followed by a nice drying hops that doesnt leave your tongue feeling like scorched earth. A very well balanced brew.. Carbonation is as smooth as they come. and drinkability is pretty damn good. I could see sitting back with more than a few of these. Would go great with BBQ as it has enough malt to compliment the sweetness of most BBQ and pork, while also enough hops to cut through the fat and cleanse he palate.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 BadBadger
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 waughbrew
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy, right in between gold and amber. Small head that stays as a collar and good lacing. Smells lemonady. Flavor is wishy-washy biscuity with a nice citrusy lemon. Nothing over-the-top. Meant for drinking. Smooth and creamy, long finish. The sizzle covers up some of the flavor. This is a session-type IPA without any standout flavors that might get annoying. A good one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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 vitesse
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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