Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA | Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.

70 Ratings
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:
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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 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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Photo of tavernjef
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 edchicma
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 OatmattStout
2.26/5  rDev -38.8%
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 PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 beernut7
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a huge creamy head. The aroma hints delicately at the presence of floral hops and a deeply sweet toffee malt. The first tastes brings out a lighter bodied citrusy-mellow hoppiness with a supporting drier malt character. A higer-moderate bitterness flows through the flavors into the finish. Very refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 steelreign
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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 BierReise
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
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 nixhecks
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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 SigEp
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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 UncleFrank
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
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 xgrigorix
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glowing auburn color with a thick off white head. Head eventually fades to a thin halo that will enjoy the ride down to the bottom and leave plenty of lace behind.
Nose is floral with pine aromas.
Medium body. A touch of sweetness is wrapped up by bread, caramel, & mineral flavors.
Finishes dry with flavors of orange, grapefruit, and pine.
Well balanced, with a strong malt backbone. Very English in character.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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 StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Newport Storm Maelstrom IPA from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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