Newport Storm Summer Ale

Discussion in 'New England' started by jdmcel, Apr 20, 2012.

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  1. jdmcel

    jdmcel Initiate (0) May 15, 2009 Rhode Island

    Hey all,

    I just picked up a 12 pack of the Newport Storm Summer Ale. It is labeled on the box IPA, which it was year. When I opened it, there were 12 "Summer Hefeweizen" I have not heard of or seen anything about a change. I didn't bother to search becuase I was so furious and disappointed as it was my go to beer last summer.

    Even if it is listed already somewhere on the net they should still not box it in a box that says IPA.
    Wanted to give everyone a heads up.

    I remember last years boxes had tape that read in bold "THIS IS AN IPA" for all the people who assumed it was like Sam Summer.

    I called and emailed the brewery and searched there site. I want to know whats going on with the IPA? Is this the new summer, the Hefe? Is the IPA going to be year round? or did I get a box that was packaged by mistake? or is it like the ALL BROWN M&M's and I win a prize...

  2. ThomasMetal75

    ThomasMetal75 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2009 Massachusetts

    On the Newport Storm site, the summer is still listed as being an IPA. The site also had information about a retired beer called, "Frank" (another name reference to a storm). That was a witber. That is the only wheat beer that is listed on the site. I found no indication on the site that Newport Storm makes a hefeweizen. Maybe you found something unique from the brewery that they never intended on selling, but somehow got out by mistake.

    Two years ago I was at Dougherty East Ave. in Pawtucket and had it on tap. It was the IPA. In my review of the beer, I remember saying it was very hopi and had a lemony citrus to it. It was a refreshingly smooth IPA as I recalled!

    My advice would be to email Derek Luke, the Brewmaster and Founder of Newport Storm, tell him your story, and see if he can shed any light into what happened to your summer 12 pack.

    Hope I was of help,
    Erik a.k.a. ThomasMetal75
  3. jdmcel

    jdmcel Initiate (0) May 15, 2009 Rhode Island

    Thank you for the thought. A few dad ago Newport tweeted and Facebooked about ther new summer Hefe with a picture of the one that was one in my summer ipa box. The box is clearly marked IPA as we're all of the other boxes there. I have emailed and tweeted and called and left messages. If you check their facebook page you will see what I am talking about.

    Very disappointed that there may be no more of that great IPA and more disappointed that they have not responded or contacted me.
  4. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,580) Aug 15, 2007 Rhode Island
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    They do make a draft-only Hefe for the Newport Hotel group called Caste Hill Windward Weisse which, in my opinion is, is an exceptional domestic hefe:

    If this being bottled, I'm stoked.
  5. Gregwa

    Gregwa Pundit (869) Feb 14, 2011 Massachusetts

  6. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    Just confirming that the summer is now a hefe, and that the IPA is going year round by the summer. I don't know the details, I don't work for the storm anymore.
  7. jdmcel

    jdmcel Initiate (0) May 15, 2009 Rhode Island

    I just got an email back from Taylor stating they are sorry for packaging the Hefe in the old IPA box, they were still awaiting new packages. And that while the IPA was very popular they wanted a lighter, lower abv offering for the summer. He said they haven't ruled out making/ offering the ipa in the future.

    Alex, how sure are you that it will be yr rd?
  8. ThomasMetal75

    ThomasMetal75 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2009 Massachusetts

    The Summer IPA was damn good! It was unlike any other kind of summer seasonal on the market. I'll miss it, but will try the new summer Hefe style!
  9. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Initiate (0) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts

    I never run into an issue picking up the wrong Newport Storm beer. This is, of course, because I would never pick up anything from this brewery. They make Magic Hat seem like a decent brewer and that takes some doing.

    I'll never forget tasting their line-up at a ACBF several years ago. OMG.... run away.

    This episode does nothing to cause me to give their beer another try.
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  10. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    They knowingly put hefeweizen in a package that was labeled as ipa?
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  11. mmcgrath

    mmcgrath Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2003 Massachusetts

    er, ttb issue, aside from basic product labeling misrepresentation?
  12. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Besides the legalities, I would hope a brewer would have more respect for its customers and give them what they think they are buying. Seems as if revenue stream was more important.
  13. larrytownsend

    larrytownsend Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2005 Connecticut

    Or lack of revenue necessitated the poor decision.
  14. pjl44

    pjl44 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2008 Massachusetts

    RE: Respect for its customers

    Had Quinn, a rum barrel-aged porter from their Cyclone series, at the ACBF and was really impressed with it. Happened upon a six-pack of it and, upon cracking my first one, was massively disappointed to find that it was infected. Sent them an email about it, looking for options on a refund/replacement. Got a long email back about how the intent was to be experimental and have a "welcome infection." The vanilla, spice, and toasted nut I enjoyed at the fest was apparently replaced by a welcome, overpowering sourness that was the intent all along. Not generally one to be shamed into an Emperor's New Clothes situation, that was the last coin I spent on Newport Storm.
  15. SunDevilBeer

    SunDevilBeer Pooh-Bah (1,945) May 9, 2003 Massachusetts

    This thread reminds me why I've forgotten about Newport Storm for the past 10 years.
  16. Patrick

    Patrick Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    I bought a six pack or two maybe a year ago and the bottles were loaded with diacetyl. Took a break, talked to someone about it and was assured all was fixed. Tried another six pack and had the same problem. I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone.
  17. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Initiate (0) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts

    I really thought about my post earlier in this thread as I was concerned about being overly negative. The more that I've read the thread and the many examples given, I now realize I should have been less concerned. As members of this site we are "beer advocates" and our goal is to respect beer. Truth be told, that's exactly what folks are doing here.

    Newport Storm clearly does NOT respect the consumer base and we should be advocating that these consumers make choices that take this into consideration. I had already made up my mind based on the lack of quality of their beer. I am hoping that others are coming to the same conclusion. We are lucky to have so many quality choices today and it's clear that they do not deserve our business. To think that they are casually reacting to selling a completely different style beer vs. the packaging is nothing short of shocking.
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  18. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    I'm 100% sure on the IPA going year round. I've got no idea on the timeline they're expecting. As for a 'respecting the customer' thing, that's tough. I know that they've had good intentions, and I'm glad that I'm no longer in the position of having to constantly apologize for shortcomings in the product or customer service. I think they make a good product most of the time, and honestly for an every day beer, that probably isn't enough for most people on the board. I can offer a pretty good reason for why this was done the way it was, but it'd just be an educated guess.
  19. JCTetreault

    JCTetreault Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2008 Massachusetts

    I honestly can't think of one, what's your guess?
  20. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2006 New Hampshire

    My guess is the distro needed a shipment and the packaging hadn't been delivered to the brewery so old packaging was used. That said, why stickers weren't applied to old packaging, I've got no idea.
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