Thursday, October 20th 2011
Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale
(Coastal Extreme Brewing Company)
Coastal Extreme Brewing Company's Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale, that's a long name for a beer, was the first beer that Newport Storm ever brewed commercially. It's also the only beer being canned by the Rhode Island brewer and the only craft beer currently being canned in the nation's smallest state.
From the Coastal Extreme site:
"This first beer from Newport Storm continues to be one of its most popular. The goal was to create a flavorful ale where delicate malt and hop flavor were in perfect balance. To meet this goal, the brewing crew uses North American crystal malt for color and sweetness, and Munich Malt for body and mouthfeel. The perfect amount of spicy Tettenang hops are added for flavor and aroma which compliment the bittering properties of the Magnum hops to round out this session brew."
POUR: dark amber to auburn in color with a great looking inch of offwhite head. Clean and clear. Great looking beer coming out of the can.
AROMA: a big whiff and you get some nice caramal and molasses malty notes. Plenty of sweetness with some hints of creaminess and vanilla.
TASTE: malty, caramel-y, nutty and sweet. Again, there are some hints of cream and vanilla along with some bold malt flavors and very subtle hints of hops. The finish is rather dry, sweet with some slight hints at cherry and again creaminess.
OVERALL: something about this amber ale makes it a bit atypical of the style. Lots of great malt flavors but that creaminess and vanilla/cherry flavor(s) that come out make it a bit unique. Great flagship brew from Rhode Island's only production brewery.
NOTES: Distribution of Hurricane Amber Ale cans tends to be limited to relatively close to the brewery with canning being done primarily for the boating season along the New England coastline. Cans of this beer eluded CraftCans for quite some time until we recently paid a visit to the Newport area.
Rhode Islanders who enjoy their craft beers in cans will have something to rejoice about in the near future when Grey Sail Brewing Company, a soon to open brewery in Westerley, begins offering their beers in cans.
Posted by Russ
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