Newport Storm Thunderhead Irish Red

Newport Storm Thunderhead Irish Red

Rated 3.200 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Coastal Extreme Brewing Company

Middletown, RI, United States

Style:  Irish Ale

5% Alcohol by Volume

31 International Bittering Units

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Deep ruby red in color, this well balanced ale has roasted malt tones and a crisp hop character. It is in the Irish tradition and comes just in time for springtime thunderstorms.

ID: 15336 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank20254
Overall Percentile58.6
Style Rank98 of 287
Style Percentile65.9
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score3.7
Average Score3.500
Weighted Score3.200
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours with a frothy, light tan, initially two-finger thick head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep, burnt red color, that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malty with notes of berries, hints of roast malt, ample toasted grain, swarthy biscuit notes and a dusty crushed soda cracker notes. There is also a fair amount of hop aromatics here though. Aromas of sweet citrus and again some fruit notes that accent the berry aromatics.

    Lightly sweet, but has a large malt presence in the form of caramelized malt sugars and ample toasty, deeply bready, biscuit-like malt character. A supporting hop presence provides flavors of orange peel, zesty grapefruit, a touch of astringent pine, and a solid, slightly biting bitterness in the finish. The malt and hop notes combined to provide an unspecified berry-like flavor here, which helps to round things out. The malt character and the hop bitterness tend to linger on in the palate quite a bit, but this beer is still fairly light. It has a medium heft to it, but only just enough, as it remains quite drinkable.

    I don't typically think of hops when I think of an Irish-Red, but I definitely think this beer is better for their presence. The hops might be a bit distracting if there was not such a large malt presence, but luckily there is and I really like how rich the malt character is. Despite this the beer is quite drinkable. A clean beer that drinks much better than I might have guessed.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Poured a dark amber-red color with a disappointing head that only provided basic lacing. Aroma was funky (butter and caramel?). The flavor was of caramel malts that was slightly bitter and accompanied by significant hopping (this tasted more like a dark amber ale than a true irish ale). Nothing to seek out here.

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