Rhode Island Blueberry Beer – Newport Storm Beers (December 19, 2013)


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From Newport Rhode Island’s Newport Storm Beers (A brand under the Rhode Island’s Microbrewery label which is actually brewed at Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.) comes their “Rhode Island Blueberry Beer” a Kolsh style beer.  Blueberries used in this beer are from Rhode Island.  The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of huge blueberries that you can smell from a distance and maybe a hint of apples.  The flavour is of blueberries, malts, and a very minor hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.6% with an IBU of 11.  This is a pretty decent ale although I am not really big on this type of flavoured fruit ale.

Commercial Description:  Our “other” year round brew is a Kolsh style beer made with real Rhode Island Blueberries. Fermented at colder temperatures, but using our American Ale yeast strain eliminates conflicting fruity esters other fruit beers might posses. We feel that the addition of juice from real, hand pressed Rhode Island Blueberries shouldn’t have to compete with the natural fruit background of the yeast. Pale Malt makes up the base of the grist bill, but this brew also calls for a large amount of malted wheat, an ingredient that lends a soft mouthfeel to the beer. Further there is enough caramalt to ensure a sweetness everyone will enjoy. Hops are chosen to compliment and balance the brew as it is bittered with a small amount of Magnum and flavored with English Pilgrim to lightly accent this truly unique ale.

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India Point Ale – Newport Storm Beers (December 11, 2013)


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From Newport Rhode Island’s Newport Storm Beers (A brand under the Rhode Island’s Microbrewery label which is actually brewed at Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.) comes their “India Point Ale” an India Pale Ale.  The beer pours an amber colour with a white head.  The aroma is of floral hops, grapefruit and some other other citrus.  The flavour is of malts, citrus and a decent hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 75.

Commercial Description:  After 13 years of brewing excellence, we deemed it time to produce a year round IPA style.  Because a well made, well balanced IPA is a work of art, we took our time with this one and added our own local spin onto it.    First we needed a substantial malt backbone to not only create the 6.5% abv, but to compliment later lupulin additions.  Heavy doses of Munich Malt and Cara malt help to add body, mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness.  Canadian wheat malt also lends to the great foam and head retention.  5 different hops are added at 7 different times in this brew, and the majority of the massive, complicated, but delightful hop profile is derived from Columbus and Cascade hops from the kettle boil (bittering, flavor, and aroma additions).  The real icing on this masterpiece, however, comes from literally searching the near and far: Brewmaster Derek Luke married Annie Sherman, a Kiwi citizen in late 2011, visiting New Zealand for their honeymoon.  Upon return, Derek came back raving of the legendary Motueka hop.  Craving to satiate the “near and far desire”, this hop is added in conjunction with Chinook hops grown right here in RI from Ocean State Hop farms during the lengthy dry hopping process.  The result: A fantastic IPA 100% produced locally with local hops, yet worldly in its own right!

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Hurricane Amber Ale – Newport Storm Beers (December 5, 2013)


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From Newport Rhode Island’s Newport Storm Beers (A brand under the Rhode Island’s Microbrewery label which is actually brewed at Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.) comes their “Hurricane Amber Ale”.  The amber ale pours an amber colour with an off white head.  The aroma consisted of citrus, yeast, sweet malts, some caramel and some earth hops.  The flavour is of malts, caramel, yeast, citrus, fruits and a good hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with and IBU of 23.  This was a well crafted ale and I would love to see more hit the shelves of BC.

Commercial Description:  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.

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Beard Beer – Rogue Brewing


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From Rogue Brewing out of Oregon comes the “Beard Beer” a beer using yeast found in the brewmaster John Maier’s beard (Yes you read that right! eek).  The Belgian Style Ale pours a golden amber colour with a white head.  The beer smells of beard…. ok no just kidding it smells of malts, citrus, floral hops and an overall sweetness.  The flavour luckily was not of beard either but of malts, hops, citrus, grapes and some caramel.  The beer did have a bit of an oily texture though… was this the beard coming through?  The alcohol content of the brew is 5.6%.  I was very hesitant to pick up this beer or even drink it at all until I happened on a Rogue Ales Public House and found a bottle.  My curiosity like a cat took hold and I purchased it.  Luckily it did not kill me like happens to some cats and it actually tasted really good.

Commercial Description: It’s here! Our latest brew Dedicated to Beards, Beard Beer is brewed with a yeast created from Brewmaster John Maier’s Beard. No Need to freak out, Brewers have used wild yeasts in beer making for centuries. John has had the same Old Growth Beard since 1983 and for over 15,000 brews, so it is no great suprise that a natural yeast ideal for brewing was discovered in his beard.

What does Beard Beer taste like? Try it, we think you’ll be suprised…

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