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Review: Newport Storm Ryan

Posted by Steve Greenlee  October 19, 2011 09:59 AM

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newport storm ryan 002.jpgAs a Rhode Island native and lifelong New Englander, I want to like Newport Storm beers. But I have never been wowed by them and rarely seek them out. So it was with some trepidation that I tried a bottle of the microbrewer's newest release, a rye pale ale called Ryan that is part of the so-called Cyclone Series.

But hold on a minute here. Coastal Extreme Brewing Co., the company that brews Newport Storm, has brought its "A" game to Ryan.

Ryan -- named for brewery president Brent Ryan -- is an excellent rye beer with some kick: 8 percent alcohol by volume and 53 International Bittering Units. It's strong and hoppy while delivering the subtle spiciness that is a hallmark of rye beers.

Copper in color with a sticky, 2-inch head, Ryan smells of spicy malt and a good amount of grassy and floral hops. The caramel-leaning malt character is up front on the taste, along with dark spices and a certain earthiness imparted by the grassy hops. A moderate bitterness comes through, and the rye's spiciness lingers all the way to the end.

All in all, Ryan is an unusually strong offering from Newport. This beer I will definitely seek out again.

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Gary Dzen

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.

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