BREW ENGLAND: A STORM’S A BREWIN’!-PART 1

Yes that’s right, Willie Moe is back! After some mild controversy over my Pilsner Urquell post, I have returned and am ready to take the beer blogging world by storm! Newport Storm that is. You see Willie Moe has packed up and moved from Syracuse to Boston. The Sunshine State, gorgeous. So, if moving weren’t stressful enough, now I have to find where they hide the good beer in the Commonwealth. Which means I am out on a beer voyage (pronounced like you’d pronounce it when saying, “bon voyage”), and you, my loyal readers, okay reader, are about to reap all the benefits! Now as excited as we are to dive right in and conduct the Boston hops, we decided to broaden our horizons, or at least our beer selection, and thus I welcome you to Brew England……

Our first stop in Brew England is Middletown, Rhode Island home of the Coastal Extreme Brewing Company, producers of Newport Storm. Now I know, it sounds like an Arena Football team or something, but it’s actually beer, go figure? Now I gotta say the labeling is not all that eye catching. I really only picked it because it was from Rhodey and I had partaken of most every other sixer they had available at this particular package store. Plus unlike most of the half dozens available it had two different beers in it. Three of each, for those of you not quick with the math. And of course we are gonna give you a taste of both of those offerings. Well not literally, if you wanna taste you’re gonna have to buy it yourself. So enough babbling, into the eye of the storm we go…..

The first one we’re gonna give a whirl is the Regenschauer Oktoberfest, which is by far easier to drink than it is to pronounce. Now out of the bottle, this pours a thin orange, honey color, with a nice head that quickly dissolves away. Not very cloudy, giving no warning that a storm’s a comin’. I would say the appearance is roughly average. It’s not as beautiful as some other Oktoberfests or Marzen style lagers, but it’s look would not dissuade you from throwing it down your gullet. It sure didn’t stop me, but very little would, let’s be honest here. Now that I’ve painted you a picture of this brew, let’s get our face in their and dig out the nosefeel, or smell, as you may call it.

To tell you the truth, the nosefeel did not entice me. Now, I’m not saying it doesn’t smell good, it’s just not my cup of tea, or glass of beer, if you would. Well, if you want to be literal it is my glass, but come on! The malt is the first thing that hits your nostrils, and burrows itself up in there for a while. Now, me I’m not a fan of the overly malty aroma, but if that’s your thing, go for it. There’s also the slightest, I say slightest, hint of something sweet in the smell, I can’t quite place. Perhaps a snozzberry, I’m not sure? What I am sure of, is it’s time to go in for a taste.

The Regajblhdeur gives you the taste of dry woody hop. It’s not uber dry, that’s for sure, but you feel that woody flavor in every sip. It kind of has that sharp little tingle as it rolls over your tongue en route to your gullet. The bitterness is slight, but leaves a nice little dry aftertaste that you’d expect from a Regnbkjjfbaksbldeur Oktoberfest. There is that hint of sweetness that we took in through the nose that also presents itself in the mouth as well. And I still can’t quite place it. Overall I’d say this was not blow your hair back spectacular, but is definitely worth a nip, if you have the means.

Bottoms Up!
Willie 3:16

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~ by William H on January 14, 2008.

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