The release of Unknown Variable marks not only our first 4 pack of 2016, but our brewery's first venture in working with experimental hops! Experimental #7 and #33 aren’t your regular run of the mill hops. These new varieties were specially crafted by growers and we were lucky enough to have the chance to work with them!
As far as flavor profile is concerned, the malts in this golden hued brew take a back seat as you dive face first into a beervana bliss of peaches and plum. At 8% ABV this double IPA is dangerously light and crisp, perfect for the Spring days ahead. What does your brew future hold? You may never know. But what us brewers here at Storm do know is that with this beer in your hand your taste buds are about to venture on a hoptastical journey.
A smoked porter aged in oak barrels for several months, Smoke RIng took an unexpected journey. Hardwood smoked barley and chocolate malt are matched with crystal malt giving this brew a rich burgundy hue and a faint tan head. The aroma almost makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a campfire deep in the woods, but don’t let that color or aroma fool you! One sip of this beer sends your taste buds on a crazy ride from smoke, to cherry tartness, to a dry chocolate finish. The tartness led us to believe there was a slightly wild ferment going on in those barrels, something we didn’t expect, but love because of the flavor it gives to the beer!
infeRIority complex, a Brett beer, is the sixth installment in Newport Storm Brewery’s barrel aging beer program. With heavy doses of Canada Rye and crisp Dextrin malts, the base of this beer was Belgian inspired with a spicy, slick and slightly sweet mouthfeel. Aged Czech Saaz hops were incorporated to balance out the sweetness from these malts and lend a pleasant earthy tone that blends well with the flavors emanating from the barrel. After lying in Thomas Tew Rum barrels for 4 months, Brettanomyces yeast was introduced and quickly got to work adding elements of stone fruit and cherry to the brew. Very initial tests showed a pronounced sourness to the beer so aging time was extended to mellow out its complexities and impart balance between the barrel and its contents. This style of beer is one that cannot be rushed so brewers waited diligently for it to show them when it was ready to make its debut. So without further adieu, let us introduce Newport Storm’s, and arguably RI’s, most complex beer to date.
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