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Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

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very good

123 Reviews

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 435
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 27.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2011

Narragansett Summer is a light session ale made with two row pale malt and citra hops. The citra hops are a very popular, newer variety that deliver aromas of citrus and passion fruit without overpowering the taste buds. The beer is blonde in color and the mild kiss of the hops complement the pale malt perfectly, making it extremely drinkable.

24 IBU
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can into a chalice.

A: Bright orange, good clarity with a strong macro-effervesce showing. A bready textured, ivory white head of two fingers sits strong. A heavy foamy lace band for coverage.

S: Fresh barley, very clean, light to medium sense.

T: Fresh barley with a slight background hint of toasted bread. Light flowery orange, fruity notes of apple with a warming of tropical flower hops. Some hay with dried citrus peel finishes things out.

M: Crisp lager like mouthful, medium body, toasty, just like a good lager should.

O: A good summer blond with just enough citra hop accents to give this some zip. Very clean, crisp and easy to kick back to in multiples. A beer that probably won't get much love due to style, but this is very true, drinkable, and a light alternative for the summer time.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I paired this with the season finale of True Detective's second season. I feel as good about the show as I did about this beer. It was underwhelming on all fronts. Not much to smell, not much to taste. For a "crushable summer brew" this offers none of the flavor you'd want in that kind of beer. Never again.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Creature Comforts nonic pint. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a clean dark golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Cracker-like malt aroma that's slightly sweet.

T- Your usual blonde ale flavor profile with some grainy malt, tiny amount of hop bitterness and a clean, easygoing drinkability.

M- Somewhat crisp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Has decent balance for a blonde ale but ultimately leaves me wanting more. Looking for something cheap to play beer pong with? Look no further.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Narragansett Summer Ale
16 oz. can, no freshness dating

Narragansett delivers a refreshing but flavorful summer ale. It's clear with a golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam. The aroma displays a bit of sweetish grainy malt along with a touch of citrus. The flavor bears that out, with the addition of some grassiness, and a lime-like note to the citrus. It's surprisingly medium bodied, malty, and firmly bitter. At just 4.2% abv you could have a few of these on a hot afternoon. Nicely done.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It tastes as if they steeped straw in a mixture of hop resin and tap water, threw a single discarded lemon peel in the mix, and then canned it. It's not offensive, but it's also nothing too special. Easily drinkable, and like all Narragansett products, it's super cheap.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Summer Ale is gold in color.
White head, nice lacing left behind.
The smell is very mild. Grains and some sweetness.

Really nice flavor. Thin malts, citrus, lemony. Dry, slightly biter finish.

Very enjoyable. Easy to drink.
Excellent summer beer.

Would pair well with salads, sea food, fish tacos.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - herbal, grassy aroma with lemon thrown in for good measure, hint of honey

Taste - grassy flavor with some lemon and a bit of spice from the hops

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high lively carbonation, crisp, hoppier than expected

Overall - decent beer, one that would be great during BBQ season

Price point - $1.89/16 oz can

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Photo of T6PP
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear golden yellow with a nice white head. There was no real and defiant smell to the beer. Taste is pretty bland for a summer beer, there is no stand out ingredient that really screams summer. Mouthfeel is a lightly carbonated beer that hangs around for a little bit. Overall it's a little below average and really not worth it. #t6pp

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Photo of Beric
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 3 June 2014

Appearance: Had this from the can, so can't comment much on the appearance. Can artwork is great though.

Smell: Traditional "beery" smell, but very sweet and with a slight overlay of hop aroma, though it is not strong enough to discern any true notes from it.

Taste: A nice light-bodied beer on the sweeter side with a slight assertion of citrus hop flavor and a mild bitterness on the back end. A beer that is unpretentious in its flavor, but assertive nonetheless, with a solid flavor profile for a beer that is meant to be easy-drinking and sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high to high carbonation brings the lighter body some life.

Overall: Better than the Narragansett lager, and a bit more expensive, coming in at just over $8/sixer here in Boston. However, for this price and quantity (16oz cans), I'd be hard pressed to find a better sessionable summer beer that doesn't blast me with hops. Would definitely recommend, especially if you're looking for a party/BBQ beer.

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Photo of illpass78
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with heavy carbonation. Head is about two inches and fades quickly. Looks like a lager.

Aroma: Some notes of grass, bread, lemon, grapefruit, and a faint somewhat corny aroma. The corn note isn't off-putting but it adds to the lager-like quality of the beer.

Taste: Follows the nose, with grapefruit and grassiness dominating. Nice clean taste. Easy drinking. Good hot day beer.

Mouthfeel: It's light of body but not watery.

Overall: Solid session ale with a nice, drinkable, balanced character. Good beer for cookouts and outdoor gatherings. Nothing fancy, but something tasty.

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Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - pale gold with a huge, thick cap of pure white head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing

S - cereal grains and maybe some citrus and grass

T - cereal grains, grassy, very mild bitterness in the finish

M - light bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a nice light beer that is easily quaffable. There isn't much here in the way of flavor but it is refreshing and easy to drink straight from the can. This is a great BMC replacement beer as well as a light lawnmower or tailgate beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

on tap at beer study in chapel hill.

pale yellow. not much on the nose. easy drinking summer beer that you could drink all day. crisp and malty. light bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a good summer beer. hard to see anyone not liking it. not going to be anyone's favorite but it is what you expect it to be.

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Photo of Steve_B
1.06/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this beer scores in the 80s? Really?

I'm losing all respect for BA as I write this...

Maybe my own fault for swiping a can from my dad after drinking two Firestone Walker Double IPAs, but this is horrid.

It has no redeeming qualities, other than I assume it's dirt cheap?

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Photo of jondeelee
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Summer Ale opens to a sweet, fruity nose with bits of grain added for complexity and to keep things from becoming overly sweet. The sugars bring brown sugar and an assortment of fruit esters, including strong berry aromas, as well as lesser apricots and oranges. Just as strong, however, are the hop aromas, which bring large lemon and grapefruit notes, the citrusy side being obviously heavily favored here. Biscuit, cracker, floury baguette, and light touches of grassy wet wheat help earth the beer. Overall, this is a nice nose, offering a good range of sweet, citrusy notes that go nicely with the summer months, but that are also decently nuanced in and of themselves.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a small hop blast of pine and pink grapefruit, which moves smoothly into a main body that is heavily grain, with toast, biscuit, cracker, Grape Nuts cereal, and grassy wet wheat notes, as well as touches of rice. These mix with a light brown sugar and fruit ester (orange, berry, apricot) sugary note, here much less potent than on the nose. In subsequent sips much of the nuance is lost, and the hops drown out much of the sugars and finer bread notes, so that grapefruit, pine, and Grape Nuts cereal notes dominate, though the flavors are still crisp and refreshing. The aftertaste is mainly hoppy, with grapefruit and pine lingering on the tongue in medium-light strength for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent summer fare, with a good arrangement of flavors in decent quantities, the beer obviously designed to be light, crisp, and refreshing, while still maintaining good flavors, and succeeding very nicely in doing so. It’s a bit of a shame that the initial flavors couldn’t last longer, and that the hops come to so heavily dominate the beer over time, but this is still a very nice brew.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden pale yellow with a puffy 2 finger white head. Leaves some nice spots of lacing on the side of the glass. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: Nice blend of the citra hops and a solid malt backbone. Reminds me a touch of a belgian style with the orange notes and malts.

T: Very enjoyable, well balanced beer. Right off the bat I get a decent malting providing a crackery bread like quality. As with the aroma, citra hops poke there head in to say hello. Lingers with a pale malt taste and a touch of hop earthiness.

M: Light body with ample carbonation. Crisp finish. Defines the sessionable beer category.

Overall great for the warm weather or anything outdoors. Will be picking this one up again.

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Photo of fx20736
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a case of 24 x 16 oz cans from Beers of the World on 5/23/13 for $ 31.95.

Poured into a nonic, served cold.

appearance: clear lemon yellow with a thick meringue of white head. great lacing.

aroma: slightly lemony and sugary.

mouthfeel: solid and substantial.

taste: crisp, dry and malty with a nice earthy bitterness and a mild lemony tartness.

notes: Heftier than any other Blonde Ale I've had. Reminds me of an English Bitter. Well done.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks angrybabboon! Poured into a stange glass from a 12oz can.

Thanks to the glass, at least, this pours a golden yellow color complete with tons of carbonation as well as a good 2.5 fingers of foamy, thinning head. The carbonation lasts for a while, rising up towards the top with a cascade of bubbles. The head eventually dwindles down to nothing, but it takes a while. Some lacing surprisingly sticks around, too. Looks pretty much like a classic blonde or pale lager, and eye candy for what it is.

The initial aroma consists of crisp, golden grains, as well as a slightly "skunky" yet fruity flavor, as well as distance yet noticeable grassy, earthy hops. Glad they used Citra in this - I can tell its doing its best to add character to the overall flavor profile. There's a slight citrus flavor, maybe of lemon, but otherwise there's far more going on with the grassy flavor and skunky backdrop. Smells light and mellow, although the Citra hops really made all the difference here.

The flavor consists of an initial grainy, crisp and light flavor, which soon follows with a subdued bitterness that is slightly grassy and refreshing. The hops linger around for some time, and make the beer more flavorful than it would have otherwise been. Then malts are quite light as well, but still flavorful if in a simple, pleasant manner, which makes this ideal for warm weather drinking. Given the mellow flavor but with enough substance as well as a semi-thick feel with the extra carbonation, this is easily quaffable as well, and definitely nothing to complain about other than its intended simplicity.

What a solid, refreshing take on all of the generic "summer ales" that come around. This has the flavor and character of a good lager, and yet the thickness of an ale that gives me the best of two worlds. It's not complex by any means, but maybe I wouldn't want to have a super complex beer every day of the week, and by no means when I'm out and about on a picnic or beach someplace. This is nearly a British session beer, and I could consume many in a row. Three of their beers in, I'm yet to find a brewery as Narragansett that does offerings this simple and equally enjoyable as they do.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to my nice Tired Hands stempiece; canning date of April 4, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can in a Julian variant (“0943 16:09”). So, just under two weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (3.75): Sure looks like a summer ale. The body is a beautiful, crystal-clear honey-gold, and the head rises to one big, fat finger of crisp, bone-white foam that dies down before too long, with modest retention at best. Modest lacing: a few splotches and suds here and there—though as time wears on, it unexpectedly leaves a pretty solid sheet on one side of the glass. It’s cute, not pretty or gorgeous or sexy. Just cute, in the right light.

Smell (3.5): Very nice balance between wet, crackery pilsner-ish kinda malt body and some interesting, floral hop tones. Lightly citrusy, with . . . a mild cat pee aroma? Yep. Am I imagining this? Lightly toasted grains make a nice complement to this interesting hop aroma.

Taste (3.5): Very light and crisp, with a smooth, toasted grain character (like dry, toasted white bread, à la Elwood Blues) and a somewhat modest hop snap on the back end—despite being relatively light, it’s resinous and dank. Just soft. Wish it were a little more pronounced. There’s some modest citrus pith bitterness mixed in, too, which when combined with the toasted grain and resin make for an herbal, decidedly dry finish. It improves modestly as it warms, turning the confluence of pale malt body and resinous hop bitterness into something resembling a (watered-down) sweet orange flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Actually, under par for the course. Nice prickles here and there, and then a soft, filling foam action on the way down marks the carbonation. The body is crisp, rather light, and dry but not very—still wet enough to feel almost quenching, rather than parching. This is crushable.

Overall (3.5): It is what it is. It’s not perfect, it’s not exceptional, but it’s plenty easy to drink and pleasant in all the ways that count. Exceptional in any way? No. Great in any way? No. Very good in any way? Maybe if it’s hot out and you didn’t expect to see this kind of beer around. It’s just fine, and that’s fine by me. Glad I got a sixer, because this is an easy going beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours as a clear golden ale with thick fluffy white foam. Head holds and becomes patchy. Light summery nose, mild malt. Small citrus taste. Good mouthfeel, swirls nicely.

An easy summer drinker. Not remarkable, but good enough flavor.

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Photo of gatorguy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

O - Kind of a pale ale appearance, golden color with a bone white, finger and a half head. Leaves some lacing.

S - Light smell, but gives hints of citrus and even some passionfruit. Mmm.

T - Citrus profile is evident, mostly grapefruit, some lemon. There is a light hint of passionfruit as well, nice. Hop bitterness is low, pine flavor is also fairly light from the hops. It's clear they were going for drinkability here. malts are sweet and balance the tart citrus flavors. Finishes clean.

M - Very light and effervescent. Clean and crisp, nearly perfect.

O - Great summer beer. It's almost like a light pale ale if that makes sense. You get the flavors of a pale ale, but with less bitterness. Impressive that 'Gansett pulled this off.

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Photo of keeganfrank
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden beer with a thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Crisp grass and zesty lemon aromas with some floral hints. Flavors of grasses and grain with soft lemon rind notes. Has a light, dry body that makes it perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow with a tall, thick white head, this beer produces some beautiful lace. The beer is light in complexion and fruity in aroma. Estery, slight malt, a touch of herbal hops, distant citrus. Nice. The flavor is light, as is the body. Nice for summer, but it does give us a little complexity and intensity. Slight sweetness, but the finish is abrupt. Good summer brew.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can

A: Clear light yellow/golden colored body with a big fluffy white head that surprisingly keeps a good bit of retention around the edges. Nice lacing in the glass too.

S: Pale malts, grass, floral hop aromas, faint citrus (orange) peel. Very fresh, crisp, light and airy.

T: Extremely crisp and slightly bitter up front. The hops are somewhat citrusy in nature with a floral note in there too. The malts keep the backbone of this beer without making it feel terribly light.

M: Quite light-bodied, pushing the envelope for what you'd call a medium body (which it never reaches). Crisp, clean and refreshing.

I purchased a 6-pack of these cans for the beach and they absolutely hit the spot. It was light enough to be enjoyable with a refreshing and clean flavor profile. And they're priced just right!

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Photo of u2carew
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. Tall Boy can
A) Pours with a finger thick head that has great retention. Clear golden blond body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy. Musky. "Wet dog". But nothing out of the ordinary for a light beer.
T) Grainy. Malty sweet notes throughout. Lingering nuttiness in the finish.
M) Refeshing. Fizzy yet creamy. Light body. Dry in the finish.
O) Not bad for a summer ale. I'll definitely drink another.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that faded away, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but flavors of citra hops are a little bit stronger. The slightest hint of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is a perfect beer for the summer. It has a bit of citrusy flavors similar to a West Coast IPA but these are very subdued.

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Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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