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Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

365 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 28
Gots: 26 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2011)
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Reviews by wedge:
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wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Clear yellow color with a frothy white head. Mild juicy, oily citrus aroma over some fresh grain...simple and pleasant. Increased grainy sweetness comes through in the flavor with some earthiness and a snappy citrus zest finish. Light bodied, well carbonated, very crisp, and damn drinkable. This is nothing outstanding, but it's a perfect refresher for the beach. I personally like a little more cracker/biscuit malt in my Blondes, but this is tasty as-is. This would fit in with a cooler full of hoppy pilsners quite well.

05-12-2012 21:54:56 | More by wedge
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear light golden with a 1/2 finger white head atop.Aromas were real light a bit of floral hops and toasted grain,really light to be honest.grainy with mild sweetness on the palate,a light smattering of leafy hops,a decent toasted ceral grain note in the finish.It's not bad...maybe rated to high but it's good for what it is,a summertime quaffer.

06-06-2012 20:35:36 | More by oberon
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

06-24-2013 21:55:55 | More by SuomiHobbit
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MikeC144

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-09-2014 15:14:06 | More by MikeC144
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-20-2013 17:42:40 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Fiore757


3/5  rDev -18.5%

06-05-2013 01:13:42 | More by Fiore757
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-10-2014 19:23:03 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

16oz Tallboy ... no freshness date.

Starts off with a massive head, bright yellow clarity shines in front of me. Mild cracker maltiness and faint spicy citric hop. Semi-light body, crisp and clean. Light maltiness, bready with a light biscuity or almost husky flavor. Middling bitterness for balance. Faint twang of lemon zest from the hops, clean dry finish.

Quaffable summer ale, a solid brew all around.

05-17-2011 01:54:41 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: 2 inch head with a rocky top, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: faint pine and grass

Taste: sweet grass, caramel, and pine hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sweet start then the hops kick in to make it slightly bitter, light bodied

Overall: Best thing I have had from 'Gansett and what I would describe as a perfect lawnmower beer. Enough strength and beer taste to quench the thrist and keep on going. Complex enough to make me want the full six.

06-15-2011 14:32:18 | More by tigg924
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-16-2012 15:45:26 | More by standardcherry
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

09-12-2012 01:08:51 | More by wattoclone
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-10-2013 17:25:52 | More by jondeelee
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-26-2014 15:16:03 | More by Janeinma
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ufmj

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-05-2013 18:18:31 | More by ufmj
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beenitty

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-24-2012 22:59:35 | More by beenitty
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-05-2011 00:40:01 | More by richkrull
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kecarl7

California

4.38/5  rDev +19%

Tallboy poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours beautifully. An inviting golden color topped off by an impressive white head.

The smell of Summer Ale is equally enticing. A great combination of hops and malt. Nothing overpowering, just a great combination of subtle scents.

The appearance and smell are great, but it's the taste and mouth feel that make this an exceptional beer. The subtle, citrus scents detected in the nose are amplified in the taste. A nice citrus blast with a dash of grassy notes and sweet malts. The mouth feel is totally unexpected from such a low ABV beer.

Over the past few months I've been able to drink a lot of fantastic beers from all over the country, but this one might be the MVP of the Summer. It's perfectly priced, extremely refreshing, highly drinkable, and it appeals to both craft and non-craft drinkers.

07-12-2011 11:34:40 | More by kecarl7
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

05-26-2013 04:22:53 | More by acurtis
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TheLevi4000

New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

09-06-2013 02:46:47 | More by TheLevi4000
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CloudStrife

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

05-27-2013 19:02:33 | More by CloudStrife
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Had this in the original packaging 16oz. can

A: Clean pale golden color with a frothy white head. A nice clean looking beer.

S: Forward hop aroma with hints of citrus and cracker malts on board. Very nice smell to this beer.

T: Light floral hops and malty sweetness are present along with a hint of grassy tones and some spice. Very nice crisp hoppy finish to this beer. Fantastic balance!

M: Light body beer with moderate carbonation and excellent drinkability to this offering. This beer has "Session" written all over it.

O: Very nice summer beer that is refreshing, balanced and quite tasty. The only challenge with this beer is that I have not had an opportunity to get any more as demand is strong.

07-29-2011 19:38:31 | More by racer2k
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ManMoosePig

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

11-15-2013 16:29:06 | More by ManMoosePig
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

08-16-2014 23:46:22 | More by DrewBest
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

From the tallboy into Sam's Perfect Pint.

'Gansett summer is a nice bright golden color with a good and foamy white head. Very nice lacing is left on the glass.

The nose has a fairly distinct graininess to it. A slight touch of hops as well, nothing that really jumps out at you but pleasant.

A nice bready malt taste at the front gives way to a nice hop bite. There isn't anything overly complex going on here but it makes for a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

Light body with medium carbonation and a clean crisp finish, refreshing to say the least.

This is a great summer brew from the guys at Narragansett. There seasonal brews continue to impress me. I've probably bought a case of this so far this summer and there is most likely another six pack on the horizon.

07-30-2011 03:31:37 | More by BennyL1
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

08-08-2013 23:42:38 | More by tdm168
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Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.