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Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

301 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%


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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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: a thanks goes out to jimmyk77 for giving me this CAN.

appearance: golden pale yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, wheat, spices, malt

taste: citrus, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: a refreshing and great summer time beer. might have a new favorite lawnmower beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 16:33:05 | More by THECPJ
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samyoung

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trader Joes representing the Narragansett brews well; I've also gotten the average lager and stellar porter. On my first trip to the Chelsea TJs picked up a six pack of tall boys at a nice price for NYC - $8.99.

A - Slightly orange straw color.
S - Whiffs of hop and malt.
T - This is where the beer blows me away- great hops and ale flavor, I was expecting a wussy summer quencher - this is for sure an ale.
M - Pleasant at first, quickly dissipates.
O - Very good and very drinkable summer brew - this is definitely my pick for the summer.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 19:39:23 | More by samyoung
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hello, Narragansett, I didn't see ya standing there.

A: Straw gold. Only poured out a little, so didn't get this best look at her. Seemed pretty enough. Dressed in a pretty blue can.

S: Lightly piny hops with a subtly floral perfume.

T: Wow. Hops are the thing you'll notice here. Narragansett Summer is frontloaded with them, and while I'm not a hopdhead, this manages to not be a bad thing. She's not in your face about them and doesn't leave you bitter. Pale malt is the second thing you'll notice. Kinda flipped my world upside down.

Summer is a simple girl. She's only got two notes and she plays 'em backward but balances 'em beautifully.

M: Light with lively carbonation that manages not to be too fizzy or ticklish.

O: I'm not normally a fan of summer brews, but 'Gansett made a wonderfully refreshing beer here. Hops are noticeable without smacking you over the head, which most hoppy beers do these days, IMO. Pretty and simple.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 01:53:30 | More by DirtyPenny
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Dools9

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright blue tallboy into a shaker pint...

A: Pale golden in color with a nice foamy, frothy head. Stuck around for a while and left some pretty good clumps of lacing.

S: Pale malts, mild sweet bready aroma with a bit of citrus and just a touch of a lemon zest.

T: Malty, bready sweetness followed by a bit of floral/herbal hops, lemon and mild citrus/mixed fruit. Really crisp and very refreshing.

M: Thin and light but in a good way. Good carbonation with a bit of slick creaminess. Really refreshing and perfect when it gets hot up here in New England.

O: Really enjoyed this summer offering from the boys (and girls) at Narragansett. At only 4.2 abv, its extremely sessionable, goes down easy and would be perfect on a hot summer day at the beach. The best of the best for summer beers as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 03:23:29 | More by Dools9
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 03:31:37 | More by BennyL1
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

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

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear gold body under a lofty 3-finger head of creamy white foam. Ok retention, lots of lace. Lovely.

S: Malts predominate, with both clean sweetness and a rather off-putting huskiness coming through; some enticing leafy, fruity hops peek through at times, but are never a truly major factor. Pretty solid, but not entirely cohesive.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, minus the harshness: sweet malts up front, tropical fruit from the hops on the tail end. Fairly crisp finish, but never quite bitter. Really, really pleasant.

M: Smooth, moderately carbonated body; substantial for the style, but nowhere near heavy. Quite nice.

O: This is a terrific little summer thirst-quencher: it's simple enough to drink lots of without thought, but just interesting enough to reward any attention that you may pay to it. I may well pick up a sixpack to enjoy at the beach some time. By far my favorite Narragansett product that I've tried.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

07-29-2011 17:06:12 | More by woosterbill
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Huhzubendah for popping on of these open at his house.

This is currently the #2 ranked American Blonde Ale.

A: Golden, clear, and with great retention. The frothy, nitro-esque head stuck around in at least a small way throughout the session.

S: Sour dough bread quality in spades and with a very yeasty quality in general.

T: Sweet, crisp, and with a hint of honey for added sweet flavor. Smooth as silk and perfect for the summer heat.

M: Prickly, but not overly carbonated. The lacing was mild and certainly was a lot less than I expected.

O: It really can't get much better for this style. Recommended!

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 23:08:04 | More by Chaney
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear and yellow/gold in colour with a lingering white cap of fine foam. Solid sheets of bubbles coated the top of the glass. Cereal and grainy aroma along with zesty citrus and a hint of pine. Moderate bitterness provided balance for bready malt sweetness. More citrusy hops, cereal grains, slightly metallic and bitter in the finish. Rich, creamy texture, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, fairly dry. I really enjoyed this. A solid summer ale.

Serving type: can

07-26-2011 23:38:06 | More by DrJay
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a super clear, rich golden color with a thick finger plus of foamy, soapy white head with good retention and leaving behind thick lacing all over the glass.

S - Extremely grainy on the nose with a fruity and metallic hoppy bitterness that cuts through. Sugary sweet malt rounds and smooths a bit.

T - Sweet malt up front on the first sip backed up by a mid level hop bitterness, a bit of earthy and metallic hop? flavors. Finishes quite dry, smooth and intensely bready/biscuity. Maybe a bit of lemony citrus mixed in there too, but I'm not sure that it isn't that I just wanna taste that in there.

M - A bit on the thin side, tending towards watery. Carbonation gives a feel that is soft and smooth from its lower intensity level. Goes down like water.

O - Hmm, what to say about this. I'm pleasantly surprised and disappointed all at the same time. I had heard from a number of trusted BA's how good this beer is and finally got around to trying it. Well, it is way better than I expected it to be when I first saw this on the shelves earlier this summer, but I had heard what a nice hop profile this has...and I just don't get it. Maybe this has been on the shelves (or actually fridge) of the beer store for a while and the hops have faded some, but it just wasn't as expected. However, this is definitely a better than passable summer thirst quencher. A day of working in the yard, a round of golf, a day on the deck or at the pool - this will work fine. A bargain for $9/6er of 16oz cans, but not enough to it to make it into my regular summer rotation.

Serving type: can

07-26-2011 23:09:00 | More by portia99
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy cans...

Pours a light fizzy head that disappears quickly over crystal clear golden straw colored beer.

Nose is light straw and golden malts, nice grassy aromatic hops, light and crisp, but very light.

Taste is a bit surprising as I didn't expect much, straw again, light malts, bit toasty, very light mild grassy hops, super clean and crisp, but very light on the taste overall, very watery as well, dry finish. Nice summer beer.

Mouth, what mouth, I can barely detect that it is even there, and light carbonation.

Overall not bad, better than I expected, nice flavors, hints of grassy mild hops, but a bit watery and way too light.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 16:36:04 | More by jlindros
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Matt!

A- Pours a light yellow w/ a white one finger head. Good carbonation and lacing. Somewhat cloudy, but you can still easily see through it.

S- Slight lemon, grass, malt, and earthiness. Fantastic, and very refreshing nose.

T- All smells in the taste as well. Very smooth and refreshing. I didn't realize how great this beer was going to be- especially for the style. I could drink 4 or 5 of these just because the taste is so great.

M- Surprising substantial feel to this beer, but still fairly thin and refreshing.

O- For the style, it doesn't get any better. Highly recommended!

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 23:46:40 | More by jayhawk73
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matty

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light gold colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is very light frutiness.Taste is dominated by hops and pine needles.Another disgusting over hopped beer that makes it taste like Pine-sol.I would not recommend and will be very lucky to get through this crap.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 12:53:26 | More by matty
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is completely transparent and yellow in color, with a finger of white head that displays lasting retention and leaves ample lacing on the glass (not a run-on sentence, though it feels that way). Steady effervescence emanates from the depths of the pint glass. After fifteen minutes, no let up. Impressive.

The aroma is great, especially considering the beer is so low in alcohol. Light fruits and the smell of summer. Mmm...

The flavor is delicious. I could throw back several of these in a session. Perfectly balanced and teeming with flavor, this is certainly a top notch example of the style. I definitely want more of this. Recommended.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 21:47:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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mjrod2142

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. can poured into a standard pint glass

A non-aggressive pour produced a one finger-sized head of impressive creaminess. Good lacings were left behind as it dissipated. The color is bright and clean and very similar to their Lager.

I really had to jam my nose into the glass to pick up any aroma. What I eventually got was a sharp hoppiness with almost a sweet vinegar-y bite. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. As I let it settle, more citrus hoppiness revealed itself.

The taste was a letdown, in my opinion. My first thing was "uninspired American Pale Ale." The sharp note in the aroma does not translate into the taste. I can taste the hops, but they seem conflicted, almost bored...as if they're looking to find a cooler backyard BBQ to hang out at than yours. The bland finish and forgettable aftertaste left me wanting something else for the round.

With so many better summer seasonals available, I wouldn't recommend, but be sure to try for yourself.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 00:39:36 | More by mjrod2142
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #1 American Blonde Ale on beeradvocate.com. YES!!! Another #1!!! Poured from a 16 ounce tall boy into a stange.

Beer is yellow and completely clear with a two finger head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate, looks good.

Aroma? HELLO!!! Aroma? I guess he went out to get a pack of smokes.

Beer is medium to light in body, moderately carbonated on the palate and good throughout. The finish isn't dry or bitter, just a nice finish with no aftertaste. The lead off is a little sweet, mild malt, intermediate levels of yeast character on the middle and a clean finish. I'd have it again, unoffensive, sort of a perfect circle sort of beer.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 14:24:32 | More by drabmuh
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plaid75

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a four finger rocky white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a husky grainy malt with a light lemon zest.

The taste featured light grainy malts with lemon and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty summer refresher. Simple and quaffable.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 15:20:23 | More by plaid75
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kecarl7

California

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a tall, fluffy but airy, white head that seems like it'll never quit and leaves a sticky lacing when it finally does. The color is a medium golden, very transparent, not quite straw-color. A little fuller and darker and it might look like a light, filtered pale ale, but aside from the head, it resembles more of a traditional lawnmower beer.

S: The first whiff is a bit sweet and malty, quickly revealing grassy citrus notes. All in all, the smell is, but a bit weak.

T: The hops are assertive, but hardly aggressive--a nice, playful citrus bite throughout the sip. In the middle and sticking toward the end is a malt sweetness--almost a mango or strawberry sweetness--that is anything but cloying. The real treat is in the excellent balance perfect for a summer blonde ale: the refreshing hop bitterness, but with enough of the sweet maltiness to stave off any dryness.

M: This is light-bodied without being weak or watery, and is extremely refreshing--a perfect beach or barbecue companion.

D: This really floored me. I've never been a fan of Narragansett's flagship even by AAL standards, but this is a very flavorful, wonderful, refreshing summer beer. The weight of the blue tallboy in hand is a great addition to any summer afternoon.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 01:10:39 | More by FrankLloydMike
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours clear with a big fluffy beautiful 4 finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves a cloud of puffy bubbles as a pillow in my glass. Subtle aroma of sweet malts and citrusy hops that are on spot for the style.

Taste is surprisingly citrusy from a healthy dose of citra hops. Slight sweetness from the malt nicely complements the hops. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and I cannot remember a beer this low in ABV that is so chewy.

Overall, I would call this my perfect summer session ale. Cheap. Tall-boy cans. Awesome look. Amazing mouthfeel. Low ABV. A taste that holds up extremely well. How could anyone complain?

Buy it, you won't find anything better for the price.

Serving type: can

07-10-2011 04:00:35 | More by victory4me
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of tallboy cans at Decicco's. Poured into a pint glass.

Pou yields a bright, clear brew that is golden in color with a thin white head and some very light lacing. Some spots, though not all that much. The nose carries a bit of light grain, though not much of any accompanying sweetness. No real hop presence in the nose or flavor, though a bit of bitterness comes through in the finish. Really plain overall. However, something about the chemistry that I do enjoy. No hops and the malt really brings neither malt flavor nor sweetness. Well made with no real flaws in execution. Kind of bland, but satisfying.

Serving type: can

07-09-2011 02:56:47 | More by Thorpe429
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce can into a Carling Black Label glass.

A: Clean, clear, pale golden color with a frothy, two-finger head of white carbonation. Quite bubbly & head retention matched the great clarity as well.

S: Zesty, spicy and slightly metallic hop notes surround the light, mild citrus esters of the cracker malts.

T: Sweet, spicy and floral malts hit the palate first witha light, brisk bitterness building to a mild, juicy malt center. Grassy, bitter hops surround the refreshing and slightly citrusy bitter finish.

M: Light bodied, crisp and highly refreshing. Carbonation keeps the flavors light and effervescent adding to the superb drinkability.

O: A really nice, flavorful, crisp and balanced pale blonde ale. Near perfect for summer and one of the best blondes I've had. The 4.2% ABV means you can session at your backyard BBQ or beach party all day long.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 17:41:00 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from TheManiacalOne ... and I'd say thank you but everyone in this area is sold out and I'm jonesing for it!
From a 16 oz can poured in to a pint glass...
Consumed 6/28

A: This beer pours a clear light golden color, carbonation is very visible. A three finger of white foamy head sits on top receding at a moderate pace and leaves clumps of lacing that eventually lend to thick sticky lacing.

S: Nose is grainy, light fruits, and a bit of citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with nice and very light caramel malts mingled with a bit of mango flavoring. A light graininess comes through that holds through the middle before a very pleasant albeit light grapefruit citrus hop hits up the finish.

M: Lighter bodied, moderate carbonation with a somehwat slick feel at the forefront and a bone dry finish.

O; Goes down easily, extremely tasty, not filling, not much of a kick, and a great representation of style. Hellooo - if the local liquor stores can keep up with the demand, you SHALL be my summer beer.

Serving type: can

07-02-2011 05:01:03 | More by Jayli
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cpolking

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright honey golden in color with an inch of thick, foamy white head that leaves medium lacing down the glass.

The aroma is fresh, bright, fruity, citrus zest and tropical fruit, but in a smooth, aromatic and honey-sweet way, not in a knock-you-over IPA way.

The taste is lightly honeyed fruit and citrus zest over a solid malt grain bed. The finish is round and smooth yet very dry and somewhat bitter. After the wave of bitterness, the sweet fruit lingers around again as well.

This beer far exceeded my expectations. This is a damn fine summer ale and a damn fine beer all around. The distribution of Narragansett is limited, but, if you can get your hands on this, try it now.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 00:22:58 | More by cpolking
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with a touch of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy. Medium Body. A nice brew, excellent thirst quencher on a hot day.

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 23:49:29 | More by Wasatch
Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.