Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

121 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 32
Gots: 60 | 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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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 420
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a big rocky pure white head that slowly settled leaving webby lacing all over the glass.

The aroma is of a bready pale malt base mixed in with lemony and orangy hop notes. It is a nice and simple bright aroma. Some hay and grass notes.

The taste is of a dry cracker like malt. The malt seems to be a touch grainy. Some noticable grassy bitterness from the hops. There is also some lemon and orange from the hops as well.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but plenty of grassy bitterness to offset. Finishes quite dry and the bitterness lingers a tad too long. Not quite as crisp as some summer brews but it has some snap.

A good blonde ale with a noticable hop presence. A bit grainy and the hop bitterness lingers but still quite refreshing. (803 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (385 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive starting head. Leaves extensive lace, both as a ring and as a spider web. Crystal clear with a deep golden color.

Like a malty pilsner--it is balanced with a soft hop presence.

Malt flavor with a touch of grain that wasn't present in the aroma. There's a flowery hop punch in the swallow. A very smooth beer with enough crispness to keep the body spritzy. An excellent Blonde. (389 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can

Pours a slightly hazed blonde color with a large crop of white head. A few patches of lacing streak across the glass while drinking.

Faint spicy hops with hints of citrus fruit. Biscuity malts and grains with some lemon.

Brisk and clean up front with a light hoppy presence. Touches of citrus fruit and a very soft sweetness. Biscuit and grain in the base with some lingering lemon presence. A little grassy towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, refreshing and cooling on the senses. This beer isn't trying to blow you away, which actually works perfectly. I'm not really a fan of the style but I'd definitely buy this again. (661 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased at McKinnon's in Portsmouth. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with a good inch of surprisingly persistent off-white head. Smells sweet and bready with hints of lemon zest. Tastes bready at first with a good bit of lemon-like hops toward the finish. Light and effervescent. Super-drinkable. A lot more to this one than I thought there would be. Really good. (382 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: crystal clear body that yielded a one finger white head and stayed a good two minutes, rapidly rising carbonation, it left some foamy rings. Some speckled lacing appeared sporadicly around the glass

S: light floral tones with some grapefruit coming out mixed with the hops and malts.

T: no different than the smell.

M: light to medium sort of feel and left a slight dry finish. This was a very drinkable beer.

O: not a bad beer. It was an enjoyable beer. I'm glad I got a sixpack of this. I would definitely have this again. (551 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense white head that reduces slightly but has good head retention - leaving a solid half finger of head covering the entire surface of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: A light to moderate aroma for this beer, there is a light grapefruit/citrus hop presence along with some pale malts.

T: This beer is quite hop forward with a light amount of grapefruit and citrus hops - slight bitterness but not overly aggressive. That is quickly followed by a pale malt body that gives it a little bit of sweetness. The beer has a clean finish with a light hint of lemon.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very refreshing, enjoyable, and easy to drink. I would love to have another one of these, it was surprisingly good (not that I should be too surprised as I have liked each of the beers I have had from them). The hop-forward flavor with the grapefruit hops was quite enjoyable. (1,131 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can supplied by the brewery.

A nice golden color with a big, big sticky white head.

Hoppier aroma than I expected.

The taste is light, with a nice hop flavor and bitterness back by a bit of malt sweetness.

Good body that's not watery considering the lower alcohol.

Another workman brew from Narragansett. Nothing wrong with this one, just a decent beer at a good price. (374 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on March 25, 2012

A: Yellow with a substantial head, good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Mostly graininess with some citrus hops. Nothing special.

T: Again, grains and mildly sweet malt. No real breadiness, and the malt is pretty simple. Hops are juicy and citric, almost lemony. The hops linger on the palate with a faint bitterness. It's a fairly mildly flavored beer, but it all works together.

M: Light, good carbonation.

O: This is a simple and insanely drinkable beer. It is significantly more appealing in the warm weather. (548 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

tall boy, I think Ill do it!

Pour is bright freaking yellow body. Nice white head.

Uh oh the smell. Slight bittering hop presence, yet theres a hint of citrus fruits. Lemons and Grapefruits, buts its bitter forward. Oddly, Im ok with it.

OMG. I wasnt expecting what I got form this beer, honestly. I used to think New Belgium Hoptober was the best Blonde, but nope. Theres an amazing balance, and I think thats the key here. Light upfront bitterness thats kept in check by a subtly sweet malt. Its all so light, and a perfect summer beer. (542 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (524 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium yellow with a fizzy white head. No lace or retention.

Mild maltiness and some slight citric hops in the nose.

Wow, am I surprised by this brewer. Citric hops, but not overdone. Nice malt to balance out the spicy hop bite. Light bitterness and malt in the end.

Medium body with nice carbonation.

I am shocked. Highly drinkable, with nice balance of bitter and malty with nice hop character. I would buy this again. (424 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that lasts for a while

S: Pale malts, nice citrusy hops, and some breadiness. Very simple and clean

T: Follows the nose, starts with a slight hop bite and some maltiness and finishes clean and slightly dry

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, simple, and refreshing summer beer that is extremely sessionable. The price is great too, at only $8.49 for a sixer of pounders. I think I've found my new summer beer (493 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for throwing me a can.

Appearance: Clear gold. So very clear. Bubbly. Head is bright-white and drops to a thin, almost non-existent cap. Spotty lacing. Oh hells yeah.

Smell: Grass, a hint of lemon, and some biscuity undertones. Crisp and clean. Some lingering sweetness that reminds me of corn. A touch herbal and a nice punch of citrus. Very mellow. Pale malts.

Taste: Pale malts and a nice herbal, citrus undertone. Lemon brightens things up a touch. Nicely hopped, but done on the delicate side. Touches of roasted malts and some biscuity notes. Grassy and earthy in good measure.

Mouthfeel: Clean, dry, and crisp. It's the epitome of summer beer.

Overall: Dear every other summer beer,

You should be this. Thanks. (748 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jslot38 for giving me a can of this to review. Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel Green tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy bright yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, light lemon, bready malts, wheat, floral notes. Light but pretty nice overall.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, wheat, grains, bready malts, earthy and floral notes. Tiny bit less citrus then the nose but nice.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Super easy to drink; a tiny bit less carbonation and it would be amazing.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good light blonde ale. There is some nice citrus hops to it and a lot of wheat and bready malts. Not super flavorful, but a really nice summer beer, and way better then most lighter beer options. Would have it again. (848 characters)

Photo of Finn
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic: Gansett Summer presents itself beautifully with a clear, straw gold body and a thick, fluffy white head that hangs out for a while. Aroma is modest, but good, with a distinct citrus component mingling with sweet and grainy notes. Its flavor is modest as well, but well done. It is a 4.2% summer beer after all. There is just a faint hint of the citrus coming thru, but is second to a very crisp, clean, refreshing malt profile, which seems as though there is some wheat in there too, which lightens the whole affair. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy however. I gotta say the lacing on this one is impressive. Overall, a very well done summer blonde: crisp, clean and to the point, although those looking for a more "robust" flavored summer beer (oberon, hop sun) may be dissapointed. But for what it is, a clean, lower alcohol summer ale, I enjoyed it, and would probably get it again. (906 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a Victory tulip

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a two finger white head. Beer is nearly perfectly transparent, head is robust...looks great!

S- the citra hops come through, but they're very mild. Disappointing

T- getting some biscuity-like sweetness as well as some citrus from the citra. The beer is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Very crisp

M- very light bodied, but that's warranted in this situation. It's not "thin" though, just light

O- this is going to become my go-to this summer. Tasty, light, refreshing, cheap, and it comes in tallboy cans. Love this (598 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just popped up in Philly, glad to see it. Hoping they send all their stuff down eventually. 16oz tallboy in a glass.

Bright Olympic gold color with just a touch of bronze holding through. A aggressive pour yields a nice inch of white stuff that is semi creamy, but dwindles real quick leaving small islands, faint lace.

Smell is pretty pale malty bold with some underlining earthy hops that bring some grass in to play. The citra does not come out like in other beers that use it, but this is a American blond. This smells pretty nice for what it is.

A really smooth and well balanced blond. Not bitter and not overly sweet. Getting some faint fruit under the pale malt with a small sweet spot towards the end. Earthy hops are mad light so don't expect a Citra blast, just expect it to balance out the sweetness from the malt profile.

Feel is light bodied with light carbonation, just enough to keep the beer from dying at the end. Not bitter, not overly sweet. A simple American blond. I could drink a lot of this stuff at 4.2% (1,037 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 pack of tallboys, its only april so these must be fresh.

A: Clear pale yellow straw. big white foamy head. Head subdues into a nice thin layer of white. Patches of lacing.

S: Sweet malts, corn, a tad of wheat/yeast, maybe a hint of lemon. Bland smell.

T: Sweet balance of bready malts, with some grassy/herbal bitternotes as well as a bit of lemon/strawberry fruit flavors. Off notes of aluminum in finish. Lots of sweetness (bubble gum maybe), floral notes in finish. Although tame its actually really well balanced and semi complex, points off for metallic off notes though, slacking on can lining.

M: Rather high carbonation, for low abv quite creamy, light in body, but for a 4.2% blonde quite rich. Definition of session beer.

O: Probably my favorite summer ale, and my favorite session/can/bbq/beach beer. Fits the bill perfectly. What are you waiting for, grab a 'gansett! (889 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

surprised i haven't reviewed this one yet.

a: poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass. clear golden in color with plenty of carbonation; whispy white head settles into a thin lacing.

s: bready aroma with notes of wheat and light citrus hops.

t: refreshing from start to finish. bready malt flavor with some cereal grains and wheat. finishes a tad dry with a little bit of citrus hop flavor (gotta love that citra). does a great job of balancing flavor and drinkability.

m: great mouthfeel.

by far the best summer ale available for the price. after reading the profile on the website, i was very surprised to see the addition of citra hops to the recipe. i look forward to this every summer. recommended. (718 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one from Iimmush, cheers Tim!

Pours an effervescent hay color with 2 fingers of ivory head. Above average head retention & very good lacing

S: Perfumy & grassy hop notes

T: Follows the nose, plus sweet grainy cereal notes. More sweet graininess as this warms along with lemons. Finishes grassy with sweet grainy notes

MF: Light bodied with soft carbonation, pretty good balance

An alright blonde ale, just not enough flavor to get too amped up about (466 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rubby for passing this on for a try. This summer treat is an anemic gold color with few signs of life but it does produce a voluptuous white crown of foam and gobs of lacing in retreat. The nose picks up a pretty pungent skunky wheat bread with a hint of cider. Hard to say whether this is good or not so good, but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt...I'm thirsty. The flavor is light but not at all complacent as I get more skunky bread, wheat and sunny citrus hop. Very crisp with a delicate but deliberate carbonation that peppers the palate pretty aggressively. This is clearly a nice choice for sessioning/partying. Light bodied, near watery but held together by the lively feel. Lots of bread and a tasteful hint of bright hops to make this a very serviceable thirst quencher. Take it out on Narragansett Bay the next time you push off from the docks at the East Greenwich Yacht Club, bring some chips and salsa and a few Ghandi Bots for dessert, and all you need is a good friend or two to make it a great evening. (1,035 characters)

Photo of JMD
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light dirty straw color with frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S: Light grains and toasty wheat. Some light hops as well.

T: Much more flavor than I expected after smelling it. Grassy with some bisquity malt. Lightly hopped with hints of lemon zest. Pretty refreshing.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Perfect for a summer beer.

D: I was pleasantly suprised with this beer. Flavorful and interesting, I could drink these all day. At 4.2 ABV, this is a great summer beer. Perfect while your roasting on the beach or hanging out at a backyard bbq. (611 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tall boy can picked up at a local store in CT.

Appearance is light yellow color with a one finger head.
The nose has corn, flora, light citrus. It has a taste that is reminiscient of Honey Bunches of Oats or a similar cereal. Malts also come through, along with some more light citrus. MF leans towards light, a fairly crisp and dry aftertaste. A pretty solid "summer beer" that I picked out of my basement, before moving on to some autumn beers soon. (454 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice yellow color with a thin white head. The smell is grassy floral and citrus hops with a light background of malt bthe flavor is similar to the smell with a smooth clean finish bthe mouthfeel is light and almost thirt quenching. overall this is an excellent summe beer (289 characters)

Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.