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Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

304 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%


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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber in color, light with a nice head of white on top. Lots of carbonation coming up toward the surface throughout the session, reinforcing an already strong look. Light hops get stronger as it warms up. Nice bit of grain mixing in as well now, nice depth to it I have to admit. Crisp, clean taste and feel here. Really again very well done I have to say. Light finish which was quite dry and I have to admit this was very, very session able. You never can tell what is going to happen when you try a new pale ale, but this was surprisingly very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:41:18 | More by mikesgroove
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 19:39:18 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus fruits, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a grainy bready flavor from a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness quickly follow. The hops presence is quite complementary and is a bit stronger than most beers in the style creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is an excellent BBQ beer to pound down for a very long time.

Serving type: can

05-19-2011 02:51:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Serving type: can

10-14-2011 13:49:38 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-26-2012 23:52:09 | More by smcolw
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of tallboys for $7. I was surprised to see such a tall, fluffy head on top of this, but it looks like a Belgian blonde.

The beer reminded me of craft brewery takes on the cream ale. It started off with a light, somewhat cream bread taste and then a spicy citrus hop finish. It's simple, but a tasty session option.

Serving type: can

06-05-2011 13:59:19 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 20:33:35 | More by mdfb79
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Utah

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) motors on following yet another brief hiatus to align the bottle and on-tap numbers. I dislike getting away from my beloved and oh-so-recyclable CANs, but people begin to worry about me when the numbers are too strongly skewed in favor of CANs. I'll be okay, believe me!

From the CAN: The graphic of the dude on a surfboard riding the waves in front of a pier overlooked by an impressive brick castle-like structure is priceless. "Hi-Neighbor! When we set out to make a "Gansett brew just for summertime, we knew we wanted something extremely drinkable. A beer that would be perfect for a day at the beach or a backyard barbecue. Our Summer Ale is just that, a superbly balanced pale ale that's brewed just right for drinking. The Narragansett Towers still stand today, recalling fond memories of the old Pier Casino, a popular summer destination back when 'Gansett first started brewing in the 1890s. So when you're looking for a great session beer this summer, look no further than the Towers and 'Gansett Summer Ale."

Do I like 'Gansett beers? I wore my famous rebus tie last Tuesday (07 June 2011) to their PHL Beer Week event that featured 2 for 1 on these CANs, plus $1.00 oysters. That's livin'! I even kept one of the wooden nickels as a souvenir. Shhh.

The Crack & Glug produced two dense fingers of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and an abundance of visible CO2 bubbles. Nose had an interesting lemony citrus scent. Mouthfeel was very full thanks to all of the carbonation. There was a light pine hoppiness along with the lemon citrusiness noted on the nose. Finish was quite dry and refreshing and I realized that I should have been outside on this warm afternoon to drink it, rather than inside at the keyboard. This definitely rates a place in the cooler.

Serving type: can

06-14-2011 20:47:27 | More by woodychandler
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plaid75

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10%
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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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, another seasonal from Narragansett that I have not tried.

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head. Looks light-bodied but will it taste that way?

Sweet malt with little, if any hop character. It certainly fits the style criteria.

Wow. Grassy hops mingle with malt that's balanced (not sweet or dry). Tasty. Kinda pulls ya by the honker.

Carbonation is not so great though. It's too hard to gulp or chug, which means that you'll enjoy it more after mowing the lawn.

Why couldn't they market this as their "light" beer? Regardless, a decent example!

Serving type: can

06-10-2011 02:21:59 | More by Brad007
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-15-2012 23:23:12 | More by dbrauneis
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased online from Grand Vin.

It pours a clear light gold with about an inch of foam and some pretty good lacing.

Light notes of lemon citrus and malt in the smell. The malt shows some nice sweetness with a touch of grain.

The taste...whoa, is a very well balanced; lemon citrus bitterness with sweet malt and light graininess. The hop character is very good but makes this brew special to me is what the malt brings to the table. and at 4.2%abv, I am *super* impressed!

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side of medium, I'm digging the mouth feel and if I had this around my neck of the woods regularly, I'd drink a heck of a lot of it. Wonderful brew!!

Serving type: can

05-16-2011 23:16:32 | More by Bitterbill
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big shout out to woodychandler for the hook up. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, some grains. Taste is a good hop/malt balance, some citrus flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

06-23-2011 22:24:12 | More by tone77
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can served in my Sam Smith tulip nonic. Pours a translucent straw gold with a pillowy, 1.5 inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a 1/8th inch cap with delicate strands of lacing encircling the shoulders. Nose is light and pleasant - wheat, citrus, apricot and a kiss of floral hops. Taste consistent with nose with the floral hops character present in the nose revealing itself at the finish. Really quite flavorful for such a low abv beer. Mouthfeel is light in body with a refreshing, palate cleansing carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This is a fantastic session beer and the 16oz. tallboys make it perfect for summer. I see this as becoming a staple in my fridge over the coming months.

Serving type: can

05-15-2011 18:03:22 | More by Jwale73
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: can

08-08-2013 23:42:38 | More by tdm168
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2012 17:35:32 | More by Gmann
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Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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