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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

381 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Mikecap
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Mikecap, May 18, 2012
Photo of taez555
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear yellow body with a white head.

Nose is light and malty smelling with some hops.

Taste is medium to light bodied with a very 6 row type malt grain body. Immediatly hits you with this very mildy cracker and adjunct malt body mixed with hops. Really very reminisant of an English mild or light IPA! The 4.2% abv is crazy since it really allows the light hoppines and light body to shine in a crazy lawnmower/IPA style of beer.

Wow, it seems like every summer ale is lemon this or wheat that, Narraganset does an English mild/IPA with a perfect balance of macro beer and session ale. This beer would be amazing on cask. Such a unique style, this might actually give the Gansett Bock a run for the money.

taez555, May 28, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, May 06, 2012
Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

kell50, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of smutty33
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

smutty33, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 5/18/11

Appearance: Bright golden color with above-average head retention for this kind of a beer - some unexpectedly nice lacing, too

Smell: Very light, sweet and grainy pale malts with a hint of lemon, citrus and borderline tropical-smelling hops - this aspect was unexpected

Taste: Decidedly mild, but it works surprisingly well - some grainy sweetness - not really any bitterness to speak of, other than a mild citrus bite - lemon is more obvious than in the smell - malts are very balanced with the flavor of the hops - a lot of flavors in a low ABV brew

Mouthfeel: Crisp and effervescent, perfectly carbonated, absurdly refreshing

Overall: Quite possibly the most inoffensive beer ever made

This is insanely drinkable. I have encountered some summer beers that are simply garbage; this is far from one of them. This is an easy-drinking and flavorful summer ale without being some kind of hard lemonade-beer disaster.

Update: 5/8/12

I bought a six pack this year as soon as it appeared on the shelves. In the past year, I have had some remarkably mediocre summer beers and American Blonde Ales. As a result, I am bumping this to a 4.5 overall. It's not a mind-blowing beer, but it is one of the best of this style.

angrybabboon, May 18, 2011
Photo of HRamz3
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

HRamz3, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

GonzoHomebrewer, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that fades quickly to a thin film over the beer.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of sweet grass, citrus, and some nice citrus hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, nice citrus flavors with some nice citrus and sweet grassy hops at the end.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a pretty decent summer session beer. Light bodied, full of flavor, lower on the abv side.

erosier, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - glass is filled with a yellowish, straw color with some golden highlights. Nice large, foamy, white head on top. Looks clean and clear with nice carbonation.

Aroma - hints of hay, lemon, pale malt, wet grass and Rice Krispies.

Taste - light and refreshing. The first two words that come to mind, seriously. Very crisp, it dances on the tongue. Its a bit citrusy, a bit malty sweet but neither is in anyway dominating. Delicate in flavor and balance. At only 24 IBUs the hoppiness is pretty subdued with no real bitterness to speak of. It has a biscuity, malty flavor that provides a bit of tanginess. Very clean taste with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - this is a very well put together blonde ale. At only 4.2% alcohol this is an excellent candidate for the beach or an afternoon BBQ. Plenty of flavor to keep you interested but nothing heavy or overpowering. Again, this is light and refreshing which is perfect for the season. A great summer ale from the folks at Narragansett.

Would I buy more of it? - I would and I will. The price for a six-pack is hard to pass up and summer has just begun. The hottest days are ahead and this beer at 16 oz. a time is the way to go!

indiapaleale, May 13, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Janeinma, May 26, 2014
Photo of phishbone23
2/5  rDev -45.5%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

braican, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, May 24, 2012
Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

jwps214, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of hopley
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

hopley, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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

rowingbrewer, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Ajlvt
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Ajlvt, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Duhast500
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint can into Blue Hills pint glass.

The color is a light gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little grainy with some slight citrus aroma in the nose. There is some slight lemon and orange peel with a touch of bitterness.

The taste is a bit grainy again with some slight citrus flavor but seems to really have a bready flavor the stays throughout the taste and seems to dominate over anything else coming through.

The feel of this beer is pretty light. There is a slight push of bitterness but this beer just stays smooth and then is gone down before any real notice.

Duhast500, May 23, 2011
Photo of Shaw
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Shaw, May 14, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Massbmx, May 12, 2012
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into short's imperial pint glass.

A- Big fluffy head, very active, settles to 2cm. Bright golden body.

S- Light malt and lemony sweetness.

T- Mild grassy hops and some light, sweet notes. Bitterness creeps in at the finish. Little bit of lemon and spice.

M- High carbonation, lively, refreshing. Good flavors.

O- Overall I'm impressed- Very drinkable, and tasty to boot. Will be buying a lot of this this summer.. Better than most summer beers I've had.

636

ShogoKawada, May 08, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

magictacosinus, May 16, 2013
Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear golden straw color with a finger of creamy white head. Great retention and a little bit of sticky lace.

Candied orange in the aroma and a little bit of bitter grassy hops to finish this out. A little bit of toasty grains and a kiss of lemon in the aroma. Very toasty flavors here mostly noticable on the pallet. A little bit of lemon finishes this one off.

A little bit heavier than I would preffer for the style and the carbonation is very soft. Not a bad light summer beer here. Narragansett again makes a pretty kickin' seasonal.

Bendurgin, Jun 22, 2011
Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.