Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

410 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 31
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of JMD
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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

Photo of regspeir
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to victory4me for sharing this. Pint can into a standard pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a large 3-fingered white head that, even after some time, still was almost a finger's worth. Lacing was thin but present throughout. Nose is sweet with elements of lemon, grain and toasted malt. Taste was lemongrass, sweet malts, and hints of grassy hops. The finish is dry, crisp and light. The mouthfeel was on the light side, as expected, and mildly carbonated. This was a pleasant surprise and, reported inexpensive, would be a go-to summer standby…except we don't get it here (that I am aware of).

Photo of Schmidts
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eddie's Mom for sending this to me from NY as this one does not come to Pa. Pours from the can golden yellow, with a nice white 3/4 inch head that fades quickly leaving some nice laceing.
Smells of sweet Malts sweet grass and citrus lemon.
Kind of Lemon fruit with a nice mild hop and malt grain taste. Very smooth in your mouth and very refreshing too.

Overall I have to give this a 4.5 rating it is a very drinkable and a very tasty Summer Ale Just what an Ale like this should be!

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of dbexpert
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold/yellow in color, head is stark white on aggressive pour building to a solid inch
S: Nose is a subtle sweet cereal grains (lageresc), with citrus hop notes
T: Very clean, Straight forward. Sweetness is nicely cleaned up with light acidity.
M. Light, crisp refreshing, clean
O: definitely nothing complex. Very drinkable, as it is intended to be. Best summer beer of 2011!

Photo of ant5431
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty! got a 6-pack of 16oz cans for me & my uncle, (a former Narragansett brewery worker from the old Cranston RI days) we both thought it was a very good beer.
Poured a straw yellow with a nice white head & sharp aroma taste hoppy with citrus in the background. Crisp taste.
To bad i found these late in the season would have been my summer choice.

Photo of uustal
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale yellow with a slight bright white head. Aroma of sweet citra hops and toasted grains. Great summer flavor begins with a good hit of those delicious citra hops. Grain and cereal malt add great balance and sweetness before a crisp hop finish. Flavor profile is not huge, but perfectly constructed for such a sessionable ale. Not a wussy, fruity, hopless summer beer, but a well crafted, hop and flavor friendly sessionable summer ale

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of samyoung
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.93/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Dools9
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of BennyL1
3.93/5  rDev +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.

Photo of racer2k
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Photo of DrJay
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of portia99
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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!

Photo of matty
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of mjrod2142
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.