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: 419
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 31
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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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 ShanePB
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can

A: Clear light yellow/golden colored body with a big fluffy white head that surprisingly keeps a good bit of retention around the edges. Nice lacing in the glass too.

S: Pale malts, grass, floral hop aromas, faint citrus (orange) peel. Very fresh, crisp, light and airy.

T: Extremely crisp and slightly bitter up front. The hops are somewhat citrusy in nature with a floral note in there too. The malts keep the backbone of this beer without making it feel terribly light.

M: Quite light-bodied, pushing the envelope for what you'd call a medium body (which it never reaches). Crisp, clean and refreshing.

I purchased a 6-pack of these cans for the beach and they absolutely hit the spot. It was light enough to be enjoyable with a refreshing and clean flavor profile. And they're priced just right! (814 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,627 characters)

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 regspeir
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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). (605 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

on tap at beer study in chapel hill.

pale yellow. not much on the nose. easy drinking summer beer that you could drink all day. crisp and malty. light bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a good summer beer. hard to see anyone not liking it. not going to be anyone's favorite but it is what you expect it to be. (317 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 2 inch head with a rocky top, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: faint pine and grass

Taste: sweet grass, caramel, and pine hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sweet start then the hops kick in to make it slightly bitter, light bodied

Overall: Best thing I have had from 'Gansett and what I would describe as a perfect lawnmower beer. Enough strength and beer taste to quench the thrist and keep on going. Complex enough to make me want the full six. (487 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow with a tall, thick white head, this beer produces some beautiful lace. The beer is light in complexion and fruity in aroma. Estery, slight malt, a touch of herbal hops, distant citrus. Nice. The flavor is light, as is the body. Nice for summer, but it does give us a little complexity and intensity. Slight sweetness, but the finish is abrupt. Good summer brew. (382 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finishing up the ol tallboy 6-pack, a good purchase to start off the first weeks of June with.

Pours into a pint dark yellow with a massive white head on each pour. Retains at a finger eventually, great lace. Beastly.

Smell is tame but pleasant, some paleish malts and graininess back up herbal+light fruity hops.

Taste has more strength. Decent amount of hop action, but an overall restrained little light fruit plethora (grapefruit, lemon, citrus) along with some herbal hops. Grainy and buttery malts give way to a nice toasty finish. It starts out 4 worthy, but the overall flavor seems to fade after some time.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery but overall fine considering the ABV. Despite the crazy appearance, carbonation is somewhat modest.

Overall, good, definitely a little tame but nice hops/flavor for the low ABV+style. Easy drinkability and price will probably make this a regular summer purchase for me. (916 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Summer Ale opens to a sweet, fruity nose with bits of grain added for complexity and to keep things from becoming overly sweet. The sugars bring brown sugar and an assortment of fruit esters, including strong berry aromas, as well as lesser apricots and oranges. Just as strong, however, are the hop aromas, which bring large lemon and grapefruit notes, the citrusy side being obviously heavily favored here. Biscuit, cracker, floury baguette, and light touches of grassy wet wheat help earth the beer. Overall, this is a nice nose, offering a good range of sweet, citrusy notes that go nicely with the summer months, but that are also decently nuanced in and of themselves.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a small hop blast of pine and pink grapefruit, which moves smoothly into a main body that is heavily grain, with toast, biscuit, cracker, Grape Nuts cereal, and grassy wet wheat notes, as well as touches of rice. These mix with a light brown sugar and fruit ester (orange, berry, apricot) sugary note, here much less potent than on the nose. In subsequent sips much of the nuance is lost, and the hops drown out much of the sugars and finer bread notes, so that grapefruit, pine, and Grape Nuts cereal notes dominate, though the flavors are still crisp and refreshing. The aftertaste is mainly hoppy, with grapefruit and pine lingering on the tongue in medium-light strength for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent summer fare, with a good arrangement of flavors in decent quantities, the beer obviously designed to be light, crisp, and refreshing, while still maintaining good flavors, and succeeding very nicely in doing so. It’s a bit of a shame that the initial flavors couldn’t last longer, and that the hops come to so heavily dominate the beer over time, but this is still a very nice brew. (1,871 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with heavy carbonation. Head is about two inches and fades quickly. Looks like a lager.

Aroma: Some notes of grass, bread, lemon, grapefruit, and a faint somewhat corny aroma. The corn note isn't off-putting but it adds to the lager-like quality of the beer.

Taste: Follows the nose, with grapefruit and grassiness dominating. Nice clean taste. Easy drinking. Good hot day beer.

Mouthfeel: It's light of body but not watery.

Overall: Solid session ale with a nice, drinkable, balanced character. Good beer for cookouts and outdoor gatherings. Nothing fancy, but something tasty. (661 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body with a nice fluffy and sticky white head about 2 fingers thick to start.

Aroma is slightly sweet with some biscuity and cereal grain notes. Slightly grassy hop presence but overall the aroma is fairly light.

Biscuity and bready malt profile with just a hint of malty sweetness and grain husk. Hops hint at a bit of lemon zest and grass but really are in the background.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and at only 4.2%, this is pretty light. Overall, I'm really enjoying this and I think the brewers hit the nail on the head with a light refreshing summer beer that has more flavor than your typical summer beer. (646 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 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 celticfutblclub
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz tallboy poured into a pint glass.

A - a straw yellow color with some light carbonation. a nice fluffy white head recedes slowly and laces quite well. the head was very nice but the body itself isn't that impressive.

S - grass, lemon, pepper and herbs. interesting aroma off this. not what i expected but quite nice.

T - malt hits up front with a mostly bread taste. grass and pepper again with a little bit of lemon. good hop bite at the end of it.

M - very lightly bodied which is perfect with an average amount of carbonation. definitely leads to some puckering at the end when the hop hits.

O - this is quite a nice summer brew and definitely worth picking up for the price. i thought it was going to be a bit better than it was but again not at all disappointed. it must be noted that its an extremely drinkable brew. (832 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of samyoung
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Narragansett Summer Ale
16 oz. can, no freshness dating

Narragansett delivers a refreshing but flavorful summer ale. It's clear with a golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam. The aroma displays a bit of sweetish grainy malt along with a touch of citrus. The flavor bears that out, with the addition of some grassiness, and a lime-like note to the citrus. It's surprisingly medium bodied, malty, and firmly bitter. At just 4.2% abv you could have a few of these on a hot afternoon. Nicely done. (509 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Summer Ale is gold in color.
White head, nice lacing left behind.
The smell is very mild. Grains and some sweetness.

Really nice flavor. Thin malts, citrus, lemony. Dry, slightly biter finish.

Very enjoyable. Easy to drink.
Excellent summer beer.

Would pair well with salads, sea food, fish tacos. (313 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 Dools9
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden pale yellow with a puffy 2 finger white head. Leaves some nice spots of lacing on the side of the glass. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: Nice blend of the citra hops and a solid malt backbone. Reminds me a touch of a belgian style with the orange notes and malts.

T: Very enjoyable, well balanced beer. Right off the bat I get a decent malting providing a crackery bread like quality. As with the aroma, citra hops poke there head in to say hello. Lingers with a pale malt taste and a touch of hop earthiness.

M: Light body with ample carbonation. Crisp finish. Defines the sessionable beer category.

Overall great for the warm weather or anything outdoors. Will be picking this one up again. (755 characters)

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