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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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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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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-13-2012 00:16:02 | More by greybeardloon
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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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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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gatorguy

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

O - Kind of a pale ale appearance, golden color with a bone white, finger and a half head. Leaves some lacing.

S - Light smell, but gives hints of citrus and even some passionfruit. Mmm.

T - Citrus profile is evident, mostly grapefruit, some lemon. There is a light hint of passionfruit as well, nice. Hop bitterness is low, pine flavor is also fairly light from the hops. It's clear they were going for drinkability here. malts are sweet and balance the tart citrus flavors. Finishes clean.

M - Very light and effervescent. Clean and crisp, nearly perfect.

O - Great summer beer. It's almost like a light pale ale if that makes sense. You get the flavors of a pale ale, but with less bitterness. Impressive that 'Gansett pulled this off.

Serving type: can

08-28-2012 18:01:37 | More by gatorguy
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billybrew21

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Two Brothers Pub in Salem, CT.

To be honest my first impression wasn't that great, but as time went on I did come to appreciate this one more. Poured into an 8 oz. tester glass, little head that dissipates quickly; nice light yellow/golden color. Smell is of citrus and those notes come through on the taste a bit. At first it tasted a little flat maybe, or lacking in any strong taste at all, but for a summer-y beer it's actually not too bad. The carbonation was certainly there. Nothing here blows me away though. Overall a crisp and refreshing beer that I could certainly drink a lot of, and isn't this the point of a summer brew?

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 19:58:28 | More by billybrew21
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean straw color with a fluffy white head that holds pretty well and leaves very good lace.

S: Nice citrus hop note with a hint of breadiness and a light bit of pine.

T: Very bready malt presence with a pine and a bit of lemon zest in the end.

M: Very thin and a bit watery, but the finish was pretty clean

D: Drinkability is high and this is a great beer for just sitting on the beach. i found it to be more enjoyable straight from the can then when poured and I am glad that i have a case to tide me over for memorial day weekend

Serving type: can

05-22-2011 21:01:22 | More by mikey711
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 16oz can.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a small white head that dissipates quickly. A slow but steady stream of rising bubbles. Some lacing.

S - Fruity hops, apple.

T - Fruitier and sweeter than you'd expect from a Narragansett. Nice citrusy flavors in the finish but little bitterness. Very smooth.

M - A light feel. Fairly thin. A moderate carbonation but yet it contributes to the lightness.

O - A very refreshing beer that delivers as advertized. It's everything you'd want on a hot summer day. It goes down easy but there's just enough flavor to satisfy the palate.

It's great to see the Narragansett name out there again!

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 09:15:19 | More by GJ40
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a tall, fluffy but airy, white head that seems like it'll never quit and leaves a sticky lacing when it finally does. The color is a medium golden, very transparent, not quite straw-color. A little fuller and darker and it might look like a light, filtered pale ale, but aside from the head, it resembles more of a traditional lawnmower beer.

S: The first whiff is a bit sweet and malty, quickly revealing grassy citrus notes. All in all, the smell is, but a bit weak.

T: The hops are assertive, but hardly aggressive--a nice, playful citrus bite throughout the sip. In the middle and sticking toward the end is a malt sweetness--almost a mango or strawberry sweetness--that is anything but cloying. The real treat is in the excellent balance perfect for a summer blonde ale: the refreshing hop bitterness, but with enough of the sweet maltiness to stave off any dryness.

M: This is light-bodied without being weak or watery, and is extremely refreshing--a perfect beach or barbecue companion.

D: This really floored me. I've never been a fan of Narragansett's flagship even by AAL standards, but this is a very flavorful, wonderful, refreshing summer beer. The weight of the blue tallboy in hand is a great addition to any summer afternoon.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 01:10:39 | More by FrankLloydMike
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 03:31:37 | More by BennyL1
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 01:53:30 | More by DirtyPenny
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 01:51:32 | More by BigCheese
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the B/A Craft Brew Fest on June 3, 2011. The pour is a hazy golden-yellow with a bit of a fizzy white head. Up front on the nose there seems to be a sweetish malt character above anything else with a little hint of citrus zing. The body was a bit better than average in the medium range. The taste was quite sweet at the start but then evolved into a butternut, citrus circus and a slightly dryer finish. Pretty good summer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 20:19:46 | More by puboflyons
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ant5431

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 21:38:13 | More by ant5431
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abriggs1

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice summer ale that's hoppier than I expected it to be. The hops come through beautifully in the smell and taste. The hops used are mild, but there's a good quantity of a mild hop variety. That's sort of a unique idea; mild hops in large quantities.

I've been a big fan of regular 'Gansett for a while, but until now I've not been impressed with their higher priced offerings. This six pack was quite a bit more expensive than the insanely cheap regular Gansett. But, a six pack of the summer ale is a better deal than other similar craft beers due to the 16 oz cans.

This is much better than most summer ales I've had. 'Gansett summer, for example, makes an embarrassment out of Sam Adams's summer offering. I'm so glad this brewery came back from the dead. They should brew a beer called "zombie Gansett."

Serving type: can

05-26-2011 00:19:30 | More by abriggs1
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Narragansett Summer Ale pours a clear straw yellow with a creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thin sheet on the beer, leaving behind spots and lines of lace on the glass. From the bottom of the glass, a flurry of tiny bubbles quickly rise to the surface.

Light aroma with notes of lemon and toasted malt. Hint of honey mixed in.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is creamy on the palate with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with a mild bitterness and descent floral hop balance. Grainy malt, lemon citrus, grass and a touch of honey. It finishes mildly bitter. Once gone the lemon notes linger on the palate.

This is a very easy drinking beer that has a well balanced flavor. Very refreshing and with 4.2% abv you can enjoy a few while camping or at a BBQ.

Serving type: can

05-30-2011 21:02:03 | More by WanderingFool
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a towering head that fades after about 90 seconds, but we have some good lacing here. I'm happy to see that the style listing for this beer was changed from Pale Wheat Ale, as this beer is crystal clear. Steady stream of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of my mug.

Aroma and taste have plenty of zing from citric hops, along the lines of a mellowed-out Czech lager. The flavor is grassy and clean without being watered-down. A little bit of lemon zest, but the finish is exceedingly dry and again clean.

I'm glad to see 'Gansett changed it up from the overly bready SA Summer and Oberon. This is a perfect gateway selection for those who are scared of non-yellow beer. I've been enjoying it for about a month, and it certainly holds up to a thorough inspection.

Serving type: can

06-29-2011 22:15:28 | More by coachdonovan
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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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erosier

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2011 23:53:45 | More by erosier
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Serving type: can

05-07-2012 20:47:10 | More by BEERMILER12
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hi, Neighbor! This marks the second time this year I've sought out a new 'Gansett offering. Surprising, to say the least.

Poured into a 'Gansett pint glass a light honey gold with a finger of white head, some persistent carbonation climbs up the glass.

Nose is citrus, floral hops and a touch of sweet malt.

Prickly carbonation hits the tongue right off the bat, overall lightly bodied, but the sweet bready malts fall in balance with a lemon/grass hop presence. Very crisp and clean.

Finally. Finally a local brew better than Sam Summer! Quite a bit better, by my estimate. This beer is exceptionally refreshing and wouldn't lose character if it warms up on a hot day. Plus...I mean...tallboys!

Serving type: can

05-11-2011 22:15:39 | More by OldIronLungs
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 18:43:38 | More by bigfnjoe
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-23-2011 01:17:20 | More by Duhast500
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

16oz can served in a large glass beer mug.

L - golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that hung around and left trails of lacing.

S - light citrus and floral aromas.

T - lighter tasting but not too light the finish is nicely done, dry and somewhat bitter.

F - light, crisp, refreshing and totally drinkable.

O - a good summer beer that I'll be drinking a lot of this summer.

Serving type: can

06-05-2011 20:00:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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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
Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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