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Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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372 Ratings

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 29
Gots: 29 | 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 jeanphony
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jeanphony, Aug 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

PatGreer, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

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

russpowell, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

16oz can.

Really clear pale gold, shade or two darker than a macro lager. Nice eggshell head, sticks around admirably.

Aroma is vaguely hoppy--grass, citrus-- and slightly grainy. Clean and pleasant.

Flavor is a bit too grainy, especially as it warms. Crackery, husky, biscuity. Medium-low sweetness. Hop flavor is lemony and leafy, though low overall. Mouthfeel is pretty full for a beer so low in gravity. Effervescent carbonation.

This is a nice summer beer. Very drinkable.

dasenebler, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

tdm168, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

16oz tallboy can poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with a two inch white head. One can get that cascading bubbles effect with a more aggressive pour. Modest retention, light rings of lacing.

S: Lots of pale malts. Doughy bread and some grain. Grassy hops, citrus zest, and a light spicy smell. A tad floral and perfumey as well. There's some subtle complexity in the hop profile here. Good.

T: Starts out bready and grainy. A lemony citrus zest cuts in shortly. Doughy bread tastes re-establish themselves and ensure balance. Interesting hop tastes come out just before the finish. Distinctively American, citric and fruity. Must be the citra. A very dry beer throughout. Finishes grainy with more of those interesting hop notes. On the whole, the taste is rather understated and does not deliver. Pity, the nose was so promising.

M: Very light, thin and watery. Seltzer-like carbonation adds bite. Meh.

O: I really wanted to like this beer, but in the end it's really just a bit above average.

Notes: Too dry for my taste, and the mouthfeel lacks substance. Good nose, but it's downhill from there. Not bad for a lawnmower/beer pong beer, but if I want a nice tasty APA, I'll look elsewhere.

Question: Why is this classified as a Blonde ale on this site when the folks at Narragansett clearly labeled it a Pale Ale? It certainly tastes more like a blonde ale, but if they're going to call it a Pale Ale, I'm going to rate it as such.

ryan1788a5, May 13, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 16 oz can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours as a clear golden ale with thick fluffy white foam. Head holds and becomes patchy. Light summery nose, mild malt. Small citrus taste. Good mouthfeel, swirls nicely.

An easy summer drinker. Not remarkable, but good enough flavor.

KTCamm, Sep 15, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

Phigg1102, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

oberon, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of phantomwyse
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Pours out a very filtered lemon-honey body with an impressive two-finger cappuccino-like head. Mesmerizing lacing.

S: Clean and crisp with hints of wheat, wet grass, cereal grain and then at the end there is a distinct hop aroma, lightly fruity with traces of apple and pear and some just-there pine.

T: Starts off with some fruits up front, again with the apples and the pear. In the middle a slightly pungent sour flavor works its way in, in a vaguely unpleasant way. This is immediately washed away by a rush of dry wheat that segues into a slightly hoppy finish. The aftertaste is grainy and reminiscent regular ‘Gansett and other mass produced brews, see PBR etc…

M: Medium to light bodied that’s crisp in the middle and finishes silky.

O: Surprisingly not bad. Old school fifties aura meets modern attempt to appeal to broader, more discerning audiences with mixed results. This is a good beer to get thoughtless with, grab a few, hit the roof deck with friends and just chill with some music. It tries to work in some more complexity than its flagship predecessor, but stumbles as much as it strides, as the light fruitiness and the hops progress, but the discrepancy between that and the sour middle, mediocre aftertaste weigh this beer down.

phantomwyse, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

drabmuh, Jul 16, 2011
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Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.