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Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 303
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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 17:25:52 | More by jondeelee
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 01:39:32 | More by Suds
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dasenebler

Maine

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:49:00 | More by dasenebler
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wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color with a frothy white head. Mild juicy, oily citrus aroma over some fresh grain...simple and pleasant. Increased grainy sweetness comes through in the flavor with some earthiness and a snappy citrus zest finish. Light bodied, well carbonated, very crisp, and damn drinkable. This is nothing outstanding, but it's a perfect refresher for the beach. I personally like a little more cracker/biscuit malt in my Blondes, but this is tasty as-is. This would fit in with a cooler full of hoppy pilsners quite well.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 21:54:56 | More by wedge
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Durge

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:31:24 | More by Durge
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite summer time beer this year.

Narragansett Summer drinks like a super crisp lager, but with some subtle citrus zing derivative of the hop profile and ale yeast.

The malt bill is bready enough but really tight, sweetness is present but in check. Finish is squeaky clean, save some slight lingering bitterness and almost a kiss of lemon.

Low ABV, clean and enjoyable flavors, really an excellent beer for the summer season (or any season). Nice can too...

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 01:37:39 | More by zoolzoo
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber in color, light with a nice head of white on top. Lots of carbonation coming up toward the surface throughout the session, reinforcing an already strong look. Light hops get stronger as it warms up. Nice bit of grain mixing in as well now, nice depth to it I have to admit. Crisp, clean taste and feel here. Really again very well done I have to say. Light finish which was quite dry and I have to admit this was very, very session able. You never can tell what is going to happen when you try a new pale ale, but this was surprisingly very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:41:18 | More by mikesgroove
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turfy

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, what's a guy from Texas doing drinking Narragansett Summer Ale? Well, it's burning up down here and I had read on the forums that this brew was highly regarded as a summer /lawnmower beer. TheManiacalOne was kind enough to hook me up with a 6'er in a trade. Thanks Mark!

A- Poured a deep gold with an impressive 3 finger head. Nice, fluffy white head. This baby hung around to the end, too. And nice lacing. Off to a great start!

S - Not much aroma, but that's to be expected from this style, right? My initial thought upon smelling was 'clean'. Kind of a crisp, grain aroma with a trace of lemon.

T - What a perfect balance for a summer beer! Mild malts followed with a bright, bitter hop finish. Not any of that sweet or 'corn' taste you get with some others of this style. Very clean and crisp.

M - Not light but not too much on the medium side....say, light medium? Again, just right. The level of carbonation matches up great.

O- If this was available in my area, it would be my go-to beer throughout the hot weather season. What an impressive beer that absolutely nails what it set out to do!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:19:07 | More by turfy
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz Tall Boy (of course). Pours a translucent golden color with a half inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of grains, floral hops, a bit of lemon and some cut grass. Taste is a nice crisp bite of hops upfront. Some breadiness along with a slight hint of lemon. Most summer brews have an abusive amount of lemon flavor but this one has only a bit and it works well in this beer. Somewhat sweet at the end. This is an outstanding summer beer. Great balance of taste and drinkability. 'Gansett's newest offerings have yet to disappoint. Overall, I will be drinking my fair share of these beers over the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 20:17:12 | More by PicoPapa
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: can

08-08-2013 23:42:38 | More by tdm168
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 23:52:18 | More by Axnjxn
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Steve_B

Connecticut

1.05/5  rDev -71.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this beer scores in the 80s? Really?

I'm losing all respect for BA as I write this...

Maybe my own fault for swiping a can from my dad after drinking two Firestone Walker Double IPAs, but this is horrid.

It has no redeeming qualities, other than I assume it's dirt cheap?

Serving type: can

06-27-2013 03:53:52 | More by Steve_B
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CloudStrife

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 19:02:33 | More by CloudStrife
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fx20736

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought as part of a case of 24 x 16 oz cans from Beers of the World on 5/23/13 for $ 31.95.

Poured into a nonic, served cold.

appearance: clear lemon yellow with a thick meringue of white head. great lacing.

aroma: slightly lemony and sugary.

mouthfeel: solid and substantial.

taste: crisp, dry and malty with a nice earthy bitterness and a mild lemony tartness.

notes: Heftier than any other Blonde Ale I've had. Reminds me of an English Bitter. Well done.

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 18:50:55 | More by fx20736
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magictacosinus

California

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 03:53:14 | More by magictacosinus
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fmccormi

New York

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to my nice Tired Hands stempiece; canning date of April 4, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can in a Julian variant (“0943 16:09”). So, just under two weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (3.75): Sure looks like a summer ale. The body is a beautiful, crystal-clear honey-gold, and the head rises to one big, fat finger of crisp, bone-white foam that dies down before too long, with modest retention at best. Modest lacing: a few splotches and suds here and there—though as time wears on, it unexpectedly leaves a pretty solid sheet on one side of the glass. It’s cute, not pretty or gorgeous or sexy. Just cute, in the right light.

Smell (3.5): Very nice balance between wet, crackery pilsner-ish kinda malt body and some interesting, floral hop tones. Lightly citrusy, with . . . a mild cat pee aroma? Yep. Am I imagining this? Lightly toasted grains make a nice complement to this interesting hop aroma.

Taste (3.5): Very light and crisp, with a smooth, toasted grain character (like dry, toasted white bread, à la Elwood Blues) and a somewhat modest hop snap on the back end—despite being relatively light, it’s resinous and dank. Just soft. Wish it were a little more pronounced. There’s some modest citrus pith bitterness mixed in, too, which when combined with the toasted grain and resin make for an herbal, decidedly dry finish. It improves modestly as it warms, turning the confluence of pale malt body and resinous hop bitterness into something resembling a (watered-down) sweet orange flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Actually, under par for the course. Nice prickles here and there, and then a soft, filling foam action on the way down marks the carbonation. The body is crisp, rather light, and dry but not very—still wet enough to feel almost quenching, rather than parching. This is crushable.

Overall (3.5): It is what it is. It’s not perfect, it’s not exceptional, but it’s plenty easy to drink and pleasant in all the ways that count. Exceptional in any way? No. Great in any way? No. Very good in any way? Maybe if it’s hot out and you didn’t expect to see this kind of beer around. It’s just fine, and that’s fine by me. Glad I got a sixer, because this is an easy going beer.

Serving type: can

04-18-2013 02:58:42 | More by fmccormi
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2012 12:55:44 | More by KTCamm
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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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keeganfrank

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden beer with a thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Crisp grass and zesty lemon aromas with some floral hints. Flavors of grasses and grain with soft lemon rind notes. Has a light, dry body that makes it perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

08-12-2012 18:17:13 | More by keeganfrank
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Serving type: can

08-02-2012 15:40:15 | More by ShanePB
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. Tall Boy can
A) Pours with a finger thick head that has great retention. Clear golden blond body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Grainy. Musky. "Wet dog". But nothing out of the ordinary for a light beer.
T) Grainy. Malty sweet notes throughout. Lingering nuttiness in the finish.
M) Refeshing. Fizzy yet creamy. Light body. Dry in the finish.
O) Not bad for a summer ale. I'll definitely drink another.

Serving type: can

07-02-2012 00:59:43 | More by u2carew
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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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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2012 14:42:22 | More by Chico1985
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2012 17:35:32 | More by Gmann
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 20:35:36 | More by oberon
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Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.