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Narragansett Summer Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

367 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 28
Gots: 28 | 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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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-23-2013 06:05:09 | More by Kelp
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

07-26-2011 23:38:06 | More by DrJay
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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

Finally, another seasonal from Narragansett that I have not tried.

Pours a mild golden color with a one-finger head. Looks light-bodied but will it taste that way?

Sweet malt with little, if any hop character. It certainly fits the style criteria.

Wow. Grassy hops mingle with malt that's balanced (not sweet or dry). Tasty. Kinda pulls ya by the honker.

Carbonation is not so great though. It's too hard to gulp or chug, which means that you'll enjoy it more after mowing the lawn.

Why couldn't they market this as their "light" beer? Regardless, a decent example!

06-10-2011 02:21:59 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

08-07-2011 16:33:05 | More by THECPJ
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

16oz can

Pours a slightly hazed blonde color with a large crop of white head. A few patches of lacing streak across the glass while drinking.

Faint spicy hops with hints of citrus fruit. Biscuity malts and grains with some lemon.

Brisk and clean up front with a light hoppy presence. Touches of citrus fruit and a very soft sweetness. Biscuit and grain in the base with some lingering lemon presence. A little grassy towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, refreshing and cooling on the senses. This beer isn't trying to blow you away, which actually works perfectly. I'm not really a fan of the style but I'd definitely buy this again.

05-25-2012 00:51:18 | More by xnicknj
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-07-2012 01:55:17 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.38/5  rDev +19%

Purchased online from Grand Vin.

It pours a clear light gold with about an inch of foam and some pretty good lacing.

Light notes of lemon citrus and malt in the smell. The malt shows some nice sweetness with a touch of grain.

The taste...whoa, is a very well balanced; lemon citrus bitterness with sweet malt and light graininess. The hop character is very good but makes this brew special to me is what the malt brings to the table. and at 4.2%abv, I am *super* impressed!

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side of medium, I'm digging the mouth feel and if I had this around my neck of the woods regularly, I'd drink a heck of a lot of it. Wonderful brew!!

05-16-2011 23:16:32 | More by Bitterbill
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

06-23-2011 22:24:12 | More by tone77
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

06-11-2012 01:42:02 | More by vfgccp
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

06-04-2011 20:19:46 | More by puboflyons
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

16oz. can served in my Sam Smith tulip nonic. Pours a translucent straw gold with a pillowy, 1.5 inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a 1/8th inch cap with delicate strands of lacing encircling the shoulders. Nose is light and pleasant - wheat, citrus, apricot and a kiss of floral hops. Taste consistent with nose with the floral hops character present in the nose revealing itself at the finish. Really quite flavorful for such a low abv beer. Mouthfeel is light in body with a refreshing, palate cleansing carbonation and a semi-dry finish. This is a fantastic session beer and the 16oz. tallboys make it perfect for summer. I see this as becoming a staple in my fridge over the coming months.

05-15-2011 18:03:22 | More by Jwale73
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woosterbill

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

07-29-2011 17:06:12 | More by woosterbill
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Finally got some of this at Julio's after waiting a couple days. WELL worth the wait as Narragansett continues to impress with their seasonal offerings. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A crystal clear golden straw colour with a big, fluffy two finger head that fades at an average rate only to leave behind some nice sticky side lacing. Considering the ABV I'm quite pleased with it.

S - Only thing that was somewhat underwhelming for me. Pale malts and some very light citrus notes. Really wanted a little more citrus/hops on the nose.

T - The taste though, this is good. Very light tasting, as it should be with some nice bread notes as well as a good lemon zest flavour as well. Slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and nice and clean.

M - Nice carbonation here. Very crisp and refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

O - Overall, this is a damn good beer from Narragansett and quite possibly my favorite seasonal of theirs. For the price ($7.99/5 tall boys) you cant even come close to value. Hands down my new summer session beer.

05-14-2011 20:25:49 | More by rudzud
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ZEB89

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-10-2013 22:37:04 | More by ZEB89
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

All of Gansett's seasonals have been pretty good so far. I am excited for this one considering I like the style, and the use of citra hops.

A-Pours a radiant gold that is completely transparent. A fluffy bleach white head forms and settles leaving consistent lacing. Single bubbles rise slowly from the bottom of the brew.

S-Bready malts are paired with a light but attractive citrus hop aroma. Lemon zest and a clean grassy scent as well.

T-The taste definitely warrants two sips back-to-back. The beer tastes very clean and crisp. The hops are mellow but are quite tasty. Smooth green grassy tastes. Light lemony citrus as well. Bread, and some spice mix into the taste as well.

M-Very light but not watery. Crisp, smooth, clean, etc. More carbonated than it looks.

O/D- In order for a summer beer to score relatively high on my scale it needs to be light-bodied without sacrificing flavor. It obviously needs to be drinkable as well. I believe that this beer is an excellent summer brew. Unique taste combined with light body. Doesn't hurt that it comes in tallboy cans as well. Might be their best seasonal in my opinion. I will be drinking these all summer.

05-09-2011 21:30:05 | More by VelvetExtract
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

06-05-2011 20:00:22 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

06-15-2011 14:32:18 | More by tigg924
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 04:24:16 | More by UncleJimbo
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-26-2013 08:59:32 | More by jaxon53
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-21-2013 00:56:49 | More by jfcaa193
Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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