Narragansett Cream Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Cream AleNarragansett Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 23
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: redleaves on 02-19-2012

‘Gansett Cream is made with quality ingredients like 2-row pale, Munich, Vienna, and Cara-malt for a creamy head! We used Columbus hops for bittering and a touch of Willamette hops for a slight hop aroma. Bright gold in color and brilliant in clarity, this session ale delivers an extra pop of hop bitterness found only in cream ales of the early 1900′s.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 63
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Shiny gold, big head

SMELL: Clean, crackers, fresh-cooked cereal, herbal hop, mild nose

TASTE: Fresh, crisp, slick, grainy, cooked grain, hop bitterness, leafy, dried grass, hop oil, herbal; dry, grassy finish

A solid go, this shows more character than most versions that are true to this style. Balance and drinkability seem to be the prime directives here, both of which they nailed.

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: sugar and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, grain, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, nice mix of sweet and bitter

Overall: A nice and clean lager. Nothing mid blowing and complex, but solid. This is a beer I would not go out of my way for, but I would not turn down either.

Photo of brother_rebus
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Great creamy feel that they were going for. Unfortunately they forgot the rest in the process.

Photo of Cnorrisl
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one of these out of a tall boy, as is 'Gansett protocol.

A - Light and bubbly like a lager, but with a rich creamy head. Golden with some nice lacing at the top.

S - Very subtle hops and stronger malt, however, with the same tinny finish of 'Gansett's lager.

T - Exactly how it smells - slightly hopped and malty. However, although the start and finish are almost imperceptibly different from the lager, the middle has a sweetness to it.

MF - Light bodied, but creamy in the middle. At the finish though, it fades really empty and has little to offer.

Overall, it is worth drinking if you like the lager and want something just a bit more complex. Other than that, I would pass.

Photo of Gmann
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly toasted straw color with a short wispy white head. The head settles into a sparse cap. Some random carbonation bubbles racing to the top.

The aroma is quite neutral, it doesn't smell like much at all. Good thing is there is no off aromas, but still doesn't smell like anything.

The taste is a of a light dry malt, cracker like. A smidge grassy and peppery from the hops and grainy. Very neutral but again no off flavors. Meh but easy to drink.

The feel is light and crisp. Slight bitterness keeps the grain sweetness in check. Easy drinking.

An american macro without the crap. No gross aftertaste, clean. It is boring.

Photo of KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 16 ounce can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours golden light, active bubbles, good head of remaining foam. Chalky malty nose. Smooth lagery beer taste, citrus close. Creamy mouthfeel. Mild mannered, if not a touch sour. Good clean fun, though hardly remarkable.

Photo of Samp01
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz. can. Pours a pale golden yellow, with a medium lasting creamy white head, some light lacing. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, citrusy, some grains and grassy notes, light bitterness. A light to med body, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation on the palate. Finish is some biscuit malt, citrusy, grainy, and grassy notes, some mild yeast and bitterness. Overall a good light refreshing summer session ale.

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 fl. oz can marked 0412-0431. Sampled on April 20, 2012. The pour is golden yellow with a huge, off-white head that lingers. The aroma is full of pale malts and grain. The body is light to medium with the emphasis on medium and it is also smooth. The taste has a definite grainy character but it is not offensive. There is a moderate hop bitterness at the end. this is a delightful cream ale supposedly based on a Pre-Prohibition recipe.

Photo of aranheaney
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this on the Cape and couldn't resist, especially when I say it was now made by the Rochester Brewing Company. Price point didn't hurt, under $6.00 for a six of pounder cans. All that being said, I think this is pretty much Genny Cream Ale in a different package, I'll be eager to do a side by side taste test, however until then, check my review of Genny Cream Ale for this one's specifics...

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Narragansett Cream Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of faint, stereotypical beer smell with a pine and citrus whiff. Taste is of an underlying metallic character, unfortunately, but one can pick up citrus, pine, sweet barley malt, and sugars. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Narragansett Cream Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, and a bit metallic. Overall, aside from the metallic aspect, it is still a good beer, and I think it’s worth giving a try.

RJT

Photo of angrybabboon
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/17/12

Appearance: Pours an incredibly clear, golden color - decent-sized white head that fades to a nice ring and a little cap - surprisingly good lacing

Smell: Very mild - perhaps even less aromatic than Narragansett Lager - some grains, perhaps some corn, a touch of hops, some sweetness - inoffensive and clean, but definitely average

Taste: Spot-on for the style - grainy, with some pale malts and some slightly toasted malts - some sweetness, but I wouldn't describe this as sweet - some light citrus, perhaps orange and lemon, helps balance things - very clean

Mouthfeel: I hate to type it, but "creamy" is the best way to describe this - medium body, nicely carbonated, very, very smooth

Overall: Worth checking out

Honestly, I wasn't too impressed with this beer until I had it a few times. The most interesting thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. I guess I like this about as much as Narragansett Lager. Sadly, it's not as good as some of the seasonal offerings.

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts in the nose that become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with flavors of bready malts and hints of grainy malts and sweetness. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy to try the new year-round offering from 'Gansett (even though I voted for the Rye). Good looking can features the RI State House, and I think the canning date is from early January.

Poured into a large mug, the beer itself could pass for a Budweiser commercial, while the - OK, fine - CREAM colored head foams up to about two fingers thick before settling. Aroma is what you'd find in a macro lager: some light grain and not much else.

Sweetness hits the tongue first, and I'm pleasantly surprised with the not non-existent hop bite. I started to get a little of the macro "bad beer" flavor in the middle, but quickly the creaminess smooths things out before an extremely dry finish.

This beer doesn't try to be anything it isn't. It's not incredibly awesome, but it's for sure a step up from the regular 'Gansett lager. I still much prefer their seasonals, but I could see myself drinking a bunch of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of gatorguy
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color, similar to AALs or pale lagers. Finger and a half white head that fades quick, leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet grains, malts.

T - Corn, smooth sweet malt profile, and earthy bittering hops. No frills here. The creaminess does assert itself toward the end and plays into the finish, which is slightly dry and clean.

M - Light and smooth. Good carbonation and body. Nicely done.

O - Not too much to say on this one, tastes like a normal 'Gansett lager but with more malts and hops. That said, it's a nice beer especially for a hot day. Not sure about $9 for 6 pints though, I'd rather save the $3 and just get the lager.

Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice clear blonde color with a short and white colored head that leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts and then a pretty decent citrus hop aroma at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, hints of lemon and then a decent citrus/grassy hop flavor at the end.
M: Crisp, clean, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light feeling.
D: Very drinkable session beer with a good light feel to it. Great summer beer.

Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, extra from Valdieu. Thanks!

A: Pours a translucent light gold with a nice white head. Plenty of good lacing, too.

S: Some floral esters, lots of bright grain, maybe a hint of hoppiness.

T: Floral hop notes and esters, slightly sweet breadiness, a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied yet certainly "creamy."

O: A simple, great beer. Too bad I can't get it regularly in Chicago.

Photo of illpass78
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dense gold with a creamy white head and minimal lacing. Head starts at about two inches and slowly recedes over about ten minutes. Looks more like a lager than an ale. It's definitely thicker in color than a typical American lager though.

Aroma: Bready, biscuity nose with very noticeable malts. The aroma isn't super strong, but it's certainly inviting. No hops really noticeable.

Taste: This is a good, sturdy session beer. I prefer it to their original lager because it's more flavorful. Lots of malty, bready, lager-like flavor - it basically tastes like what I wish macro lagers tasted like. Hops are barely noticeable, which is fine for a beer like this. This is a good all-purpose type beer: pairs well with most blue collar food, good for the bowling alley, yardwork, or the beach, picnic-friendly, etc. We actually got a bunch of these for a backyard party once; it was sort of my subtle way of trying to turn macro-lager folks on to craftier beer. Seemed to work; they were gone by the end.

Mouthfeel. Super smooth. Very enjoyable to drink, with a very easy finish. Sessionable for sure. Also has a good, sturdy body.

Overall: Some of the advertising copy for this beer mentions that it's good for duckpin bowling, so I was bound to like it, as a lifelong duckpinner. That aside, it's really a terrific everyday session beer. Basic enough to appeal to any palate, crafty enough to appeal to the more sophisticated beerman. One of my beers of choice for events where I know I'm going to be hosting large groups, because it's cheap and reliable, too.

Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours out a bubbly golden with two fingers of fluffy head. The aroma is creamy and lightly malty. The taste is excellent and just about exactly what I'd want from a cream ale. It's got a nice creaminess and grainiess, but it's got the right amount of bitter hops to stop it from being cloying while letting the cream aspects shine through. The mouthfeel is light and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is great. This is just a great cream ale, an outstanding example of a macro style done with a craft level of care.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from flavors of grain and thin malt character. The some mild malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of ppoitras
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy 16oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into my tall Pioneer stein, formed a 1" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with chunky lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with a tinge of citrus.

Taste starts sweet pale, citrus bite in the middle, with crisp bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is clean, and drinkability is easy. Good stuff, convenient packaging, nice price. Classic fall back brew.

Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed, pale straw, fizzy. Faint scent brings notes of white bread, fresh grain. Taste a tad more strong than scent, lightly bready and grainy, faint grassy hop notes. Nice smooth and clean body with some heft. Good, refreshing beer to pair with the BBQ we were eating, would only seek out as a BMC alternative as its scent and flavor are not too strong.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz tall boy. Pours a clear yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of sweet grains, malts, and a bit of floral hops. Tastes alot like the Narragansett Lager but with a bit more sweetness and hops. Has some of that cream ale lactose sweetness to it. Light mouthfeel and body. Its a decent beer with many similarities to the Lager. Not the best of 'Gansett's newest line of beers but still solid and worth keeping a bunch of in the fridge.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker patch in the center and thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of lightly toasted cereal malts and some very lightly toasted malts with a sort of buttery finish. There is a light amount of grassy hops present as well.

T: The beer is a little sweet with an almost honey like sweetness as opposed to the typical adjunct malt sweetness. There is definitely some malt body to this beer with some pale toasted malts and some cereal malts as well. There is a very light grassy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Pretty easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable. For a beer company that I remember having a kind of bad reputation in my childhood (for cheap crappy beer), I was surprised and happy that I tried it.

Photo of Coorskid33
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a slightly chilled pint glass. Think foamy head held up nice for a few minutes and the lace on the glass was nice.

This is the lager lovers ale. Very drinkable yet not lacking in flavor. Thought it was hoppy for the style and had a grassy/pine taste. This I find is usual for beers in cans. Aftertaste left a metallic citrus feel on my palate that I didn't mind and found myself having another sip to rid the aftertaste.

This beer is good. Great for someone just getting into craft beers and learning the styles.

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great golden color and crystal clear. Thick, long lasting, foamy head. Leaves plentiful ring lace

The aroma is like sour cream with a mild, peppery hop in the background.

First impression is of the thinnish body, but the lower carbonation gives the impression of a richer beer than it is. Good hop presence. This is a good beer without the low hop typical for a Cream Ale. A definite move up from the lawn mower beer category.

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