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Narragansett Cream Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Cream AleNarragansett Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 17
Gots: 19 | 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:
‘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

(Beer added by: redleaves on 02-19-2012)
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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

nmann08, May 20, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

metter98, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: single finger head on a clear star colored body as expected.

S: light malt aroma but little else. Overall light on the nose.

T: breads, malts and grains with subtle sweetness.

M: moderate to high carbonation and very light bodied. Not overally creamy, I guess more so than the lager they offer but doesn't stand out.

Overall: Drinkable, not memorable.

kylehay2004, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JAHMUR, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Jason, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

smcolw, May 27, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

ppoitras, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Kelp, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

dmorgan310, May 22, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy into a true pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, goldenrod coloring with a half inch of light, fluffy, white foam that slowly settles into a filmy coating and laces the glass as you drink. Aromas are roasted and creamy, with a subtle sweetness that compliments the biscuits backbone. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a dark, almost char highlight on the sweet and subtle creamy characteristics. Toasted grain flavors throughout, with a slight sour tang to it. The body is light and smooth until the end, when the carbonation gets the best of the beer, leaving a slight sharp finish in mouth. The aftertaste is a subtle roasted sweetness that remains light. Tasty beer.

GarthDanielson, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick head into my glass. Leaves some lacing in the glass too.

Crisp with an aroma that mimics that of a popular mainstream cream ale. It's not as visceral though.

Taste is chock full of light, sweet and crisp malt. It's almost sacrilege to say this on here but this is SMOOOTHHHH!

Lingering sweet and crisp malt. Kind of thin but there's no harsh flavors like that other example.

The only competitive advantage that Genesee Cream Ale has is that it's still cheaper than Narragansett Cream Ale. I will take the latter though because it's easier to drink.

Brad007, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

puboflyons, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a lovely, translucent straw gold with a one inch, tight, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim. Swaths of lacing are revealed during the session. Nose is very subdued - light grassy notes and cereal grains. Tate consistent with nose; however a noble hops presence is also expressed, as well as a light citrus character and a trace of something metallic. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that leaves a residual prickle across the tongue. Overall a really solid session beer at a great price. I can see adding this beer to my budget line-up.

Jwale73, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a bright, clear slightly darker than the usual straw yellow with a big, fluffy creamy two finger white head that faded to a nice thick blanket. Wow, impressive!

S - Aroma is pretty solid for a cream ale. Light sweet malts and some super, super faint hops. Very slight adjunct aroma.

T - Holy shit again. Very solid, mild, neutral...which you kinda want with a cream ale. Light sweet malts, very faint floral slightly citrusy hops. This is incredibly solid.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice and crisp and refreshing, a bit too carbonated for me, but still great.

O - Overall...man oh man. I've had my fair share of cream ales but this one takes the cake. This really, really is an outstanding example of the style.

rudzud, May 10, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

rfgetz, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint

Fills the pint glass beautifully. A golden body with a two finger bone white cap. Good retention, with some clingy lace. The nose is of cereal-like grains and some bitter, earthy hops. Corn sweetness and some undercooked bread are also present. On the palate, corn sweetness and undercooked white bread lead the way before a decent hop bitterness helps to cut through the sweetness mid palate, however more corn/cereal grain sweetness comes back in the finish. Light bodied with mild carbonation. A smooth, crisp beer with a drying finish. A pretty good cream ale, but I wish it was a little less sweet in the finish. Not a bad beer with a pretty excellent price point.

ColForbinBC, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.13/5  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.

Gmann, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Reagan1984, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a perfectly clear honey color with a big, creamy off-white head that retains very well and leaves lacing splotches. No haze or debris. Head is perfectly even.

S-A light nose with small aromas of sweet caramel and light grass. Very clean in the nose. This, like most of Narragansett’s beers is smooth and suggests its easy-drinking nature.

T-A nice creamy taste with a noticeable grassy bite on the finish. Grainy and moderately sweet. A bit citrusy (leaning towards lemon). Very crisp and clean. Still boasts enough flavor to keep me interested.

M-Quite light in girth with carbonation that pricks the tongue intermittently. A sessionable feel that is perfect and necessary for the consumption of 16 oz. cans.

O/D- I am a pretty big fan of Narragansett. They will never blow you away, but they make some solid stuff. This is not my favorite from them but it is not a slouch. I could see this being a brew I would tote around especially when I may be sharing with a group of friends who aren’t huge craft advocates. Haven’t had many Cream Ales, but this is a pretty decent addition to their lineup.

VelvetExtract, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

tigg924, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear bright yellow with a fluffy white head that settled to a layer and left trails of lacing.

S - grainy aroma with a whiff of hops.

T - kind of a sweet grainy taste with hoppy bitterness finishing things off.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

O - easy to knock back a few of these in a sitting.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

jaxon53, Jun 26, 2013
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Narragansett Cream Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.