Narragansett Cream Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.
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3.09/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Thanks angrybabboon. Poured out of a 16oz can into a stange glass.
Pours a clear, pale yellow golden color complete with an initial burst of carbonation that soon dies down. There's a nicely creamy head that lasts for some time, but that too goes with the carbonation. The stange is not doing much to save it either, but there's definitely something flat about the beer. Perhaps it survives better in the can than outside? Either way, it still retains a slight "creaminess" that I enjoy in the style, if a bit underwhelming in presentation.
The smell has an initial flavor of acrid, stinging graininess with a dried hoppy finish and a little bit of sweetness imparted from the malts and possibly corn. Hardly any creamy aroma to speak of here, and barely anything other than slight grassy hops beyond the grains. No alcohol to speak of, no sweetness, and not much character overall.
The flavor is a bit better, although not much different. It's not bad by any means, just slightly mediocre. There's the crisp malt and grainy flavor right at the front, which follows by a little bit of creaminess this time that is sweet but very brief. The finish is slightly bite-y, but I enjoy it as it adds character and charm to the otherwise simple recipe. Carbonation dies rather quickly, so it's not as full-bodied as I wished it were. Not thin necessarily, and also refreshing in the most simplified way possible. Contains a bittered finish that overpowers the sweetness, but taken cold this goes down pretty well.
Based on having three great past beers from these guys, I'm sad that this one takes me aback a bit. It's refreshing and works well on its own (cold) and maybe paired with bar food, but it's simplified with bizarre nuances (such as the bittered bite at the finish) to the point where it wouldn't be something I could have as casually as I wished. Perhaps it's TOO toned down even to style, for better for worse. It definitely lacks the charm that makes their Summer Ale highly drinkable. Too bad, but glad I could try it!
Serving type: can
05-21-2013 04:31:26 | More by magictacosinus
3.59/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Big improvement over regular 'gansett. But Narragansett is one of those brewers (hello Sam Adams) where I actually prefer the light version to their flagship. The Cream Ale is even more up my alley.
Light and crisp compared to what I normally drink. It's a good get home from work a crack a cold one kind of drink. No need to think too hard, just eat some chips, man, and watch the Daily Show. I need to chill out. The train sucked so hard today. That kind of beer. A ready replacement for the normal Bud crowd. But, you know, with that thickness. Cream?
It costs too much though. As a sixer it was way more than normal 'gansett. Costs about the same at the bar though. Don't get it. Tall boys rule though. Tall boys forever!
I like to compare beers to metal bands. If the Naragansett Cream Ale was a metal band it would be Killer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B6mpM-d58Y
Serving type: can
04-05-2013 01:39:54 | More by GiantCogs
4.01/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a pilsner glass, color is straw gold, light paleness - head is great, frothy, thick (1") and clings well.
Smell is subdued on a cold pour, pilsner malts, bready/biscuity, hints of some floral hops.
Taste is sweeter malt flavors upfront, pilsner, biscuit/bready, light toast, very crisp finish, hops are balancing the sweeter flavors, but no discernible flavors.
Mouthfeel is very crisp, more so than i like, a little biting from the carbonation and bittering hops - mouth presence is nice after the crispness fades.
Overall, very nice take on the cream ale style, a little smoother creaminess in the mouthfeel is all i see missing.
Serving type: can
02-09-2013 23:00:04 | More by mvanaskie13
Narragansett Cream Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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