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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

204 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 22
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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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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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 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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.07/5  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!

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Narragansett Cream Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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