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Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Private Stock Imperial India Pale AlePrivate Stock Imperial India Pale Ale

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jwale73 on 12-11-2012)
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Reviews by AmitC:
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AmitC

New York

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Color is amber with a lot of clarity. A good, about two fingers thick off white head with good retention. Excellent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of piney and flowery hops. A bit of malt for an IIPA. Strength is good.

Flavor is almost the same. Some bitterness upfront with a more balanced middle and some lingering bitter finish.

Medium bodied feel with a little oily touch. Moderate to low carbonation.

03-31-2013 05:37:03 | More by AmitC
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear lighter amber shade with a tightly formed one finger slight off white head atop.It smelled sweet with a good amount of alcohol a sweet biscuit dough,thee is a nice shot of overripe tropical fruit notes in there as well.Flavors of sweet grilled pineapple and citrusy hops up front than a wave of sweet caramel,sugar,and sweet alcohol seemed to take over.It's not bad,close to par for the style but it might be even sweeter than most of wich is saying something.

07-19-2013 18:23:40 | More by oberon
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +15.3%

03-14-2013 21:51:45 | More by woodchipper
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-04-2013 23:22:11 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-02-2014 02:05:44 | More by ccurrid
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-26-2014 15:42:12 | More by Griffith
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

10-03-2013 17:17:30 | More by Kmlund
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somelikehops

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-28-2013 23:50:17 | More by somelikehops
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 30, 2013.

It pours medium amber to copper with a moderate beige head that lingers. There is a bit of a cloudiness in the beer too.

The aroma is quite alive with earthy and floral hops along with a sweet biscuit maltiness that tends to be a little subdued but there nevertheless.

Medium body.

The taste has an abrupt sweet caramel maltiness for a split second at the start which is overtaken by the hop bitterness that lingers at the end. This is a fairly nice IPA from Narragansett.

06-30-2013 16:53:40 | More by puboflyons
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seanh99

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

12-27-2012 16:20:47 | More by seanh99
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Dulcea

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.3%

02-18-2013 19:35:57 | More by Dulcea
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

2.33/5  rDev -32.9%

22oz bomber from Whole Foods FB - Washington, DC

A - Clear dark amber with a white, dense head that lingers in the glass throughout the session.

S - It's kind of got a savory scent, hints of soy sauce/ponzu sauce, faint citrus, but an underlying skunky funk. Sharp alcohol burn on the nose.

T - Super intense, punchy hops right on the front hit you like a truck but really, really bitter with little complexity makes this beer a really endurance test to get through. Little else is allowed to show through, no citrus, mango, pine hints one might get from an IIPA. Faint biscuit dryness at the finish.

M - Heavy, heavy, heavy. Extremely drying on the tongue.

O - Way too bitter. This certainly caught my eye in the store and growing up in MA/RI, I was intrigued that Narry was venturing into more experimental styles, but this one is certainly a miss. It has potential but they need to go back to the drawing board and tinker with the recipe.

01-20-2013 02:37:53 | More by Rukasu
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dustinjkline

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

06-25-2014 23:55:51 | More by dustinjkline
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mcgill526

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

04-23-2013 21:34:10 | More by mcgill526
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jmilo64

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

04-07-2013 17:17:12 | More by jmilo64
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Consumed 1/14/13

Appearance: Medium amber, with some nice golden and orange hues - clear, with low low carbonation - nice, off-white head - fades to a wispy cap, nice ring, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Aggressive, floral hops - loads of oily grapefruit, with a load of flesh, rind, and pith - orange, as well, with some grass - nicely balanced with malts - oily and straight-up bitter - caramel malts, very cooked, lightly biscuity

Taste: Leafy, oily bitterness backed up by a nice malt base - oily, aggressive grapefruit - flesh, rind, and a ton of pith - grassy, herbal, floral, with some mint, and some hoppy spiciness - very bitter, asprin-like bitterness - balanced by some solid malts - caramel, cooked grains, some amber - lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, perhaps a bit heavier because it's very oily - smooth, low carbonation

Overall: Private Stock? Why doesn't this taste like malt liquor?

I have a soft spot for Narragansett, and I was looking forward to trying this since I heard about it. Then, the "craft vs. crafty" mess started in late 2012 (and continues)... and Narragansett beers have been blacklisted. Craft or not, I believed this beer could still be good. And now that I have drank it, I feel vindicated. This is a solid beer. Far from a top tier DIPA, but it's unique and worth drinking. Think you are too good to drink Narragansett? Suck on this. (And enjoy it.)

01-14-2013 07:04:14 | More by angrybabboon
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-10-2013 20:08:15 | More by Chugs13
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

A: The beer is clear dark amber orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with hints of tropical fruit hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of caramel malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a good balance between the malts and hops and is quite easy to drink.

06-08-2013 20:20:42 | More by metter98
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BColton1

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-08-2013 16:37:54 | More by BColton1
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plaid75

New York

3.79/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured a hazy dark copper hue with a one finger foamy. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earhty caramel and herbal hop.

The taste consisted of burnt caramel and a biting herbal bitterness that lasted through the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an interesting DIPA.

11-21-2013 02:28:25 | More by plaid75
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.36/5  rDev -3.2%

22oz bottle into a Maine Beer Company tumbler.

A: Pours out a brassy caramel color with a fine off-white head.

S: Herbal, burnt and leafy, grapefruit sweetness, caramel malt, buttery yeast. Smells like we're dealing with non-American hops here, maybe German.

T: Taste brings crisp and green hop bitterness, soapy yeast, bready and dry malt, very slight caramel and citrus sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is full and creamy, medium-bodied.

O: It seems like the hops used in this beer would normally be used to give a crisp bitterness to more sessionable styles, rather than being in an imperial IPA. The beer is drinkable but the hop profile is mostly just bitter.

04-03-2013 23:16:10 | More by Etan
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Bustersuess

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-14-2013 18:33:28 | More by Bustersuess
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-15-2012 02:22:48 | More by Massbmx
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-01-2013 21:57:03 | More by RoninTK3
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-03-2013 22:10:48 | More by Goldfishman
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Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.