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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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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: Jwale73 on 12-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of greenengineer
1.55/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber poured into my new Notch 0.5L shaker.
A -deep amber color, foamy head, clear not cloudy.
S - not what I'm expecting, fake apple flavoring, not a lot of hops.
T - I think there's something wrong here. Initial malt taste turns to bitter, and in a nasty way. This is not going down well after the Wormword IPA I just had. I think something has gone wrong, not sure I want to finish the glass.
M - boy that went downhill fast. A little thin.
O - don't like it, going down the drain. I feel queasy.

I'm hoping I just got a bad bottle. Not drinkable. Sorry, I really hoped for something good here.

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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Rukasu
2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of portia99
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear medium deep amber with some reddish tint to it. A finger of cream colored foamy head with decent staying power and some foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Well, not getting much aroma at all out of this. With a struggle, I get some mild caramel malt and some orangey citrus aromas...all at a very low intensity level.

T - A dirty and earthy bitterness up front...not super intense, but heavy feeling and a bit medicinal and lingering. Some light bready malt, more earthy grainy flavors.

M - Heavy and medicinal bitterness. Medium body with a middle/high carbonation with a lot of tingle hitting the tongue.

O - After sampling a couple other recent 'Gansett offerings, I had high hopes for this, but have to say I'm let down by this one. I would call this more of an English style DIPA...earthy hop and malt flavors, hops are almost entirely for bittering with little in the way of other flavor additions. Overall flavor is heavy with the brightness and crispness of a dominant hop citrusy/floral/spicyness that typically is found in the style. It was worth a shot, but nothing special here to bring me back again.

Photo of woosterbill
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Clear deep copper body under two fingers of dense cream-colored head. Good retention and lacing. Beautiful, albeit overly dark for my preferred interpretation of the style.

S: Sweet caramel malt paired with sweet fruity hops. A bit of herbal resinousness. Heavy but not bad.

T: Al the sweetness promised by the nose, followed by profound bitterness. Heavy, overbearing, and boring all at the same time.

M: Creamy, nicely carbonated medium body. Good.

O: It could be a lot worse, but this is not a whit better than average for the style. Might be ok as a $10 sixpack of tall boys, but as a $6 bomber this is definitely not one to revisit.


Photo of Brad007
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mild copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Medium range for color. Still having a hard time processing the idea of Narragansett making a DIPA.

This errs on the pine side of things. A bit of buttery malt but otherwise, it's like a pine tree in a glass.

This is reflected in the taste as well. The pine gives way to a dull, thin mouthfeel that leaves a lot to be desired. At least it's not heartburn city.

More on the mouthfeel. It could be fuller. At least the alcohol isn't overpowering.

Not a bad stab at the style. It's a big step when you look at what they produce (hint: not usually "bigger" beers).

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.