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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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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
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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benoit917

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-14-2013 02:26:18 | More by benoit917
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Brad007

Vermont

3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:17:02 | More by Brad007
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 17:51:39 | More by portia99
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

01-06-2013 07:50:20 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

01-04-2013 18:52:06 | More by Davepoolesque
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most Gansett beers are decent for being almost macro style and cheap. This looks like their attempt to break into big beers, so quite curious how it will be.

Pours a large creamy 2 finger head that rises quickly but starts fading at a med pace despite some decent bubbles streaming from the etch at the bottom of the glass, decent foamy lacing, crystal clear tan amber orange color.

Nose smells a bit like a brewery in process, some fresh malts, light malty aromas, just a touch toasty, before the hops just overwhelm, sweet candy like hops, a bit of citrus, light chewy and spicy like, some boozy aromas as well.

Taste starts with cereal malts, toasty malts, little grainy and doughy like, overall semi sweet with some warming booze. Hops are dominant, quite spicy and salty tasting, little earthy and mineral like that leads to being quite astringent. Quite bitter, mouth smashing bitterness, some pine kicks in, with a hint of citrus and orange juice. The finish is still sticky sweet, with a really long piney earthy spicy super astringent hop lingering with a bit of salty tasty from the hops as well.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming booze, fluffy carb, tongue raping astringent bitterness.

Overall... well it started OK, but that astringent bitterness just destroys. It attempts to balance with the sweet malty and booze base, but the hops just don't back down, they just keep coming and berading my tongue. I can barely stand it, and I used to be a big time hop head. this has to be above the 120 IBU mark, and the hops just get so spicy piney and astringent... oh and salty.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 23:35:21 | More by jlindros
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

01-03-2013 22:10:48 | More by Goldfishman
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-01-2013 21:57:03 | More by RoninTK3
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-31-2012 17:33:00 | More by Seanniek91
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Narragansett IPA pours a clear, bronze color with a big fluffy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a nice netted pattern of lace.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Mainly pine with some orange citrus mixed in. A fair amount of biscuit malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, oily with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is a nice balance of sweet caramel malt, biscuit, and bread along with pine and orange citrus hops. It finishes mildly bitter and dry with a lingering orange citrus when gone.

This is a very drinkable, well balanced IPA that's a little thin on the body. I hope this becomes a year round offering by Narragansett.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:52:49 | More by WanderingFool
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Lantern


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-28-2012 20:12:08 | More by Lantern
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seanh99

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -42.5%

12-27-2012 06:55:03 | More by SenorHops
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Horbar

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -21%

12-27-2012 03:49:29 | More by Horbar
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

12-26-2012 23:55:42 | More by kaelingirl
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-26-2012 23:29:23 | More by Wally1912
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-25-2012 04:51:03 | More by nmann08
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22 oz bottle at Julio's. When opened, the initial smell was a fresh, hoppy aroma. Very attractive pour- coppery color with long-lasting white head. Taste well balanced betwen malt and hops. I note that some German ingredients were used and, to me, the result was more like an English IPA than, say, a West Coast style. The 8.6% ABV was hardly noticeable as the bottle was being consumed. Overall, a very pleasant drinking experience.

I have no idea as to what Narragansett intends to do with this product (which is brewed at Buzzards Bay rather than Genesee or Cottrell) but I'd strongly vote for it coming to the market in a 4-pack or 6-pack of cans. I'll definitely purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 23:39:46 | More by Greenlabel
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-18-2012 15:27:56 | More by smutty33
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seplo

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-17-2012 19:59:36 | More by seplo
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber with stronger orange leanings. Head has decent retention and stays at a small slightly bubbly cap and collar. Minimal, spotty lacing.

Smell: Floral, sugary sweet hops. Loaded with caramel malt sweetness. Some biscuit undertones. Hops are aggressively loaded with citrus flesh and an underlying aspirin bitterness. Vaguely minty. Oily and so very sweet. Oily and bitter as well.

Taste: Aspirin and grapefruit zest mixed with piles of flower petals. Straight up pithy bitterness builds with each sip. Some solid backing maltiness. Caramel malt sweetness, touches of biscuit. Some cooked malts as well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy. Mediumish body with a lightly moderate carbonation. Slight dryness on the back.

Overall: I want my 16oz can!

A decent DIPA. A bit heavy on the bitterness with minimal complexity, but a solid drinking beer. Big and slightly burly, but the can would make this a gem.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:51:08 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent brownish orange color with almost no head. Some lacing. Aromas of sweet floral and citrus hops with some malt and breadiness. The taste is more of that mix of sweet floral hops and grapefruit peel. Floral bitterness at the finish. Some bread and malt flavors with a slight hint of booze. Fairly drinkable with a good amount of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than expected. Bit disappointed this one doesn't come in a Tall Boy but that's not a big deal. Overall, pretty good Imperial Ipa.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:48:07 | More by PicoPapa
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA worth drinking for while.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 02:00:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-15-2012 22:20:17 | More by oldedog
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-15-2012 02:22:48 | More by Massbmx
Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.