Narragansett Private Stock Series - Town Beach Imperial India Pale Ale
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett Private Stock Series - Town Beach Imperial India Pale AleNarragansett Private Stock Series - Town Beach Imperial India Pale Ale
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IPA - Imperial
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Narragansett Private Stock Series - Town Beach Imperial India Pale AleNarragansett Private Stock Series - Town Beach Imperial India Pale Ale
Notes: Narragansett Beer continues to celebrate the summer season with the introduction of its all-new Town Beach Imperial IPA, the fifth installment of the Narragansett Private Stock series of 22-ounce limited edition craft offerings.

With a base of pale malt and German Pilsner, ‘Gansett’s Town Beach Imperial IPA is a citrusy brew, accentuated by blonde malt and bittered with Nugget and Chinook hops. With Northern Brewer and Hallertau hops, this beer’s German and American ingredients are a nod to the six German-Americans who founded Narragansett in 1890. The evenly-balanced IPA has notes of citrus flavors rounded out with light carbonation for a flavorful yet supremely drinkable Imperial IPA at 8.1% Alcohol By Volume and 60 IBUs.

Brewed by award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin at Buzzard’s Bay Brewing Co. in Westport, Mass., the beer features a label reminiscent of early 20th century packaging in homage to Narragansett’s 124-year history.
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devildog1633310 from Massachusetts

1.58/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Good Bye Neighbor! Great look on the can, I must say retro got me. But the IPA is sub par at best. It's much more light Pilsner. It has a crisp blandness to it with little or no after taste. It's a Coors Banquet with a hint of hops notes. $9.58 for a 6er of pounders in Weymouth, MA. They got me good. Oh well I learned, never again. I'll stick to my real neighbors beer. Hi Dan!

Sep 12, 2015
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a brownish orange with an inch of frothy head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is piney hops with some fruits. Smells a bit like fruity candy. The taste is much like the aroma. Piney hops followed up by fruity candy. Maybe peach. Orange and grapefruit peel as well. Very little malt flavor. Finishes with some more pine bitterness. Lots of carbonation with a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Some what boozey. Overall, a decent offering but it doesn't' stand out all that much.

Sep 25, 2014
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for finding a bottle for me - now that I no longer live in Rhode Island, continuing my streak of reviewing every Narragansett beer is now more complicated

Consumed 9/7/14

A: Medium to burnt orange with some copper - slight chill haze but otherwise clear - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some nice lacing

S: Ripe grapefruit peel and pith - some flesh as well, but mostly this smells like oily grapefruit zest - some orange peel as well - some sweetness and hints of lighter fruits - grassy and herbal with a hint of pine - some pale, but mostly toasted, caramel malts - bready and toasty

T: Big grapefruit with a high level of bitterness- oily, pithy, herbal, leafy, grassy, earthy bitter flavor, and it's not a charming kind of bitterness - I realize this bottle is a little old (as it is September), but I doubt age is the explanation for the abrasive level of bitterness - some malty sweetness - decent malt base, but the alcohol is somewhat noticeable - aspirin-like bitterness just continues to linger

M: Medium body, smooth, mostly clean except for the bitter, boozy aftertaste

O: Less charming than the actual Narragansett town beach

I'm not sure what the brewers were going for with this offering. It's one of the least drinkable beers I've had from Narragansett, and definitely is not reminiscent of a lazy day on the beach. Maybe it just tastes wrong because I'm now living in New Hampshire...

Sep 07, 2014
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Roguer from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

I found this to be an extremely bitter DIPA, without any particularly well-defined hop flavors and aromas. There was certainly a citrusy bite, more peel than meat. Pale malt provides the body.

Certainly not one of the better DIPAs out there, but it is drinkable, and I wouldn't say it's bad.

Sep 06, 2014
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Town Beach pours a hazy orange/yellow with a moderate sized, creamy head on top. The foam fades fast leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong. Notes of caramel malt, orange and tangerine citrus.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation. The flavor starts malty with notes of bread and caramel. Some orange and tangerine citrus balances the malt. It finishes bitter with a touch of dank tropical fruit. Once gone the bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer, but doesn't have a ton of hop flavor or aroma.

Aug 17, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; honey colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; really nice lacing;

S: well balanced; earthy, piney, tropical fruit hops along with caramel malt;

T: well balanced up front, bitterness kicks in at mid-palate along with a bit of tangerine; medium bitter finish with earthy hops;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: definitely the best beer I've tasted from Narragansett;

Aug 13, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then a strong but not over-powering Earthy hops bitterness comes in and strengthens as you drink the beer. There’s some caramel and citrus sweetness that provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid but not quite as harsh 2IPA to drink for a while.

Aug 05, 2014
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PrimScrewhead from Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Better than it has any right to be.
In a neat trick, the flavors are reversed.
Starts off sweet and malty, followed by sharp hops and ends somewhat dry.
Just the right amount of boozy body.
Won't be anyone's #1 IIPA but it should make your top 3.

Jul 24, 2014
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear with a slight chill haze. Head is off-white and creamy. Ok retention leaves a small tightly bubbled cap with a slightly thicker collar. Some splotches of lacing, but it's nothing stellar. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Gummy peach rings and gummi bears. Sweet fruitiness. Some backing tangerine and a big push of grapefruit skin and some flesh as well. Pine needle bitterness runs throughout and asserts itself a bit as it warms. A touch of hop spice and some solid backing alcohol. Malts are big for Narragansett, but not quite as burly as would be expected for the style. Some solid bready elements with a bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Some underlying herbal elements. Really gummy candy.

Taste: Bitter oily grapefruit right up front. Fades to a sweet peach ring with some tangerine. A bit of bitter pine needle and some solid backing alcohol heat. A touch grassy. Super clean yeast profile. Malt backbone is a nice balance, but falls a little short of true parity. Some nice biscuit elements with a cooked and caramelized sweetness. Honeyed toast. Gummi bear. Bitterness lingers over all else.

Mouthfeel: Medium slightly pushing to full body with a moderate carbonation. A touch syrupy and slick on the initial sip with a touch of astringency on the finish. A bit dry overall.

Overall: Better than sitting in beach traffic.

This is better than Narragansett the town. It's a good, not great DIPA. Flashes of flavor end with just bitterness and it could use a bit more, but the price point is solid and the beer is definitely worth drinking.

Jul 22, 2014
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with a 4F head in a Spiegalgau glass.

Excellent aroma: vanilla, citrus, spice, sweet, bubble gum, and blackberries.

The mouth feel is moderately carbonated for a DIPA.

Taste: light citrus, different array of fruit including cherry and light citrus. The aroma/taste is a different fruit than most DIPAs.

Overall: one of the better, if the not the best beer I've tasted from Narragansett. Start serving at 45°F.

Jul 21, 2014
Narragansett Private Stock Series - Town Beach Imperial India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 47 ratings