Town Beach India Pale Ale
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Town Beach India Pale AleTown Beach India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,852
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,447
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 10.99%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
98
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Narragansett Brewing Co.
 
Rhode Island, United States
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Town Beach India Pale AleTown Beach India Pale Ale
Notes: An easy drinking IPA that's perfect for a day in the sun. With notes of grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of pine- this beer is practically summer in a can. It's bright, crisp, packs a light citrus kick from the balance of hops, and with a lower ABV, you can have a couple and still play volleyball. The Town Beach Day Pass IPA is brewed with two-row, Carapils, Caramel 20 and Wheat Malts, and Citra Hops. It is then dry-hopped with Citra to really drive home the aromas of passionfruit and grapefruit.
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So, my sister is getting married this weekend in this little harbor town in Maine. I picked up numerous brews for the occassion and this is the first one up. Packs surpising bitterness into the gold hue and piney nose. Earth and medicine notes combine for some solid resin and oily texture in this one. I like Narraganset but isn't really expecting a ton here so consider me pleasantly surprised.

Jul 06, 2017
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Navinjohnson from New York

3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have one word for you...cans. Big ones A session IPA that works for the beach. Low alcohol but tastes like a regular IPA. Not a palate ruiner either. Good job!

Jun 28, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L -- Orange/golden amber body with a large, dense, off-white head produced with gentle pour out of the (nice looking) can.
S -- Grassy, herbaceous, and molasses-sweet. Not pleasant
T -- Largely follows the nose, with a slight metallic bite.
F -- Watery, strange flavor balance, weak mouthfeel.....
O -- Hands down the worst Narragansett offering I've had. Unlike a lot of their products which aren't the best, but are very good for the price/nostalgia, this one is just a bad attempt at a British-style IPA. Could be because the can is old – there's no indication of canning date beyond a cryptic alphanumeric string on the bottom of the can.

Jun 27, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Narragansett Brewing Co. "Town Beach India Pale Ale"
16 fl. oz. can, production coded but without freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Decent enough looking packaging. And the price is OK too. It pours a clear amber body beneath a two-finger thick head of frothy off-white. The aroma so far is not impressive. Once the head dies down a bit I'll try again. Nope, it's still the same. Let me check the can... yep, it says "India Pale Ale". It smells more like an English pale ale to me. It's got that mineral edge, which I assume is coming from the yeast, a bit of caramelish malt, and very little hop character. Ahh, I just realized this is brewed in Rochester, NY which means it's contract brewed at Genesee (formerly High Falls), I had no idea. Anyway, the hops that I am finding are mildly floral/grassy and just slightly citrusy fruity. Disappointing. The head has dropped now but it maintains a solid surface covering, and it's left some nice, wide, craggy streaks of lacing about the glass - at least it's go that going for it. On to the flavor... it's got that same mineralish character coming through along with the same floral/grassy, and now leafy hops with just a touch of citrus with lemon and orange. I find it more English than American to be sure. The malt is thin in flavor but caramelish, and the hops are no fuller, so it ends up in balance on that end. The bitterness however, given the malt base that's there, seems a little much ~ not that it's too much for an IPA, just that there's not enough malt to make it work. And it's really not that bitter, which is the interesting part. Oh, wait, have I found the excuse, or reason, for this? Haahaaa! It's just 4.7% ABV. What a joke! This is no India Pale Ale unless you're going by English standards of the late 70's. No, this is a pale ale at best, which offers a slight bit of citrus to fit the current market, and a little more bitterness than is needed. Well, it's got a dry, bitter, and leafy/herbal finish anyway! This is a case of mislabeling, and in my opinion, a shame, as the base beer with just 10 IBUs less would make a very nice "premium" or "best" bitter. As it is it's just sloppy. Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation. Not very good, and certainly not to style.

Jun 14, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden amber in color with a light tan head.

S: Grapefruit, and a touch of pine with a little orange peel, and a good hint of caramel.

T: Grapefruit, and pine, with a fairly assertive bitterness, and a good dash of caramel.

M: Medium feel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: Overall a bit of an older school version of an IPA. The bitterness is a touch rough, but in general, not a bad beer. Not amazing... bu not bad.

Jun 03, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

1.8/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

(As "Town Beach Day Pass IPA"). Purchased as part of a Narragansett variety 12 pack in Brooklyn, NY for $16 plus tax and deposit.

4.70% ABV. "IPA."

APPEARANCE: Pours a typical copper body and off-white head. Head has some nice froth to it and lasts a good while (~8 minutes), but at its scant 4.70% ABV that doesn't impress. Filtered and clean in appearance, but not at all vibrant or lively.

AROMA: Biscuit malt. Floral hop aromatics. Spicy aromatics - maybe from Saaz? It's almost rye-like in its spice.

Aromatic intensity is below average. Not at all pungent, especially for an IPA. Malts are on equal footing with the hops, when hops should be clearly dominant. At best, this aroma indicates an English pale ale.

TASTE: Cotton candy and bubblegum, plus some faded floral hop flavour. Stale pale malt.

Pretty off-putting, to be honest. I actively dislike this. Poor depth of flavour. Painful simplicity. Horrid execution given the intended style - and even outside style conventions it's pretty rough. I find some metallic off-flavour as it comes to temperature as well.

Finishes over-bitter, leaving the drinker hesitant to take the next sip.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, somewhat soft, well-carbonated, stale, weak, thin. Nothing about this texture suits the taste whatsoever. Not refreshing at all.

OVERALL: A sad attempt at an IPA that tastes like an English pale ale left in a hot Summer drawer for 14 months before being discovered and then consumed (and that may be the only Summer-y characteristic it possesses). Tough to drink given its horrid taste and poor quality (even in spite of how thin and low ABV it is). Dreadful work.

Low D- (1.80) / AVOID

Apr 29, 2017
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Kinger22 from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear, bubbly amber color with minimal head. Smells light with hints of rose and orange rinds. Floral flavors of hops and citrus are balanced by breaded malt. This beer carries a great bang for its buck.

Apr 22, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. pounder served in a nonic. Pours a lovely burnished gold with a translucent clarity and a tight, quarter inch, off-white head. Nose expresses biscuit malts and a hint of citrus and pith. Taste follows nose with the addition of a light earthy/herbal quality. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that leaves a slight residual prickly across the tongue between quaffs. Overall, a solid session IPA and you can’t beat the pounder format.

Aug 25, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Being that he has already reviewed it, I am going to take a flyer and say that this CAN came to The CANQuest (tm) courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77. Muchas gracias, amigo!

From the CAN: "Hi-Neighbor!"; "When 'Gansett Beer was founded in 1890, Rhode Island's Narragansett seashore was emerging as a top summer destination. In those golden days before the automobile, tourists were accustomed to extended, stationary vacations. Featuring 19 major, luxury hotels and countless things to do, Narragansett was a favored destination, and 'bathing' at the town beach was a beloved pastime. Over the years, a series of fires and nor'easters got the better of the hotels, but the town beach still endures. Nearly every New England seaside town has its own town beach, each with a unique story. Next time you pack up the sunscreen and head for your local slice of sand by the sea, make sure to pack a cooler full of crisp, flavorful Town Beach IPA. It's as uniquely refreshing as a dip in the Atlantic."

I love the challenge of an inverted Glug with a 16-fl. oz. tallboy following the Crack! I was able to get well over half of the CANtents into the glass before the piling forth of foam became too much and I had to stop. This left me with a two-finger cap of dense, rocky, tawny head with decent retention before it, too, fell victim to today's oppressive heat & humidity. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus. Nose was faintly hoppy, lemon citrusy, but with a good bit of biscuit malt easily identifiable. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was much better than the nose had led me to expect. It was actually mildly sweet with a CANned peaches flavor initially, followed by a lemony, crackery dryness. That combination always puts me in mind of Enrico's lemon biscotti from their bakery in Pittsburgh's Strip District. Finish was semi-dry, very fruity, but somehow, just not sustaining to me. I would get bored pretty quickly if this was all that I put in my cooler when going to the beach.

Jul 29, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a Amber color.2F head in a Stone Imperial pint glass.
Malty, sweet aroma.
Crisp, dry hoppy mouth feel.
The taste is a bit bitter, malty, not much fruit.
Overall, a good kick back IPA. Not my favorite from Gansett, but a good beer.

Jul 25, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a can of Town Beach whilst in Ft. Lauderdale to take on a cruise. The beer poured a orangish copper with white head that left a nice lace. The scent and taste carried was grapefruit and was quite bitter. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its was pretty good and I'd have it again.

Apr 01, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, light fruits, and some light grassy pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied for an IPA. Finishes with more light fruits.

Feb 26, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear golden color, lots of carbonation. very fluffy head, great retention and nice lacing sticks to the glass. nose is pretty dissapointing, definitely not what ive come to expect from an IPA - little to no hop character. the taste is a big improvement, and its super easy drinking/refreshing, even if the flavor is somewhat nondescript. Good beer if your looking to throw a few back, not a good beer if your looking for something distinct or unique. that being said I would def pound a few of these on a hot day.

Nov 10, 2015
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear golden yellow with a large white fluffy head. Nice retention
and the lacing is sticky and abundant. A high amount if carbonation is
visible.

S: Light aroma. Cracker malts. A hint of grassy floral hops.

T/M: Malts, bread. Hops, floral and grass. Grains. Light lingering bitterness.
Basic ale, yet flavorful. On the watery side. Light bodied.

O: Nice ale. Almost a stretch to call it an IPA. Kind of a hybrid lager/IPA/pilsner.
Easy to drink. A good warm weather beer.

Cheers!

Nov 01, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, peaches. Taster is mild hops, peaches, light malts, not a lot of bitterness. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall a mediocre beer. Lacking in hops and bitterness for this style.

Oct 27, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into an impy nonic a clear bright light golden with a large blooming sticky bone white head atop.Grainy with a mineral aspect to it,light herbal hops,the mineral note seems to get bigger as I drink more.Lightly toasted flavors with that mineral note,light herbal hops with some butteriness detected as well.The aromas are a little off some might say they have a dirt element to them,other than that it's an easy sipping but not hoppy sessionable IPA.

Oct 21, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Some fruity and earthy hops combine with a solid maltiness up front. Some light spicy notes in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of fruity, earthy, and spicy notes from the hops and goes into some light bready maltiness. Finishes with lingering spicy notes and light general maltiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Stands up fairly well for a session IPA

O: A good beer for the beach and hot weather. Very easy to drink and has a bit more body than most session IPAs. Not really worth looking highly into aside from the expected setting, though

Oct 20, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with light to moderate aromas of grassy + floral hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready malts with minimal (if any) amounts of malty sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy + floral hops which imparts a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery in the finish.

O: Kind of reminds me of a hybrid of a pilsner and an IPA, though a little more pilsner heavy. Easy drinking and refreshing. Would be a good beer for drinking out on the beach.

Oct 14, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sending a can my way

Consumed 10/13/15

A: Pours a medium tangerine -gold - nice clarity - pours with a medium-large sized, white head, slowly fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves some wisps and streaks of lacing

S: Decidedly mild - hoppy in an old-school way - some floral citrus - hints of orange and grapefruit rind - touch of underripe peach - herbal and some spicy notes - Narragansett yeast - pale, crackery malts, light bread - cleaner than the average Narragansett beer

T: Light and crushable, if nothing else - light touches of orange and grapefruit zest - flroal citrus - grassy and herbal notes - some light sweetness, but mostly dry - light grains, light bread, crackers - very clean, somewhat reminiscent of a lager, which works well

M: On the light side of medium, very smooth, medium carbonation, clean finish

O: Mostly this just reminds me that I want to go to Crazy Burger

I'm not really sure how to categorize this. It's an old-school IPA crossed with the modern fascination with session IPAs. It's definitely drinkable. And it would probably go well with food. It's definitely way better than the Private Stock Town Beach Imperial IPA that came out last year.

Oct 13, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-Brilliant medium of yellow, pillowy finger of head
-Not much malt to the nose, its light but mango, orange rind, citrus, sweetness
-tropical right away, sweet mango, sweet pineapple, not much dankness, solid malt
-The fullest/best mouthfeel of a session ipa ive had (less than 5 abv is session to me)

-i love this. Super tropical, clean, and for $8 a 6pk pint cans, its awesome. Cant beat it.

Oct 03, 2015
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tempest from New York

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, a drinkable, floral IPA that reminds me of Brooklyn Brewing's East India. There's mild, juicy stone fruit in there, I'd say peach. The bitterness just goes a touch farther than balancing the malt.

Sep 28, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can, unclear date code.

Bright gold in color, clear. white head, good lacing. Mild hop aroma, earrhy, grassy. Tsste is thin, watery. Bitter finish. Overall disappointing.

Sep 27, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 2015 reboot stamped Free TB (Tom Brady) on the bottom. Sampled on September 25, 2015.

Bright yellow, heady pour with excellent clarity and lively carbonation.

Aromas of floral, pine, and grass intermix with breaded and sweet malts.

The body is light to medium.

The floral, pine, and grass flavors emerge in the taste but they balance off the breaded malts. Ends clean and crisp. I don't see nay reason to dislike this beer.

Sep 25, 2015
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I cracked this beer hoping it was a nice hoppy session IPA. But I had to question whether this was even an IPA! Where are the hops?? Seriously, this is a pale ale at best. Although there is some grainy firmness in the malt profile, there’s very little hop character here to speak of. I won’t revisit this one.

Sep 25, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light, crisp and approachable. Little bit of bitterness on the back end, not much hop character. Good to sip and drink all day because of the sessionable 4.7% abv. An "IPA" that a non IPA person could get into.

Sep 24, 2015
Town Beach India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 98 ratings