Town Beach India Pale Ale
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Town Beach India Pale AleTown Beach India Pale Ale
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Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,816
Ranked #26,770
3.55 | pDev: 10.99%
Jun 23, 2020
Aug 19, 2015
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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Ratings by edthehead:
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3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by edthehead from New York

Jul 08, 2017
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3.75 by Maltyhead from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2020
3.5 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Mar 17, 2020
3.5 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 10, 2018
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3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Weird one. Looks great but taste is strange....kind of between an IPA and a garden variety Euro lager.

Sep 08, 2018
3.6 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2018
3.11 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jun 01, 2018
3.43 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire on Apr 19, 2018
3.59 by selecter70 from Massachusetts on Mar 24, 2018
3.64 by BearBrewing from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2017
3.42 by Kayakguy from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2017
3.65 by tpeters from Michigan on Sep 22, 2017
3.26 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Aug 12, 2017
3.44 by shoretaxi from New Jersey on Jul 26, 2017
3.33 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Jul 24, 2017
4.07 by Kornitsky101 from Massachusetts on Jul 24, 2017
3.39 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Jul 20, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by daliandragon from Maryland

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
3.18 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Jul 01, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Navinjohnson from New York

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

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

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
3.24 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut on Jun 12, 2017
4 by paulish from New York on Jun 10, 2017
3.84 by Jjmj51 from Rhode Island on Jun 03, 2017
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3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Beejay from Virginia

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
3.54 by ejb63 from Massachusetts on May 31, 2017
3.63 by fx20736 from New York on May 19, 2017
3.11 by hophugger from Virginia on May 11, 2017
3.58 by The_Beer_Guru from New York on May 06, 2017
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1.8/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

(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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4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Kinger22 from Virginia

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
3.73 by weareallfalafel from Virginia on Apr 09, 2017
3 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Apr 07, 2017
3.27 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Feb 25, 2017
3.68 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Nov 19, 2016
3.49 by williahd from Maine on Sep 11, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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
4.24 by Patinthebronx from New York on Aug 25, 2016
3.75 by Rcaisse from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2016
Town Beach India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 98 ratings