Narragansett Summertime Citra Ale
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett Summertime Citra AleNarragansett Summertime Citra Ale
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #688
Ranked #47,141
3.35 | pDev: 11.34%
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Narragansett Summertime Citra AleNarragansett Summertime Citra Ale
Notes: Roll out the Barrel: 4.2% Alcohol by Volume and 24 IBUs. This year, we’re brewing a summer seasonal for the first time! Our Summertime Citra Ale is an easy-drinking, session Blonde Ale that pays homage to ‘Gansett’s original Pale Ale. Available on tap and in 16oz cans from May – August, the Summertime Citra Ale is too good to miss!

Quality Supreme: Narragansett Summertime is a light session ale made with two row pale malt, citra, galaxy and chinook hops. The citra hops are a very popular, newer variety that deliver aromas of citrus and passion fruit without overpowering the taste buds. The beer is blonde in color and the mild kiss of the hops complement the pale malt perfectly, making it extremely drinkable. The Summertime Citra Ale is craft brewed in small batches at North American Brewery in Rochester, NY under the supervision of the award winning brewmaster, Sean Larkin from Trinity Brewhouse and Revival Brewing. Winner of the Silver Medal in the 2011 World Beer Championships!

Taste & Enjoy: Summertime pours golden, producing a generous white head, and perfect carbonation. The malt flavor is smooth and subtle, balanced out by a crisp hop bitterness. Aromas of mixed fruits are very evident, but mild on the palate. The superior drinkability and lower alcohol content make this beer perfect for summer sessions on the beach, the boat, the backyard patio, or at the ballgame.

The History: While history tells us that Narragansett Lager is the beer that made ‘Gansett famous, the brewery also began producing a wide variety of ales when it opened in the late 1800’s. Pale Ale, Select Stock Ale, and Banquet Ale were all staples in the Narragansett Beer line-up long before Curt Gowdy first popularized the phrase “Hi neighbor, have a ‘Gansett!” during Red Sox broadcasts. In fact, the old brewery had an entire four-story building dedicated to the “Ale Department” throughout most of the 20th century, and the Narragansett Ales outsold the Lager until the 1940’s. It has been documented that American tastes changed from darker and more bitter ales to lighter and easier drinking lagers after Prohibition for two reasons. First, waves of immigrants from lager-drinking Central and Eastern European countries had come to America during the early 1900’s, and second, thousands of American GI’s returned home from Europe with years of lager drinking experiences after World War I and World War II. Yet while it was Narragansett’s award-winning lager that helped propel the brand to the status of the #1 beer in New England by the late 1940’s, the ales continued to be a valuable part of the ‘Gansett portfolio well into the 1970’s.
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edward_boumil from New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing, easy drinking summer beer. Nothing offensive, nothing boundary setting, just solid.
Poured a huge head at first. copper yellow beer, clear. Aroma was very grainy, with prominent citra grapefruit and pine aroma.
Tastes good, really nice grain presence, granola or pizza crust like. Finishes with a light pith bitterness.
Feel is smooth, carb is soft and pillowy, super refreshing. A beer that has a good flavor and goes back easy.

Aug 23, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: A bright yellow color with a white head.

S: Not a lot of hop aroma, a touch of wheat or bread, and some earthy hops perhaps a little citrus in the finish.

T: A touch of bread, a touch of earthy bitterness, and a lot of lager like character.

M: Light, very bubbly and dry.

O: I see what they were going for, but I think it misses the mark. It doesn't quite hit on the refreshing scale..sure I could see knocking a few back at a bbq, but there are so many better options, and this one doesn't match up on flavor.

Jun 01, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.17/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Can acquired as part of the Narragansett Summer variety 12 pack box for $16 plus tax and deposit in Brooklyn, NY.

4.20% ABV. Alternately called a "session ale," "golden ale," and "Citra ale" on the label; I assumed it was a Citra-hopped pale ale given the low ABV. Their website calls it " a light session ale made with two row pale malt, citra, galaxy and chinook hops."

Foam emerges upon opening, suggesting overcarbonation.

APPEARANCE: Pours 70% head, 30% body - white and clean clear copper in colour, respectively. Retention is good - ~10 minutes. Filtered but not vibrant. Generally appealing.

AROMA: Pleasantly surprising. Tropical fruit, citrus, pale malt, 2-row, corn adjunct, floral hop aromatics. Lacks pungency or expressiveness, but coming from Narragansett it's surprisingly hoppy fare judging by the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is low. I detect no off-flavours.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Muted fruit from the hops. Floral hop character. Muted citrus. Bubblegum. Stale pale malts. 2-row barley.

If I hadn't just bought this at a beer distributor, I'd assume I'd gotten an old can. Simple, shallow, stale fare with a muted hop profile and little depth of flavour.

Texture is actually somewhat dry and coarse, resulting in a scratchy feel on the palate that doesn't seem to help accentuate the beer's flavours at all. Medium-bodied, overcarbonated, unrefreshing. Lacks softness. Thin and weak. Poor overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: The aroma suggested a surprisingly hoppy beer from Narragansett, but the flavour failed to deliver. Throwaway fare attempting to capitalize on the popularity of Citra-hopped ales. Not a beer I'd buy more of, and it makes me wonder if I made a mistake buying a variety box from a minimacrobrewery.


Apr 29, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is grains, malts, light sweetness, hints of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good thirst quencher that would probably hit the spot on a spot summer day.

Nov 26, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Big sexy looker in the glass. Bright brass yellow and gold body color, quite clear as well. Very little noticeable carbonation, the odd cola sized bubble pops up here and there, creeping up a little bit. Thick rich bright white cap. Easily four fingers and looking a little styrofoam like. Stops solid with big retention. Clumpy chunks of lace and thick cling with a bit of thick styrofoam appearances. Great looking brew.

Aroma is pretty dull. Soft grains, a bit of chewy sensations and some leftover sweetness that seems a bit like muted honey. Not much going on here.

Palate is a bit uninspiring. Soft fruited ale sensations with a simple malt bill. Decent body, but not exactly making the flavors pop or coat the palate. Minimal hop flavors, not particularly citrus or tropical sensing, but more of a dull basic pine, and more noticeable in the aftertaste than anywhere else.

It's a pretty simple inoffensive brew, without any flaws. But it's also a bit boring and not really exciting. Not really showcasing the citra, but then again that's not what they brewers were intending for more than likely. Still ordinary is ordinary.

Aug 14, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

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

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, bread, floral notes, and some light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Nice for summer. Finishes with some bread and a little fruit.

Aug 13, 2016
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Billolick from New York

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

tall can

pours hazed lighter amber, off white head, quickly goes to a thicker film and leaves nice looking fields of loose sheeting.

MIld zesty, hoppy nose

Light and refreshing, lemony, and drying in the finish...decent if unremarkable summery quaffer

Jul 31, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light golden color, effervescent with a thick frothy white head. Lovely look for a blonde ale. Head dissipates down to a pillowy one finger head with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell has aromas of cooked pasta. Not much hop character coming through on the nose. The more I smell it the more I just get cooked boxed pasta ... kind of off putting.

Taste is remarkably bland. Basic generic bready malts give way to a metallic slightly bitter finish. There is almost no hop character or flavor in this beer. Nothing other than the name on the side of the can would indicate the presence of citra hops in this beer.

Prickly carbonation up front. Light and drinkable.

Honestly, this is a pretty poor beer for what it purports to be. I don't often drink a beer and think id be better off never having tried a beer, but this is one. Its just so underwhelming and poorly executed.

Jul 27, 2016
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TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass:

Appearance: dull, yellow-Amber color, with a semi-thick white head on top. Dissipates after a few minutes, leaving pretty nice lacing. Body is totally translucent.

Aroma: pretty much nothing to write home about here. Smells Light, light malt notes, a touch of alcohol, maybe some very mild lemon. Still, nothing stands out here.

taste: some mild lemon, lots of light, biscuity malt. Slight metallic taste. Essentially, this tastes like a very, very basic blonde, with not much extra flavor. I always want to like Narragansett's craft-oriented brews, but this just doesn't pack all that much flavor, which is all I really care about.

Feel: a little soft and not as carbonated as it probably should be.

Overall: again, I want to like this, especially because I work at Narragansett Town Beach, whose likeness is on the can. It just doesn't do it for me flavor or execution-wise. There are better summer beers out there.

Jul 06, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks enough like the lager, just clear yellow and lots of bubbles. Smells citrussy, like lemon and orange. Tastes pretty mild, a little hoppier than your average cheap beer. Has a strange spicy flavor as it warms up a bit, not really sure what that was but it tasted better cold. Overall it's ok but I think I'd rather stick with Narragansett's stellar lager if I'm looking for a beach or boat beer this summer.

Jul 04, 2016
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JRed from New Jersey

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

Golden in body with white head. Aroma of wheat, light fruit, lemon cookies, grass. Tastes of light fruit (kiwi?), wheat, lemon cookies, grass. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Jul 02, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

grains and bready malt on palate and nose - a little bit overly sweet at times, especially given that the hops are very subdued. light grassiness and maybe a bit of citric character. easy drinking light bodied. overall nice brew!

Jun 27, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: straw color, white head
S: light citrus on the nose
T: some citrus rind upfront, with a bready finish
F: light bodied, but has decent mouthfeel
O: nice refreshing summer ale in a can

Jun 25, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Some nice citrus hops and beady maltiness up front along with a light floral note and a bit of sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of citrusy and floral hops and goes into an almost overwhelming sweet bready maltiness that lingers well into the finish. Really not much going on after the malt kicks in

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Aside from being an easy drinking ale, this one is quite overwhelmed by the maltiness. Not the worst thing, but when it has citra right in the name, it should showcase those hops a bit more. Could crush a sixer quite easily out on the pool deck as long as you're down with the maltiness

Jun 17, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA members bias in evidence here. Doubt there's much difference in Summer Session Ales between Brooklyn, Carton, Founders, or Narragansett. Try it blind!

Lovely beer and look. Much better than their flagship lager.

A - Pours a crystal clear, childhood gold with a two finger meringue, white head, that puffs up over the snifter rim, and laces all the way down.

S - It's malt, grain, with hints of citra hop. Light, lemony.

T - Follows smell but ample. Tastes clean, not watery. Great for parties. Light, clean lemony hops.

F: Clean feel and finish, bright, good food and sunshine beer. Picnic. Nice clean sessions.

Jun 03, 2016
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harsley from Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I would have given this a better review if they didn't mention citra. Very little to no hop flavor or aroma. Decent summer ale pounder/thirst quencher.

May 30, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 16 oz. can released in May 2016. Sampled on May 28, 2016.

The pour is a carbonated yellow color leading up to a white, foamy head that fizzles away after a few moments.

The aroma is bread and dough more than anything else - and a sweet character. Those looking for citruys hop characters will be disappointed. The hop character is very low.

Decent enough light to medium, smooth body.

Same white bread and dough sweet malt flavor with a clean, crisp finish. Good hot weather beer.

May 28, 2016
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Alias2325 from Connecticut

2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wish I could say something good about it, really can't say much positive about it. It does get easier to drink as you pound it down I guess that's a plus. A lot of better options. Luckily I only bought a single just to try it.

May 18, 2016
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illpass78 from Maine

3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a mason.

Appearance: Clear straw, big white head. Lager-like.

Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, some grass.

Taste: Follows nose. Grapefruit leads.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy, appealing.

Overall: The reboot of their summer ale is really similar to the original. It's still very decent hot weather beer.

May 10, 2016
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StringsAreWings from New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So here we go with a continuation of my attempt to try at least all 'Gansett beers at least once after the pleasant surprise of discovering their Lovecraft Reanimator Helles Lager. I also appreciate the tie-ins they do with local Rhode Island businesses like Amy's Donuts and Del's Lemonade.

L: Pours a crystal clear transparent gold with a two finger pure white head. The head recedes in sixty seconds to a thin surface haze. This one actually has great lacing which is not always the case with 'Gansett.

S: It's all malt with a light scent of copper and orange. Not a very impressive smell for a beer with Citra in the name however. Passive on the nose.

T: Tastes like a clean ale with the slightest orange, maybe tangerine, aftertaste. It's too mild but very drinkable however. At 4.2 ABV this is the summer crusher on a budget. Would be good poolside but hard for me to buy into it as I expected more with Citra called out on the can. It's refreshing but watery.

F: Typical "Gansett overcarb but for this beer it works as you would expect it to be a bit more lively. Nice rounded mouth feel though once you break through the carbonation. Does not finish dry which is a plus for this ale.

Overall it's a simple, crushable, summer ale. I wouldn't seek it out but on a budget it would be a great choice for pool side. It's refreshing with a nice moderately wet finish and a touch of citrus but it's also watery and almost without a nose. I do like the aftertaste though. It leaves you with a good neutral mouth feel with a lingering tangerine note. Refreshing and low ABV for summer time fun.

Apr 12, 2016
Narragansett Summertime Citra Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 64 ratings