It's About Time IPA
Narragansett Brewing Co.

It's About Time IPAIt's About Time IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #4,508
Ranked #26,817
3.82 | pDev: 10.47%
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Very Good
It's About Time IPAIt's About Time IPA
Notes: This beer marks a watershed moment for Narragansett. Thanks to the endless support of our neighbors around the country, the It's About Time IPA celebrates the building of the long-awaited new brewery in Pawtucket, RI. We are finally re-establishing Narragansett's brewing in Rhode Island for the firs time in over three decades, and It's About Time! This IPA brings the old-school malt character of pioneering IPAs together with some of the modern hop profile of today's IPAs. It has body and notes of coffee, raisin, and bread. Cascade and Citra hops add an abundance of fresh, floral and tropical aromas and flavors without sacrificing balance.
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a 16 ounce can.

Appearance: dark, caramel honey brown in color, 2” head, good lacing.

Smell: hoppy, grapefruit

Taste: Medium hoppy, smooth.

Mouth Feel: medium carbonated, medium creamy, smooth.

A very drinkable beer. I would purchase again.

Jan 09, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Canned 1/24/19

Poured out of a tall boy as a opaque orange color with specs floating about

Aroma of mild pine hops, pear, and cracker

I wish the taste had followed the aroma a bit more, as the pear smell had me excited for the presence of fruity undertones. The taste was good and balanced, just a bit simple

There was not very much hop bitterness, but it finished thin and dry

Overall a simple American IPA that doesn’t try to do anything revolutionary, but it’s good for what it is. I would not seek out again, but I also would not turn it down if offered

Apr 27, 2019
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a rocky head that persists and laces. Hazy orange amber color. LOTS of visible floaties.

Crackery, biscuity malts (think Biscoff cookies) and herbal, piney hops with hints of dill and mint.

Easy drinking flavor for an AIPA. Very much a delicious combo of malt goodness and hop flavors and aroma. More of an English IPA in this aspect.

Light medium. Nominal CO2 and no astringency or MF flaws. No alcohol perception.

I like this beer. It is hoppy without being too intense. It is balanced and not overly bitter. It has some malt complexity missing in the majority of American IPAs. I would drink this beer daily--and this comes from someone who generally does not appreciate AIPAs.

Nov 09, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 7/13/18.
Very nice cloudy orange look leads to light fruit nose that's mostly oranges. Taste follows nose with a nice dry finish. Feel is light to medium. Overall a surprising nice IPA, very drinkable and I would buy it again.

Sep 23, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can at Summer Shack, Boston, MA

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts along with hints of citrusy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Serving type: can

Sep 15, 2018
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a golden copper color with a 4F head in a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Good head retention.

Excellent aroma. Vanilla, fruit, malt.

Light body- too light for the character of the beer. I was looking for more heft to the body.

Somehow, the aroma doesn’t transition to the taste. A bit lackluster with some fruit with warming.

Overall, a good beer. Perhaps, a recipe tweaking for the taste and MF.

Jul 16, 2018
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/30/2018

Bright orange/copper with got head retention and legs. The aroma is light but pleasant with herbal, bread and earthy notes. But the flavor is really what blows me away. There is a great integration of malt and hops. It is hard to tell where one starts and the other ends., although a citrus accent is surely from the hops.

I would class this as an English rather than American IPA. At any rate it is a welcome break from the overhopped heavier beers so in vogue. A great beer to come back to and much more versatile with food.

Apr 26, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the Trader Joe's in Commack, NY while home for the holidays last week. Big white head fades atop a handsome amber body. Nose is malt dominated with salty, piney hops chasing.

Nice balance here, and I say that as someone who is generally aghast at the re-invention of the IPA as a malt/hop assault instead of just the latter. This has a moderate pine/medicinal and herbal hop presence that really complements otherwise nondescript sweet malt. Reminds me of the Town Beach, but more fitting for winter with the emphasis on malt and darker color.

Jan 01, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked-up a six pack at Luke's in Rockland for about twelve dollars. Generally, not a big fan of the 'Gansett line, but was looking for something different. Not a big fan. Too malty, bland, would not buy again.

Sep 15, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear and light amber. Some very nice blanket of lace from a small, but lumpy, head.

Pleasant blend of caramel malt and light, floral hop.

Seems like a combination of the British and American styles of an IPA. Plenty of caramel and toasty flavors. Not sweet. Strong hop bite in the swallow. Decent body with higher than normal effervescence. Overall, a middle-of-the-road offering, nothing off or offensive, but also not very complex.

Jun 24, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a big puffy eggshell head. Lots of lace. Good looking beer.

Aroma: Fairly tame. Some malt, faint hops. Citrus.

Taste: Lots of pine and grapefruit with a solid malt backbone. Big bitter punch up front and a slightly sweet, grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard for style. A little too abrasive for sessioning. Approachable, though.

Overall: Solid IPA. Nice to have 'Gansett back in RI.

Jun 22, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely, translucent amber with a semi-consistent off-white head. Nose is fairly dull - some subdued floral and piney notes. Taste is a bit bland. Not much hops presence. Light caramel malt comprises the backbone and there's a hint of cardboard. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with an even carbonation. Overall - meh. Nothing stands out and it comes off pretty generic and one-sided.

Jun 03, 2017
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with modest head that fades to an eight inch of frothiness. Not an aggressive in your face IPA, really quite nicely balanced. Hops do shine and the malt backbone is the perfect sweetness to act as a counterpoint. A very nice addition to Narragansett's line of brews and one that I will buy often. Reasonably priced at 9.98 a sixer,

May 21, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned ~6 weeks ago.

'Gansett is clearly hopping on the NEIPA train with this brew, and I couldn't be happier! Pours a very hazy orange with a two finger cream colored head produced with moderately aerated pour. Tons of unattractive floaties lower the appearance score considerably. Do yourself a favor and drink this from the can. Good retention and lacing. Smell is citrus with some tropical fruit, pine, caramel malts, and a mild sulfur. Straightforward but surprisingly robust. Starts juicy, but overall has a more west coast flavor palate to it with a solid amount of bitterness, especially towards the end of the sip. Biscuity malts. Finishes semi-dry, with a grassy aftertaste. Moderate carbonation. This is definitely the best beer I've had from Narragansett, and at a good price too of ~$9/6-pack


May 08, 2017
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johnomyers from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into glass dimpled stein. I've been very happy with the Narraganset craft-style releases in the past, though not many of the styles have been what I seek. I mean you gotta admire a brewery that tries to bring back the cream ale, but IPAs are more in my wheelhouse.
Appearance: Light amber color with slight haze.
Aroma: I'm not a big fan of the tropical aromas trend and I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Nice herbal aroma with hint of pine. Just what I'm looking for these days.
Taste: Decent bitterness to balance a biscuity mild-moderate caramel malt. I'm guessing there is some simcoe in there, but may be some other earthy hop.
Feel: Pretty typical weight for its style/ABV, slightly over carbonated. Would have been ok with the biscuit flavor lingering longer with less carbonation, but carbonation is probably be about right if paired with food. Try with a cheese platter.
Overall: If you like New England IPA's, you will like this. It's not out of this world, but has great craft brew qualities in terms of freshness and flavor. As a non-native Rhode Islander I'm very happy the new IPA release as they settle in to their new RI digs. Welcome back!

Apr 25, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 4/18/2017 at Skeff’s Neighborhood Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

Apr 18, 2017
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