Fresh Catch
Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #263
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,567
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 12.12%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
101
From:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
 
Rhode Island, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  32
SCORE
82
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Notes: From the fishermen who have fought the harsh waters of the Northeast for generations, to the family clam bakes and lobster boils that celebrate their well-earned bounty, seafood is part of the fabric of every New Englander. We work hard, take nothing for granted, and have a good time doing it. When we crack our first lobster of the season, it's a big deal- an occasion to indulge, reflect, and party with friends and family. Since 1890, Narragansett has been the beer that fishermen toil to earn, and the beer the rest of us salute them with. This beer honors the risk and hails the rewards that comes with every "Fresh Catch." Fresh Catch is a supremely refreshing blonde ale that's dry hopped with citra for a crisp grapefruit finish. Aromas of citrus and passion fruit are very evident, but mild of the palate. Brewed to be the perfect pairing with shellfish or whitefish.
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker.

L: 3.5 Hazy yellow. Indeed, blonde. Lingering, medium sized head.
S: 3.75 Citra hops. Grains.
T: 3.75 Bready. hoppy. Bright, cirtusy fruits.
F: 4.25 goes down like water. Light bodied with good carbonation.
O: 3.75 a great, sessionable blonde for the beach or a hot day.

Aug 03, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale yellow with a 1/2 inch white head. Moderate lacing. Hazy. Suspended fruit? particles.

Aroma of lemons, grapefruit, grass.

Tastes of grapefruit zest, pine, lemon. Moderate bitterness.

Thin bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Not the best of the ales using citra hops, just ok.

Jan 01, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Designed specifically for the newspaper lined, butter dripping communal meals of shellfish and corn on the cob, a beer to match the occasion is a Citra hop fueled blonde ale with no fuss and no muss. That is unless you want to fuss and muss about it a little bit.

Pale gold and caught nearly in a brilliantly clear sheen, Fresh Catch turns racy with an effervescent pour and building a tall, loose froth. A fresh and bready scent is wrought with cereal, honey and a pep of citrus while its supple sweetness greets the tongue with bread, light honey and those low level cereal promises early on the palate.

As the hops start to wash the grain from the middle palate, its citrusy tone takes hold with pink grapefruit, a radiant orange flavor and a hint of apricot and mango for good measure. Its spicy bitterness is softly resinous while capturing the essence of chive, hemp and fresh cut grasses leading into the late palate.

Medium light in body, the beer is largely crisp, clean and refreshing, and without bringing much undue attention to its character. Built as a refresher course for hot New England days; as a reset after buttery seafoods; or as an all occasion gullet washer, this Blonde Ale really does do it all.

Oct 24, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An average strength pour from a 16-oz. can yields a finger of creamy white foam that becomes rocky as larger bubbles burst. Above average retention and sliding arches of lace. Pale yellow straw color with a faint hop haze.

Moderate smell of citra hops, biscuit and bread dough.

Citra hops are juicy in the taste and are revealed as grapefruit and mandarin orange.
Pale malt and a spiciness more akin to Pale Ale liven up the body.
Neutral sweetness, average bitterness at first, bitterness rises to above average as it becomes semi-dry at the clean almost crisp finish. Citra hops linger on the palate.

Medium light body, above average carbonation, smooth and session-able.
The label states "Dry Hopped with Citra", nice example of the style and Citra's classic taste.

Sep 14, 2019
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rky3fan from Kentucky

3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy beer with citrus notes just as advertised. Definitely agree that it's great with seafood. Light enough to be a drinkable summertime brew and has a crisp finish. Not a big hop guy but this was worth the purchase and Narragansett has soem great artwork on their cans.

Sep 02, 2019
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow (SRM 3) with a light haze. The fluffy foam reaches one inch and quickly drops to one quarter inch for the duration. A coating of lace is left on a PBGC dimpled mug.

The aroma opens with light lemon and grass, followed by a lingering lemondrop. There are some grains, but otherwise, it is fairly clean and simple.

Fresh Catch is surprisingly bitter. Rye bread and lemon are noticeable. Again, it is simple and has a strong, lingering finish. The finish amplifies bitterness and relegates sweetness to the background.

A medium body and itchy wool texture. Alcohol is faint, while carbonation is strong. It is crisp with some lingering astringency and a surprising amount of residual sugar.

This beer is less refreshing than I had expected. It is a safe entry beer for a hot afternoon.

Jul 07, 2019
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a somewhat hazy golden color with a very persistent white foamy head. Significant lacing throughout. The smell is really dominated by the citra hops and the taste follows with some sweet malt in addition to the hops. Very clean finish. The mouthfeel is a little thin but not too bad for a low alcohol beer. Overall this is a great hot weather "drinking while working" beer.

Jun 12, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into schooner glass. A fluffy 2" head drops slowly with abundant lacing. Color is hazy golden orange and plenty of streaming bubbles. Aroma is citrus forward with other fruit notes and bread dough. Mouthfeel is light to medium, sticky, with a somewhat damp finish. Flavor reflects the aroma citrus-- lemon, orange, pineapple, cracker and biscuit. Overall: quite good. More of a hop bite than I usually find in a golden ale though.

Mar 23, 2019
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ncdmz from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my opinion it tastes like what a Bells 2 Hearted "light" would taste like with a modest citrusy finish. I like it and could easily down a few. The 9.99 cost for a 6 of tall boys all the way down here in NC is also pretty nice. Also gotta love that lobster on the can

Dec 30, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a stein.

Appearance: Clear gold with a big puffy white head.

Aroma: Lemon, cut grass, some malt.

Taste: Crisp, lemony hops along with a solid malt backbone. Good amount of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking. Definitely meant to pair with fried food.

Overall: I’m not sure what the difference is between this and the old Gansett summer ale, but it’s a solid blonde ale.

Nov 29, 2018
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance
Pours to rocky white head that lasts and laces. Pale gold. Clear.

Aroma
Light, clean crackery biscuity malt, moderate floral, citrus hop.

Flavor
Clean, crackery pale malts, middle sweetness and crisp, spicy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel
Feels great. Light to medium, a fair bit of stickiness and perfect moderate level of CO2. No harshness.

Overall
Easy drinking, clean and crisp. Has a significant amount of hops without overpowering the malt. A very good hop forward rendition of a Blonde.

Nov 05, 2018
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darkfalz from Kentucky

1.85/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a large 14 oz glass.

It looks a little darker than my usual beers (hamms, old style). I had read about Narragansett being a good beer to add to my fridge. I haven't tried the regular yet so this is my intro to the beer.

Fresh Catch is not what I look for in a beer. (Hamms is my personal #1) The smell was a bit off putting. Smelled bitter and too citrus.

The taste was like it smelled. One comparison I instantly thought of is when you get Deep Woods Off in your mouth.

Feel is hard to say. The bitter citrus taste was very over powering.

I'll finish off this 6 pack but wI'll not get it again as its not quite my taste. I can see if going down good with some grilled food but isn't a good option for just sitting and having a beer.

Oct 02, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is not so good. On one side is some biscuity malts, hops on the other, and they are not meshing well together. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Oct 01, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably one of my last summer beers this year. It pours a pretty golden with a relatively impressive tight bubbled white head that leaves sticky lace behind. Nose is light citrus over bread malts.

A little more balanced in flavor than is usual for the style, with enough lemon tinged hops to basically neutralize the honey and biscuit type notes. A bit crisper than expected as well, with a touch of astringency that isn't optimal. Texture is a bit creamy which is a plus. Slightly flawed, but a solid effort nonetheless from Rhode Island's flagship brewer.

Sep 23, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Narragansett Brewing Co. "Fresh Catch"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "D138 130147"
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label but I'm not sure how fresh this "Fresh Catch" is considering the code on the bottom of the can is "D138 130147" - what the hell does that mean? Anyway, I love that they've decided to dry hop it with Citra so let's see how it is! It's poured a massive head of bright white foam atop a clear golden body. Nice. The aroma is not so great. They may have used Citra, but how much did they use. Still, it gives it a fresh, clean note with just a touch of citrus to it. The flavor follows and it's pretty much a basic American adjunct lager with some citrus thrown in. This is cheaper but for my money I'd rather go with Yuengling's Lord Chesterfield, 100% hopped with Cascade. It's grainy, basic, and fairly bitter for what it is, around 25 IBUs. It reminds me of the regular Narragansett Lager except that this is lighter and more bitter. It finishes dry with a residual note of lemon. It's light-medium in body and crisp, and the head has held up well and even left some very nice lacing behind. At least it looks good! As a basic beer, lawnmower beer, after-work beer, or just something to wash down you're lunch I guess it does the job but there are much better choices out there.
Review# 6,148

Jul 19, 2018
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Mrpython from Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got done mowing and pleased to grab this can of chilly goodness. Nice straw color with firm head. Aroma reveals the citra hops. Tastes like summer - grassy, with the citrus bitterness up front. I get the biscuit afterwards.

$8.99 for 16 oz 6er at national liquor “warehouse”. I was born in New England, so it’s great to see this brand down here. The can’s artwork is too cool.

Jun 24, 2018
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow in color. Clear in appearance. Super refreshing. Simple grain, touch of citrus and grass. Clean, crisp and light. Perfect pizza beer.

May 23, 2018
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: crystal clean, gold color, minimal lacing, lots of carbonation
S: malt and dank, earthy hops
T: malty, faint hop flavor
F: left me with an unpleasant aftertaste
O: my least favorite offering from this brewery

May 20, 2018
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Capeandislands from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Fresh Catch is a beer that reminds me of home. From the first sip to the last this beer is worth every penny. @$10 for a 6 pack of tall boys there isn't a better deal for the taste

May 16, 2018
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GoatmanBrewsMD from Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour a crystal clear pale yellow. Smells of sweet biscuit malt and a mild hint of citrus/grapefruit. Taste is a bit underwhelming. Very crisp and clean. Kinda bland for my palate. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, thin body blonde ale. I was a bit disappointed with this because I thought the Citra was going to be more upfront. Brewed to style. Not a terrible beer, just not the one for me.

Apr 30, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz. can. The stamp on the bottom reads C138-130129. Sampled on April 28, 2018.

It is most definitely a clear, golden pour with a boisterous white foamy head that eventually dissolves to a ring with lacing.

The aroma is pretty straght forward and typical of the style. IO get biscuit sweetness, toasted bread, grass, but little in the way of citrus considering it was brewed with citra hops.

Light to medium and smooth body.

The taste is perfect for a warm day. Something to have after working in the yard or cooking a barbecue. Toasted biscuit sweetness, mild grassy hop finish. Clean ending. Nothing that blows me away but it makes me anxious for summer.

Apr 28, 2018
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Freeborn_mustache from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really wanted to love this beer. I love the price ($10/6 tall boys) and the idea- A crushable pale that is kind of like an american adjunct lager but better. I loved the first one; the nice, fresh blast of citra hops, the crisp finish, and light body were fantastic. It tastes like a british pale ale, but lighter.

There is something off with this brew though. I'm not quite sure if it's the aftertaste, mouthfeel or what, but I couldn't finish the second can and switched to another beer altogether. The next time I drank one, I couldn't make it halfway through the can. Same with the next time after that. I see the sixth can haunting me from the fridge and I just can't do it. I got completely tired of this beer after only 1.5.

With that said, I fully intend to pack a bunch on the boat this summer. It could just be that a crisp summery beer like this needs hot weather to be fully appreciated.

Apr 26, 2018
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DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint at my home in Boston on April 18, 2018.

A - Brilliant clear gold with a big fluffy head that looks like it could support the weight of a nickel

S - Barkley husk, grain mill and then a beautiful pop of citrus

T - Classic old school grain with a nice sweet new school hop finish.

M - A tad under carbonated for my personal taste, but otherwise clean,

O - A very crushable offering for the spring and summer months. A great option for the beach, lawnmower, ballgame, non-craft...really, just a damn good beer. 'Gansett's seasonal's are really a pleasant surprise, both for taste and value ($10/6 pack of 16 oz)

Apr 18, 2018
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Florian_Hall from Delaware

4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By including the word ‘fresh’ in the name, the boys in RI did it right. Just a nice, smooth, well balanced beer. Not heavy and the perfect beer to go with that lobstah’ that is pictured on the can, or for a relaxing day on the beach, boat or patio.

Apr 15, 2018
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mild golden hue with a one-finger head into my glass. Sweet with a touch of citrus from the citra hops in the nose. Clean, crisp taste with good dose of citra hops at the back of the throat. Finishes clean. I'm surprised by this hella-decent example of a blonde ale.

Apr 08, 2018
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 101 ratings