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Narragansett Summer Ale | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Summer AleNarragansett Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Narragansett Summer is a light session ale made with two row pale malt and citra 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.

24 IBU

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Photo of tzieser
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

surprised i haven't reviewed this one yet.

a: poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass. clear golden in color with plenty of carbonation; whispy white head settles into a thin lacing.

s: bready aroma with notes of wheat and light citrus hops.

t: refreshing from start to finish. bready malt flavor with some cereal grains and wheat. finishes a tad dry with a little bit of citrus hop flavor (gotta love that citra). does a great job of balancing flavor and drinkability.

m: great mouthfeel.

by far the best summer ale available for the price. after reading the profile on the website, i was very surprised to see the addition of citra hops to the recipe. i look forward to this every summer. recommended.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 16oz can to my nice Tired Hands stempiece; canning date of April 4, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can in a Julian variant (“0943 16:09”). So, just under two weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (3.75): Sure looks like a summer ale. The body is a beautiful, crystal-clear honey-gold, and the head rises to one big, fat finger of crisp, bone-white foam that dies down before too long, with modest retention at best. Modest lacing: a few splotches and suds here and there—though as time wears on, it unexpectedly leaves a pretty solid sheet on one side of the glass. It’s cute, not pretty or gorgeous or sexy. Just cute, in the right light.

Smell (3.5): Very nice balance between wet, crackery pilsner-ish kinda malt body and some interesting, floral hop tones. Lightly citrusy, with . . . a mild cat pee aroma? Yep. Am I imagining this? Lightly toasted grains make a nice complement to this interesting hop aroma.

Taste (3.5): Very light and crisp, with a smooth, toasted grain character (like dry, toasted white bread, à la Elwood Blues) and a somewhat modest hop snap on the back end—despite being relatively light, it’s resinous and dank. Just soft. Wish it were a little more pronounced. There’s some modest citrus pith bitterness mixed in, too, which when combined with the toasted grain and resin make for an herbal, decidedly dry finish. It improves modestly as it warms, turning the confluence of pale malt body and resinous hop bitterness into something resembling a (watered-down) sweet orange flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Actually, under par for the course. Nice prickles here and there, and then a soft, filling foam action on the way down marks the carbonation. The body is crisp, rather light, and dry but not very—still wet enough to feel almost quenching, rather than parching. This is crushable.

Overall (3.5): It is what it is. It’s not perfect, it’s not exceptional, but it’s plenty easy to drink and pleasant in all the ways that count. Exceptional in any way? No. Great in any way? No. Very good in any way? Maybe if it’s hot out and you didn’t expect to see this kind of beer around. It’s just fine, and that’s fine by me. Glad I got a sixer, because this is an easy going beer.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Summer Ale opens to a sweet, fruity nose with bits of grain added for complexity and to keep things from becoming overly sweet. The sugars bring brown sugar and an assortment of fruit esters, including strong berry aromas, as well as lesser apricots and oranges. Just as strong, however, are the hop aromas, which bring large lemon and grapefruit notes, the citrusy side being obviously heavily favored here. Biscuit, cracker, floury baguette, and light touches of grassy wet wheat help earth the beer. Overall, this is a nice nose, offering a good range of sweet, citrusy notes that go nicely with the summer months, but that are also decently nuanced in and of themselves.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a small hop blast of pine and pink grapefruit, which moves smoothly into a main body that is heavily grain, with toast, biscuit, cracker, Grape Nuts cereal, and grassy wet wheat notes, as well as touches of rice. These mix with a light brown sugar and fruit ester (orange, berry, apricot) sugary note, here much less potent than on the nose. In subsequent sips much of the nuance is lost, and the hops drown out much of the sugars and finer bread notes, so that grapefruit, pine, and Grape Nuts cereal notes dominate, though the flavors are still crisp and refreshing. The aftertaste is mainly hoppy, with grapefruit and pine lingering on the tongue in medium-light strength for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent summer fare, with a good arrangement of flavors in decent quantities, the beer obviously designed to be light, crisp, and refreshing, while still maintaining good flavors, and succeeding very nicely in doing so. It’s a bit of a shame that the initial flavors couldn’t last longer, and that the hops come to so heavily dominate the beer over time, but this is still a very nice brew.

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Photo of Beric
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can, from the can
Served: 3 June 2014

Appearance: Had this from the can, so can't comment much on the appearance. Can artwork is great though.

Smell: Traditional "beery" smell, but very sweet and with a slight overlay of hop aroma, though it is not strong enough to discern any true notes from it.

Taste: A nice light-bodied beer on the sweeter side with a slight assertion of citrus hop flavor and a mild bitterness on the back end. A beer that is unpretentious in its flavor, but assertive nonetheless, with a solid flavor profile for a beer that is meant to be easy-drinking and sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high to high carbonation brings the lighter body some life.

Overall: Better than the Narragansett lager, and a bit more expensive, coming in at just over $8/sixer here in Boston. However, for this price and quantity (16oz cans), I'd be hard pressed to find a better sessionable summer beer that doesn't blast me with hops. Would definitely recommend, especially if you're looking for a party/BBQ beer.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - herbal, grassy aroma with lemon thrown in for good measure, hint of honey

Taste - grassy flavor with some lemon and a bit of spice from the hops

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high lively carbonation, crisp, hoppier than expected

Overall - decent beer, one that would be great during BBQ season

Price point - $1.89/16 oz can

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Photo of fx20736
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a case of 24 x 16 oz cans from Beers of the World on 5/23/13 for $ 31.95.

Poured into a nonic, served cold.

appearance: clear lemon yellow with a thick meringue of white head. great lacing.

aroma: slightly lemony and sugary.

mouthfeel: solid and substantial.

taste: crisp, dry and malty with a nice earthy bitterness and a mild lemony tartness.

notes: Heftier than any other Blonde Ale I've had. Reminds me of an English Bitter. Well done.

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Photo of matty
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light gold colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is very light frutiness.Taste is dominated by hops and pine needles.Another disgusting over hopped beer that makes it taste like Pine-sol.I would not recommend and will be very lucky to get through this crap.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Matt!

A- Pours a light yellow w/ a white one finger head. Good carbonation and lacing. Somewhat cloudy, but you can still easily see through it.

S- Slight lemon, grass, malt, and earthiness. Fantastic, and very refreshing nose.

T- All smells in the taste as well. Very smooth and refreshing. I didn't realize how great this beer was going to be- especially for the style. I could drink 4 or 5 of these just because the taste is so great.

M- Surprising substantial feel to this beer, but still fairly thin and refreshing.

O- For the style, it doesn't get any better. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BigCheese
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 pack of tallboys, its only april so these must be fresh.

A: Clear pale yellow straw. big white foamy head. Head subdues into a nice thin layer of white. Patches of lacing.

S: Sweet malts, corn, a tad of wheat/yeast, maybe a hint of lemon. Bland smell.

T: Sweet balance of bready malts, with some grassy/herbal bitternotes as well as a bit of lemon/strawberry fruit flavors. Off notes of aluminum in finish. Lots of sweetness (bubble gum maybe), floral notes in finish. Although tame its actually really well balanced and semi complex, points off for metallic off notes though, slacking on can lining.

M: Rather high carbonation, for low abv quite creamy, light in body, but for a 4.2% blonde quite rich. Definition of session beer.

O: Probably my favorite summer ale, and my favorite session/can/bbq/beach beer. Fits the bill perfectly. What are you waiting for, grab a 'gansett!

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Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear golden body with a nice fluffy and sticky white head about 2 fingers thick to start.

Aroma is slightly sweet with some biscuity and cereal grain notes. Slightly grassy hop presence but overall the aroma is fairly light.

Biscuity and bready malt profile with just a hint of malty sweetness and grain husk. Hops hint at a bit of lemon zest and grass but really are in the background.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and at only 4.2%, this is pretty light. Overall, I'm really enjoying this and I think the brewers hit the nail on the head with a light refreshing summer beer that has more flavor than your typical summer beer.

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Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean straw color with a fluffy white head that holds pretty well and leaves very good lace.

S: Nice citrus hop note with a hint of breadiness and a light bit of pine.

T: Very bready malt presence with a pine and a bit of lemon zest in the end.

M: Very thin and a bit watery, but the finish was pretty clean

D: Drinkability is high and this is a great beer for just sitting on the beach. i found it to be more enjoyable straight from the can then when poured and I am glad that i have a case to tide me over for memorial day weekend

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Photo of illpass78
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with heavy carbonation. Head is about two inches and fades quickly. Looks like a lager.

Aroma: Some notes of grass, bread, lemon, grapefruit, and a faint somewhat corny aroma. The corn note isn't off-putting but it adds to the lager-like quality of the beer.

Taste: Follows the nose, with grapefruit and grassiness dominating. Nice clean taste. Easy drinking. Good hot day beer.

Mouthfeel: It's light of body but not watery.

Overall: Solid session ale with a nice, drinkable, balanced character. Good beer for cookouts and outdoor gatherings. Nothing fancy, but something tasty.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass luckily as the three finger cream colored head was barely contained. The head falls slowly to a half inch blanket. Decent lacing. The brew is golden yellow in color. The nose is some hop tartness, fruit, citrus, a little grain and slight malt sweetness. The taste is very clean and crisp. A nice blend of mild hops and light sweetness. Finishes quite dry with a slight bitterness. The body is light with active carbonation..a touch course. Overall a good summer drinker and a great value to boot!

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: crystal clear body that yielded a one finger white head and stayed a good two minutes, rapidly rising carbonation, it left some foamy rings. Some speckled lacing appeared sporadicly around the glass

S: light floral tones with some grapefruit coming out mixed with the hops and malts.

T: no different than the smell.

M: light to medium sort of feel and left a slight dry finish. This was a very drinkable beer.

O: not a bad beer. It was an enjoyable beer. I'm glad I got a sixpack of this. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz tallboy poured into a pint glass.

A - a straw yellow color with some light carbonation. a nice fluffy white head recedes slowly and laces quite well. the head was very nice but the body itself isn't that impressive.

S - grass, lemon, pepper and herbs. interesting aroma off this. not what i expected but quite nice.

T - malt hits up front with a mostly bread taste. grass and pepper again with a little bit of lemon. good hop bite at the end of it.

M - very lightly bodied which is perfect with an average amount of carbonation. definitely leads to some puckering at the end when the hop hits.

O - this is quite a nice summer brew and definitely worth picking up for the price. i thought it was going to be a bit better than it was but again not at all disappointed. it must be noted that its an extremely drinkable brew.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to indiapaleale for sharing this one with me.

Pour produces a huge head that occupied half of my 16oz tulip on the first pour. It took three pours before I got the entire can into the glass. Pale yellow body. Smell reminds me of a fresh lager with some grassy aromas and a hint of lemon.

Taste is tart, sour and acidic. Not bad, but not something I find especially appealing either. Mouthfeel is light, with a crisp and clean finish and any momentary unpleasantries are concluded quickly.

Overall one that I am glad to have tried, but don't need to have again. Of 'Gansett's four seasonals this one was my least favorite.

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Photo of Dools9
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright blue tallboy into a shaker pint...

A: Pale golden in color with a nice foamy, frothy head. Stuck around for a while and left some pretty good clumps of lacing.

S: Pale malts, mild sweet bready aroma with a bit of citrus and just a touch of a lemon zest.

T: Malty, bready sweetness followed by a bit of floral/herbal hops, lemon and mild citrus/mixed fruit. Really crisp and very refreshing.

M: Thin and light but in a good way. Good carbonation with a bit of slick creaminess. Really refreshing and perfect when it gets hot up here in New England.

O: Really enjoyed this summer offering from the boys (and girls) at Narragansett. At only 4.2 abv, its extremely sessionable, goes down easy and would be perfect on a hot summer day at the beach. The best of the best for summer beers as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of uustal
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale yellow with a slight bright white head. Aroma of sweet citra hops and toasted grains. Great summer flavor begins with a good hit of those delicious citra hops. Grain and cereal malt add great balance and sweetness before a crisp hop finish. Flavor profile is not huge, but perfectly constructed for such a sessionable ale. Not a wussy, fruity, hopless summer beer, but a well crafted, hop and flavor friendly sessionable summer ale

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Photo of JMD
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light dirty straw color with frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S: Light grains and toasty wheat. Some light hops as well.

T: Much more flavor than I expected after smelling it. Grassy with some bisquity malt. Lightly hopped with hints of lemon zest. Pretty refreshing.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Perfect for a summer beer.

D: I was pleasantly suprised with this beer. Flavorful and interesting, I could drink these all day. At 4.2 ABV, this is a great summer beer. Perfect while your roasting on the beach or hanging out at a backyard bbq.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite summer time beer this year.

Narragansett Summer drinks like a super crisp lager, but with some subtle citrus zing derivative of the hop profile and ale yeast.

The malt bill is bready enough but really tight, sweetness is present but in check. Finish is squeaky clean, save some slight lingering bitterness and almost a kiss of lemon.

Low ABV, clean and enjoyable flavors, really an excellent beer for the summer season (or any season). Nice can too...

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Narragansett Summer Ale is gold in color.
White head, nice lacing left behind.
The smell is very mild. Grains and some sweetness.

Really nice flavor. Thin malts, citrus, lemony. Dry, slightly biter finish.

Very enjoyable. Easy to drink.
Excellent summer beer.

Would pair well with salads, sea food, fish tacos.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a very filtered lemon-honey body with an impressive two-finger cappuccino-like head. Mesmerizing lacing.

S: Clean and crisp with hints of wheat, wet grass, cereal grain and then at the end there is a distinct hop aroma, lightly fruity with traces of apple and pear and some just-there pine.

T: Starts off with some fruits up front, again with the apples and the pear. In the middle a slightly pungent sour flavor works its way in, in a vaguely unpleasant way. This is immediately washed away by a rush of dry wheat that segues into a slightly hoppy finish. The aftertaste is grainy and reminiscent regular ‘Gansett and other mass produced brews, see PBR etc…

M: Medium to light bodied that’s crisp in the middle and finishes silky.

O: Surprisingly not bad. Old school fifties aura meets modern attempt to appeal to broader, more discerning audiences with mixed results. This is a good beer to get thoughtless with, grab a few, hit the roof deck with friends and just chill with some music. It tries to work in some more complexity than its flagship predecessor, but stumbles as much as it strides, as the light fruitiness and the hops progress, but the discrepancy between that and the sour middle, mediocre aftertaste weigh this beer down.

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Photo of regspeir
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to victory4me for sharing this. Pint can into a standard pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a large 3-fingered white head that, even after some time, still was almost a finger's worth. Lacing was thin but present throughout. Nose is sweet with elements of lemon, grain and toasted malt. Taste was lemongrass, sweet malts, and hints of grassy hops. The finish is dry, crisp and light. The mouthfeel was on the light side, as expected, and mildly carbonated. This was a pleasant surprise and, reported inexpensive, would be a go-to summer standby…except we don't get it here (that I am aware of).

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hi, Neighbor! This marks the second time this year I've sought out a new 'Gansett offering. Surprising, to say the least.

Poured into a 'Gansett pint glass a light honey gold with a finger of white head, some persistent carbonation climbs up the glass.

Nose is citrus, floral hops and a touch of sweet malt.

Prickly carbonation hits the tongue right off the bat, overall lightly bodied, but the sweet bready malts fall in balance with a lemon/grass hop presence. Very crisp and clean.

Finally. Finally a local brew better than Sam Summer! Quite a bit better, by my estimate. This beer is exceptionally refreshing and wouldn't lose character if it warms up on a hot day. Plus...I mean...tallboys!

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Photo of coachdonovan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a towering head that fades after about 90 seconds, but we have some good lacing here. I'm happy to see that the style listing for this beer was changed from Pale Wheat Ale, as this beer is crystal clear. Steady stream of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of my mug.

Aroma and taste have plenty of zing from citric hops, along the lines of a mellowed-out Czech lager. The flavor is grassy and clean without being watered-down. A little bit of lemon zest, but the finish is exceedingly dry and again clean.

I'm glad to see 'Gansett changed it up from the overly bready SA Summer and Oberon. This is a perfect gateway selection for those who are scared of non-yellow beer. I've been enjoying it for about a month, and it certainly holds up to a thorough inspection.

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Narragansett Summer Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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