Narragansett Cream Ale | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett Cream AleNarragansett Cream Ale

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
‘Gansett Cream is made with quality ingredients like 2-row pale, Munich, Vienna, and Cara-malt for a creamy head! We used Columbus hops for bittering and a touch of Willamette hops for a slight hop aroma. Bright gold in color and brilliant in clarity, this session ale delivers an extra pop of hop bitterness found only in cream ales of the early 1900′s.

28 IBU

Added by redleaves on 02-19-2012

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Photo of Schmidts
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 3/4 inch white creamy Head and some lacing. Smells of sweet breads and hops.
Very creamy in your mouth with a nice balance between the sweetness snd the hops. Just the right amount of carbonation. A real nice creamed corn and hop bitterness flavor, This is old school cream Ale from back when I was young. Not a Hop machine but a really flavorful smooth Cream Ale you can sit down and drink a few. In your mouth it is smooth and so refreshing and finishes with a nice back and forth sweet and bitter taste. I highly recomend trying this one. Over all I give it a 4.5. Narragansett sure is bringing out some awesome beers. You can just picture sitting down and drinking a few of these on a hot Saturday afternoon!

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Photo of Ptelea
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yet darker than a traditional lager/light ale..foam did persist and lacing was solid. The smell is mild... some hints of lemon. A refreshing tasting ale with solid carbination, a mild hop, and smooth...this is an above average everyday lawnmower beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a bright, clear slightly darker than the usual straw yellow with a big, fluffy creamy two finger white head that faded to a nice thick blanket. Wow, impressive!

S - Aroma is pretty solid for a cream ale. Light sweet malts and some super, super faint hops. Very slight adjunct aroma.

T - Holy shit again. Very solid, mild, neutral...which you kinda want with a cream ale. Light sweet malts, very faint floral slightly citrusy hops. This is incredibly solid.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice and crisp and refreshing, a bit too carbonated for me, but still great.

O - oh man. I've had my fair share of cream ales but this one takes the cake. This really, really is an outstanding example of the style.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick head into my glass. Leaves some lacing in the glass too.

Crisp with an aroma that mimics that of a popular mainstream cream ale. It's not as visceral though.

Taste is chock full of light, sweet and crisp malt. It's almost sacrilege to say this on here but this is SMOOOTHHHH!

Lingering sweet and crisp malt. Kind of thin but there's no harsh flavors like that other example.

The only competitive advantage that Genesee Cream Ale has is that it's still cheaper than Narragansett Cream Ale. I will take the latter though because it's easier to drink.

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Photo of jrobidoux
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear and crisp golden color with a solid foamy white head. Probably medium-high carbonation. Hoppier in both aroma and taste than I was expecting, not that it is an exceptionally big hop presence, but you can not mistake the fact that it is there. Nice smooth and solid hoppy cream ale flavor. Easy drinking. Really a great session Ale counter point to their standard Lager. Will definitely be purchasing again.

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Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rich gold color with ample carbonation bubbling up. Smells nice, mellow caramel malts with a touch of spicy hops. Tastes good too: smooth mellow sweet malts, with a good measure of bitterness to balance it out, putting the drinkability up there. Great mouthfeel, full and creamy, of course.
A really good everyday beer when you just want something tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours out a bubbly golden with two fingers of fluffy head. The aroma is creamy and lightly malty. The taste is excellent and just about exactly what I'd want from a cream ale. It's got a nice creaminess and grainiess, but it's got the right amount of bitter hops to stop it from being cloying while letting the cream aspects shine through. The mouthfeel is light and briskly carbonated, and the drinkability is great. This is just a great cream ale, an outstanding example of a macro style done with a craft level of care.

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Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, extra from Valdieu. Thanks!

A: Pours a translucent light gold with a nice white head. Plenty of good lacing, too.

S: Some floral esters, lots of bright grain, maybe a hint of hoppiness.

T: Floral hop notes and esters, slightly sweet breadiness, a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied yet certainly "creamy."

O: A simple, great beer. Too bad I can't get it regularly in Chicago.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, grain and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from flavors of grain and thin malt character. The some mild malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of illpass78
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dense gold with a creamy white head and minimal lacing. Head starts at about two inches and slowly recedes over about ten minutes. Looks more like a lager than an ale. It's definitely thicker in color than a typical American lager though.

Aroma: Bready, biscuity nose with very noticeable malts. The aroma isn't super strong, but it's certainly inviting. No hops really noticeable.

Taste: This is a good, sturdy session beer. I prefer it to their original lager because it's more flavorful. Lots of malty, bready, lager-like flavor - it basically tastes like what I wish macro lagers tasted like. Hops are barely noticeable, which is fine for a beer like this. This is a good all-purpose type beer: pairs well with most blue collar food, good for the bowling alley, yardwork, or the beach, picnic-friendly, etc. We actually got a bunch of these for a backyard party once; it was sort of my subtle way of trying to turn macro-lager folks on to craftier beer. Seemed to work; they were gone by the end.

Mouthfeel. Super smooth. Very enjoyable to drink, with a very easy finish. Sessionable for sure. Also has a good, sturdy body.

Overall: Some of the advertising copy for this beer mentions that it's good for duckpin bowling, so I was bound to like it, as a lifelong duckpinner. That aside, it's really a terrific everyday session beer. Basic enough to appeal to any palate, crafty enough to appeal to the more sophisticated beerman. One of my beers of choice for events where I know I'm going to be hosting large groups, because it's cheap and reliable, too.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, color is straw gold, light paleness - head is great, frothy, thick (1") and clings well.

Smell is subdued on a cold pour, pilsner malts, bready/biscuity, hints of some floral hops.

Taste is sweeter malt flavors upfront, pilsner, biscuit/bready, light toast, very crisp finish, hops are balancing the sweeter flavors, but no discernible flavors.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, more so than i like, a little biting from the carbonation and bittering hops - mouth presence is nice after the crispness fades.

Overall, very nice take on the cream ale style, a little smoother creaminess in the mouthfeel is all i see missing.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Shiny gold, big head

SMELL: Clean, crackers, fresh-cooked cereal, herbal hop, mild nose

TASTE: Fresh, crisp, slick, grainy, cooked grain, hop bitterness, leafy, dried grass, hop oil, herbal; dry, grassy finish

A solid go, this shows more character than most versions that are true to this style. Balance and drinkability seem to be the prime directives here, both of which they nailed.

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Photo of Shaw
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden color with a big foamy white head.

Light aroma of hops and a hint of grain.

Hint of metal flavor, which is weird because I've poured it into a glass and modern cans are lined. Sweet malt flavor with a decent hop bitterness. It's good. I'm not going to ding this over the metal note because this is the second can I've had and the first didn't have that flavor.

Light body with a bit of cream-like heft.

Overall this is a fine, lighter beer. It's not trying to be something great: It doesn't need to.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a lovely, translucent straw gold with a one inch, tight, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim. Swaths of lacing are revealed during the session. Nose is very subdued - light grassy notes and cereal grains. Tate consistent with nose; however a noble hops presence is also expressed, as well as a light citrus character and a trace of something metallic. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that leaves a residual prickle across the tongue. Overall a really solid session beer at a great price. I can see adding this beer to my budget line-up.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great golden color and crystal clear. Thick, long lasting, foamy head. Leaves plentiful ring lace

The aroma is like sour cream with a mild, peppery hop in the background.

First impression is of the thinnish body, but the lower carbonation gives the impression of a richer beer than it is. Good hop presence. This is a good beer without the low hop typical for a Cream Ale. A definite move up from the lawn mower beer category.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-ounce tallboy can into a plain tumbler pint.

A: Pale, clean, crystal clear golden yellow color that allows plenty of light to shine through lazy trails of carbonation that build into a thin, foamy white cap which leaves behind weak, soapy lace.

S: Sweet, cracked and lightly toasted cereal grains with a buttery cracker aroma veiled over some slightly spicy hops.

T: Smooth, buttery and toasted grains impart a bit of honey-like sweetness drizzled over a corn muffin. Some bracing, spicy and floral hops crop up around mid-palate with some sticky and granular malt flavors strung up in the finish.

M: Light, slightly creamy, with a hop prickle around mid palate and a carbonated, mild, bitter finish.

O: A New-England throwback style from a relative throwback brewery, Gansett Cream Ale is the 5% ABV light ale for the macro-lager lover in your life. I can see sitting on a boat deck sipping away on it in the summertime waiting for my reel to bob in the water. Might as well save a few bucks & run with the lager, though.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of this for $6, can't beat that deal! Poured the final can into a glass for review.

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold. A nice finger-width of white froth sits on top. Decent lace left behind after each sip. The aroma is grassy, slightly floral and sweet, hay, lemon. Good carbonation. Not too thin, but definitely an easy one to quaff. Grassy hops make up the bulk of the flavor, but there is a slight buttery creaminess that smooths the edges out. Mild bready aftertaste. This was what I expected it to be, a nice refreshing tasty ale. I really enjoy what these guys put out.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy 16oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into my tall Pioneer stein, formed a 1" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with chunky lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with a tinge of citrus.

Taste starts sweet pale, citrus bite in the middle, with crisp bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is clean, and drinkability is easy. Good stuff, convenient packaging, nice price. Classic fall back brew.

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Photo of Dools9
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, clear golden color, maybe a shade darker than the traditional lager. Two fingers worth of creamy white head that sticks around and leaves suprisingly nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet, clean grainy aroma with a light clean hop whiff, some sweet grassy/lemony hints as well. Aroma is a bit light but absent are the offputting adjunct aromas in other macro cream ales.

T: Pleasant, sweet clean grainy flavor with a nice subtle hop bite. Some biscuity malt and a light citrus component rounds out the flavor. No complaints here, very clean.

M: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Crisp and very refreshing, light to medium bodied, mellow carbonation. Could drink this all day. Really diggin' the mouth on this brew.

O: Only the second cream ale I've had other than Genesee Cream Ale and this beer is most definitely better than that. Solid lawnmower style for hotter days.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Narragansett Cream Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of faint, stereotypical beer smell with a pine and citrus whiff. Taste is of an underlying metallic character, unfortunately, but one can pick up citrus, pine, sweet barley malt, and sugars. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Narragansett Cream Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, and a bit metallic. Overall, aside from the metallic aspect, it is still a good beer, and I think it’s worth giving a try.


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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 fl. oz can marked 0412-0431. Sampled on April 20, 2012. The pour is golden yellow with a huge, off-white head that lingers. The aroma is full of pale malts and grain. The body is light to medium with the emphasis on medium and it is also smooth. The taste has a definite grainy character but it is not offensive. There is a moderate hop bitterness at the end. this is a delightful cream ale supposedly based on a Pre-Prohibition recipe.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought a few cans back from a recent trip to Western Mass. Haven't seen it around here (Seacoast NH). 16oz can poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Clear dark yellow brew with a vigorous fizzy head that settles quickly but leaves a thin layer of foam on the surface.

S: Mild cheap beer smells, a bit of light malty sweetness. Not much going on, possibly because it's served cold as intended.

T/M: Rigorous carbonation, thin body but not watery. Mild generic hop flavor and a light malt backbone. Some acidic kind of flavors going on, semi-fruity. Taken as a whole, almost like a weak champagne. Much more like champagne than Miller is, heh.

D: Chuggable. Pretty good stuff, considering what it is/ what it's supposed to be/ where it comes from, etc. A really solid cheap beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: sugar and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, grain, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, nice mix of sweet and bitter

Overall: A nice and clean lager. Nothing mid blowing and complex, but solid. This is a beer I would not go out of my way for, but I would not turn down either.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head

S: Malty with some light hops in the back. Not much else

T: Again, malty with a hint of hops. Malts are toasty and bready

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Slightly creamy

O: A very simple cream ale that has nothing offensive going on, but for that matter not much going on at all. It's good, but like I said, very simple and plain

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for throwing me a can.

Appearance: Perfectly, and I'm talking immaculately, clear gold with a super-white head. Head drops to a thin cap after a few minutes. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Grainy pale malts. Some grassy edges. Touch of corn and the faintest edge of earthy/floral hops. So mellow. So neutral. So very clean.

Taste: Slightly toasted, super pale, and just a touch grassy. Some mild apple flavors mixed in with the earthy/herbal hops. Spot on. Some sweetness, but it's less than corn sweet. Very mellow and unassuming.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a nice solid carbonation. Drinks clean and crisp.

Overall: Drink it from the can, drink it from the glass, it doesn't matter. It's a beer for drinking en masse on a warm day. I plan on doing this routinely.

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