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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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 209
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 erosier
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice clear blonde color with a short and white colored head that leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts and then a pretty decent citrus hop aroma at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, hints of lemon and then a decent citrus/grassy hop flavor at the end.
M: Crisp, clean, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light feeling.
D: Very drinkable session beer with a good light feel to it. Great summer beer.

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Photo of brureview
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Narraganset is the baseball beer of my youth: it was advertised everywhere in the Boston area, especially on televised baseball games.I never drank much Gansett- this was the first time drinking the cream ale.

I wasn't expecting much.

The beer pours a four fingered head with some lacing, and a slight lemon smell from the head. The color is ice tea- pale gold.

The mouth feel is very smooth, with a touch of carbonation.

A nice clean finish with no characteristic flavors and a slight bitterness.

This is the new edition-much better than the older Gansett brew. It's a throwback to the older style of 50's-60's beers, but far superior to the macros of that era.

It's definitely worth a try- especially to taste an older style.

It's better on the warmer side which will bring out slight fruit to the finish.

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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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy into a true pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, goldenrod coloring with a half inch of light, fluffy, white foam that slowly settles into a filmy coating and laces the glass as you drink. Aromas are roasted and creamy, with a subtle sweetness that compliments the biscuits backbone. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a dark, almost char highlight on the sweet and subtle creamy characteristics. Toasted grain flavors throughout, with a slight sour tang to it. The body is light and smooth until the end, when the carbonation gets the best of the beer, leaving a slight sharp finish in mouth. The aftertaste is a subtle roasted sweetness that remains light. Tasty beer.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-04-25 in Columbia, PA

A - Perfectly clear golden-straw with a 1.5-finger white head that drops pretty quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Bready malt and light citrus. Fairly weak.

T - Biscuit, tart tangerine juice, herbal, decent hop bitterness into the aftertaste. It's a nice flavor; not boring.

M - Lighter than I expected but not watery. Medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - A good tasting and sessionable brew with enough citrus and bittereness to keep it interesting. Wouldn't be the first beer I'd go to in this summer-day, easy-drinkin', low ABV range but it's worth checking out.

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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 kylehay2004
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: single finger head on a clear star colored body as expected.

S: light malt aroma but little else. Overall light on the nose.

T: breads, malts and grains with subtle sweetness.

M: moderate to high carbonation and very light bodied. Not overally creamy, I guess more so than the lager they offer but doesn't stand out.

Overall: Drinkable, not memorable.

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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 horshack7
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Out of a tallboy is a clear yet quite golden colored beer. The head is an inch in height and is a little on the rocky side.

Aroma: Light citrus and floral notes. Touches of grassiness, lemon zest.

Taste: Light creamy mouthfeel and light bodied. Grassiness, lemon, little notes of citrus with a touch of dryness.

Notes: Well it's very light and decently drinkable it will do very well on a very warm spring or summer day. Cheers.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy to try the new year-round offering from 'Gansett (even though I voted for the Rye). Good looking can features the RI State House, and I think the canning date is from early January.

Poured into a large mug, the beer itself could pass for a Budweiser commercial, while the - OK, fine - CREAM colored head foams up to about two fingers thick before settling. Aroma is what you'd find in a macro lager: some light grain and not much else.

Sweetness hits the tongue first, and I'm pleasantly surprised with the not non-existent hop bite. I started to get a little of the macro "bad beer" flavor in the middle, but quickly the creaminess smooths things out before an extremely dry finish.

This beer doesn't try to be anything it isn't. It's not incredibly awesome, but it's for sure a step up from the regular 'Gansett lager. I still much prefer their seasonals, but I could see myself drinking a bunch of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts in the nose that become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with flavors of bready malts and hints of grainy malts and sweetness. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of JimKal
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow gold with a large head.

Aroma is faint malt.

Taste has some citrus/hops.

Mouthfeel is not what I expected from a creme ale. It is much like a standard lager. Not bad but not what I'm looking for in a Cream Ale.

This is an OK lawnmower brew but not one I will repeat. It is back to Wexford for me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker patch in the center and thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of lightly toasted cereal malts and some very lightly toasted malts with a sort of buttery finish. There is a light amount of grassy hops present as well.

T: The beer is a little sweet with an almost honey like sweetness as opposed to the typical adjunct malt sweetness. There is definitely some malt body to this beer with some pale toasted malts and some cereal malts as well. There is a very light grassy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Pretty easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable. For a beer company that I remember having a kind of bad reputation in my childhood (for cheap crappy beer), I was surprised and happy that I tried it.

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Photo of capeannbass36
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear gold with minmal carbonation bubbles, topped by a large 3 finger....and growin head. Spotty lacing left behind.

S- Faintly sweet. A little hay/grass. Rather bland.

T- Watered down old school beer. Almost flavorless, if compared to most craft beers.

M- Minimal carbonation. Watery and thin.

O- Would be o.k. on a scorching hot place of water. Easy to drink, but bland and rather tasteless. Not horrible, but not memorable either.

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Photo of Gmann
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly toasted straw color with a short wispy white head. The head settles into a sparse cap. Some random carbonation bubbles racing to the top.

The aroma is quite neutral, it doesn't smell like much at all. Good thing is there is no off aromas, but still doesn't smell like anything.

The taste is a of a light dry malt, cracker like. A smidge grassy and peppery from the hops and grainy. Very neutral but again no off flavors. Meh but easy to drink.

The feel is light and crisp. Slight bitterness keeps the grain sweetness in check. Easy drinking.

An american macro without the crap. No gross aftertaste, clean. It is boring.

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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 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 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 Bendurgin
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear golden straw color with a creamy finger of white head. It settles with nice sticky lace.

This one has a nice balanced aroma with grains and a touch of bitter hops to round it out. The pallet is simmillar with toasty grain malts and some crisp bitter hops to finish it off.

The body is light and crisp with good carbonation. Overall a real easy one to enjoy. I'll probably keep these guys on hand for when I want something easy to enjoy.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/17/12

Appearance: Pours an incredibly clear, golden color - decent-sized white head that fades to a nice ring and a little cap - surprisingly good lacing

Smell: Very mild - perhaps even less aromatic than Narragansett Lager - some grains, perhaps some corn, a touch of hops, some sweetness - inoffensive and clean, but definitely average

Taste: Spot-on for the style - grainy, with some pale malts and some slightly toasted malts - some sweetness, but I wouldn't describe this as sweet - some light citrus, perhaps orange and lemon, helps balance things - very clean

Mouthfeel: I hate to type it, but "creamy" is the best way to describe this - medium body, nicely carbonated, very, very smooth

Overall: Worth checking out

Honestly, I wasn't too impressed with this beer until I had it a few times. The most interesting thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. I guess I like this about as much as Narragansett Lager. Sadly, it's not as good as some of the seasonal offerings.

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Photo of Cnorrisl
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one of these out of a tall boy, as is 'Gansett protocol.

A - Light and bubbly like a lager, but with a rich creamy head. Golden with some nice lacing at the top.

S - Very subtle hops and stronger malt, however, with the same tinny finish of 'Gansett's lager.

T - Exactly how it smells - slightly hopped and malty. However, although the start and finish are almost imperceptibly different from the lager, the middle has a sweetness to it.

MF - Light bodied, but creamy in the middle. At the finish though, it fades really empty and has little to offer.

Overall, it is worth drinking if you like the lager and want something just a bit more complex. Other than that, I would pass.

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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 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 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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