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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: 208
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 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 bullwinkle88
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got a sixer of tallboys for 8 dollars. Pours with a nice frothy head. No spectacular smell to speak of, but boy oh boy what a great mouthfeel. Nice and creamy. Flavor is pretty good, seems to be stuck in that nonlight beer "light" flavor category. Minimal hop bitterness but still a good flavor throughout. I like it now but I suspect in the summer I'll be pounding these regularly. Definitely better than its contemporaries (Wexfords, Genny Cream). Bit of trivia, the cans are made in new york but the draft beer is produced by Providence's Trinity Brewhouse. I'm eager to try that as well. Regardless, I'm happy for Cream's year round availability.

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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 PicoPapa
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz tall boy. Pours a clear yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of sweet grains, malts, and a bit of floral hops. Tastes alot like the Narragansett Lager but with a bit more sweetness and hops. Has some of that cream ale lactose sweetness to it. Light mouthfeel and body. Its a decent beer with many similarities to the Lager. Not the best of 'Gansett's newest line of beers but still solid and worth keeping a bunch of in the fridge.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can, no dates.

Pours an extra pale gold, with a nice creamy head. Spots of lacing and good retention.

Aroma has something going on, what I would describe as autolyzed yeast and mercaptan. Corn as well (DMS?).

Flavor is grainy and lightly sweet. Finish is dry and surprisingly clean based on what I detected from the aroma. Not bad, but not a whole lot there. Mouthfeel is really light and watery, but I like the unobtrusive and refreshing medium carbonation.

As long as you drink it cold and out of the can so as not to smell the off aroma, I can see this being good summertime swill.

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

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear bright yellow with a fluffy white head that settled to a layer and left trails of lacing.

S - grainy aroma with a whiff of hops.

T - kind of a sweet grainy taste with hoppy bitterness finishing things off.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

O - easy to knock back a few of these in a sitting.

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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 greybeardloon
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

canned February 9, 2012

A: A fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly, but it leaves nice lacing.

S: Very faint hop aroma and nothing else.

T: Somewhat sweet grain and almost noble-tasting hops (although it's Columbus and Willamette). It really tastes like a not-very-crisp Pilsner.

M: Surprisingly full and fluffy. Not at all like a Pilsner here.

O: This is no Sweet Action, but it's a drinkable enough beer and will presumably go down pretty easily when the weather is warmer.

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

A-Pours a perfectly clear honey color with a big, creamy off-white head that retains very well and leaves lacing splotches. No haze or debris. Head is perfectly even.

S-A light nose with small aromas of sweet caramel and light grass. Very clean in the nose. This, like most of Narragansett’s beers is smooth and suggests its easy-drinking nature.

T-A nice creamy taste with a noticeable grassy bite on the finish. Grainy and moderately sweet. A bit citrusy (leaning towards lemon). Very crisp and clean. Still boasts enough flavor to keep me interested.

M-Quite light in girth with carbonation that pricks the tongue intermittently. A sessionable feel that is perfect and necessary for the consumption of 16 oz. cans.

O/D- I am a pretty big fan of Narragansett. They will never blow you away, but they make some solid stuff. This is not my favorite from them but it is not a slouch. I could see this being a brew I would tote around especially when I may be sharing with a group of friends who aren’t huge craft advocates. Haven’t had many Cream Ales, but this is a pretty decent addition to their lineup.

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Photo of redleaves
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head, light colored ale, lots of bubbles. Nose is light hoppy, creamy, pilsneresque. Not to much nose though. Very nice flavor, creamy as expected, lots of effervescence, big bubbles too. Light on the tongue. Pilsner type hop, actually off you had told me this was a lager I would have believed you. Easy drinking, standard as far as cream ale is concerned, reminds me of when we used to drink Wexford cream ale back in the day (2003.) Solid.

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