Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Private Stock Imperial India Pale AlePrivate Stock Imperial India Pale Ale

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jwale73 on 12-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Dedicated to the original founders of Narragansett and the company’s 122 years of existence. Big and hoppy as one would expect, it boasts 122 IBU’s to match the years of existence of the brand … our palates register “very hoppy.” A big departure from the tallboys of lager we love. Happy to see them branching out a bit more.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.6%

LOOK: Clear, deep copper color, ample lacing

SMELL: Minty, citrus zest, faintly catty, earthy, peppercorn, rose water, caramel, tropical fruit, slightly biscuity, alcohol

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, chewy body, toasted grain, caramel, papaya, resin, semi-aggressive hop bitterness, very grassy, leafy, nutty, orange rind; semidry, hoppy finish

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Photo of plaid75
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy dark copper hue with a one finger foamy. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earhty caramel and herbal hop.

The taste consisted of burnt caramel and a biting herbal bitterness that lasted through the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an interesting DIPA.

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Photo of watermelon
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a Nonic pint and finished in a snifter.

A: Opaque amber body with a frothy beige head that has excellent retention as well as copious lacing.

S: Smell of bread and citrus hops

T: Sweet carmel and bread malts. Piney hops

M: Nice full body goes down easy. Leaves a nice bitterness on the tongue.

O: fairly nice well balanced IPA. Probably wont drink again since it was a limited release but it is a good beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear lighter amber shade with a tightly formed one finger slight off white head atop.It smelled sweet with a good amount of alcohol a sweet biscuit dough,thee is a nice shot of overripe tropical fruit notes in there as well.Flavors of sweet grilled pineapple and citrusy hops up front than a wave of sweet caramel,sugar,and sweet alcohol seemed to take over.It's not bad,close to par for the style but it might be even sweeter than most of wich is saying something.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 30, 2013.

It pours medium amber to copper with a moderate beige head that lingers. There is a bit of a cloudiness in the beer too.

The aroma is quite alive with earthy and floral hops along with a sweet biscuit maltiness that tends to be a little subdued but there nevertheless.

Medium body.

The taste has an abrupt sweet caramel maltiness for a split second at the start which is overtaken by the hop bitterness that lingers at the end. This is a fairly nice IPA from Narragansett.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle served chilled in a snifter.

L - chill hazed deep copper color with a beige head that thinned to a ring but still managed to leave some lacing behind.

S - sweet citrus aroma reminded me of tangerine candy (Altoids' Tangerine Sours - RIP).

T - whoa! - the taste starts out like you just bit into a grapefruit and it's gets more bitter right up to the finish.

F - medium bodied and it goes down fairly easy.

O - this was the hoppiest beer I ever had from Narragansett.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with just the slightest touch of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavor of citrus/grapefruit rind and tropical/pineapple hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of creamy carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Pretty well balanced between the malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Nicer combination of hop aromas than flavors but both are good. Enjoyable and easy to drink - alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark amber orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with hints of tropical fruit hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of caramel malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a good balance between the malts and hops and is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up the middle of the glass.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts followed by citrus hops.

Taste: Same as above with lingering bitterness. There seems to be a weird combination. Of hops here and a little phenol alcohol too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, lingering tingly bitterness, and a little creamy.

Overall: Pretty average Double IPA here. The beer could be a bit cleaner in my honesty. Still an enjoyable beer though.

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Photo of Etan
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle into a Maine Beer Company tumbler.

A: Pours out a brassy caramel color with a fine off-white head.

S: Herbal, burnt and leafy, grapefruit sweetness, caramel malt, buttery yeast. Smells like we're dealing with non-American hops here, maybe German.

T: Taste brings crisp and green hop bitterness, soapy yeast, bready and dry malt, very slight caramel and citrus sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is full and creamy, medium-bodied.

O: It seems like the hops used in this beer would normally be used to give a crisp bitterness to more sessionable styles, rather than being in an imperial IPA. The beer is drinkable but the hop profile is mostly just bitter.

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Photo of AmitC
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

Color is amber with a lot of clarity. A good, about two fingers thick off white head with good retention. Excellent lacing on the sides.

Aroma is of piney and flowery hops. A bit of malt for an IIPA. Strength is good.

Flavor is almost the same. Some bitterness upfront with a more balanced middle and some lingering bitter finish.

Medium bodied feel with a little oily touch. Moderate to low carbonation.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Clear deep copper body under two fingers of dense cream-colored head. Good retention and lacing. Beautiful, albeit overly dark for my preferred interpretation of the style.

S: Sweet caramel malt paired with sweet fruity hops. A bit of herbal resinousness. Heavy but not bad.

T: Al the sweetness promised by the nose, followed by profound bitterness. Heavy, overbearing, and boring all at the same time.

M: Creamy, nicely carbonated medium body. Good.

O: It could be a lot worse, but this is not a whit better than average for the style. Might be ok as a $10 sixpack of tall boys, but as a $6 bomber this is definitely not one to revisit.


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Photo of MartiGras
4.66/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to stray from the normal ASTMO rating system on this one.
Poured the beer from a 22oz bottle, which is a funny thing to see from the normal 16oz tall boy cans. The aroma the beer gave off was pretty unreal, and I wasn't expecting this from a Gansett. The beer poured a real nice dark amber, with a little reddish hue. In my opinion, this is how a beer should look. From what I could pick up, I got a sweet burning wood scent, and a little bit of whiskey. If you've ever had the chance to smell the inside of a wooden whiskey barrel, you'll know where I'm coming from. The taste took me a few sips to actually lock down. As with all beer tasting there is no right or wrong, its a personal thing. Believe it or not, I picked up a roasted molasses taste, accompanied by some sweeter notes, mixed with a little of that whiskey taste (obviously the higher alcohol). The mouth was surprisingly lighter than you'd expect from a higher ABV brew, which made it even more enjoyable. Overall, this beer is a great sipping beer. A 22oz bottle will get you where you need to go, in a enjoyable fashion.

Hi Neighbor!!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours an amber color with almost no head

S: Quite hop forward, with piney and lightly citrusy hops dominating. Also get some sweet malts and light spiciness

T: Woah... almost a little too in your face with pine and resin, and not in a good way. Smooths out a little, but the pine and bitterness lingers for quite a while. Also get a quick hit of malts. Really pine forward though

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly carbonation

O: Definitely a one-dimensional IPA that, for the time being, is getting dominated by in-your-face hops that actually seem quite artificial (which conceptually sounds really weird in an IPA). Not sure if the bitterness will ever give way (in this sense, the term 'artificial hops' makes more sense). A nice attempt for 'Gansett, but they should stick to their guns (lagers and seasonals) which are all solid examples for their respective styles. Not bad, but it doesn't get the best score for execution

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Photo of Rukasu
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bomber from Whole Foods FB - Washington, DC

A - Clear dark amber with a white, dense head that lingers in the glass throughout the session.

S - It's kind of got a savory scent, hints of soy sauce/ponzu sauce, faint citrus, but an underlying skunky funk. Sharp alcohol burn on the nose.

T - Super intense, punchy hops right on the front hit you like a truck but really, really bitter with little complexity makes this beer a really endurance test to get through. Little else is allowed to show through, no citrus, mango, pine hints one might get from an IIPA. Faint biscuit dryness at the finish.

M - Heavy, heavy, heavy. Extremely drying on the tongue.

O - Way too bitter. This certainly caught my eye in the store and growing up in MA/RI, I was intrigued that Narry was venturing into more experimental styles, but this one is certainly a miss. It has potential but they need to go back to the drawing board and tinker with the recipe.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/14/13

Appearance: Medium amber, with some nice golden and orange hues - clear, with low low carbonation - nice, off-white head - fades to a wispy cap, nice ring, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Aggressive, floral hops - loads of oily grapefruit, with a load of flesh, rind, and pith - orange, as well, with some grass - nicely balanced with malts - oily and straight-up bitter - caramel malts, very cooked, lightly biscuity

Taste: Leafy, oily bitterness backed up by a nice malt base - oily, aggressive grapefruit - flesh, rind, and a ton of pith - grassy, herbal, floral, with some mint, and some hoppy spiciness - very bitter, asprin-like bitterness - balanced by some solid malts - caramel, cooked grains, some amber - lightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, perhaps a bit heavier because it's very oily - smooth, low carbonation

Overall: Private Stock? Why doesn't this taste like malt liquor?

I have a soft spot for Narragansett, and I was looking forward to trying this since I heard about it. Then, the "craft vs. crafty" mess started in late 2012 (and continues)... and Narragansett beers have been blacklisted. Craft or not, I believed this beer could still be good. And now that I have drank it, I feel vindicated. This is a solid beer. Far from a top tier DIPA, but it's unique and worth drinking. Think you are too good to drink Narragansett? Suck on this. (And enjoy it.)

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Photo of Brad007
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mild copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Medium range for color. Still having a hard time processing the idea of Narragansett making a DIPA.

This errs on the pine side of things. A bit of buttery malt but otherwise, it's like a pine tree in a glass.

This is reflected in the taste as well. The pine gives way to a dull, thin mouthfeel that leaves a lot to be desired. At least it's not heartburn city.

More on the mouthfeel. It could be fuller. At least the alcohol isn't overpowering.

Not a bad stab at the style. It's a big step when you look at what they produce (hint: not usually "bigger" beers).

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Photo of portia99
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear medium deep amber with some reddish tint to it. A finger of cream colored foamy head with decent staying power and some foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Well, not getting much aroma at all out of this. With a struggle, I get some mild caramel malt and some orangey citrus aromas...all at a very low intensity level.

T - A dirty and earthy bitterness up front...not super intense, but heavy feeling and a bit medicinal and lingering. Some light bready malt, more earthy grainy flavors.

M - Heavy and medicinal bitterness. Medium body with a middle/high carbonation with a lot of tingle hitting the tongue.

O - After sampling a couple other recent 'Gansett offerings, I had high hopes for this, but have to say I'm let down by this one. I would call this more of an English style DIPA...earthy hop and malt flavors, hops are almost entirely for bittering with little in the way of other flavor additions. Overall flavor is heavy with the brightness and crispness of a dominant hop citrusy/floral/spicyness that typically is found in the style. It was worth a shot, but nothing special here to bring me back again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most Gansett beers are decent for being almost macro style and cheap. This looks like their attempt to break into big beers, so quite curious how it will be.

Pours a large creamy 2 finger head that rises quickly but starts fading at a med pace despite some decent bubbles streaming from the etch at the bottom of the glass, decent foamy lacing, crystal clear tan amber orange color.

Nose smells a bit like a brewery in process, some fresh malts, light malty aromas, just a touch toasty, before the hops just overwhelm, sweet candy like hops, a bit of citrus, light chewy and spicy like, some boozy aromas as well.

Taste starts with cereal malts, toasty malts, little grainy and doughy like, overall semi sweet with some warming booze. Hops are dominant, quite spicy and salty tasting, little earthy and mineral like that leads to being quite astringent. Quite bitter, mouth smashing bitterness, some pine kicks in, with a hint of citrus and orange juice. The finish is still sticky sweet, with a really long piney earthy spicy super astringent hop lingering with a bit of salty tasty from the hops as well.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming booze, fluffy carb, tongue raping astringent bitterness.

Overall... well it started OK, but that astringent bitterness just destroys. It attempts to balance with the sweet malty and booze base, but the hops just don't back down, they just keep coming and berading my tongue. I can barely stand it, and I used to be a big time hop head. this has to be above the 120 IBU mark, and the hops just get so spicy piney and astringent... oh and salty.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Narragansett IPA pours a clear, bronze color with a big fluffy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a nice netted pattern of lace.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Mainly pine with some orange citrus mixed in. A fair amount of biscuit malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, oily with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is a nice balance of sweet caramel malt, biscuit, and bread along with pine and orange citrus hops. It finishes mildly bitter and dry with a lingering orange citrus when gone.

This is a very drinkable, well balanced IPA that's a little thin on the body. I hope this becomes a year round offering by Narragansett.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22 oz bottle at Julio's. When opened, the initial smell was a fresh, hoppy aroma. Very attractive pour- coppery color with long-lasting white head. Taste well balanced betwen malt and hops. I note that some German ingredients were used and, to me, the result was more like an English IPA than, say, a West Coast style. The 8.6% ABV was hardly noticeable as the bottle was being consumed. Overall, a very pleasant drinking experience.

I have no idea as to what Narragansett intends to do with this product (which is brewed at Buzzards Bay rather than Genesee or Cottrell) but I'd strongly vote for it coming to the market in a 4-pack or 6-pack of cans. I'll definitely purchase it again.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber with stronger orange leanings. Head has decent retention and stays at a small slightly bubbly cap and collar. Minimal, spotty lacing.

Smell: Floral, sugary sweet hops. Loaded with caramel malt sweetness. Some biscuit undertones. Hops are aggressively loaded with citrus flesh and an underlying aspirin bitterness. Vaguely minty. Oily and so very sweet. Oily and bitter as well.

Taste: Aspirin and grapefruit zest mixed with piles of flower petals. Straight up pithy bitterness builds with each sip. Some solid backing maltiness. Caramel malt sweetness, touches of biscuit. Some cooked malts as well.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy. Mediumish body with a lightly moderate carbonation. Slight dryness on the back.

Overall: I want my 16oz can!

A decent DIPA. A bit heavy on the bitterness with minimal complexity, but a solid drinking beer. Big and slightly burly, but the can would make this a gem.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent brownish orange color with almost no head. Some lacing. Aromas of sweet floral and citrus hops with some malt and breadiness. The taste is more of that mix of sweet floral hops and grapefruit peel. Floral bitterness at the finish. Some bread and malt flavors with a slight hint of booze. Fairly drinkable with a good amount of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than expected. Bit disappointed this one doesn't come in a Tall Boy but that's not a big deal. Overall, pretty good Imperial Ipa.

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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA worth drinking for while.

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Photo of greenengineer
1.55/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bomber poured into my new Notch 0.5L shaker.
A -deep amber color, foamy head, clear not cloudy.
S - not what I'm expecting, fake apple flavoring, not a lot of hops.
T - I think there's something wrong here. Initial malt taste turns to bitter, and in a nasty way. This is not going down well after the Wormword IPA I just had. I think something has gone wrong, not sure I want to finish the glass.
M - boy that went downhill fast. A little thin.
O - don't like it, going down the drain. I feel queasy.

I'm hoping I just got a bad bottle. Not drinkable. Sorry, I really hoped for something good here.

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Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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