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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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 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 seanh99
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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 woodchipper
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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 RETEP84
3.92/5  rDev +12%

Photo of enelson
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours crystal clear. Light amber in color. Head is big, frothy and persistent. The head really lingers. The foam is off-white and voluminous. It leaves thin lacing islands and continents.

S-Wow, Gansett is not playing around. This is one of the hempiest aromas I have come across. Cannibus all over the place. Really dank and dingy. Hops present themselves in an herbal and earthy fashion. Very cool. Cooked vegetables. Light maltiness. Hops are quite unique.

T-Dirty and earthy are the hops…uh oh, here comes a light, lingering metallic note. It subsides a bit thankfully. This brew taste like the Spring. Starts off dirty and herbal and it slowly blossoms into a fresh floral-hop finish. Hemp, bitter pine and more cooked veggies.Dirty oranges. Also a lick of leather. Buttered biscuit malt. This is not the direction I thought they would go with this beer. It is coarse and super-rugged.

M-High dryness and high bitterness. As it warms, the beer sweetens out and it subdues the bitterness a bit. Medium bodied. Light alcohol. Soft carbonation. More of a sipper.

O/D-Gansett proves here that they can deviate from their protocol and make a legitimate 22 oz. worthy of some attention. I am not in love with the flavor expression via the hops, but I am in love with this beer's individuality. Really dirty and herbal. Pretty cool too.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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