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Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Private Stock Imperial India Pale AlePrivate Stock Imperial India Pale Ale
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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)

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Added by Jwale73 on 12-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +6%
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 jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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 oberon
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of plaid75
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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 puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of enelson
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my KTG snifter. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a half inch, creamy, off-white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution and adhering to the bowl of the glass. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim. Some spots of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus zest, an earthy/spicy character and a kiss of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose - malt is a bit more evident; however, the earthy/spicy character overshadows the citrus a bit. There is also a slight metallic quality that presents itself towards the finish. As the brew warms, an oniony character is also revealed. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a prickly carbonation and an acidity level that stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheek, leaving a residual tingle after each quaff. Overall a decent DIPA at a decent pricepoint for a bomber. That said, the hops profile doesn't overly do it for me. I tend to gravitate towards the citrusy malt bomb side of the style and while there are some complexities here for sure, it's not really in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Brad007
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
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 woosterbill
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Kmlund
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
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 unclekeith
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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