Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale | Narragansett Brewing Co.

Private Stock Imperial India Pale AlePrivate Stock Imperial India Pale Ale
84 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jwale73 on 12-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of LtCracker20
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Rukasu
2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
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 +1.4%
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 benoit917
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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 portia99
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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 JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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 Goldfishman
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of RoninTK3
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Seanniek91
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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 Lantern
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of seanh99
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of SenorHops
2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Horbar
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Wally1912
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Greenlabel
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
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 smutty33
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Private Stock Imperial India Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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