hopscotch (9520) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2005
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can... Clear, straw-colored lager with a large, frothy, white head. Smells a bit spicy and peppery with a touch of honey. Decently balanced flavor, but tainted by a weak hop bitterness and sweetness that hits only the very back of the tongue and sticks like glue. Tastes like there are about sixty varieties of hops thoughtlessly thrown into the wort. Medium-bodied and a little oily with lively carbonation. Finishes grassy. Thanks to growler for bringing the can back from Rhode Island.
jimhilt (2430) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a white, two finger-head that vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear, golden amber. High carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy. Starts sweet, some hops mix in, mostly clean finish but traces of skunkiness creep in. $1.00 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
surferosa (2) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 17, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Actually, the Narraganestt brand was recently purchased by a group of Rhode Islanders led by the former president of Nantucket Nectars from Pabst after 2 years of negotiations. It’s currently brewed (I believe by Miller) in Wisconsin, however, plans are in the works to start making it in Rochester, NY. The brand is currently available at 250 locations including bars, restaurants, and retail outlets (mostly in New England). The official re-launch of the Narragansett brand is set for October 2005. There currently is only one version available, Naragansett Beer in 16oz "King Size" six-packs (or 16oz singles at Bars). The "Bock," "Ale," and "Porter" varieties havn’t been produced in many, many years. Anyone with a memory from Rhode Island will tell you that Narragansett was New England’s most popular brew in the 50’s and 60’s and was run into the ground by Falstaff and then Later S&P/General Brewing. The new company hopes to eventually open a small brewery in the Providence area. The beer available now is not as good as the original due to the inferior water quality at the current plant in Wisconsin (the Scituate Reservoir, the water source for the Original Narragansett Brewing company that was located in Cranston, RI, provides some of the best water in the country.) prevents the present product from achieving it’s classic taste. Hopefully once the new facility is up and running, product quality will improve. However, for now, it’s still quite satisfying, even more so in a nostalgic sense. I’m gonna have to give it props cause of my vo’diun roots.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 2005 16oz can consumed on 6/30/2005. Straw yellow, clear, fizzy. Urine, if you will. Huge bubbles rapidly shooting to the top indicate this could be a carbonated voyage. Bubbles create a head, but it is only retained because there is so much carbonation that keeps surfacing. No lacing, obviously. Aroma has some peppery substance, could it be hops? Maybe a touch of corn flour, not much in the aroma, overall. Flavor begins with apple juice, bits of powdery sugar. Not as heavily carbonated as I had expected, though it still is not exactly intriguing on the tongue. Moderately watery, but moreso just bland. Really not so bad, otherwise. Some light grass notes, light sugary malt and a clean finish. Quite drinkable if I had to drink it, not that I ever would again.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I felt nostalgic and hipster-ish sucking down 40’s of this sh*t. Makes Pabst Blue Ribbon seem like the Cristal of Beers! Corny, light and hangover-inducing.
YummyPork (1) - Washington, USA - APR 27, 2004 does not count
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I've got many pictures of me on PePere's (grandpa's) knee where he's got a cigar in one hand, me on his knee and a Narragansset in the other hand. Those few sips of his beer (probably my first) bring back fond memories. Unfortunately, adult tasting of this beer don't live up to the nostalgia. Maybe because it's no longer made in RI? Maybe I'm confusing it with Black Label - the other beer Pe-pere drank?
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Narragansett is a victim of comments made by the very people that should be supporting it. It's far better than similar style beers from A-B and Miller. It has a good flavor for a golden American lager. It may even have a higher dose of hops. I taste 'em and I think it has a pretty good balance for the style.
If you go to any metro area and buy the local brand name, there's always some wise ass in a sleeveless shirt carrying a 12-pack of Bud to the counter. He looks at you with the local brew and says, "that stuff sucks." And I think to myself, that's the pot calling the kettle black." People, this is a perfectly good golden lager and it's cheaper than the national brand crap that you've been brainwashed into drinking. Neighbor, try a 'gansett again."
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2003
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Corny nose, very light flavor with a bit of bite, no finish. Due to the lack of flavor, at least it isn't offensive. It's nice to get a sixer of half-quarts for $3.50, though.
courtney2073 (11) - USA - APR 3, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Ah, the beer of a misspent Rhode Island youth. This is only acceptable for drinking out of pounder cans in your unmowed backyard with a few BBQ hamburgers. Otherwise I cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone.
Michiganmike (17) - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Back in the old days used to buy this for $2.88 for a 12 pack in Flint Michigan...Thank god it is no longer available locally-This beer is horrible