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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Roll out the Barrel: 4.2% Alcohol by Volume and 24 IBUs. This year, we’re brewing a summer seasonal for the first time! Our Summer Ale is an easy-drinking, session Pale Ale that pays homage to ‘Gansett’s original Pale Ale. Available on tap and in 16oz cans from May – August, the Summer Ale is too good to miss! Quality Supreme: Narragansett Summer is a light session ale made with two row pale malt and citra hops. The citra hops are a very popular, newer variety that deliver aromas of citrus and passion fruit without overpowering the taste buds. The beer is blonde in color and the mild kiss of the hops complement the pale malt perfectly, making it extremely drinkable. The draft is brewed in small batches at Trinity Brew House in Providence and Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, CT, and the tall boy cans are brewed at High Falls Brewery in Rochester, NY. Quality Supreme: Narragansett Summer is a light session ale made with two row pale malt and citra hops. The citra hops are a very popular, newer variety that deliver aromas of citrus and passion fruit without overpowering the taste buds. The beer is blonde in color and the mild kiss of the hops complement the pale malt perfectly, making it extremely drinkable. The draft is brewed in small batches at Trinity Brew House in Providence and Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, CT, and the tall boy cans are brewed at High Falls Brewery in Rochester, NY. Taste & Enjoy: The Summer Ale pours golden, producing a generous white head, and perfect carbonation. The malt flavor is smooth and subtle, balanced out by a crisp hop bitterness. Aromas of mixed fruits are very evident, but mild on the palate. The superior drinkability and lower alcohol content make this beer perfect for summer sessions on the beach, the boat, the backyard patio, or at the ballgame. The History: While history tells us that Narragansett Lager is the beer that made ‘Gansett famous, the brewery also began producing a wide variety of ales when it opened in the late 1800’s. Pale Ale, Select Stock Ale, and Banquet Ale were all staples in the Narragansett Beer line-up long before Curt Gowdy first popularized the phrase “Hi neighbor, have a ‘Gansett!” during Red Sox broadcasts. In fact, the old brewery had an entire four-story building dedicated to the “Ale Department” throughout most of the 20th century, and the Narragansett Ales outsold the Lager until the 1940’s. It has been documented that American tastes changed from darker and more bitter ales to lighter and easier drinking lagers after Prohibition for two reasons. First, waves of immigrants from lager-drinking Central and Eastern European countries had come to America during the early 1900’s, and second, thousands of American GI’s returned home from Europe with years of lager drinking experiences after World War I and World War II. Yet while it was Narragansett’s award-winning lager that helped propel the brand to the status of the #1 beer in New England by the late 1940’s, the ales continued to be a valuable part of the ‘Gansett portfolio well into the 1970’s.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1135) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
I poured a 16oz can into a nonic pint glass. The freshness code on the can was unreadable. It cost $2.49 ($0.16 per ounce).

Appearance: Honey-colored golden hue, clear body with plenty of active carbonation visible. Forms a large, bright white, soapy head which laces and retains surprisingly well.

Smell: Slightly pale grain aroma and perhaps a hint of citrus. Mild all around, though.

Taste: Summer beers tend to be either wheat or blonde ales with a little something extra to them. In the case of Narragansett Summer Ale it’s actually just a light bodied pale ale and the difference is noticeable. It’s also a deliberately mild brew as the hops don’t do a lot for the palette other than make it known that it’s a pale ale. If you’re looking for spices or other additives, they’re not here. The body is flavorful and genuine enough for the craft beer enthusiast, but mild and refreshing enough for Joe Six Pack.

I notice a touch of biscuity maltiness throughout the first half with a tiny burst of bitterness at the apex, followed by slight dryness on the finish. Some more overt citrusy hop character would make this more interesting, but what’s here really isn’t that bad. In fact, this is probably the best Narragansett beer I’ve had to date (though that’s not saying much).

Drinkability: What really impressed me most about Narragansett Summer Ale is that even though it’s indeed a light beer, it still has quite a lot of taste considering it’s only 4.2% ABV. I can name other beers that are heavier that have as much, or even less flavor than this. This is a beer anyone could session. The mouthfeel is not watery or thin, though it is quite crisp. The beer is refreshing across the tongue, but it does leave a slightly pasty aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Can. Pale golden color. Thin foamy white head. Aroma of wheat, malts, and slight lemongrass. Flavor was bland bitter wheat and corn. Overall not horrible, but not good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Can sampled at the 9th Annual Summertime Brews Festival, Greensboro, 7/13/13. Pours a clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of sweet malts, earthy and herbal hops. The taste is sweet malts, spice, tea, herbal hops. Medium bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
keanex (1390) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Canned March 14, 2013.
Appearance: The body is crystal clear with a golden hue, the head is towering with great retention settling into an off-white thick plateau of head that won’t go away.
Aroma: The aroma is mild and sweet leaning with malt and corn, with hints of citrusy and grassy hops.
Taste: Much like the aroma, the flavor is very mild with the malts and sweet corn being the most prominent adding a light caramel note with hints of toast. The hops are subdued, like grassy notes is all I get.
Palate: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was $10 for a case of 16 ouncers. I bought a few cases and have been drinking it often. I know this is 4 months old now, but honestly I don’t think it tasted much different or better fresh. I wouldn’t buy this for more than $4 for a 6 pack, but at $10 this was a good bargain and nothing more.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ScipioA (263) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Very much not impressed, choose the lager instead for cheap New England regional.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Sample at Cambridge House brewpub. Pours a clear yellow color with a medium thin white head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of citrus, hops and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of grassy hops, citrus and sweet malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a short hoppy aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
edgallow (1908) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 29, 2013
16 oz can pours golden with a white head. Aroma and taste of sweet malts, citrus and a hint of bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Maverick34 (2174) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Canned. Tastes like a swill cammed lager....but its an ale. Avoid at all costs. Really.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
I read citra in the description, but I didn’t really taste it. Somewhat less mild than their other offerings, but not much else to distinguish it. Tried in NJ in 2013.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Can. Clear golden color, medium white head. Aroma of grass and citrus. Taste is similar with a slight vegetal finish.


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