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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1589) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Tall boy can pours gold capped by a white head. Nose of crackers and oranges. Taste follows this theme wrapped in a light body. Could pound these all summer long a nary break a sweat.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 16oz ($2): Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is slightly citrus with some biscuit. Taste is pretty light, but it is eminently drinkable. There is a modicum of hop flavor and more of the bready biscuit. Nice session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2013
16oz cans. Right from the can. The flavor is very light but blanced. Light floral hops and some grain stand out. Nice and crisp finish also. Perfect summer beer and at a great price. I love this stuff

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2013
16oz can courtesy of AirForceHops. Light grainy malt and slightly fruity aroma. Clear gold with a large white head. Slightly sweet barley malt and grassy hops flavor. Light body, moderate carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2013
Not a stand-out, by any means, until you realize you just bought a pint of it for two bucks. Sure, it is a mediocre pale that won’t be making any memories (well, that depends how many you have and who is drinking with you, I suppose). This is a lawnmower beer. A cookout beer. A getting-drunk-in-a-kayak beer. That said, it’s got a slightly citrusy, hoppy bite and a bit of a malt backbone to it. It finishes with a dry, grassy note and a bit of muted citrus. Best of all, at barely over 4% ABV, you’re not going to be waking up wondering if your pants are still in the same town.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Imaena (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2013
Draught. This is a slightly different brew from the other pale Gansett offerings - still don’t get your hopes up.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (4699) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2013
16 oz can. Sweet nose full of nothingness, nothing, Lewbowski. Clear yellow-golden body with a creamy, rocky and lacing bright white head. Taste is lightly sweet with light-medium bitterness, nice bready aftertaste but that’s undercut somewhat by metal and a tracer of stale grass. Seeming hard water in the crisp medium-full body, like the minerality and it pairs well with the relatively ruthless hops. Not the paragon of cleanliness, but this actually makes for a good pilsner-type Golden Ale (it’s currently classified here as an APA).

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
11/26/12. 16oz can. Golden pour with a small off-white head. Light tartness and biscuit aroma with floral hops. Again a bit of tartness in the flavor with flowers and citrus on top of biscuits. Eh.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours clear gold with a medium white head...lively and bright...nice lacing and retention. Aroma is grassy/spicy...a but skunky...mild straw...smells more like a pale lager. Flavor follows suit...mostly grassy/skunky with light pale malt backing. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a dry grassy finish...definitely drinks more like a pale lager or pilsener.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1066) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
I wish this wasn’t classified a pale ale, because for a that it is not good. However, for a summer time ale, like a blonde, then yes, it it good. Lightly citrus hops in the nose, huge fluffy head, yellow gold color. Very light taste, a bit watery, not heavy at all.


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