Chad9976 (1439) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Drake (10695) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ScipioA (391) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very much not impressed, choose the lager instead for cheap New England regional.
Dogbrick (9611) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
edgallow (2879) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
16 oz can pours golden with a white head. Aroma and taste of sweet malts, citrus and a hint of bread.
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Maverick34 (2614) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Canned. Tastes like a swill cammed lager....but its an ale. Avoid at all costs. Really.
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
Travlr (16405) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can. Clear golden color, medium white head. Aroma of grass and citrus. Taste is similar with a slight vegetal finish.