AirForceHops (5931) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
16 oz. can, pours a near clear yellow, with some retention in the pint glass. Aroma is citrus, stale grass and light malt. Almost a lager year aroma. <br
Light in body, soft carbonation in a grainy body. Light citrus with a mild bitterness. Ok, look... It’s a cheap summer session ale. It’s not going to make you run out and buy a case but what it is nice for is taking it to the beach where glass is not welcome. It doesn’t show any real off flavors, just real light and weak. And really a great bargain basement beer if you just want a sipper in the summer heat.
radagast83 (7069) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour from a can, split amongst friends. Poured a very clear yellow color with a small white head. Aroma was notes of light corn, very light malt. Floral, bready, sweet malt, touch of corn. Okay.
howlinwlf (26) - Ronkonkoma, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured 16 ounce can into a imperial pint glass. Great looking straw color with an minimal head. This brew has a great light citrus hops flavor, but not stingy in taste. Id do a session with this summer ale any time. Grab a sixer of this summer ale a go to the beach.
bellco33 (675) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from can into a pint glass: Pours golden-yellow with a decent white head on it. Aroma is a little citrus, floral, and malty, but none are that strong. Taste was surprisingly decent, light citrus flavor backed by a decent amount of not overly sweet malt. Little hop bitterness on the finish which was nice. Light bodied, but still has some flavor, this is a pretty decent beer, way better than regular Narragansett.
ElDiablo (24) - - AUG 30, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not your typical summer offering. It’s super light, almost to the point where you could call it a summer light. No wheat or coriander or orange flavors going on here. Though, for it’s lightness it does have a little bit of flavor, almost like a light lemon grass or lemon zest. I would much rather pound these down if I had a choice over Coors light or something. Easily drinkable and decently cheap. Almost perfect for a post softball game refresher.
ChadPolenz (1648) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 (11499) - 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 (1749) - 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 (405) - 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.