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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, weíre brewing a summer seasonal for the first time! Our Summer Ale is an easy-drinking, session Pale Ale that pays homage to ĎGansettís original Pale Ale. Available on tap and in 16oz cans from May Ė 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 ĎGansett famous, the brewery also began producing a wide variety of ales when it opened in the late 1800ís. 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 ďHi neighbor, have a ĎGansett!Ē during Red Sox broadcasts. In fact, the old brewery had an entire four-story building dedicated to the ďAle DepartmentĒ throughout most of the 20th century, and the Narragansett Ales outsold the Lager until the 1940ís. 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 1900ís, and second, thousands of American GIís returned home from Europe with years of lager drinking experiences after World War I and World War II. Yet while it was Narragansettís award-winning lager that helped propel the brand to the status of the #1 beer in New England by the late 1940ís, the ales continued to be a valuable part of the ĎGansett portfolio well into the 1970ís.


eelbasher's rating

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


1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
htzpah (76) - - JUL 6, 2014
Very light aroma, notes of hop and hay. Dry summer ale, great as a session IPA, no overbearing hops.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (1881) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Can. Poured into a pint glass at keg 220. Session iPa on rb? Pours a clear light brown tan color. Minimum head. Easy drinking like the original maybe slightly more citrusy. I'd session anytime

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zach8270 (3370) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
(can - 16 oz) Clear yellow pour with white head. Standard beer aroma. Corn, hops and dry malts with some grass. Flavor is pretty much the same. Slightly sweet malts with dry grass and some corn and metallic notes at the end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockeybeerguy (1483) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Reviewed from notes. When I poured this out, it was poured into a pint glass, but more than enough times, this was consumed by the can. The appearance was a nice hazy to semi - clear yellow color. There was a nice looking one finger white foamy head that died at a moderate pace and left some nice looking foamy and clingy lacing. The smell had some light citrus to it and was kinda piney as it warmed up. The taste was kinda sweet yet also had light bitterness running about it. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium and had a decent sessionability about it. Overall, this was a pretty good session ale for the summer. Too bad I canít get it now as Iíd drink this up more than enough times in the summer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (2941) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2014
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... Itís a cheap summer session ale. Itís 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 doesnít 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (4415) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2014
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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
howlinwlf (26) - Ronkonkoma, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2014
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bellco33 (245) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2013
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElDiablo (24) - - AUG 30, 2013
Not your typical summer offering. Itís 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 itís 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1127) - 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 itís actually just a light bodied pale ale and the difference is noticeable. Itís also a deliberately mild brew as the hops donít do a lot for the palette other than make it known that itís a pale ale. If youíre looking for spices or other additives, theyíre 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 whatís here really isnít that bad. In fact, this is probably the best Narragansett beer Iíve had to date (though thatís not saying much).

Drinkability: What really impressed me most about Narragansett Summer Ale is that even though itís indeed a light beer, it still has quite a lot of taste considering itís 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.


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