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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 10, 2012
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 The Rate Beer score on this beer is oddly low. For the style it was at the top of its class for summer ales available in CT in 2011 and should prove an even bigger hit having tried the 2012. I manage a wine/beer store where we specialize in anything non-macro/mainstream and get first hand feedback on just about everything beerwise in this state whether or not we sell it. Narragansett Summer is wildly popular. We canít keep it in stock. Beer reps from other companies buy it in multiple case drops for personal consumption. The 2011: 16oz can; very fresh; light gold; even, white, low head; very light citrus and hay/grass aromas; light and dry yet smooth and creamy on the edges. An instant favorite for almost everyone I know. 3.8 for the 2011.Canít wait for next yearís. The 2012: 16oz can cold off the presses. I was startled to taste an even better, yet true to its original form, version of last yearís work of near perfection. Read about the 2011 above and add the following list of diminutive augmentations: Just a weensy bit more body. A teensy bit more length on the finish. Possibly just slightly dryer. A tad bit brighter. Its greatest departure from last year is the decidedly more pillowy and persistent head. Tough to make a better summer ale than this. BRAVO Narragansett. 4.2 for the 2012


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (4126) - 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 (25) - 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 (169) - 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 (1081) - 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.

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 (7940) - 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 (1289) - 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 wonít 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 donít think it tasted much different or better fresh. I wouldnít 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 (211) - 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 (7243) - 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.


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