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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   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.


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 can’t 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.Can’t wait for next year’s. 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 year’s 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2619) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Pours clear straw yellow with a white head and bubbly body. The aroma is lightly sweet, bit of malts and hops. The flavor brings light sweet notes at first with a slight presence of hops as it starts to settle on the tongue. Perfect lighter body almost drinking like a pilsener for a nice summer day of Phillies baseball. The sweet notes are my favorite part.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fernans (33) - Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2012
My favorite "Summer" brew. Not a big fan of the typical summer seasonal wheat beer. Pale clear yellow color belies the rather robust taste you wouldn’t expect. Easy on the palate with a Citrusy start with light hop finish makes this beer truly refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2631) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Can from drabmuh. Thanks Matt! The beer is completely transparent and yellow in color, with a finger of white head that displays lasting retention and leaves ample lacing on the glass (not a run-on sentence, though it feels that way). Steady effervescence emanates from the depths of the pint glass. After fifteen minutes, no let up. Impressive. The aroma is great, especially considering the beer is so low in alcohol. Light fruits and the smell of summer. Mmm... The flavor is delicious. I could throw back several of these in a session. Perfectly balanced and teeming with flavor, this is certainly a top notch example of the style. I definitely want more of this. Recommended. Serving type: can Reviewed on: 07-18-2011

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rjplumer (412) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2011
16oz. Tall Boy can from Nikki’s Liquor in North Providence,RI.Has a mild citrus aroma with a one finger head which simmers down to a light foamy coat on top. The flavor has also mild citrus floral character which has a faint bite of bitterness. Has a light character over all. I found it refreshing and look forward to drinking more of this over the summer. I will probably alternate between Samuel Adams Summer Ale and this one for session beers over the summer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1348) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2011
After the first glass of this I wasn’t too impressed - however, the second can and after completely changed my opinion of this one. The clear golden brew comes out of the can into the glass with a nice white frothy head. Light pleasant aroma. Flavor is light and crisp, with just enough hoppy bitterness to make it interesting. A perfect summer brew! This would be great with grilled meats or pizza. Home Run Narragansett with this one! Thanks!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
haugeberg (71) - - AUG 4, 2012
Poured from can into pint glass. A very tasty summer ale with a sweet, honey like and a very smooth finish. A new summer favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3736) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Smells like the Rhode Island coast in the summer. Brilliant. Clear golden with slow rising bubbles. Light, fruity and salty flavor. Almost like a gose. Me like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 28, 2012
can shared at HF anniversary afterparty. solid american lager with a pleasant citrusy hop presence. tasty, sessionable. seems like a good BBQ beer. consumed late in the night though, so who knows.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2375) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Shockingly good. Citra hops and light malts in a refreshing pale blonde ale. ’Ganset" strikes with a winner here for me.


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