RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.1
yespr (45412) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2011
Can. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is mild fruity and slight toated malty. Bitter and slight roasted malty. grassy and slight bitter finish.

2.7
Travlr (24667) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Can. Clear golden color, medium white head. Aroma of grass and citrus. Taste is similar with a slight vegetal finish.

3
saxo (18299) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2012
Tap @ House of Brews, NYC. Nice head with good duration. Color is pale yellow. Aroma and taste are crisp clean hops, citrus and malt. Light and sweet with a pleasant bitterness.

2.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
16oz can, RBSG bus. Small white head, clear apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, some corn. Taste is medium sweet, bread, floral. Light-medium body, fairly easy drinking.

3.2
Drake (13726) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.

2.6
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
(16oz can) Pours a clear yellow body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of florals, biscuit, and grass. Flavor of biscuit, grass, citrus, and herbs with mild bitterness in the finish.

3.1
Dogbrick (13010) - 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.

2.8
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
From can. Poured a medium and clear yellow color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of toasted grains. Tastes of grains, citrus and some lighter maltiness.

3.1
j12601 (11671) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Big fat can at Glimmerglass way too late in the night, the night before before BCTC. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Light musk, crisp grain and wheat. Clean and sweet, lots of wheat. Crisp and grainy. Sweet toast and grain on the finish.

1.5
shrubber85 (11390) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Can. Corn syrup, malt, and straw aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Moderately sweet corn syrup, biscuit malt, and mildly bitter herbal hay flavor. Light body. Taste more like a mediocre pale lager.


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