Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Narragansett Cream Ale

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (868) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2013
I poured a 16oz can into a large mug. There was no discernible freshness date. It cost $2.50 ($0.16 per ounce).

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden body with lots of active carbonation visible. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains rather well.

Smell: Generic macro lager scent (despite the style). A hint of butter or some candy.

Taste: If you know anything about the "cream ale" style you know it’s a pre-prohibition style and one of a handful of beer styles that are truly American. You also know the cream ale style is not far removed from the adjunct lager style and Narragansett Cream Ale is a good example of that.

It’s quite bland and neutral-tasting all around. Similar to a blonde or golden ale with a light malt character throughout. I don’t taste any lager adjuncts like rice or corn, but there is definitely some off-flavors to be found here. Namely, butter and yellow lollipop. This is probably diacetyl, though considering who makes this beer and the target audience I can’t say I’m surprised. There is a hint of sweetness right on the finish that’s somewhat pleasant, but it’s not enough to save the beer from the otherwise boring and "blah" palette.

Drinkability: Though bubbly in the glass, it’s not effervescent in the mouth and goes down surprisingly smooth. The mouthfeel isn’t too thin, though it does have a slightly slick texture and leaves a faint starchy aftertaste. At 5% ABV it seems fairly efficient for the weight, though I see no reason to drink Narragansett Cream Ale in more than a single serving. 
Grade: 4/10

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