Thursday, August 8, 2013

Narragansett Summer Ale

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (934) - 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 it’s actually just a light bodied pale ale and the difference is noticeable. It’s also a deliberately mild brew as the hops don’t do a lot for the palette other than make it known that it’s a pale ale. If you’re looking for spices or other additives, they’re 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 what’s here really isn’t that bad. In fact, this is probably the best Narragansett beer I’ve had to date (though that’s not saying much).

Drinkability: What really impressed me most about Narragansett Summer Ale is that even though it’s indeed a light beer, it still has quite a lot of taste considering it’s 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. 
Grade: 6/10