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
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.