Monday, October 12, 2015

Narragansett Town Beach IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1473) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Narragansett is one of those “crafty” brands I’ll try ever so often even though most of what they make is only okay. I would say Town Beach IPA – their take on a session IPA – is pretty good for the style. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, but with the drinkability of a lighter brew. Nothing amazing about it, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t good. 

I poured a 16oz can into a flared snifter. It had a best before date of 12/15 and cost $2.60 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Surprisingly clear dark golden/light orange hue. Slow carbonation visible are intermittent. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which retains and laces quite well.

Smell: Light pine and grass notes with a touch of amber malt presence. Nose is mild overall, though.

Taste: Session IPA is so young it’s hard to define the style parameters, though one thing it should not be is as bitter as a standard IPA. This brew is arguably a bit too bitter for a SIPA at 55 IBUs. It does have a nice flavor profile of light pine, earth and grassy spice on the finish. It’s surprisingly bitter with a dry, starchy bite on the finish. Still, I enjoy the fact there’s some genuine malt character here. The wheat accentuates the hops, though the malt base creates for a lovely mild sweetness with a hint of orange marmalade on the finish. The citrusy hop flavor probably plays that up, too. What’s odd is that the palette started out rather weak, but got stronger as it warmed (which just goes to show fridge temp is not always ideal serving temperature).

Drinkability: At 4.7% ABV, Narragansett Town Beach IPA is also a little strong for a SIPA, though it does have the stronger body of a standard IPA – which is impressive. Mouthfeel is medium strength with noticeable viscosity and a lovely soft, creamy texture. It’d probably be better as something thinner and crisper – drinking one can of this was satisfying enough. Trying to session this might be a challenge, though.

RATING: 8/10

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