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.