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Mar 2010

Gansett Reviews: Ales from the Crypt

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Narragansett Lager
Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Narragansett Lager
Narragansett Brewing Company
60 Ship Street
Providence, RI USA
Est. 1890
www.narragansettbeer.com

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.1 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Straw yellow with slight haze in color.
Grainy, malty scent. Just a small pop of hops.
Crisp white, tight foaming, two finger head.
Head retains for a long time leaving string lacing on glass.
Finishes a bit more malty than hoppy.
Light, refreshing and easy to drink.
Medium, soft carbonation with light mouth feel.

Grim Reaper’s Eulogy
Alright, so here it is. Now don’t pre-judge. This is by all means a long standing, traditional American lager that you’d likely drink after mowing the lawn. I once proclaimed, you might not drink this type of beer for a celebration just as you might not reach for a Belgian Strong Ale after cutting the lawn. Well, shut my mouth!

As the first “warm” day in FL arrived, I checked out the ‘honey-do’ list and decided to get around to cutting the lawn. So you are now skipping to the end and saying —yeah, yeah, so you reached for this ‘lawnmower’ beer. Not so fast…

As the mower hasn’t been run since last November, it was stubborn to start. After many unsuccessful tugs on the engine cord, the dang thing refused to even sputter. The original ‘to-do’ item of cutting the grass would have to wait as this new task developed…fix the lawnmower. A trip to the home improvement center yielded a new air filter and spark plug. Tools in hand, those were quickly replaced. Fresh gas, an oil change and a couple of passes over the blade with a metal file completed the job. I worked up a sweat just to get to this point. I pushed the primer bulb a few times and….

Success! So off to the garage chiller to cool down and also celebrate a small victory. The Narragansett was calling me from the back corner of the fridge door. Easy to drink, light to behold, it tasted like beer back from the days when I watched my Dad struggle with a mower. This beer was certainly available back then as Rhode Island was our next door neighbor to the east. Unlike other beer from that time, it has continued to survive. I must say that I really don’t get the ad slogan ‘Gansett uses — “The Beer of the Clam”. Let’s not go there…it’s just wrong on a whole bunch of levels. Bad visual!

So there you are. A lawnmower beer and a celebratory beer wrapped up in one nice 12 ounce bottle. Who am I to judge?

There’s a beer for every reason and a beer for every season. I’m merely the reaper of beer, not the judge…

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