Summer Ale is the latest, and newest, seasonal canned release from the folks at Narragansett. They've now released four different seasonal cans which have all been very good. We're happy to see Narragansett have so much success with this seasonal lineup. The addition of their first ever summer ale, brewed with almighty citra hops no less, is definitely going to serve them well. Cheers!
Here we go...
Pour - glass is filled with a yellowish, straw color with some golden highlights. Nice large, foamy, white head on top. Looks clean and clear with nice carbonation.
Aroma - hints of hay, lemon, pale malt, wet grass and Rice Krispies.
Taste - light and refreshing. The first two words that come to mind, seriously. Very crisp, it dances on the tongue. Its a bit citrusy (lemony), a bit malty sweet but neither is in anyway dominating. Delicate in flavor and balance. At only 24 IBUs the hoppiness is pretty subdued with no real bitterness to speak of. It has a biscuity, malty flavor that provides a bit of tanginess. Very clean taste with a slightly dry finish.
Overall - this is a very well put together blonde ale. At only 4.2% alcohol this is an excellent candidate for the beach or an afternoon BBQ. Plenty of flavor to keep you interested but nothing heavy or overpowering. Again, this is light and refreshing which is perfect for the season. A great summer ale from the folks at Narragansett.
Would I buy more of it? - I would and I will. The price for a six-pack is hard to pass up and summer has just begun. The hottest days are ahead and this beer at 16 oz. a time is the way to go!
Note - According to the Narragansett site, the draft version of this beer is brewed in small batches at Trinity Brew House in Providence and Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, CT while the actual tall boy cans are brewed at High Falls Brewery in Rochester, NY.