Friday, May 18, 2012

Narragansett Cream Ale

 "Hi Neighbor!"  The Narragansett Brewing Company originates in Providence, Rhode Island and has been around since 1890.  "Made On Honor, Sold On Merit."  In the 1950's 'Gansett was New England's number one beer and also a sponsor of Boston Red Sox games.  They were purchased in 1965 by Falstaff, who was later purchased by Pabst.  In 2003, they were sold to Miller and are now back in local hands, owned by Mark Hellendrung.  The can indicates it was brewed in Rochester, New York, so probably by the Genesee Brewery (on contract, or has ownership of the brand transferred again, anyone know?).

The beer is 5.0% ABV and pours a very yellow golden in color.  It is well carbonated, and there is a half inch head of creamy white foam.  The aroma is slightly sweet, golden grains, very lightly fruity and floral.  The taste starts slightly sweet, light honey on grain, there is a floral/fruity, almost citrusy note which is light and subtle, and then a nice very dry and moderately bitter finish that erases the sweetness, but leaves a fruity aftertaste.  The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but not overly so, and aptly, creamy.  This is a really nice American cream ale.  'Gansett is brewing some tasty and very drinkable beers.

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