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Monday, March 19th 2012

Narragansett Cream Ale
(Narragansett Brewing Company)


Last fall, Narragansett held a fan vote to decide which style would be the newest addition to their year-round lineup. The contest was between a Cream Ale and a Rye Ale. Obviously the Cream Ale won which is why we're holding a can right now. This is the brewery's third year round-round release, joining their Lager and Light Lager. We were in touch with Haley Rose, who does PR for Narragansett, about the imagery on the can (below). She let us know that "the building is the Rhode Island state house. The building's inclusion is meant to show the connection to RI, and the beer wagon pays homage to the days when Cream Ale was flowing strong and steady in the 60s, 70s." Cheers Haley!


Rhode Island's state house and a beer wagon are featured on the can

From the Narragansett site:

"This is the perfect lawn-mower beer. Our cream ale was brewed with an ale yeast and lagered at 38 degrees for a clean, crisp finish.  This beer is clean, flavorful, light, and crisp, making it a real thirst quencher. It’s an ode to beers of a forgotten age, when things were just a bit slower…and some would say a little bit better. You’ll really enjoy the supreme drinkability of this beer, whether you’re mowing the lawn or mowing down duckpins at the local lanes."

Here we go...

Pour - lighter golden with plenty of bubble action forming a nice white foamy head which leaves some finely formed lacing. Clean and clear with some very solid carbonation.


Aroma - steeped grains, cereal, honeycomb and slight hints of citrus. Some notes of bread dough and ripe apples. 

Taste - light on the tongue, effervescent, slightly sweet with a grainy tanginess, hints of lemon zest with a creamy finish. Its not a lager and its not an amber ale. Its not hoppy and its not too malty. It fits in somewhere between and makes for a very middle ground brew to stock the cooler for any backyard get together or group camping trip.  


Overall - very refreshing and definitely a great option on those upcoming warm days outside relaxing or for sips during yardwork. Easy drinking, crisp and tasty. Looking forward to having these as an option all summer...and beyond.


Note - 'Gansett's Cream Ale may be a new release for the new era of the brewery but it is not the first time that a Narragansett Cream Ale has been on the market.

According to the folks at Narransett Brewing Company:

"Gansett Cream was a staple of the Narragansett Brewery’s portfolio throughout the 1960′s and 1970′s. In the white can with the green trim, it was a refreshing alternative to the more widely heralded ‘Gansett Lager and Porter throughout New England. The earlier Narragansett Cream Ale was lighter and had much less hop character than our current cream ale, as was the taste at the time. Still, it was a popular seller for ‘Gansett and that white can was just as fitting a reward at the end of a hard day of yard work as the royal blue can is today."


Narragansett Cream Ale
Style: Cream Ale
Brewery: Narragansett Brewing Company
Providence, Rhode Island  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: 2-row pale, Munich, Vienna, and Cara malts
Hops: Columbus (bittering), Willamette (aroma)
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 22
Date: March 19th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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