Narragansett LagerMarch 1, 2008 Providence, RI
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Available: RI, MA, CT, NH, ME, VT, FL
Fans of this Rhode Island beer which dates back to 1888 will remember the jingle “Hi neighbor have a “Gansett!” that played on the radio until 1981.
Original Gravity: 1004
Straw gold color. Feint aromas of honeyed malt, creamed corn and hops. Similar follow through on the palate, but thin in texture and fleeting. Soft, clean and refreshing, but uninspiring. This beer has a lot of history. It may have been the beer my grandfather drank, but he also chewed tobacco and constantly spit into a bucket while he watched TV with the colors so screwed up that everyone’s faces were always green.
- John Hansell
I’ve never been a fan of nostalgia-based beer brands: I don’t drink PBR; can’t quite fathom the affection some Pacific Northwesters have for Olympia, and maintain no particular fondness for Molson Export, the ale of my youth. And so it is with this beer, an unremarkable lager steeped in New England sepia with a pale to medium gold color, almost negligible, grainy aroma and muted, lemony taste. At least it’s drier than most of its ilk, even if it does finish with a light lick of sweetness.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
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