Narragansett Private Stock Imperial IPA

Hey all. My buddy Brandon has a beer review for us today. He got his hands on the brand new Narragansett Private Stock Imperial IPA. Usually the guys at ‘Gansett leave a treat on my doorstep when new beers are released. I think I was overlooked this time and thus I’ve never had this beer! Brandon, you beat me to it, so go ahead…

Narragansett Private Stock Imperial IPA

I’ve been drinking ‘Gansett for years. They are a go-to-brewery for me. They are local. They do simple styles really well. Drink their Lager in a 16 oz. can. Case in point.

Narragansett stepped it up for their 122nd Anniversary and brewed an Imperial IPA (8.6% ABV) and is distributing it in 22oz. bombers in the New England area. Needless to say, I was very excited to get my hands on this one.

Narragansett Private Stock Imperial IPA

Smell: Holy shit. This is hoppy. Earthy, citrusy hops. Super fresh. In your face.

Appearance: Amber color, copper, great lacing. Foamy, egg shell-like head.

Taste: Earthy hops, almost bitter right off the start. I am getting floral and piney hops and that’s about it. It’s not super balanced.. I believe it needs some more of a malt back-bone. It’s not terrible, it’s just not what I expected.

Overall: A decent attempt at a DIPA by Narragansett. I think this beer leaves a lot to be desired, and I expected a little bit more for an Anniversary beer. Then again, I give them props for trying something out of the ordinary.

Recommended? Yes. Give it a try. You may like it a lot. Get it while it’s fresh, though. However, I look forward to loathing in their Porter & Bock in the coming months, because they are fantastic.


Narragansett Private Stock Imperial IPA

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.