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…
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.
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.