Sunday, October 10, 2010

Narragansett - Fest Lager

Narragansett Fest Lager
Serving Type: 16 oz. tall-boy can, poured into a Becker glass
Purchased From: Dotcom Wine & Spirits West
Narragansett Fest is a Fall seasonal lager from Narragansett Brewing Company. While I cannot say for sure, my guess would be that it, like other ‘Gansetts is brewing in Rochester by Genesee. What I do know, is that, according to a ‘Gansett rep, the entire run of Fest has already been sold to distributors and package stores. What’s on the shelves (if any, at this point) is what’s left. Find it quick, if you still can!
Fest pours a deep amber with hints of glowing orange accents. It’s got a large fluffy head with tan hints, great retention, and good lacing on the glass. The nose features full-bodied malts and the characteristic Narragansett hop smell. 
The toasty malts are prevalent on the front-end, but meet a considerable balance of hops in the middle to the finish. It finishes crisp and is very drinkable. I got a slight minerally hardwater taste to it, but it’s not off-putting. Blends well with the sweetness to produce a great seasonal. Keep an eye out for it next year.
Final Verdict: B+

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