6. Narragansett “Fest” Fall Seasonal

St. Gambrinus, the patron saint of beer, is on the can

I totally swear that I took the time to find a Polaroid and scan the image, and that this is not a trendy iPhone filter that I used to make myself look less lazy for not wanting to go to the office and get my actual camera, and connecting USB cord. I swear.

Narragansett is mainly known for their lager, but they actually make four seasonal beers, which are brewed right here in New England. Right now is the transitional point between the Narragansett Fest, 5.5% alc/vol, and the porter, most stores still have Fest left, and some stores still haven’t gotten the Porter in, so you don’t know what you’re going to get yet. I wanted to review the porter but could only find the Fest. The seasonals by Narragansett are quite good, and a lot of people are unaware that they are even brewed, or they like to use their judgement of the beer from when they were 13 years-old and stealing these from their Dad while LBJ was in office. To quote Virginia Slims, or maybe Fat Boy Slim, “you’ve come a long way baby.”

The Fest, like all Narragansett, comes in a 16 oz can…

It has a very amber color, that quite honestly matches the can. It has a thick head that quickly diminishes, and doesn’t leave a lace on the glass. You can smell some hops, but you mainly smell a roasted malt. You can definitely taste the bready malts and some toasted caramel. The hops are subtle and come up in the aftertaste or late palate, which makes it more desirable to me. This is not the blog for you if you enjoy mad hops, brah. It’s pretty heavy despite it’s color, the carbonation doesn’t stay for long. It’s a nice, standard, Oktoberfest style beer. While I haven’t tried it on draft, people suggest that as opposed to the can.

Conclusion: If you see this kicking around, get it before you have to wait for another year. It’s a good beer for a low price, between $8-$9.99 for a six-pack. It may still be on tap at some places. Conclusion with in a conclusion…concluception? Conception? I should have started this blog earlier because I clearly love fall seasonals, and am too impatient to wait until next fall to review them.


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