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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,349 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2349
Reviews: 1126
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%


Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998)
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Reviews by HotHands:
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HotHands

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden orange color, not very transparent, with a small white head that dissolved quickly.

S - green apple, pear, golden raisin, bit of Belgian spiciness. Nice, but could be stronger.

T - Sweet malts come forward first, with complementing flavors of the aformentioned apples, pears, and raisins. A bit of spiciness - probably coriander, and the yeast contributes some clove flavor as well.

M - well carbonated, which helped balance the sweetness.

Overall - this is a well-made beer that is easily drinkable. I can see this appealing to a wide audience because it isn't quite as funky as traditional Belgians and it has a nice approachable flavor. I would appreciate an improvement in the looks department, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:03:31 | More by HotHands
More User Reviews:
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours dirty and cloudy golden, real stormy appearance, with strong aroma of Belgian yeast and malt. It has a strong taste of malt and wheat, with strong traces of lemon and peper. It had average carbonation, with nice head, and no lacings. Goes down smooth, but has a light edge, and is pretty light on the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 19:27:11 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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robotiks

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-24-2014 02:53:18 | More by robotiks
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-24-2014 02:10:18 | More by aquazr1
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Kramerwtmf

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-23-2014 04:54:00 | More by Kramerwtmf
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-23-2014 04:33:29 | More by Beerlover
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Lamdawg420

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

04-21-2014 20:36:23 | More by Lamdawg420
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fannypakit

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-21-2014 05:49:28 | More by fannypakit
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cmwilliq

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-20-2014 20:14:06 | More by cmwilliq
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Joey_M


4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-18-2014 14:30:17 | More by Joey_M
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-18-2014 05:44:10 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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nearengine

Arizona

3/5  rDev -25.4%

04-18-2014 05:06:12 | More by nearengine
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Mikeb8

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-18-2014 04:29:22 | More by Mikeb8
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LovingCup

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My local store sells this as singles. I got it once, then again, and again. Now I buy for packs as I have come to the realization that this has become a "go to" beer for me. It's a good change of pace from ipa's and stouts/porters. I would like to have a taste test with this and Bedlam from Ale Asylum as they are comparable but I realize I am rating the Pranqster higher. I have only had Bedlam the one time I reviewed it, and have had Pranqster many times. By this I mean they both have qualities of a trippel, a road less traveled albeit enjoyed from time to time. However they both are mellow, more approachable incarnations. Though of course, Pranqster is listed as a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale."
It pours a hazy robust golden ale color with little to no head. Very purdy. Smells tasty. Is tasty. Very light and crisp; carbonated. It goes down easy peazy like a pilsner or something but packs a punch at 7.6%. I imagine it would go well in spring or summer, but it has a richness that makes it good anytime. It's highly drinkable but not really sessionable, per se. It is sweet and fruity and bubblegummy and clovey maybe? Read other reviews if you want that detailed stuff. This would be a great introduction to trippels or the Belgian style as it is so approachable but funky and complex. All I know is, at least in the last 6 months or so, I find myself coming back to this one time and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:56:35 | More by LovingCup
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cvengeance

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-17-2014 22:50:10 | More by cvengeance
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Hughdevdev

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-17-2014 18:10:32 | More by Hughdevdev
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Bonsall_Phil

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-17-2014 01:07:16 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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GrumpyGirl

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-15-2014 19:16:53 | More by GrumpyGirl
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Amerikon

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-14-2014 17:21:42 | More by Amerikon
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-14-2014 17:20:30 | More by berley31
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leroybrown10

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-13-2014 21:45:46 | More by leroybrown10
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davesway10

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

04-13-2014 20:35:58 | More by davesway10
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heizerbjj

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-13-2014 17:28:28 | More by heizerbjj
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-13-2014 17:00:01 | More by thatoneguymike
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Gregg_Kawakami

Hawaii

5/5  rDev +24.4%

04-13-2014 15:03:55 | More by Gregg_Kawakami
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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,349 ratings.