Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by atowle25:
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a westmalle goblet, not much head, but that tends to be the case with goblets. Small amounts of lacing on the glass, but disappears pretty quickly. It's a bright golden color that is just hazy enough to keep you from seeing through the glass. I really dig the appearance..you can tell it is well carbonated.
Smells like lemon, spices and a little bit of alcohol. I get a little bit of tart apple smell too, which I quite like. Taste is cloves, a little bit of banana and a slight alcohol burn too, but not enough to be unpleasant. I'm not detecting any of the apple that I got in the nose...it's very dry and the mouthfeel is well carbonated. Very easy to drink and very smooth.
This is a really excellent American made Belgian Pale. Very affordable, lots of taste, fairly complex. It's not blowing me away or anything, but this is just solid all around...really no complaints at all.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2011 05:55:12 | More by atowle25
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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
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.