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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.


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2,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 2341
Reviews: 1125
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 jneiswender:
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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this beer out of a 12 ounce bottle into a conical mug

The beer is straw yellow with a beautiful white perfectly foamy head

Floral and herbal scents Some grass

Vanilla tropical fruit and even some angel food cake flavors

Light and well carbonated

This is an excellent beer. Is highly drinkable and very pillow soft of a mouth feel
Absolutely delicious I would drink this again

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:34:09 | More by jneiswender
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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.

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Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a super hazy orange amber color with a two finger head of a pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention fading over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and bready with lots of yeasty smells mixed within. Along with these smells are some biscuit and orange smells along with a rather strong showing of a Belgian spice smell of clove and coriander. Some light bubblegum and a bit of a grainy and grassy smell round of the aroma producing a rather bready and malty triple smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick biscuit and slightly grainy taste with a whole lot of yeastiness mixed within. As the flavor advances the graininess increases with the biscuit growing a bit lighter. The yeastiness of the brew remains relatively constant, but flavors associated with the yeast increase as the taste moves on. Spice flavors of clove and coriander, which are light upfront, get stronger and stronger as the taste advances to the end. Along with the spice some sweeter flavors also grow with some candied sugar and a bit of an orange growing in potency. Some grass and hay join the taste at the very end with the grainy tastes at this point on the quite high side, which when mixed with all the other flavors of the brew, leave one with a somewhat oddly bready and grainy malted Belgian triple flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly lower side. A higher carbonation and slightly thinner body may have been nice for the fruit and yeasty flavors for the brew, all while both downplaying the graininess a bit, which would have been more appropriate for the style.

Overall – A pretty interesting Belgian style ale. A bit more on the grainy side with a somewhat drier taste but all the while pretty easy drinking. While nothing super extraordinary it was rather tasty and is at least worth a try if you have never had it.

Serving type: on-tap

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Pours a rich golden ale in the glass with surprisingly bright clarity for a Belgian. Half finger of choppy white seam foam appears for a few moments before resting out to a thin collar. Some light webs and scattered dots of stick left behind.

S: Smells of ripe golden stone fruits with banana peel, coriander spice, and a dash of lemon pepper. There is something slightly musky about the yeast with a dry grass likeness. Bit of underlying white bread and caramel malt sweetness to the nose as well. Overall very clean aromatics with lots of yeast character manifesting.

T: Taste is a very smooth Belgian Style Pale delivering lots of ripe apricot flavors and vibrant yeast notes with a low amount of perceived bitterness. Banana peel, coriander, lemon peel, and cracked pepper come together in unison with some grassy hops and just a slight hint of clove. Touch of grainy malt adds in some light caramel sweetness to balance all of the peppery spice. Getting a soft hint of vanilla mixed in as well. Very nice and refreshing with a tight balance amongst all the flavors and the alcohol kept well in check throughout.

M: Moderate to light body with a mostly smooth consistency. Slightly higher levels of carb give a prickly bite on the palate that accompanies the peppery spice so well. Nice drying crisp action on the finish. Very clean overall.

D: This particular BSPA comes off a bit simple although that might just be the style in general. It is however very refreshing and enjoyable. Just like all of North Coast’s offerings this is a well crafted brew with great balance to it. Would recommend for anyone getting into Belgians like myself.

The real question is who is the Simon Cowell looking dude with the smug look staring at you on the label??? Pranqsters!

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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