Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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#6,111
Reviews:
1,245
Ratings:
3,461
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
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Photo of onewayboogie
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BerryKumquat
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richardalways21
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

dark and smooth
but i guess I was expecting more taste

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Photo of bankboy66
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding representation of the style. A must try.

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Photo of GlennWB
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of darktronica
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A classic example of an American-made Belgian pale, but not the best of such. Pale straw in color with half a finger of head. Malt-forward on the nose, with a heavy floral presence and light syrupiness on the palate. Mild Belgian esters, but not too aggressive in any dimension. Pleasant and very easy drinking for 7.6% ABV, this is a good introduction to Belgians for someone just getting into craft ales from macro lagers.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dsippel
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WTFReport
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of isaac_barrow
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed medium golden pour with massive fluffy white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Yeast and sweets... fruity, lemon citrus, and spice.

T/F: Follows the nose. Light and grainy malts... sweet fruit, yeast esters, lemon citrus, and spice. Honey and white wine. Medium bodied... the finish is floral and fruity.

O: An outstanding Belgian Strong Golden ale. Ffruity, balanced, and delicious.

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Photo of heddar33
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EAR
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Weston64
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daleyj
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

North Coast Pranqster Golden Ale - 7.6% ABV - 20 IBUs
Date: 05/30/18, enjoyed on 08/25/18.
Appearance: Dark yellow to light orange in color, slightly hazy with a white head and some floating particulate.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, floral aromas, pear, some green apple, and unripe banana. It smells appropriately sweet, but there is a small amount of underlying bitterness coming through on the nose as well.
Taste: Belgian yeast is once again up front with some pear and apple mixed in. The mid palate its mild banana before finishing dry with a white wine like and slightly spicy character. Pranqster is well carbonated and has a rather light mouthfeel. The light body and the fact that the almost 8% ABV is undetectable, make this one dangerous. All of the complex fruity elements are here, in addition to an enjoyable dry and bitterness as well. In fact, Pranqster seems to fit in the Belgian pale ale category more than it does the golden ale, though semantics are secondary with a beer of this quality.
Biased comments: Firstly, the non-gmo certification is a very welcome sight as industry needs more transparency. Second, this is one of the best American attempts at a Belgian Style beer that I have found. Finally, the value, around $9 per four pack, makes this one all the more appealing.

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Photo of hermit990
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djl9701
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nomadchris
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

not much to say other then its my favorite beer

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Photo of riceshoes
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a Hefeweizen and not a Belgium ale. Smells like bananas and overall fruity. The beer is okay, not great although I think improperly named. Have one remaining and not buy this again.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy, translucent gold with tons of floaties. A small white head, medium retention; a ring remains, leaving sheets of lacing.

S: Sharp tart red apple and pear, unripe banana, sugar cookie/vanilla wafer, hay, plum, coriander.

T: Lots of tart red apple skin, pear, unripe banana, and hints of lemon. Crackery/vanilla wafter malt backbone. Coriander and hay with hints of yeast ester spice, but a bit restrained on esters. Finishes lightly dry.

F: Medium, highly carbonated, smooth, crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

O: A really solid American Belgian strong pale ale. Recommended.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,461 ratings