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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,362
Reviews:
1,224
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive yeast, in terms of aroma and taste for a Belgium, but otherwise true to its style. An interesting and worthwhile addition to its style. Coriander, vanilla, nutmeg. Quite quafable. Sweet-spicy. Medium-full mouthfeel. Cloudy golden appearance.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours the color of unfiltered apple cider. Beer starts with a small head that disappears with little to no lacing present.

S - Smells like flowers and fruit (I especially smelled apricots).

T - Tastes of malty/yeasty biscuit with a particular apricot like fruit flavor.

M - Beer is smooth and has good carbonation.

D - This would go down very easy on a hot summer day. The apricot smell/taste is very appelaing to me.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a classic for what it is, and probably the best, or darn near the best, belgian style beer made in the united states. one of the originals, thats for sure, and i think it has all the elements. its authentically belgian in appearance no doubt, with a foamy tall white head on it that doesnt fade a bit. the nose is a little sweet, a little bubblegum to it, but more refined fruit notes, pear and yellow plum, even apple to it, lots of esters there, and it translates to the taste, where yeast is really the primary flavor agent, although the beer is well hoppy for what it is, and has a rather sturdy grain base that provides structure and sweetness, almost like a tripel more than a belgian pale in the grain build. it all comes together really well though, a great unity, and this could easily pass as belgian truly. one of those beers that drinks so easy though you dont realize how strong it is. a specimen in that regard! look out! possibly my favorite all the time beer from north coast.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew came to me on tap at the Bethlehem Speakeasy and I had been looking forward to trying it for a while. The beer was a golden color from what I could tell. The head was thin and left just a little lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was a little spicy and mostly made up of Belgian yeast aromas. The flavors of this beer are what I thought was pretty standardto the style. It was big ion the bread yeast flavors which brought along some banana and clove. The hops weren't overly powerful here. This brew was overall a pretty good attempt at creating an authentic Belgian ale. I just wasn't overly thrilled by it.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles. The beer is slightly hazy and some yeast particles are floating in suspension.
S: There is a light aroma of spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is surprisingly malty for the style and also has some associated sweetness. There are also flavors of apples and some notes of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, particularly as it warms up. I'm not sure if I would want to try this again because nothing really stood out as being interesting in the taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release 06: 12 / 28 / 06
Similar to what I remembered from the 05 version. A nice and pronounces sweetness deriven from malts and candy sugars. Nearly too sweet to overtake the malts. Fermentation gives nice spiciness and character, but still not what I expect from great Belgians. Finsihes a bit too sweet and lingers a bit too long. Heated from the alcohols, but not overly so. Still good beer, but not among my favorite Belgians.

Release 05: 03 / 03 / 06
After passing on this beer a many a time, I finally picked it up. Glad I did--pretty good stuff. Expected by North Coast Brewery. Great malt, bread, candied sugar sweetness and body. Good texture and creaminess, yet smoothness. Moderately spicy and complex. Exhibits some Belgian yeast / fermentation sourness, bite-eyness, and twang-ey; but not as complex or intense as expected from a serious Belgian pale ale contender. Strength in flavor and alcohol is moderate for style, but blends nicely. A good attempt.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. I do like the old drinking party scene that comprises the label imagery.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which maintains rather sturdy retention, leaving some random coral reef enclosure lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of aged orange rind, banana chips, spicy wheat grain, warm bread, a bit of peppy yeastiness, a touch of dry drupe fruitiness, and soft leafy hops. The taste is bready caramel and pale malts, mildly denatured citrus, black pepper, underripe banana, soft, almost funky yeast, and more bitterly earthy and leafy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, perhaps a bit prickly here and there, the body a decently hefty medium weight, and pretty smooth, just a small tacky essence wiggling its way in. It finishes off-dry, the yeast-tinged malt hanging tough, against the threat of a rising, yet generally laid-back alcohol warming.

A nice, evenly rendered, and enjoyable New World take on a classic Belgian big-boy pale ale. Lots going on, and easy enough to put back, yet the joke's on you if you treat this like you would any normal 4-pack.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught into a goblet at the Yardhouse in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. I'd had it out of the bottle before.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark hazy orange-gold.

Sm: Orange citrus esters, wheat, and maybe yeast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange citrus ester hops over a wheat foundation, with some light cream. Layered but somehow simple. Balanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a touch sharp. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable. I like it. A simple enjoyable little beer.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a very disappointing head that fades quickly and leaves just a few spots on the chalice

Smell: Bread and apricots, with a yeast and coriander aspect

Taste: Sweet and bready up front, with hints of banana; by mid-palate, the other golden fruits arrive (apricot, pear and some citrus) and add both sweetness and some bitterness to the mix; after the swallow, the yeasty phenols move into action, as does a hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice BSPA; perhaps it was just this bottle, but the carbonation seemed a little off to me

Thanks, BevmoIan, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 bottle, cellared in my fridge by accident.

Pours an almost unnatural candy orange color, with a small fizz of foam that quickly dissipates to nothing. Aroma masks the alcohol, but it is still strong. Belgian candi sugar, and something sweet and vegetal. Can't say I like it. It seems slightly out of balance, there's a bit of astringency, nearly sour but not quite. Sort of boozy like a Tripel, but without any subtlely. Vague fruit hint, but just barely. Fuller mouthfeel, but it goes flat after awhile. Not recommended for cellaring.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a fuzzy orangey/amber color ale with medium head with poor retention. Nose of light spices, fruit and some malt, though a tad too discrete. Taste is quite mild with the fruit aspect quite evident; yeast is almost undetectable. Body is average and carbonation is way too low. Overall, this is a below average Belgian ale.

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Photo of largadeer
2.71/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden in the glass with orange highlights. A gentle pour produces only a small head, which recedes to a thin ring. The nose is bready and estery, with hints of pepper and bubblegum. Similar on the palate; sweet pale malts meet bubblegum, pepper, fresh herbs and dried fruit (banana, pear). It's complex, but the sweetness and phenols are too much for me, and there's not enough carbonation to cleanse the palate between sips. Not terribly impressive stuff.

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