Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack poured into a Golden Monkey Goblet. Dusty bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with a solid inch+ of white fluffy head that doesn't hang around too long but looks wonderful before it fades. Looks pretty well carbonated and light-bodied.

Smell: Banana and bubblegum up front - smells like a hefe. Very pleasant and not overbearing at all.

Taste: After a sip I feel deceived by my nose. This tastes like a belgian ale, not as much like a hefeweizen as the smell indicated. A bit of the banana, bubblegum flavors stick around but they are definitely in the background. Maybe some lemon in there with the bread and yeast tones.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated and relatively light bodied. It does not feel like it is 7.6%, it's very light and fluffy.

Overall: A surprisingly adequate beer. Overall, I was impressed. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, I would call this more of a Belgian Pale Ale (leaving out the strong), but it is not a conventional pale ale.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber color with thin dense head.
sweet fruity nose
A very sweet golden ale. you can taste the sugar syrup.
The effervesence helps lighten the syrupy qualities.
Overall a very easy drinking Belgian beer.
Reminds me of summer.
I will have to try again with BBQ.

after trying several more bottles I have noticed a lessening of the sugary syrup quality and think it may have just been a very 'fresh' bottle. I have also grown to like this beer even more.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lovely, hazy golden color…medium transparency, I can see tons of bubbles in the middle…little head formed and nothing really retained…it looks a little flat, but it does pick back up when I swirl it around…there was tons of sediment still at the bottom of the bottle, making me wonder how old exactly this beer is…it’s still a very lively beer though, bubble action has lasted 15/20 minutes…(3.75/5)

Smell: Very light and crisp…tons of Belgian yeast aroma blended nicely with zesty citrus (orange, lemon), green apple, grains and floral hops…a nice, but expected Belgian ale smell…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yeast, fruit (green apple, d’anjou pear), honey, grains, banana, orange peel, coriander, sweet bready malts, wheat and a tiny bit of bubblegum…tons going on here, a very lovely Belgian beer…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to medium body with light carbonation...a refreshing brew…some what tart and bitter in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: A nice, drinkable, sessionable beer here that has risen towards the top of my favorite Belgians…classic Belgian profile in smell and taste, my only knock is the mouthfeel is a bit soft…other than that, there’s really not much to sum up here, it’s a good brew that deserves to be drank…(4/5)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger and half of head on a slightly hazy, light golden colored body.
The aroma is bright and sunny: light lemon, grain and flowers.
The flavor is lemon with a little malt, hardly any sweetness and finishes with a dry bitterness.
Smooth texture with a slight fizz. Moderate carbonation and medium body.
Quite delicious. Find it, buy it, drink it.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,438 ratings