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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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a banana yellow, cloudy wheat color. Somewhat volatile on the pour, producing a thick white head that settles pretty quickly; no real traces of lacing left behind. The aroma is on par for a BPA - full of some earthy but mainly fruity esters; bananas and slight pear. The Belgian yeast is apparent with the clove spice and ever-so-slight bubblegum hint in the background. On the palate, the fruitiness of the esters is somewhat subdued and the clove plays a larger role. Some slight white pepper comes out, along with a light phenol alcohol character. Midway through, a small, leafy hop character pokes its head in, bringing a little bitter bite to balance the estery sweetness of the brew. Heavy wheat, bread, and yeast flavors in the aftertaste, including the aforementioned clove spice; biscuity, somewhat dry. Thin-medium body, heavy dose of carbonation, to be expected from a Belgian ale.

Pretty good BSPA, although the flavor was a little toned down compared to some others. Clove was the lead-man in this one, which was nice for a change. Well made and well crafted, this is a very good beer that I'd never turn down if someone offered it.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jrenihan
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is light golden in colour. Moderate white head, fades very quickly.

Nose is quite floral, almost perfume like. Light fruits. A bit of spice and some yeast.

Taste contains light fruits, honey, yeast and some spices. For the style, slightly on the sweet side, but the finish is a bit dry.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated.

Overall, pretty good BSPA. Not excellent, but certainly good. I would be happy to have it again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,450 ratings