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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Photo of sevenarts
2.04/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Translucent golden orange, very small and quickly dissipating white head, no lacing.

S: Ripe, sweet fruit, almost like bubblegum, very bright and bold. Kind of artificial and one-dimensional.

T/M: As with the nose, this is dominated by flavors more usually associated with a hefeweizen than a Belgian pale: banana and bubblegum, along with sugary fruits, a touch of sweet malty caramel, and some peppery spices. The bubblegum is layered over everything else though.

O: Not really a fan of the flavor profile on this one. The bright, sugary, artificial bubblegum dominates both the aroma and the taste, and the result is just overbearingly fruity. A very simple brew in comparison to true Belgians, and pretty disgusting to boot. Couldn't even finish a bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a yellowish-copper tone with about 1.5 fingers worth of head formation that is just a touch off-white.

S: strong Belgian yeast, along with a decent balance of lemon zest, citrus, and peppery spices. there is s very slight banana note, as well as a slight bread/biscuit.

T: similar to the nose with the yeast, pepper, lemon zest and orange peel really dominating the body. i also pick up on a slight honey sweetness, some banana, bubblegum, coriander and cloves. It is quite complex, yet very well balanced.

M: light to medium bodied. leaves a nice candy sugar and slight funky yeast on the palate. carbonation is also rather high.

O: solid offering and i thoroughly enjoyed the complexity and balance of the brew. i do wish there was a bit more body to it, but nonetheless, its very enjoyable and has high drinkability

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sudsy head on this golden ale. Pretty good lacing as well. A bit thin as far as carbonation goes. I would also expect this to be a bit murkier.

Smell: Bubblegum. Banana. Is this a hef?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Cedar/oak notes in the head. Tastes like this was stored in a barrel for sure. A bit of scotch in the finish. I really enjoy this as it warms. Feels crisps, but it doesn't balance the flavor well enough.

Overall Drinkability: Would taste amazing aged for a while.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden and somewhat hazy with a few yeast particulates floating around, nice sediment layer remains in the bottle. Bright white head fades to a fine, soapy residue surrounded by a bubbly ring. Orange peel and pears are hinted at in the aroma along with a very light presence of pepper. Lemon and oranges are the flavor upfront, fading to a cantaloup and the slightest spice. Effervescent and light, finishing slightly dry.

Stylistically, it could be brighter but a spot-on Belgian flavor/aroma profile more than make up for that. A delicious American-made Belgian-style golden strong ale.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,436 ratings