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 LittleDon
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thick head that is quickly gone, leaving no traces. Strong
aroma, candy apples and bananas. Spicy banana and cloves flavor characteristics with a fair amount of sugar, not cloyingly sweet, though. Hops nowhere to be found. Plenty of carbonation gives the mouthfeel lots of life. Medium light body.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of thegerm87
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of rundocrun
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Body is light honey gold with coppery highlights. Yields a finger of white head that fades within a minute or two. No lacing.

S - Strong aromas of spicy, fruity belgian yeast. Toasted, bready malts. Some herbal and citrusy hop character is also present.

T - Lemony citrus and honey up front which is enhanced by the sparkling carbonation. Fruity and slightly bitter alcohol and hops come in toward the middle. Sweet fruity esters and wheaty pale malt ride through the finish with a clean snap of spicy hops at the end of each swallow.

M - Thin body. Quite dry and crisp. Very clean finish with only a remnant of the fruity belgian yeast left on my tongue.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very hazy glowing orange with tons of visible carbonation. Cant see through this beer whatsoever. Smells like beginner level homebrew. Creamy white head. Very earthy and musty nose with lots of barnyard as well.

Big creamy mouthfeel with exceptional smoothness. Grainy sweetness up front and lots of carbonation. Clove and coriander are very spicy on the finish and round out some of the sweeter flavors of tart dried fruits and banana. A big complex creamy wave of flavor with amazing drinkability. A bit spicier than others I've had of this style as well as bit more subtle on the finish but overall very good.

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Photo of jmilo64
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of pastafarian
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of agreenman19
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bowlerjoe2
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of rah1734bones
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ChiBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of KristaHall
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of MammothTarantula
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey review #1,000! Cool! Poured out of the bottle into a tulip.

A: Hazy yellow-white with a nice orange tint. One finger eggshell white head faded rapidly into a thin layer of foam on the top. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells like your typical BSPA. Yeasty, floral, with a tinge of hops at the end.

T: Wow! This is a great tasting beer! A pleasantly surprising hoppiness hits the palate right up front, which I was not expecting. This quickly gives way to a buttery floral taste, and leaves notes of hops lingering after swallowing. Really good stuff.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. It feels kind of like a blanket is sitting on top of the tongue preventing all of the beer from surrounding it. Really weird, but not unpleasant.

O: Great tasting beer with everything else about it slightly above average. This is a really good example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. One would never guess that it was brewed in California. Will certainly drink this again.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of TheSandPeople
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mantissa
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with thick white head in a snifter.

Smell is of belgian yeast, honey, cinnamon, and some lemon.

Taste is fruity with some cinnamon and spice. Mild lemon-y citrus notes. Good bitter finish to balance this one out.

Mouthfeel is densely carbonated. Smooth and medium bodied.

Overall this is a good example of the style.

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Photo of Peyton5410
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of leokbelo
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp golden haze into a snifter, with a 2 inch foamy head that faded quickly.
Sweet spices on the nose, coriander, hint of nutmeg..
Citrusy on the tongue, spicy also, with a warming alcohol creeping up in the back. Hops are kept to a minimal as they should for the style.
Very refreshing, highly drinkable.
A true example of a Belgian golden ale by an American brewery!
Highly recommended!

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Photo of JHB-510
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,399 ratings
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