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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4/5  rDev -1%

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Photo of Luigi
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy pale yellow/orange color with a the finger head that reduces down to some lacing. Retention is not bad, with a ring of head around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is light fruit and spices. I can pick up some coriander, and some lemon zest. Being a pale ale there is a mild hops presence. The hops are more spicy than bitter.

The flavor emulates the aroma for the most part. Sweetness from the malt and spices come through at first. But then, there is a mild bitter hop. Due to is the spice of the hops the flavor blends together great! Pretty much beer's version of fine white wine. So many fruit notes like sour grapes.

The body is light and can be drank with out no thought until the alcohol kicks in.

This Ale is true to it's style and I love it!! North Coast has done it again!!

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Photo of dball
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a WONDERFUL Belgian Style beer from a california brewery. You don't find many beers this delicious. The appearance is unbelievable. It is a cloudy golden/orange color that is beautiful. I guess on a paint pallet you'd have to call teh color Pranqster. Now on to the aroma and mouthfeel. It does not have as deep and powerful of a smell as it does flavor. The mouthfeel is full of bitterness that is balanced with sweet malt. The taste of this beer is extraordinary. You just gotta try it.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant orange colour with lacklustre head. Off-white, thin ring of decently sticky lace on the outside. Slight cloud; but yeah, looks a bit bland.

Smells sweet; not sure if it's a big Belgian character. Sweet vanilla with a slight smokey note and rich melon fruit, some orange peel and musk. Interesting complexities and nice sweetness, but could use more Belgian spice esters.

Taste is more muted, and it's actually the richer for it. Slight fruit upfront with kiwi, melon and peach that waxes towards the middle; nice rich sweetness with a slightly bitter hint. This grows to a nice phenolic finish with some boozey heat, slight peppery spice as well. Dries up maybe a touch too much on the back, but is nicely full, big and smooth for the most part.

Challenging drinking experience, but pleasant for the most part.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I took notes after discovering this on tap last night at Rocky's, my first time ever seeing in on tap.

This beer on tap is similar to its bottled counterpart with a few exceptions. In a richer, deeper and more complex flavor, the banana component from the Belgian yeast is just slightly stronger, adding just a touch more balance and a ghost more sweetness to it. A very gentle spiciness is able to mingle a bit more with the rest of the flavors without overpowering them. All in all, this already fantastic and delicious beer becomes even more flavorful and subtleties are better appreciated.
As creamy smooth and yet crisp as from the bottle, this is even more extravagantly lush on tap. This flows as beautifully as any beer I've ever drunk, and no crispness is lost. A true beauty.
This is, generally speaking, an accessible beer. Buy it. If you ever see it on tap, though, do yourself a favor and don't pass it up.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

A- 12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a slightly cloudy, light amber gold color topped by a one finger offwhite head that hangs around a bit. Very light lacing.

S- Yeast, citrus and clove spice.

T- Lemon and clove spice. A little floral, I guess. Nice sweet and spicy taste.

M- Very fine, light tingly carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O- Very light and easy to drink. Refreshing and clean tasting. Reminds me of Delirium Tremens. Perhaps a tad better than that.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled poured into a crystal mug.

Poured as a golden amber color with a good 2-3 fingers of off-white head which had good retention. Plenty of thick lacing throughout the drinking. There was a slight citrus taste that seemed to increase as the beer warmed. A moderate to low hops flavor with medium carbonation. This is a pretty good beer for its style and very drinkable. In fact it was so good I had two of them.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,426 ratings