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North Coast Brewing Company Pranqster

There are a lot of beers out there that are great, but probably wouldn’t catch my eye as I browse the aisles of an area beer store.  As such, I’m always delighted whenever a friend offers up a new brew to share, particularly when it’s one of these I otherwise might have passed over.  It’s even better when paired with great food.

The Pranqster, by North Coast Brewing Company was one such beer – and was the perfect complement to the German/Austrian food my friend Cory and I were enjoying that night.  North Coast, located in Fort Bragg, CA, brews a wide variety of beers covering just about every style.  I was so impressed with this one that I intend to seek more.

North Coast Brewing Company – Pranqster
This beer pours a semi-opaque golden color - with just the tiniest of head forming. A small amount of sediment remained at the bottom of the bottle.
This has a light, crisp, floral, and fruity nose. Certainly a more complex aroma than what you'd find in your American Pale Ales or IPAs. As is true to Belgian ales, one will find a certain sweetness, combined with a distinct mustiness that's so typical to these types of ales.
This is a remarkably complex taste, with fruity, citrus notes, some banana, and bready malts making up the bulk of the flavor. Delightful. The Belgian yeasts definitely work to create a distinctly different flavor. As I briefly touched on above, this was the perfect complement to the meaty, rich flavors of the bratwurst.
Even with the complexity of flavor in the beer, this remains clean, and light in character. Just excellently drinkable.
The one I drank was a gift, so I had to look this one up - but it looks like it can be commonly found in beer stores for around $2/bottle. For what you're getting, this represents a great value.
If you're looking for a change of pace from the IPAs and APAs you've been stocking your fridge with, this is definitely one to keep an eye out for. I'll be picking some up soon.


Beer Stats
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12 oz
ABV: 7.60%
BA Score: 90
RB Score: 92

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Written by Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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