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Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
1,208 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,208
Ratings:
3,292
Avg:
4
pDev:
19.5%
 
 
Wants:
151
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573
For Trade:
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PranqsterPranqster
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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Reviews: 1,208 | Ratings: 3,292
Photo of MMOSNN
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - rich golden orange in color with a small white head, effervescent bubbles, and some slight lacing.
Smell - Belgian yeast, bubble gum, banana, clove.
Taste - the same as the nose, but ends with a dry Belgian yeast finish.
Feel - great carbonation, fluffy and smooth body.
Overall - this is one of my favorite Belgian style beers since it drinks like a smooth hefeweizen but maintains that rich complexity you expect from Belgian beers. I can drink this year round.

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Photo of Martin194
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden, cloudy, looks somewhat like honey, small white head

Smell: Sweet, fruity, hints of bubblegum, a little floral

Taste: Again sweet, very fruity, some sugar

Feel: Not overly fizzy, leaves a slightly sticky feel after swallowing

Overall:

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, a cloudy yellow. A nice but short lived head with good lacing. Sweet apple smell and fruity taste. The taste is accented by vanilla and sweet spice. Smooth feel. A very nice beer!

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Photo of gandres
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
" 4.50 amber/light brown, hazy cloudy, looks unfiltered, small white foam, some lacing 4.00 fruity aroma 4.50 low bitterness, then subtle sweetness then tartness 4.25 long finish 4.25 Very good beer, ok to repeat, buy

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a fluffy and persistent white head. Aroma is wheat, bread dough, yeast, alcohol, earth, grass/straw, and light fruity/floral notes. The taste follows with great complexity that opens as the beer warms and shows yeast, alcohol, fruit, floral, bready malt, earth, grass, and a bit of barnyard must. Mouthfeel is light, and sprightly carbonated with a little oilyness on the finish. Overall, this is a very good belgian golden that is up with the front runners in the style.

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Photo of erk0607
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright gold, mostly clear save for a bit of yeast that got poured out. Decent foam head that dissipated to a fine ring.

Smell: Spices like clove, nutmeg, candy, banana fruitiness, yeasty. Waftable but not super strong either.

Taste: Smooth yeast/belgian character notes, banana, spices, bubblegum

Feel: Intermediate to a bit on the heavy side, fine carbonation, smooth going down

Overall: Would not hesitate to get again.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light copper colored body filled with carbonation, a thick, off white and creamy head covers it and it’s all corralled by a nice lacing.
Smell: Light spices, coriander, summer grass, wheat and light malts, citrus zest and
Taste: Light caramel malts, mild citrus zest, the spices and coriander kick towards the back of your throat. Malty and sweet overall.
Mouthfeel: medium to light bodied, smooth and gentle alcohol dryness all the way through.
Overall: Very good style of the ale, nice to drink and easy on the palate.

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Photo of Squire123
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light hazy gold, good cap and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, rather rich scent, little hops.

Taste: Belgian, yes, that's it. Sweet malt, some yellow fruit and clove/spiciness. Not as sophisticated as the original models but a good representative none the less. Consistent flavors all the way through and clean finish.

Overall: Widely available, this one is proof a brew doesn't have to be a limited edition to be in the upper ranks. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a thick head that dissipates fairly quickly. Strong yeast scent with faint hints of lemon. Tastes of fresh sourdough bread, with hints of flowers, apple, and banana.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

North Coast Pranqster, 7.6% ABV, 20 IBU, Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Lots of head that lasts. Nose is slight citrus, smells "fresh". Taste is also citrus, not much bitterness, carbonation moderate to heavy. Very drinkable - could put a number of these away on a hot day, and the alcohol would sneak up on you since it doesn't come through on the taste. This would be good to serve guests who are used to BMC, though would be good to give them a heads-up on the 7.6% ABV. This is going on my favorites list.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Milk Money in Providence, and served in a pint glass:

Appearance: pours a hazy, but very bright orange color. Carries a thick, sudsy off-white head that lingers for a very long time.

Aroma: lots of spice, and lots of nice. No booze present, but lots of coriander, some mild fruitiness, and some pepper spiciness.

Taste: malty and sweet, with lots of yeast character present as well. Some pepper, some lemon, lots of malt. Really enjoyed this one. Very drinkable and smooth, even at 7.6%

Feel: smooth, soft mouthfeel, with a sticky finish.

Overall: a really nice brew, and one I'd happily drink any time.

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Photo of Obake21
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L = Hazy light gold with a nice head.
S = Faint orange peel and banana peel.
T = Very light bitterness, orange rind.
F = Light carbonation, a little silky/creamy
O = Hard to identify taste right off. It had to warm up a little before started to reveal itself. Subtle beer, but very nice.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass not sure if the bottle date. Pours a hazy orange, with a 3 inch fluffy white head, that settles quickly and leaves some hints of lace behind.

Smell clove, banana, biscuit, lime, caramel, and plum.

Taste follows big clove, biscuit, banana, bubblegum, raisin bread, and plum.

Mouthfeel is maybe medium, nice amount of life, a little bit dry, and nice drinkability.

Overall this is a nice Belgian, wish it had a little more body, but nice beer.

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Photo of anon
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured with a billowing two-finger head, dissipating but holding its retention, with the perfect carbonation keeping a constant pool of foam at the top of this beauty. Smells yeasty, bready and fruity. Banana, lemon zest, pear, biscuit and a touch of spice. Taste is much the same, but with attributes of clove, apple, straw, wheat, light bubblegum notes, earthiness.

Very creamy with a smoothness that lingers; light bodied, soft carbonation, a little sweet but balanced really well. Exceedingly crisp. Lip smacking good. An excellent straightforward take on the Belgian gold pale style that has come to be one of my favourites. Will enjoy again.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy medium sized foamy head. Little to no lacing. Notes of spicy yeast and lemon in the aroma. The taste follows suit, with a nice, spicy yeast typical of Belgian ales. Very pleasant flavor, and the smooth mouth feel makes this easy to drink. Overall, this is a great rendition of a Belgian style ale. I would certainly pick one up to enjoy while watching the cycling Spring Classics or cyclocross.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of EMH73
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with slight cloudiness. About a one inch head that dissipated quickly. Smells of spiced yeast and lemon. Tastes just like it smells. Well carbonated with a light feel.

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Photo of garagerock101
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. It pours nicely. Not too frothy. Smell's like a nice Belgian golden ale. As far taste the spicy flavor isn't overwhelming. The look has a gorgeous golden hue

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Hazy bright golden body, frothy white head with low retention. No visible carbonation.
S- Belgian yeast, lemon, dough.
T- Belgian yeast, bread, lemon, slight boozy note, slight banana.
F- Slick, light.
O- An average belgian style offering. The ABV is not that noticeable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip with the Superman logo (don't ask).

Immediately pours a delightful golden blonde haze with sediment floating and settling simultaneously as the head develops into a creamy 2 finger form. It disappears as soon as it appears however and leaves a small ring of bubble circumferentially in the glass.

Aroma is of cheaply spiced yeast and biscuit malt, a high floral bill, along with some hallertau hops and faint ginger.

The taste is a totally different animal. Just floored. It starts out with some banana rum-alcohol flavors, and counters with light floral hops and a crisp malt backbone. The finish is of warm alcohol and chewed bubblegum.

Feel is gloriously carbonated, with delightful shelving of the body stacking in at about medium weight, and finishing light, fruity, crisp, and semi-dry.

This is a beer I will seek out and drink again. A new favorite for a pale ale.

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Photo of jw4free
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: dark golden straw, no head. S: hint of sour Weiss tones. T: no sour. Fruity esters, traditional Belgian. F: nice effervescent tingle. O: good beer. Appropriately named.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange marmalade pour with substantial head and a steady stream of carbonation. Immediate aromas with my nasals a foot away. Belgium spice candy, yeasty and biscuity malt. Taste follows nose. Add a citrus note of coriander and a peppery spice. Medium body and creamy texture. Tastes linger well. This brew got character and makes for a flavor full session. Solid ale all around. Would buy again.

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Photo of hman43
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours a light golden with a full head that is white packed with small bubbles.

Smell: There are aromas of pils malt, sweet fruity esters of lemon, spices, and earthly yeast.

Taste: It has flavors of pils malt that provides a sweet flavor, there are lemon like flavors, with spices, and some earthly yeasts.

Feel: It has a light feel in the texture with a mostly dry and moderately bitter finish.

Overall: Overall it has a sweet flavor with a dry finish combine with complex flavors between the yeast, hops, and malts.

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Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Hazy golden straw with a generous white head. Aromas of bread, yeast, banana and cracker. Tastes of wheat, white bread, banana, clove, lemon, and a slight peppery spice. Generously carbonated but light on the palate with a clean dry finish.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden color with a nice 2 finger head.

Smells of biscuit, banana and wheat.

Taste quite the same, very delicious.

Worth a 4 pack.

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Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great brewer located in a great coast.

A – As it should: thick, cloudy orange body with a significant white, foamy head. But as much lacing as best Belgiums.

S – Spicy yeast, hay, grass, and fall leaves, banana aromas.

T – Follows smell plus so much more... offers a bread core that turns into as a reviewer wrote "banana bread" Lots of spice cabinet and fruits.

F – The weight, carbonation and yeast are great.

O: up there with the real deal.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.