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Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Squire123
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +3.3%
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 RCongdon974
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this one. Mine came in a 750 ml bottle with a wire-wrapped cork. The picture on the bottle is as appears above. The foam burst out after the cork-pull and I had to hurriedly get the glass underneath it.
The look is a light honey color, fairly cloudy with a thick cloudy head that diminishes after a minute or two. The beer continues to effervesce; almost like a Champagne.

The smell is clove, pineapple and malt.
The taste is mildly bitter and dry, with the malt and clove being equally dominant. The pineapple is still there, but faint. As far as strength of flavor I would categorize it as medium to medium-light.

The feel is light to medium bodied, fairly carbonated, leaving a bit of a dry feeling on the tongue. It might be described as very mildly astringent. This dissipates after a moment.

Overall, I would definitely buy this brew again. The price was surprisingly low for an ale of t his caliber - $4.59 US. I haven't paired it with any foods yet, but I imagine it could accompany many very easily.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 -7.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +5%
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 -5.5%
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 +9.5%
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 -11.5%
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 +2.5%
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 -7.5%
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 +2.3%
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 -16.5%
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 +7.3%
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 +12.8%
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 +6.3%
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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Photo of wisebier
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I would say this is my favorite American Belgian Ales (strong ale).

L: Nice cloudy orangey golden color. Pours a nice head that lasts

T: Spice, banana clove, very smooth with a little warmth at the finish. The spice adds a nice touch and I like how there is no fruitiness.

S: tastes like it smells

very good American made beer

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Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-honey,caramel,white bread,lemon,coriander,soda
-bubble gum,honey,lemon,pears,coriander
-finishes bone dry
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol warmth
Nice one.The Yeast doesnt come through as much as in your usual Belgian ales

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy straw with an exuberant head. The aromas lead with nuttiness, almost like roast almonds, followed by banana and cinnamon. The flavor begins with malty, bready, nutty tones, followed by banana and golden raisin, with cinnamon and nutmeg on the swallow, and the a quick return to the fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is zesty and lively, though with plenty of body. Overall this is a really great belgian style beer, with no pretensions. Also, a steal at the price.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange in color; 1 finger of white colored head.

Aroma is of citrus, spicy yeast, coriander, and some honey-like sweetness.

Taste is very good! Crisp carbonation and citrus start the sip off. Good carbonation throughout the sip. Yeast is present and spicy but not dominating. The beer is more on the citrusy crisp side than on the yeasty-spice side. Still an adequate amount of spice is present. Near the middle of the mouth, the honey sweetness catches up. It's a nice caramelized sugar taste. The finish is actually not too sweet; it is pleasantly dry. It isn't super dry but just enough to draw me in for another sip. With the dryness is tons of fresh pear juice.

Overall, one of the better US produced versions. Good balance of flavors with prominent citrus and a crisp finish. I see this pairing well with Apple cider braised pork, braised beans, and sautéed garlic kale. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours a dark hazy orange with a nice white head, about a fingers worth of foam that thins out, some lacing occurring

S: Oh jeez, this has a rather musty stench, I'm used to Belgian funk, but this is a borderline ammonia/urine scent.

T: A Wheat nose with spice, that fades into a bit of sweet malt with a slight amount of citrus, nothing overwhelming.

F: Good for the style, Medium bodied and high carbonation

O: Perhaps I have overindulged with the Belgians again, but this beer is rather par for the course. My biggest problem is the disconnect from the smell and taste, a pretty underwhelming showing from a legendary brewery like North Coast. Perhaps if on sale, Pranqster might be worth investigating if you are just that dedicated to Belgian-style ales.

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Photo of Tele
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 9.13.15

A: 4.25 Pours a slightly hazy, reddish-gold. The two-inch off-white head has good retention and leaves some lace.

S: 4.25 Aromas are classic Belgian pale ale. The yeast dominates with estery clove, grapes, banana, orange peel, and mild hay. There is some malt presence and a touch of hops as well.

T: 4.25 Starts off a bit sweet before moving into all the esters from the nose. Lots of spice and yeast on the palate while the malt steps back a bit. The finish has a pleasant mineral quality developing into light bitterness.

M: 4.5 The body is nice and substantial while remaining drinkable and refreshing. Carbonation is on point too.

O: 4.25 Classic example of a Belgian pale ale. Lots of esters while still letting some of the malt shine. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.