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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,792 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,792
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 110
Gots: 221 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998)
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Photo of onewetpaw
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A- Fruit aroma and some pepper.

A Light golden. Slight haze. Nice white head that dissipates after a few drinks.

F- Beautiful light flavors are present that seem in balance. Fruit flavors and some gentle subdued spice. A classic Belgian fruitiness I get from belgian yeasts, especially when they are fermented warm.

M- Crisp and light. The carbonation seems a little low for style, but overall seems fine.

O- Duvel defines the style. This seems like a Duvel, but with more character. I really appreciate the fact that things remain restrained in the beer and fruit flavor are subdued.

onewetpaw, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of getbehindthemule
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

getbehindthemule, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Certainly pours like a Belgian Golden. Big old egg shell head with constant fizzy beading and a golden body. Nose has esters, cloves, sweet bread, nice blankets of yeast. Gains some complexity with some warmth. Taste is bright, some black pepper, that yeast is all over the place. The mouthfeel is really what struck me with this beer. It’s surprisingly, and pleasantly thick and smooth. It’s a density that I don’t associate with a golden ale but it really does work wonderfully. Overall, probably my favorite North Coast offering to date.

yamar68, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of JustOneMorePlz
3/5  rDev -25.6%

JustOneMorePlz, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy golden with a two-finger length white head. The aroma is of citrus and spices with coriander standing out in the scent. The taste is similar to the smell. The spices hit first and the flavor of citrus is also present. It's dry. The alcohol is present, but it is not a strong flavor. It blends well into the background and complements the flavors of the beer. The carbonation lends a crispness to the beer. The body is medium and this beer drinks very well. Overall, this is an excellent, well-balanced beer.

acevenom, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of srobertson59
4/5  rDev -0.7%

srobertson59, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Arherring
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Arherring, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev -0.7%

cycoduck, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of craftbeer31
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

craftbeer31, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of haddyhustle302
4/5  rDev -0.7%

haddyhustle302, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow-orange color with tons of visible carbonation. Big and fluffy white head sits on top and dissapates slowly leaving a good amount of lacing with it. Bright citrusy, flowery notes meet the nose with hints of coriander and peppery notes. Light amount of floral and herbal hops in the background as well. Not bad.

Not too much or too little in any aspect of the taste. Medium body that lets peppery notes come to the forefront and then recede for fruity citrusy tones to come forward. Not quite juicy as it remains pretty dry throughout, coming into a clean and effervescent finish. Coriander lends a big hand in the flavor, providing that peppery bitterness. The hops are light but perfectly balancing in the back, not outdoing the pepper and citrus notes. Healthy hint of alcohol in the breath, hiding well but still a part of the profile. Definitely a uniqueness here that is most likely from the yeast strains used to give it that extra Belgian flourish.

Good beer here, nothing out of this world to me, but a well balanced Belgian style gold ale that is easy to drink but still complex.

chodinheaven, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy light orange color with a thin wisp of foam ring on top. In a snifter glass.

Coriander, orange marmalade, white pepper, and a hint of green tea. Yeasty.

Very peppery bite on the initial sip. Followed by booze and orangey sweetness. Then, more booze for extra warmth. Spicy for the style. The sugars represent themselves in the finish. There is an overpowering carbonation, that is seriously heavy-duty and unexpected. It almost burns in the mouth when it's cold. Medium body with lower drinkability. Interesting.

I really don't know what I was expecting, but it's merely okay. I'd try it again when I'm not in such a hurry.

thecheapies, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jag21
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

jag21, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of edfinn
4/5  rDev -0.7%

edfinn, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of kspongeworthy
4/5  rDev -0.7%

kspongeworthy, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of brewbaker
4/5  rDev -0.7%

brewbaker, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of HopHeadInOhio
4/5  rDev -0.7%

HopHeadInOhio, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught into a goblet at the Yardhouse in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. I'd had it out of the bottle before.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark hazy orange-gold.

Sm: Orange citrus esters, wheat, and maybe yeast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange citrus ester hops over a wheat foundation, with some light cream. Layered but somehow simple. Balanced.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a touch sharp. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable. I like it. A simple enjoyable little beer.


kojevergas, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

CEDAMA, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

North Coast Pranqster has a very thick, soapy, white head and a hazy, cloudy, yellow-golden appearance with lots of lacing, but few streaming bubbles. Aroma is subtle, but one gets white bread, spice, and water. Taste is of coriander, bread, bitterness, and a touch of banana. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pranqster finishes relatively crisp, refreshing, and quite easy drinking. Overall, this is an excellent beer.


RonaldTheriot, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Swervine44
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Swervine44, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +24.1%

jaidenjb, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Fifirouge
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Fifirouge, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of FunkyFibes
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

FunkyFibes, Feb 17, 2012
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,792 ratings.