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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,959
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 119
Gots: 332 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998

IBU's: 20
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Ratings: 2,959 | Reviews: 1,176
Photo of Bockrules
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with swirls of yeast in it. A few small bubbles rise to the rocky, four finger, white head. Head is gone halfway down the glass. Leaves a few splotches of lacing near the top of the glass.

S - Nice and big floral nose with a touch of crab apples.

T - Floral yeast and crab apples upfront. The body rides on a backbone of candied sugar with flashes of crab apple hops and musty yeast. A small flash of earthy hops leads to a dry, slightly floral finish.

M - Medium bodied, but super creamy. The beer seems to expand rapidly in my mouth.

To my knowledge, this is my first go with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It was certainly very drinkable and smooth despite the high ABV, but I expected more complexity - this beer began to bore me after a bit. I would get another bottle of two again at world market, but I have to believe there are more invigorating versions of this style our there.

Photo of rfbenavi80
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle kept in fridge. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with lots of pillowy foamy head that left fairly quickly leaving very mild lacing on the glass.

S- Strong smells of yeast. Sweet malts, and some sweet fruits. Quite bready.

T- Bready. I'm getting some of the dried lighter fruits that were present in the nose. Maybe pineapple, and apricots. Lots of sweet malts. Well rounded. Wonderful.

M- Nicely carbonated. Not overbearing. Good texture. Not overly thick.

O- A solid offering from North Coast. Picked up a 4 pack of this just to try it, and I'm glad I did. Think I'll put one off to the side for a while to see if it becomes more "well rounded"

Photo of rbmjr1
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of rudy0908
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TuffNut87
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There was very little lacing or head when poured into a pint glass. It was a cloudy yellow- orange. The smell of pineapple was most prominent to me. The carbonation was enjoyable and the taste was incredible. It was a subtle blend of pineapple, orange and cloves. The favors reminded me of hefeweisse but milder and I found Pranqster more enjoyable. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer!

Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Libbey tall tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a rocky off-white head. Slightly darker than most BSPAs, but still nice-looking. Head recedes down quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

S: Bright yeast with a slight farmhouse character, sugary vanilla cake, honey, mild soapiness, bit of nectarine.

T: Pleasantly sweet. White cake, sweet cream, small tinge of bitter hop, mango, some coriander. Huge pleasing coarse grain in the finish, along with a little horseblanket from the yeast. Very nice.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation.

O: Not the most complex BSPA I've had, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of mschind
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A- Clear light gold in a chalice with a big white three finger foamy head that quickly faded to half inch cap. Noticed some clear legs on the side of the glass but not much lacing.

S- Clean malty sweetness, citrus fruit.

T- Starts with a slightly astringent sweetness that reminds me of apples. The finish is dry and crisp. Not much in the way hops which is ok.

M- Medium and well rounded with gentle carbonation.

O- This is an excellent domestic version of a classic Belgian Pale Ale. I think it rivals the imports for less money. I enjoy this frequently. Complex enough for savoring and still very drinkable.

Photo of greenbeer29
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of disemgrowler
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of mrelizabeth
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head, but it has remained to a decent layer. Golden straw yellow is the color of the beer with a haziness to it and good signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. The beer is very alive and inviting. Can't wait to have a sip. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: apples, pears, vanilla, spices, bready malts, and alcohol.

Taste: Super awesome blend of all the above flavors. Breadiness and slight bitterness linger nicely for a little bit.

Mouthfeel: super smooth, delicious, medium bodied, medium carbonation, the booze warms as it goes down, and it's really easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid beer for a BSPA from North Coast. That mastered this style very well and it is a nice alternative to beers from breweries in Belgium. I have had this plenty of times at the Union Brewhouse and will enjoy many more in the future.

Photo of bkrbdan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Louski
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of monnik
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a bottle.

S: Fruit and cloves.

A: Expected haze. With a head that disappears quickly and no lacing.

F: The flavor matches the smell. Fruit and cloves. Maybe other spices as well, but definitely on the mark for what you'd expect.

M: Chewy as most Belgian Strong Ales but very smooth. Exactly what I was expecting for the style.

O: The beer seems to be dead on. Love it.

Photo of onewetpaw
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of getbehindthemule
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of yamar68
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of JustOneMorePlz
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of acevenom
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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