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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 90
Gots: 135 | 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

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Photo of BlindPig


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin off white head on a cloudy golden/orange body.
S- Big yeast aroma, light sugars, light fruits, bit of malt backbone.
T- Nice balance of orange, citrus hops, yest flavors, bit of pale malt, hint of banana, and a flavor or two more I just can't single out.
M- Medium to full body with low (maybe scratching on medium) carbonation.
D- It is very tasty. I will be buying more of this and I can see it being very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 02:41:26 | More by BlindPig
Photo of willjschmidt


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Comes in a 4 pack.

A: Light caramel color with a full head.
S: The nose is slightly floral and sweet.
T: Nice fruity flavor, a crisp clean finish. The taste if the alcohol is a bit overwhelming.
M: Light and crisp.
D: This is a very drinkable beer and a nice attempt at the style. There are better Belgian Strong Pale Ale's out there though.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 23:05:33 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of July2Nov


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: pored into an over-sized wine glass manufactured by Chimay.

A: A beautiful cloudy golden/orange hue. The bubbles quickly rose to the top forming the head and quickly leaving as fast as it formed, leaving loose remnants around the glass.

S: Has that "stable" smell that is expected of the Belgian style.

T: Complex: Begins sweet, then gets a bit mild and then ends with a grainy feel. Great!

M: Light and spiky. Leaves the mouth with that dry, yet refreshing feeling that all beer drinkers are looking for (at least this one).

D: The North Coast Brewing Co. should make this a 6-pack, because I would definitely enjoy those back to back. Guess I'll have to buy 2 4-packs. Whoa is me.

Footnote: From the North Coast website: "The label is adapted from a classic Belgian engraving by De Loose. It depicts Old World Brewmasters -- Ruedrich among them -- gathered around a festive table enjoying the fruits of their labors."

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 21:30:20 | More by July2Nov
Photo of younger35


3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a nonic pint glass. Pretty cool looking bottle of some people partying it up. Bought this little 12oz’r along with a couple other North Coast goodies.

Appearance- Poured a nice hazy golden yellow with hints of a light orangish haze as it breaks around the glass. Very fizzy head forms immediately that recedes as quickly as it came. Maintains very nice bubbling throughout with very little lacing.
Smell- Very strong dirty Belgium aroma throughout. Has a very musty, basement like smell. Hints of spices cut through the dankness revealing a clove nuttiness that is more than welcome. Hints of a apple like citrus hit the senses with the spice. Very cider like.
Taste- WAY better than it smells. A nice sweet malt tinge sets the beer off followed by nice spice kick. I was surprised by how little of a yeast taste there was. It was still big, but not as big as I was expecting from the smell. Nicely covered by the nice clove maltyness and slight citrus bitterness. Gentle warming tones finish this with a medium dryness.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp, gentle carbonation tingles the tongue on every sip. Nice alcohol warming throughout. Feels very much like it looks.
Drinkability- Not to shabby. For the price it’s hard to beat for this style. A pretty tasty brew with a fairly (considering) low ABV. Definitely could enjoy two or three of these bad boys and still walk home.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 18:10:41 | More by younger35
Photo of GimmeAles


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iridescent gold fills the tulip from a well-settled bottle. Meringue-like head developes to 1-finger thick then receeds quickly (hmm, decidely un-Belgian if you ask me) like apple juice with the slightest haze. Light dough and honeydew permeate the first sniff. Further investigation brings along other fresh, light fruitiness and Belgian spice

Tastes of Golden Delicious apples, honey, and melons with a bready malt underpinning and an edge of clove. Lovely melding of delicate
flavours, with the slightest Belgian funk to keep reminding me this isn't fruit-juice. Some faint vanilla and soft caresses of herbal hops beg another sip. Light and silky on the tongue - oh yes, this one goes down very smoothly. The finest carbonation and alcohol produce a clean
and medium-dry finish.

Final pour produces yeasty cloudiness, mouthfeel becomes more dense and the light fruit is displaced by bready-dough, or is it doughy-bread?

Overall a very Belgian, very drinkable, very delicious ale. Among a blind tasting among other standards from across the Atlantic, I'm not sure who would win frankly, but at this price point (under $7 for 4 12ozers), PranQster will win more often than not in my cellar, er I mean, fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 00:26:33 | More by GimmeAles
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3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pranqster pours a hazy yellow orange with a very thin white cap that disappeared quickly. A few slow bubbles from the bottom throughout the beer.

The aroma was sour with malt and alcohol notes.

The taste continues with the sour note and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, some crispness to the finish.

Drinkability is alright for this one. Nothing objectionable. I'd certainly drink one if it were handed to me, but I don't know if I'd seek it out. I've tasted beers of this style I've enjoyed more. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 17:56:43 | More by slyke
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a lighter shade of yellow and is slightly cloudy. There is a small head. The smell is wheaty and a little of the abv shows. The taste is a lot of wheat. And the abv shos here as well. But the mouthfeel is actually smooth. This helps the drinkability. A fair Belgian. Drinkable, fair. I could drink this again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 16:48:18 | More by Enola
Photo of geographie


2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pssst! This one's got some carbonation, oh yeah. Big fat bubbles cling to the side of my 4oz taster glass. A fluffy white heat rests atop a pale orange, slightly hazy belgian style brew. Head dissipates quickly but carbon dioxide continues to breach the surface.

I'm smelling general mulling spices, hints of cinnamon, mostly clove and a dash of nutmeg. That in-your-face musty belgian yeasty stench bushwacks its way through my nostrils, intoxicating my brain bringing me right to the heart of this beer.

Taste is light, titillating. Alcoholic esters are quite evident, a bit solventy - the bitter strokes the tongue right smack in the middle, odd. There isn't any strong malt backing to this, but notes of citrus are quite complimentary.

If i can make the analogy to styrofoam, here me out- upon sipping, this beer feels big and bulky, however once the beer is in your discriminating mouth, the body isn't there. A tricky bugger, but its still a pleasure on the palate. The bubbles are reminiscent of a light ginger ale.

This one isn't for the faint of heart. Drink lightly.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 09:21:42 | More by geographie
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a large tulip glass, it pours the color of a bright golden-honey color with a slight surface layer of white egg-shell head that quickly turns to only a slight edge layer around the glass. Body is slightly hazy as I hold it up to the light as well. Fairly fruity on the nose, with a large bite of alcohol that hits my sinuses. A slight aroma of cloves or coriander is noted along with a slight vanilla and orange peel aroma that is fairly pleasing. Fairly sweet to sip, lots of cloves tasted up front along with other spices (maybe coriander if I am correct). A nice balanced maltiness comes out as well, all while I taste a bit of orange peel or other citrus fruits. Body is quite nice and balanced between a slight carbonation leading to a nice fairly crisp body in which the alcohol tends to be quite mild really. The finish is very nice, and it doesn't dry out as much as anticipated. With an abv of over 7%, this one is not going to be an easy drinker if I attempted to drink a sixer, but this makes a nice slightly warming brew especially after being outside shoveling snow and ice for most of the day.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 00:38:12 | More by Fish113d
Photo of luvND


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz shorty with faces in a pub, nice bottle
A: Hazy gold, 1/4 inch head quickly dissipates
S: ripe fruit, sweet malt with spicy background
T: sweet up front with some spice, lingering aftertaste is spicey as well
M: a little thin but okay for style
D: at 7.6, this is pretty drinkable, I could have 3 or 4 and not get sick of it
Notes: This is a really good American version of a Belgian pale, better than many of the Belgian imports I've had. Hats off to North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 20:49:48 | More by luvND
Photo of shadow1961


3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

North Coast's Panqster Belgian style Golden Ale pours
out a thin white head over a cloudy gold brew. Carbonation
is active and the nose is basically malt, belgian yeast, and a
bit of citrus. There's a definite grain flavor to the brew, with a
touch of hop presence balancing the malt sweetness. The 7.6%
alcohol by volume adds a little tingle to the mouthfeel.

North Coast has executed a pretty faithful rendition of this style,
and it's worth checking out. I hope some of their other products
make their way into my area.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 08:59:24 | More by shadow1961
Photo of ojiikun


3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a stubby 12 ouncer into a stemmed tulip. Comes out of the bottle without fanfare and into the glass as a lightish yellow on the side of amber. Very clear for the style, and with a head that managed to last forever despite being so small. Lace is minimal but not missed.

Smell is overwhelmingly of funky yeast, heavy minerals, and unidentifiable spices. When cool but not cold or warm, sweet malt creeps in. Fruit notes are red apples or sour cherries.

Taste is completely overwhelmed by dry, funky yeast. Gamey straw and overcooked green peas. For a moment in the middle nice spicing takes over, clearly hinting at corriander or red peppercorns. The dominant flavours, though, are the dry funk; standard for all belgians, true, but not usually in this proportion.

The mouthfeel is sublime on this one, with it's subtle and lasting carbonation and warm touch. I swear the head on this one is reproducing on it's own, swirled or not.

This beer would be very drinkable if not for the taste. Simply lacking in balance, I imagine some conditioning might help. As a matter of preference, if you really like dry or farmstyle yeasts, this could be for you. Unfortunately, this lacks the refinement of old-world belgians.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 06:59:09 | More by ojiikun
Photo of Prufrock


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

slightly hazy orange golden. foamy half-inch of white head that leaves thin rings of lace.

bright, complex aroma. belgian yeast at the front, but with notes of coriander, honey, lemon, banana, and flowers.

light, drinkable feel with an appropriately stinging medium carbonation. all of the notes in the aroma come through in the flavor, and it's all very balanced. nothing ground-breaking, but it's pleasant and a great american version of a good belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 02:50:54 | More by Prufrock
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this bottle is a year old and i think i can tell. i remember it seeming a little hot and that aspect appears to have dwindled. it's a nice light amber color with lively carbonation. the head was initially very nice and still left a nice thick film with some respectable lacing

some musty hops dominate the aroma. it somehow smells dusty. there is certainly some sweetness, too, and a hint of golden raisin. the raisin is refleted in the flavor, to a greater degree than in the smell. haps are significant here and offer a considerable bitterness to frame the taste

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 05:40:14 | More by bruachan
Photo of BeerSox


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

Hazy golden color with a thin off white head that turns into a thin rim along the glass. A more aggressive pour yields a thicker head, that fizzes away quickly. Spots of stringly lace appear here and there.

Syrupy white grape aromas with a little bit of malt. Some of the alcohol makes its way through.

Grainy malt base with some sweet light fruit. A little bit of spiciness is paired with some alcohol that warms the mouth a little. Each sip comes with a little bit of creaminess to complement the slightly fizzy feel of the medium bodied brew. Carbonation is on the higher side. The grain and alochol combine in the finish, with a little bit of lingering alcohol.

A good Belgian Strong Pale ale made by an American brewer. Sometimes the style is a little off when it's made here, but this one does well. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 03:17:28 | More by BeerSox
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the local COOP. Poured a rich and hazy orange color and left a medium twio finger head and nice rings of lacing as it slowly settled. Nose is of yeast, flowers, malts, and hops, with banana esters.. Palate is of alcohol, and flavor is sweet and light hops which makes it really clean tasting and easy to drink. Finish is great with a lttle bitterness at the very end. Good brew and ranks right up there with imports from Belgium costing far more, including North Coast's own Brother Thelonious. At $6.35 for a four pack (48 oz) it is a good buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 01:04:58 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of russpowell


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours en effervescent but hazy bronze with a pinky of white head. Beer clears abiut 10 minutes into the pour. Good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Huge fruiityness (dates, figs, & necatrines), cakeyness & honey notes up front

T: Slight sweetness followed by puckery (grapefruit) hops. Dryness phenolic yeastyness surface as this ale warms. Some pepper & corriander break through about 1/2 way through the beer. Finishes fruitty, dry, sweet & hoppy

MF: Sprtizy, medium bodied

This is a sipper, the dryness, the yeast & hops profile really slow me down. This isn't my style though, but just an average example of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 23:58:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of Graebner


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw/orange with a fine layer of white head. Looks somewhat viscous. Few bubble columns.

Smells of orange rind, alcohol, dry maltiness.

Taste is sweet, sweet malt, spicy alcohol and herbal notes, orange rind, and a malty grainy finish. Alcohol noticable but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Viscous as it appears, but not too heavy. The alcohol lifts it off your palate when you finish a sip. Low carbonation, but enough to keep it balanced. Overall an excellent brew.

Drinkability is good. The high abv and sweetness would probly limit it to a short session, but a session none-the-less. It does sit very easy on the stomach, though, and the low CO2 helps it along as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 02:25:28 | More by Graebner
Photo of peabody


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy yellow/orange with two fingers of nice white suds.
Slight lacing.
Smell is clove and banana and sugar.Lots of yeast here. Burns the nose.
The taste of the clove and banana are there but there is a dark aftertaste that is followed by the alcohol resting in the back of the throat.
Sugary is the word here. Then the alcohol. Best not drink a buttload of these babies.
All in all, not bad for a Belgian Golden.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 23:57:01 | More by peabody
Photo of xymyl


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange with good carbonation and a small white head, no lacing that I could see.

Aroma is apples, oranges and honey with alcohol, spice, yeast and citrus leaves.

Taste has a nice light and clean malty sweetness, a spiciness that is enhanced by the carbonation, a friendly herbal quality and an occasional alcoholic bite that also intermingles with the spices when apparent, the beer is potent but balanced.

Note: In both the aroma and taste notes I'm neglecting to mention all the typical esters in detail but they are there, this is a very well made Belgain style beer indeed. Medium bodied and easy to drink. I haven't had this in so long I forgot how good it was. Loses carbonation if you sip too long (like I do).

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 03:23:26 | More by xymyl
Photo of Franchise


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a foggy orange, yeast throughout, with lemon highlights that leaves a thin spotchy white head that quickly disappears. The aroma is wheat, lemon grass, honey, sugar cane, sweet tropical fruit. The taste is malty, fruit, sugar syrupy on the palate a light nudge of hops which sets it back in balance but this is a true belgian golden ale with a light alcohal feel on the palate that is so sweet and delicious. One that I will go back to again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 19:44:50 | More by Franchise
Photo of tempest


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A very smooth and easy drinking beer, its a shame it was practicall uncarbonated. I don't know if there was a bottling problem, but it came out slightly flatter than cask ale. Smelled and tased of apple juice. It wasa bit more complex than just juice with orange liquer and spice. No hint of alcohol, but I think it was fermented a bit warm.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 06:36:41 | More by tempest
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Muddy reddish-brown color, with massive amounts of suspended sediment. The head is off-white, pours fairly large, but soon collapses to a thin white layer, with a scattering of thin broken lace.

Aroma: Rich spicy, malty aroma with caramel, dark fruit, apple peel, vanilla, coriander, and cloves.

Taste: Opens with a strong toffee and diacetyl note, almost like butter toffee candy. Midway through the taste, dark fruits appear, later in the taste, bitter apple and earth. At the finish there is a lingering, mild herbal hop note. The alcohol presence is sweet and warming, and appears late in the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and fairly soft.

Drinkability/notes: A quite nice example, remarkably complex.

Presentation. Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 20:15:14 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Grundle20


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber hued golded color into a snifter. There is a minor white head to the beer that has poor retention.

There is a rich smell of sweet banana nut bread. There's a very minor yeasty funk to the scent but not as much as is present in this styles Belgian roots.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Drinks kind of creamy and again with a dominant flavor of sweet banana nut bread. There is a medium malt body that offers up a full flavor to the beer. The finish is for the most part clean with a slight ripe banana aftertaste with a warm alcohol presence.

Aside from the slightly high ABV this beer is perfectly good. It would serve as a good alternative to a wheat beer and would go great with a meal.

Bottom Line:
One of the more true examples of the style here stateside that I've had. I'm not a big fan of North Coast's six pack beer but I've really been feeling their high end stuff lately.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 17:53:55 | More by Grundle20
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap and Eli Cannons, Middletown, CT

Poured a cloudy, golden amber with a one-finger, fizzy, white head that faded to a lingering film.

Smell was quite fragrant. Yeasty, spicy and fruity, with green apple coming through strong.

Taste was unusual for a Belgian. Yeasty, tart and acidic with strong notes of lemon peel and clover honey. Sour with a clean and fairly dry finish. Almost Champagne-like in some regards. At 7.6% ABV, the alcohol was hardly detectable initially but became somewhat strong as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was typical for this style. Medium bodied with an invigorating amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer was quite drinkable and could be easily substituted for a white wine. Kudos for originality.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2006 15:44:52 | More by Damian
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.