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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,879
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 115
Gots: 280 | 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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Photo of ocelot2500
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a tight white head. Enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of mostly apple and some spice.

Tastes of of the apple and peach with a slight background spice and some tang. This is too sweet for me. Kind of has this weird combination of the sweetness and a lack of other malt characteristics that I don't like. Feels like the malt/sugars were not completely used and left a raw note to the brew.

The mouthfeel is a medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice, Pranqster poured a hazy deep gold, with a super fast fading white head. It looks slightly thickish.
The aromas are pure Belgian. There is a yeasty quality to the aroma, the smell of which just makes me think Belgian beer. There is some malt to the nose, a slight spiciness, some earthy aromas, and a hint of maybe some lemon.
The taste and feel of this beer is a winning combination. There is a wheat-like feel and taste, sweet malts, some spice, banana, coriander, citrus, a touch of sour, and then finally, a sweet finish. A great many complexities going on in this glass. The finish is fairly dry, and the feel of the beer is good.
This is a top notch offering from North Coast. The price for a 4 pack is good, and a great substitute for some of the more expensive Belgian offerings.

Photo of bmwats
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Opaque, cloudy, golden color. Pours into a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles leaving only a ring of bubbly carbonation around the rim of the glass. Significant carbonation continues to rise throughout. No lacing to speak of.

S: Floral grains, lemon citrus, hay, a little pine, some grape, also some subtle hints of clove, bay, and oregano.

T: Light and bitter malt, with floral hints, and a subtle fruitiness. Really woody.

M: Light, bitter, and dry.

D: A sipper.

Pretty solid atmosphere. Appearance is solid, nose is really complex with a great mix of components. Very pleasing. Flavor has some complexity, but the heavy pungency of the malt distracts a bit. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of wangbruins
2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Opaque burnt orange with a not-too-appealing fizzy head without much staying power and not too much lacing

S- Caramel and lemon with some wheat scents

T- Very lemony and wheaty with some caramel and a slight sour aftertaste

M- Kind of fizzy with a tart bite and aftertaste

D- It's smooth bu8t the sourness would stop me at about three in a sitting

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

A: Pours a cloudy golden amber with a foamy white head. A few millimeters retain well, especially around the edges of the glass, which leaves pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet, with the expected Belgian style spices and yeast aromas. A bit of earthy background.

T: A well balanced Belgian pale. Sweet and fairly complex, lots of flavor.

M: Lower than average carbonation for the style, fairly smooth, mouthfeel on the finish is almost watery. Aftertaste is slightly sticky.

D: Drinks easy, and the ABV isn't too overboard.

Photo of ectomorph
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bunch of jolly old guys except the modern looking fellow on the far right...

A - Hazy golden and orange show great carbonation from the bottom with a continuous mountain of off white head. Sparkling.

S - Sweet apple and grape form a bubblegum nose with a hint of yeast spiciness.

T - Sweet and again bubblegum comes to mind... Some coriander spice, banana, apple, with a honey finish. There is a slight alcohol warmth. Biscuits and toast show more as it warms.

M - Big body and Belgian carbonation. Similar to Duvel only chewier.

D - Moderate. Great taste and clean finish, another top notch offering from North Coast.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thin, sparkling head on a nice golden beer with plenty of active carbonation. Sounds active even. Quite clear, but not perfect. The head disipates fast. WAY too fast. The beer without it's head looks much more orange.

S: Spicey and herbal, German hops methinks. A little citrusy and kinda sweet, like candi sugar.

T: Less herbal, same citrusy and spicey notes as the smell. In particular I think I get pumpkin, but that may be a pavlovian thing from the orange of the beer. I get no Belgianyness to this though, which is good for me, I'm not really a fan of that, but I like this.

M: Started out kinda sparkling, but that faded fast. Still crisp on the lips, but smooth on the tongue. Not the cleanest finish though, leaves a tingling in the mouth.

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the ABV. No carbonation to get in the way either, and it's pretty light on the palate. I think it's very very nice.

Photo of woosterbill
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nice, hazy, deep orangy gold body supporting a half-inch head of dense white foam; fairly quick dissipation with only minimal lacing; lively carbonation from the etched "d" keeps the middle of the cap dancing - fun.

S: Powerful aroma dominated by sweet, fruity malt and pungent, spicy yeast; I'm reminded of the mash fermenters at the Jack Daniel's distillery, but in a much more balanced and restrained way. Quite intriguing.

T: Lots of spice up front (both yeast and coriander), followed by a big wave of super-sweet malt and some tongue-coating alcohol - a tad cloying on the finish, in fact. Complex but ultimately too sweet for me.

M: Lovely - lots of fine, soft bubbles caress the palate, helping this medium-bodied brew to be both smooth and lively.

D: Doesn't do much to hide its substantial ABV, and the sweet finish keeps me from feeling much thirst for each new sip. Still, tasty enough to keep me coming back for more.

Notes: I didn't have terribly high expectations for this beer (I've always found North Coast to be somewhat hit or miss, my beloved Old Raspy notwithstanding), and overall I was impressed by the depth and power of the flavor - it just wasn't always a flavor that appealed to me. Definitely worth a try for anyone who likes the Belgian strong pale style, but I'll take Duvel any day over this one.


Photo of beer1018
2/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears dark yellow with not much of a head after a hard pour.I can smell alittle citrus and funk. Taste is spicey with little to no hops, lots of malt flavor, yet again i am geting a skunked flavor, posibly an old bottle and cant find any bottle by on it. Mouthfeel is creamy with to much carbonation with makes my throat burn on the way down. I dont like anything about this beer, not reccomended.

Photo of jhoban19
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pranqster goblet.

A: vigorous pour directly into the bottom of the glass produced very little head, which didn't hang around long. lacing almost non-existent. cloudy golden color (the vigorous pour allowed the yeast to escape the bottle).

S: pretty typical Belgian Pale Ale aroma- some floral scents, fruit and honey as well. a hint of a sour aroma.

T: a lot going on here- some spice, some citrus, honey, banana, clove, green apple. More malt than hop characteristic, but both take a back seat to the fruit/floral/honey/spice flavors.

M: smooth, with a fizzy, almost ginger-ale like feel on the roof of the mouth as it passes along the tongue. goes down very easy.

D: I enjoyed this beer. not sure I would choose it over other similar options, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

Photo of Dspohn
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. A dark orange/amber color with a head that disappeared very quickly leaving a slight ring.

S. Sweet and slightly sour smelling fruits and malt with some of the yeasty zing associated with belgain pale ales. Smells of lemons and green apples.

T. Taste is of sweet malt and the high abv is more noticeable than many other BSPAs. Not as fruity as I wouldve guessed by the smell but the belgain yeast flavor is quite good.

M. A little thin, not too carbonated.

D. Incredibly drinkable due to its lighter body and little carbonation. The high abv comes through a little but that's the only thing holding it back.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 7.60 %

Reviewed @ home, 11/6/2008, (from Julie)
Re-reviewed @ E St, NCBC tasting,
pint glass on from a bottle 9/23/09

A 2.5 - cloudy straw meets copper in color , mediocre small head that was gone quick, minor lace if at all.
S 4.0 - Sweet aroma, hints of banana/clove/spice
T 4.0 - Tastes similar to aroma, on a thin malt backbone, but tastes better than I rememeber. Solid Belgian yeast presence, just a bit thin that's all.
MF 2.5 - very low on carbonation, very thin body, watery finish.
D 3.0 - a bit thinner in body than I would expect compared to other BSPA's.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ar: Dry floral, peach, dark woody hints, light alcohol, strange funk/dry maltiness
Ap: clear straw, off white head, good retention
F: Sweet fruit, over-ripe peach, floral, doughy malt, honey, light tropical/citrus fruit, coriander, spicy and herbal, alcohol apparent, toasted malt, dry>sweet, malt>hop
M: medium mouthfeel, med/high carbonation, slightly rough, alcohol warmth
O: reasonably good us made belgian beer

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

Poured into a goblet. Golden, slightly hazy, with less than a finger of white head with little retention and no lacing. Smells quite yeasty, with a lot of biscuit, some banana, maybe some cardamom, and a sweetish, malty smell that reminds me of bubble gum.

Good malt profile with biscuit and light caramel, sweet but not so sweet as to be off-putting. Lively carbonation appropriate to the style. I taste some molasses, a bit of banana, some yeast notes. Finishes pretty crisp, with a warming feeling from alcohol that was masked so well I didn't notice it was there until the glass was half empty.

Very smooth and lighter-bodied than I expected given the yeasty nose, great drinkability in general, great for the style in particular. Wish I had a few more!

There were some small, almost indescribable qualities I felt were missing, but this is a great beer. I've had plenty of 'belgian-style' beers that were not quite there. This one was spot on, and a unique aroma plus a great drinkability leaves a pretty solid offering that can stand on its own.

Photo of benimator
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this suddenly appearing in the store in Canada and had to try it.

Not much of a head, slightly cloudy...very smooth alcohol taste for being 7.6%. Extremely drinkable. Spicy, citrusy taste...lots of flavors in there.Wonderful balance.

Best belgium beer I've had in awhile and reminds me of how much i enjoyed drinking the beer over in Belgium.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, bubbly light golden body. Fast rising bubbles anticipate a large head, but the foam falls flat peaking at about 1/2 finger in a red wine glass. Expected more...perhaps poured a bit too cold.

Rich aroma of bread and spice. Small citrus and clove mixes together it seemed. Other spices are in there, couldn't quite pick them out.
Taste followed the nose and the carbonation gives a nice zing to it. Alcohol is subtle. A slight lemony finish to it gives it puckering. Semi-sweet at the finish. A bit filmy on the back.
Overall a very nice BSPA, glad I have 3 more.

Photo of felipe2toes
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It poured a bit cloudy, honey-toned, and had about a 1/2-inch creamy head. The head dissipated fairly quickly and left some nice lacing.

The nose was malty, and citrusy. Tastewise, I detected the same malt and citrus notes, but also some spice, and even some hints of honey. Finished very crisp and clean to me.

I know the alcohol is up there in Pranqster, but I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of kegger22
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber with a moderate head that faded to a skin. The aroma was over ripe, sweet fruit. The taste was also fruity, banana among others, and sweet. The feel was light bodied with low carbonation for a BSPA. Drinkability was good. My favorite BSPA to date.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: Hazy gold, with not much of a head or lace.

S: Cotton candy, lemon/citrus, pineapple, and banana came to the forefront. Very aromatic.

T: All of the aforementioned flavors, plus green apple, cloves, and brown sugar. What an excellent balance.

M: Medium-bodied, with ever so slight hint of carbo.

D: When combined with the aroma, this went down WAY too easy. Very sessionable...at least until the alcohol gets to you.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from DeCicco's Ardsley, poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Bright cloudy deep orange with no head and no lacing.

S: Cocoa, Belgian yeast, citrus, and a twinge of alcohol all tied together with a certain creaminess.

T: Starts off mellow and very malty citrus, transitioning to a warming alcoholic creaminess, ending with a slight hoppieness.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is slightly carbonated but with a filmy sensation that coats the mouth.

D: Very enjoyable and not as alcoholic as some other Belgian Strong Pale Ales, I'd definitely have it again.

Photo of capra12
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed @ Rattle n Hum on 9/1/09,

Appearance: Hazy yelllow and clear with little head.

Smell: Beglian Yeast and sweet greet fruit.

Taste: Opens mellow with Belgian yeast which continues to the finish. Then a sudden somewhat intense malt and green fruit come in from the middle to the finish leaving a malt and yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again without a double even if it is one of my favorite styles.

Photo of Grunewald
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy orange amber with a thick white head. The head leaves behind droplets of lacing.

S - malt, lemon, orange and spice

T - citric malt at first, hops next then onto a very interesting spicy tang to finish

M - medium carbonation, quite fluid with a wet finish

D - though the alcohol hits fast, I can see myself having quite a few of these in a sitting. This beer is refreshing and something about it (yeast?) gives it a very unique smell and taste.

Photo of jizdepski
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into chimay chalice. looks almost exactly like chimay white, its a nice opaque golden color with a white head that all but vanishes. almost no lacing. smells like belgian yeast, with some citrus, spice and floral notes. dominant taste is definitely corriander spice, with the yeast, and a bready quality. little bit of alcohol warmth and nice sweetness on finish. does gain more character as it warms and opens up a bit. for a belgian pale it's a pretty good one. its about medium bodied and goes down smoothly. carbonation just right. these are sold in four packs and thats about how many i would drink. nice.

Photo of yesyouam
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

North Coast Pranqster is a cloudy golden ale with some particles in it. It has a thin off white head that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a citrusy aroma. It has a note of lemon and something funky and leathery. It kind of smells like a new car. It has a very bubbly medium body with a chewy finish. It tastes like leather and lemon with a botanical bitterness with notes of juniper and phenol. It has good balance and it tastes very belgian.

Photo of mwa423
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, the color is a very clear gold color. I got almost no head off the pour, what I did get was quickly dead. No lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, a bit of artificial apple smell.

T - The biggest flavor is the yeast, with the slight banana/clove flavors. It's about average for style. In my opinion a slightly lesser version of Duval or similar.

M/D - Easy enough drinker if it's what you're in the mood for, but there are better in style.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,879 ratings.