1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,918 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,918
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 118
Gots: 311 | 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
View: Beers (21) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pranqster Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,918 | Reviews: 1,171 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy golden hue. Decent off-white head formed but quickly dissipated down to bubbles. Some lacing.

(S)- Lots of lemony yeast. Clove, bananna and just good all-around classic belgian. Even a touch of lime citrus.

(T)- Lots of clove and some other spice I dont know. Yeasty bananna. An interesting citrus bite of lime. Tiny speck of honey.

(M)- Very crisp and smooth. Goes down really easily. Slightly sweet. Ample carbonation.

(D)- An enjoyable belgian that isnt overpowering. Simple and straightforward, but definitely solid.

Photo of Riccymon
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Austin Ginger Man a gorgeous, hazy mix of orange and red with little head to speak of. Smell and taste both full of clove, orange, cherry, and yeast flavors, served up with a pretty creamy body. No sense whatsoever of the 7.6%. I'd have to try it again before I'd call it complex, but Pranqster is definitely well-crafted, and I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of cvaypai
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Golden yellow orange with little to no head, opaque.

Smell - Very bready and sweet nose. Definitely pick up banana and coriander, yeast and belgian esters. A bit of alcohol on the finish.

Taste - Very clean refreshing taste, has the belgian funk but not overpowering, not as bready and sweet as it smells. Has good balance with hop bite. I taste a few dry fruits, maybe cherries, mostly the belgian yeast shines through, the coriander and banana is there.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated, way too much, I wish it would have came out on the pour but it did not.

Drinkability - Fairly decent for its abv, I could put a few down.

Photo of strangemusic
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a small white head that disappears quickly... A little bit disappointed!

The aroma is characteristically Belgian yeast and "hayloft" smell with orange and brown sugar to balance it out. No problems here.

The taste is very crisp and citrusy, big splash of orange with a spiciness to it as well. Apple after-notes. I can taste a little bit of the so-called Belgian "bubblegum" character in this beer. Complex, but primarily juicy and bright and fun, which is really key for this style. Other reviewers have noted a "smoky/meaty" quality, which I barely, barely detect.

The mouthfeel, as expected, is equally crisp and bright to match. Sweetness abundant in the finish. A little bit on the thin/flat side though.

This is not a super-potent beer in terms of ABV, but a decent amount of alcohol punch comes through in the glass. It's very refreshing but a little on the boozy side... dangerous! Not so much as its cousin Delirium Tremens, but still a heady brew.

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

Beautiful golden-orange with an eggshell colored head about a finger high. Does not stay for long but was momentarily picturesque.

Nice bready malt and spice in the aroma. Some orange zest as well, and an interesting cooked meat smell that may actually be a spice or herb that my mind is associating with beef. Whatever it is is not unpleasant, and I don't think I've smelled it in beer before.

A nice hop spice flavor, and some more of that cooked meat also. I'm tarting to think it's the variety of hop used, as it's beginning to feel earthy and skunky. I'm using that word in a positive light. Light fruitiness in the back with a not very bitter almost sweet finish.

Very carbonated, almost effervescent, with a nice light body for a biggish beer.

Interesting and enjoyable are adjectives that come to mind here.

Photo of jhammel01
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with not much head at all. After a few minutes, its gone. No lacing but stays plenty carbonated.

Smells of alcohol and a little bit of spice, apples and a lingering smokiness.

Tastes with some of the same as the scent. Tastes a bit spicey with some apple. Also tastes a bit smoky in the finish. Definitely some prominent carbonation in the taste as well.

Not too bad of a beer. Unlike the other Belgian Strong Ale, I was not expecting the smoky flavor. I could be wrong and have it mixed up with something else but...None the less...another good beer from North Coast!

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

A- bright, clear, crisp yellow, with a medium head.

S- syrupy, light-roasted malt, apples, and alcohol are the dominant aromas.

T- Apples and a sweet, light malt are joined by alcohol flavors and spice flavors (cloves and cinnamon?). Swallow is clan, and the aftertaste is sweet and lightly apple-y.

M- very crisp. Not over-carbed, but carbonation is on the heavy end of the spectrum.

D- pretty good. Wouldn't have more than the one, because of the ABV, but I can imagine enjoying a second, the flavors are nice. Will probably buy again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased as a part of a 4-pack for something close to $10 from Cost Plus World Market in Mentor a month or so ago. Poured into my Piraat Tulip glass which looks like the most appropriate choice of what I had available.

A Actually golden body with a one inch head that stuck around for about 2 minutes, now is a single ring around the top.

S Ah...Nice sweet malt and Belgian yeasts fill up my smell receptors with goodness.

T Really nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale taste. This might be the best representative of the style outside of Belgium itself. Nice sweet malt, that Belgian yeast (grain) taste created in a way that demonstrates that the brewer knows what he/she is doing and understands the style well.

M Appropriately syrupy (moderately) with sweet goodness, ABV increases feel a little bit too. I would say that there is a carbonation to this beer that makes it dance across one's tongue as well.

D Very good for 7.6% ABV which would make this dangerous to have around.

Notes: The second North Coast Brewing Company Beer that I have had. The other, Rasputin, was a classic. This inspires me to continue to seek out their beers.

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

Picked up a bottle of this on bamadog's recommendation. Having it with dinner tonight. The review is on the bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a slightly hazy warm, plum-flesh color, golden and toasty, and somewhat one-dimensional - no highlights. The shorty, white, fizzy head fades quickly, leaving behind a light ring of white lace along the sides of the glass. Bubbles run lightly throughout.

Smell: Aroma is lightly toasty, with some light fruity yeastiness. Not tons of smell coming off this, but enough.

Taste/Feel: The feel is one of the best features of this beer. It is bright, fizzy and mouthfilling. It makes the beer very refreshing and enjoyable. The tastes of light spiciness, subtle fruitiness and yeast are supported on a backbone of toasted grain. It is sweet, but not in an overpowering kind of way - just slightly caramelly. The finish is dry and clean, and the alcohol is very well masked.

Drinkability: Really high. This beer is very refreshing while still having a really full, flavorful taste.

Photo of erikm25
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darkened orange rind copper. Head was about medium, at best, and left mild lacing around the glass. Sits nicely with a glowing off amber tinting.

S: Marvelous and very much what I associate with this particular style. Sweet fruits coupled with some pine infused lemon zest. Reminded me a bit of those clove cigarettes. Lightly grassed with apricots, watermelons, and freshly baked raisin bread.

T: Tropical fruitiness and a spicy yet earthy undertone. Dark cherries, mango, and coriander. Flavors are sugary, floral, and vibrant. Sour green apple cider and ginger soaked bananas. Peppered candies and a slight alcohol nudge as it warms up a bit.

M: Very nicely carbonated. Oily with a medium mouth feel. Finish is spicy and sweetened.

D: I found this to be a very solid beer and at just under eight dollars for four pack it was a relatively fair price. I need to explore more in this style but so far I really enjoy the slashing tastes in these beers. North Coast has done a nice job here. Los Natas and Fleetwood Mac.

Photo of NODAK
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma here is very sweet...fruity esters abound. There's a bit of spice present as well and perhaps a little pepper too. All in all, it's wonderful.

The taste...was a bit of a surprise from the aroma. Right away, the alcohol was very apparent upfront...as well some sweetness but not to the extent sa the smell would indicate there would be. Some spiciness was also apparent...and then the finish hits, which is more booziness with some faint hop bitterness on the tongue.

I wish they'd have disguised the alcohol better, to be honest. The ABV is not such that this needs to be so boozy. The qualities otherwise are very good, but this simple fact decreases taste and drinkability.

Photo of mhatters
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Badger pint glass

Pours an orangeyellow color with a small, white head. Hazy.

Yeasty with some apple and grape. A hint of malt and spice

The yeastiness combines with some bready notes, the apple sticks around too. The spice is less apparent than I thought.

Very carbonated with small bubbles. Crisp and dry in the end.

Easy to drink, enjoyable, not my favorite North Coast offering, but not one I am unhappy with either

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy golden orange with fluffy head.

S-A little bit of spice, a little bit of sour and a little bit of belgian hops... mmmm

T- Slighty musty and yeasty. Spicy and sour finnish with a nice Belgian tone to it.

M-Crisply carbonated and good body

D-the musty and yeasty tastes may have lead to my average review. Maybe a bad bottle? willing to try again.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off tap at NECI in Essex this beer was a slightly hazy, banana yellow color. Showing their expertise, the brew was poured perfectly with two fingers of puffy, beige head like a dome atop the fluid. The aroma was semi-sweet and very appealing with notes of Belgian yeast, floral hops, orange, light toffee, sweet malt and light tropical fruit. The flavors were complex and on-point for the style. I tasted yeast, tropical fruit, wheat, candy sugar, light toffee, tart and citric hop built on a doughy malt backbone. For as big as it was the alcohol was well-concealed but became more apparent as the beer warmed. Well-balanced and crisp for as big and layered as it was. It was also dangerously drinkable. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation perfect. It was a treat to find it on-tap and it's one I'd recommend.

Photo of magictrokini
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange-gold with a quickly dissipating white head. Little lacing. Lemon peel, apricot, and sweet yeast esters in the nose. Grassy and light. Soft mouthfeel with carbonation. Dry finish. Refeshing spice and citrus taste; lemon and lemongrass. Balanced by the sweeter banana/bubblegum flavors. Some hoppy/straw tanginess from time to time. Got to say that the 7%+ ABV was completely masked. Wouldn't have known unless it was on the bottle. Well done.

Photo of scottyshades
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cloudy golden color that is pretty opaque. The head is basically non-existent even when poured aggressively. Lacing is minimal. The appearance reminds me of apple cider

S: Sweet malts, brown sugar, yeast, bread, and a slight whiff of alcohol at the end. Nice.

T: Much maltier than I expected. Sweeter too. Sweet malts, an earthy tone, spices, a touch of alcohol, and some yeast

MF/D: Nice carbonation, light/med body, finishes opposite of dry, highly enjoyable, but certainly not the best of its style

I must say that this brew was my first true craft beer, had it on my 21st bday a couple years ago and this is what really got me into the craft beer scene. Sure glad I tried it!

Photo of BarrelO
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Cloudy light orange. Pretty weak head.

S: Delightfully fruity. Apples, bananas, lemons, and some other stuff I can't quite pick out. Also a bit of hops.

T: A pretty big letdown after the aroma. It's so bland that no distinctive flavors really stand out. The fruitiness is there, but it's turned down to about 1. The hops aren't even that prominent, but they manage to drown everything out. In all, it just falls flat.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: Pretty much a poor man's Duvel. It's not actively bad, and the elements of a good Belgian are present, but it never gets out of first gear. The first real disappointment I've had from North Coast.

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

12 oz bottle from a four pack-- 9 bucks.

Appearance: Clear yellow orange with a nice head.

Smell: Sweet candy and yeast.

Taste: A little sharp up front with some tingly bitterness. Spicy, sweet, and just delicious.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is really nice. Good full mouthfeel, not syrupy, but a little sticky after you swallow. The taste just lingers in a nice way.

Drinkability: I love this stuff. Gotta let it warm up quite a bit, though. I think it rivals most any belgian strong pale when price is factored in. Hell yeah North Coast.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with some slight haze and a small white head that subsides rather quickly.

Smells of banana, some pear and lots of spices upfront.

Taste starts off mildly sweet with the banana notes but quickly turns to the spicy side with notes of cloves and coriander. Some notes of citrus come out in the finish.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Thinner than I had expected but mostly a satisfying experience overall. The spices are very well balanced with the fruit and the flavors really come together quite well.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color that has more gold along the edges with a small frothy head that quickly dissolves into a splotchy layer around the glass. The aroma has fruity esters, ginger and some yeast. It has an almost medicinal aroma. The flavor is some slight orange peel, sweet toasted malt, apricot and some hints of hops. Its medium bodied and just a touch sticky but does have noticeable carbonation. This is a very interesting beer, I find this beer to be very creative and extremely thirst quenching.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a slight head and some thin lacing. Looks welcoming.

Smells sweet. Fermented fruits and some sweet malts. Also smells a bit spiced. Coriander?

Tastes is similar to the nose. It's very sweet, probably from the malts, and certainly spiced, probably from the coriander. The sweetness is like fermented peaches. The alcohol gives it a kick at the end and has an overall warming quality.

Mouthfeel is good. This finishes wet and the sweet aftertaste lingers for a bit, which I did not mind. Overall drinkibility is good. It's a medium bodied brew, and it goes does down very smooth.

Notes: Not my favorite style by a long shot, but a very well crafted ale, and one that I imagine stands up very nicely to the Belgian exports.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, melon, and clove. Flavor is a bit sharp and spicy upfront with a sweet, fruity finish. Lots of yeasty/bready notes. A decent Belgian Strong Ale, but it didn't blow me away or anything.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy amber/yellow color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to random bubbles. Laced in thin broken rings. Decanted lightly.

S: Citrus rind and grass. Light fruits; apricot and banana.

T: Peppery spice and citrus. Wet grains and sweet malt. Sweet finish lingers through the bittering hops.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Carbonation worked fairly well with the sweet finish.

D: Disguises the abv fairly well. Very flavorful. Glad to have 3 more left in the 4-pack.

Photo of thekanna
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice gold bordering on amber with about 1 finger of appreciable white head.

S: Generally fresh-cut grass and floral aromas with a unique hoppiness floating faintly in the background.

T: Nice, sweet yeasty and floral taste with some citrus in there, which complements it well. Hops are also present, but muted in the background. Overall, sweet and somewhat malty.

M: Somewhat watery, although also decently juicy.

D: Extremely drinkable; goes well with summer. A great beer to just relax and kick back with for barbecues.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though it has a nice head but does not last, the color is bad. Not much on the smell. Have to strain the nose to get something. The taste is positive. Has some flavor in it though it could be stronger. The lack of strength of taste makes up in drinkability. Feels good and goes down smooth for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Not bad since looks and smell are not all that. Does have a slight aftertaste that is a bit delayed.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,918 ratings.