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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,796
Reviews: 1,150
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 110
Gots: 224 | 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 MBABJJ
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Very nice musty gold when poured. Snappy head with big bubbles. Not overly pasteurized.

S - The smell from the mist of the bottle is crisp and fresh. After poured it is fruity and hoppy. I think this tends to be a big difference between American made Belgians and the real deal...Way more IPA hoppiness in Ameri-brews.

T - As expected from the smell this beer yields a very hoppy taste right away that really overwhelms the fruits and sweet malts.

M - Like a combo between a belgian and an IPA. Just a little tangy after a smooth sip. Best part of the beer.

D - Not really. I'd rather drink other over-priced beer!

MBABJJ, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of notafood
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful golden color with a thin white head, moderately carbonated with plenty of grit floating around. Smell is somewhat bready, spicy, and Belgian. I might be crazy but I detect a bit of smoke going on - an earthy bitterness. Tastes tart, spicy, and yeasty up front, sweet finish. Great mouthfeel too, a bit fizzy, but really rolls across the tongue well while working the palate. I'll do this one again, and definitely will recommend to my beer buddies and what not, but this is not a regular in my fridge or cellar.

notafood, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, yielding a beautiful two-finger head of a lemony cream with decent retention sitting atop a light golden straw body with a touch of haze and hints of mandarin hues. The head dissipated without much of a fight, leaving behind a beautiful ring of foam and a light webbing atop the ale that stays with it to the bottom of the glass.

s. cardamom, coriander and grapefruit augment a strong belgian yeast aroma and hints of lemon zest and a few other spices. Subtle banana as it warms and opens up, along with more citrus, bread, and crackers. A bit of straw keeps the citrus/spice from overwhelming the nose.

t. Fairly similar to the nose, in a beautiful way. Citrus, spices, and bready, cracker malts blend together perfectly. The dominant spice in the nose takes a back seat to the Belgian yeast and citrus flavors. Grass, straw, and wheat balance nicely.

m. creamy with nice carbonation. Earthy tasting, and the slight haze in the appearance translates nicely to the mouth. Light but creamy... close to perfect. Carbonation may be a touch high, but given the right mood, it might be perfect. More refreshing than I'm requiring at the moment, but awesome none the less.

d. Highly drinkable. Earthy, citrusy, malt, just a subtle bitterness, and some strong belgian yeast blends together perfectly. Just the right amount of spice given the other flavors... and I'm generally sensitive of the balance of spices. This one is spot on, and perfect for the style. Definitely worth trying, if not hoarding.

djeucalyptus, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear orange with 1/2 inch white head...decent retention.
S: Nice Belgian yeast and spice aroma. Cracker, citrus, and malt.
T: Musty yeast, coriander, and dry cracker. Quite a bit different than what I was anticipating from the aroma...and not in the good way. Still above average, but was hoping for more here.
M: Lingers a bit. Not much maturation. Lighter and more efferfescent than I was expecting.
D: An interesting take on the belgian strong pale ale. Not my cup of tea (or beer), but still glad I tried it. I must say the ABV is very well hidden.

mwilbur, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden blond color with a great white head that stays around until its gone. Smells of sweet citrus flavors and spices. The taste was amazing. So many sweet citrus flavors with the perfect blend of spices and minimal hops. Some wheat flavors too. Reminded me of a tripel. No overpowering bitterness or hop bite. A great clean and crisp mouthfeel made is so smooth going down and the alcohol was completely masked. A great clean and crisp mouthfeel

nrpellegrini, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: Presented in a 12 oz., stubby brown bottle with a black and white label depicting a time-honored tavern full of pie-eyed Belgians. Look for the contemporary face at bottom right, behind the barrel.

Purchased as a single @ Trader Joe's. Poured into a Hennepin flute.

A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a frothy, two-finger head that leaves a fair amount of spotted lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Cardamom, cloves, yeast, pear and peach.

T: Interesting taste profile that mirrors the nose with notes of cardamom, cloves, Belgian yeast and banana. Subtle hints of wheat and a touch of hops. Pear surfaces in the background. Smooth finish.

M: Medium-bodied and crisp. Carbonation attacks at mid-tongue.

D: Great drinkability, especially after refinishing a door - a remarkably refreshing ale that cuts through the saw dust. Excellent representative of the style. Highly recommended.

CaptainIPA, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold that has good carbonation, leading to a two-finger head that sticks around for a little and then dies, leaving some lace patches. Some citric and dark fruit notes, maybe even a little tropical, along with a hint of spice and some thin malts. Taste is basically the same. Medium-bodied and smooth but crisp, the malts are a little strong but there is still a good citric twang in the taste. Slightly dry finish that is refreshing.
This may be rough to some, but I thought this was a great ale.

clayrock81, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, twisty cap > Chimay glass

This one is platinum blonde color, hazy with slight orange hues and a thin, scattered, all-white head that dissipates quick and is slightly underwhelming.

This has a very subtle nose and after just having the La Chouffe golden ale this one seems a bit mundane. There is a tangy and fruity hop scent, sweet wheat in the malt, not-so-subtle corriander and lemmon drops.

The flavor has a delightful fruity-sweetness and very clean malt....clean is a good word here. Subtle wheat flavor's, corriander and spices, lemmon zest, very crispy with a dash of heather honey. The yeast is a bit too laid back for this style, it's verging on being a classic golden ale without the classic Belgian...big yeast profile that I love so much. The hops are very bold in there fruitiness and the malt is clean so this is really easy to drink but strays FAR away from the stlye at hand. slight banana and cloves pop out near the end along with a more leafy hop flavor and a sour-malty lingering aftertaste. Overall, this light, crispy (sharp even) feeling ale is easy on the palate and watch out for it's deceptive 7.6 % abv.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a slight white head that dissipates quickly. Little/no lacing.

Smells of malt and plenty of fruit esters (apples, plums, etc). Perhaps some candy sugar, and definite alcohol (strange in a 7.6%) This carries on very clearly to the taste. A bit unbalanced on the sweet side, though not egregious.

Feels quite decent on the palate, though the carbonation is a bit high for my tastes. Overall, quite a drinkable brew.

philipquarles, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Pranqster goblet/chalice.

Appears shiny orange around the sides and matte dark-orange towards the center. It has an incredible, thick, white head that resides a little too quickly, but leaves great sticky lace. The aroma is of citrus and tart fruits, yeast, and spices. The taste unveils some more flavors. It is yeasty and musky, in a good way. It doesn't have too much funk. Definite wood and peach flavors...awesome combo. This beer has a medium-full body and has incredible complexity that doesn't frustrate and confuse the senses, but rather encourages more discovery.

Awesome beer.

Douglas14, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of deereless
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden raisin, head which dropped quite quickly, no signs of carbonation after the initial burst - 3.75, S: Unquestionably a Belgian, subtle fruits, maybe some orange peel and other spices, some dryness to the nose, faint bitter hops, possibly cloves - 3.50, T: Some mildly sharp tastes, again the Belgian style is evident yet not an over-the-top beer, dry and noticeable signs of booze, subtle orange - 4.00, M: 4.00, D: A very pleasant and quite drinkable beer, one I'd serve to party guests - 4.25

deereless, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of yesferro
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Servingtype: bottle, served in tulip glass

Verry interesting orangy collor, I wish I had got to poor it instead of the waitress, this beer should have had a nice head on it. Smelled pretty fruity and tasted just like expected, slight citrus undertone, very easy to drink, rather fizzy. I'd probably rate this higher if I hadn't had a Duvel right before this but all in all a pretty good beer.

yesferro, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks goes, I think, to overlord, but if I mixed this up please correct me.

Light golden brew, minimal haziness, average white head with poor retention, some lacing.
Fruity aroma, with multiple citric notes, but also a noticeable yeasty funkiness quite similar to Belgian offerings. Nice, and well complemented by spiciness.
Medium bodied, yet refreshing, although carbonation is slightly under what I desired. Earthy, fruity, yeasty, with some hints of alcohol underneath. Not sweet, not dry, somewhere comfortable in the middle. Highly drinkable, a very well crafted american version of a belgian classic. Certainly worthwhile.

brdc, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a full ecru head that leaves wonderful webs of lacing.

Extremely sweet fruity esters in the nose. Plenty of pear and apple. Behind the wall of fruit is a earthy yeast character.

The taste is similar to the smell, but reorganizes the flavors a bit. There's an initial musty yeast taste that gives way to the aforementioned fruity esters that never reach the dominance found in the nose. Pranqster finishes with a bit of hops, spice and alcohol declaring its conclusion.

Full creamy feel developed through a combination of the alcohol strength and carbonation imparted from the bottle conditioning. The fruit can be a bit much at times, but altogether a fine brew from an underrated brewery.

Jmamay22, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice 1 finger head into my goblet. The body is apricot in color and is just slightly cloudy due to a touch of yeast that snuck into the glass. As the head recedes, it leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S- A big banana, clove comes through on the nose as well as a slight yeasty component. There is also a nice balanced hop presence.

T- Starts with a major banana clove with apricot, and peach/pear sweetness, then moves into a nice dryer hop finish, still retaining some peach flavors.

M- A nice thick mouthfeel, due to alcohol, as well as a nice carbonation. Any more carbonation, however, and this would be a bit cloying. It's great for the style though.

D- This is a sipper @ 7.6% but what a great beer. It really feels more like a weizen-bock to me, but regardless, it's tasty. This will definitely be had again... and again.

Greggy, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks really great, reminds me alot of matilda from goose island, with a nice golden brown hue to it, and a tiny head and little carbonation. smell is amazing, it smells like gala apples, a sweet light citrusy aroma, taste is very good, a wonderful yeast flavor hits the tongue first, then spicy hops and warm malt its just really good. mouthfeel is decent, many belgians have alot more carbonation than this one. drinkability is very high, its just so damn good

1fastz28, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of popery
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a better beer than I had expected. It has a big yeasty flavor that I enjoyed quite a bit. It has a sweet and citrusy smell that contrasts well with the flavor without overpowering it. The flavor has some spice and the style's earthiness, although notably different than the Belgian versions that I've tried. The aftertaste has a good amount of dryness which combines with a healthy bite of carbonation. The beer is an attractively murky glass of pure gold with a bright head. Pranqster is well-balanced and easy to drink.

popery, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Stella glass from bottle

A: Beautiful golden amber coloring, head was smaller than I expected. Really nice looking brew.

S: Nose faint, small hint of alcohol with tinge of spices as well.

T & M: I was just slightly disappointed by this beer, I remember really liking it in the past. The main thing I notice on the taste is the finish which was quite bitter and had a hint of metallicness. As the beer warmed up some nice tones started to become more apparent.

D: Drinkable, North Coast is one of my favorite breweries but this definitely does not rank as my favorite beer of theirs.

elniko, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Ommegang chalice

A: Soft light gold in color with tons of active carbonation. The head on this one was surprisingly not as good as I would have thought - about a half fingers head that dissipated quickly.

S: Smells very sour and also like a farmhouse. Earthy surprisingly but the Belgian yeast comes through nicely as well.

T: The taste is very good and flavorful, mainly of Belgian yeast but also of some other traits. Very nicely spiced and a strong taste of bananas. The finish is very, very sweet with caught me off guard but was something that I enjoyed.

Overall, much better than I expected. A great strong pale Belgian that leaves me wanting more.

treyrab, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Trappissed
1.88/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass goblet. Well let me start off by saying that I wanted to try another strong pale ale after having Duvel and enjoying it very much. This beer couldn't be further from that enjoyment. Smells like peachy yeast. Taste is predominantly yeasty as well. Some may like this characteristic, but it puts me off very much. Appearance is very nice; slightly cloudy and golden with visible carbonation. A very thin head with minimal lacing.

I'm just trying to understand all of these positive reviews. With each sip, I feel that I am getting nothing positive from this
beer. Mouthfeel a little thick, feel plenty of that carbonation in my mouth. Taste is just yeast. Aftertaste is just more yeast. Keep in mind, I kept the bottom yeast in the bottle, not in my beer. I find myself dreading and regretting each progressing sip.

I have nothing against North Coast at all and it is possible I got a bad batch but I did see some similarities in a few other reviews. Poured half the glass down the drain. I think it's called Pranqster for a good reason. Their goal was: let's see how overly offensive we can make this beer so people will be tricked into thinking they actually like it. I think I'm going to wash this taste out my mouth with some PBR.

Trappissed, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is no joke. Pours a yellow/orange color with a decent sized initial head which tapers off pretty quickly. The aroma is fruity but quite mild. There's a nice amount of flavor here though which was a bit surprising based on the mild aroma. It's fruity, spicy, yeasty, slightly tangy with hints of vanilla and very well balanced. There's enough there for a pleasing mouthfeel and it's quite refreshing. 7.2% and it really doesn't seem like it's that high. North Coast once again provides high quality for an affordable price. Well done!

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

Slightly hazy golden color, light and bright, with a bit less than 2 fingers of head. Head retention is relatively low but left some light lacing behind.

Aromas were very pleasant with yeast and fruit in the forefront followed up with some nice light malt. Slight bits of spiciness on the nose as well.

Flavors are a nice complexity of what seem to be pale malts and some lighter indications of fruit, especially some dark fruit like prunes. There is a bit of that spiciness that is detectable on the nose that comes through nicely with good balance to everything else. The finish is actually a touch sweet with plenty of alcohol and a bit of warming. Not my favorite finish but not really all that bad either.

I like this and found it to be enjoyable. It's a little different but I think it does the style justice and was satisfying at the same time. If you are a fan of strong golden or perhaps Belgian Trips, give this one a try.

SIRIUS2, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy with a big, fluffy, off-white head that drops relatively quickly to thick film.
Smell is malt, citrus, pepper, yeast and light hops.
Taste is malt, pepper, alcohol, yeast, citrus. The citrus departs in the aftertaste. Good flavor but slightly watery texture. Very light effervescence. A good beer but not great, solid middle of the road.

PorterLambic, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of jordoo
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a Chimay glass. Thanks to Rick for sending this one my way.

Look is orange tinted ple yellow with a smallish buut vibrant white head. Sell spicey and fruity with green apple, pear, clove and pepper being there. The taste very nicely ballance and much like the smell. You can taste all the elements but none are overpowering. Maby it was my bottle but I thought for a belgain pale it was a little under carbinated but thats my only real gripe. Overall a very good brew.

jordoo, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Overlord
2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried at the Stone 12th anniversary.

Pours gold, few stray bubbles.

Smells like yeast, and that's about it. Taste is pretty unpalatable, with some bitter yeast/bready strains, and a strange metallic twang that's really offputting.

This was a truly disappointing brew.

Overlord, Aug 18, 2008
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,796 ratings.