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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,533
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 96
Gots: 143 | 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 VoodooBrew

South Carolina

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

Here's a golden-orange semi-hazy brew, showing hints of Belgian "funkiness" and sour elements on the nose to go along with that characteristic spice. On the palate, the familiar Belgian fruitiness appears for an instant then fades away with surprising haste. This is followed by a nice touch of bitterness. A mild tartness lingers in the mouth a little bit. This beer ma not be mind-blowing, but it's pleasing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 02:56:30 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of kamiller


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

A: Pours a cloudy golden color, with small white quickly dissipating head, leaving a nice white lacing

S: sweet, but I couldn't really pick up anything distinct

T: a sweet, fruity flavor, maybe some banana, a touch of spice, and clean finish

M: light and smooth, lightly carbonated

D: Highly drinkable, I drank the whole four pack in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 02:54:16 | More by kamiller
Photo of IntriqKen


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly too cold at about 45 F to notice much aroma.
Poured a cloudy orange amber with a small craggy head that melted to very nice lacing.
Aroma was distinctly Belgium fruits, malts, and spice.
The first thing that hit me in the taste were the spices...cinnamon, corriander, a little orange and then followed with light banana. Very complex.
Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly with only a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat going down.
Aftertaste of sweet malts and spices lingers dryly in the mouth for a long time.
A very complex Belgium Ale...and very light for 7.6% ABV...I would have guessed 4.5%....I'm sure as it settles in my mind will be happy with the 7.6% but I sure can't notice it in the taste.
Wonderful....I've yet to try anything from North Coast that I don't enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 03:26:32 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of woemad


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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. My first bottle of this, though I once had a draft pint of this at Far West Billiards.

It poured a hazy gold color verging on bronze. The head was small, but a swish of my tulip glass brought out a plentiful off-white head. Moderate amount of spotty looking lace.

This smelled of Belgian yeast and spices, along with a mild, earthy wheat scent. There's also a mild fruitiness.

The taste begins with a mild fruity sweetness, then the wheat flavor and a more tart fruit flavor kicks in. All is relatively mild and delicate.

This is relatively light bodied. I personally think there could have been a little more of a zip to this, carbonation-wise, but it's to a minor degree.

This goes down very easy. There is nary a sign of the 7.6% abv besides a modest warming alcohol sensation that appears towards the ed of the bottle. A fine U.S. stand-in for your favorite Belgian pale ale

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 08:24:26 | More by woemad
Photo of phisig137


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a one finger head that disappears into a ring around the glass
Smells of belgian yeast, wheat, and spicy esters.
A sweet malty body with loads of yeasty esters dominate the flavor, along with a hint of wheat. Slight alcohol warming presence. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy. Drinkability is dangerously high.

A good american version of a belgian classic.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 03:07:03 | More by phisig137
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

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

Pranqster poured a cloudy darkish gold color with a pillowy head that left a nice layer of lace on the glass. This beer was quite a bit darker than I expected it to be. Aroma was spicy, sweet and citrusy. Taste was good and typical for the style: candyish and very spicy(cloves maybe?) with hints of citrus, orange peel and bubblegum. This beer also had that yeasty flavor that is so common with wheat beers. Moothfeel was quite smooth for such a full bodied beer. Overall a very tasty interpretation of a strong Belgian pale. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 13:50:14 | More by rodrot
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Great Bottle, fine pour. Body is a hazy wheat apricot with a flop of bubbly white head that turns to film in seconds. Carbonation is medium and steady. Aromas are light, crisp, and fruity. Very belgiany. Plenty of wheat, and hints of pear, apricot, honeydew melon, coriander, and banana. Very nice. Tastes exceptionally refreshing and truly Belgian. Near perfect drinkability. MF could be drier and more biting. Plenty of wheat and light fruit in the flavor. Very good. Preferable to some of the more famous Belgian Strong Pales in my opinion. Certainly more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 18:28:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy orangey copper tone with a nice head that doesn't stay around too long. Boy, I think it's the yeast I smell as this doesn't have a lot of what I consider to be "beer" smells. The yeast/fruit is quite dominate with a whiff of malt trying to be found... I liked the mouthfeel on this. There was a decent amt. of carbonation that stuck around which helped with mouthfeel and drinkability. I like the taste on this! Real sweet at first with a nice bite/alcohol flavor coming through on the end. A very enjoyable beer that stands up somewhat but not quite completely to it's belgian inspirations.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 14:30:10 | More by surfadelic23
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden hazy color with a thick frothy foam that shinks a little too quick, with just a little bit o lacing, bubblies down the side. The aroma is wonderful, and to tell the truth, I'd have a hard time telling the difference between an actual Belgian and this. Very sweet, something fruity, and that trademark Belgian yeasty aroma. Taste is sweet and caramel malty at the start with a definite corriander infusion, finishing sweet yet grainy, with a warm feeling down the throat. And even though this is a pretty high alcohol beer, its so very drinkable and so delicious, and I'm just really impressed with this beer, I'm just happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 00:47:26 | More by objectivemonkey
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pranqster poured a bright golden color with a thick white head into a Duvel tulip glass. The aroma was a bit fruity with some good spice notes, definite clove aroma. The taste is lemon and clove and other spices, maybe some corriander. The taste is medium body and they do a good job of masking the 7.6% abv as this beer if pretty drinkable in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 01:28:42 | More by ggaughan
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release 06: 12 / 28 / 06
Similar to what I remembered from the 05 version. A nice and pronounces sweetness deriven from malts and candy sugars. Nearly too sweet to overtake the malts. Fermentation gives nice spiciness and character, but still not what I expect from great Belgians. Finsihes a bit too sweet and lingers a bit too long. Heated from the alcohols, but not overly so. Still good beer, but not among my favorite Belgians.

Release 05: 03 / 03 / 06
After passing on this beer a many a time, I finally picked it up. Glad I did--pretty good stuff. Expected by North Coast Brewery. Great malt, bread, candied sugar sweetness and body. Good texture and creaminess, yet smoothness. Moderately spicy and complex. Exhibits some Belgian yeast / fermentation sourness, bite-eyness, and twang-ey; but not as complex or intense as expected from a serious Belgian pale ale contender. Strength in flavor and alcohol is moderate for style, but blends nicely. A good attempt.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:15:45 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of fatherofgirls


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

The color is a cloudy marmalade body with a small white head that fades quickly.
The aroma is of citrus, juicy fruit and, strangely enough, wet dog (not a great image but that’s what I thought of when I first caught the smell – I think it is the yeast that I smell)
The taste starts with sweet fruity malt but quickly moves into a spicy (clove or coriander) after taste.
The mouthfeel is medium with a sharp edge.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 21:19:44 | More by fatherofgirls
Photo of tgbljb


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy peachy color with magnificient white puffy head. Smell is tanatalizing, being a combination of bananas, yeast, candy sugar, and a barnlike musty smell. Taste is also extraordinary with a mixture of sweet bubble gum, fresh summer fruits ripe off the tree, some spiciness (corriander), all thrown together in the proper amounts. Finish is more fruitiness with a nice yeasty complement. An extremely delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 20:49:40 | More by tgbljb
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

North Coast- Pranqster

Appearance- hazy orangish yellow with very little head. Reseambles orange flavored tea or cider.
Smell- strong herb/ clove aroma.
Taste- lemon and clove with a hint of liquorice.
Mouthfeel- very warming but flat and slighty bland.

Overall- a decent beer that I'll finish but I doubt I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 19:29:17 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of UberWasser


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a nice light amber color with a thick head full of small bubbles. It recedes quickly, leaving a thin halo around the beer for the rest of the drink.

Smells include orange citrus, some herbal notes, what I smell as corriander, and some bread yeastiness. I like it.

Taste just ramps it up from there...the somewhat funky yeast taste is up front, but behind it there is lots of other stuff going on. Candied orange, corriander, herbs, as well as a touch of alcohol that tingles the back of your nose. Tastes great. Mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is increadily easy to drink. I can imagine downing a few before realizing it and quickly regreting it! :)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 01:32:18 | More by UberWasser
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2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've heard a lot about this beer, mostly because of its unique name, I think... gotta say that I was a little disappointed. Pranqster pours nicely enough, with a decent golden color (it lacks some brightness to give it oomph) and a head that starts big but disappears. The nose is dominated by a slightly vegetal smell that reminds me of peanut butter. Not too appetizing. The palate is a mix of alcoholic burn, sugar sweetness and that peanut buttery thing. Mouthfeel is fine; average for the genre, as is drinkability... but the nose and flavor profile of this beer ruin the drinkability for me. Not so impressed with this... did I get a bad bottle or something?

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 04:11:29 | More by geexploitation
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3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was poured from a bottle into a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer was a not unattractive golden yellow color with lively bubbling carbonation. The head was honey colored and about a fingers width.

Smell: Slightly sharp yeast smell. Did they use Bret? Tropical fruits combining bannana and melons.

Taste: The beer has a very strong sugaryness about it. The beer is not cloyingly sweet. There is a funky yeastyness about the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied with a oily feel to the mouth.

Drinkability: This is not a terrible drinking experience. It just doesnt really move me to want more.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 13:41:17 | More by nlmartin
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden,with orange hue.Not much of a head,and no lace. Smell is of of fruit and spice. Smell was not very strong. Mouthfeel was thick and heavy. Taste is of fruit,and spice. This is a good tasting beer. I thought it was a bit on the heavy side. Couldn't have more than one,mayve two. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 01:44:55 | More by riversider76
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy orange with a tan foamy one finger head. The smell has some sugar sweetness and a yeast aroma,but it's not as strong as I hoped. The taste has a very citrus overview with hints of yeast, and a spicy coriander aftertaste. The m/f is light and well balanced with the drinkability being good,but I can't help but be alittle disappointed after trying North Coasts Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 00:06:24 | More by jmz62565
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle goblet as a bright, lively golden yellow color. The head is solid white and rather tall. Nose is classic belgian yeast and confectioner's sugar upfront, with fruity notes throughout. Slightly spicy. Tastes of yeast with considerable fruitiness and a warm alcohol soul. The mouthfeel is light to medium witha rather dry finish. This is a good Belgian style pale ale, maybe in the Piraat fashion. I can find this one easily at a local liquor store, so it's definitely one I'll have again ... and then again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 23:35:28 | More by beerphilosopher
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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Initially pours a mostly cloudy orangish yellow color with a 1/4" head of small off white bubbles. The head was gone within thirty seconds to end up as just a small film across the top of the brew.

Aroma: Quite a bit of fruitiness in this beer with grapefruit being the most noticeable. There is some sweet smelling caramel malts that have a bit of a toasty quality...like Cara-Vienne. There are some floral hops hiding in here that are coming out a bit more as the beer warms.

Taste: Starts out with some floral and fruity flavors that slowly turn into some residual sweetness left by the malt. The flavor is much more floral than the aroma suggested. There is a soft wheat flavor that I don't get in the aroma...unless that was mistaken for the toastiness. There is some pretty significant sweetness that rules the middle of the flavor profile, and stays in charge until the finish. The finish is actually a little syrupy and leaves some sweetness to coat your throat and stick around for a while. There is a slight peppery note coming out as it warms a bit. The carbonation is far too light.

Opinion: This isn't a bad golden ale. I would prefer that it finish a little drier, but this is when it gets into the grey area of Tripel, Pale Ale, and Golden Ale. For this to be golden, I would expect it to be quite a bit clearer. It is still a pretty good brew, and one that I would drink again if the opportunity presented itself...however I probably won't be buying a 4-pack anytime soon in preference for other beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 00:42:53 | More by SkeeterHawk
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden orange into my Duvel glass with a half inch foamy head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet, honey aroma with some spicy notes (cloves).

Taste: Huge spicy clove flavors up front that tail out into a citrusy finish with some hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Big carbonation up front that fades out as the brew foams up in the mouth. Very smooth and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, but sits a tad heavy. A little too heavy for my taste, it's a sipper. The alcohol is well-hidden however.

I finally got around to tasting this one on the recommendation of a trusted friend and beer consultant. A nice dessert beer for sure, but a bit pricey to make it into my regular rotation. Worth a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 02:08:40 | More by jamesdergen
Photo of charlesw

New York

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

Pours a beautiful and very clean pale amber. The head is HUGE, very white and dense. It lasts and lasts...

Smells fruity and spiced... Hints of orange, and something like coriander. Only sweet.

Lightly sweet in the mouth. Taste of banana, cloves, sweet coriander...

Very nice in the mouth - medium+ body but you still notice the carbonation on your tongue.

Drinkable? Oh yeah. Hey, like, this I could drink every day.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 22:38:02 | More by charlesw
Photo of germaniac


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

Digging around in the fridge for an after-school beer relaxer, I find some leftover winter brews, a couple stouts, a dubbel, and a porter. Excellent beers all, but the mercury just hit seventy degrees, and this lone Pranqster seems to just call out to me.

Pours a dense golden peach, complete with a small frothy head that disappears almost immediately after entry into my chalice.

Smells great, lightly yeasty with a fruity tang down in there.

Spicy right off the bat, mellowing down into fruitiness, with a hint of sugar. When the fruit flavor fades, the malt provides some backbone for the long haul.

Tasty and refreshing, unique enough to enjoy several at a time, if the alcohol doesn't get you first. It may not be the best Belgian to come out of Northern California, but it sure is the most accessible.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 23:32:54 | More by germaniac
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is golden brown in color with orange hues around the edges. It has a tall frothy white head that retains well, but leaves behind little lacing.
The aroma is typical of a Belgian golden ale; slightly fruity with a yeasty base.
The flavor starts off with citrus and yeast then a slight alcohol presence becomes noticeable near the finish.
The mouth feel is medium to full bodied and is moderately carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 07:39:33 | More by Naes
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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