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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,728
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 104
Gots: 209 | 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 BoitSansSoif
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into large snifter. Yellow-orange golden hue w/some cloudiness. Formed thick white head w/decent retention and some lacing.

S-Yeast, coriander, apricot, faint citrus. Overall aroma gives off sensation of softness and warmth, but I'm slightly put off by earthy, barnyard notes.

T-Yeast, spice, ripe fig, apricot, coriander, orange rind, slight hops in finish that bring out more spice. I'm also getting a sort of "herbes de provence" sensation, and there's nice warming alcohol that emerges beyond the finish.

M-Good balance, warm, bright, and soft, with enough carbonation to perk up the taste buds. The yeast is a little hard on the back of the tongue, but it's good.

D-This stuff is interesting and satisfying. I am pleasantly surprised after randomly grabbing this bottle in the "make your own 6-pack" section of a local retailer to fill my last space.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of wschumac
2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Served at roughly 50 Deg. F

A - Little to no head white in color dissipated after the first sip. Cloudy golden brownish color with floaters of sediment.

S - Trace hint of what a belgian golden ale should be. Nose was very subtle at best. Some fruity aspects but relatively mild.

T - Hops still present with a bit of aftertaste. Remnant of the boil and wrong mixing times for the hops. The beer is characteristic of belgain but just not on the same level.

M - Stinging but relative smoothness.

D - A very drinkable beer. Good attempt at a Belgain. Aftertaste creates a little reluctance towards drinking (I mean little).
Average at Best!

wschumac, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a lighter amber color, with a decently cloudy texture. There was about a half inch head and good lacing.

Very fruity smell. You also get a big whiff of yeast along with everything else.

In terms of taste, you get orange, Belgian yeast and some other types of fruits and spices. Not as complex as I would've thought, but solid.

Highly carbonated in the Belgian style for a good, vibrant mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It had a bit too tart a finish for me. The taste wasn't as complex as you normally see with many other Belgian strong pale ales, but it was pretty decent nonetheless.

avalon07, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of elmore
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this in a four pack. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Hazy orange color with a nice tight 1 finger pale head. Good retention. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

Lots of funky Belgian yeast smell and sweet light fruits. Taste is of apricots, lots of coriander, orange peel. A hint of grassy hops bitterness and alcohol in the aftertaste.

Effervescent, light and very uplifting. Alchol prescence is minimal.

I think I paid around $7 for the 4 pack. A very good beer. An excellent beer for the price.

elmore, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a rusty golden color,clums of yeast slowly fall to the bottom as the last of the bottle is poured out. Nice foamy head, lots of foam lacing left around the rim of my glass.
on the nose, not a huge sour yeast smell as found in beers from Belgian. The taste is where this beer's power lies. Tart, fruity, warm in the throat, yet creamy in satisfying. Spices come through-ale yeasts, orange peel, something lavender-like. The mouthfeel is different than I expected, offering a more creamy and coating feel rather than biting and carbonated. Very tasty brew, very well done.

czfreeman, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: an absolutely beautiful murky orange/gold body with a nice finger or two of tightly bubbled white fluffy foam; a little bit of upward movement is visible through the murky golden liquid

s: very fragrant; nice banana/pear scents; some rock candy presence;

t: nice sort of raw wheat flavor with some orangy/banana fruitiness; coriander; rock candy; not overly flavorful but very well-balanced

m: a little over-carbonated but pretty creamy

d: a good north american take on the belgian; sort of an ur-belgian totally what you would expect of the style
alright! one-year tasting

a: definitely darker than it originally was; now more of a murky rust with golden highlights; light white head foams up and fades away but to be expected after a year in the cellar; still beautiful minute columns of white bubbles floating swiftly up to the thin layer of wispy foam that is still left

s: very strong sweet banana; vanilla; some apple cider and spices; light toffee and darker malt scents there that weren't there before; the vanilla extrat scent is very fragrant and the beer on the whole has gained a lot of fragrance since; ripe pear

t: toasted toffee and raw whet hit the tongue; vanilla; banana; pear; light acidic abv at the finish; sweet and mellow

m: a good amount of carb and much more smooth than it was a year ago

d: this beer is definitely aging well; a much more mellow and smooth taste with a much more fragrant nose; i can't wait to try it again in about 2 years

hoegaardenhero, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of meechum
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy yellowish orange. Lively carbonation topped off to a thick white head that fell leaving no lace on the glass but a white skim over the top of the brew. Looks like spices are in suspension in the brew and lively carbonation coming from the bottom to keep the glass active

S - A very grassy or hay smell with a touch of spice and a malty flavor in there also

T - A corainder spice up front gives way quickly to a malty middle that is chewy with a hop finish that was citric and dry

M - Good carbonation that delivers a chewy feel to the back of the palate and a crisp finish to each sip

D - The ABV is little big but it's in the Belgian style and few Belgians come short on the alcohol..overall it is a very good example of the style and the brewer should be proud..they nailed it

meechum, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of SargeC
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, golden brew with a decent white head.

Smell: Yeast, citrus, malt and hops.

Taste: Strong yeast character that works well with the malt flavors. The alcohol in the brew is not evident. Finishes slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lively carbonation adds fullness.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew that does not overpower. The strong yeast presence does not detract from the other flavors.

SargeC, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a hazy orange-amber color with a thick, foamy 2 finger head that is not quite as large as i've come to expect from a Belgian Stong. The head only settles by half, settling into a thick, clingy collar. I see the usual Belgian effervescence, lots of tiny bubbles rising & swirling in the glass. Aroma is of candy sugar & sweet fruits (peaches, apricots, grapes). The fruity characteristic dominates the taste at first, with some spice & floral notes and no hint of the 7.6% alcohol content. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium, and sparkly from all the bubbles, almost champagne-like! Dangerously drinkable due to it's medium body, luscious flavor, and how well hidden the alcohol is! Overall, i'd say i've found a new favorite among Belgians!!! This one can stand tall and proud among anything from overseas!!

CJfromPhilly, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is of grainy malt, cotton candy/bubblegum, tart frutiness.

The taste is of grainy malt, candy sugar, some peppery alcohol. Tart lemony fruitiness gives support/balance to the sweetness, as does a lightly spiced yeast strain and a touch of herbal notes. Complex, yet smooth. Sweetness turns to dryness in the finish.

Appropriately light-bodied with a refreshing quality (despite high abv and a touch of an alcohol bite). Smooth, smooth.

A wonderful interpretation of a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale. Malty with a nice spiciness and a touch of herbal/hay earthiness. Recommended!

jwc215, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without a doubt, probably one of the best beers that I've sampled from North Coast... true to the style, authentic, great-tasting, high-class, and top-notch... Appearance was good, with a golden-colored hue with minimal head... smell was full of fresh-fruits, canteloupe, melons, and citrus... amazing fruity, sweet taste that strongly complemented the aroma... flavor complete with banans, sugars, and cotton-candy... A very good beer with a nice mouthfeel and easy drinkability for a 7.6% ABV... crisp, refreshing, and satisfying... Copped a short, fat, 12oz bottle from Total Wine and More in Union... great depiction of the style... all-around high-quality brew... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a few bottles at a local retailer that allows single bottle purchases. The first two things I noticed upon pouring were that there was very little head and that this beer was very clear (like Budweiser clear). Undeterred, I kept going and was pleasantly surprised. This beer doesn't exactly look like it belongs in the same category as the great Belgians, but it holds its own. There is a very fruity yeast flavor that is predominant, but hops are also detectable deep in the taste. I think this beer has a great mouthfeel and the appearance, while not expected, is pleasant enough. I find this to be an extemely drinkable beer that will find a home for me in common meals like fish and chips, chili, etc.

spointon, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for about $2.00.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

good 2" fluffy head.. a few lace ribbons. slightly hazy dark gold/light orange brew.

Aroma dominated by spicy Belgian yeastiness... some citrus/earthy notes.. as it warms a floral bouquet makes itself known.

This tastes FRESH!... Flavor is spiced fruits.. apricots and musky white peaches... has notes of caramom and vanilla.. light bubblegum.. pale malts with a creamy medium body and spot-on carbonation.. very well balanced from start to finish.. and on to the bottom of the glass... honestly, as it warms, I think it is every bit as good as some of the other BSPA's I've had recently.

I love Pranqster because it's cheap for the style and still delivers that taste of Belgium without breaking the beer budget.. it is bottle conditioned, so I wonder, will it cellar well?

JohnGalt1, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Along with the Rasputin, this beer has always been one of my favorite NC beers. Had this on tap at TJ'sEveryday. That seems kind of funny to me, as I've had this beer plenty of times out West and never reviewed it. So now I review it in Paoli, Pa.

The beer pours a bright gold color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look all that impressive, but the nose and flavor are a different matter.

The beer smells just awesome, with a hint of bitterness along with the rich butter and honey. On the palate this beer is just excellent. It's moderately sweet, with flavors of honey, cherry and apple. However, there is enough hoppy bitterness to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying, and in the combination the hint of bitterness is just delicious. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, with an easy going finish. Drinkability is very good, with the abv. well disguised.

This is a very good beer from North Coast.

John_M, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Great BSPA look. Body is a medium golden hue with moderate translucency. Pours with a nice eggshell white head that has decent retention.

S- Citrus, yeast, some alcohol, and, surprisingly something to the likes of baking soda.

T- Some citrus upfront with a hefty yeast backbone. Floral hop flavor appears briefly for the finish then quickly vanishes. Some hints of the initial flavor linger but a sour/bitter flavor (very similar to baking soda) is prevalent.

M- Medium to high carbonation and body is a hair too grainy.

D- I was let down by this one and that's all there is to it. Its not a terrible brew-its just something I was expecting a lot more from. I won't pay for this one again.

PittBeerGirl, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of BeerDetective
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at my local pub, and found it to be very nice, I had a few pints while reading a good book.

Appearance was very nice, I had a good pour, a big foamy head which lasted a good while.

Smell was reminiscent of La Chouffe for me, but not as strong.

Taste was very nice big and malty and sweet, unlike the offering from Avery, the Salvation had more hops at the back.

Mouthfeel was very nice, not oily as sometimes these beers are for me.

Drinkability was quite pleasant, and at only 7% it won't hurt you too badly.

BeerDetective, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this while up in Fort Bragg touring their brewery. Really nice people there; I was glad to save this for a tasting.

Appearance> hazy, warm golden ale with a small creamy head that goes quickly and no lacing.

Smell> yeasty, possibly sweet malt scent

Taste> An A for complexity. Started off tart, smoothly followed by a lovely grainy flavor with apple and spice.

Mouthfeel> Like a good champagne that finds its way around the palette.

Drinkability> too sweet for me to drink often, but it is still oh so nice.

1759Girl, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of aaronh
2.25/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Orange amber body topped by a thin, off-white head. the head gradually fades to leave a few small islands of foam. Aroma is slightly sweet, a little grainy, and has some yeasty notes. Flavor is a bit phenolic at first and seems to progress more in that direction with a few more sips. Some sweetness comes through, mostly sugary, and then some astringency and hop bitterness is noticed. Somewhat metallic on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability is poor. I'd come to a beer of this style looking for an expereince, not another average offering.

aaronh, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature and poured into a snifter

A - Poured a very nice and extremely cloudy and hazy golden amber color with a nice two finger high head of frothy white lace across the top. Decent retention let the head stick around for a good few minutes before finally letting it go and leaving behind nothing on the top but a few bubbles and nothing coating the sides at all. Rather intresting look to be honest and I was a little shocked that it looked kinda flat.

S - The aroma was bright and full of yeast. Nice round hints of peaches and pears were easily recognizable and mixed in with a fresh cut grass and a lemon or orange tinted hoppiness. This was easily apparent and very nice. There was a slight touch of grain floating in there as well making the whole package rather well rounded.

T - The flavor was rather grainy at first with a prominant aroma of cereal grains peaking its head out and wrapping around and up with a freshly cut grass mixed with lemon hoppiness that seemed to really come out of nowhere. Nice yeast profile, again though very light with lots of light fruit peaches, apricots, and almst a dandelion like flavor come to mind. As it warms its starts to mellow down and a sweeter more syrup like flavor starts to come over it and bring it all together. The finish was slick somewhat then dried out after a few minutes before relaxing and getting you ready for the next sip.

M - The carbonation was decent toward the beginning but as it started to warm the flatness settled in and this light bodied belgian pale started to take on more characters of a syrup like note and became a tad bit flat. Still good though and decent overall on the feel.

D - For 7.6 percent alcohol, you could defintly taste that was for sure. It had a rather slick nature, but the nice dry bitter hoppy finish really saved it and helped to make his a really nice sipper over the course of the evening.

Overall this was not bad at all. I will admit, of course that I have had better, but this was a solid Belgian pale and I would not really hesitate to try it again. I am sure this one really rocks on tap, but the bottle was not so bad either. A solid offering.

mikesgroove, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a goblet. The bottle depicts a drawing of a group of men, apparently Belgian brewers from the 16th century. The end of the barrel of beer reads Vive Fort Bragg. No discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with much less head than I am used to seeing on a Belgian, maybe 14 inch of almost pure white foam. This settles to a thin coating leaving medium lacing behind. The beer itself is a honey yellow, though not quite perfectly clear. A fair amount of activity is coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet candi sugar smell, with the tang of wheat and hints of wet, aged hops. Exactly as I expect a Belgian to smell.

Taste: Fairly high carbonation bite delivers the flavors well to the tongue. Orange/citrus upfront, followed by smooth, earthy honey flavors. Finishes with just a hint of hop bitterness and another tickle from the carbonation as it rolls down your throat.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as expected from a Belgian. Body is decent.

Drinkability: A good Belgian and another good beer from North Coast. My only real disappointment is the lack of head; which I think helps to define a Belgian and deliver some of those aromatics.

beveritt, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely cloudy orange/yellow with not much head and some lacing. Nose seems rather muted except for that typical Belgian ale nose, maybe a whiff of a very, very muted orange peel. The palate is smooth and long with a slight bitter tone and yet again possibly a muted orange.

I don’t know what it is about North Coast Brewing, but I can’t think of one thing they have done that I haven’t thought was beyond good. This particular brew is damn even and is exactly the style that I appreciate most. I wish I could point something out that I didn’t like about it, but I just can’t find a flaw.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a weak head with little retention. Brownish, pale, cloudy color.

Smell is of bana phenol with slight clove and coriander.

Taste is of coriander and some citrusy fruit. It is moderately sweet and estery.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but is smooth and full.

Not a hard belgian strong pale ale too drink. Not overly clovy like some others. Very nicely done, but fairly simple in comparison to others.

Give it a try.

jasonjlewis, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Newsman
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Yard House in Pasadena, in a goblet. Appears a cloudy golden color, decent head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing on the way down. Smells of spice and citrus, not unlike a saison. Very pleasant. Tastes lightly of spice and malt, with a little bit of hops to counter. Very flavorful, but nothing really standout about it -- a very very nice blend and a good example of Belgian golden ales. Not overly carbonated in the mouth, nor heavy at all, but still substantive. And quite drinkable...I could've quaffed three or four of these, but I definitely would've felt the alcohol the next day.

Overall, a good example of the style and a worthy beverage all around.

Newsman, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This reminded me of a Hefeweizen when I first saw, smelled, and tasted it. I had to double check the bottle to make sure I didn't grab the Paulaner Hefe out of the fridge.

Very cloudy and hazy golden pour with a fairly persistent head.

Smelled just like a Hefe. Banana with some yeast and spiciness to this. Not unpleasant, but not what I was expecting either.

Malty backbone to this one with a bit of a fruity character and a hoppy finish as well. Got much better as it warmed up. I wonder how old this bottle is. After reading some of the other reviews, I really expected this to be better than it was. I like most of North Coast's other stuff but this just didn't do it for me.

Tilley4, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, bright yellow look with a foamy, pillowy head. No carbonation. It looks thin and see-through for its style. There is a smattering of lace.

The smell is of a spicy Belgian ale nature. Some bitterish hops. It's a golden Belgian ale mixed with a bitter pilsner. Some nice spicy citrus comes out with some agitation. Practically bubbles in the nose.

Flavor continues the sweet Belgian tradition, again with some bittery pilsner hops. Matches the smell to a tee. Has a combination of spicy Belgian, spicy orange, bitter hops and a pungent fizzy flavor.

Feels fizzy and thick. Warm like whiskey on the way down. It's a sipper because of its thick, creamy fizzyness. Has a decent bitter/spicy combination. It's really not my thing, but good enough.

williamherbert, Dec 06, 2007
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,728 ratings.