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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,953
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 119
Gots: 329 | 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 jbhuxley
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into snifter.

Pours hazy, copper/orange in color. Virtually no head, except for the ring that forms around the edge of the glass.

Smells like banana bread with hints of citrus and apricot. The alcohol is noticeable as it warms.

The taste has a lot going on. Honey and fresh fruit are present, as is the banana. I always hear people describe the "bubblegum" taste but I never really got it. The bubblegum is certainly present here.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and silky. Soft carbonation. I wasn't big on this beer until the temperature came up a bit. At the proper temperature, I am really loving it.

Photo of vishneda
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

This brew pours a nice tangerine color. The head is notoriously thin, but there is a lot of action going on in the glass. Light lacing appears as I drink the beer.

There is a fruity aroma; sweet and lightly citrus. I also sense some other fruit which is hard for me to place... perhaps apricot. The floral notes of the hops come through softly as well.

Pranqster is dominantly sweet but I do not find it cloying. The malt sweetness is there and there are hints of vanilla and maybe a little of the alcohol contributing to the sensation. The hop profile, with light floral bitterness, comes through in the end to give good balance. Overall, I am very impressed with this beer that manages to maintain its character and still come off pretty sweet.

The mouthfeel is near perfect, nice balance of air and body. Overall, its a very drinkable beer because it feels nice and has a cheerful flavor and aroma. The high abv keeps me from grabbing another one, but I can't fault it for that.

(Tasting notes from 06 Aug 2009)

Photo of Dodo2step
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach

A- a cloudy yeasty bright orange color. 2 finger head that soaks back in quickly but leaves a spiderweb lacing on my glass.

S- a strong over ripe coriander with some other floral aromas. Dry malt and alcohol.

T- a pungent orange coriander flavor with mild floral aromas. Alcohol rounds it out and then some heavy yeast.

M- orange peel mixed with alcohol. Heavy alcohol. It goes down smooth though. Very nice!

D- At first taste you would think this is gonna be hard to throw back but after a you get your mouth wet, she slides right down. I could drink a sixer of this on the weekend. This is a case purchaser.

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

poured into a snifter,this beer is an orange/gold hue with a nice head.not much lacing.nose is yeasty and a tad sour. taste is slightly spiced with some coriander with light fruity esters and banana. mouthfeel is light and carbonated,very refreshing.drinkability is very good.

Photo of froghop
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy light orange with a very small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is of yeast, roasted nuts, malt, a touch of citrus, some fruit, grass, and floral.

taste is fizzy and oily, lots of yeast, some sour malt, some fruit, a little musty, and a little bit of roasted nuts, leaves the mouth on the dry side.

Photo of Evocatus
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Has a yellow-orange cider look; head pretty much dispersed after opening. Smells a little bit like apples. Taste has a mix of floral hops and some fruits, possibly apple in flavor. Not a personal fan of the mix, but it's pretty distinct/strong. Good amount of thickness to it also. Good beer, but not for my personal taste.

Photo of srandycarter
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Main Tap in El Cajon.

A - Light murky apple juice. Kinda of a murky macro beer look. Not much head and no lacing.

S - Light, slightly barny smells, like classic Belgian yeast.

T - Very light, apple sauce and yeast kind of feel.

M - Medium bodied, good carb and coating.

D - Simple but tasty!!

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

Light peach colored brew, with some decent white head sitting aloft.

Nice light yeasty belgian aroma, with fruity banana and spicy clove. Sweetness in the form of grainy cereal and some bubblegum.

Incredibly full mouthfeel on this one, and a surprisingly good drinker. The abv isn't anywhere near strong enough to be dangerous, but the drinkability of this beer is just so up there that an entire pint will be gone before you even knew where it went. This is probably my second favorite offering from NCB behind Le Merle.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I waffled back and forth about what I thought about this beer. First I thought it was not good, then good, then not-so-good again. No head at all after a loud popping fizzy head disappeared very quickly. Depending on the light backing it, the beer went from orange to bronze to yellow. Sweet fruits and honey dominate the smell. Yeasty strangeness attacks the tongue with a fresh fruitiness that doesn't offend or please. The mouthfeel is so weird. Bittingly crisp, leaves the tongue numb and tingly, finishes very dry. Its abv is fairly noticeable. It is just a strange beer with a strange spelling. You may think its great, or not great, or like me, not be able to tell the difference.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: opaque golden/light-orange color with a thin head. A light lacing is left as I drink.

Smell: malt, wheat and orange aromas.

Taste: sweet and heady. Notes of wheat, orange and honey. Hops are floral but not overly present; nevertheless, there is a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: thick enough to be satisfying, but not too heavy. An appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: while the alcohol content holds this down a hair, I think the flavor profile and mouthfeel make this a pretty drinkable beer.

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.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,953 ratings.