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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,594
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 101
Gots: 167 | FT: 0
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 mobyfann


4.72/5  rDev +17.1%

Paid around $2 for the single...

The beer pours a light amber/brown base with a medium head that barely lasts; however nice head retention but limited lacing, interesting. The smell is a blast of fruit, maybe a mix of five or six (pear, banana, orange, lemon, watermelon?), it is very unique and smells healthy!

The taste is as unique as the smell but that touch of alcohol knocks it down from perfect. So smooth on the palette and this beer is the session beer if like that fruit aftertaste.

Final Thought: Mr. Original, a diverse fruit flavor in a Belgian strong is quite a beer!

05-16-2006 05:04:43 | More by mobyfann
Photo of RedHaze


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks to bditty187 for this one.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a frothy two finger head that settles lowly to a thin cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; cirtus and earthy, with hay and cloves. There's a a good sweet maltiness, with bread and candied sugar.

Taste; lots of fruits with oranges, bananas and pears, with spicy/ yeast profile. The maltiness is pretty nice, with a good breadiness with some caramel to go along, but this is pretty darn sweet. I usually prefer Belgian Pale/Golden ales to be a bit more on the drier side than his one. Overall, it's still a really good beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good drinkability.

05-15-2006 02:36:04 | More by RedHaze
Photo of clabaugh


4/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Brilliant golden-copper color with a one finger head of wispy white. Average retention, with some faint lacing.

Smell: Strongly malty with a distinct aroma of yeast. Spicy and alcoholic in the nose. Rather invigorating.

Taste: Toasty malt backbone suggesting pastry and fruit. Spiced pear, perhaps apple, and some maple syrup. Finishes with a note of butterscotch. Also some corriander and a mild nuttiness present.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice creaminess. Carbonation perks the tongue right up. Leaves a residual coating, allowing for some extra savoring.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. A rich, complex taste that is far from boring. The alcohol is well disguised in both flavor and effect. Overall, a well-crafted brew.

05-14-2006 23:37:36 | More by clabaugh
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -22.3%

Surprisingly small head. I'd say it's not even a finger. It later leaves an enormous amount of yeast, however. Hazy orangish golden color. Carbonation bubbles are constantly rising as I let the head slowly die.

Belgian yeast aromas that hide a slight horse-like/hay smell that I've experienced in other Belgians. There are some hints of alcohol as it warms up.

Sweet yeasty taste that warms a bit toward the end. Spicy flavors (cloves perhaps) come through with some fruitiness. There's a definite lack in the taste.

Disappointing for the style. I'm not sure I'll try to find this one again. Oh well. I still enjoy North Coast.

05-11-2006 00:55:30 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of SethB2


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

Beer pours a transparent oranish color with a decent one finger head and mininmal lacing. Smell is just a little better than average. Bananas, and a ripe malt fruitiness dominate, but it lacks the complexity that some other Belgian styles have. Taste is good. The fruit on the nose is present, but there is also a very pronounce clove spice kick as well. Alchohol is nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is very full and very chewy for a beer of this style and it easily slides across my tongue. Drinkablity is good as well.

05-08-2006 00:47:55 | More by SethB2
Photo of acrawf6


4.03/5  rDev 0%

Pours out a hazy orangish golden yellow. Slightly tan head rises.

Smell. A sweet creamy and syrupy aroma. But under that i get a light, crisp, and sorta sour aroma. A very sweet fruitiness, almost like cotton candy.

Taste. Light and fruity. Great creamy maltiness, very sweet. Has a roasted marshmallow taste to it.It is spiced quite nicely with a hint of clove and smaller hint of coriander. Aftertaste becomes a little dryer and tart.

Mouthfeel. Decent body. It has a good amount of carbonation, but isn't as lively as others. good balance, but not great.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Great for when you want a sweet one. i can see myself coming back to this one quite often.

04-28-2006 06:27:28 | More by acrawf6
Photo of bort11


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured into an Imperial pint glass at room temp. Cloudy golden orange color with strings of sticky white yeast swirling around. Not much head to speak of, very little lacing. It has a very bready smell, some sweetness. It tastes buttery. Mouthfeel is a little oily making it a bit chewy. Barely any carbonation. It's not bad, just not what I was expecting. I'm a little disapointed.

I had one of these at a party and I liked it pretty well. Before it was colder and maybe that made the difference. I have a few more in the fridge that I will finish off, but that's it.

04-18-2006 12:42:21 | More by bort11
Photo of NolanGTI


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a gorgeous cloudy haze of orange. Thin head, with virtually no retention, minimal lacing. Nose has hints of bannana and wheat. Tastes about how it smells, with moderate citrus tones, some melon, and an underlying base of wheat. Mildly complex in the mouth with a good mouth feel, but finishes a bit too weak.

04-15-2006 15:17:38 | More by NolanGTI
Photo of NolateM


3.1/5  rDev -23.1%

Poured into a large wine glass, this beer had a very attractive orange glow, with a bit of haziness. Sediment was present in the bottle. There was no lingering head (except a few soap-like bubbles floating around the edge of the beer) and no lacing. Didn't pour like a Belgian-style beer should.

The aroma and flavor were both dominated by a wheaty yeastiness, which makes my review a bit biased as I don't enjoy most wheat beers. Yet, I was still able to finish this beer, as its 'wheatiness' wasn't too offensively overpowering. It definitely did have that sort of citrusy sourness to it - it kind of tasted like oranges, as the color foreshadows. The higher alcohol content was present in the taste, but not overpowering.

The aftertaste had a tiny bit of a pleasant lager-like maltiness to it, though after a little while left a bit of a dry-mouth feeling. Overall I'd say it'd probably be enjoyable for people who like Belgian white ales, even though it isn't one. Not for me though.

04-13-2006 16:52:30 | More by NolateM
Photo of Tupperwolf


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into my Stone tulip a rich, just slightly hazy and very glowing amber; A few very small, very lazy bubbles are visible, and the head is not qute Belgian-style, a little fizzy and short-lived, fading after just a minute and leaving almost no lace. A huge amount of sediment was compacted on the bottle, and I wonder if I should have tried to get a bit more in the beer or not. Unfortunately, the head dissappears completely after about five minutes, leaving an amber wine-like headless liquid in the glass with no lacing.

The smell is very nutty with almonds and pistachios; There is a noticeable wet dog aroma, a bit of very sweet citrus - orange-flavored candy, perhaps, and a slight grassiness marking the hops.

The taste is big, bold, and delicious! It's very sweet and dessert-like, without being syrupy, cloying, or unpleasant - there is a lot of tangerine, sugary lemonade, with a very slight nuttiness and very little bitterness to be found. Alcohol is minimal, noticeably adding depth and deliciousness to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and tart, the kind of sensation of very tiny bubbles stinging your tongue and lips - It drinks very smoothly, and finishes very well, just dry enough to be satisfying and just sticky enough to leave lingering flavors behind.

An awesome reminder that North American brewers can make great Belgian style beers. Of course Unibroue is the champ in that regard, but it's good to see California brewers making such good stuff. I just wish this bottle had poured a head.

04-12-2006 23:14:40 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of DouggiePhresh

New York

4.65/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with a large head into my Grolsh stange.It quickly dissipated. It smelled like a wheat beer to me. Very fruity (banana?) It tastes like a wheat beer with a slite taste of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is carbonated, sticky. This is suprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content. If i didnt know the content, I would say it was a regular wheat beer with about 5.5% alcohol.

04-08-2006 00:52:33 | More by DouggiePhresh
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

03-14-2006 18:28:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of surfadelic23


3.38/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

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


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

03-07-2006 00:47:26 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of ggaughan


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

03-06-2006 01:28:42 | More by ggaughan
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

03-03-2006 04:15:45 | More by BEERchitect
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

02-25-2006 19:29:17 | More by NJpadreFan
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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