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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,959
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 119
Gots: 333 | 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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Ratings: 2,959 | Reviews: 1,176
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.

Photo of scottyshades
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cloudy golden color that is pretty opaque. The head is basically non-existent even when poured aggressively. Lacing is minimal. The appearance reminds me of apple cider

S: Sweet malts, brown sugar, yeast, bread, and a slight whiff of alcohol at the end. Nice.

T: Much maltier than I expected. Sweeter too. Sweet malts, an earthy tone, spices, a touch of alcohol, and some yeast

MF/D: Nice carbonation, light/med body, finishes opposite of dry, highly enjoyable, but certainly not the best of its style

I must say that this brew was my first true craft beer, had it on my 21st bday a couple years ago and this is what really got me into the craft beer scene. Sure glad I tried it!

Photo of BarrelO
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Cloudy light orange. Pretty weak head.

S: Delightfully fruity. Apples, bananas, lemons, and some other stuff I can't quite pick out. Also a bit of hops.

T: A pretty big letdown after the aroma. It's so bland that no distinctive flavors really stand out. The fruitiness is there, but it's turned down to about 1. The hops aren't even that prominent, but they manage to drown everything out. In all, it just falls flat.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: Pretty much a poor man's Duvel. It's not actively bad, and the elements of a good Belgian are present, but it never gets out of first gear. The first real disappointment I've had from North Coast.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a four pack-- 9 bucks.

Appearance: Clear yellow orange with a nice head.

Smell: Sweet candy and yeast.

Taste: A little sharp up front with some tingly bitterness. Spicy, sweet, and just delicious.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is really nice. Good full mouthfeel, not syrupy, but a little sticky after you swallow. The taste just lingers in a nice way.

Drinkability: I love this stuff. Gotta let it warm up quite a bit, though. I think it rivals most any belgian strong pale when price is factored in. Hell yeah North Coast.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange color with some slight haze and a small white head that subsides rather quickly.

Smells of banana, some pear and lots of spices upfront.

Taste starts off mildly sweet with the banana notes but quickly turns to the spicy side with notes of cloves and coriander. Some notes of citrus come out in the finish.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Thinner than I had expected but mostly a satisfying experience overall. The spices are very well balanced with the fruit and the flavors really come together quite well.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color that has more gold along the edges with a small frothy head that quickly dissolves into a splotchy layer around the glass. The aroma has fruity esters, ginger and some yeast. It has an almost medicinal aroma. The flavor is some slight orange peel, sweet toasted malt, apricot and some hints of hops. Its medium bodied and just a touch sticky but does have noticeable carbonation. This is a very interesting beer, I find this beer to be very creative and extremely thirst quenching.

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a slight head and some thin lacing. Looks welcoming.

Smells sweet. Fermented fruits and some sweet malts. Also smells a bit spiced. Coriander?

Tastes is similar to the nose. It's very sweet, probably from the malts, and certainly spiced, probably from the coriander. The sweetness is like fermented peaches. The alcohol gives it a kick at the end and has an overall warming quality.

Mouthfeel is good. This finishes wet and the sweet aftertaste lingers for a bit, which I did not mind. Overall drinkibility is good. It's a medium bodied brew, and it goes does down very smooth.

Notes: Not my favorite style by a long shot, but a very well crafted ale, and one that I imagine stands up very nicely to the Belgian exports.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, melon, and clove. Flavor is a bit sharp and spicy upfront with a sweet, fruity finish. Lots of yeasty/bready notes. A decent Belgian Strong Ale, but it didn't blow me away or anything.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy amber/yellow color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to random bubbles. Laced in thin broken rings. Decanted lightly.

S: Citrus rind and grass. Light fruits; apricot and banana.

T: Peppery spice and citrus. Wet grains and sweet malt. Sweet finish lingers through the bittering hops.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Carbonation worked fairly well with the sweet finish.

D: Disguises the abv fairly well. Very flavorful. Glad to have 3 more left in the 4-pack.

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

A: Pours a nice gold bordering on amber with about 1 finger of appreciable white head.

S: Generally fresh-cut grass and floral aromas with a unique hoppiness floating faintly in the background.

T: Nice, sweet yeasty and floral taste with some citrus in there, which complements it well. Hops are also present, but muted in the background. Overall, sweet and somewhat malty.

M: Somewhat watery, although also decently juicy.

D: Extremely drinkable; goes well with summer. A great beer to just relax and kick back with for barbecues.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though it has a nice head but does not last, the color is bad. Not much on the smell. Have to strain the nose to get something. The taste is positive. Has some flavor in it though it could be stronger. The lack of strength of taste makes up in drinkability. Feels good and goes down smooth for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Not bad since looks and smell are not all that. Does have a slight aftertaste that is a bit delayed.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a very nice amber/yellow color that is hazy. There was a very weak head of white rushing bubbles that faded to nothing before I had my first sip. Zero lacing

S: smells grassy and citrusy. There is nothing unique here, its very commonly belgian.

T: This beer tastes great. There is a heavy spice upfront that is supported by a citrusy background. decent malt backbone and a sweet finish with very noticeable residual sugars.

M: on the thiner side, sweet finish. Highly carbonated to the point where it may take something away.

O: I actually like this beer. I didn't rate it the highest because I thought there were some major flaws as far a s appearance goes and the nose was nothing out of the ordinary. The taste, however, is excellent. I'll definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 1st time having this.

A- The standard golden appearence from this pale ale. The semi frothy white head was short lived leaving just scattered islands throughout the surface. Not even a hard swirl would bring it back. Very minimal lacing.

S- Pranqster has a sharp nose with bananas and cloves at the forefront. Sadly any hop presense is light and may have faded. Some more fruit in the background plus a big alcohol scent which is surprising. Some malt and sweet bubblegum as well.

T- A very fruity BSPA. Again I get alot of banana from this. The belgian yeast uswed is apparent as well as the high amount of clove and other lighter spices. Again the alcohol seeps through in the taste and kind of kills it for me. Malt giving off some sweetness and caramel. The main tastes are fruit and alcohol.

M- A dead on medium feel with light carbonation. Could of used a bit more punch but thats just me. Goes down pretty smooth but leaves a aftertaste for a bit thats mainly sweet.

D- I actually kind of gulped this down to be done with it. While on point for a BSPA, the flavors dont mesh well and the feel is just a bit thick for me. Not for me.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep yellow with a good deal of carbonation. Light head, no lace.

Spicy aroma, with some dry chemical edge. You get some tropical fruit and musty yeast as well. That barnyard element is there.

Some sweetness in the wheat, some musty yeast, some chemical harshness, almost dirty, lemon tartness, and dry harsh spice. This is a complex one for sure. The flavors work, and I enjoyed it, but not as much as some of the imports. Has some elements that you need to get used to.

Carbonation kept this one running. Mouthfeel was medium and very appropriate.

The dryness and chemical edge was enough of a turn off to make this more of a sipper than a mouthful at a time. I dug it, but not as a first choice for the style.

Photo of stbfan
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours golden/cloudy with a small white head. very attractive beer when held to light.

smaells like bananas, coriander, bready. like a hefe meets a belgian pale ale.

tastes great.pretty complex.lots of taste sensations. very bready up front with the fruits and spice coming later.

nice medium mouthfeel with a little tartness.very nice brew.

highly drinkable.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a huge amount of sediment and the color was a hazy orange with a ton of large white floaters. There was no head whatsoever and it appeared flat (but that was not the case.)

Smells of yeast and a clove-like spice. There is a hint of banana in there.

The flavor is Belgian yeast, corriander, and orange rinds. There's a nice spiced finish.

Despite the appearance, the carbonation was spot on. There's a stickiness about it as well.

The alcohol is completely masked and the flavor keeps me wanting more. It's got a nice fresh feeling to it.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 750ml bottle with a rocky white head. Cloudy appearance, a little too opaque for a Belgian Strong Ale.

First taste is yeasty, alcolohic, and sweet. Very nice. As it warms, the flavors mellow.

aroma is malty, sweet, and candied citrus.

Mouthfeel is full. Coats your mouth with sweet warmth.

Would make a great session beer if it wouldn't kick your ass after a few.

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

12oz pours a murky mango juice color with largish sediment coming into the glass and settling in. Not as much head as many of its Belgian kin but solid lacing down the glass.

Smell has a hint of honey, fruity esters, a slight spice to it, a tinge of the herbaceous.

The strength I think is in the flavor. It moves from standard Belgian fare with yeast dominating to a morphing saison spiciness to a citrusy tang and back and forth. The bottle states there is an art to yeast combinations and perhaps that is the reason for the variety of tastes. It's kind of a trickster that way.

Good carbonation, though not too crazy, solid drinkability. A 4pk of this would do you in good stead on a nice summer evening like this one.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at The Mellow Mushroom in Evans, GA.

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a two-fingered loose, bubbly white head that fades away much too quickly and settles to a very thin ring that fails to leave much of anything behind on the glass. Golden in color with a haze thrown by the yeast sediment included in the pour.

Aroma is nice and inviting, typical of Belgian-style ales with a pronounced Belgian yeast spiciness and a few florally fragrant notes alongside.

Quite full-bodied and with a very slick mouthfeel; a relatively low level of carbonation feel is detectable. A sweet, creamy honeyed malt flavor is overlaid with products of fermentation and added spices: spicy cinnamon and a hint of clove and coriander are apparent, with a bit of phenolic alcohol character. Hop use is evident in the presence of some herbal notes, but overall is rather subdued. Finish is dry and a touch grainy, with warming alcohol in the chest. As the drink warms, the alcohol begins to overpower to an overwhelming degree, with a liquor-like burning rather than warming characteristic.

The degree of the alcoholic burn apparent with warming is quite surprising, as this is otherwise a tasty, well-crafted Belgian-style golden ale, and though the alcohol content surpasses seven percent, such alcohol presence is startling. Perhaps another go with a different bottle would yield different results. Otherwise a nice beer that fit the evening's pining for a Belgian beer at a lower cost.

Photo of mjl21
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toast. Poured into a 22 ounce glass. No abv info is given.

A-Very hazy with a dark yellow-orange color. Has a minor white head that sticks around. Little lacing is present as this goes down.

S-Belgian yeast, spices such as clove, and green apple come through.

T-Tastes a lot like it smells. When it first hits the mouth the yeast and clove are the first things that are noticeable. Sweet fruit hits more in the back. There is some booze that is evident as this is halfway done.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. As mentioned, some booze is evident.

D-Went down quite easily.

A good beer for a nice spring night. Nothing earth shattering, but I would be glad to have this again.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
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