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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,951
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 120
Gots: 328 | 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: 2,951 | Reviews: 1,174
Photo of justincolts
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice head and has a great, very "golden" appearance to it. The color is outstanding. Has a very good feeling which makes it very easy to drink. Nice ABV too doesn't hurt :) The smell is by no means bad, but is maybe less apparent than one might like. Still a very tasty beer!

Photo of badmoon
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Light apricot...almost golden. About a finger's worth of head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Nice nose on this. It smells very sweet...almost a brown sugar quality. Slightly spicy with some notes of honey.

T: Very tasty with some fruity notes. Finishes very clean. Nice bright flavor. I would drink this again without a doubt.

M: Lightly carbonated. Very lively! This is a great brew. The flavors are lingering...I like it!

D: I could have several of these very easily. You may want to watch it though with the ABV clocking in at over 7%. Good stuff.

Overall: Really good interpretation of a Belgian. I would get this again in a heartbeat! Excellent creation.

Photo of marcpal
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 pack picked up at Wegman's with my discovery of the goodness of NC Scrimshaw.
12oz bottle poured into weyerbacher tulip glass.
Bottle Graphics: 6/10.

A: Light gold hazy body, a robust head that was quick to run off. Nothing spectacular, more a weak start to a damn fine brew.

S: Super sweet, right to the brain with a big sniff. Lots of candied sugar and sweetened crystallized dried fruits.

T: Tight fruit flavors that creates something of a cotton mouth, I mean this is a good way. The banana and citrus flavors offer up a complex creation that can be savored on each sip.
The nicest touch is the plethora of spices that dance around in the background.

M: Light and fleeting with a dry finishing grasp.

D: Surely holds it own for the style, can proudly put this alongside from the European counterparts. Would I choose it over Duvel? I might, this is a pleasure to drink and for the price, awesome.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks smellsofstout for including this as an extra in our trade.

Pours a hazy peach color into a Unibroue tulip glass. Thin head that leaves no lacing.

Aroma is right in line with what I'd expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. Spicy yeast aroma. Not much malt aroma to mask it.

Low on carbonation. Doesn't produce a head when swirled.

Alcohol not noticeable for a 7.6% beer. Mouthfeel suffers from the lack of carbonation.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown squat pop top bottle with awesome label

Appearance: Dark-golden hazy beer with an ivory cap which fades pretty quick

Smell: Super rich, a bit of toasted malt, sweet Belgian candy sugar, mild alcohol, touch of caramel and fruit esters

Taste: Wow! This has a punch. Alcohol is fairly prominent and spicy here; there are mild toasted/caramel malt notes with lots of fruit and just a hint of funk...kind of citrusy/banana esters...a bit muddled/indistinct

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: I was honestly a bit let down by this; it's potent, it's big...it's just a bit simplistic and overly hot in the alcohol for me...

Photo of Frosty80
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: hazy burnt orange

Smell: some orange peel, coriander, spices and yeast

Taste: yeasty, fruity, spicy. pretty typical belgian-style. pretty decent alcohol presence

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. light-med body

Notes: typical belgian-style. nothing very unique here. true to the style and will done

Photo of grayburn
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pranqster pours a cloudy gold with a 2 finger head and nice lacing.
The smell is a light blend of citrus and malt with a little bit of an alcohol bite hiding in the back.
The taste is on the lighter side, there are some yeasty fruit flavors going on, mingling pretty well to hide the alcohol.
The mouthfeel is crisp, it finishes nice and dry with little sweetness and little bitterness as well, just a nice delicate balance.
The drinkability is very nice, I have tossed back a 4 pack on quite a few nights. The price point really makes this beer even more of a contender.

Photo of lhaqq
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, slightly golden body with a thin creamy head.
S: Amazing smell, but couldn't place it for awhile. (Belgian) yeast, spices, and light fruits mixed with caramel.
T: Sweet but not at all cloying. A great representative of the style. Granny carameled apples. Light malts, champagne.
M: Medium-bodied, lively carbonation.
D: Another solid beer from North Coast.

Photo of Domingo
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was looking for a Belgian golden and stumbled upon this one. North Coast typically does a great job, too.
Pours a pretty cloudy tannish yellow with a lot of yeast floating around. Head's pretty rocky as expected.
Smell is definitely yeasty, but there's a pretty huge hop presence in there, too.
The taste starts off spicy and yeasty, followed by a wave of european hops. The issue is that the spicy yeast and hops blend together to form a bitter flavor that's kind of offputting. It's not bitter in a traditional IBU sense, but it's just not quite right. I'd describe it as sort of musty tasting to be pretty honest. Not really picking up any of the traditional fruit flavors as a result. I just get a little sweet booziness up-front, bitter yeast, & hops. No fruit, and no depth with the yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is fine for what it's supposed to be, but one bottle was enough. For that matter, I couldn't even finish the bottle.

Skip this one as there are better versions of the style brewed domestically or via import. The price is right at $7, but I was let down. I'm in no hurry to revisit this one. Hopefully there was just something off with my bottle.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

The pour is a hazy golden with a finger's white head. The head is gone quickly, and lacing is low.

The nose is of some yeast, fruit (apples and oranges) and a hint of spices. The taste starts very sweet before adding some of the citrus, spices and bitterness. It's quite nice.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation. This beer is very drinkable.

This is a nice example of the style, and I might try it again.

Photo of JonMich13
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't review a Belgian strong pale without comparing it to Duvel, which is one of my favorite overall beers.

A = Honey amber color with a thin one finger head that deflated pretty quickly. Lacing was light. Hardly any beer in the world looks like as good as a Duvel, so it wouldn't be a fair fight for any beer.

S = Nice sweet honey and malt smell. Some citrus and hop hints also there.

T = Nice sweet malt start, and a light and refreshing citrus and slight hop fill in behind. Taste mirrors the smell quite well. IMO not as complex as Duvel, but a very tasty and refreshing brew.

M = Nothing special on the palate IMO. Nothing really negative to say, but just an unremarkable light to medium body mouth.

D = Crisp and clean enough to be a sessionable strong ale. Solid in this dept.

Overall, a very deft attempt at this style by a very strong brewery. Just so happens that Duvel sets the standard for me and it is hard to live up to. But that doesn't mean this isn't a very good beer, which it is.

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

appearance: golden

smell: fruit, slight hops

taste: was a great real belgian golden ale, good, and no overpowering for how strong it was, fruits and spicy tatste couldn't indentify exactly but very tasty

mouthfeel: rich and high carbonation

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised, it's not overrated, smooth and easy for how stong the ABV is.

Photo of jwinship83
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle that was being sold cheap at the local bottle shop. apparently no one buys it. no freshness date, but its gotta have some age on it. into the duvel tulip it goes.

A- bright and clear golden colored body with a steady stream of carbonation from the "d" in the bottom of my glass. a finger of lasting white head forms. sticky lace left all over the sides of my glass.

S- belgian yeast, and fruit mostly. banana, apples, and pears. somewhat spicy as well. cloves maybe?

T- sweet malts, and belgian yeast. summer fruits like apple pear and banana. the spices i could smell were there also.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- one was enough. not the most interesting beer of its style, but the blowout price is enough to make me go pick up a few more and drink one every so often. glad i finally tried this one.

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

This was a very solid belgian beer. I enjoyed the complex flavors of fruitiness and spice. This beer poured nice and had a average head that dissipated quickly. Very drinkable and great aroma. A pleasure to drink. Of all the Bengian beers I have tried I would rank this up there as one of my favorites.

Photo of nighthawk
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into chalice.

Pours a hazy, bubbly orange-gold with a large white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving an average ring. No lacing.

Aromas of orange, clove, and mild florals. Nice, but somewhat muted.

Taste is a subtle yet complex blend of orange, clove and spice, candy sweetness, some bread and a touch of alcohol. Up front a touch of yeasty, fresh bread is quickly moved aside by orange and sweet fruit. This gets kicked up by a hint of clove spiciness before a light orange loaf takes me to a kick of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky texture, with a nice bit of carbonation to freshen it all up. Sweet, but not cloying finish lingers pleasantly.

This beer is a real treat, refreshing, complex, tasty and never overpowering. Drinkable? Definitely.

Photo of Kallessin
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden honey color with a billowing white head.

Has a strong fruity aroma. Orange is the most prominent. A little of the malt comes through as well.

Has fruity orange, pear and apple flavors. Fairly sweet with a slight spiciness. I pick up some subtle honey flavors. The alcohol is there slightly in the background, but not overly forward. Some slight yeasty and bready flavors as well. Very well balanced, with nothing overpowering the other.

Very smooth and slightly warming mouthfeel. A little peppery carbonation.

This beer is very easy to drink and higher ABV doesn't deter you at all.

This is actually my first beer of this style and it's fantastic. I picked this particular one because I was going to make a chicken recipe from the last issue of the BA mag that called for it. Thanks guys (although I haven't made the recipe yet, hopefully the beer with make it that long).

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Effervescent carbonation, apparent from the streams of bubbles floating up from the bottom. Big pale white head, very sustaining, fluffy as all hell, provided thick lacing. Beer was slightly hazed, bright golden in color.

S-Spicy with big clovey and slightly banana phenols. Yeasty sweet bready, slightly fruity.

T-Mostly sweetness, of candi sugar and malt, with cloves and some yeasty nuances. Bitterness does its best to balance, but it's still just a bit outdone by the malts (this is not a bad thing).

M-High carbonation cuts through this medium-bodied beer. Very slippery.

D-OK drinkability. I wouldn't reach for this one again, but I enjoyed it this time.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: This beer is a beautiful golden hazy color that represents the style well. The last 1 inch of beer I swished in the bottle and pitched it into the beer to get the yeast well distributed. I got a 2 finger head, and that receded slowly to a 1/2 finger head that stayed there throughout drinking the entire bottle. The lacing on this beer is the absolute best I have ever seen. Even beats Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

S: I wasn't getting much from the smell except that it smells like a standard BSPA. Some mild hops, light phenols, and leather/plasticy that was not necessarily bad. Just different. I wanted more fruit in the nose.

T: What the beer lacked in smell it made up for in the taste. This beer is smooth and exceptionally balanced. The hops, and light Belgian candi sugars blend perfectly and nothing stands out in a bad way. The beer has a finish that leaves my tongue feeling slightly acidic as though I just ate some pineapple. The sensation is the same, but the taste of pineapple is not there. Maybe some sour apple in the finish but no fruit on the front end of this one. This beer also finishes extremely dry, and reminds me of an Orval in that respect which is good.

M: Almost perfect. Very creamy (in a good way), coated my mouth just right, and if the carbonation had been slightly higher I would have ranked it perfection.

D: Unbelievable. I could have drank the entire 4 pack last night, but drank some other things instead. I really wanted to have some more of these for another time too. This was the first time I'd seen it, and would definitely purchase it again. Love Duvel, but for $3-4 cheaper I will probably choose this more often.

Overall I am glad I discovered this beer. Highly drinkable even at 7.6% ABV, and left me wanting more. I think that pitching the yeast is essential for this brew and would make sure to do that again when drinking it.

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

Wasatch threw this beer into one of our recent trades. Thanks, John.

Pranqster has a hazy, opaque, orange/yellow body with about one finger of white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles are moving all over the place to the top of the beer. The heads fades to a thing ring, but that ring doesn't disappear, leaving a ring on top of the body for quite a while. Some thin lacing stays behind, but not a ton.

My first whiff of this beer is impressive, and subsequent sniffs don't disappoint. A little bit of spicy, peppery yeast aroma. Lots of light fruits like peaches or apricots. Pretty good.

The taste is similar to the nose, as usual. Up front comes a pretty big candied sugar flavor that fades into a sweet, fruity flavor. The more subdued sweetness features the peaches and apricots from the aroma. A little bit of banana sneaks in there too. Just a touch of pepper/coriander yeast characteristics appear here. Not sure whether I would classify it as one or the other; it's probably somewhere in between.

Mouthfeel is pretty much middle of the road in all ways concerned for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall, this is a good beer.

Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange brown with a quarter inch white head. nice continuous head formation/retention. Smells of yeast, tangerines, apricots and orange rind. Hint of lemongrass and spice. Flavor is an excellent spicy, mildly yeasty bland of orange zest, belgian malt, vague sweetness, apricot and coriander. Alcohol very prominent, but appropriately so for the style and flavor. Medium to full bodied, sticky, creamy mouthfeel. An eminently drinkable BSPA. Smooth and clean. Impressive that North Coast can brew such a range of really excellent and true-to-style beers.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color with a rather frothy white head of adequate size. Retention is disappointing--the head fell quickly to a small, bubbly ring around the top of the glass. Swirling quickly kicks the head back up due to the fine carbonation, so hopefully the feel of this beer will be gratifying.

S: Sweet and fruity. Orange and apricot/mango--something tropical-like. Dry, grainy malt aromas. Just a tinge of muskiness, but not much. Some spices, but not as spice-full as most Belgians. Still, the complexity and bold fruitiness is quite nice. Could be a little stronger, but that's all.

T&M: Fruity, spiced, and slightly musky/earthy. Complex and fun. Dry apricots and a muskiness that is slightly akin to a saison. Not as bursting with clove as some Belgians, but some spiciness is present. I particularly enjoy the fruity/musky combination. The finish is only slightly sweet, and the remnants of that musky flavor make my mouth beg for the next sip. Body is medium with a brisk, fine carbonation that fits very well for the style.

D: More drinkable than Duvel for me. Though Duvel may be a bit bigger and badder, I'll still look out for Pranqster in the summer and spring months. Despite the ABV this one still goes down quite nicely. Glad I cracked this open tonight.

Photo of surfer4life
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle

A - Deep orange, murky with a small head that recedes to a ring around the glass very quickly.

S - Grapefruit, oranges, raisins, cloves and hints of alcohol.

T - Hoppy, bits and pieces of sweetness that tastes like citrus fruits and a pretty big alcohol taste.

M - Highly carbonated with a light to medium body.

D - Good drinkablity. I could have another of these, would like to have it from the tap.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with one inch of white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass surface. Nice aroma of cloves and fruit such as bananas and grapes. The flavor is likewise a combination of the spice and fruit flavors. Finishes on the sweet side. I prefer this style a little drier. The body seems a little weak and thin. Lacks a good texture and feels a little harsh. A nice beer and true to style. A very good value as well.

Photo of astrasday
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. A slightly hazy, golden hue with a rich white head and good retention.

Smell. Slightly sour white wine, cloves and spices, yeast, pineapple. Not very potent.

Taste. Again slightly sour white grapes come in strong. Spices, yeast, pineapple and some fresh sweet fruit. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Slick with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability. Goes down smooth and drinks good. Easy.

Photo of Coorskid33
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A~ 1.5'' head with no staying power, and minimal lacing. Yellowish copper hue to it. Visible carbonation for a cloudy beer.

S~ Smelled fruity to me. Almost comparable to wine. Kind of like white grape juice with hops. Pleasant.

T~ Great! Alcohol is noticeable there but not overpowering. I got a hint of grapefruit flavor. Not at all what I expected, but I def enjoyed it.

M~ Strong carbonation with oily fruitiness in the beer.

D~ I enjoyed this. Like a beer and wine combo. Good alcohol balance with good carbonation level. Maybe the true champagne of beers.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,951 ratings.