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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,828
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 110
Gots: 237 | 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

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Photo of gpogo
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy gold with decent sized white head that dissipates.

A- Slightly spicy aromas. A nice smell of coriander.

T- Sweet malty flavor with an interesting spicy hit. Definite flavors of coriander. Perhaps a fruitiness, but I'm having trouble identifying what fruit flavors it consists of.

M- Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet yeasty aftertaste.

D- Incredibly drinkable, does this have nicotine in it, I just stopped thinking and started drinking and enjoying myself with it. A very enjoyable and possibly refreshing brew. At 7.6% though you need to be careful not to enjoy this beer too much.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into duvel glass

A-Crystal clear golden with a two finger head that reduces but leaves some lacing

S-Like a Belgian, earthy

T-Really nice, baked pears, malt sweetness, granny smith apples. It's almost like a heavier Duvel.

M-Viscous for a moment then the Co2 releases and cleanses.

D-Very high, not that you need many but it seems to "evaporate" quickly.

Photo of Kudashov
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Spaten beer mug the brew comes to a beautiful egg-white head . Dense golden color with a brassy neon highlights around the sides of the mug . Head has reduced to a 1/2 inch sheet which sits atop the brew . Peering through the brew there are a ton of small bubbles - sheets of them - making their way to the top of the glass . The aroma of bubble gum and banana bread Taste is excellent . Honey , fruity and highly pleasing . After a few mouthfuls the has some " soapy " suds but no lacing . This brew , to go along with the Old Rasputin Russian Stout is wonderful . Pranqster is a quality brew that i will be enjoying the rest of this summer ..

Photo of PiecefulToker
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber caramel color with a large-bubbled had that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing in my Maredsous tulip.

S: This smells awesome. Sweet caramel malt, some banana and apple smells, dark sugars, slight yeastiness, bread dough, some alcohol at the end.

T: This has a nice malty sweetness up front that is not too cloying, but gives it a honey flavored breadiness that I really enjoy. There is some green apple with a subtle bitterness about half way through towards the end, and it finishes with some slight yeastiness and alcohol. I really like this beer.

M: Fairly low carbonation, but very smooth. Slightly syrupy, but not too thick, medium bodied.

D: This is a very good beer, but I would only want a few to start a session.

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

Murky orange with a light white head. Light lacing.

Earthy, yeasty smell with cloves.

Initially it is sharp, but it smoothes out as the fruity tastes take over. Banana and clove taste.

Nice carbonation that moves the beer around in your mouth.

Very easy to drink beer, I wish I had gotten this earlier.

Photo of becktone
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Somewhat hazy medium yellow/gold-like gold coins in cartoons or video games-in color and clarity. Head retention is decent, it started with a very large head, then receded to what is now about half a finger and is holding with good retention. Lacing is ok, I've seen much better from other brews-kinda spotty, not sheet-like.

Nose: This has a very distinct character to it. Not only does it have belgian qualities(as it should), but it has a very distinct "North Coast" aroma to it. After drinking a few others of North Coast's line I can definitely say that this one has something in common, a house yeast perhaps? Anyhow it definitely smells like its from North Coast. Spicy, earthy, and woody characters come from hops and yeast on this brew. Underneath that lies a sweet supporting malt backbone, however it does not take the lead as the dominant aroma of this brew. Not so much "Duvelishness" about this one as others I've had of the same style. This one as I said, is more about the spicy and earthy/woody tones. Great take on the style. Seems more of a farmhouse take on the style.

Tongue: More malt influenced flavor than the aroma would have you believe. However, that earthiness, woodiness, and spiciness is here as well. It comes into play at the finish of the brew, bringing balance to the sweet malt character. In my opinion the main focus of this beer is on the yeast character-those earthy tastes really stand out. Bitterness is also pretty straight forward, more than I'd expect for something like this. Bitterness here isn't just balancing the beer but it is doing more, giving the beer a quite bitter taste, something out of the ordinary for this style in my experience. What I've come to expect from this style isn't all that present here, the sweet, candy-like flavors are much more of a secondary flavor in this beer, only to support the yeast and hops, only appearing in the background for a few seconds before slipping away. Finish is quite dry. Quite a unique take on the style. I really enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light on the palate with crisp and tiny carbonation bubbles that are quite appropriately proportioned at lower levels. As afore mentioned it has a dry finish. This is a beer I'd definitely pick up again, quite a step in a different direction for they style. This is much different what others try to produce when making this style, I really like this take on the style. It is different and fresh. I recommend giving it a try.

Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date provided.

A: Soft orange-yellow hue with fluffy thin white head with a nice cap and spittles of lace down the glass.

S: Yeasty and funky farm smells with a bit of clove and coriander spiciness.

T: Sweetish with loads of yeasty and fruit flavors including apricot, pear, and lemon. Maltiness enhances the fruit character.

M: Pretty thick coating mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation and sweet, yeasty aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable with a big malt load with distinctive fruit and spice notes. Easier to drink than most Belgian ales and a nice price.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce stubby poured into a tulip yields a hazy orange-golden body with a thin white head that recedes quickly, leaving virtually no lacing.

Smell is the familiar Belgian yeasty banana, with a whiff of ripe apple and pear juice.

Taste is rich and malty with a touch of light caramel, a nice fruity yeast component, and just a tad of earthy hops. A little bitterness creeps in amongst flavors of banana and caramel-covered apple that preside over the drink.

Smooth and medium-bodied, the drink is very drinkable and satisfying.

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a nice thick white head that lasts. It has that wonderful Belgian farm like smell that only comes for a belgian yeast strain. The flavor is quite amazing--they nailed this style for sure. This is yet another American beer that is more like a Belgian than an old one that has been on the shelf from Belgium. The carbonation is very high as expected, and the beer finishes dry. It also has a decent body making it quite a full beer. Seek this one out--it is quite amazing. Terrific beer.

Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Flying Saucer, served in a tulip glass a nice stray yellow with a decent head that is slow to diminish and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of sweet fruits, spice and Earthy hops. The taste is a nice blend of sweetness, hops and spice. The beer is a little on the heavy side and took a while to drink. This one is somewhat enjoyable, but not something I'd choose that often.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 4 pack from Tully's. This was a really good beer. Served in a tulip glass, it was an orange color with a medium-sized white head. It had a fruity and earthy aroma. Banana flavor, balanced by the malt. Late hops appearance. Highly recommend this beer.

Photo of elricorico
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright orange body with a massive white head. Tonnes of carbonation visible in the brew. Very nice looking.

Belgian yeastiness hits the nose immediately with a mix of citrus and earthy aromas. Some spiciness in there as well, rounding it out. Good smell.

Fruity flavour with a spiciness added. At once sweet and dry. Alcohol warms but is subtle. Perhaps a touch of oak appears. Not bad at all.

The body is sticky and the carbonation is high, not uncommon for the style and doesn't really stand out here.

More than quaffable considering its strength. Wouldn't hesitate offering this one to any fan of the pale belgians.

Photo of JayDub
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Crystal clear, light copper hew. Almost non-existant head though, maybe needs a stiffer pour.

S - Barn yard yeast, malt sweetness, a tad of lemon.

T - Spicy to start, then sweet malt. Warming alcohol.

M - Medium carbonation, not too punchy. Light-medium body. Finishes a bit sweet.

D - Easy to drink, but 7.6% can be stiff. Could handle a few of these on a casual sitting.

I enjoy the "wilder" yeast presence and similar complex taste. I can't nail all of the flavors here, but everything in there is pleasant.

Photo of bristerboy
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not my normal Belgian type; I normally prefer Quads. I found this 4 pack at the local grocery store for a bargain $6.95. Being familiar with North Coast Brewing, I decided to give it a try. Good Decision! Highly drinkable, very smooth with only slight hint of the 7.6% alcohol content. Much lighter than my normal quad offerings, highly recommended in our current 90+ degree days. Slightly cloudy pale yellow color with very , very good creamy head that last the entire glass.
The only drawback is a slightly sour smell.
I went back to the store and bought the remaining two 4 packs.

Photo of brandoneast
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazed apricot hue with a light sheet of lace that hugs the stemless pinot noir glass. Feeble aroma but picking up sweet vanilla, little spice, and a surprising whiff of oaky chardonnay. Amazingly, the flavor makes up for everything the nose lets down. Pranqster lives up to its name by unveiling a world-class taste. Each sip brings a candi sugar that laces the lips, spicy hops, pale malt and that quintessential Belgian yeast flavor. This brew is full of flavor and a strong mouthful with an expected powerful carbonation. This brew has high drinkability, but consume with moderation, for Pranqster will fool you with its high alcohol content.

Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a guest-tap at the local Blue Mountain Brewery.

A: Hazy golden-straw pour into a goblet. Off-white, decently sticky head.

S: Sweet fruits... almost a tropical fruit / apple combo. Nice, subtle blend of aromas.

T: A subtle spiciness and fruits... like the aroma, citrus and a bit barny. A soft, malty backbone rounding things out. Quite nice.

M + D: Nice medium body, almost a little syrupy. A sipper, a little on the lighter side for being 'sippers', which is nice.

Photo of bator22
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber/gold color, slightly hazy, good lacing that remains on the glass

S: Very sweet like candy, also medicinal smells

T: Aromas that are sweet; candy, medicinal

M: Very smooth, hangs in the mouth for several seconds

D: A little too sweet for me, i could only have 2 or 3.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into my tulip a translucent apricot-golden-sunset color with an airy somewhat chunky off white head. huge amount of foam settled before my eyes to a thick disk with an small amount of spit bubble lace. really dig the color up to the light its like the apricots i saw at the store today.

S- very nice soft fruit with candied pineapple in the forefront. a very subdued amount of clove aroma fits blends together nicely with prominent cantaloupe, along with banana, mango and other tropical fruits. like a mellowed out cornucopia with a little yeast funkiness in the background. another swirl brings out floral fruit blossoms and sweet candies coated with powdered sugar.

T- holy candy fruit bomb. aroma carries over almost completely into the taste. i expected a little more tartness but this one is quite sweet. the sweetness doesn't last long as it's cut right in the middle by a very clean floral hop bitterness. some pale malt makes its way to the scene but taste and smell are all about yeast. taste is belgian without being overly powerful, the candy sweetness attacks the taste buds in the same manner as hops do in an IPA and can make it a little difficult to pull out subtle nuances, but they are there, and in multitude. pineapple, melon, banana, and a mish-mash of fermenting fruit, floral alcohol esters, apricot, nectarine, and a light clove spiciness. hops dry things out in the finish as the bitterness goes from floral to herbal and a bit spicy with a vinous stemmy raw barley aftertaste.

MF- juicy and effervescent with prickly little bubbles hitting the palate from all angles. kinda cloying until the hops cut in (thankfully) keeping any possible disaster at bay.

D- overall a nice take on a BSPA, very complex, but a little too sweet for me. maybe a nice fruit pie or cobbler on the side would round things out. still the pleasant aroma entices me as soon as the glass gets close to my face.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I went up to the North Coast brewing company it was a great vacation. First of all, the town itself is in the middle of Northern California Paradise. Nothing around, there is a beach that used to be a junkyard, what's left is an entire beach of multi colored sea glass.

When you go to the brewery, they will only let you get two pints of Old Rasputin. The bartender told me they used to serve pitchers of it but the locals would get so drunk they stopped doing that. He gave me a third pint mixed with his favorite beer, the red seal. It was good. I got drunk.

The Pranqster is an excellent interpretation of this style. If you like this style and can get this beer, get it.

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

From a 12oz bottled and poured into a tulip glass

A - A dark golden yellow that reminds a bit of honey. Has a darker honey colored center within in the drink. See a good bit of carbonation trailing upwards as small bits of sediment float around in circles. There was a small dirty white head that existed for a few seconds before floating away.

S - First it has a bit of a biscuity sweet and malt odor that comes forth. Also was surprised by the fruit that came out such as banana and sweet cherry. There are also hints of peach and nectarine and clove as well.

T - The taste at first is sweet and bready as it reminds me a bit a fuzzy navel cookie. There is also the hint of banana and clove that I smelled in the nose. A slight yeast spice also sits in it. Overall, the beer on the sweeter end for the style and is really dominated by the sweeter fruit flavors of peach and a biscuit like malt taste. This is one of those beers where you can taste the fruit aspect but it seems a bit hard to put your finger on exactly which fruit you get. Sometimes I notice peach mostly and other times there is the banana and nectarine and even a few sips remind me of a tart cherry. One of the nice aspects of this beer is that each sip is a bit different and it manages to be sweet without being cloying or too sweet.

MF - Lightly carbonated and has a nice body to it that makes the mouth feel full. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth as the beer just comes in and coats over your tongue nicely.

D - Overall this is a very good beer that is easy to drink. Don't really notice the ABV in the taste yet it would stop me from having a lot of them. The taste, even though I had trouble describing it, is definitely a good one. This even reminds me a bit of a few tripels that I have had given the fruitiness in the nose and taste.

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

The pour itself reminds me of a tripel with quite a bit more carbonation. The head is very bubbly and there is quite a lot of action with this beer. If you hold it up to the light it looks like a pilsner. Its pale gold in color with lots of bubbles coming up from below.

The smell is actually faintly hoppy and citrusy, a bit yeasty and some sugary sweet malt. A couple more whiffs bring about some spiciness. All in all, a pretty decent smelling beer.

Taste is quite sweet and fruity. The carbonation pushes the taste over your tongue and the sweetness is very nice. This is a very balanced beer that is quite refreshing. I'm pretty amazed by the way the pour, the smell and the taste all seem to stand apart and yet they come together so well. This is a very bubbly , light looking, hoppy/citrusy/spicy smelling beer that has a lot of fruity and sweet tastes to it. All of the characters are very unique.

I'd have to say that I am a big fan of this one. Its such a great all around beer. Its very full-flavored with lots of character and yet it looks like an easy drinking light tasting beer. Don't let that fool you, the Pranqster is just that.

Photo of daythree16
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip and shared with my wife over dinner. Pours a hazy golden orange with a big foamy head that doesn't leave much lace when it fades.

The smell is orange and other citrus and coriander. Reminds me of a hefeweizen. The taste is definitely Belgian though. That sweet deliciousness up front followed by the spice and a light alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but fairly light and really refreshing nonetheless. I could drink this all night.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a slight hazy golden-bronze with a decent size sticky 2 finger white head that left a nice lacing behind.

S: fresh bread and sour fruitiness (pineapples) from the yeast providing sweet and tart flavors. There was a light lingering clove spiciness as well detected.

T: The flavor starts out with sweet buttery hints with candi sugars, and sour fruit (pineapple). There were some apples as well fresh grains present and finished with a dry floral hopping. There was a bitterly sweetness on the tongue and makes you pucker.

M: dry and pungent at times full of sour fruitiness.

D: The beer drank pretty much the same from start to finish leading to a one dimensional profile with not much spicing. Ok just nothing nothing spectacular and gets boring after 1 or 2.

Photo of scootny
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. I swirl the yeast in. An opaque gold liquid with a thin head. Light lacing on the glass. A bit of carbonation evident.

Smell is sweet malt, Belgian yeast, lemon and faint banana. A touch of candy sugar/caramel. Some yeasty esters mixed in.

Taste is honey sweet and yummy . A hint of banana. Sour apple and grapey fruits. A kiss of hops in the finish with light vinous/tannic drying on the palate. alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and light at the same time. Gentle carbonation is clean and smoewhat crisp.

Drinkability is great. I could drink this all night and I mean more than three easily.

Photo of biggmike
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy golden color with a really nice white head that dissipated to a thin film over top. Pleasant aroma is of fruit and floral note. Flavor is very fruity with a nice clean finish and notes of spice. Mouthfeel is nice and drinkability is pretty high for a beer of this style and abv. Good beer.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,828 ratings.