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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,879
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 115
Gots: 280 | 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 BigJim5021
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up an amazing 12-pack sampler put together by World Class Beverages. This is beer two of 12. I didn't review numero uno (Harpoon Octoberfest), but I wasn't in the reviewing mood, and I don't much care for Marzens anyhow. Moooving on...

Oh, boy. North Coast doesn't make a bad beer, do they?

Pours a hazy-ass straw color. I didn't pour with enough vigor to put much of a head on it, and as a result, lacing suffered. I don't care, though.

Smell is of wonderful Belgian yeast. You know the smell. It's bready and spicy. You feel like diving right into it.

The flavor harkens to the smell. Deliciously spicy and bready. Kinda fruity. Fucking kick-ass. Just super-tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium and has an excellently dry finish.

At 7.6% abv, this shit ain't exactly sessionable, but I would certainly try to take down a few given the opportunity.

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

2007 Pranqster

Thrown in the cellar and forgotten. Until now. Appeared yellow-orange with dollops of sugar-white lacing and a thin head. Smelled of sweet and sour apples. Flavors of tart brandied apples and some melon melded to a peppery and somewhat dry finish; sugar cane shined in the effervescence. Just a little boozy in the middle with a silky, smooth feel. Nice.

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

Poured into a tulip.

This is a nice looking beer - shimmering rich, golden color with a decent white head and little lacing. Big fruity nose with a touch of coriander. Very sweet taste with a strong banana and alcohol presence. As this beer warms, the mouthfeel loses its impact - nothing awful just not as rich as it could be. A well made Belgian - easy to drink and savor. Recommended.

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

Another solid offering from North Coast.

Pours hazy golden with lively carbonation streamers and a good head (although the head does drop quickly and shows no lacing). The aroma is yeasty and rather flowery. The flavor is strong and phenolic, with characteristics of clove and allspice. There is a trace of lemony citrus, There is that distinctive mild sourness of a Belgian ale on the finish. The mouthfeel is lively and carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer, perhaps too much so given the relatively stiff ABV.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a firm, bone white head that dropped down pretty quickly to form a thin, soapy coating across the top of the glass.

Faint citrus fruits, banana, band aid, and a touch of clove. Not overly assertive.

Peaches and soft subtle spicy clove. There is a strong yeast presence on the back end coupled with a fruity, boozy finish. A slight bit of warming lingers.

The body is medium, bordering more on the heavy side. A fair amount of carbonation falls short of most Belgians, but works pretty well for this guy.

There is a bit of ethanol heat and clove spice that lingers more and more as it warms. Not as overpowering as some BSPA's out there, but pretty drinkable nonetheless.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Looks good in the goblet. Good Belgian smell and taste. Candi sugar, Belgian yeast, cardamon, black pepper, touch of banana and a faint touch of citrus. Its all in there!!

Mouthfeel is rich, with a hint of alcohol that is quite pleasant. Drinkability is good for this level of alcohol. A nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale!!

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

Grabbed this on the recommendation of a friend. It definitely has a whole lot of competition to measure up to.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an Allagash tulip a somewhat hazy dark golden color. A one-finger high, white head forms on top and has excellent staying power. It never drops at all holding its form the entire time.

SMELL: A pretty intense sweetness hits at first. Behind it is a decent amount of spiciness with some apricot and orange alongside. Alcohol isn't really perceptible at all, though is has a lot of yeast esters to fight through.

TASTE: It's nice and dry, showing no sign of the sweetness in the aroma. Very yeasty with a lot of the spiciness coming through. It finishes kind of empty with a surprising hop note overtaking the flavors of the malt and yeast.

MOUTHFEEL: Toward the thinner side though not quite where it should be. The carbonation is tight and spritzy - spot on.

DRINKABILITY: A nice beer that I'd have again if given the chance. The alcohol surely doesn't impede at all.

A nice pick. It's not in the neighborhood of it's more authentic competitors. But for an American-brewed strong pale, this one a good choice.

Photo of MBABJJ
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Very nice musty gold when poured. Snappy head with big bubbles. Not overly pasteurized.

S - The smell from the mist of the bottle is crisp and fresh. After poured it is fruity and hoppy. I think this tends to be a big difference between American made Belgians and the real deal...Way more IPA hoppiness in Ameri-brews.

T - As expected from the smell this beer yields a very hoppy taste right away that really overwhelms the fruits and sweet malts.

M - Like a combo between a belgian and an IPA. Just a little tangy after a smooth sip. Best part of the beer.

D - Not really. I'd rather drink other over-priced beer!

Photo of notafood
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful golden color with a thin white head, moderately carbonated with plenty of grit floating around. Smell is somewhat bready, spicy, and Belgian. I might be crazy but I detect a bit of smoke going on - an earthy bitterness. Tastes tart, spicy, and yeasty up front, sweet finish. Great mouthfeel too, a bit fizzy, but really rolls across the tongue well while working the palate. I'll do this one again, and definitely will recommend to my beer buddies and what not, but this is not a regular in my fridge or cellar.

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

a. poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, yielding a beautiful two-finger head of a lemony cream with decent retention sitting atop a light golden straw body with a touch of haze and hints of mandarin hues. The head dissipated without much of a fight, leaving behind a beautiful ring of foam and a light webbing atop the ale that stays with it to the bottom of the glass.

s. cardamom, coriander and grapefruit augment a strong belgian yeast aroma and hints of lemon zest and a few other spices. Subtle banana as it warms and opens up, along with more citrus, bread, and crackers. A bit of straw keeps the citrus/spice from overwhelming the nose.

t. Fairly similar to the nose, in a beautiful way. Citrus, spices, and bready, cracker malts blend together perfectly. The dominant spice in the nose takes a back seat to the Belgian yeast and citrus flavors. Grass, straw, and wheat balance nicely.

m. creamy with nice carbonation. Earthy tasting, and the slight haze in the appearance translates nicely to the mouth. Light but creamy... close to perfect. Carbonation may be a touch high, but given the right mood, it might be perfect. More refreshing than I'm requiring at the moment, but awesome none the less.

d. Highly drinkable. Earthy, citrusy, malt, just a subtle bitterness, and some strong belgian yeast blends together perfectly. Just the right amount of spice given the other flavors... and I'm generally sensitive of the balance of spices. This one is spot on, and perfect for the style. Definitely worth trying, if not hoarding.

Photo of mwilbur
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear orange with 1/2 inch white head...decent retention.
S: Nice Belgian yeast and spice aroma. Cracker, citrus, and malt.
T: Musty yeast, coriander, and dry cracker. Quite a bit different than what I was anticipating from the aroma...and not in the good way. Still above average, but was hoping for more here.
M: Lingers a bit. Not much maturation. Lighter and more efferfescent than I was expecting.
D: An interesting take on the belgian strong pale ale. Not my cup of tea (or beer), but still glad I tried it. I must say the ABV is very well hidden.

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden blond color with a great white head that stays around until its gone. Smells of sweet citrus flavors and spices. The taste was amazing. So many sweet citrus flavors with the perfect blend of spices and minimal hops. Some wheat flavors too. Reminded me of a tripel. No overpowering bitterness or hop bite. A great clean and crisp mouthfeel made is so smooth going down and the alcohol was completely masked. A great clean and crisp mouthfeel

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

P: Presented in a 12 oz., stubby brown bottle with a black and white label depicting a time-honored tavern full of pie-eyed Belgians. Look for the contemporary face at bottom right, behind the barrel.

Purchased as a single @ Trader Joe's. Poured into a Hennepin flute.

A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a frothy, two-finger head that leaves a fair amount of spotted lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Cardamom, cloves, yeast, pear and peach.

T: Interesting taste profile that mirrors the nose with notes of cardamom, cloves, Belgian yeast and banana. Subtle hints of wheat and a touch of hops. Pear surfaces in the background. Smooth finish.

M: Medium-bodied and crisp. Carbonation attacks at mid-tongue.

D: Great drinkability, especially after refinishing a door - a remarkably refreshing ale that cuts through the saw dust. Excellent representative of the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold that has good carbonation, leading to a two-finger head that sticks around for a little and then dies, leaving some lace patches. Some citric and dark fruit notes, maybe even a little tropical, along with a hint of spice and some thin malts. Taste is basically the same. Medium-bodied and smooth but crisp, the malts are a little strong but there is still a good citric twang in the taste. Slightly dry finish that is refreshing.
This may be rough to some, but I thought this was a great ale.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, twisty cap > Chimay glass

This one is platinum blonde color, hazy with slight orange hues and a thin, scattered, all-white head that dissipates quick and is slightly underwhelming.

This has a very subtle nose and after just having the La Chouffe golden ale this one seems a bit mundane. There is a tangy and fruity hop scent, sweet wheat in the malt, not-so-subtle corriander and lemmon drops.

The flavor has a delightful fruity-sweetness and very clean malt....clean is a good word here. Subtle wheat flavor's, corriander and spices, lemmon zest, very crispy with a dash of heather honey. The yeast is a bit too laid back for this style, it's verging on being a classic golden ale without the classic Belgian...big yeast profile that I love so much. The hops are very bold in there fruitiness and the malt is clean so this is really easy to drink but strays FAR away from the stlye at hand. slight banana and cloves pop out near the end along with a more leafy hop flavor and a sour-malty lingering aftertaste. Overall, this light, crispy (sharp even) feeling ale is easy on the palate and watch out for it's deceptive 7.6 % abv.

Photo of philipquarles
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a slight white head that dissipates quickly. Little/no lacing.

Smells of malt and plenty of fruit esters (apples, plums, etc). Perhaps some candy sugar, and definite alcohol (strange in a 7.6%) This carries on very clearly to the taste. A bit unbalanced on the sweet side, though not egregious.

Feels quite decent on the palate, though the carbonation is a bit high for my tastes. Overall, quite a drinkable brew.

Photo of Douglas14
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Pranqster goblet/chalice.

Appears shiny orange around the sides and matte dark-orange towards the center. It has an incredible, thick, white head that resides a little too quickly, but leaves great sticky lace. The aroma is of citrus and tart fruits, yeast, and spices. The taste unveils some more flavors. It is yeasty and musky, in a good way. It doesn't have too much funk. Definite wood and peach flavors...awesome combo. This beer has a medium-full body and has incredible complexity that doesn't frustrate and confuse the senses, but rather encourages more discovery.

Awesome beer.

Photo of deereless
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden raisin, head which dropped quite quickly, no signs of carbonation after the initial burst - 3.75, S: Unquestionably a Belgian, subtle fruits, maybe some orange peel and other spices, some dryness to the nose, faint bitter hops, possibly cloves - 3.50, T: Some mildly sharp tastes, again the Belgian style is evident yet not an over-the-top beer, dry and noticeable signs of booze, subtle orange - 4.00, M: 4.00, D: A very pleasant and quite drinkable beer, one I'd serve to party guests - 4.25

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

Servingtype: bottle, served in tulip glass

Verry interesting orangy collor, I wish I had got to poor it instead of the waitress, this beer should have had a nice head on it. Smelled pretty fruity and tasted just like expected, slight citrus undertone, very easy to drink, rather fizzy. I'd probably rate this higher if I hadn't had a Duvel right before this but all in all a pretty good beer.

Photo of brdc
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks goes, I think, to overlord, but if I mixed this up please correct me.

Light golden brew, minimal haziness, average white head with poor retention, some lacing.
Fruity aroma, with multiple citric notes, but also a noticeable yeasty funkiness quite similar to Belgian offerings. Nice, and well complemented by spiciness.
Medium bodied, yet refreshing, although carbonation is slightly under what I desired. Earthy, fruity, yeasty, with some hints of alcohol underneath. Not sweet, not dry, somewhere comfortable in the middle. Highly drinkable, a very well crafted american version of a belgian classic. Certainly worthwhile.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a full ecru head that leaves wonderful webs of lacing.

Extremely sweet fruity esters in the nose. Plenty of pear and apple. Behind the wall of fruit is a earthy yeast character.

The taste is similar to the smell, but reorganizes the flavors a bit. There's an initial musty yeast taste that gives way to the aforementioned fruity esters that never reach the dominance found in the nose. Pranqster finishes with a bit of hops, spice and alcohol declaring its conclusion.

Full creamy feel developed through a combination of the alcohol strength and carbonation imparted from the bottle conditioning. The fruit can be a bit much at times, but altogether a fine brew from an underrated brewery.

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

A- Pours a nice 1 finger head into my goblet. The body is apricot in color and is just slightly cloudy due to a touch of yeast that snuck into the glass. As the head recedes, it leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S- A big banana, clove comes through on the nose as well as a slight yeasty component. There is also a nice balanced hop presence.

T- Starts with a major banana clove with apricot, and peach/pear sweetness, then moves into a nice dryer hop finish, still retaining some peach flavors.

M- A nice thick mouthfeel, due to alcohol, as well as a nice carbonation. Any more carbonation, however, and this would be a bit cloying. It's great for the style though.

D- This is a sipper @ 7.6% but what a great beer. It really feels more like a weizen-bock to me, but regardless, it's tasty. This will definitely be had again... and again.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks really great, reminds me alot of matilda from goose island, with a nice golden brown hue to it, and a tiny head and little carbonation. smell is amazing, it smells like gala apples, a sweet light citrusy aroma, taste is very good, a wonderful yeast flavor hits the tongue first, then spicy hops and warm malt its just really good. mouthfeel is decent, many belgians have alot more carbonation than this one. drinkability is very high, its just so damn good

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

This was a better beer than I had expected. It has a big yeasty flavor that I enjoyed quite a bit. It has a sweet and citrusy smell that contrasts well with the flavor without overpowering it. The flavor has some spice and the style's earthiness, although notably different than the Belgian versions that I've tried. The aftertaste has a good amount of dryness which combines with a healthy bite of carbonation. The beer is an attractively murky glass of pure gold with a bright head. Pranqster is well-balanced and easy to drink.

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

Poured into Stella glass from bottle

A: Beautiful golden amber coloring, head was smaller than I expected. Really nice looking brew.

S: Nose faint, small hint of alcohol with tinge of spices as well.

T & M: I was just slightly disappointed by this beer, I remember really liking it in the past. The main thing I notice on the taste is the finish which was quite bitter and had a hint of metallicness. As the beer warmed up some nice tones started to become more apparent.

D: Drinkable, North Coast is one of my favorite breweries but this definitely does not rank as my favorite beer of theirs.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,879 ratings.