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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,913
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 119
Gots: 309 | 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 Onslow
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ gingerman in austin for brians graduation...has a real upbeat honeyish smell...sweet and tangy first sip....slides beautifully down the tongue and into my gullot...smilers...quite delicious actually, had seen this in the store and was on my list for sixers but the tap was a great choice...orange colour..nice flavours....go have a pint..a great US brew!!

rerate: in the bottle... wow, a different story... ..seems to lose its sweetness in the glass.. a shadow if its beauty... ..should only be allowed on tap...

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, golden, orange honey body - ample carbonation - nicely cloudy (slightly). Light 2-finger meringue head with good lacing.

A little horse-blanket funk - sour yeast with banana-vanilla ester, a little coriander - thick, mild malt

Clean, horse-blanket backbone - mild and pleasant. Tingles with carbonation and vanilla. Less of the tart and citrus than expected.

Tanginess comes out on the mouthfeel if not the taste. Tingly, carbonated mouthfeel.

Nice and clean as a light, sessionable(?) Belgian effort without as much of a typical complex flavor profile. Good gateway beer?

Photo of ndekke39
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle. 7.6% ABV. Decanted into a pint glass.

A: Big, foamy white head on the hard pour. Descends to a thick layer of foam. Some sticky lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy. Straw golden color.

S: Bready, yeasty quality dominates the aromas. Overall sweet character. Some bananas. Some of floral notes.

T: Yeasty flavors up front. Blooms into kind of a typical "Belgian golden ale" flavor: bread, yeast, bananas, touch of soft apples, floral quality.

M: Overall smooth, with a small touch of fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

D: Yeah, pretty drinkable. Good Belgian Golden Ale, but nothing exceptional. Still, it's more than adequate.

Photo of littleg
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden orange into my Duvel tulip. Decent head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. Smell was sweet and somewhat grassy. Taste was equally as sweet with a nice banana finish that did not linger. Overall a good brew, not my favorite Belgian Golden by any means butone that I wouldn't turn down and would recommend to someone who wasn't able to get a true Belgian golden such as Duvel or Delerium.

Photo of roblowther
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And on my own tap to boot. :) The appearance is cloudy gold with a nice persistent head & ropy lacing. The smell is phenols, pepper, and a hint of something barn-ish. Tastes of pepper, honey, and a sweet malt finish. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a slick, full body and just enough carbonation to be interesting. The drinkability is excellent, with the alcohol just barely making itself known in the end. My advice? Get two kegs.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything seemed great from the start: attractive glass, nice white cap of fluffy, light head topping the golden-orange, clear strong pale ale. The aroma was also pleasant, fruity and slightly spicy with notes of a Belgian yeast.

The flavor was fine, not groundbreaking. Peppery, a hint of cardamom spicing, and plenty of middle of the tongue sweet fruit flavoring. I thought the taste seemed a tiny bit "flat", not that exciting, lacking the punch of even a Tremens, not what I consider top of the line. I enjoyed the dry pepper touch but it wasn't as pronounced as the grassy Chouffe, and the ethanol was definitely present but doesn't light my fire like the Duvel.

Overall, it's a tough crowd to fight amongst, and the tapped version of Pranqster seems to hold up to strong scrutiny. If you're in the mood for a BSPA or a strong, flavorful ale, do not be afraid.

Photo of timbro81
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw/orange with a quick to settle head. Smells very bready and yeasty, wasn't hit with a lot of booziness but started to get that headache just from smelling it. Mouthfeel is pretty light. Not much sweetness to it, fairly dry, a slight toffeeness, and a somewhat grainy aftertaste. Pretty lively carbonation in the mouth. The lightness makes it sessionable. Not necessarily offensive but not what I would expect. Could be a good transition beer to bigger Belgian styles for people that are not used to them.

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

This beer poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head. It smelled sweet and spicey, with some grassy and earth tones. Pranqster went down very easily...it tasted of the spices I smelled with a noticeable banana taste at the end.

For the alcohol content, this beer was very light and easy to drink. This was pretty good and I know I will pick some more of it up again. By the way, the guys picture in the lower right corner had me cracking up on the label.

Photo of TheTrevor
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pretty orange-tinged opaque copper with a fluffy yellowish head that stays for a while. The smell is of pear or apple fruitiness with some yeastiness and perhaps a tinge of floral scents. The taste starts off fruity with hints of pear and banana that gives way to some cloves and spiciness with perhaps a bit of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is slick and warming and makes for pleasant drinking. This beer is nice and complex, but not too snooty to drink all night. A real surprise for me, I'll definitely be picking it up again.

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

Poured a beautiful golden color with a nice dense head which reduced to a thin lace

Aroma wa somewhat yeasty with notes of hores blanket, coriander, cilantro, spice.

This beer tasted of alcohol, coriander, spice...more alcohol, earthy, yeasty and somewhat pungenct. The alcohol taste is slightly warming, and slightly astringent.

Light bodied, and full of effervescence.

I really liked this beer. It seemed to be vry true to the style, and very tasty. Some American craft brewers struggle with the more complex styles of beer out there.
North Coast did a good job with the one.

Photo of MisterClean
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz from Total Wine roseville.

A - Beautiful golden hue, with a two-fingered head. Dissipates nice with a lacing.

S - Pears, bananas, cloves, and pear esters.

T - Excellent: Light pears, stronger notes of bananas, cloves, honey, slight sugary-esters, ending with a small, crisp bitterness.

M - Again the offset of the sweetness with a bitter kick in the end is great.

D - A phenomenal beer. Nice color, smell, and offset of sweetness. Not sure it can be done better.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into large snifter. Yellow-orange golden hue w/some cloudiness. Formed thick white head w/decent retention and some lacing.

S-Yeast, coriander, apricot, faint citrus. Overall aroma gives off sensation of softness and warmth, but I'm slightly put off by earthy, barnyard notes.

T-Yeast, spice, ripe fig, apricot, coriander, orange rind, slight hops in finish that bring out more spice. I'm also getting a sort of "herbes de provence" sensation, and there's nice warming alcohol that emerges beyond the finish.

M-Good balance, warm, bright, and soft, with enough carbonation to perk up the taste buds. The yeast is a little hard on the back of the tongue, but it's good.

D-This stuff is interesting and satisfying. I am pleasantly surprised after randomly grabbing this bottle in the "make your own 6-pack" section of a local retailer to fill my last space.

Photo of wschumac
2.74/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Served at roughly 50 Deg. F

A - Little to no head white in color dissipated after the first sip. Cloudy golden brownish color with floaters of sediment.

S - Trace hint of what a belgian golden ale should be. Nose was very subtle at best. Some fruity aspects but relatively mild.

T - Hops still present with a bit of aftertaste. Remnant of the boil and wrong mixing times for the hops. The beer is characteristic of belgain but just not on the same level.

M - Stinging but relative smoothness.

D - A very drinkable beer. Good attempt at a Belgain. Aftertaste creates a little reluctance towards drinking (I mean little).
Average at Best!

Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a lighter amber color, with a decently cloudy texture. There was about a half inch head and good lacing.

Very fruity smell. You also get a big whiff of yeast along with everything else.

In terms of taste, you get orange, Belgian yeast and some other types of fruits and spices. Not as complex as I would've thought, but solid.

Highly carbonated in the Belgian style for a good, vibrant mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It had a bit too tart a finish for me. The taste wasn't as complex as you normally see with many other Belgian strong pale ales, but it was pretty decent nonetheless.

Photo of elmore
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this in a four pack. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Hazy orange color with a nice tight 1 finger pale head. Good retention. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

Lots of funky Belgian yeast smell and sweet light fruits. Taste is of apricots, lots of coriander, orange peel. A hint of grassy hops bitterness and alcohol in the aftertaste.

Effervescent, light and very uplifting. Alchol prescence is minimal.

I think I paid around $7 for the 4 pack. A very good beer. An excellent beer for the price.

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

Poured out a rusty golden color,clums of yeast slowly fall to the bottom as the last of the bottle is poured out. Nice foamy head, lots of foam lacing left around the rim of my glass.
on the nose, not a huge sour yeast smell as found in beers from Belgian. The taste is where this beer's power lies. Tart, fruity, warm in the throat, yet creamy in satisfying. Spices come through-ale yeasts, orange peel, something lavender-like. The mouthfeel is different than I expected, offering a more creamy and coating feel rather than biting and carbonated. Very tasty brew, very well done.

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

a: an absolutely beautiful murky orange/gold body with a nice finger or two of tightly bubbled white fluffy foam; a little bit of upward movement is visible through the murky golden liquid

s: very fragrant; nice banana/pear scents; some rock candy presence;

t: nice sort of raw wheat flavor with some orangy/banana fruitiness; coriander; rock candy; not overly flavorful but very well-balanced

m: a little over-carbonated but pretty creamy

d: a good north american take on the belgian; sort of an ur-belgian totally what you would expect of the style
alright! one-year tasting

a: definitely darker than it originally was; now more of a murky rust with golden highlights; light white head foams up and fades away but to be expected after a year in the cellar; still beautiful minute columns of white bubbles floating swiftly up to the thin layer of wispy foam that is still left

s: very strong sweet banana; vanilla; some apple cider and spices; light toffee and darker malt scents there that weren't there before; the vanilla extrat scent is very fragrant and the beer on the whole has gained a lot of fragrance since; ripe pear

t: toasted toffee and raw whet hit the tongue; vanilla; banana; pear; light acidic abv at the finish; sweet and mellow

m: a good amount of carb and much more smooth than it was a year ago

d: this beer is definitely aging well; a much more mellow and smooth taste with a much more fragrant nose; i can't wait to try it again in about 2 years

Photo of meechum
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy yellowish orange. Lively carbonation topped off to a thick white head that fell leaving no lace on the glass but a white skim over the top of the brew. Looks like spices are in suspension in the brew and lively carbonation coming from the bottom to keep the glass active

S - A very grassy or hay smell with a touch of spice and a malty flavor in there also

T - A corainder spice up front gives way quickly to a malty middle that is chewy with a hop finish that was citric and dry

M - Good carbonation that delivers a chewy feel to the back of the palate and a crisp finish to each sip

D - The ABV is little big but it's in the Belgian style and few Belgians come short on the alcohol..overall it is a very good example of the style and the brewer should be proud..they nailed it

Photo of SargeC
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, golden brew with a decent white head.

Smell: Yeast, citrus, malt and hops.

Taste: Strong yeast character that works well with the malt flavors. The alcohol in the brew is not evident. Finishes slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lively carbonation adds fullness.

Drinkablity: Tasty brew that does not overpower. The strong yeast presence does not detract from the other flavors.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a hazy orange-amber color with a thick, foamy 2 finger head that is not quite as large as i've come to expect from a Belgian Stong. The head only settles by half, settling into a thick, clingy collar. I see the usual Belgian effervescence, lots of tiny bubbles rising & swirling in the glass. Aroma is of candy sugar & sweet fruits (peaches, apricots, grapes). The fruity characteristic dominates the taste at first, with some spice & floral notes and no hint of the 7.6% alcohol content. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium, and sparkly from all the bubbles, almost champagne-like! Dangerously drinkable due to it's medium body, luscious flavor, and how well hidden the alcohol is! Overall, i'd say i've found a new favorite among Belgians!!! This one can stand tall and proud among anything from overseas!!

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin white head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with some stickage.

The smell is of grainy malt, cotton candy/bubblegum, tart frutiness.

The taste is of grainy malt, candy sugar, some peppery alcohol. Tart lemony fruitiness gives support/balance to the sweetness, as does a lightly spiced yeast strain and a touch of herbal notes. Complex, yet smooth. Sweetness turns to dryness in the finish.

Appropriately light-bodied with a refreshing quality (despite high abv and a touch of an alcohol bite). Smooth, smooth.

A wonderful interpretation of a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale. Malty with a nice spiciness and a touch of herbal/hay earthiness. Recommended!

Photo of dsa7783
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without a doubt, probably one of the best beers that I've sampled from North Coast... true to the style, authentic, great-tasting, high-class, and top-notch... Appearance was good, with a golden-colored hue with minimal head... smell was full of fresh-fruits, canteloupe, melons, and citrus... amazing fruity, sweet taste that strongly complemented the aroma... flavor complete with banans, sugars, and cotton-candy... A very good beer with a nice mouthfeel and easy drinkability for a 7.6% ABV... crisp, refreshing, and satisfying... Copped a short, fat, 12oz bottle from Total Wine and More in Union... great depiction of the style... all-around high-quality brew... Definitely recommended...

Photo of spointon
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a few bottles at a local retailer that allows single bottle purchases. The first two things I noticed upon pouring were that there was very little head and that this beer was very clear (like Budweiser clear). Undeterred, I kept going and was pleasantly surprised. This beer doesn't exactly look like it belongs in the same category as the great Belgians, but it holds its own. There is a very fruity yeast flavor that is predominant, but hops are also detectable deep in the taste. I think this beer has a great mouthfeel and the appearance, while not expected, is pleasant enough. I find this to be an extemely drinkable beer that will find a home for me in common meals like fish and chips, chili, etc.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for about $2.00.. poured into my New Belgium tulip.

good 2" fluffy head.. a few lace ribbons. slightly hazy dark gold/light orange brew.

Aroma dominated by spicy Belgian yeastiness... some citrus/earthy notes.. as it warms a floral bouquet makes itself known.

This tastes FRESH!... Flavor is spiced fruits.. apricots and musky white peaches... has notes of caramom and vanilla.. light bubblegum.. pale malts with a creamy medium body and spot-on carbonation.. very well balanced from start to finish.. and on to the bottom of the glass... honestly, as it warms, I think it is every bit as good as some of the other BSPA's I've had recently.

I love Pranqster because it's cheap for the style and still delivers that taste of Belgium without breaking the beer budget.. it is bottle conditioned, so I wonder, will it cellar well?

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

Along with the Rasputin, this beer has always been one of my favorite NC beers. Had this on tap at TJ'sEveryday. That seems kind of funny to me, as I've had this beer plenty of times out West and never reviewed it. So now I review it in Paoli, Pa.

The beer pours a bright gold color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look all that impressive, but the nose and flavor are a different matter.

The beer smells just awesome, with a hint of bitterness along with the rich butter and honey. On the palate this beer is just excellent. It's moderately sweet, with flavors of honey, cherry and apple. However, there is enough hoppy bitterness to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying, and in the combination the hint of bitterness is just delicious. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, with an easy going finish. Drinkability is very good, with the abv. well disguised.

This is a very good beer from North Coast.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,913 ratings.