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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,658
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 102
Gots: 190 | 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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-01-1998)
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Photo of GClarkage
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

01/04/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no kind of dates. Consumed from my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange coloring with a white creamy head and average lacing.

Smell- Very soft scented. Maybe some banana and other poptpuri spice scents.

Taste- Let this one warm up. I made the mistake of starting it out at about 40 degrees. Once it hit about 50 degrees the flavors came out much better. Decent amounts of corriander, banana, maybe a bit of cloves. Very yeasty tasting as I watch the chunks swirl around.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation and a medium-high thickness here.

Drinkability- A American Belguin beer! Brilliant! They did a pretty damn good job on this one. Plus the alcohol is just about right where a few of these won't knock you out like those 10% beers.

GClarkage, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of scratchchance
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living in Hawaii it is hard to get good beers seeing as there is only a few brewerys and only one good store that specializes in importing beer and wine. When I tried this belgian style beer, one because of the price, I was amazed. The colour is an almost orange/amber in apperace with a light head and efervecent as many Belgins are. What strikes you first is the complexity of the taste a sweet but not sweet, citrus but with something else I cant quite describe. From the front to the back of the palate there is a different taste. I honestly cant get enough of this beer and usualy buy two when I visit my favorite beer store in town.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who remotly likes Belgin style ales, and the price cannot be beat. I am looking foward to trying this on tap at the brewery some time. It would be worth the drive.

scratchchance, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of jahred
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pranqster pours as an extremely cloudy beer, orange in color, with a thick white head sitting at the top of my glass, leaving nice trails of lace as I drink. There's a good amount of brown, yeast sludge at the bottom of my glass, despite my best attempts at swirling the beer to dissolve it all. The scent is heavily - yeasty, fresh-baked bread, and lemon/orange peels.

As for the taste, it's magnificent. Bubbly orange up front, then the warm, crusty fresh-baked bread flavors, followed by a slight, hoppy citrus aftertaste. As the beer warms, the orange tastes gets stronger and a bit more sweet, and almost Mandarin orange-like. There's something about this beer that I can't quite describe - it's related to its sweet,ness, but that's not quite it. Maybe brightness (without really knowing what that means)? There's also an almost saison-like spiciness that's hinted at in my last few sips.

Delicious, smooth, and easy to drink. It'll be difficult to find equally good Belgians at Pranqster's price!

jahred, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive yeast, in terms of aroma and taste for a Belgium, but otherwise true to its style. An interesting and worthwhile addition to its style. Coriander, vanilla, nutmeg. Quite quafable. Sweet-spicy. Medium-full mouthfeel. Cloudy golden appearance.

Sammy, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of Troyone
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fld. oz. bottle, poured into the glass with about an inch head that dissipated in minutes. The color is similar to a sandy blond with a haze that does not fade.
The smell is a noticable sweetness of maybe a slight caramel that has a lemon background.
The taste is a smooth some what of a slight wheat malt caramel with a lemon accent and the carbonation is well balanced.
The mouthfeel is smooth with a balanced crisp almost unnoticeable carbonation.
The aftertaste is sweet with a slightly malty caramel wheat lingering with the balance of carbonation that disappears.

Troyone, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy orange color and has a small white head that dissipates quickly and has a nice slow fine carbonation. The aroma is yeasty and fruity and overall very alluring. The taste is every bit as yeasty as the smell and there is a explosion of tart fruitiness that covers up the alcohol well, but I did detect a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. The body is a bit thin, but appropriate for the style. This is a damn fine Belgian ale.

RushLimbmalt, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of schrist275
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

after so long... lets see what we get again.love the label, only odd thing being the dude on the far right.. doesnt fit.. wonder if that is the brewer?? anyways...cloudy...golden to golden red in color, head moves fast but keeps a fair amount of carbonation. Smell is very fruity sweet (but rotten) mostly apples. Hides the ABV from the nose, so gotta give it a taste, and the flavor follows the smell exactly. Mouth gets full splash of sweet and the aftertaste reminds me of apple jolly rancher. no screams and yells about this beer.. but no gripes either. is sweet enough to go with a chili dog (as long as its not hot chili).

schrist275, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very spicy and yeasty with a nice fruit character. The flavor is very spicy. Some fruit in there as well. This is a pretty good Belgian, but the spicy character takes away from the drinkability and the mouthfeel.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very cloudy and milkey orange with a thin white head. Looks a like a melted push up in a glass, very good looking beer.

Scents are very powerful like fresh cut wheat mixing with a very sour citrus odors.

Taste is a very bold wheat flavor with heavy mixtures of sweet and sour citrus flavors. Orange, Grapefruit, and lemon all seem to be mixing together along with the heavy wheatiness with just a bit of a clean earthy hop finish. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, feels in your mouth just like it looks in the glass.

Drinkability is very good, I'm not usually a big wheat beer fan, but found myself going to the fridge for more of these in a hurry, be warned the high ABV, will sneak up on you with this one.
Another solid North Coast offering.

bashiba, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Label Lore: Whimsical baroque B&W party scence sketch touting 7.6 % ABV and a complete dearth of any brew verbage.

A vigorous pour into me Hennepin tulip is a tornado maelstrom of orange peach hazy cloudy hues with a bomb blast of off putting grey grenade shrapnel. A frothy spotty head zips down to a few islands of scattered bubbles in a second! Hmmm… a little too vigorous?

Assertive brash awl-kee-hawl esters meets cloves and saison-esque phenols.

First Swigs: Saison like banana and clove dryness that opens up to a sly Belgian style dance of coriander spices, apricots and oranges opening up to sherbert flavors. Yeasty Belgian–ness is kept in check. The orange sherbert soon takes over. A dry tacky aftertaste.

As warming gets this above fridge temps, a soft inviting carbonation runs the show. Dangerously drinkable at 7.6%. I could go for another easily. Looking forward to re-reviewing this one later.

Last Swigs: Warm this above 40 and this apricot orange soda sneaky saison/heffe-weizen like sipper. $2.25 a bot at Circle Liqors, NJ. I was told that this was a Heavyweight Lunacy like taster. It is. These Belg Pales are growng on me. I’m told that Duvel wrote THE book, but this is exceptional in my book.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian Pale beering.

blitheringidiot, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This appears a cloudy deep orange with a tall inch high white head. As the head quickly goes down scatterings of lace are left about the glass. The aroma is spicy and fruity with hints of doughy malt and yeast. Taste is sweet malt up front mixed with a good bit of spice. Not much alcohol detectable in this one, it ends with a spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with about a medium body. The is good stuff that is definitely drinkable and I will be having it again.

meathookjones, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of soper2000
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally took the plunge and brought home a 4 pack today having passed over this brew 1 time too many. As I was pouring I had my mind on other things, therefore the yeast ended up straight into the tulip glass along with a bright golden orange elixir which was guarded by a 2 finger white foam head. The haziness brought on by the addition of the yeast doesn't bother me and I seem to enjoy my Belgian Pales in this manner. Aroma was nice and spicy. Notes of bananna and clove dominate the nose (with the clove slightly edging out the bananna. Taste has a lot of that bananna flavor, the strongest that I've ever experienced outside of a hefe. Finish is slightly yeasty (thanks to me) but the flavor is not off-putting. Balance is nice. It also possess a nice medium mouthfeel. This is a very solid offering from North Coast which I'll be sure to enjoy more often.

soper2000, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of kindestcut
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had walked past this beer many times and finally decided to pick some up. I am very glad I did.

The Pranqater pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger white head. The cloudy head subsides slowly leaving a nice lace.

The aroma is spicy with notes of yeast and hops. I definitely smell malts and a fruity hint.

The flavor is just excellent...excellent I say! This is a spicy ale that is rounded out quite nicelt with a sweetness that gives way to a very apparent alcohol burn. Even with the high abv, this beer is as drinkable as it is enjoyable.

I love this beer and would really like to ty it on tap.

kindestcut, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of diamonddave
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with a nice fluffy head and thick lacing.

Bit of apple and other fruits in the nose, along with (I'm guessing) clove. Smells inviting.

Tastes light and refreshing, fruity and spicy at first with a slightly bitter/hoppy finish and a little bit of a warming alcohol sting. This is more full-bodied and less carbonated than other beers I've had in this style, which is a plus because it won't give you the champagne burps.

I had never heard of this beer before this weekend, but I'll definitely be coming back to it. Highly recommended.

diamonddave, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of fandgale
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the my best beers.I bought a 5 gal. keg .As the label says golden ale ,orange in color with a big white head that stays long. Smells of citrus, spice, sweet and yeast .Great mouth feel warm frothy .You also get a yeast in the taste but not a bad one. at 7.6 on the label you can only drink a few glasses

fandgale, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of zacharius
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a white head and belgian lace on the sides of the glass. Smell is spicy, acidic and slightly funky. Taste is of spice, sweet malt with hops there for bitterness only. Alcohol is present, not the smoothest for its abv.

zacharius, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy orange color with a fizzy, bubbly head. Nice and lasting carbonation with a bit of lace. A peppery, spicy aroma dominates the smell. Phenolic and yeasty….with a nice background of alcohol. Taste is a mix of fleeting maltiness with lots of spice. Rather full mouthfeel, especially in the id-taste. Nice, crisp hop finish. Mix of spices flows nicely. Well done American Belgian pale.

Suds, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark carmel brown hazy color, lots of visible carbonation. Head is about 3/4" which has good retention. Smells slightly of alcohol,w tih hints of banana and clove spice, and some malt. Taste is also very much like a weat beer, in the banana flavors. Alcohol is present, not dominant. Hops are also not very prominant.

TastyTaste, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of brewer27513
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head dissapates quickly and does not return..

Aroma: is malty with slight phenols, moderate esters, slight peach aroma, slight sweetness and moderate hop aroma, which maybe more hop aroma than expected for this style.

Taste: has the malt character that dominates. Wonderfull balance, very easy to drink. Has a warming alcohol feeling at the end.

Overall: A golden ale with complex flavors, mild hop aroma. Great beer!!

brewer27513, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had the Old Rasputin and Red Seal previously and enjoyed them both..so I have high hopes for this ale. Poured from the bottle with a very cloudy orange color....nice one inch head as well. Smells spicy and fruity and tastes the same. Wow, quite an interesting flavor. The peppery taste comes through as well as a fruity citrus flavor. This is a new taste for me and I am enjoying it. The 7.6% abv can be felt after about half the bottle...nice and warming. This would be good on a cold night. I like this belgian ale and I look forward to trying more of this style. Kudos to North Coast Brewing Co. for another great beer.

orbitalr0x, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of Solomon420
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received a 4 pack (nicely aged, I might add) from a friend. Poured into the snifter well and has a nice golden appearance, with a nice light head. A bit hazy, almost like a Heffie type beer. General aroma was nice and fruity. I was excited to sit and watch the thunder storm roll in whilst enjoying this beer. Drank it slightly chilled, but not cold, to savour the true flavours....which were nice and robust. The taste is very good, and not overpowering like some in its style class, but still enough flavour so you take notice. Definately becoming a favourite of mine. Will need to get my hands on more for sure. Not a food beer, but better after dinner sitting with friends on the porch.

Solomon420, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of Hefe
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 8/10/04 from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazy luminescent gold, with a thin white head that quickly fades to sticky lacing.

Smell: Incredibly estery/fruity, apricot, honey, white peach, lemon curd. Yeast and spice notes follow.

Taste: Candied orange, apricot, allspice, overripe banana. The finish is yeasty with a honeyed sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with delicate carbonation. Perhaps a touch cloying.

Drinkability: Not a session brew for sure, but a great food beer, or after dinner sipper.

Hefe, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of sacfly
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold, somewhat cloudy. Musty, spicy smell. Taste is reminiscent of ginger ale. As the beer warms, the ginger smell and flavor become stronger. Clean finish, easy to drink. No alcohol aftertaste.

Not what I was expecting- not as complex or fruity as other Belgians.

sacfly, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve always found PranQster to be one of the smartest 12 oz. bottles of beer you can keep on standby in the fridge. It has a lot of taste and character and it’s real easy to drink. It’s clear, pale sunset or peach-like in color, with a well sustained pearly white head and profuse carbonation. The aroma is crisp, scintillating, and speaks of grapefruit-citrus and those musty Belgian yeasts.

PranQster (with a capital Q) is an honest replication (oxymoron?) of a Belgian golden ale. It is composed of clean lines with a spry animated body and a punctual bitter finish. This Mendocino classic is ironically a better Belgian than many Belgian Belgians.

RedDiamond, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of TagoMago
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Pours with nice off-white head that fades to a creamy foam, leaving behind a fairly decent lacing.

Smell: Fruity upfront: elements of peach and mango. Some citrusy hops detected, along with some lemon peel and corriander notes. Sweet malts are also noticeable. A musky Belgian yeast-like aroma is also clearly evident.

Taste: Spicy, with some tart, lemony hops. Spicy corriander and pepper are also noticed. There is a rather sweet, nectary, fruity taste upfront - primarily peach and banana. This is coupled with a musky Belgian yeast profile. A nice smoothness is present. The finish is rather sweet, though quite flavorful and nice.

Overall: This is one of the best American, Belgian-style golden ales I've ever had. Nearly flawless!

TagoMago, Jul 25, 2004
Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,658 ratings.