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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,918
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 118
Gots: 311 | 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 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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.69/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Great BSPA look. Body is a medium golden hue with moderate translucency. Pours with a nice eggshell white head that has decent retention.

S- Citrus, yeast, some alcohol, and, surprisingly something to the likes of baking soda.

T- Some citrus upfront with a hefty yeast backbone. Floral hop flavor appears briefly for the finish then quickly vanishes. Some hints of the initial flavor linger but a sour/bitter flavor (very similar to baking soda) is prevalent.

M- Medium to high carbonation and body is a hair too grainy.

D- I was let down by this one and that's all there is to it. Its not a terrible brew-its just something I was expecting a lot more from. I won't pay for this one again.

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

I had this on draft at my local pub, and found it to be very nice, I had a few pints while reading a good book.

Appearance was very nice, I had a good pour, a big foamy head which lasted a good while.

Smell was reminiscent of La Chouffe for me, but not as strong.

Taste was very nice big and malty and sweet, unlike the offering from Avery, the Salvation had more hops at the back.

Mouthfeel was very nice, not oily as sometimes these beers are for me.

Drinkability was quite pleasant, and at only 7% it won't hurt you too badly.

Photo of 1759Girl
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this while up in Fort Bragg touring their brewery. Really nice people there; I was glad to save this for a tasting.

Appearance> hazy, warm golden ale with a small creamy head that goes quickly and no lacing.

Smell> yeasty, possibly sweet malt scent

Taste> An A for complexity. Started off tart, smoothly followed by a lovely grainy flavor with apple and spice.

Mouthfeel> Like a good champagne that finds its way around the palette.

Drinkability> too sweet for me to drink often, but it is still oh so nice.

Photo of aaronh
2.3/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Orange amber body topped by a thin, off-white head. the head gradually fades to leave a few small islands of foam. Aroma is slightly sweet, a little grainy, and has some yeasty notes. Flavor is a bit phenolic at first and seems to progress more in that direction with a few more sips. Some sweetness comes through, mostly sugary, and then some astringency and hop bitterness is noticed. Somewhat metallic on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability is poor. I'd come to a beer of this style looking for an expereince, not another average offering.

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

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature and poured into a snifter

A - Poured a very nice and extremely cloudy and hazy golden amber color with a nice two finger high head of frothy white lace across the top. Decent retention let the head stick around for a good few minutes before finally letting it go and leaving behind nothing on the top but a few bubbles and nothing coating the sides at all. Rather intresting look to be honest and I was a little shocked that it looked kinda flat.

S - The aroma was bright and full of yeast. Nice round hints of peaches and pears were easily recognizable and mixed in with a fresh cut grass and a lemon or orange tinted hoppiness. This was easily apparent and very nice. There was a slight touch of grain floating in there as well making the whole package rather well rounded.

T - The flavor was rather grainy at first with a prominant aroma of cereal grains peaking its head out and wrapping around and up with a freshly cut grass mixed with lemon hoppiness that seemed to really come out of nowhere. Nice yeast profile, again though very light with lots of light fruit peaches, apricots, and almst a dandelion like flavor come to mind. As it warms its starts to mellow down and a sweeter more syrup like flavor starts to come over it and bring it all together. The finish was slick somewhat then dried out after a few minutes before relaxing and getting you ready for the next sip.

M - The carbonation was decent toward the beginning but as it started to warm the flatness settled in and this light bodied belgian pale started to take on more characters of a syrup like note and became a tad bit flat. Still good though and decent overall on the feel.

D - For 7.6 percent alcohol, you could defintly taste that was for sure. It had a rather slick nature, but the nice dry bitter hoppy finish really saved it and helped to make his a really nice sipper over the course of the evening.

Overall this was not bad at all. I will admit, of course that I have had better, but this was a solid Belgian pale and I would not really hesitate to try it again. I am sure this one really rocks on tap, but the bottle was not so bad either. A solid offering.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a goblet. The bottle depicts a drawing of a group of men, apparently Belgian brewers from the 16th century. The end of the barrel of beer reads Vive Fort Bragg. No discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with much less head than I am used to seeing on a Belgian, maybe 14 inch of almost pure white foam. This settles to a thin coating leaving medium lacing behind. The beer itself is a honey yellow, though not quite perfectly clear. A fair amount of activity is coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet candi sugar smell, with the tang of wheat and hints of wet, aged hops. Exactly as I expect a Belgian to smell.

Taste: Fairly high carbonation bite delivers the flavors well to the tongue. Orange/citrus upfront, followed by smooth, earthy honey flavors. Finishes with just a hint of hop bitterness and another tickle from the carbonation as it rolls down your throat.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as expected from a Belgian. Body is decent.

Drinkability: A good Belgian and another good beer from North Coast. My only real disappointment is the lack of head; which I think helps to define a Belgian and deliver some of those aromatics.

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

Pours an extremely cloudy orange/yellow with not much head and some lacing. Nose seems rather muted except for that typical Belgian ale nose, maybe a whiff of a very, very muted orange peel. The palate is smooth and long with a slight bitter tone and yet again possibly a muted orange.

I don’t know what it is about North Coast Brewing, but I can’t think of one thing they have done that I haven’t thought was beyond good. This particular brew is damn even and is exactly the style that I appreciate most. I wish I could point something out that I didn’t like about it, but I just can’t find a flaw.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a weak head with little retention. Brownish, pale, cloudy color.

Smell is of bana phenol with slight clove and coriander.

Taste is of coriander and some citrusy fruit. It is moderately sweet and estery.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but is smooth and full.

Not a hard belgian strong pale ale too drink. Not overly clovy like some others. Very nicely done, but fairly simple in comparison to others.

Give it a try.

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

Served on tap at The Yard House in Pasadena, in a goblet. Appears a cloudy golden color, decent head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing on the way down. Smells of spice and citrus, not unlike a saison. Very pleasant. Tastes lightly of spice and malt, with a little bit of hops to counter. Very flavorful, but nothing really standout about it -- a very very nice blend and a good example of Belgian golden ales. Not overly carbonated in the mouth, nor heavy at all, but still substantive. And quite drinkable...I could've quaffed three or four of these, but I definitely would've felt the alcohol the next day.

Overall, a good example of the style and a worthy beverage all around.

Photo of Tilley4
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This reminded me of a Hefeweizen when I first saw, smelled, and tasted it. I had to double check the bottle to make sure I didn't grab the Paulaner Hefe out of the fridge.

Very cloudy and hazy golden pour with a fairly persistent head.

Smelled just like a Hefe. Banana with some yeast and spiciness to this. Not unpleasant, but not what I was expecting either.

Malty backbone to this one with a bit of a fruity character and a hoppy finish as well. Got much better as it warmed up. I wonder how old this bottle is. After reading some of the other reviews, I really expected this to be better than it was. I like most of North Coast's other stuff but this just didn't do it for me.

Photo of williamherbert
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, bright yellow look with a foamy, pillowy head. No carbonation. It looks thin and see-through for its style. There is a smattering of lace.

The smell is of a spicy Belgian ale nature. Some bitterish hops. It's a golden Belgian ale mixed with a bitter pilsner. Some nice spicy citrus comes out with some agitation. Practically bubbles in the nose.

Flavor continues the sweet Belgian tradition, again with some bittery pilsner hops. Matches the smell to a tee. Has a combination of spicy Belgian, spicy orange, bitter hops and a pungent fizzy flavor.

Feels fizzy and thick. Warm like whiskey on the way down. It's a sipper because of its thick, creamy fizzyness. Has a decent bitter/spicy combination. It's really not my thing, but good enough.

Photo of HombreWing
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label says Belgian Golden Ale...not Pale Ale ...Purchased last case on shelf today....code isn't "friendly" dated.

Served Duvel shaped glass

Eyes: Bright Gold, White head forms, swells...releases.

Nose: Some honey malts and herbal notes

Tounge: Sweet malt upfront that carries through to the end but only slightly.There is the herbal, spice and yeast balance that picks up but never dominates.

Texture: Smooth ....I think this has some proper aging on it.

Mouth happiness: Apertiff....with entree..nightcap

Photo of tonistruth
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- partly cloudy slightly bronzed brew, with little to no head and lace

S- sweet, malty, dried fruit

T- bready, dried fruit, apricot, unfermented sugars, herbal, alcoholic at finish

M- slightly chewy and viscous medium body yet crsip and very carbonated

D- recommended if fresh, age does this brew no favors, one of the better American made Belgian pales

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

A very nice surprise, as I picked up a mixed pack of samples from the local (Neil St.) Piccadilly. This snuck up on me sideways a bit, and I'm glad for it. It poured a nice, golden-orange body over a thin white but frothy head that latticed itself well as I consumed it. The taste was bold, hopped but not overly so, allowing the delicious citrus to filter through. I detected a good deal of orange, and a touch of lemon and lime, with generous spices such as coriander and cinnamon. It finished nicely, effervescent but smooth, leaving me morose that I didn't have a second or third with which to chase it.

Don't miss out on this delicious Belgian style pale ale. Very tasty, and worth grabbing.

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversize wine glass. Presented with a beautiful golden-orange color. Smell of Belgian yeast and coriander. Consistent, foamy white head throughout the tasting with ample belgian lacing adhering to the side of the glass. Flavors of coriander, with peppery undertones. Generously effervescent and very smooth mouthfeel. Mild finish considering the 7.6% ABV. A very nice representation of the style.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy golden color with just a tiny white skim of head. The aroma is intensely fruity, peppery and a fair amount of alcohol. The flavor is highly fruity and spicy with low hop bitterness. The finish is dry and a bit tart. This isn’t my favorite style of beer and I haven’t had many, but I always want to try new styles. This one seems to do the style well. I am ranking this to the style, not to my preferences. If I was ranking to my preferences, it would about a 2.5 of 5.0.

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

The Pranqster comes in jovial label and pours a light orange with very little foam head. It leaves a thin lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is sweet malt and yeasty aroma. It tastes spicy initially and finishes sweet. It it light to the touch in the mouth and is a very pleasing Belgian Golden. The abv is hidden well.

Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Modest head for a Belgian--close to a single finger. Cloudy gold color. Light ring lace on the glass.

Clean malty smells with notable Belgian yeast aroma.

Good body with a very high carbonation. Creamy flavor with a subtle citrus touch. Slightly sour finish. The aftertaste is a lighter version of the swallow.

This is a pleasant equivalent of a Belgian Ale.

Photo of emerge077
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 bottle, cellared in my fridge by accident.

Pours an almost unnatural candy orange color, with a small fizz of foam that quickly dissipates to nothing. Aroma masks the alcohol, but it is still strong. Belgian candi sugar, and something sweet and vegetal. Can't say I like it. It seems slightly out of balance, there's a bit of astringency, nearly sour but not quite. Sort of boozy like a Tripel, but without any subtlely. Vague fruit hint, but just barely. Fuller mouthfeel, but it goes flat after awhile. Not recommended for cellaring.

Photo of tayner
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i poured it well chilled into a pint glass.. light copper in color, not a large head (could be due to it being cold) but it did leave some lacing on the glass

my bottle had ample carbonation.

it has a hop nose up front, with a citrus smell as well.

taste was sweet, fruity (banana/citrus) with a yeast profile as well. hop aroma was strong, but the hop flavor was muted a bit until it warmed up, and then it came alive, but not overpowering.

good lighter style beer for warmer months, or session drinking. i was actually surprised to notice the high ABV ... it is well hidden, i had no idea :)

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,918 ratings.