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Pranqster - North Coast Brewing Co.

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2,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 112
Gots: 278 | 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 kosmoraios
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting Belgian Pale. Pours a hazy, murky golden color into my tulip glass, with a 1-finger white head that stays around for 90 seconds or so.

Aroma is of cashewy yeast, lemon-grass, citrus. A whiff of bananas, pear. Some spicy undertone. Not quite sure what to call it - coriander, maybe?

Taste is biscuitty, with a bit of green pear fruityness. As it warms, there is a floral, honeysuckle taste that begins to come out, along with the alcohol. An interesting ale, to say the least.

Mouthfeel is peppery and phenolic, coats the palate nicely.

A drinkable, interesting Belgian Pale.

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

Picked up a bottle from Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark yellow - opaque.

S: Fruity esters - orange and floral - predominate.

T: Subtle - well balanced. Picking up ester combination of orange and floral. Alcohol flavor predominates. Just a trace of spice and malt in the background.

MF: Very effervesent. Light body. Moderate bitterness keeps you wanting more.

D: Good stuff. Fits the style to a T - except for lack of spiciness in taste.

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

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades disapointingly fast, leaving minimal laces.

This beer has an earthy yeast aroma. It also has a spicy aroma. Coriander I think. It has a citrus aroma also. A slight grassy hop aroma is present.

This beer has a strange taste. It tastes slightly buttery. It has an earthy flavor. Some spicy notes are present. The alcohol content is also present in the flavor.

This full bodied beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

I doubt this would make a good session beer. It is a little high in alcohol. Also, it is an aggressive beer.

Overall: I dont particularly like this beer. I cant exactly place it, but I doubt I will buy it again.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy, dull apricot colored brew with a good inch of off white foam. Head is slowly withdrawing but leaving a good amount of foam behind.

S: Smells of refrained lemons, buttery yeast, touch of wood and spring grass. Very light and refreshing.

T: Sort of like a watered down triple. Begins citrusy with a pronounced yeasty profile. Hints of clover honey, bananas, bit of red apple and some coriander. Finishes sort of grainy.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: I'm not really a huge fan of this beer. I simply think its "ok"

Photo of GPHarris
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick head into a tulip glass. the head is very thin and dissipates quickly. no lacing throughout. it has a nice amber color and is cloudy.
s - floral and sweet scent, hint of bananas.
t - very sweet and malty taste. apples is the overwhelming taste to me. the alcohol is very evident in this brew.
m - carbonation is slight.
d - i expected more from north coast but am willing to give this one another chance as i know it's a tough one. i poured what was left in the bottle and noticed the sediment is more murky than the normal chunks left in a belgian, looked almost milky.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy mango-orange, looks Belgian enough except head is lacking. There's a thin layer of white scum, not thick snowy hills. Nose is muted. Flowers, marmalade, banana, honey, and white bread. Doesn't totally come together.

Taste is Belgian, but disjointed. Marmalade, butter, graham cracker - Things I like, but they just don't come together right. This is a good beer, but does not live up to the style.

It's possible that this bottle is just a bit off, I'll try this beer again sometime.

This is a great brewery, struggling with a difficult style, and I look forward to where this leads.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Pours a beautiful orangish color with a nice foamy head. Smell is exceptional - banana and cloves are the predominant forces, accompanied by other spices and maybe some pear. Sweet and spice battle for the dominating taste...results in a complicated flavor that is finished crisp with the alcohol apparent.

I definitely want to keep a few of these nearby. One of the best aromas I have found in a beer. Next time, I'll let it warm up a little longer.

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

Pours an orange amber with a off white one fingered quick head leaving no lace in the 0.4 L rastal New Belgium sniffer.

Aroma of Belgian strong ale yeasts, alcohol and coriander with hints of aged Hallertau and Saaz hops.

Flavors are spices but well supported by the pale two-row pilsner and the supporting malts used in the style ( Belgian biscuit, aromatic and light caras). A little pepper like heat stays with the palate. Nice medium round mouthfeel that is easy to hold on to and enjoy the flavor shifts as it warms and releases flavored carbonation.

Not dry in the finish - leaves a little sweet stickyness (not objectionable as it helps with hiding the 7.6% abv). With those numbers, I find little concern with the absence of a bottled on/best by date.

A low cost introduction to the style tha is worth trying.

Photo of dbatch
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got me a 4 pack at Joe Canal's in Marlton...

A - poured nice into the glass, leaving about an inch of head. Very cloudy, orange color to it. You can see the bubbles rising at it settled.

S - not overwhelming at all, noticed a hint of banana and spice

T - taste is good, not powerful, you can definitely taste the alcohol in it though.

M - creamy, mixed with the carbonation, leaves you with a dry feel after a sip. Not the best feeling in the world

D - This beer is light enough to enjoy during the summer, warm enough to keep you happy in the fall.

Overall, s'ok, but I think there are some better.

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

bought a 12 ounce bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($2.09)
pours a cloudy blonde with a thick off-white head.
the aroma is suttle, little fruit, hint of sweet malt, destinstly belgian.
the flavor is fruity, carmelized malt, not to heavy, refreshing.

Photo of loren01
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nothing too special about the appearance really to speak of. Poured an orangish color, lots of carbonation but virtually no head.
S: Smell is yeasty with some fruity scents
T: Good fruity taste. Tastes like a pear. You can taste the alcohol as well. Also some biscut flavors.
M: Seems overly carbonated to me
D: Had good and bad points, I enjoyed the taste and smell but appearance and mouthfeel were not up to par.

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

I poured this one a little too cold to start with. It developed incredibly as it warmed, and demonstrated incredible complexity.

The appearance was a hazy orange with a white head. The smell was spiced with coriander and horse blanket.

The taste was spiced like coriander with warming alcohol. Nice malt backbone. Similar to a Duvel, but more complex and flavorful. I was surprised by this one, and not expecting as much.

Drinkability was good for the style.

Good stuff, and I'm more and more impressed with North Coast.

Photo of doubleipa
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know how long this was sitting by the time the waitress brought this to me, but there was zero head and zero lacing. Color was yellow. Aroma was sweet, with cloves, and a bit hoppy, with not much malt. Fruity taste once it warmed up. Not much carbonation either, even though I think I remember that this usually has more of a bite to it.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-translucent , light orange peel. Almost looks like a sparkling blush wine. The bubbling was dispersed and slow. The aroma is a lightly sweet caramel and toasty malt mix. The flavor was a little minus on the umph of flavor. A little flat in the sweet carbonated malts department. A little bready and anise-like.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a glass that may have some soap residue, so the appearance may have suffered through no fault of the beer. I've had this beer before, and I believe it had a larger, longer lasting head, but i've rated it here based on this pour.

smell: picking up some pear, and maybe some citrus. some alcohol comes through, but not in a bad way.

taste: tastes a little "milky". I don't know what that means, other than just a creamy flavor, that i really can't place. I'm guessing the yeast is the cause. the pear from the nose comes through here as well as some light apricot/peach flavor.

mouthfeel: gave it a 5. slightly chewy, not oatmeal stout chewy, but still i would'nt want it to be. leaves me wanting more.

overall drinkability is very good. I like the style, and I'm really into north coast right now. would definately have this one again, and again.

Photo of jorjoria
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a good full and stable head. Smell is very floral with some banana and biscuit notes. There is also some band aid smell that fades and the head falls. As the floral aroma clears a lemon sent also develops. The taste is sweet and lemony with a hint of sourness as the beer fades similar to what one would expect with a wit. There is also a distinct alcohol note as the tartness fades.Overall a pretty interesting and complex beer but a little sweet for my tastes and the aroma was a little off.

Photo of badbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark yellow with a slowly dissipating white head leaving spotty lacing. Smell is sour, has overripe fruit, banana, lemon, and a yeasty aroma to it. Taste is of bananas, lemons, and apples, definately some clove as well, very nice. Mouthfeel was light in body and had an average carbonation. Definitely drinkable, a solid brew to have once in a while, definitely worth picking up.

Photo of hero27
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
7.6% abv.

Very hazy peach..an indiscriminate pattern of bubbles form on top.
Big clove aroma. Tastes are lightly fruity with banana, apple & orange peel, with a hefty dose of cloves, yeast, and coriander to spice things up. Moderate mouthfeel & a bit chalky actually, however it slides down the hatch with little to no effort. Another solid American-brewed Belgian. Not fantastic, but a good effort nonetheless.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pranqster suffers in almost every way as compared to Duvel.

The head retention is poor; there's no Belgian lace. Clarity is poor, but it has a rich, orange/brown color. The aroma has mild citric esters, very little in the way of hops, etc.

The taste is uncomplicated, starting with a light carbonic bite, a sweet middle, and very little finish. This makes it a very drinkable beer, but at 7.6% ABV, I can't drink too much at one sitting.

There's a nice satisfying mouthfeel, maybe a result of moderate attenuation (that may be where the sweetness comes from as well.)

Drinkability is good, but that is largely due to the simplicity of the beer.

My rating is high in large part because I really like the style, but there are many other strong goldens I would take before this.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer finally made it's way to Dirty John's in Iowa City after a long wait. Quite funky, but not in a bad way. Very interesting.

Pours to a cloudy golden color with very little carbonation or head. Recedes to a ring almost instantly.

The smell is very good. Has a funky barnyard must smell along with a strong banana and a very soft clove. Even a bit of spicy hops. The taste is good as well. Sweet banana esters up front but it instantly turns dry with the musty funk, clove, and a surprisingly large amount of hops.

The body is fairly full with a carbonation that seems to gently massage the palate. Very dry and bitter in the finish though, with a hint of alcohol.

Good beer, but drinkability suffers a little bit. The finish is almost unbearable, but the taste is very good. This means that you'll either find yourself going through this fairly high proof beer either too quickly or very slowly (unless, of course, a parched mouth is one of your "things").

Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exquisite glowing thick orange color (reminds me of Sam Adams Imperial Pils). (Very hazey too). A color I love to see in a beer. Above the glow, in my tulip glass, a three finger head that fades down to a good white layer suprisingly fast. Lacing is spotty and sparse. Aroma is very fresh and refreshing. Its like a breeze of lemon, sweet orange, coriander, pepper, soft yeast, and a bit of bubble gum. Typically Belgian and very sniffable. Taste equals the smell. Overall more of a light sweetness than a lemony tartness. Mouthfeel is juicy, fresh, smooth, soft, full, and little creamy. A lemony tartness and some malty sugary syrup is left in your mouth between sips.

Quite interesting and very refreshing with good body. Well worth the try.

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

It pours a hazy orange yellow, like lemony iced tea. A finger-plus of frothy white head settles gradually to a foamy veil. Squiggly lacing wriggles along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there comes a light grain sweetness, along with a mild tangy wheatiness. A slight vanilla and berry pairing joins with yeast and alcohol and spice to deepen things a bit.

Upon tasting, there's a crisply sweet and fetchingly tart grain presence, trailed by a creamy berry fruit essence. Mellow clove interacts with a more general spiciness and a trace of alcohol to evoke a rounded dry bitterness. A softly baked dough yeast hint slides along with residual grain toward the close, and the finish is rather succinct but nicely savory. The flavor is a testament to sound brewing vision.

Medium bodied, the carbonation and spicy grain coat and leave a friendly buzz behind.

Sometimes astounding is more than you need, and that's when this beer would come up big. Solidly good, fundamentally tasty, and quite enjoyable, it's got a cheerful backbone and a sassy structure. The ABV makes an impression, but even so it goes down smooth and pleasurably. It comes across and dependable, and in a world gone crazy, that's a good thing. Or something like that.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lacing is good, but soon falls after a swirl leaving a thin white head behind it.

The smell has a slight burnt sugar flavor inside and a sour flavor which holds the fruit tones of: lemon and grapefruit and a small grannysmith apple flavor in the nose as well.

Taste has banana along with the lemon, grapefruit, and apple flavors. It also has a backround of burnt sugar is present. It is like it's sweet and sour at the same time.

The mouthfeel is smooth and dry with carbonation that doesn't have a bite to it.

Photo of LPorter33
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti"s

Appearance = Average looking translucent golden yellow-brown. Not much head or lacing. Nice color

Smell = Fruity and spicy.Can smell the alcohol but it fits well. Bit of a soapy scent which knocks it down a bit. I hope it tastes better.

Taste = Delicious Belgian pale ale. Really smoothe and thick on the mouth. Alcohol does not overwhelm in the least and is barely noticable. Instead flavors of bananna, cloves, and wheat are accentuated. This is one of the better Belgian pale ales Ive tried. Highly recommended

Overall = I vwas very impressed with this one and definitely hope to sample more of North Coasts beers. Theyve just started distributing in Boston so I cant wait.

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

A: Pale golden yellow in color, opaque with a big, fluffy slightly off white head that sticks around. Great lacing throughout. A nice, true to style looking brew.
S: Musty, exotic fruits-pineapple, spiced fruit, and spice. Some spiced orange in there too. Some typical belgian scents on display here.
T: Nice flavors abound. Spicey with notes of musty earth. Spiced exotic fruit (again pineapple) and some spiced citrus fruits peeking through as well. Slight sweet malt. General belgian flavors can best sum it up. Very slight alcohol warmth, but not too much. Done nicely.
MF: Chewy.
Overall: Another solid offering from North Coast that rivals any belgian style pale ale, whether it be from the greatest beer country or from the states. Really well done and true to the style all the way around. Pick some up and enjoy.

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.