Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

1,220 Reviews

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 20

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap at NCBC in Fort Bragg. I'm not very familiar with this style, but it's really good. Definitely warms me up with the fruity warmth. Glad to have tried it!

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Photo of Blackop555
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Underrated beer.

Pours hazy gold. White, short, thick head lasts a while.

Smells strong fruit, banana, clove, spice, sweet, funk.

Tastes classic Belgian yeast. Banana, clove, apple, fruit, spice. Finish is semi sweet with light spice and fruit linger. Medium body and higher medium carbonation.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw yellow with some cloudiness, highly carbonated, 2 fingers of white, foamy head that has small and large bubbles, rather like meringue.

S: Belgian yeasts, lemon citrus, blue cheese sharpness.

T: Follows nose completely. Belgian yeasts, lemony citrus, blue cheese sharpness. Reminds me of Unibroue.

M: Medium light body with high carbonation.

O: A great example of its style, out of the box from other North Coasts I’ve had so I feel proud of them. Really reminds me of Unibroue, something about American examples that come so close but don’t quite exactly get the European Belgians, but I appreciate them anyways. 9.1 out of 10. Have by itself or with goats cheese. Had in USA, 2014.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled by pouring a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance: Hazy/cloudy golden in color. At least 3-4 fingers of head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
Smell: One of the best smelling beers out there with an easily detectable arrary of fruits and spices.
Taste: Classic flavor of Beglian yeasts with plenty of hints of banana and sugary sweetness. The ABV is extremely well hidden, and there is no unpleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. This beer goes down extremely easily.
Overall: I love a great Beligan-style ale, and Pranqster is one of the best out there. Definitely world-class in my opinion.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chunky gold, i.e. a ton of moderate to fine floating sediment, with a large, bright white active head.

Smell is sweet, lightly spiced malt, with apple, banana, wheat, and pear. Brightly spiced, faint clove, and fresh seeming--nothing too heavy.

Belgian yeast comes first in taste, but is not too overbearing, with a little pear and apple, light wheat, clove, sweet toffee and candy corn malt.

Frothy full bodied yet light, with a semi dry finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A mixture of yellow and orange in the appearance, plenty of haze, white head 1/2". Aroma hit all those belgian spice rack clove, pepper, banana type of notes.

Taste has a big presence of alcohol, light colored fruits, clove, phenols. Its like a blend of belgian pale ale and tripel. I think it tastes hotter than the 7.6% abv.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent stateside take on this style--especially for the price.

Appearance--A perfect hazy gold and true to the style, with good lacing and carbonation.

Aroma--Malts forward, but dry and crisp.

Taste--A nice balance of malty sweetness and spice. The alcohol "warmth" is definitely there, but never overpowers.

Mouthfeel--Excellent carbonation, and a nice "lightness" for the style that makes this remarkably drinkable. The "booze" comes through at the end to remove any doubt.

Overall--A pleasant take on the style that is very drinkable for the ABV. Special note--for the price, you cannot go wrong with this brew. There are many other "takes" on this style that are no better or are inferior that will set you back much more than Pranqster. A fine take for the money that I will enjoy again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taj Mahl, Boise. Cloudy orange amber with small skin of a head. Aroma had lots of floral/citrus notes. Taste was slightly fruity, with some delicate malt and hops flaovrs in there too. decent belgian

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Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy white head and particle laced body which is cloudy golden in color. Smell is very bready(as it should be). Taste is def containing the Belgian characteristics, yeasty, funky, yet a nice crispness that finishes oh so clean. Great beer!

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Photo of 60sFolks
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look rating I have given is for the golden pale ale color. However, the label and carton are fine art. Smell of sweet apple s and honey. Tastes of apricots. Full mouth. I great brew.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice hazy orange appearance with good carbonation as well.
Aromas of candied sugar, spiciness and some clove from the Belgian yeast.
Tastes are dominated by the Belgian yeast up front with spice and clove, with some lingering sweetness.
Nice smooth mouthfeel that lingers well on the palate.
Overall this is a really solid Belgian pale that I could easily have a couple of.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the growler via Party Town in a snifter. This fine Belgian style ale pours
a nice bright golden color with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin
layer, and sports nice light lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugars, bubblegum, clove, and
light yeasty bread notes. Flavors follow the nose with candy malts and clove on the front
and middle, bubblegum falls off to the sides of the taste and fades into the rear with a yeasty
breaded note with a touch of pears and apples. Nice crisp mouth feel, lightly dry on the finish,
and VERY satisfying. Overall and excellent brew.


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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed glass.

Opaque apricot color. Head is barely there.
Smells of fruity spice. Musty.
A bubbly and active feel with a bubblegum and coriander spice. Some maltiness in the middle with a musty finish.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - rich golden orange in color with a small white head, effervescent bubbles, and some slight lacing.
Smell - Belgian yeast, bubble gum, banana, clove.
Taste - the same as the nose, but ends with a dry Belgian yeast finish.
Feel - great carbonation, fluffy and smooth body.
Overall - this is one of my favorite Belgian style beers since it drinks like a smooth hefeweizen but maintains that rich complexity you expect from Belgian beers. I can drink this year round.

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Photo of Martin194
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden, cloudy, looks somewhat like honey, small white head

Smell: Sweet, fruity, hints of bubblegum, a little floral

Taste: Again sweet, very fruity, some sugar

Feel: Not overly fizzy, leaves a slightly sticky feel after swallowing


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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, a cloudy yellow. A nice but short lived head with good lacing. Sweet apple smell and fruity taste. The taste is accented by vanilla and sweet spice. Smooth feel. A very nice beer!

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Photo of gandres
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
" 4.50 amber/light brown, hazy cloudy, looks unfiltered, small white foam, some lacing 4.00 fruity aroma 4.50 low bitterness, then subtle sweetness then tartness 4.25 long finish 4.25 Very good beer, ok to repeat, buy

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a fluffy and persistent white head. Aroma is wheat, bread dough, yeast, alcohol, earth, grass/straw, and light fruity/floral notes. The taste follows with great complexity that opens as the beer warms and shows yeast, alcohol, fruit, floral, bready malt, earth, grass, and a bit of barnyard must. Mouthfeel is light, and sprightly carbonated with a little oilyness on the finish. Overall, this is a very good belgian golden that is up with the front runners in the style.

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Photo of erk0607
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright gold, mostly clear save for a bit of yeast that got poured out. Decent foam head that dissipated to a fine ring.

Smell: Spices like clove, nutmeg, candy, banana fruitiness, yeasty. Waftable but not super strong either.

Taste: Smooth yeast/belgian character notes, banana, spices, bubblegum

Feel: Intermediate to a bit on the heavy side, fine carbonation, smooth going down

Overall: Would not hesitate to get again.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light copper colored body filled with carbonation, a thick, off white and creamy head covers it and it’s all corralled by a nice lacing.
Smell: Light spices, coriander, summer grass, wheat and light malts, citrus zest and
Taste: Light caramel malts, mild citrus zest, the spices and coriander kick towards the back of your throat. Malty and sweet overall.
Mouthfeel: medium to light bodied, smooth and gentle alcohol dryness all the way through.
Overall: Very good style of the ale, nice to drink and easy on the palate.

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Photo of Squire123
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light hazy gold, good cap and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, rather rich scent, luscious ripe banana, herby floral spicy hops but not too much.

Taste: Belgian, yes, that's it. Sweet malt, yellow fruit and clove/spiciness. Complex, all the flavors touches and texture come together nicely. Not quite as refined as the Grand Cru Belgians but a good representative none the less. Consistent flavors all the way through and clean finish. Desert like aftertaste.

Mousse like texture with a slight bubbly prickle.

Overall: Widely available, this one is proof a brew doesn't have to be a limited edition to be in the upper ranks. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a thick head that dissipates fairly quickly. Strong yeast scent with faint hints of lemon. Tastes of fresh sourdough bread, with hints of flowers, apple, and banana.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

North Coast Pranqster, 7.6% ABV, 20 IBU, Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Lots of head that lasts. Nose is slight citrus, smells "fresh". Taste is also citrus, not much bitterness, carbonation moderate to heavy. Very drinkable - could put a number of these away on a hot day, and the alcohol would sneak up on you since it doesn't come through on the taste. This would be good to serve guests who are used to BMC, though would be good to give them a heads-up on the 7.6% ABV. This is going on my favorites list.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Milk Money in Providence, and served in a pint glass:

Appearance: pours a hazy, but very bright orange color. Carries a thick, sudsy off-white head that lingers for a very long time.

Aroma: lots of spice, and lots of nice. No booze present, but lots of coriander, some mild fruitiness, and some pepper spiciness.

Taste: malty and sweet, with lots of yeast character present as well. Some pepper, some lemon, lots of malt. Really enjoyed this one. Very drinkable and smooth, even at 7.6%

Feel: smooth, soft mouthfeel, with a sticky finish.

Overall: a really nice brew, and one I'd happily drink any time.

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Photo of Obake21
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L = Hazy light gold with a nice head.
S = Faint orange peel and banana peel.
T = Very light bitterness, orange rind.
F = Light carbonation, a little silky/creamy
O = Hard to identify taste right off. It had to warm up a little before started to reveal itself. Subtle beer, but very nice.

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