Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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IBU's: 20

Added by kbub6f on 06-01-1998

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Photo of toronadotornado
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Filling Station, LAX - Los Angeles, CA - 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

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Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at mellow mushroom in Johnson City, TN.

Arrived a clear golden yellow with a pretty thick white head.

Wonderful fruity aroma that definitely lets you know it is a Belgian style ale. Clove and banana along with a bit of grainy malt.

The flavor is full of wonderful maltyness. Lots of grain and almost a slight bit of chalkiness. Lots of fruit; pears, peaches, grapes, and bananas. There is a nice crispness to the beer and it is quite dry. Alcohol is very well hidden making this a fairly refreshing beer. Something I will definitely have to pick up again.

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Photo of kshankar
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color with a nice head. Lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Yeast, cloves..some fruity smells

Taste: Excellent, there is the yeastiness, of course. And the cloves as well. Somewhat of a spice flavor. Mild bitterness at the end to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: On the medium bodied side with a good creamy feel. Goes down well.

Drinkability: Relatively high ABV, but tastes good and most of the flavors mask the alcohol taste, so it wouldn't be hard to drink a couple.

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Photo of vienna_mantrap
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of washburnkid
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bomber when I visited the brewery last month. Poured into a tulip and enjoyed with some friends. I had it on tap at the brewery, but the person pouring it overpoured like hell and wasted about half a pint of brew. It was a pretty bad experience, but I'm so glad I bought this 22oz to take home with me!

A: Cloudy golden color with one finger of off-white head; not a ton of lacing to speak of
S: Sweet malts mostly dominate, some spice comes through
T: Sweet malts with spice; immediately reminiscent of Hoegaarden, so I immediately guessed coriander; slightest alcohol coming through, balanced out by this amazing roasted grain. At the time, here's what I said about the taste: "If you were able to blend a giant field of wheat and hay and grains and animals and put it all in a glass, this would be the result." (note: no animals were harmed in the tasting of this beer)
M: Heavy carbonation, medium-bodied; thick hoppy residue left everywhere in my mouth and I didn't mind it at all
D: This beer is complex. There are flavors I weren't able to pin down, but I loved every second of it.

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Photo of rw1992
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Asics
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Farmhouse of Emmaus, PA poured into a wine glass

Appearance - straw colored with fine bubbles. Little head with no residual head and no lacing. Very clear and clean.

Smell - Pleasant and easy. Yeast strains are evident as are light fruit and spice.

Taste - Well balanced and articulate. Bready yeasts, light citrus and hops. Belgian candi sugar shines through.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation and astringency.

Drinkability - Very high and easy drinkability at 20 ibu's. Will return to again!

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Photo of brandoneast
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazed apricot hue with a light sheet of lace that hugs the stemless pinot noir glass. Feeble aroma but picking up sweet vanilla, little spice, and a surprising whiff of oaky chardonnay. Amazingly, the flavor makes up for everything the nose lets down. Pranqster lives up to its name by unveiling a world-class taste. Each sip brings a candi sugar that laces the lips, spicy hops, pale malt and that quintessential Belgian yeast flavor. This brew is full of flavor and a strong mouthful with an expected powerful carbonation. This brew has high drinkability, but consume with moderation, for Pranqster will fool you with its high alcohol content.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 2.49$

Appearance – Hazy amber/yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. It's too hazy to see the carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander/cloves, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon and some faint yeast. There is also some coriander and clove mixed with something along the lines of medicine.. but not in a bad way. It ends with a lemony tart aftertaste with some dry yeast/spice bitterness.

Overall – Pretty good stuff here. It had a lot of wit beer flavours to it and the lemon/fruit notes were refreshing. Definitely a beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden-straw colored and hazy with a one-finger head which left a thin ring around the rim and no detectable lacing.

The smell is very aromatic: coriander and other sweet spices combine with a yeasty banana-nut bread flavor.

The taste is classic Belgian: bright with spiciness, plantains and a hint of tree nuts, and a good cutting of yeast. The mouthfeel is a tad watery, however, and this beer seems hollow on the swallow. Good carbonation and a clean character, but overall it left me wanting something a little more robust to fill my mouth with flavor and heft.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip with the Superman logo (don't ask).

Immediately pours a delightful golden blonde haze with sediment floating and settling simultaneously as the head develops into a creamy 2 finger form. It disappears as soon as it appears however and leaves a small ring of bubble circumferentially in the glass.

Aroma is of cheaply spiced yeast and biscuit malt, a high floral bill, along with some hallertau hops and faint ginger.

The taste is a totally different animal. Just floored. It starts out with some banana rum-alcohol flavors, and counters with light floral hops and a crisp malt backbone. The finish is of warm alcohol and chewed bubblegum.

Feel is gloriously carbonated, with delightful shelving of the body stacking in at about medium weight, and finishing light, fruity, crisp, and semi-dry.

This is a beer I will seek out and drink again. A new favorite for a pale ale.

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Photo of drperm
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Ap: All these comparisons to Duvel got my hopes up. I even brought out my Duvel glass for the occasion...only to find:
1) Dark! It's almost apricot in color. Pretty enough, but not pilsnery like a Belgian Strong Golden should be. 2) Where's the foam? I was longing for some billowy, rocky, over-the-top meringue, and instead got a lacing. It is nice and white, though.

S: Yes. Here is more like it. Yeast, candy apple, chamomile, horse blanket, persimmon, (WHOOPS I got beer on my nose from smelling too deeply!), coriander, mace, caramel.

T: Nice. But sweet. Bigger, bolder, brasher, more warming....more "American" than Duvel. Not at all unpleasant, but there's a hairline of funk not 100% in keeping with what I'd expect, and something of an overly-sweet lingering at the very end. Still, it's more than worthy. A winner with food, too.
A bit of cassia on the tongue that I didn't get on the nose, and lots of that mace and persimmon shines through, too.

M: A bit sweet, a bit sticky. Not bad, though.

D: I wouldn't think, "Hmm....Duvel. Compare to Duvel!" other than its designation as a BSGA. I'm more prone to call to mind certain Unibroue offerings first. To me, more like La Fin du Monde than Duvel. North Coast does stellar work, and considering the breadth of their brewing opus, I'd say they've done a knock-out Belgian style here. I'd have this again, but probably not until after I've sampled some more offerings in this vein. Although, as I continue to work through my's *very* warming on a cold rainy night, and it's highly addictive. I'm dreaming of food pairings....good cheeses (Irish cheddar is what I've got on hand), lemony shellfish, pasta salad, certain (non-chocolate) desserts, lighter-prepared duck, wildfowl, maybe even Thanksgiving dinner if I were pressed for a brew.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tan color with a thin lace, not the characteristic fluffy white head I expected. Wonderfully sweet nose, fruity, spicy with a touch of malt. Tingly mouthfeel but not a powerful carbonation that is often typical of this style of "Belgian" brews. Spicy coriander flavor with a nice smooth malty profile. Not much hint of the 7.6% ABV. Clean, citrusy finish. Not as spicy or alcoholic of many of it's exported "imperial hefeweizen" to me, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of WesWes
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy/cloudy golden color with a thick white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a really fruity banana type scent that is very pleasant along with a pale malt aroma. The taste is good. It is rich with fruitiness and spice. It has Belgian yeast flavor on top of a pale malt base. It goes down easy, but finishes a bit dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. It has tremendous aroma and taste; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque golden color. There is a one and a half finger, off white head, that has sub-par retention. No lacing, but persistent carbonation bubbles.

S - Smells of sweet yeast and wheat. There are some light lemon and citrus notes.

T - Upfront there is some wheat with a yeast backbone. This layer gives way to a layer of grassy lemon with almost a creamy feeling. There is a very, very slight hop presence towards the end.

M - Great amount of carbonation makes for a smooth Ale.

D - This tastes great and has a way of going down easy. For the price, it's not bad at all.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dansushi
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Resuin
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack poured into a Golden Monkey Goblet. Dusty bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with a solid inch+ of white fluffy head that doesn't hang around too long but looks wonderful before it fades. Looks pretty well carbonated and light-bodied.

Smell: Banana and bubblegum up front - smells like a hefe. Very pleasant and not overbearing at all.

Taste: After a sip I feel deceived by my nose. This tastes like a belgian ale, not as much like a hefeweizen as the smell indicated. A bit of the banana, bubblegum flavors stick around but they are definitely in the background. Maybe some lemon in there with the bread and yeast tones.

Mouth-feel: Pretty well carbonated and relatively light bodied. It does not feel like it is 7.6%, it's very light and fluffy.

Overall: A surprisingly adequate beer. Overall, I was impressed. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, I would call this more of a Belgian Pale Ale (leaving out the strong), but it is not a conventional pale ale.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy gold with a small head that left no lacing.

S: Slightly funky apples, pears, and bananas.

T: Follows aroma, floral notes and spices as well.

F: Medium, crisp, clean, no bitterness, dry finish.

O: Terrific American-made Belgian ale. Price is absolutely outstanding, could easily be an everyday beer.

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Photo of strangemusic
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a small white head that disappears quickly... A little bit disappointed!

The aroma is characteristically Belgian yeast and "hayloft" smell with orange and brown sugar to balance it out. No problems here.

The taste is very crisp and citrusy, big splash of orange with a spiciness to it as well. Apple after-notes. I can taste a little bit of the so-called Belgian "bubblegum" character in this beer. Complex, but primarily juicy and bright and fun, which is really key for this style. Other reviewers have noted a "smoky/meaty" quality, which I barely, barely detect.

The mouthfeel, as expected, is equally crisp and bright to match. Sweetness abundant in the finish. A little bit on the thin/flat side though.

This is not a super-potent beer in terms of ABV, but a decent amount of alcohol punch comes through in the glass. It's very refreshing but a little on the boozy side... dangerous! Not so much as its cousin Delirium Tremens, but still a heady brew.

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LittleDon
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thick head that is quickly gone, leaving no traces. Strong
aroma, candy apples and bananas. Spicy banana and cloves flavor characteristics with a fair amount of sugar, not cloyingly sweet, though. Hops nowhere to be found. Plenty of carbonation gives the mouthfeel lots of life. Medium light body.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,438 ratings