Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,374 Ratings

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

Good Belgian Golden Ale, great taste but it's tarnished by the slight club soda aftertaste. It's a great attempt at a Belgian style and it's one of the best by American breweries. If you enjoy this style, try La Fin Du Monde and Delirium Tremens.

S: Fruity, hints of orange
T: Sugary and smooth: banana, orange, vanilla, and honey. Typical in good Belgian golden ales.

The other traits are irrelevant.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pranqster was randomly recommended to me by someone at a liquor store once; one of those “Hey, if you like that beer, you should try Pranqster” kind of things. Eh, not the first time I’ve taken advice from a stranger.

A: Textbook pale ale appearance: a foamy white head over a bright yellow body. There’s a constant pop of bubbles – big ones – that transform the three-inch layer of crisp-looking foam to a mild layer micro-bubbled cream. Body is a hazy goldenrod, showing signs of thick yeast that has escaped from the bottom of the bottle. Minimal lacing.

S: Very herbal, and very funky; this nose is all yeast. Beginning with a grassy pine-potpourri aroma, it grows into orange zest, sage, Band-aid, plum, and lemon-pepper. Funk is partly esters, partly medicinal, and partly old fruit – interesting and palpable. Apart from the yeast is a banana cream pudding sweetness: warm, crystalline sugar, like you’d find on top of a pastry at a breakfast place. Rich, but bright.

T: Smooth and warmly rich, just as I got from the nose – banana pudding and fresh pastries, sugary and buttery, inundate the palate with a full-bodied vanilla, honey, and buttermilk flavor. A pretzel-like graininess add a good transition while yeasts ready themselves, stirring up an earthy taste; soon we have a taste of green pine, flowery hops, lemon rind, and dehydrated peaches. The finish is a taste of soft, sugary fruits and mildly dry, earthy hops. Drinkable, loveable, complex, and inviting.

M: This beer’s thick enough to be a tripel, at least – it has all the feel that a chewy Belgian should have. There is a smooth silkiness to all of it, even the light carbonation.

O: North Coast seems to have nailed it in ever style imaginable, Pranqster being no exception. This really has enough Belgian flavor to make any sensible beer drinker to mistake its country of origin if given a blind taste test. I’m in love, North Coast.

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

this is right behind Rasputin imho, as far as North Coast goes. excellent belgian style golden ale. i give that brewery a lot of credit for doing so many disctinct styles.

pours a cloudy yellow with a very wispy thin white head, but ample carbonation.

the aroma is yeast heavy but not overpowering and you get some scents of fresh grain and citrusy hops. the taste is very crisp and has a good dose of bitterness. really a very smooth drinker, slides down good with some peanuts or pretzels, a little salt to temper the sweetness.

mainstay brew.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Kelly88
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at cock and bull in Covington. Served in a tulip.

A- very bright gold hue that is quite hazy. Crazy white head balloons to two fingers then recedes to a nice navel of thick foam on the sides. Little spots of lace hang on after each sip. Textbook Belgian.

S- weak yeast and a bit of bubblegum come through this murky concoction. Apples also come to mind but overall kind of on the weaker side in the olfactory category, more surprising since its on draft.

T- wow this is a great tasting beer. All of those great tasting Belgian characteristics of ripe fruit mixed with spicy yeast but nothing that is crazy strong. Coriander and apple banana smoothie with a kick of yeast funk. Great.

M- probably the easiest drinking Belgian I have ever had strong yet so smooth flavors that just GLIDE down. Less carbonation than most in the style but I think that is a better direction.

Overall a fabulous American interpretation on one of the oldest beer styles. Tons of flavor with none if the drawbacks like cloyingness and prickly carbonation. Well done and above all tasty.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter because I have yet to obtain a North Coast glass. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with aggressive carbonation, a big white head of medium bubbles, minimal lacing but decent retention, looks like a beer.

Aroma is estery, big, malty, sweet, burns a littel from the CO2, nice aroma though.

Beer is light in body and effervescent on the palate, very strong. I really enjoy the biscuit / yeasty quality of this beer, a very good beer. I had two 12 ounce bottles last night and I'd for sure have more in the future. Thumbs up.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,374 ratings.
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