Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

3,370 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 facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden yellow, not much head - slight amount of foam around the glass

S - strawberries, honey, grapes, cloves - slight hint of alcohol

T - a bready taste coming from the yeast (very nice) mixed in with sweet spices and flavors of honey, cloves, cinnamon. a hint of berry lingers as an aftertaste

M - very fizzy! a dry, crisp finish

O - this is a pretty solid beer. it's hard to fuck up a belgian ale - if you're attempting to make it, it's because you know you can pull it off. my only negative comment towards this beer might be a bit one sided, but i wish it was less fizzy and a bit smoother going down. it had a very seltzer/soda like fizz to it, which would be great for a cider or a fruit ale - but when i'm drinking something bready like this (and with a high abv) i would like for it to be a smooth, filling drink.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Murrhey
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night from Taco Asylum. Poured in a pint glass.

A- Finger and a half white head over a pale golden body with nice clarity.

S- Medium malts and a booziness jumps to mind. Has some light fruits to temper the boozy esters.

T- Fruity and muted malts. Quite good with a boozy taste hidden as well.

M- Medium bodied and wet. Kind of chewy.

O- Not my style of beer, but certainly a good example of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of beerherenow
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a lot of respect and appreciation for this beer. A more perfect Golden Strong Ale is hard to find. Consistent, delicious, and unique - I look forward to trying it on tap.

A - Golden and bright. Slight haze.

S - Floral and sweet with a bit of hop.

T - Slightly sweet and citrus. The taste of Pranqster has become my model of Golden Strong Ale even more than Duvel, etc.

M - Effervescent and light.

O - Highly recommended Belgian. Hats off to North Coast.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with swirls of yeast in it. A few small bubbles rise to the rocky, four finger, white head. Head is gone halfway down the glass. Leaves a few splotches of lacing near the top of the glass.

S - Nice and big floral nose with a touch of crab apples.

T - Floral yeast and crab apples upfront. The body rides on a backbone of candied sugar with flashes of crab apple hops and musty yeast. A small flash of earthy hops leads to a dry, slightly floral finish.

M - Medium bodied, but super creamy. The beer seems to expand rapidly in my mouth.

To my knowledge, this is my first go with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It was certainly very drinkable and smooth despite the high ABV, but I expected more complexity - this beer began to bore me after a bit. I would get another bottle of two again at world market, but I have to believe there are more invigorating versions of this style our there.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle kept in fridge. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with lots of pillowy foamy head that left fairly quickly leaving very mild lacing on the glass.

S- Strong smells of yeast. Sweet malts, and some sweet fruits. Quite bready.

T- Bready. I'm getting some of the dried lighter fruits that were present in the nose. Maybe pineapple, and apricots. Lots of sweet malts. Well rounded. Wonderful.

M- Nicely carbonated. Not overbearing. Good texture. Not overly thick.

O- A solid offering from North Coast. Picked up a 4 pack of this just to try it, and I'm glad I did. Think I'll put one off to the side for a while to see if it becomes more "well rounded"

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of TuffNut87
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There was very little lacing or head when poured into a pint glass. It was a cloudy yellow- orange. The smell of pineapple was most prominent to me. The carbonation was enjoyable and the taste was incredible. It was a subtle blend of pineapple, orange and cloves. The favors reminded me of hefeweisse but milder and I found Pranqster more enjoyable. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Libbey tall tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a rocky off-white head. Slightly darker than most BSPAs, but still nice-looking. Head recedes down quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

S: Bright yeast with a slight farmhouse character, sugary vanilla cake, honey, mild soapiness, bit of nectarine.

T: Pleasantly sweet. White cake, sweet cream, small tinge of bitter hop, mango, some coriander. Huge pleasing coarse grain in the finish, along with a little horseblanket from the yeast. Very nice.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation.

O: Not the most complex BSPA I've had, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of mschind
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A- Clear light gold in a chalice with a big white three finger foamy head that quickly faded to half inch cap. Noticed some clear legs on the side of the glass but not much lacing.

S- Clean malty sweetness, citrus fruit.

T- Starts with a slightly astringent sweetness that reminds me of apples. The finish is dry and crisp. Not much in the way hops which is ok.

M- Medium and well rounded with gentle carbonation.

O- This is an excellent domestic version of a classic Belgian Pale Ale. I think it rivals the imports for less money. I enjoy this frequently. Complex enough for savoring and still very drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Flounder57
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a minimal head, but it has remained to a decent layer. Golden straw yellow is the color of the beer with a haziness to it and good signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. The beer is very alive and inviting. Can't wait to have a sip. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: apples, pears, vanilla, spices, bready malts, and alcohol.

Taste: Super awesome blend of all the above flavors. Breadiness and slight bitterness linger nicely for a little bit.

Mouthfeel: super smooth, delicious, medium bodied, medium carbonation, the booze warms as it goes down, and it's really easy to drink.

Overall: Pretty solid beer for a BSPA from North Coast. That mastered this style very well and it is a nice alternative to beers from breweries in Belgium. I have had this plenty of times at the Union Brewhouse and will enjoy many more in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,370 ratings.
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