Pranqster | North Coast Brewing Co.

1,218 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 THSdrummer
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy medium sized foamy head. Little to no lacing. Notes of spicy yeast and lemon in the aroma. The taste follows suit, with a nice, spicy yeast typical of Belgian ales. Very pleasant flavor, and the smooth mouth feel makes this easy to drink. Overall, this is a great rendition of a Belgian style ale. I would certainly pick one up to enjoy while watching the cycling Spring Classics or cyclocross.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of EMH73
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with slight cloudiness. About a one inch head that dissipated quickly. Smells of spiced yeast and lemon. Tastes just like it smells. Well carbonated with a light feel.

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Photo of garagerock101
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. It pours nicely. Not too frothy. Smell's like a nice Belgian golden ale. As far taste the spicy flavor isn't overwhelming. The look has a gorgeous golden hue

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Hazy bright golden body, frothy white head with low retention. No visible carbonation.
S- Belgian yeast, lemon, dough.
T- Belgian yeast, bread, lemon, slight boozy note, slight banana.
F- Slick, light.
O- An average belgian style offering. The ABV is not that noticeable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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 jw4free
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: dark golden straw, no head. S: hint of sour Weiss tones. T: no sour. Fruity esters, traditional Belgian. F: nice effervescent tingle. O: good beer. Appropriately named.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange marmalade pour with substantial head and a steady stream of carbonation. Immediate aromas with my nasals a foot away. Belgium spice candy, yeasty and biscuity malt. Taste follows nose. Add a citrus note of coriander and a peppery spice. Medium body and creamy texture. Tastes linger well. This brew got character and makes for a flavor full session. Solid ale all around. Would buy again.

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Photo of hman43
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours a light golden with a full head that is white packed with small bubbles.

Smell: There are aromas of pils malt, sweet fruity esters of lemon, spices, and earthly yeast.

Taste: It has flavors of pils malt that provides a sweet flavor, there are lemon like flavors, with spices, and some earthly yeasts.

Feel: It has a light feel in the texture with a mostly dry and moderately bitter finish.

Overall: Overall it has a sweet flavor with a dry finish combine with complex flavors between the yeast, hops, and malts.

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Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Hazy golden straw with a generous white head. Aromas of bread, yeast, banana and cracker. Tastes of wheat, white bread, banana, clove, lemon, and a slight peppery spice. Generously carbonated but light on the palate with a clean dry finish.

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

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden color with a nice 2 finger head.

Smells of biscuit, banana and wheat.

Taste quite the same, very delicious.

Worth a 4 pack.

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Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great brewer located in a great coast.

A – As it should: thick, cloudy orange body with a significant white, foamy head. But as much lacing as best Belgiums.

S – Spicy yeast, hay, grass, and fall leaves, banana aromas.

T – Follows smell plus so much more... offers a bread core that turns into as a reviewer wrote "banana bread" Lots of spice cabinet and fruits.

F – The weight, carbonation and yeast are great.

O: up there with the real deal.

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Photo of wisebier
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I would say this is my favorite American Belgian Ales (strong ale).

L: Nice cloudy orangey golden color. Pours a nice head that lasts

T: Spice, banana clove, very smooth with a little warmth at the finish. The spice adds a nice touch and I like how there is no fruitiness.

S: tastes like it smells

very good American made beer

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Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-honey,caramel,white bread,lemon,coriander,soda
-bubble gum,honey,lemon,pears,coriander
-finishes bone dry
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol warmth
Nice one.The Yeast doesnt come through as much as in your usual Belgian ales

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

This beer pours a hazy straw with an exuberant head. The aromas lead with nuttiness, almost like roast almonds, followed by banana and cinnamon. The flavor begins with malty, bready, nutty tones, followed by banana and golden raisin, with cinnamon and nutmeg on the swallow, and the a quick return to the fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is zesty and lively, though with plenty of body. Overall this is a really great belgian style beer, with no pretensions. Also, a steal at the price.

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

Pours orange in color; 1 finger of white colored head.

Aroma is of citrus, spicy yeast, coriander, and some honey-like sweetness.

Taste is very good! Crisp carbonation and citrus start the sip off. Good carbonation throughout the sip. Yeast is present and spicy but not dominating. The beer is more on the citrusy crisp side than on the yeasty-spice side. Still an adequate amount of spice is present. Near the middle of the mouth, the honey sweetness catches up. It's a nice caramelized sugar taste. The finish is actually not too sweet; it is pleasantly dry. It isn't super dry but just enough to draw me in for another sip. With the dryness is tons of fresh pear juice.

Overall, one of the better US produced versions. Good balance of flavors with prominent citrus and a crisp finish. I see this pairing well with Apple cider braised pork, braised beans, and sautéed garlic kale. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours a dark hazy orange with a nice white head, about a fingers worth of foam that thins out, some lacing occurring

S: Oh jeez, this has a rather musty stench, I'm used to Belgian funk, but this is a borderline ammonia/urine scent.

T: A Wheat nose with spice, that fades into a bit of sweet malt with a slight amount of citrus, nothing overwhelming.

F: Good for the style, Medium bodied and high carbonation

O: Perhaps I have overindulged with the Belgians again, but this beer is rather par for the course. My biggest problem is the disconnect from the smell and taste, a pretty underwhelming showing from a legendary brewery like North Coast. Perhaps if on sale, Pranqster might be worth investigating if you are just that dedicated to Belgian-style ales.

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Photo of Tele
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 9.13.15

A: 4.25 Pours a slightly hazy, reddish-gold. The two-inch off-white head has good retention and leaves some lace.

S: 4.25 Aromas are classic Belgian pale ale. The yeast dominates with estery clove, grapes, banana, orange peel, and mild hay. There is some malt presence and a touch of hops as well.

T: 4.25 Starts off a bit sweet before moving into all the esters from the nose. Lots of spice and yeast on the palate while the malt steps back a bit. The finish has a pleasant mineral quality developing into light bitterness.

M: 4.5 The body is nice and substantial while remaining drinkable and refreshing. Carbonation is on point too.

O: 4.25 Classic example of a Belgian pale ale. Lots of esters while still letting some of the malt shine. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Aroma has candy sugar and tropical fruits, ginger. Flavor is of stone fruits, citrusy, hint of banana and bubblegum very nice really enjoyable.

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Photo of mac31
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slight sweetness up front rolls right in to the big Belgian yeast profile- yeast, banana, soft white peppery spice. Slight hints of citrus/orange combine with slight breadiness in the finish. The classic Belgian candy sugar dries out this beer nicely. Light bodied. Soft carbonation. Alcohol is well covered. The only way you know it's 7.6% is when you start feeling it about a half bottle in. Supremely drinkable. A great beer. One of my favorites. Wish I had another right now.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice cirtus and wheat aroma. A nice initial wheat flavor to it, but then I get a little emptiness in a citrus aftertaste. A good enough beer, but nothing remarkable.

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

No hop aroma or flavor, but also no strong Belgian yeast flavor or aroma. Holistically, very crisp and refreshing while remaining deceptively smooth despite its moderate ABV.

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Photo of snippydippy
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Immediately noticed the crisp flavor to this that went down nicely. Normally I am not the biggest fan of fruity beers but the balance of cider, fruit flavors with everything else was very nice. Price was excellent for what you get and I would recommend to anyone wanting something lighter.

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this beer in a four pack of 12 ounce bottles from The Still in Lincoln, Nebraska. Upon pouring it into a tulip I could see a nice hazy golden color. The head produced was white and fluffy but collapsed into a thin layer within minutes. The beer's aroma was pleasant but not spectacular. Although, it's flavor is very good for a US craft beer I couldn't rank it as high as that of a Belgian or even a Unibroue product. Frankly for this style it was a bit watery, which I expected based on the 7.6% ABV rating. The mouthfeel was just right. For the money this a good beer, it's no Lucifer or Don de Dieu but good nonetheless.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy copper amber with a 2” finely bubbled, persistent, clingy white foam collar.
S: Light apricot, malt, spicy hops
T: A yeast driven beer featuring stone fruit, spice, light citrus, faint banana and bubble gum, faint fresh fruit bread.
F: very fine soft carbonation, medium to medium full body
O: Very easy drinking Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of Bsterner4
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light, refreshing, coriander, great drinkability,and that great Belgian bready yeast flavor but on the light side. I could also taste a nice must flavor or slight smoke flavor - very interesting and unexpected. Very good beer.

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Pranqster from North Coast Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 3,342 ratings.
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