Pirhana Pale Ale - BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
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Reviews by uawildcat:
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Had this at the Oracle Tucson location. Glad to see that there is a consolidated list... Wait, maybe there isn't yet. Oh well.
A - Served with a tiny head, looks like it went down while waiting to be served. There was some lacing during the whole glass. It was a dark, clear, straw color.
S - The aroma of this beer has to be its best aspect. Lots of piney, citrusy hops. Is this really just a pale ale? I think not, more like a India pale ale.
T - Lots of upfront sweetness that yields to to an intense hoppy bitterness.
M - The mouthfeel for this beer is a tad high on the carbonation in my opinion. Also, there isn't that hop oiliness that remains in the palate that I usually expect.
O - This is not your typical pale ale. It is super hopped and is worth trying for any of you hopheads out there.
10-09-2011 22:06:56 | More by uawildcat
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4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
Had this one on tap tonight at B.J.'s in San Diego. This one poured a light amber color with a small white head that left a touch of lace on my glass. The beer smelled more like an IPA with a big citrus scent and a slightly malty scent as well. The taste was even more like a IPA with a great dry hoppiness, citrus notes and a very sturdy malt backbone. The mouthfeel was a little thin and if improved this could turn into a truly excelent brew.
05-06-2004 10:17:55 | More by Dmann
3.18/5 rDev -15.6%
This arrived as a plain gold and orange without much head. It left some good lace.
It has a bigger hop punch than many IPA's that I've had. There's plenty of flavor, but not much balance or anything too interesting. There wasn't much of anything other than the hop bitterness in this glass. Drinkability was definitely negatively impacted by that notion.
06-15-2004 06:39:55 | More by watermelonman
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Sampled at the Citrus Park Mall, Tampa, FL.
Not a bad pale ale. In fact, I've found all of the beers at BJ's to be quite nice.
It's obviously at least a little bit based on Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which created the style, so I'll use that as a comparison.
A: It looks good, no faults there. Nice dark amber body with golden highlights. Clear. Short white head. Average to better than average head retention and lacing.
S: Well meshed combination of biscuity malt and gently citrusy hops. It could be stronger, but it's pleasant as it is.
T: It's a bit more malty than SNPA, and offers less hop flavor, but it's not really that far off. The bitterness is nicely balanced; and it's well brewed.
M: Clearly fuller bodied than SNPA, but not out of range for the style. It's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge and a standard carbonation.
D: Just a touch more hop flavor and aroma would give it an edge to take it beyond ordinary. Or, a little bit more focus to bring the malt down to better balance with the hops that are there would also click it just right. Regardless, it remains a very drinkable, and enjoyable APA.
12-26-2010 20:58:33 | More by NeroFiddled
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
On-tap at BJ's in Orlando, Fl. Poured into a 16oz shaker pint glass. Pours a clear orange/amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is some malt and citrusy hops. The beer came out a bit too cold and I was underwhelmed by the aroma at first but it got better as the glass warmed up. The taste like the aroma starts off malty with a quick bite from the citrusy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad offering and probably my favorite beer from the BJ's lineup.
04-05-2009 15:35:40 | More by cjgator3
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Recently tried this at the new Columbus, Ohio location. However another poster suggested, and I believe, that the beer there is brought in from Nevada.
Appearance: It arrived with a foamy one finger head. It's clear and a golden brown color. Retention and lacing were good.
Smell: It's mostly hoppy with a bit of citrus scents blended in. There's some grapefruit and a bit of orange. Not much maltiness to speak of.
Taste: Definitely hoppy and dry. Citrus flavors are noticeable and provide a little bit of a sweet factor. Hops are certainly bitter. A slight malty taste is noticeable, but mostly it's just hoppy and dry.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation and abv are very good. It's very drinkable. I could actually drink a few of these. It's a pretty good beer overall. I'd certainly recommend it if you happen to drop by the place.
06-03-2007 02:35:53 | More by prototypic
4.68/5 rDev +24.1%
This is my favorite brew from BJ's, and a great APA I believe it is. On tap at their West Covina, CA location.
First, the appearance is a clear burnt orange. A very nice 2 finger head, with a loopy lace that grips and holds the sides of the glass from the moment the first sip is consumed.
The smell is perhaps more piney than other APA's, a nice warning that you're about to be hit with a nice dose of refreshing hops, exactly what I want in a PA, without being too in your face like some IPA's.
The taste is great. PA is my favorite style of beer, and this one has a much more piney finish than most. Slightly citrusy at the beginning but a large does of hops at the end.
The drinkability as about as good as any PA i've had. In my opinion as far as drinkability it beats Sierra Nevada, another one of my favorites.
02-26-2005 00:22:38 | More by MiScusi
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Sampler at BJ's in Sugar Land TX, brewed by St Arnolds Brewery in TX. Pours a nice gold/amber with a nice white head with good lacing. Aroma of floral citrusy hops, with some nice fruity esters. Taste is piney citrus hops, light malt, grapefruit and some fruitiness. NIce medium body palate, nice crisp texture, and nice carbonation. Finish is piney citrusy hops, light maltiness adds balance. Overall a very nice easy drinking pale ale.
11-24-2010 20:15:30 | More by Samp01
4/5 rDev +6.1%
6 oz tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 5.5% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA.
A - Despite the small white head from the pour, lots of white lace was left all over the glass above the clear golden yellow beer.
S - Small bits of caramel and biscut with mild toasted malts backing up the powerful nose of citrusy American hops well. Pine and grapefruit own all here.
T - Once again leaning towards the hoppy side, the flavor is heavier on the grapefruit citrus and pine more-so than the lightly toasted malts.
M - This Piranha comes at you with a medium-body and a citrusy, bitter bite.
D - Piranha is by far their best all-around beer. A solid pale ale offering with a good flavor and body to it.
06-07-2010 23:25:06 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
Had a couple of pints of this APA while at the BJ's in Arcadia, CA. had a clear amber color topped with a frothy, quick-dissolving white head that left scant lace.
Nose was full of floral notes that easily overcome the malt tones and fainter caramel scent. Seems very well-hopped for an APA.
A few pulls and the hops really start coming out as the malt character gets buried under the flavors of citrus rinds and juicy Cascade hops. Some sweetness in the form of caramel flavor counters the hops but this brew really carries a hefty hops profile. The feel is medium in body, crisp and refreshing.
The first pint went down quite quickly. This is palate conversion at work here. I had Piranha pale ale 18 months ago and didn't care for it, finding it too hoppy. Now, I'd say it's one of the better beers offered at BJ's and an aggressive West Coast pale ale. Worth trying out.
05-13-2005 18:36:47 | More by Boilermaker88
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
I originally thought this was an IPA...and a pretty damn lackluster one at that, but knowing now that it's only a pale, it's not bad at all!
Pale amber pour, translucent, light colored head, and nice lacing.
Aroma was lightly malty, with some slight piny hops.
Taste was fairly bitter and hoppy. Quite nice for a pale. Some caramel malts in the back balance it out nicely.
Feel was light, and crisp, with nice carbonation.
Overall, a nice hoppy pale ale. So far, one of the better-to-style BJ's brews.
04-23-2011 14:17:58 | More by EgadBananas
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
Piranha Pale Ale is an attractive beer, glowing amber body with a thin but sticky head.
Aroma of resinous pine, sticky sweet caramel malt, and citrus peel.
Assertive hops up front, with tangy citrus and aggressive pine providing nice bitterness. All while balanced nicely with a solid caramel malt base. Flavors work well together. Finishes clean.
A solid APA, provides a lot of flavor and has wonderful sessionability. Definitely recommended, if you head to BJ's.
02-03-2009 20:53:23 | More by HoustonTX
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
The sample is the Cask version served at Papago Brewery, and as I sample more Cask conditioned Ales, the more I wish were available.
The pour is a limpid amber color, the head is portly in size, frothy in texture, tan in color and as it evanesces, the lace forms a fine covering sheet upon the glass. Ah the smell of the hop flowers, dominates this magnificent nose that is also sweetly malt, fresh and clean, the quintessential Dry Hopped aromas all present, sweet malt start, the top moderate in feel. Finish is delicately acidic, BOOM, the hops slap your palate and cling till the very dry and lovely finish, just plain Yummy!
05-04-2003 12:39:47 | More by Gusler
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
A very refreshing pale ale, with plenty of hop bite. Some citrus, pine and fruit in the nose. Pours a clear, light amber colour, with a thin white head. Pretty close to an IPA I'd say. The cascade and chinook hops are pretty apparent. Ends with a bittersweet taste. A pretty good pale ale from BJ's.
08-15-2005 01:47:53 | More by baiser
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
1 finger head when I got it (from the pour obviously), but a good retention that sticks around for a while. The color is pale orange and I can see my fingers through the glass.
Smell is of citrusy piney hops. Smells like cascade and chinook, with the chinook dominating too much over the cascade.
Taste is of cascade and chinook hops. As the smell suggests, the chinook hops do dominate too much over the citrusy hop profile. It seems like that rough piney in your face bitterss of the chinook is not quite balanced with the citrusyness of the cascade, which makes them not compliment each other as well as the could. Other than that some pale malts balance out the bitterness.
This beer could use a little bit more crisp mouthfeel with some more carbonation onthe palate.
Overall, this is a decent stab at the style and I could have a few of these easily.
07-28-2008 21:38:31 | More by jasonjlewis
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
BJ's Brewpubs are spouting up all over in malls across the country. Like it or not, craft beer is going corporate, or trying to at least. So I ask myself, is their beer just craft brew sheep in micro wolf's clothing?
The waitress put the beer down in front of me in a shaker glass. A light, frothy foam just stood there, with no intension of leaving, just floating there upon the copper colored brew. Smell of a little herbal, and little fruity hops. The taste was a surprise, at least to me. There's plenty of hops in there, mostly of the grassy variety but if my taste buds weren't fooling me, picked up some Cascade hops, or least something a little grapefruity and citrus in there. A touch of caramel sweetness in the overwise bready malt. Give them credit for a pretty fresh tasting pale ale, and using going heavy on the hops for this style. Mouth feel worked, with the right level of carbonation and heft, and no off or harsh notes in this one.
Pick this one up at a mall near you with no fear!
Review from BJ's in Foster City, CA.
02-19-2009 15:37:17 | More by RunDWP
Pirhana Pale Ale from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
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