Pirhana Pale Ale - BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
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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
4.6/5 rDev +22%
A - Medium amber/copper and crystal clear, off white head, looks very inviting just sitting in the glass.
S - Smelled wonderful. Fruity, citrusy, floral... slight malt presense.
T - This is one of the better offerings from BJ'. A well hopped APA, there's a good balance between the hops and the malt. Just a little sweetness to balance out the citrusy hops, a nice light bitter finish.
M - Starts off crisp and finishes smooth. Very refreshing. Perfectly carbonated.
D - I haven't tried all of BJ's brews yet but this one is just outstanding in my opinion. I'm wondering if it's because I drink 95% of my beer from the bottle. Still - if I could find a clone of this I'd tweak it juuuust slightly and call it the house beer. 2 thumbs up since my wife likes it too.
02-10-2006 07:36:46 | More by Rezzin
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
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 40, OG: 1.057, FG: 1.014
Pours a medium amber color with a foamy white head that sticks all over the sides of the glass as you drink leaving behind spider webs of lace. Nose is spicy and floral hops with little else noticeable and lets you know that if youre a hop-head, youre in for quite a treat. The taste doesnt disappoint as raw hop leaf flavors quickly overpower the initial sweet malt and burst with flavors of citrus rind and oily pine resins that remain on the back of the tongue in an aftertaste that lasts until the next sip. If you like hops, this is a must-try. Sampled locally at the BJs at 4901 Beltline in Addison.
07-25-2003 16:06:33 | More by Morris729
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
I enjoyed this pale ale thoroughly!
Even though my restaurant experience sucked due to bad service... the beer was great.
This is a nice clear golden pale ale, and it smells strongly of deliciously bitter hops. It smells just like it tastes, and is very refreshing. There is a floral note to it from the hops, and a tiny bit of sweetness.
Great pale ale, and I will be making this my beer of choice from BJ's. (Except for their pumpkin which was great too)
10-16-2009 05:23:16 | More by Spineypanda
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
I had this on my 2nd visit to BJ's in Columbus, and given how little I enjoyed the beer I had during my first visit, I was very pleasantly surprised. This beer was a nice example of an APA (and heaven knows there are many poor examples out there). This beer offered a robust hop-citrus flavor with considerable body; it is a winner and is doesn't wuss out on the hops the way that one might expect a chain brewpub APA to do.
Body was a cloudy straw color with a centimeter or two of head. Aroma was was sweetly hoppy and lightly citrus-y. Flavor was fairly strongly bitter up-front, with some nice fruity/citrus notes sweetly following. The beer also had some pretty good maltiness subtly backing that hoppiness. Mouthfeel was a little rough from the bitterness, but substantial and satisfying.
I'm not sure if I got a terrific example of this beer, and if subsequent tries will be as tasty, but I would highly recommend this beer.
I had this on-tap at the BJ's Brewpub on Polaris Parkway in Columbus.
05-11-2009 19:59:14 | More by BeerBelcher
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
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
This is a perfect example of the blurring line between American IPA's of the <1996 and the APAs of today.
Big in both alcohol and hops this beer makes SNPA seem like your little sister's beer. Crystal malts provide the body and structure that supports the intense Centenninal and Chinook bitterness. The snappy hop finish is topped only by an intense Cascade nose.
All in all, this beer is typical of the BJ's approach: bigger and bolder than the style calls for.
05-26-2003 13:14:42 | More by drewbage
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
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
THIS REVIEW IS OF A REGULAR BJ'S OFFERING BUT CASK CONDITIONED.
This cask ale was a week old. I would have liked to try it fresh but, alas, i couldnt get there last thursday. It is interesting, though, to see the effects of aging on a cask serving. My first cask ale was 1 hour old and it blew me away. Yeasty and cloudy and living. It was obvious this one has had time to settle. The head was tighter and more modest, the beverage was almost filtered-clear.
It was a deep gold color with slight red hue's. A half a finger of tight white head.
The nose of this beer blows me away. Citrus-o-rama. Very floral and just in-your-face sweet, sweet hops.
The taste does not quite live up to the smell. It is a good beer, but there is a more of a blunt taste in the hops, especially at room temp. It is kind of a dull puckeryness that lingers long after the maltyness recedes.
Ah - sweet, sweet mug.
06-06-2003 06:51:45 | More by elmocoso
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
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
4/5 rDev +6.1%
I always enjoy a pint of Pirhana every chance I get. This one was enjoyed at Columbus, Ohio's BJ's Restaurant and Pub on the way out of town for the weekend.
A classic take on a classic American beer. This Pale Ale compares favorably to Sierra Nevada's with the focus on west coast hops, primarily Cascade. The grapefruit, orange rind, lemongrass notes are dominant in the nose and chases the beer through the finish. Backup notes of pineapple, pears, and other tropical and citrus fruits come from a nice clean blend of esters and hops. But the beer is not all hops, a caramelized malt base gives enough sweetness and body to balance the beer very well. Super clean, this beer gives no phenol, sulfers, or off flavors- only a mild, pleasant ester fruity complexity. Crisp attenuation gives a touch of graham cracker taste and dryness in the body. Easily drinkable with a light menthol cooling in the hoppy finish. The beer is mostly a clear copper-golden color. Dry-hopping gives a mild haze which doesn't bother me at all. Otherwise, nice head formation and retention with moderate lacing all the while.
06-03-2009 17:03:37 | More by BEERchitect
Pirhana Pale Ale from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
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