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Pirhana Pale Ale - BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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Pirhana Pale Ale
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc. visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: prototypic on 06-03-2007)
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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

07-31-2014 17:19:20 | More by Westyn
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

07-16-2012 03:07:40 | More by stampfler07
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

03-18-2013 04:45:17 | More by zaptone
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-06-2014 23:55:20 | More by GClarkage
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-04-2012 07:50:48 | More by chrisfallon83
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

UPDATE from June 2010 visit to BJ's.

They have clearly changed what this beer is. When they brought it out to me I first thought they gave me the wrong beer, it was noticeably darker in color. The flavor profile and aroma are now much maltier and less fruity than before. what I used to deem a unique and very enjoyable beer is now mainstream and ho-hum. I am very disappointed that BJ's decided to change this brew.

Original review for the beer prior to 2010.
Stats: 4, 4.5, 4.5, 3.5, 4.5

By far my favorite BJ's beer (at least that is offered year 'round). I have had this on tap and by growler from the Columbus restaurant.

A very nice American Pale Ale, Pirhana Pale Ale is a very crisp and refreshing brew. Light orange in color, little head retention. The beer has a refreshing hop smell, not too overpowering and balanced by sweet floral notes and sweet grapefruit.

The beer is very crisp and clean tasting, very well balanced. It has enough bitterness to satisfy the hop-head but is sweet enough that many of my non-pale ale drinking friends still enjoy this beer. The flavor has a very pleasant fruit flavor, my wife and I have trouble placing exactly what it is, orange or grapefruit possibly though our best guess is lychee.

Very drinkable, this is usually the only thing I order at BJ's anymore.

Side note: it may sound odd, but when drinking this beer when I feel the need to burp I force it through my nose and you get an even more sweet and floral aroma than from the beer out of the glass. The perfect finish to a very likable beer!

04-09-2010 22:37:06 | More by Spider889
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

05-26-2014 01:43:11 | More by scripna
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-23-2014 22:38:34 | More by spycow
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-16-2012 06:56:43 | More by jasewaaang
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

Light copper pour. Generous hops knock down the head pretty fast.

Sharp hop nose. Little malt in the nose.

Taste falls a little flat. I would prefer a little more malt in the balance, and the hop flavor is not fresh.

Mouthfeel is light. Really lacks body

The beer is drinkable. I drink it whenever I'm at BJ's. This beer used to be really good. BJ's switched to centralized brewing instead of on-site, and the quality suffered. Just to be clear, I asked after the brewing because the quality was sliding, I'm not just making assumptions.

11-03-2010 01:02:15 | More by
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3.38/5  rDev -10.3%

Light to medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and a touch sweet. A medium bodied pale ale. Malty and fairly aggressively hopped. Good flavor, nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly malty.

07-31-2003 02:54:46 | More by beerguy101
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-17-2013 18:08:29 | More by dertyd
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-30-2013 01:24:20 | More by mobrockman
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-22-2012 17:42:23 | More by pperez38
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-14-2014 21:11:16 | More by Dave_Treat
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

On tap at BJ's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear dark gold with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some nice herbal and pine hops. Taste is the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good but somewhat basic pale ale.

03-28-2012 04:11:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-20-2013 13:14:00 | More by CoryR
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-30-2014 18:16:45 | More by NorCalAussie
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-21-2014 22:17:46 | More by dbarny76
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-18-2014 06:10:48 | More by BAsbill
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-29-2013 17:02:43 | More by GraduatedCashew
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3.58/5  rDev -5%

At the Brea BJ's. Thed amber body is topped by a small wite head that was here but briefly leaving smidgeons of lace on the glass. The nose is citrus hops with nary a sense of malt. Flavor of grapefruit nearly to the IPA level and plenty of bitterness in the long aftertaste. Clean, crisp, and medium body feel. Easily drinkable and enjoyable.

11-02-2003 16:42:00 | More by AtLagerHeads
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

Pint in a pint glass.

A: Nice white head over a nice pale body.

S: Medium hoppiness with some malty and citrus notes.

T: Nice upfront hoppiness but not a bit hop strong. A well balenced brew should be called goldfish.

M: Nice feel

D: Very drinkable brew but i had to switch it up since I'd never been here.

12-28-2009 19:59:54 | More by baos
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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
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Pirhana Pale Ale from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.