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

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Pirhana Pale Ale
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.2%

Totalpackage411, Sep 30, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

zaptone, Mar 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.04/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

watermelonman, Jun 15, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

chrisfallon83, Jun 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Spider889, Apr 09, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

scripna, May 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

spycow, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

jasewaaang, Sep 16, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

Kolsenclark, Oct 20, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

, Nov 03, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerguy101, Jul 31, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

dertyd, Jan 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

mobrockman, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

pperez38, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Dave_Treat, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

CoryR, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

NorCalAussie, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Pirhana Pale Ale from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.