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

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Pirhana Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
84
good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

cfitterer, Jun 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

zaptone, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

dertyd, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

KhangGarrett, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ralphw56, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

gshak, Nov 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

jasewaaang, Sep 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

stampfler07, Jul 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

RayHampel, Jun 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

chrisfallon83, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

jtomaka65, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

creez, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

Omer4176, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

pperez38, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

RadicalEdward, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of uawildcat
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

uawildcat, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at BJ's, Westminster, CO

A good selection from BJ's, as are many of their brews I sampled. Poured a clear, slightly bronzed amber color, with a small white head that retained and laced well. Sweet malts in the aroma, bready, nicely balanced with citrus and piney hops. The taste follows the aroma basically; simple as that. Light-medium body, very basic, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

EgadBananas, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saint Arnold's brews this beer for BJ's in Houston.

Pours ½ finger of white head. Leaves some lace rings. Color is a slight hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Floral/earthy hops. Fairly fresh. Light bready malts with some light citrus. Mangoes and oranges.

Taste: Grassy and floral hops. Kind of dry flavored hops. Biscuit malts and orange citrus.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sticky, but somewhat clean.

Overall, a decent pale ale. Some nice hop combinations. Pretty drinkable, a bit above average.

mothman, Nov 29, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -11%
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
Pirhana Pale Ale from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.