Pirhana Pale Ale - BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
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
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
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
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-01-2011 01:14:42 | More by Rifugium
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-29-2010 02:45:39 | More by mothman
3.63/5 rDev -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.
11-24-2010 20:15:30 | More by Samp01
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
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
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Pours a golden color with a thin half finger head which gives way to some nice lacing. The smell is a caramel malt backbone with a nice biscuit and toastiness to it. There is also some grapefruit notes along with some piney hops. The taste is of biscuits and caramel malts with touches of grapefruit and a nice piney and citrus hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is good, its an easy drink, its not as hoppy as some of the big american pale ales. There is enough complexity to keep you interested.
07-25-2010 00:18:31 | More by goblue3509
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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
3.25/5 rDev -14%
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
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
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
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
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
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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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