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

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85
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: prototypic on 06-03-2007)
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cjgator3

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at BJ's in Orlando, Fl. Poured into a 16oz shaker pint glass. Pours a clear orange/amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is some malt and citrusy hops. The beer came out a bit too cold and I was underwhelmed by the aroma at first but it got better as the glass warmed up. The taste like the aroma starts off malty with a quick bite from the citrusy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad offering and probably my favorite beer from the BJ's lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 15:35:40 | More by cjgator3
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright amber color. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention. Even lacing throughout.

S: Floral flavoring (Cascade or Amarillo) hops. Biscuity malt backbone.

T: Resiny floral hops. Bready, biscuity malts. Balanced with sharp bitter finish except a light lingering flavoring hop.

M: Medium body. Balance carbonation. Smooth and coating.

D: Smooth, flavorful and easy to dirnk. Decent APA; bigger hop than malt.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 1200 Roseville Parkway, Roseville

04-02-2009 21:14:58 | More by Haybeerman
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RunDWP

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BJ's Brewpubs are spouting up all over in malls across the country. Like it or not, craft beer is going corporate, or trying to at least. So I ask myself, is their beer just craft brew sheep in micro wolf's clothing?

The waitress put the beer down in front of me in a shaker glass. A light, frothy foam just stood there, with no intension of leaving, just floating there upon the copper colored brew. Smell of a little herbal, and little fruity hops. The taste was a surprise, at least to me. There's plenty of hops in there, mostly of the grassy variety but if my taste buds weren't fooling me, picked up some Cascade hops, or least something a little grapefruity and citrus in there. A touch of caramel sweetness in the overwise bready malt. Give them credit for a pretty fresh tasting pale ale, and using going heavy on the hops for this style. Mouth feel worked, with the right level of carbonation and heft, and no off or harsh notes in this one.

Pick this one up at a mall near you with no fear!

Review from BJ's in Foster City, CA.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 1200 Roseville Parkway, Roseville

02-19-2009 15:37:17 | More by RunDWP
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1050Sudz

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piranha Pale Ale
A HopHeads delight!

This beer was served ice cold, on tap, by a very friendly and knowledgable waitress. Off to a good start.

It looked like an average pale ale, but one sniff and I knew I was in for a hoppy beer.

The very first sip was almost overwhelming by the strong cascade hops flavor. It had a bite to it. By the third drink I was hooked.

Once I adjusted to the strong hops, I recognized a slight fruity flavor. It also left a crisp, fresh aftertaste that made me order several more pints before I was content. And at 5.7%, I felt real good about it!

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

02-09-2009 00:30:02 | More by 1050Sudz
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Piranha Pale Ale is an attractive beer, glowing amber body with a thin but sticky head.

Aroma of resinous pine, sticky sweet caramel malt, and citrus peel.

Assertive hops up front, with tangy citrus and aggressive pine providing nice bitterness. All while balanced nicely with a solid caramel malt base. Flavors work well together. Finishes clean.

A solid APA, provides a lot of flavor and has wonderful sessionability. Definitely recommended, if you head to BJ's.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

02-03-2009 20:53:23 | More by HoustonTX
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Floydster

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint consumed on 1/5/2008 at the San Bernardino location for four dollars and some change, reviewed from notes, color was a golden orange with some lighter tones, small 1/2 inch creamy white head that did not last long, minimal lacing, smell consisted of a decent malt backbone, tangerines and lemons, slightly grassy accents, hops up front in the flavor with a hint of grapefruit, chewy in the middle for a pale ale, quite a bit of dryness in the finish, mouthfeel was on the fuller side for its style, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could drink a few of these with pizza quite easily, would be a nice session beer in the summer out here in the Inland Empire, pretty darn light on the stomach, one of BJs better regular brews, would drink again

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

01-25-2009 17:31:19 | More by Floydster
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colts9016

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A golden yellow with a hue of orange and a one finger head with a little bit of lacing.
Nose: A sweet hops, with a nice malt complex. hints of floral and citrus.
Taste Very hoppy but has a good malt back bone.
Overall the mouth feel is astringent, with a dry bitter finish. This is a clean and simple well made beer

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

12-11-2008 22:59:30 | More by colts9016
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RodBurg

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at BJ's in Corona. Has a hazy yellow appearance with a small head.

Nice citrusy hop aroma. Pine and grapefruit.

I had this immediately after a Jeremiah Red so the hop flavors were really coming through. Zesty citrus on a malt backbone.

Good APA. One of the better brews in the BJ's lineup.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

11-11-2008 01:07:40 | More by RodBurg
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 finger head when I got it (from the pour obviously), but a good retention that sticks around for a while. The color is pale orange and I can see my fingers through the glass.

Smell is of citrusy piney hops. Smells like cascade and chinook, with the chinook dominating too much over the cascade.

Taste is of cascade and chinook hops. As the smell suggests, the chinook hops do dominate too much over the citrusy hop profile. It seems like that rough piney in your face bitterss of the chinook is not quite balanced with the citrusyness of the cascade, which makes them not compliment each other as well as the could. Other than that some pale malts balance out the bitterness.

This beer could use a little bit more crisp mouthfeel with some more carbonation onthe palate.

Overall, this is a decent stab at the style and I could have a few of these easily.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

07-28-2008 21:38:31 | More by jasonjlewis
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prototypic

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently tried this at the new Columbus, Ohio location. However another poster suggested, and I believe, that the beer there is brought in from Nevada.

Appearance: It arrived with a foamy one finger head. It's clear and a golden brown color. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: It's mostly hoppy with a bit of citrus scents blended in. There's some grapefruit and a bit of orange. Not much maltiness to speak of.

Taste: Definitely hoppy and dry. Citrus flavors are noticeable and provide a little bit of a sweet factor. Hops are certainly bitter. A slight malty taste is noticeable, but mostly it's just hoppy and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation and abv are very good. It's very drinkable. I could actually drink a few of these. It's a pretty good beer overall. I'd certainly recommend it if you happen to drop by the place.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

06-03-2007 02:35:53 | More by prototypic
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goschool

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Woodland Hills brewhouse.

I finally wrote down some notes and scored this beer last night- I live within five minutes of BJ's so I've had Piranha Pale Ale many times.

It pours a golden amber with a small white head. The nose has citrusy, piney and floral hops, along with sweet malts. You mainly get grapefruity cascade hop flavor with a bit of malt. It's medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a textbook brewhouse chain's pale ale, but it's a good one. It's semi-hoppy, not too adventurous, but it has enough to keep it interesting, making this better then most. I like to try BJ's special releases or whatever they have on cask, but this is my go to pint and it was born to wash down pizza.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

04-24-2006 02:03:50 | More by goschool
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Rezzin

California

4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

02-10-2006 07:36:46 | More by Rezzin
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baiser

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very refreshing pale ale, with plenty of hop bite. Some citrus, pine and fruit in the nose. Pours a clear, light amber colour, with a thin white head. Pretty close to an IPA I'd say. The cascade and chinook hops are pretty apparent. Ends with a bittersweet taste. A pretty good pale ale from BJ's.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

08-15-2005 01:47:53 | More by baiser
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Boilermaker88

California

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of pints of this APA while at the BJ's in Arcadia, CA. had a clear amber color topped with a frothy, quick-dissolving white head that left scant lace.
Nose was full of floral notes that easily overcome the malt tones and fainter caramel scent. Seems very well-hopped for an APA.
A few pulls and the hops really start coming out as the malt character gets buried under the flavors of citrus rinds and juicy Cascade hops. Some sweetness in the form of caramel flavor counters the hops but this brew really carries a hefty hops profile. The feel is medium in body, crisp and refreshing.
The first pint went down quite quickly. This is palate conversion at work here. I had Piranha pale ale 18 months ago and didn't care for it, finding it too hoppy. Now, I'd say it's one of the better beers offered at BJ's and an aggressive West Coast pale ale. Worth trying out.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

05-13-2005 18:36:47 | More by Boilermaker88
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IceAce

California

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper body with brilliant clarity, albeit with little foam in the way of a cap. Nose is predictably Cascade and very hoppy, even for a West Coast Pale Ale.

Entry provides an aggressive (Piranha!) hop bite followed by a wonderful malty mid. The finish is hoppy and clean...a great fallback beer if / when no brewers select offerings are available.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

05-01-2005 07:51:14 | More by IceAce
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the North Dallas BJ's. Light rusty color with an off white head. The medium strong hop smell is piney. Medium bodied.
A sweet, grainy malt taste is quickly overpowered by the strong hop taste of this brew.
A satisfying hop burp finished off this fine drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

03-16-2005 19:01:21 | More by beerceller99
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MiScusi

California

4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaraunt & Brewhouse, 13999 S Virginia St, Reno

02-26-2005 00:22:38 | More by MiScusi
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piranha Pale's appearance is dark copper in color with a light head. Smell is fairly light and clean like beers at most brewpubs. A little whiff of hops is noted. Taste is very hopped like most west coast APAs. Very enjoyable hop flavoring. This is a good representation of the standard west coast APA, and is something I'll enjoy again and again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

01-04-2005 20:48:08 | More by Gagnonsux
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thin 1/2" head. The carbonation seemed a little strong.

Smell: the mild aroma is of light hops.

Taste: the flavor is a simple balance of malt and hops with some light citrus tones.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start and a smooth finish that had some mild bitterness riding the tongue.

Drinkability: not a bad drinking beer, and goes well with the pub grub here.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

09-09-2004 21:15:59 | More by Gavage
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watermelonman

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

06-15-2004 06:39:55 | More by watermelonman
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Dmann

California

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

05-06-2004 10:17:55 | More by Dmann
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mickeymac

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tried this several times at Woodland Hills and Burbank BJ's. Also a friend had a mini-keg recently that he picked up from Arcadia. The color is a very pleasant copper. Hops are moderate in the nose, but a strong citrus flavor seems to knock the smell out of balance a bit. Somehow the taste seems slightly more balanced, with a bit of malt sweetness mixing well with the hops and grapefruit-like flavor. As for drinkability, I found myself making several trips back to the keg rather than hitting the assortment of bottles at the party.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

11-02-2003 22:03:20 | More by mickeymac
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

11-02-2003 16:42:00 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Rumrunner

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass.

Definately a good rendition of the typical American pale ale.

Pours a light gold. Slight haze in the glass but still very transparent. Medium amount of bubbles. Not much head but it had pretty good lacing. A very dry hopped smell. Fruity but not real strong scents.

Very flavorful. I am starting to recognize Cascade hops. This ale has a mild hop bitterness. Grapefruit, a strong pine flavor and even a bit of butter.
Mild malty sweetness balance this ale out.

It is a real easy drinker. A touch of nice chewyness but it is really smooth. No heavyness to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild. Good overall quality ale.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

08-04-2003 05:30:39 | More by Rumrunner
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beerguy101

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, 515 W. Bay Area Blvd., Clear Lake

07-31-2003 02:54:46 | More by beerguy101
Pirhana Pale Ale from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.