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Hop Storm IPA - BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

Hop Storm IPA
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 12.84%

Brewed by:
BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc. visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-06-2011)
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Photo of ccrida


3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at the Hillsboro, OR BJs. Hazy twany gold with a small white head leaving light lace.

Smell is earthy, herbal hops.

Taste is malty, herbal and resinous hops, some toffee. Sweet orange marmelade on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry, a touch chewy, medium bodied.

Dtinkability is meh. Average by world-wide standards. Subpar by local standards. Malt taste like extract. Hops are reasonably big, but no real character. Much like this cheesy restraurant. I'm suprised they didn't make the bartender wear more pieces of flair.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 01:08:03 | More by ccrida
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.14/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At Houston location.

White head with nice lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma is nice and fresh. Floral and citrusy. Taste is a little malty. Fairly bitter. Ends with a hop resiny aftertaste.

Okay, but nothing crazy special. Fairly average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 19:05:45 | More by mothman
Photo of pm5k00


3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on tap in New Braunfels, TX. IPA was a light orange/copper color with minimal white head that left good lacing. Aroma was mainly of earthy and floral hops with a faint citrus aroma too. Taste was mostly the same bad hop combination as nothing stood out, minimal malt presence with would be acceptable had there been better hop flavor. Moderate Bitterness of about 45-50 IBUs. Body was a touch sweet but otherwise fine. Not the best example of an American IPA, will stick to the APA and Stout next time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 03:31:22 | More by pm5k00
Photo of Mora2000


3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ’s in Allen, Texas. The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, with a lot of grass and a little bit of orange citrus thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of bitterness up front, with a little grass, resin and orange citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2012 00:29:23 | More by Mora2000
Photo of kojevergas


2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 5 oz taster glass at BJ's in Glendale. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and awful retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow-copper.

Sm: Pleasant floral hop aroma. An off note comes through, but I can't quite place it. Caramelized malts. Not appealing. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, clean malts, and some bitterness from the hops. Dirty citrus and muddied pine. Roughly hoppy and not particularly balanced. Poorly built for the style. No layering, complexity, or subtlety. Too sweet on the finish.

Mf: Coarse and wet, bringing out the bad flavours. Too thick. Bleh. Dry in the third act.

Dr: Hard to drink on account of its severely limited quality. I wouldn't have it again. Not at all refreshing. If you like stale dirty imbalanced IPAs, this is for you.


Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 00:50:52 | More by kojevergas
Photo of HopHead84


2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


On tap at BJ's Escondido.

A: Yellow gold with an inch of white froth.

S: Perfumy floral aromatics blend with orange pith and grapefruit rind. There's a little bread in there.

T: Sharp bitterness, acrid and astringent with notes of apple and citrus rind. Malt imparts a touch of cracker. The finish is dry, acrid, and bitter with some aspirin notes.

M: Upper light body with lower high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: Harsh and slightly unpleasant flavor with an okay aroma. Pass on this. Order a margarita.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 17:13:57 | More by HopHead84
Photo of beesy


3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at tuttle mall location on 1-28-12.

A pours a cleared light copper with one finger off white head. Nice lacing.

S something is a off. A little stale aroma... smells like a homebrew full of cascade hops a few weeks old.

T much imoroved from the smell. Very cascade type citrus wih a note of alcohol present. A liitle stale tasting again. A nice bitterness level.

M/O Mouthfeel is pretty spot on, the best part of this brew. Overall, better than drinking Bmc, but seems BJs has a way to go in the beer delivery methods, I.e. fresh beer from clean lines. Remember this being fresher with more tropical notes a few months ago.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 16:40:40 | More by beesy
Photo of Spider889


3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hopstorm ipa 6.5%, six hop varieties

Nice amber/copper color, great clarity, very short head (bad pour into pint) but excellent lace.

Aroma is a nice mix of citrus spice and mild pine, a bit sweet though.

Bitter up front, well balanced hoppy flavor. Spicy pine and strong malt flavor. Like an imperial 60 min IPA - very well balanced, but as such it does little to stand out in the sea of great IPA's out there. However this is likely the goal - BJ's caters to a different crowd than I am used to.

Crisp, strog carbonation with apparent alcohol. Overall better than you'd expect and comfortably drinkable, though the alcohol's presence would limit me to one before searching for something different.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 16:17:06 | More by Spider889
Photo of Rifugium


3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured a copper color, slightly hazy, with a fizzy white head that retained as a small ringlet. Light aroma of sweet malts and crisp piney hops. Nicely balanced in the taste between sweet medium malts and piney and citrusy hops, with the hops taking a slight edge over the malts, as they should for this style. Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 01:38:25 | More by Rifugium
Photo of nrbw23


3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy copper color with a pretty thin tan head. Head has little retention, becomes a ring of bubble around the edge and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Tropical fruits with a touch of pine. Also a nice caramel malt backbone.

T- Probably the best beer I've had at this place. Has a great hop bitterness. Pretty well balanced out by hops.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Next time I'm there I'd drink this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 22:32:13 | More by nrbw23
Photo of fandgale


3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice lace some carbonation good appearance doesn't Look like apple juice? Its most like amber in color if you like hoppnest is this ok?.I still like sierra Nevada brews since I lived there for 3 years :).this is a good brew of the Ipa category. I would drink this again to your pleasure I hope. Gdc

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 20:40:41 | More by fandgale
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear apple juice brown with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to nothing. Good rings of lacing on the drink down. Smells very simplistic with some sweet malt and citrus zest hops. Taste is exactly like the nose. Sweet malt up front followed by the citrus zest hop flavor. Medium bitterness on the tongue after each sip. Good carbonation with a light body. Drinkability is pretty average on this beer. Nothing too good, nothing too bad. I probably wouldn't get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 07:24:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
Hop Storm IPA from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
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