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Jeremiah Red Ale - BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

Jeremiah Red AleJeremiah Red Ale

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%

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

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Silver Medal winner in Strong Ales at the 1996 Great American Beer Festival. This Irish-style strong ale is brewed with a secret blend of five imported specialty malts. Not too hoppy in order to emphasize the complex malt flavor and fruity aroma.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-23-2002)
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Photo of Mittsies


3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer a few dozen times, and it was actually one of the first beers I had started drinking regularly when going to BJ's. When I originally had it, I might have scored the beer much higher, but after trying hundreds of other brews and coming back I've found this one to be somewhat lackluster.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the drink's smell and taste, it's just a bit bland and uninteresting. It's crisp, refreshing, decent alcohol content, has a nice robust flavor, an overall balanced flavor and a controlled amount of bitterness. Virtually no hop. I feel that the drink is far too sweet for my personal tastes, kind of a syrupy flavor and mouth-feel at times. I like my ales to have a wider variety of flavors, but Jeremiah red is all malt and fruit. It's OK. Certainly smells a lot better than it tastes, in my opinion.

No lacing/walling at all, which is a huge hit to the appearance score, but I do like the color and appearance otherwise. Overall it's a decent beer, but I wouldn't pay $5/per glass for a sub-par beer when they have Green Flash and Firestone Walker on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2013 14:55:15 | More by Mittsies
Photo of Slackerville


3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Strong, Red, Malty, how can you go wrong? This is an aggressive beer that is smooth enough for session beer potential.

After enjoying several kegs in of this in the home kegerator over the years it's hard to complain. Definitely alcohol forward on the nose but plenty of malt balance and the price is reasonable at the HB location.

Also, BJ's is a great spot to grab a bite and watch a game or ten. Enjoy and find a DD.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 03:10:52 | More by Slackerville
Photo of AAG


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this at BJ's Restaurant and Brewery in Temple, Texas on New Year's Day. From the tap...

Appearance - Arrived with little to no head that quickly faded away....nice lace on the sides of the glass, though, that maintained as I drank it. Red, amber color, but still fairly transparent. Appears to be slightly carbonated.

Smell - Very difficult to discern; after multiple attempts by myself (and my wife!) we determined that it smells sweet, with slight hops, but we cannot identify any specific components.

Taste - Surprised at the bold taste after no success on the smell test. Very pleased with the taste; malty, slightly fruity (can't identify the fruit, though). Not very hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant, easy on the palate; not over-carbonated; smooth; comfortable.

Overall - Really enjoyed this red ale; the strong-bodied taste is a surprise after minimal odor; very nice red ale; would definitely drink this beer again; I can understand the fairly high reviews. Would have liked to see more head (but the lack of it might have been due to a weak pour). Recommend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 16:05:32 | More by AAG
Photo of JamesS


4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At Greenwood, Indiana location... poured an excellent deep red with wonderful head and very nice lacing. Huge deep malt scent with a nice tang in the nose. Wonderfully deep malty scent, with a great tang, and hints of chocolate. Very smooth, rich and deep, with no hint of the relatively high ABV. My favorite at BJ's.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 15:23:59 | More by JamesS
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 light brownish-red with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp on the mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good red ale but like the Nutty Brewnette the alcohol on the finish is slightly jarring.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 04:16:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As usual, bj's makes an impressive looking beer, nice cedar red appearance, substantial clarity, nice off white head on it. Aroma was too alcohol forward, was hoping for some hop aroma here, but whatever you can pick up hopwise, is minimal at best, the heavy typical red malt aroma plays second fiddle to alcohol.

Remnants of caramel, vivid application of alcohol, missing application of hops. Somewhat balanced, bitterness not out of whack, no real off flavors other than the pronounced whisp of alcohol.

Would like them find a hop bill similar to their pihrana pale substituted for this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 16:57:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of BeerBuckeye


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

A - Pours as you would expect, a rather dark red, small, off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet malt, caramel, some toffee, a hint of hazelnut and dark fruit.

T - Very sweet. There's actually quite a bit of a fruit taste, raisins and even a bit of apple. Fades into some toffee and hazelnut. Very nutty on the end.

M - Incredibly smooth. The alcohol hidden very well. Leaves the mouth a bit sticky.

Overall - I thought this was a decent beer. It was on the verge of being a little too sweet, but turned out pretty well.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2012 03:08:31 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of HopHead84


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at BJ's Escondido.

A: Reddish orange with an inch of dense beige sea foam. Solid retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Pine, earth, and grapefruit blend with pronounced bread and caramel, striking a fine balance, or at least a balance.

T: Lightly sweet caramel malt with bread. There's a lower moderate bitterness with pine and a touch of grapefruit.

M: Medium in body with marching carbonation (sort of a mid-paced high stepping gait).

Overall: A solid malty red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 03:34:11 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Poured a reddish-brown with a small, off-white head that left some patchy lacing. Basic aroma of sweet malts, caramel; toasty. Same in the taste, with nice caramel malt sweetness, mild hop bitterness, and just a hint of the above-average alcohol content. A little chewy with a slightly off aftertaste, but nothing intolerable. Medium bodied and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 01:21:01 | More by Rifugium
Photo of am7cxr


4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer las night as a part of their 8 beer sampler. Overall, I have to say that the Jeremiah Red was my favourite. It had a deep reddish amber colour, which immediately caught my eye. There was a bit of head but not much lacing. The smell was wonderful with a slightly fruity aroma at first, followed by some malt notes and the slightest bit of hops. The taste was quite bold with rich caramel and toffe malt flavours paired with the slightest bit of hoppiness, which was riminiscent of the aroma. A slight bit of fruitiness but almost no alcohol except for a slight tingling. The alcohol was very well hidden for the reported ABV. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Overall the beer was well balanced and my favourite of the BJ's brews. Definitely getting a pint next time I drop by for a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 15:46:43 | More by am7cxr
Photo of bboelens


3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap, poured into a pint glass

A-Ruby red with a thick creamy off-white head that sticks around

S-Malts, caramel, toffee, and slight chocolate

T-Sweet and delicious, heavy malt presence with hint of caramel

M-Medium body and decent carbonation

D-Very drinkable and went perfectly with my burger melt, a high abv keeps you honest

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, 6621 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville

12-31-2010 14:38:54 | More by bboelens
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampler actually brewed by St Arnolds Brewery in Sugar Land TX for BJ's . Pours a dark ruby amber with a nice white foamy head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some breadiness, and light fruity nose. Taste is similar to aroma, with some hops. Palate is nice med body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, ending with a slight hoppy fruitiness. Overall a very nice and drinkable irish

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, 6621 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville

11-24-2010 20:22:39 | More by Samp01
Photo of Pardishcreel


4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

color is an amber brown light shines this beer up a little but its still opaque.

The smell is kinda weak of barley and dark fruits.

The taste is sweet the barly comes up front. Then you get hit with the alcohol. The fruits come out in the end, but this beer does not trick you by hiding the alcohol.

The drinkablility of this beer is high I really liked it, I would go as far as call it a session beer.

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

08-16-2010 03:43:26 | More by Pardishcreel
Photo of goblue3509


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish amber color with a slight off white head which is about one finger in size and gives way to web lacing down the glass. The aroma is of caramel malt backbone with some roasted malt and hint of ever so slightly of hops. The taste has a caramel malt backbone along with a touch of roasted malt. In the middle there is a hop bitterness of wet hops and earthy hops as well as some dark fruit. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall this is a nice beer, it is an easy drink, its not as complex in the nose as i would like but the rest of the beer is good. It has a nice balance.

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

07-25-2010 00:26:22 | More by goblue3509
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

6 oz tap pour in a mini pilsner glass. 7.3% ABV, On tap at BJ's in Huntington Beach, CA.

A - Jeremiah is a red-head; one of the better amber-red colors I've seen recently. Good lace from the off-white head is left all over the glass.

S - Hello? Is there any smell in this beer? Almost no nose comes out A bit of lightly toasted amber malts and a pinch of hop come is all I get. No dimension at all.

T - Jeremiah seems off immediately with a band aid plastic taste and bitter hops with toasted caramel cube and amber malts. It's not right.

M - Usually I like bitter but this beer's bitter is off-putting with a gross finish featuring an off-citrusy kick.

D - No thanks. I didn't even finish the sample size. Time to move along.

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

06-07-2010 23:22:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of baos


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint in a pint glass

A: Nice red body with a wee bit o' head. Some lacing but not a lot.

S: Nice deep malty "red" aroma.

T: Sweet and Malty just a wee bit of hops.

M: A bit on the light side, but still fitting for the flavor.

D: Very drinkable indeed I drank the whole thing!

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

12-28-2009 20:07:07 | More by baos
Photo of buschbeer


3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into a pint glass yielded over an inch of off white head that leaves nice lacing as it is consumed. It is copper colored. I smell roasted malts with a hint of smokiness. I am drinking this growler two days after purchase but it has held its carbonation very well. It is malty in taste and goes down pretty well. BJ's is not my favorite brewpub but the old lady likes the food, as do I, so I will continue to go there. Hey, it's better than drinking Miller Lite at a chain restaurant.

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

07-14-2009 13:56:43 | More by buschbeer
Photo of LyonsHead


3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark red with a decent white head

S: rich malt character, no hops

T: This beer is purely malt with heavy flavors or dark and dried fruits, very raisony at times. there are also your typical bread notes

M: medium body with some residual sweetness

D: decent beer, not at all what I was expecting. I simply went off of the Red Ale name without reading anything about. expecting an Irish Red, I got a bit of shock upon first taste but when I corrected the style in my head it allowed me to see it was a good beer.

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

06-13-2009 19:32:47 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of BEERchitect


3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Columbus, Ohio Restaurant and Bar. Boy this is one bold Red Ale. Caught somewhere between a strong American Amber Ale and and Irish Red, this beer doesn't exactly appease the masses- thankfully.

Srong toffee malts combine well with sunkist barley notes for bright caramel tastes and a depth of kilned barley variations. Dark copper-mohogany in color, this beer releases a thick, dense, barley-stained head that lasts the session and laces very well. The malts dominate the beer throughout, however there's a fresh hop flavor (piney and grassy) that only shows up in the taste, everso lightly in the nose, and struggles for balance in the mouthfeel. Alcohol content is evident with a sharp prickle to the mouth and light numbing. Confectionate sweetness accompany the barley notes from nose to finish, while always edging out the hops. Finishes with that cotton-candy sweetness and alcoholic numbness. Yes, bold for a Red which hurts drinkability but I like it for a variation.

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

06-03-2009 18:30:59 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of TheEclecticGent


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably the best Irish Red I have had. I am not surprised it has received medals. The appearance of this is beer is a light coppery color. Moderate lacing on the glass as it was consumed. The nose is excellent, a malty and ever so slight citrus hint at the end. It has a wonderful light malty flavor with a good hop balance. I had to go for two of these. It packs a heavier punch than most Irish Style Reds at 7.4% ABV. Without a doubt the best of the year-round beers that BJ's has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, 6621 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville

04-13-2009 16:48:38 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of Haybeerman


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright amber/caramel color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to an even skim. Thin, even lacing.

S: Wet grains, caramel and bready malts. A little bitter cripsness in the nose.

T: Roasted caramel malts, hay and wet grass. Bitter in the finish to balance all but a pleasant lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Very smooth with a nice cripsness in the finish.

D: Very dirnkable beer. A nice tasting choice in a style that has a lot of pretty average beer.

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

04-02-2009 20:36:23 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of colts9016


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is an amber color with a reddish hue. The nose faint and hard to describe. The taste has a very complex malt character. There is a sweet, roasted toasted and caramelized. There is not much in the way of hops. The finish is clean and sweet and simple with hints of bitterness. Overall very tasty beer

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

12-11-2008 22:53:09 | More by colts9016
Photo of RodBurg


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BJ's in Corona. Pours a deep red. Small head leaves a nice lace.

Heavy malt profile in the aroma. Dark fruit and caramel.

Fruity malt flavor at first, then opens a little more as it warms. Toast and caramel malt.

Great malty brew. Back in the day it was probably my favorite. I can remember getting a keg of this for my 23rd birthday. Worst hangover ever.

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

11-11-2008 00:59:52 | More by RodBurg
Photo of nem2006


3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at BJ's Brewhouse in south Arlington, TX.

The beer came out red with the remnants of a head, but no actual head. It had a little sweetness to the smell, but still caught the hops.

Pretty much like most reds except with a little more punch to it. The bitterness, as with most BJ's brews, comes on strong at the end. It was not as smooth as I would have hoped.

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

06-26-2008 13:34:14 | More by nem2006
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant lunch at BJ's. This was a dark amber color, with a medium head and some nice lacing. It had a mildly fruity aroma. The taste was a little more malt than fruit, but still was a nicely balanced beer. I think this was a very drinkable beer, and probably would have enjoyed this a little more if it was the only style I drank at lunch.

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

09-21-2007 20:22:43 | More by lordofthewiens
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Jeremiah Red Ale from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.