Pumpkin Ale - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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86
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
A spicy finish balances the sweet start of this seasonal favorite. Orange in color with the delicious taste and aroma of pumpkin pie!

(Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 11-03-2003)
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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Allen, Texas location.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of cinnamon notes, as well as some nutmeg and pumpkin. The flavor is a bit different. I get the pumpkin notes once again, but the clove character also really comes through. There is also a good bit of cinnamon in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. My main complaint is that like all beers from BJ's, the beer was served way too cold and also in a frozen glass. It needed to warm up for about 10 minutes before the flavors begin to come out.

Photo of magictrokini
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BJ's La Jolla. Pours clear auburn with a short white head and poor lacing. Beautiful spicy pumpkin and gingerbread aroma, lots of nutmeg. Crisp, yet sweet taste of spice and grain. The pumpkin flavor was very nice, not overly indulgent or veggie. Dry finish.

Photo of ksi4077
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of watermelonman
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived as a nice deep orange with a small head that lasted well. It's leaving a minor amount of lace behind.

While cold, the smell was very weak. It seemed to have promise, but as the beer warmed the smell started to let out some off flavors alongside the pumpkin. The taste was much better, delivering malt, bits of spice, and pumpkin in a smooth way. Hop content is subdued. The mouthfeel is smooth, while drinkability is pretty good too.

Photo of MiScusi
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rancho Cucamonga, CA location. Served in a pint glass, pours a nice rich clear burnt orange color with not head, no lacing left. Smelled of spices and nutmeg, but not really pumpkin-y to me. The taste was again a blend of nutmeg and cinnamon, and maybe some other spices. Wasn't too bad, but again sort of tasted like a spiced scented candle would in my imagination. I couldn't nor wouldn't want to drink a 2nd pint of this very often, but it's not too bad for 1 round.

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Backlash209
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Beefstroganoff
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised...this beer is pretty damn good.

Brought to me in an American ghetto pint glass (what? like 14 oz when filled to the brim?). It's a reddish-copper color and has great clarity. Not much head to speak of, but the glass is cold and they filled it way up.

Smells good! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sweet cream and real maple syrup. Nose is fresh and clean. Not much hops or malt that jump right out at 'cha.

Taste falls on the pumpkin pie end of the spectrum of pun'kin beers. Also get some baked red apples. Spices are quite prevalent, but it is not necessarily "spicy tasting". Has more of a sweet pumpkin pie flavor with perhaps some whipped cream on top. Low carbonation is a good thing. It is a bit thin, however.

Quite enjoyable, but not as complex as it could be. A solid effort, and easy to drink as well.

Photo of irthesteve
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of khall
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of suckaj
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of mikeg67
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJ’s in Houston (Brewed by St Arnolds). Pours amber with a white, short lived, foamy head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of pumpkin, spices and caramel malt. Full, smooth body. Taste is similar to aroma. Short, smooth finish. Good brew.

Photo of Trish_NG5
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy dark copper in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: expected pumpkin and spice aromas are very weak and barely detectable.

Taste: mild malt levels, caramel, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a light bitterness. Not offensive or fake tasting like some others in the style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start while finishing smoother than expected. Brief pumpkin spice aftertaste is pleasant.

Drinkability: decent. Good for a pint or two, but this can grow tiring after a while.

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Spineypanda
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that it has been hard for me to find a pumpkin ale that I really enjoyed. I have tried three this season and have enjoyed them, but they just haven't hit the spot.

BJ's Pumpkin Ale has definitely done that, it tastes exactly what I wanted it to taste like, smelled like it, and looked like it too :).

It has a nice orange gold color to it, and smells of apple pie spices. The taste is great! The spices and pumpkin are strong, but not too overwhelming since thats what I look for.

Nice and thick feeling and would be great with thanksgiving dinner.

Photo of HazardousBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Phelps
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No doubt buoyed by its super-creative name, this beer took home silver at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, beating out 35 other entries in the "Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer" category.

Made with pumpkin puree, BJ's Pumpkin Ale is orange like some sort of orange-colored fruit. It's got perfect clarity. Half a finger of airy, khaki-colored head fizzles away after just a few seconds, and the bubbles rising from below can do nothing to keep it around.

Subtle, sweet, smooth aroma. An amber ale base gives this beer sweet, malty notes of baked bread with a bit of nuttiness. Roast pumpkin is nearly as strong as the backup spices: nutmeg, clove, allspice.

The usual spice suspects -- cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice -- made their way into the boil for this brew alongside pumpkin puree. The resulting initial flavor, however, is all fresh pumpkin, with just hints of clove and lightly toasted bread. The swallow brings a bright burst of pumpkin rind, brown sugar and cinnamon, with lingering spice esters. It also delivers a sharp, tangy flavor that grips the tongue through the finish and is a little distracting. Osborne says brewers add clove and caraway to increase the savory aspects of the beer and avoid a cider quality, but it seems they haven't completely eradicated it. The finish would be clean otherwise. The brew's medium body is like fleece -- soft but not heavy, and perfectly viscous.

Judges at the GABF are fond of beers that stick to fundamentals. For pumpkin ales, what's required is that the adjunct fruit and spices don't overpower the underlying beer. It's easy to see why Pumpkin Ale won -- the drinkable brew shines through and balances the pumpkin and spice, and in that regard it's stylistically sound.

Photo of scm2787
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BrewMaster
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at BJ's in San Mateo on Nov 6, 2005. The color is ruby to tawny brown with a thin ringed head on top. The aroma is sweet with a holidy spice nose consisting of close and cinnamon. The flavor is full of spices including nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. The malt profile is very thin and more watery than anything. Some light caramel before the faint bready ending. The feel is light to medium bodied. The spices seem to add a bit more texture than this beer could otherwise claim. The beer was very well carbonated from the tap. Overall this was an enjoyable beer but nothing great. It went well with the pizza we were eating but that's about it.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange amber body with a small off-white head creates decent lace effect throughout the glass. The aroma is slightly spicy and gives hints nutmeg and allspice, but the nose is not all that big on this brew. Pleasantly spicy flavor but not especially pumpkin pie like. The feel is smooth and it does finish very nicely making this a decently drinkable ale.

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber. Smell is robust and lovely. Big pumpkin spice flavor with cinnamon and nutmeg seeming evident. Taste is very thin, muted and watery, but the pumpkin flavor that shows is still nice. Very pumpkin pie like in the flavor that is there. Drinkable, nice attempt, that would be great with a big more boldness.

Photo of SwillinBrew
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Tustin BJ's (where you cannot get growlers from anymore). Well, I've not had a good pumpkin ale before (only Buffalo Bills, bleh) so i dont know what is a good benchmark.

Ap - What a beautiful color. A brownish rust with coppery orange hues and 2 fingers of light tan head, very nice.
Sm - Just like you imagined ie pumpkin pie... or all the spices used to make pumpkin pie. The nutmeg or all spice is solid on the nose. Not subtle but pleasant.
Tst - A plethora of pumpkin pie spices roll into your mouth with a sweet light malt backbone. I could really taste the spice, i think nutmeg and something that was a bit too astringent, tannic or bitter. Still a tasty brew though.

This ale has a good medium body with good carbonation. those astringent notes were a bit much for me to drink this frequently, but it was good and i will get a growler to serve on turkey day.

Photo of IreRican
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%

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Pumpkin Ale from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
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