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Pumpkin Ale - BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Backlash209


5/5  rDev +30.9%

09-05-2012 00:05:50 | More by Backlash209
Photo of OverToad


5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap 10/15/10 and I have to say I have had almost all pumpkin ales including the new Sam Adams Pumpkin Ale and this one from BJ's was the best I have ever had. It was like liquid pumpkin pie.
It would be fantastic to see this being bottled

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 16:43:28 | More by OverToad
Photo of khall


4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

07-26-2012 03:06:09 | More by khall
Photo of Spineypanda


4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 05:26:42 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of scm2787


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-22-2012 00:43:22 | More by scm2787
Photo of starkmarvelo


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BJ's Pumpkin Ale

A- no head. Clear brown w. orange hue. Lots of bubbles, kinda watery looking.

S-Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, malt sweetness. Smells like Pumpkin Pie.

T-Nice brown ale base with good amount of malt sweetness. This is a rare pumpkin beer that has more pumpkin flavor than cinnamon and nutmeg, which are there and blend very well. Great creamy pie-like flavor.

M- thin to medium with good amount of carbonation. Great creamy pumpkin after taste.

O- Excellent pumpkin flavor, great aftertaste. Easy drinking.

Buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 18:32:36 | More by starkmarvelo
Photo of Floydster


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64 ounce growler purchased from the West Covina location a few nights ago for twelve dollars, drank an hour later after a short stint in the fridge, reviewed from notes, poured into a flute glass

A-Medium brown with some orange highlights, one inch off white head that is rather creamy, stays around for a few minutes, some retention, no lacing
S-Pumpkin that is more like the pie than the flavor itself, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, sweetness, and light bread
T-Starts off more bready than expected with most of the spices coming in the finish, gets sweeter and more rounded as time goes on, like the way the nutmeg complements the brown sugar, not overly sweet while bringing that dessert-like taste upfront, by the end it is more reliant on malt but the spice is definitely there, the pumpkin flavor never fades and that was the best part about its taste
M-Mildly spicy, sweet, malty, and chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied but on the thicker side for its style, nice level of carbonation, taste lingers with pumpkin pie flavor
D-Could have drank the whole growler in one night but left forty or so ounces for my dad, couple pints go down pretty easy, light on the stomach, alcohol is hidden and it is smooth

I was looking forward to trying this after I missed last years, not the absolute best pumpkin ale I have had but easily accessible and quite inexpensive, wish this was around more often because it is definitely one of BJs' better brews, flavor was impressive, will drink again if it is there next time I go for dinner, recommended

Serving type: growler

11-04-2008 00:47:23 | More by Floydster
Photo of twiggamortis420


4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2008 04:33:58 | More by twiggamortis420
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-17-2013 16:17:34 | More by Trish_NG5
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-20-2012 13:48:55 | More by abex44
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-20-2012 20:07:46 | More by spence524
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-27-2011 03:01:50 | More by kbwolfe
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-17-2014 11:48:32 | More by SoCaliC8
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-07-2013 22:10:51 | More by cfh64
Photo of IceAce


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Foreword: Let me just say this first...I don't like pumpkins. The only thing I dislike more than the annual Halloween tradition of cutting and scooping four of these orange gourds (for my wife & kids to carve) is the act of choking down a piece of my Mother-in-Law's pie on Thanksgiving Day. That said...here we go.

Appearance: Deep, deep orange topped with two fingers of whipped-cream looking foam. What appears to be an over-abundance of CO² springs forth in a never-ending stream from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Remeniscent of the smell of Aunt Rose's kitchen as we arrived on Thanksgiving morning. Although I never ate the pie...the smell was pure heaven.

Taste: No bones about it...we have tuned our taste buds in to the Pumpkin Channel...All Pumpkin, All the Time. Very little spicing and I'm grateful for this omission as it could only detract from the wonderful taste of this seasonal brew.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with a finish much drier than anticipated. I only wish the real McCoy trasted ½ this good.

Drinkability: Rich...so rich that two pints is one too many...but I certainly can't blame the beer or the brewmaster for that, now can I?

Epilogue: You may be asking yourself, how can a beer with all 4.0 & 4.5 ratings (from this reviewer) deserve a 3.0 in drinkability? Well, no matter how good the first pint may be, it doesn't deserve much better if ½ the second pint goes down the drain. I highly recommend this tasty offering...

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2004 01:36:56 | More by IceAce
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 18:39:11 | More by mikeg67
Photo of bboelens


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap, poured into a pint glass

A-Deep orange with hints of yellow, decent head that lasts for a while

S-Heavy pumpkin, cinnamon, malt, yeast

T-Like the smell but more expanded, this is the taste I've been looking for in a pumpkin ale

M-Relatively thick with medium carbonation

D-Very drinkable, pairs fantastic with the angus burger I had

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 14:20:50 | More by bboelens
Photo of GoatRoyal


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Webster location.

Poured deep bronze with a slight head. Smell was of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

BJ's tends to have some decent brews, but when I heard they had a pumpkin I figured it would be something akin to a Blue Moon pumpkin...something with just a HINT of actual pumpkin flavoring. I was wrong. It's almost what I'd call aggresively pumpkin flavored. Sweet start that fades to a spicy finish.

A little thick and up-front (flavor-wise) to have more than one or two, but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 04:35:09 | More by GoatRoyal
Photo of Onslow


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quite spicy upfront ... sunset golden orange in colour .. head is average... wonderfully smooth... the nicest pumpkin ale around .. has a delicious little sweetness to it... i really don't like pumpkin beers but this was good... had the day of the flat-tire incident and the day the Dynamo won the MLS cup for the 2nd time in a row!!...

..if you like spiced beers, give this a try!

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2007 23:14:35 | More by Onslow
Photo of Hellpop65


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-04-2012 18:15:37 | More by Hellpop65
Photo of vcoggins


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-22-2013 16:56:48 | More by vcoggins
Photo of SwillinBrew


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2005 19:28:01 | More by SwillinBrew
Photo of MiScusi


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 22:50:18 | More by MiScusi
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2006 12:51:45 | More by Gavage
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 07:21:04 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Pumpkin Ale from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.