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Tempest IPA | BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dogbrick on 07-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 8
Reviews by macktbone:
Photo of macktbone
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

At bj's in Vacaville ca.

A- nice bright color. Slightly red but the head leaves a lot to be desired. Minimal lacing and almost no visible carbonation.

S- syrupy and sweet. Smell is probably the best aspect of this beer. That's not saying much. ( befor considering mouthfeel)

T- a let down from the smell. Initially it's ok, good hops up front but fade quickly with a metalic aftertaste.

M- nice mouthfeel. Not too sticky and a good sample for the IPA style. A solid 4.5 for the intent. Nice job BJ.

D- probably not a return customer on this one but for a first time ipa'er this is a reasonable and accesable option.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on tap in a quasi-pilsner glass from BJ's. Came to me with absolutely zero head. Sniffed it and got a huge whiff of citrus (lemon and grapefruit). Amazing nose. Flavor was balanced out citrusy hops with a good deal of malt. Refreshing and could well be BJ's best beer. Mildly sweet. Mouthfeel was smooth, low in carbonation. Finished nicely bitter with grapefruit rind. I'm not a fan of the BJ's beers, but this is an exceptional brew.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pretty clear orangeish amber color with a foamy beige head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is piney and citrus hops with just a slight malt back bone here.

T- Probably one of their better offerings and I never see it on the menu. You'll have to ask for it if you want. Taste is piney and citrus hops, with a bit of sweetness from the malts. Has a nice bitterness to it.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Again the best I've had from this chain. Pretty easy to drink and not too bad.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this wasn't bad. I visit BJ's on occasion more for the food than the beer, but found this beer to be totally satisfactory. It looks, tastes and feels more-or-less like a decent IPA should. It had a persistent head which stuck around, a citrus-y and bitter favor, and an OK mouthfeel.

This beer was pretty good, but also was distinct from the best-of-class IPAs I've scored higher. It didn't have the robust malt structure to match the nice hoppiness it had. Its mouthfeel was a little thin. And the bitterness was a bit one-dimensional.

Still, pretty good. I'd have this again. I had it at the Columbus (OH) Bj's.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Palmdale location. This beer pours a mostly clear orange-amber color with a medium thin and foamy light beige head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Piney hops and a touch of malt in the nose. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with citrus and hops flavors underscored by pine and malt. The finish is somewhat bitter hops, albeit on the astringent and not flavorful side. Lingering hoppiness in the aftertaste. Overall a decent effort from this chain brewpub.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a nice amber clear color , with a one finger white head. Good lacing on the glass.

S. Citrus, pine , corriander, citrus peel.

T. Sweet malt,nice bittery hop bite

M, Medium bodied Medium carbonation. Semi dry finish.

D. Good brew I would definatly consume plenty of these at the golf course.

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Tempest IPA from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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