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

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BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 114
Photo of Cylinsier
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

tap at the Pittsburgh location

Pours a lightly cloudy amber orange with a white film for a head.

Smells of bready malt, citrus, and piney hops.

Flavor is of piney and grapefruit hops over a bready malt base.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Decent IPA, pairs okay with food. A bit boring, but nothing bad about it. Not something worth going out of your way to get, but it'll hit the spot if you're at BJ's and want an IPA. The hops and malts balance fine.

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4.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this IPA. The smell was great, the taste was a little bit of a let down. Still quite good, but if the flavor matches the nose, it would be great.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at BJ's Laguna Hills and served in a shaker pint. On to the beer:

This is a light copper colored beer with yellow and orange hues and a sturdy white head on top. Spotty lace dots itself all around the glass. The aroma could be considered "mild" by some or "balanced" by other per American IPA, but one thing I can think of is appetizing. Not only clean, but with good doses of sweet grapefruit and pine.

Who cares if this isn't a hop bomb? Hopstorm has an attractive flavor profile. It's clean, with a slight carmelization aspect, vague hop oils, orange, tangerine, grapefruit....someone bring out the fruit basket! Not bitter, medium bodied, and low carbonated, Hopstorm is another pleasurable ale in the BJ's lineup of beers.

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Photo of DoctorEvil
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good enough IPA...definitely NOT a "hop storm" as the name implies, but maybe compared to their other offerings it is... I said I would try it, but immediately went back to ordering the back row of 3rd party IPAs at the bar... Other Cali IPAs are much better (Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Schubros, Stone, etc).

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Photo of Hossjob
4/5  rDev +17.3%

I really enjoyed this beer. I'm a hop whore. I love super butter IPAs that are strong and I love thick mouth feeling DIPAs. I really not a fan of most session IPAs. I also do not like drinking beer as I eat. This IPA, however, was very light, but balanced, complex and with a sweet after taste. It was excellent to drink with my meal (salmon and rice). If I wasn't loaded up with some great beers at home id of purchased a growler. I was really impressed with this beer and would get it again, especially with a meal.

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Photo of Dafixa
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer at BJ's in Tucson AZ. It's a pretty good beer witha higher ABV. The smell is pretty lite on the nose with hints if citrus.

Color is mild gold/amber with very little head. Hints of citrus, hints of a great beer but just average in my opinion.

The taste grows on you after a couple. Might be there best IPA in house.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.44/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised by this one.

Amber colored, clear.

Nice piney aroma.

Flavor is hop heavy with notes of copper and spruce.

Mouthfeel is nice with some pickle along with lingering hop oil.

A very pleasant surprise. My new favorite at BJ's.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.17/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of pm5k00
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.37/5  rDev -30.5%
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.


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Photo of HopHead84
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of beesy
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Spider889
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of fandgale
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Hop Storm IPA from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
3.41 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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