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

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Jeremiah Red AleJeremiah Red Ale

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

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

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Photo of JamesS
4.63/5  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.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.62/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


My first Real Ale and man what a treat. When this pint got to the table there was a mound of loose sloppy head on it. It was tan and bulbous and full on nooks and crannies. in short, the head looked glorious. The beverage under it was a dark muddled translucent brown. it looked very rich, almost the color of chocolate.

The aroma was great also. It was overflowing with Malt and floural hops and a great smell of yeast and just beer fermentation in general. It gave me the sense that the beverage was alive, inturn making the beers i tried after it seem a little too sanitary and dead.

The taste was great also. It was served at room tempature with no trace of carbonation. It slid comfterably around the tounge and danced on and around the tastebuds. A very excelent brew.

I was fortunate enough to be able to try the keged and cask version side by side, and there was no comparison. I am a big fan of the keged version but this cask pint was one of the best glass's of beer i have ever drank.


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Photo of am7cxr
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of Pardishcreel
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of drewbage
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on Cask at BJ's Woodland Hills. (Dry hopped with EKG) Cask was tapped 4 days previously.

As with all almost every offering from the BJ's brewery, Jeremiah Red is larger and bolder than one would expect for style.

This particularly sampling of Red was from the cask with a large dose of East Kent Goldings to pick up the nose. Normally a bright deep ruby color, the cask version of the beer was a hazy brown with virtually no head on the pour. The EKG's were prominent as intense floral notes in the aroma while they lent the palate a lingering grassiness. The beer's flavor is a crystal malt chewy extravaganza cut by a strong tingling sensation of alcohol and american bittering hops.

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Photo of Dmann
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap and then I got a growler to come home with me. It poured with a huge off white head that lasted for a good 5 minutes before it settled into a nice lace. There was not much smell at all comming off this brew other than malt, and once I started drinking I found out why. The beer was allmost all malt with very little hop bitterness and spice but it seemed to work out just fine. Everything mixed together wonderfully and I really enjoyed the taste of this brew. Like I said, I brought a growler home and most of my friends who are not into the stuff I get really liked this may be a good cross-over brew!

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Photo of RodBurg
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of DocSpoon
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this red ale vaguely reminiscent of Killians Red ale. A nice mix of spice and fruit gives this a very nice taste that isn't bitter or harsh.

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Photo of Slackerville
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As one would expect a sanguineous color, the head portly and the consistency spumescent, tan in color and the residual lace a nice sealing sheet. Nose is sweetly malt, fresh and clean with a malt-laden start, top middling in its feel. Finnish is mildly acidic, the hops apropos to the style, dry lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of baiser
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at BJ's in Cupertino. Pours a clear reddish brown body, with a white head, good retention. Sweet malt in the nose and some fruitiness. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel and a bit nutty. This is no Arrogant bastard, but it still hit the spot. Finish is dry, and grainy. Good amount of hops for the style. Good drinkability for its ABV.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived a very dark amber color with a decent tan head. There was a roastiness in the aroma that I wasn't expecting of an amber ale. The roastiness held over into the taste also. It was more of a stout in its taste, but a hair lighter. Which is to say by no means was this a light beer. This was very full bodied and flavorful. Quite tasty, in fact!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in a pint glass with a finely textured head than thins to a single layer atop the clear, dark reddish-brown fluid.

Smell: Big malty aroma with a hint of fresh berries and sage.

Taste: Rich malty flavor and pretty much no hops to speak of. There are flavor notes of toast, biscuit, saltine crackers, burnt caramel, dried apricot, punes, raisins (lots of dried fruit, to say the least) sweet tanins and an alcohol ending. There is also some smokiness at the end of the flavor that sits on the middle of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Leaves the palate dry with a bready aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's a pretty good beer that is nice to enjoy with a pizza. I'd gladly have it again.

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Photo of bboelens
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-review from 7/31/2014 with changes in ratings: I still think this is an interesting version of the "red ale" and one of those beers that feels like it has a much lower ABV. Surprisingly balanced, but maybe to the point of seeming generic with the malt flavor. Still, I like the overall beer for what I think it is intended to be.

Original review from 1/4/2005: This is another one of the standard BJ's beers that are apparently brewed year-round at all locations. Jeremiah Red is a deep red-amber in color with a small head. Smell is light and somewhat fruity. The taste is very nicely balanced with fruity notes. The finish is a little bit more malty. ABV is not perceptable at all. This is another very good beer from BJ's, though the taste is just a step from great.

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Photo of colts9016
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of goblue3509
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the North Dallas location. Has a dark amber color with an off white head. Medium intense smell of sweet malts, fruits, and spices. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Strong malt flavors are bittersweet, fruity and spicy. Not much hop flavors here.
A decent brew that I would drink again.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium red color. Small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied red ale. Nicely malty (a blend of five different malts). Not too hoppy, yet it balances well. Malts are slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 1/2" head. Some light spotty lacing developed through the drink.

Smell: the aroma was light as malt and caramel were tough to pull out.

Taste: the flavor was much better as the malt levels were strong, but the bitterness was a little light. Caramel and alcohol tones rounded this out.

Mouthfeel: this was medium/heavy in body and produces a lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish is long on the malt and alcohol.

Drinkability: definitely a high octane and malty red, but drinkablility suffers slightly with the higher alcohol level.

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Photo of AAG
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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