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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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 178
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 nem2006
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at BJ's Brewhouse in south Arlington, TX.

The beer came out red with the remnants of a head, but no actual head. It had a little sweetness to the smell, but still caught the hops.

Pretty much like most reds except with a little more punch to it. The bitterness, as with most BJ's brews, comes on strong at the end. It was not as smooth as I would have hoped.

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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 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 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 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 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 watermelonman
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This showed up in a nice dark red and ruby without much head. There's a good amount of lace being left behind, however.

Malts come up huge in both the smell and taste. Hop content balances the thing but doesn't come out on its own. The malt profile wasn't my favorite but this beer is pretty good regardless.

The mouthfeel is fairly full. The alcoholic content is blended well, keeping the drinkability high.

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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 IceAce
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Draught served up with less than one finger of foam which dissapated within two minutes. Slight lacing remains on brim of straight-side Libby pint glass.

SMELL: Aroma was light and slightly malty with the promise of sparkling fruits. Very nice copper-color with above average clarity, largely due to the DE filtering process.

TASTE: First taste was sheer pleasure as the tongue was bathed in mellow maltiness enhanced by the just-right carbonation.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer is nicely balanced with a clean mouthfeel completely void of diacytil. The finish is clean with a lasting maltiness that completely satisfies this taster.

DRINKABILITY: For those who prefer malts over hops...this is a well-made and easily consumed brew.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Brea BJ's, the bartender, Brian, said this was there most popular brew. Perhaps it is 'cause it might appeal to the more macro-oriented crowd that might drop in here more for the food than the beer.

The red is copper-hued little beauty a bit more red than most copper bodies. The smallish off-white head did some mild lacing. The nose is malty with hints of caramel and slight whiffs of friuty spice. The flavor is spicy as well with good malt presence. The feel is medium with a fine finish. Very nicely drinkable.

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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 Boilermaker88
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled (5oz.) at BJ's Brewhouse in Arcadia, CA.
Had a dark amber color with a thin off-white head and thin web of sticky lace.
Smell was light and sweet, of caramel and fruit, with a mild hops note.
Taste was okay but underpowered. Had a sweet caramel/toffee and hint of dark fruit flavor and a mild hops finish. Alcohol made a warming appearance in the finish.
Feel was smooth and full.
Jeremiah Red is a decent, if understrength, beer. The 7.1% ABV came through a bit strong but maybe because the rest of the beer seemed to be coming up a bit diminished in flavor.

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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 Morris729
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV: 7.1%, IBU: 35, OG: 1.072, FG: 1.017
Pours a reddish amber color with a short off-white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is dominated by sweet fruit with a bit of toasted malt. Medium-bodied with a big sweet malty palate with a touch of fruity yeast as well as some faint buttery diacetyl and toffee. Finish has some lingering residual sweetness. Considering the ABV, the alcohol is fairly well hidden. A nice red ale with a lot of complex malt flavor. Sampled locally at the BJ’s at 4901 Beltline in Addison.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 12 April 2002. In the past, I've never thought much of 'Red Ales'. Everyone I had sampled, didn't have much flavor. This one did. There was plenty of malty flavor to enjoy. In my opinion, this is well worth trying. Had it @ the BJ's in Irvine, CA

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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 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 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 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 mickeymac
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a good-looking red, and it's actually red. The smell is a bit on the light side, but it does have a nice malty sweetness. It doesn't taste bad, but it's nothing spectacular. Hints of caramel and toffee are present, but the flavor is just a bit lacking. The alcohol content was a little high and noticeable considering the style.

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