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Pumpkin Ale | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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3.82/5
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66 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Arizona, United States
bjsrestaurants.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

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!

Added by AtLagerHeads on 11-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,244
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
66
pDev:
13.87%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of suckaj
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of jordanmills
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a pint glass at BJ's in webster, TX. It looked like a slightly orange ale, unremarkable in almost every way. Smelled slightly of pumpkins and spice. It tasted the same, pumpkins and spice, fairly sharp attack, slightly bitter finish. It was light on the tongue with an average aftertaste. In all, it's a completely average pumpkin ale. I've had better and worse, this is about dead middle.

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Photo of babaracas
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came out in a pils glass (??) a clear dark orange, tinted red. Zero head. Smell: like an unhopped amber, with a little pie spice. Taste: just a little toasted, caramel, not really any pumpkin but a ton of pie spices. Mouthfeel: lighter bodied, slightly gritty dryness midsip when the spices hit. Not impressed.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Little to no head, amber, translucent, a bare ring of foam and no lacing.
S: Smells of must and nutmeg.
T: Nutmeg, cinnamon, bitter aftertaste.
M: Bitter bite on the tongue, medium-light bodied.
O: Disappointing. Between the musty nose and otherwise unsophisticated nutmeg and cinnamon flavors, not compelling.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JDV
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber. Smell is robust and lovely. Big pumpkin spice flavor with cinnamon and nutmeg seeming evident. Taste is very thin, muted and watery, but the pumpkin flavor that shows is still nice. Very pumpkin pie like in the flavor that is there. Drinkable, nice attempt, that would be great with a big more boldness.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of watermelonman
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived as a nice deep orange with a small head that lasted well. It's leaving a minor amount of lace behind.

While cold, the smell was very weak. It seemed to have promise, but as the beer warmed the smell started to let out some off flavors alongside the pumpkin. The taste was much better, delivering malt, bits of spice, and pumpkin in a smooth way. Hop content is subdued. The mouthfeel is smooth, while drinkability is pretty good too.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at BJ's in San Mateo on Nov 6, 2005. The color is ruby to tawny brown with a thin ringed head on top. The aroma is sweet with a holidy spice nose consisting of close and cinnamon. The flavor is full of spices including nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. The malt profile is very thin and more watery than anything. Some light caramel before the faint bready ending. The feel is light to medium bodied. The spices seem to add a bit more texture than this beer could otherwise claim. The beer was very well carbonated from the tap. Overall this was an enjoyable beer but nothing great. It went well with the pizza we were eating but that's about it.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Baton Rouge, LA location.

It had the look of a pumpkin ale, brownish with a hint of orange... not much head but that's to be expected at a restaurant on tap.

This one smells like pumpkin pie... cinnamon, sugary, nutmeg, all the spices you'd associate with the real thing. The taste was more of the same, but a little watered down. Not overpowering at all.

I haven't had too many pumpkin ales, and this one is probably in the middle of the spectrum. Worth a try, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeccaH
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of magictrokini
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BJ's La Jolla. Pours clear auburn with a short white head and poor lacing. Beautiful spicy pumpkin and gingerbread aroma, lots of nutmeg. Crisp, yet sweet taste of spice and grain. The pumpkin flavor was very nice, not overly indulgent or veggie. Dry finish.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Beefstroganoff
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MSL94
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Allen, Texas location.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of cinnamon notes, as well as some nutmeg and pumpkin. The flavor is a bit different. I get the pumpkin notes once again, but the clove character also really comes through. There is also a good bit of cinnamon in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. My main complaint is that like all beers from BJ's, the beer was served way too cold and also in a frozen glass. It needed to warm up for about 10 minutes before the flavors begin to come out.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gavage
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phelps
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No doubt buoyed by its super-creative name, this beer took home silver at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, beating out 35 other entries in the "Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer" category.

Made with pumpkin puree, BJ's Pumpkin Ale is orange like some sort of orange-colored fruit. It's got perfect clarity. Half a finger of airy, khaki-colored head fizzles away after just a few seconds, and the bubbles rising from below can do nothing to keep it around.

Subtle, sweet, smooth aroma. An amber ale base gives this beer sweet, malty notes of baked bread with a bit of nuttiness. Roast pumpkin is nearly as strong as the backup spices: nutmeg, clove, allspice.

The usual spice suspects -- cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice -- made their way into the boil for this brew alongside pumpkin puree. The resulting initial flavor, however, is all fresh pumpkin, with just hints of clove and lightly toasted bread. The swallow brings a bright burst of pumpkin rind, brown sugar and cinnamon, with lingering spice esters. It also delivers a sharp, tangy flavor that grips the tongue through the finish and is a little distracting. Osborne says brewers add clove and caraway to increase the savory aspects of the beer and avoid a cider quality, but it seems they haven't completely eradicated it. The finish would be clean otherwise. The brew's medium body is like fleece -- soft but not heavy, and perfectly viscous.

Judges at the GABF are fond of beers that stick to fundamentals. For pumpkin ales, what's required is that the adjunct fruit and spices don't overpower the underlying beer. It's easy to see why Pumpkin Ale won -- the drinkable brew shines through and balances the pumpkin and spice, and in that regard it's stylistically sound.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled BJ's Tucson, AZ
This beer arrives fresh from the tap with a wispy, tan colored head that does not quite cover the beer. The beer is a hazy, brownish, amber color (actually it looks quite a bit like darkish honey color). This smells lightly sweet and of caramel up front. The spices then kick in. Noticeable notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of ginger, perhaps there is a touch of allspice as well, but maybe not. I would guess that real pumpkin was used in this as there is a sort of fleshy squash-like not to it that is subtle and only noticeable at times.

The taste is quite dry and even has a tartness to it. The fact that it is dry and tart really down plays the spices, which is nice, but it loses the holiday beer balance of sweetness that one might expect in this type of beer. A spicy note of ginger is definitely noticeable here and in the finish is a note that reminds me of pumpkin flesh (a touch vegetal leaning, and definitely squash like). The nutmeg character is here as well, but it takes on a different character because of the lack of sweetness; actual it adds a sort of savory character to the beer. Even though not sweet, the body has a heft to it that is nice. It sticks a bit to the palate even after the beer has left my mouth. The typical pumpkin pie spices are actually noticeable in the finish, again though they give a savory character to this beer rather than the typical sweet pie spice note one is used to. The finish is quite spicy from them though.

At first I was quite disappointed by this brew, but the spices are subtle enough and the tart character really drives an interesting flavor profile that I was not expecting from this brew. As the beer warms the spices in the finish start to add some sweetness; this accentuates the notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. My food arrives, and as I suspected this pairs quite well with food (in the general sense). The food even tends to bring out a soft sweetness in this beer.

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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.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

strong pumpkin, i prefer more vanilla and nutmeg. still decent but i have had better

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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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