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Piranha Pale Ale | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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Piranha Pale AlePiranha Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Winner of multiple awards, including a Silver Medal in American-Style Pale Ales at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival. This hoppy ale is dry-hopped with the snappy flavor and bite of Cascade hops…for hopheads only!

45 IBU

Added by UncleJimbo on 09-29-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
131
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
31.82%
 
 
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 131
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Desert Ridge location Phoenix, AZ. Ruby color. Slick palate. Medium fizzy mouthfeel. Bitter red taste. Quite a good Pale ale. I was quite suprised. The Imp. Stout from this place was undrinkable though...but my waiter made a replacement, what service, eh.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Mora2000
2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at BJ’s in Allen, Texas. The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is OK, with some pine and orange from the hops, as well as a little bit of toffee. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get some resinous and orange hops, but there is an overwhelming dirty flavor that ruins the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a good beer.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit surprised by this beer. The color is spot on for an APA, but the smell was kind of grainy and uninspiring. I was not expecting much, so my first sip surprised me with a bit of malt sweetness backed up with a good hop punch that lingered and made me want another, and another. Much better than I was expecting.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kgammell1
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Chandler location. Pretty substantive Cascade hoppy pale, another man's IPA. Orangey with a white head. A hoppy aroma, and good drinkability from the cascade. A bit overcarbonated, but still median mouthfeel. Hits the mark, quenching.

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Photo of RickS95
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear, light amber in color, thinnish head. Not bad looking, but pretty non-descript.

I tried and tried and tried and simply couldn't pick up any sort of smell, other than that of cut straw.

The taste isn't much different than the smell in that there's not a lot of it. Other than an earthy pine flavor, nothing stood out.

Initially a malt character, then nothing but slight bitter the rest of the way.

Not a good or bad beer, just something that doesn't really stick out.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of robgage
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of chrisdopeee
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of PawG
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of g_jenkins
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of theopholis
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite beer from BJ's.

Appearance- Body is a reddish-orange affair with a 1/2" white head with some staying power. Has some lacing. Looks yummy.

Aroma- Hops baby. Smells wonderful. Also, get just a hint of malt sweetness and a pininess coming through.

Taste- The overall bitterness and hoppiness allow enouph of the malt sweetness to make this a very well-blanced APA. Some touches of citrus in there to.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- It's quite sessionable if you are a hop-head. If not, you'll probably stop at one.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Columbus. Golden color, only slightly hazy. Poured with very minimal head. What was there held itself well. Nice patches of lace left on the glass.

Citrusy, faintly piney aroma. Very nice, and classic of an American Pale.

Good malt backbone. A bit of caramel fades into a nice blast of citrusy, slightly piney hops. Well balanced, but daring for a chain place.

Good body and carbonation. I liked this one very much. Well balanced, and easy to drink, while providing a good hop fix.

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Photo of Muggins25
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The sample is the Cask version served at “Papago” Brewery, and as I sample more Cask conditioned Ales, the more I wish were available. The pour is a limpid amber color, the head is portly in size, frothy in texture, tan in color and as it evanesces, the lace forms a fine covering sheet upon the glass. Ah the smell of the hop flowers, dominates this magnificent nose that is also sweetly malt, fresh and clean, the quintessential “Dry Hopped” aromas all present, sweet malt start, the top moderate in feel. Finish is delicately acidic, “BOOM”, the hops slap your palate and cling till the very dry and lovely finish, just plain “Yummy”!

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to the table in a pseudo-pint glass very full. Its dark gold and slightly hazy, leaving great lacing on the glass as it is consumed pretty damn fast. I was thirsty.

Nose is grainy malts with a toasty, crusty caramel edge to it. Hops are pretty mild and give off a slight floral and grassy aroma. Has a bit of a sweet, biscuity yeast note as well.

Taste is pretty well balanced between toasty malt and bittering piney and grassy hops. There is an earthy, almost peat-like flavor to the malts as well. It could definitely use some more flavoring and aroma hops. Claims to be dry-hopped with Cascade, but I am not getting much citrus in the nose or flavor. Good mouthfeel, biscuity with some heft to the body. It is a serviceable pale ale, nothing to go too crazy over...reminds me a bit of Full Sail PA.

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