Juniper Rye | BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Arizona, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mickeymac on 11-07-2002

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of MastaShonuf
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Phelps
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Perfectly clear deep copper. The thin half-finger head the color of beach sand is a late arrival, popping away to a minuscule ring and leaving spots.

I was informed by a brewer that the recipe for this brew uses fresh juniper berries, and the aroma shows it. Herbal, sweet and gin-like, with floral lilac and white grapes.

There's the rye. The flavor begins with spicy bread, then gives way to sweetly floral juniper, lilac, lavender and pine.

Medium, somewhat silky body. Moderate amount of pokey bubbles, with a hint of fumes in the nose. Clean finish.

Nice. Clean and drinkable, with a floral, herbal kick. The rye stays in the background where it belongs.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slightly brownish amber color with a very thin white head. medium lacing, head lasted about a quarter of the beer.

Smell - Very faint sweet floral smell with no real hint of rye.

Taste - Slightly bitter taste from Rye and very smooth. Slight citrus sweetness, almost tasted like a lager.

Mouthfeel - CO2 a little weak and beer was very thin.

Overall an interesting beer, worth a try if you like rye beers, but not good enough to be a regular.

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Photo of theopholis
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's been a while since I tried this one, so I'm going off my taster-notes. Had it in the Canoga Park BJ's.

Appearance- Dark amber/orange body with no head whatsoever.

Aroma- Lots of spruce and juniper in here. Background is a pale ale background with some malt sweetness and bittering hops coming through.

Taste- A nice balance of malt sweetness, spruce, juniper and bittering hops. Touches of a spicey, herbal after-taste. Not my favorite style, but this stuff ain't half bad.

Mouthfeel- Body is a bit on the heavy side. Good carboantion level. This beer was also "sticky". More like aEnglish Old ale than a rye IMHO.

Drinkability- Not real drinkable. It tastes fin, and it's a pleasant drinking experience, but one pint was definatly enough before moving on to something else.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although classified as retired, this beer was on tap at the Rancho Cucamonga, CA location as of today (12/17/06). Served in a pint glass, looked a somewhat cloudy (still semi clear) red/orange color, with a very thin and dwindling 1/2 finger head. The smell was predominantly of hops (BJ's doesn't skimp on the hops). The taste was a nice blend of citrus hops right up front, and then a sour taste that lingered from the Rye. Not too bad overall.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Sampled on Tap during a recent visit to the BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Irvine location on a quiet Columbus Day 2006. Not sure which BJ’s this is brewed at, the Irvine does not brew, but the server told me it was about 5.8% and probably from Arizona, so I’ll go with that for this Review listing.

Appearance: Utterly devoid of any head, it seemed like the bartender had filled this one to the brim. Only a lone collection of three or four bubbles remained and they soon went south. Amber body with a dark orange hue, it was hard to tell exactly due to the subdued lighting in the Irvine establishment. Zero conditioning, you could be forgiven, like me, for thinking that this looks just like a 2 year old lambic jugged straight from the cellar!

Nose: Big input from Juniper berries (or flavoring, not sure which). Subtle Pale Ale background with a spicy middle and a “dry” Juniper aroma in the finish.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Hard to disseminate the Taste from the Mouthfeel, they seem inextricably linked thanks to the Rye and Juniper. Malts start with a powdery input from the Rye, spiced middle with herbal traits whilst the dry Juniper scorches the anyhydric finish. Lightly spiced sweet malts sit in the background. Dry Martini anyone? Crisp and Dry finish lingers for some time. It certainly has a unique character indeed. Best served Shaken and not Stirred.

Drinkability: Erm, one Pint was enough, actually a little too much but I had a Meatball Sandwich to help me polish off the last third of a Pint. Difficult going at times due mainly to its dry finish.

Overall: Difficult to describe this, but I could only reflect that it had a rather special character which made it hard to “pigeonhole”, but I summarized it by simply noting that this an American Pale Ale with a healthy dollop of Juniper. Strange stuff, but well worth trying, not sure I would bother with this one again though.

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Photo of goschool
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Woodland Hills location.

A spotty white head sits on top of the cloudy light copper beer. Juniper berries hog the nose leaving a just a bit of malts and hops. The juniper dominates the taste as well. Malts stay in a supporting role, while spicy rye and earthy hops provide a lively bite. It's another... well, interesting offer from BJ's. I am glad to see that they're trying so many new things.

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Photo of IceAce
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light bodied copper, topped with a finger of lsrge-bubbled foam (damn forced-carbonation). Head retention is short with an almost immediate collapse.

Entry is supported well by the CO², while the midtaste matches the nose with more than just a hint of juniper berries (read: too much) combined with a rich malty backbone.

The finish begins with a sharp hop bite, closely followed by (again) too many junipers...

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber body is covered by a decent off-white head and a little lace gets deposited. The malty and spicy flavor is hinted at by the malty caramel nose. There are mild hop notes but nothing that is noteworthy in the nose or flavor. Good mouthfeel that is just a bit thin and there is a reasonable drinkability from this beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy. Medium bodied ale. Sweet malts. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. The rye adds some of the spiciness to this beer. Very smooth taste. Lighter flavored ale. Slightly on the sweet side, but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a touch of rye spiciness. Nice beer.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown like a strong tea. Collar of foam around the glass with small islets of carb spotting the surface

A strong taste of malt and a flavor i couldnt quite place, probably the rye.

A bite of carb on the tongue and a malty aroma. not much hop smell.

Decent kind of strange drinkable beer. I prefer other BJ offerings better.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a nice looking copper color with a good-sized off-white head. The aroma is negligible with with just a trace of sweetness and almost no hop smell. It has a slightly spicy flavor with very little hop bitterness and an almost too mellow flavor. This beer could really benefit from an extra dose of hops. On the positive side, it has a pretty good mouthfeel and is quite drinkable.

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Juniper Rye from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
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