Monday, September 29, 2014

BJ’s Pumpkin Ale (7/10)

There are at least two BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse locations in Columbus.  One is located in Polaris and the other at the Tuttle Mall.  The beer is a seasonal one and is available during the October-November timeframe.  This review is based on tastings and a draft written in October and November 2013 (so the beer may not be available yet this year, but should be soon).

BJ’s Pumpkin Ale pours a mahogany brown and is slightly cloudy.  There is a thin layer of white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is strong on pumpkin flesh and light on spice.

The flavor starts with a kind of molasses sourness, possibly brown sugar used during brewing.  The pumpkin creaminess and flavor compete with the malt for dominance.  Spices stay in the background but are there.  The aftertaste is a mix of caramel, molasses sourness, and malt.

Beer Advocate rates this an 85 with over 30 ratings.  Rate Beer gives it a 73 with over 100 ratings.  I give it a solid 7/10.

This beer is only available at the chain’s restaurants, and only in season.  It can be purchased by the glass or by the growler.  To my knowledge, you can’t buy it in bottles.

Pumpkin Beer Flavor Profile:
Dominant Flavor (Beer, Spices, Pumpkin):  Hops
Pumpkin intensity:  High
Spice intensity:  Low
Malty or hoppy:  Malty
Sweet, balanced, or dry:  Balanced
Dominant flavor:  Pumpkin and
ABV:  4.7%
IBU:  15
My Rating: 7/10

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