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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale AleGreat Lakes Burning River Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,905 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 1,021
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 114
Gots: 356 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,905 | Reviews: 1,021
Photo of hotpauko
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looking forward to any Great Lakes beer as I am a huge Edmund Fitzgerald fan. But this one left me a little disappointed. Decent flavor, easy drinking but just not the pop I was expecting. Too average for what I was hoping for, just wanted more flavor and bite.

Photo of joyntbrewing
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone started a river on fire? what the fuck, isnt that arson?

Photo of Stevenloures0
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic brew.. Faint fruit flavor but not overwhelming still keeping the hops

Photo of gdreyer
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent Pale ale. My always on hand.

Photo of AwesomeFresh
4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I've ever had!

Photo of Jbbarnett19
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite "everyday" beers. Can drink this all year round.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber with a thin white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops with a hint of cloves and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and mild clove and citrus.

Overall: Excellent brew! Great flavors and very enjoyable.

Photo of FitgerFanatic
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average at best in comparison to similar ales

Photo of PA-hunter
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 6% abv.

Appearance- Clear amber in color with a fading 2 finger head.

Smell- Bready, sweet malt with a touch of caramel and floral sweetness.

Taste- A sweet toasted biscuit malt goes into a refreshing hop citrus aspect with notes of orange. The malt sweetness blends into a bitter hop kick in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-light in body. Smooth.

Overall- A simple and right to the point PA that demonstrates what a pale ale should be quality-wise. Well done. Good blend of malt and hops. Awesome.

Photo of Pepper7
2.24/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Overly bitter for an APA no real malt presence overrated pale ale

Photo of zaraspook
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Its was okay for me.

Photo of jrb5094
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little overrated imo. Good, but finishes kind of malty. Not my favorite apa

Photo of shanegatter
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not impressed, rough feel with a bitter aftertaste

Photo of Sean_King
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big pale ale fan, but this one was definitely a little too sweet for my taste.

Photo of Metalsnota
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not overly fond of pale ales and this beer was ok, but not great.

Photo of fscottkey
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] Full finger of dense white head. The beer itself is orange in color. Very little bubbling from the glass. The bottle has a best by date of 3/12/15 and lists the ABV at 6.0%.

S: [2.75] The nose is very weak. Just some really subdues floral and fruit notes. That is with a huge whiff.

T: [3.00] Upfront is malty and sweet. The back end is a stark contrast - it has a pronounced bitter finish. The taste is following the nose with the lack of distinct flavor components.

M: [2.75] Low carbonation. The key feature of the mouthfeel is the lingering bitter aftertaste.

O: [3.00] I love Great Lakes - but not enough for me to recommend this beer. It is just lacking any character or flavor. I will definitely leave this out of the lineup.

Photo of nigeldazooman
2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just didn't care for this beer.

Photo of EvieE
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Amber orange. Nice lacing, a medium head. Was really orange looking.

S: Heavy grapefruit smell. A little yeasty.

T: A sharp taste, a nice hops finish though.

F: Sharp on the front of the tongue. Heavy carbonation feel.

O: Would have it again, wouldn't mind for a session beer. But wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of JB62
2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Because I have to type 5 words

Photo of snatchmo
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold with fine persistent lacing. Not much aroma, mild floral. Taste of citrus and floral mild malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel Sessionable.

Photo of Mikus
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium amber, little bit of white head, good carbonation in pint glass (12oz bottle). Mild nose, hint of pine and light floral notes. Slight taste of piney hops, bit muddled tasting overall, light on hops (enjoy by still has 5-6 weeks...), not too wild about the flavors (even a bit of wet cardboard in there). Maybe fresher, or on a summer day? Clean mouthfeel in general, gently lingering flavors (unfortunately some bit off), easy drinking. Overall ok, but FL can do a lot better! I'll have to try a fresher one sometime, maybe in a mixed 12 pack...

Photo of Chris19
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as pale as it should be.

Photo of MattR2014
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of date on bottle. This pale not too hoppy. Not one I would seek out Found out best by 1/22/15 so within date

Photo of bmeehan
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

I prefer to cook with this vs drink it.

Photo of Marina
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At Great Lakes Brewing Company. 12/26/14. Yummm.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,905 ratings.