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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

2,540 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,540
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 95
Gots: 159 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001)
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So far everything I've tried from Great Lakes has been a winner. Let's hope to keep the tradition rolling.

Pours a slightly hazy macaroni orange (thank you crayola). Rocky read of vanilla creme, leaves scattered patches of lace.

Smells of bright, citrusy hops. Orange/Lemon zest, not too spicy. I need to read more into the different types of hops, but I can guess that centennial hops aren't part of this mixture -- which I feel is good.

Taste is immediately hoppy -- almost surprisingly so for an APA. Tastes closer to an IPA; certainly better than the Dogfish Head 60 Minute I tried recently.
Hoppy, a slight bitter taste, even a tinge of alcohol, which is surprising because it's only 6% ABV. A decent pale malt is evident.

It's especially evident because the mouthfeel is surprisingly thick. not quite chewy, but damn good. Wonderful carbonation plays it's supporting actor role, making this quite wonderful to taste.

Another winner from Great Lakes. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 01:41:33 | More by AmberMan22
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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,540 ratings.