Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by AwYeh:
2.75/5 rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
12oz bottle poured into combo weizen/pint glass; best by 4/14/11.
A: Pours a clear golden-amber, tons of carb bubbles flowing up through to support two fingers of foamy white head.
S: Lots of grassy and earthy hops; smells much like a pilsener, with an additional hint of caramel malts in the back.
T: More grassy, earthy hops here, but I'm not really liking the way they mesh with the slightly sweet malts. This feels a bit like a cheap conversion of a pils into an ale without really paying attention to the way the different flavors would mesh; my least favorite tasting GLBC beer to date.
M: Light/medium-bodied with moderate+ carbonation; pretty bubbly without many other characteristics- not particularly smooth, or sticky, etc.
O: Even while GLBC is one of my favorite breweries, I can't say that this is one I'll be picking up again; rather unbalanced, and not particularly tasty. There are much better offerings out there within the APA style.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2011 09:02:47 | More by AwYeh
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 18 Jul 2014
Appearance: Pours with a nice orange-ish amber color with a nice two finger cream colored head. Head dissipates slowly into a slight sheen of bubbles across the top of the beer which facilitate mild lacing on the side of the glass. Slight carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass really makes this one a sight.
Smell: Sweeter malts overlayed with a mild assertion of floral and citrus hops. The hops in the nose do not overpower you but add a nice soft roundness, which is exactly what I'm looking for in an APA.
Taste: Crisp and smooth beer with a solid malt backbone and great levels of floral and citrus hops. The side of the bottle says cascades are used in this, and you can definitely tell- the hop profile is extremely similar to an SNPA, however, I will say that SNPA is considerably maltier and more bitter than Burning River. Sweet malts start coming out as the beer warms up, though this compliments the medium hoppiness. Finishes semi-sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and solid body.
Overall: A very serviceable APA that should be admired by most beer drinkers, craft lovers and those new to craft alike. The hopping levels are perfect for an APA, leaving a nice lighter beer with considerable flavor and body without being cumbersome or abrasive. Would recommend, especially as a cookout beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 14:10:34 | More by Beric
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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