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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

2,534 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,534
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 94
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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Buildscharacter

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typically colored pale ale. I expected this brew to be much more subtle in it's character, but I was terribly mistaken. It's a brash and loud hoppy son-of-a-gun.

There's a nice bit of sweetness under the hops, especially if you let the beer warm a little bit.

I was pleased with this beer and it's overall flavor. Reminds me of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 03:19:37 | More by Buildscharacter
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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.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,534 ratings.