Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ColdWaffles:
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. Haven't tried this before and I'm looking forward to seeing what Great Lakes does for a standard pale ale.
Appearance: Looks like a decent pale ale. A clean looking clear gold-orange ale with a slightly "more than off-"white head. Decent head, didn't stick around too well, but lined the glass well enough.
Smell: Picked up a tiny bit of malt and about an equal amount of hop. Not much though.
Taste: A little less fantastic than I'd have expected from Great Lakes. Certainly not "bad," but it didn't knock me off my rocker either. Well balanced hop/malt levels with a slight citrus level on the end. Hops and citrus linger a little in the mouth.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation how I like it for the style, easy to drink.
This plays it pretty safe, which sadly means the drop-off to something cheaper in the region wouldn't be big. Anyway, if this was more competitively priced for me in my area in terms of bottled beer, I'd probably pick it 4 or so out of 10 times for an American Pale Ale. That's not a bad ratio, I figure, but it wouldn't demand my attention. Would certainly look at this on draft.
Given the ABV and how easy this drinks I feel like I could session this though, so that's kind of cool. That figures into the higher overall.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2012 05:04:13 | More by ColdWaffles
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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.
89 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.