Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MJR:
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear copper with a light tan head that starts out huge and slowly shrinks to a thin cap. Good lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell: The aroma has a good dose of Cascade hops, with a floral character and a bit of grapefruit and pine needles. Underneath the hops, crackery and faintly caramelly malt provides a solid foundation.
Taste: Perfect balance between the malt and hops. Citrusy, floral hops sit atop a base of crackery, toasted malt. A touch of caramel is present too. The finish is a bit dry, but still retains a bit of sweetness. Fantastic!
Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a smooth dryness on the finish.
Drinkability: Extremely good. This is a superbly balanced pale ale that could easily become a beer fridge staple if I had regular access. To be perfectly honest, I usually prefer my pale ales and IPA's to be over-the-top with the hops, but the balance here is just right.
Many thanks to 'Realale' for lugging this brew back from Michigan for me!
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2003 12:50:22 | More by MJR
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3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Poured into a pint glass.
A- Pours a pale golden and slightly copper color. A nice and fluffy two finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Lots of lacing and bubbles are visibly rising to the surface. Looks really appetizing.
S- Citrus is most present, and is largely grapefruit. Some floral notes are evident as well. Somewhat surprisingly, there is actually a noticeable malt presence as well. Just a very slight pine and resin smell. Good but not as aromatic as I was expecting.
T- Not much citrus here as the the more piney characteristics take over. The malt is also still present but is very subtle. A nice amount of strong hop presence, but certainly not overtly bitter. Again it's decent but I'm underwhelmed.
M- Incredibly drinkable. I found the body to be rather thin, but it was largely because of the surprising lack of carbonation. It was definitely carbonated, but almost seemed flat. This might be an opinion-based thing but not my cup of tea (or beer I suppose).
O- I had high expectations going in. Also, it seems to be a really beloved beer, and I do not doubt that it's unearned. Personally, just not my thing. I recommend this based solely on how much love it gets from most people. However, I probably won't be picking this up again.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 05:21:33 | More by Grugalug
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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