Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ralphus:
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
My first Great Lakes of Cleveland beer and I'm happy with it. The best before date is a little close at 12/13/10 however.
It's crystal clear. Strikingly clear even. The color is an attractive golden brown with a white head. Some lacing is left behind as the head drops to a carbonated ring around the glass.
The smell has either faded or was understated to begin with. Bread, light floral spice, caramel and pine are all that remain.
The taste is considerably larger thankfully. Sweet caramel malts and fruit are bombarded with a long drawn out earthy bitter finish. The balance is a little skewed towards the bitter end for my tastes but some will really enjoy it I'm sure.
Mouthfeel is very crisp thanks to tight carbonation. This beer would easily cut through thick cream sauces or gravy. Drinkability is good.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2010 21:39:29 | More by Ralphus
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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