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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Burning River Pale AleGreat Lakes Burning River Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,321 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2321
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%


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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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with an abundant amount of white frothy head that slowly fades away.

S: A very hop-forward aroma with lots of pine and citrus notes.

T: Smooth up front with a clean pine flavor, but finishes with a pleasant bitter note that leaves you ready to take another sip. An excellent progression that lends itself well to sipping. The malt bill takes a backseat in this brew, but does what it needs to in providing a balance to the hops, and adding a slight graininess that works for the style.

M: Light, crisp, and very refreshing. The flavors at work only serve to make the beer seem even more drinkable than it would initially seem. The only harshness in the mouth is from the bitterness at the end of a sip, but even that doesn't detract too much.

O: A great pale ale, one that has both complexity, and the restraint to enjoy all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:40:01 | More by RedSpecial1
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Enjoy by 5/19/14 at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of generic tropical fruits
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing
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Body light orange, clear
Flavor begins with a citrusy bitterness, more like the interior white membrane than the zest. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl. When the flavor ends, just the bitterness remains.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This was the first beer I had at my first beerfest and it scared me – all that hop flavor! Now, in the age of IPAs, DIPAs, triple IPAs, etc. it seems kind of weak. But it’s still a good pale ale that I pick up occasionally.

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Okay, that is about all I can say about this one. I guess I am just not that impressed with this brewery. I have had some damn good beers lately and this one fell way short for me. Its an APA according to the label so one would imagine that it had a hop forward presence but like the lager it had a massive amount of malt, now I agree that malt helps to balance some beers but this one had too much, much like the lager it got better as I drank it, but I am still not a huge fan of this brewery, which based on what I have heard from friends and reviews is confounding.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.