Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
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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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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