Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RoyalT:
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance – This is a nice, bright orange in color with a very thick white head.
Smell – The hops are big here for an APA with massive grapefruit and a small, toasty malt compliment. The pine, citrus, and grapefruit are in perfect harmony in this hop bouquet and really this is one of the most pleasantly-balanced hop profiles I’ve ever smelled.
Taste – The hops are here at the taste as well. They show tons of depth and overshadow the malts which are quite good actually if understated. This is a strong, hoppy brew though make no mistake about that.
Mouthfeel – This is surprisingly thick, a solid medium-bodied, with little carbonation but it’s not flat. The beer has a very creamy texture but is also quite bitter throughout. If you like smooth, creamy, bitter hops then this burn’s for you.
Drinkability – This went down extremely well but it is a rather big beer so be prepared for that. This is not a light-drinker APA, it is a heavy, thick beer that is best consumed on an empty stomach. If you can take it, or if you are just a big fan of smooth, hoppy ales then you’ll love this beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2011 21:59:33 | More by RoyalT
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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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