Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, golden orange, with tons of bubbles and two fingers of slightly off-white head. The head subsided slowly, and left tons of lacing. This is what a pale ale should look like.
Smell: A surprising amount of bready malt, mixed with grassy and citrusy hops. Nice smelling.
Taste: Definitely maltier than I expected from a pale ale...but very enjoyable. There is a strong taste of the bready/honey malt right away, which fades into grassy hops. This is a very full-flavored pale ale, and one of the more balanced ones I've ever had. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little prickly, but the feel is nice and creamy. Almost a little bit too heavy for a pale ale, but very nice.
Drinkability: I really enjoyed this. I usually like hoppier pale ales, but this was incredibly balanced and full flavored. Definitely wouldn't mind having a couple of these. Another excellent brew from Great Lakes.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2010 23:04:42 | More by StarlightSeraph
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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.
89 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.