Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bjohnson:
4.13/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Received in a trade with JAYW. Thanks for the opportunity.
A: Pours a very clean and clear peachish amber color with a frothy pillow like two finger white head. Whirlwind of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Sticky soft looking lacing down the glass.
S: Floral hop presence with a slight bit of grapefruit and pears. Soft candy like notes.
T/M: Floral and citrus fruit hop notes. Toasted grain underbelly. Subtle bitterness that continues to mingle with the toasted grain well into the finish. Dryer finish with a straw or grassylike aftertaste. Medium bodied and extra crisp. A very nice example of a pale ale.
D: One of the better pale ales I've had. Excellent balance of malt and hops. Clean and crisp--all the makings of a nice session brew in the summer. Definitely worth checking this one out.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2007 00:29:56 | More by bjohnson
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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 2,527 ratings.