Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Perhaps one of the beers I have been fortunate enough to drink on the most number of occasions!
A bottle that Pauly was nice enough to leave in my fridge gets the nod for this rating. Super fresh, this one was several months out from the best-by date.
A beautiful pour fills my pint glass. A copper body with beautiful head. 2" of white foam settles down to a nice residual film.
Smell is very nice - nice hoppy aroma, citrusy and earthy, with some caramel malt reminiscent of baked bread.
Taste is only what my notes describe as "bomb diggity". A hop bitterness and caramel sweetness make sweet love, resulting in a toasty money shot. Perhaps the perfect APA IMO, but that's not surprising - Great Lakes has built an empire on this, Dort, and Fitz.
Mouthfeel is good. Carb keeps it fresh. Perfect body.
Close to perfect drinkability. More please :)
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2009 15:57:02 | More by jampics2
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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 2,534 ratings.