Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kevinv:
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The bottle is clearly marked with an "Enjoy by" date of 5/20/12. This is my first taste of Great Lakes since they started distributing to Northern VA last month.
A - Pours a translucent, light orangish-copper. The two finger off-white head leaves traces of lacing, but not much. Visible active carbonation.
S - The smell is a light pale malt, with grassy/citrusy hop undertones. Very pleasant.
T - A small bitterness bite, but the taste is more malty than hoppy. Notes of toffee and caramel dominate with lighter notes of orange peel following. Very clean tasting. A little bit of alcohol presence as the beer warms.
M - Moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess to the medium body.
O - Very pleasing beer, overall. It's easy drinking and quite flavorful. Being on par with other APA's at $9.99/6 will have me reaching for this one on a regular basis.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2012 20:38:42 | More by kevinv
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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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