Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle. bottle says to "enjoy by 12/21/2012" which is a different date than the Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold I just drank. I have had this beer before, and I remember it being quite good, so my expectations are high.
A - Nice dark orange copper color. This color is almost identical to that of a penny. Clear as day, you can see right through this beer. No real head on mine, just some white fizzing and some bubbles. Other than that, it is pretty clean looking.
S - Even for being so near the end of it's life, you can still smell the hops. As the beer warms, the bready biscuit smells are more enhanced. This is one of the only beers I can honestly say smell like biscuits to me after warming for a few minutes.
T - The bready malts are pretty dominant, and the hop profile is strong with this beer. This beer is very well balanced.
M - Very nice sticky resinous mouthfeel from the hop presence, but it isn't very thick or full-bodied, slightly on the clear watery side, but to me that only ensures it's purity. This beer is extremely tasty nonetheless.
Overall, this is one of my favorite Great Lakes beers, the Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA is probably their best brew, but this one isn't bad either. Great Lakes doesn't make a bad beer out there as far as I'm concerned.
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2012 02:36:34 | More by mfnmbvp
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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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