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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale AleGreat Lakes Burning River Pale Ale

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2,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,617
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 98
Gots: 186 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001)
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Reviews by psyphin:
Photo of psyphin


4.68/5  rDev +18.2%

A - Bright copper orange with a fluffy white head with nice lacing.

S - Toasty malt breadiness and oodles of citric american hops.

T - Chewy malt middle mixes very well with the hop combination in this beer. One of the best balanced examples of a true APA and not an ipa light.

M - Perfect carbonation with a medium body.

D - Superbly sessionable pale ale that I come back to time after time.

10-07-2009 21:17:17 | More by psyphin
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Nice hoppy flavor,not enough head though.But a well made APA,most of their beers are well made micros.

03-01-2002 08:46:59 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance – This is a nice, bright orange in color with a very thick white head.

Smell – The hops are big here for an APA with massive grapefruit and a small, toasty malt compliment. The pine, citrus, and grapefruit are in perfect harmony in this hop bouquet and really this is one of the most pleasantly-balanced hop profiles I’ve ever smelled.

Taste – The hops are here at the taste as well. They show tons of depth and overshadow the malts which are quite good actually if understated. This is a strong, hoppy brew though make no mistake about that.

Mouthfeel – This is surprisingly thick, a solid medium-bodied, with little carbonation but it’s not flat. The beer has a very creamy texture but is also quite bitter throughout. If you like smooth, creamy, bitter hops then this burn’s for you.

Drinkability – This went down extremely well but it is a rather big beer so be prepared for that. This is not a light-drinker APA, it is a heavy, thick beer that is best consumed on an empty stomach. If you can take it, or if you are just a big fan of smooth, hoppy ales then you’ll love this beer.

08-27-2011 21:59:33 | More by RoyalT
Photo of DanGeo


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-26-2014 11:07:31 | More by DanGeo
Photo of OhioBobcat


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-26-2013 00:42:26 | More by OhioBobcat
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

07-14-2014 09:29:19 | More by Greenmosheen
Photo of woodchipper


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

06-20-2014 23:48:11 | More by woodchipper
Photo of sgoodship


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: Yellowish amber with a hint of haziness. Some visible carbonation pillars rising quickly. Soft white one finger head. Dissipated to a fine head throughout and leaves nice large topographical lacing.

S: Surprisingly aggressive hop nose. Fresh, floral, grapefruit and lemony. It has a strong Cascade character. A little malt sweetness but hop dominates. Malt becomes stronger and biscuity toward the end of the drink.

T: Nice clean grapefruit hop bite with a solid caramel malt backbone. This has to be pushing toward an IPA. I'm not going to complain about that! It is well done. The malt manages to hold it's own and adds levels of sweetness under the hop that make the fruitiness take on more peach type characteristics. Lovely!

M: Light body, crisp, dry mouth. Medium carbonation that is very active but not too aggressive in the mouth. Aftertaste leaves a nice hop bite on the back of the throat.

D: A very enjoyable beer. One of the better APA's I have had. I would drink another if I had one but sadly I don't. I have yet to have a bad beer from Great Lakes - gotta love that!

01-22-2009 04:11:42 | More by sgoodship
Photo of SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

03-05-2014 17:41:02 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4/5  rDev +1%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Bright and clear golden-amber color; good showing of the head retention, and it stands three fingers high. Hints of caramel and flowery hop in the nose. Slick and chewy medium body. Bitty smoothness lets the grain and hop bitterness roll around on the taste buds first. Biscuity malt and a spicy, orangey hop bitterness and flavor battle it out. Hey now, these hops are at work here. Clean palate with only a quick flash of fruitiness from the alcohol. A little dry in the finish with a long trail of hop flavor.

Without a doubt, this beer displays its American Pale Ale traits; it's balanced, yet with the hops, always up front. Surpassing the benchmark is our conclusion. Proof that a Mid-American brewery can well hop a Pale Ale like the rest of them. Good use of Cascade hops!

09-20-2010 19:54:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

This beer pours a nice golden copper color with a sweet 1 inch head. A nice floral / citrusy hops aroma fills my nose and beckons me to take that first sip. Taste has a wonderful hops presence couple with a great biterness...a damn fine example of a APA. Some floral / piney notes come through as well. This is a awesome brew that has great drinkability. It's up there with SNPA in my book. Two thumbs up to Great Lakes Brewing for this ale. I look forward to trying some of their other offerings as well.

08-31-2004 01:42:28 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of bulldogg915


2/5  rDev -49.5%

03-06-2014 20:10:19 | More by bulldogg915
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

07-18-2014 01:51:11 | More by markmo
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4/5  rDev +1%

05-02-2014 23:13:35 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of warnerry


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

From notes; best by 3/30/11; tasted 2/15/11

A - Pours a clear golden brown with two fingers of head with decent retention.

S - Very faint hop aroma, but surprisingly little going on here.

T - Some citrus hop up front, Nicely balanced with malt. Lingering bitterness with a tea-like aspect to it.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel with good, but not overwhelming, carbonation.

O - Good pale ale. Doesn't really stand out among other pale ales, but it is well made.

12-23-2011 06:05:45 | More by warnerry
Photo of DWolf


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-02-2012 20:00:54 | More by DWolf
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-30-2014 17:46:07 | More by Jpinoniemi
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-23-2013 21:14:36 | More by TTripp725
Photo of generallee

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has an amber color with excellent clarity. Its head is foamy and white in color. It builds up big and thick before settling back down to a thin cap that leaves behind rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of floral and piney hops over sweet bready malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: Hop bitterness has a bold presence from the start to the finish. Bready malts are just strong enough to support and add some balance to the crisp citrus and piney hops. The finish has a slow bitter hops fade. Carbonation is pleasant with a light and smooth mouth feel in the medium body.

Notes: Hop flavor is alive and strong in this Pale Ale.

06-02-2008 23:21:28 | More by generallee
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

05-18-2012 06:01:49 | More by nstroup
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-09-2014 02:51:04 | More by funkyfritos
Photo of bishopdc0


3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

This pours a transparent amber. The head forms but quickly resides to the glasses edge.

The aroma is nice full of fresh malt toasted crystal malt make a hint of butter and citrus

The carbonation id upfront on the tongue it builds and lingers on the tongue. The taste starts malty pale and a slight butter crystal malt finish

12-16-2010 01:15:34 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of JonBrand

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

06-06-2014 23:27:20 | More by JonBrand
Photo of badturtle


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

After popping the top, my first thought was I was smelling a porter. There is a hint of chocolate and citrus, mostly orange. It has a good blast of hops. The color is dark amber. The head was small and didn't last long. I bought this on sale. The normal price is a little high. It is good, but not $8 per six pack good.

12-10-2005 04:19:24 | More by badturtle
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-17-2012 13:31:55 | More by Twifiter
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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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