Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tosshin:
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
a : Light copper or dark straw color. Lots of bubbles generated half and inch of thin head and nice lacing.
s : Floral, citrus, and pine aroma from the cascade hops. Pleasent smelling, but not very complex.
t : Different than I expected, smooth pine, citrus and cascade bitterness. Also as a bit of a malt backbone, and even what could be a bit of charred oak.
m : Carbonation allows the beer to fill the mouth. It isn't a pallet cleanser. This beer likes to stick around and keep you aware of the bittering hops in the beer.
d : This is my style of choice so I could drink these all night. It is a bit heavy for a session beer, but overall it is pretty good.
This APA is a bit different from others that I have tried. It has a bit added complexity in the flavor that I was expecting, but was not bad by any means.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2009 23:10:34 | More by tosshin
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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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