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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,527 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 93
Gots: 155 | 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 zhooker:
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zhooker

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a large footed pilsener glass, with ample time before the drink-by date. Pours a nice, clear dark honey (or, lighter-hued amber) with a mound of craggy, airy foam on top. Nice head retention throughout the glass, but only a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is primarily hops, with a tinge of sweet malt. My previous pint was Great Lakes' Lake Erie Monster (an Imperial IPA) -- and this smells significantly more hoppy. It is not an overly bitter scent, but piney, green, and a little citrus-like (Cascade and Northern Brewer hops, says the info sheet).

Taste was also pleasantly over-hopped (which I think is an apt adjective, considering this is a Pale Ale -- not even an IPA). Citrus comes through more in the taste than was sensed in the nose. Sweet malts also deliver. Leaves a piney residue in the back of the mouth, but nothing egregiously unpleasant. Think IPA.

Relatively clean mouthfeel except for that slight chalkiness in the finish, typical of an over-hopped brew. Carbonation felt just right. As a fan of big and bold flavors, I usually don't pick up many Pale Ales -- but this one was a nice surprise! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 04:27:44 | More by zhooker
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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.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.