Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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1.45/5 rDev -63.5%
I'll start with the easy stuff: A white fluffy head pillows on top of a good looking crystal-clear amber brew with low visible carbonation.
Now to the tough part: Let me begin with a little bit of background. In Sweden, there exists a kind of tobacco called "wet snuff". It is Kentucky tobacco that's been matured and ground into tiny particles. This is then moistened and stuffed into small round boxes. When using it you grab some and squeeze it into a loosely compacted mass that you stuff under you upper lip. It also comes in portion sizes in something that looks like a tiny tea-bag. We used to joke about how it would make the most awful drink if one brewed a tea from these portion bags.
Now on with the rest of the review. This beer tastes _exactly_ like one would imagine a tea made from this wet snuff would taste like. I'm not talking subtle over or under tones here... smack bang exactly like the snuff. Both in smell and taste. I do recognize the quality of the beer, and I would generally enjoy a highly hopped beer like this. If I'd never tried the snuff it would've been fine I think. I tried to persist through the bottle, but it was just too much. The more I drank, the more it reminded me of the tobacco. The aftertase of the beer is exactly like when you accidentally swallow some of the snuff. Too bad... I had high hopes for this beer as I love other Great Lakes brews.
09-21-2002 14:46:44 | More by zakery
2/5 rDev -49.6%
Light gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is pine.Taste is grapefruit,pine and hops.This is just another one of those beers that have Pinesol written all over it.I was always under the impression that pine was a scent not a flavor.This is not good to drink but I'm sure it does a hell of a job cleaning floors.
11-15-2009 06:01:47 | More by matty
2.17/5 rDev -45.3%
12 oz bottle into thin-walled glass at 40 degrees. Dated as best before 9/21/09. (Had two, just to double-check my initial impressions).
Good looking 2F, white head which took a while to fade to film. Amber-orange in color with plenty of visible carbonation.
Smell is a bit of a disappointment - really had to pull it out. No hoppy character. Some bland vegetables - squash and cooked zuchini.
Did not enjoy the taste either - cooked corn water, with a hint of citrus hop trying desperately to pull through. Finished with a bit of the euro pale lager skunk.
Mouthfeel was ok - little bitter bite, not as smooth as most APA's I've had, hence the score. Sour film left on tongue.
With an unmemorable smell, poor taste and rough MF, overall drinkability landed in the basement.
Have no idea how this beer won a Gold Medal or so many rave reviews - maybe I hit a "bad batch"
07-30-2009 02:06:59 | More by BeerImmediately
2.55/5 rDev -35.8%
Appearance: Nice copper color, with moderate off-white head. Prominent lacework.
Smell: Typical ale fruityness, with strong banana notes. Faint hints of malt. Also a very faint sour sulfur smell, making me wonder if the beer might be skunked (given that it was mailed to me). And, of course, a strong hop character.
Taste: Well, it doesn't taste skunked. However, there's not much here to write home about. Like Lagunita's IPA, there's nothing here but hops. Hops hit you at the start, they stay with you mid-palate, and they're there at the finish. No malt whatsoever to balance out the hop character. It's like drinking hop tea.
Mouthfeel: Sprightly, spritzy.
Drinkability: Couldn't drink more than one of these. I like hops, but I also like other characteristics as well.
04-29-2004 02:03:10 | More by Afterburner
2.6/5 rDev -34.5%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip.
A: Lovely transparent honey-orange with about 2 fingers of frothy white head. Head retention as good and clings to the side of the glass nicely.
S: Some bready/wheat-like aromas here with only a bit of piney hop aroma.
T: A bit bland. Bready flavors first and foremost with the hops kicking in on the finish. Some pine flavors and a lot of bitterness of the aftertaste.
M: Medium body with some nice smooth creaminees and a bit of carbonation bite at the end.
D: Goes down pretty easily, but the residual bitterness keeps me from wanting many more. Overall not a very impressive pale ale.
01-24-2011 21:05:18 | More by n2185
2.6/5 rDev -34.5%
GL Extra in a trade:
A: Medium copper color with a small white head that quickly fades.
S: Smells hoppy and grassy. Slight malts on the backend. Not too good.
T: Grassy upfront with a medium hop presence. Grapefruit in the middle. Not one for me.
M: Refreshing, but does not leave much on the palate.
D: A hint too hoppy for me.
All in all, this is a hoppy / grapefruit bitterness type brew. Not for me. If you like hops and dry flavor, then try this one. Otherwise, not worth your time.
03-07-2010 06:39:37 | More by steve8robin
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,606 ratings.