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

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Burning River Pale AleGreat Lakes Burning River Pale Ale

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very good

2,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,760
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 105
Gots: 240 | 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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Ratings: 2,760 | Reviews: 994 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zakery
1.45/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

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.

zakery, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of lccrunchy
1.5/5  rDev -62.1%

lccrunchy, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of LordTorgamus
1.75/5  rDev -55.8%

LordTorgamus, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of ericdailey
1.75/5  rDev -55.8%

ericdailey, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of William123
1.75/5  rDev -55.8%

William123, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of bulldogg915
2/5  rDev -49.5%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of j_hollings13
2/5  rDev -49.5%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of StayCeeJay
2/5  rDev -49.5%

StayCeeJay, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of themind
2/5  rDev -49.5%

themind, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of matty
2/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

matty, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of korene84
2/5  rDev -49.5%

korene84, Apr 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.5%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of dan99990
2/5  rDev -49.5%

dan99990, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Kyrojack
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Kyrojack, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of BeerImmediately
2.17/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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"

BeerImmediately, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of caustin90
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

caustin90, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Dolph1979
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Dolph1979, May 13, 2012
Photo of JStampler
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

JStampler, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of csustar001
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

csustar001, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of BEERWOLF1951
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

BEERWOLF1951, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Jerid
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Jerid, Aug 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Fat_Guy_Likes_Beer, Sep 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

biercycle, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Afterburner
2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Afterburner, Apr 29, 2004
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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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