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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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2,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 92
Gots: 148 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -37%

04-08-2012 23:09:00 | More by biercycle
Photo of Afterburner


2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 02:03:10 | More by Afterburner
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North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 21:05:18 | More by n2185
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2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 06:39:37 | More by steve8robin
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2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Poured into a pint glass
A- Golden with off-white head.
S-Ligth malt, grassy hops
T-Very light malt, dank hops, strange finish that is almost smokey and soapy at the same time.
M-High carbonation, light body

Not sure if I got a bad batch or something, but this stuff has a bizarre aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 09:53:04 | More by Steasy66
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2.7/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the GLBC brewery itself

A: medium-dark golden, small head

S: Strong hop smell. slight pine-y/wood in the back

T: Bitter, hoppy taste. This was not for me. The hops were deep, some citrus-y, some sweet, but was a bit overpowering for my taste. Finished even more bitter than it began

M: Somehow light, which was surprising with the robust hop presence. but much too hoppy for me

D: I was able to finish it, but the residual hop presence in the mouth along with the bitter aftertaste would keep me from ordering another one. This would probably be good with some strong dishes, heat or spice. I laughed, as it almost tasted like a decadent burning river..

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 18:06:10 | More by Murrdogg
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

06-23-2012 11:18:34 | More by Irish7r
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

10-27-2012 01:19:43 | More by Bighorn
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

05-04-2012 03:29:47 | More by TheBigBoy
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

06-30-2013 22:06:54 | More by redmaw
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

12-07-2012 03:16:02 | More by thebuck
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into combo weizen/pint glass; best by 4/14/11.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber, tons of carb bubbles flowing up through to support two fingers of foamy white head.

S: Lots of grassy and earthy hops; smells much like a pilsener, with an additional hint of caramel malts in the back.

T: More grassy, earthy hops here, but I'm not really liking the way they mesh with the slightly sweet malts. This feels a bit like a cheap conversion of a pils into an ale without really paying attention to the way the different flavors would mesh; my least favorite tasting GLBC beer to date.

M: Light/medium-bodied with moderate+ carbonation; pretty bubbly without many other characteristics- not particularly smooth, or sticky, etc.

O: Even while GLBC is one of my favorite breweries, I can't say that this is one I'll be picking up again; rather unbalanced, and not particularly tasty. There are much better offerings out there within the APA style.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 09:02:47 | More by AwYeh
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

06-18-2012 14:35:24 | More by Dkanz
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

05-07-2014 15:09:29 | More by weller79
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

11-27-2013 00:14:20 | More by mercysbane
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

10-02-2013 21:36:20 | More by Wsherry1
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2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, gold-orange in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: pale malt, citrus hops, and grass

Taste: caramel start, a strange bitter middle with citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, sweet start with a big bitter middle spike that gets less bitter towards the end

Overall: An OK APA that I was a bit disappointed with. The bitter spike in the middle muted a lot of the other flavors. I like Great Lakes beers, but this one did not sit as well with me as others have.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 18:04:53 | More by tigg924
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2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.79 for a 12 ounce bottle at Merchant Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI, early April 2008.

Pours a golden hue with a very nice frothy head.

A very aromatic beer. That's a good thing. But the aromas are another matter- most of what I get is very medicinal (cough drops?) and metallic. Otherwise, herbal hops are a decent component.

The flavor hides most of the off-notes of the aroma, and this becomes a decent version of the style. Overall muted compared to the West Coast versions I have had.

Clean and refreshing mouthfeel that is ruined by the aroma.

At the end of the bottle, overall my feeling was "no thanks, not interested".

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 20:56:45 | More by Dukeofearl
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2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a small dryness and a small citrus/ grapefruty hop. In the taste, a dry maltiness, small hops, and somewhat earthy. A smooth, small bitterness in the mouthfeel, with a dry, small hop aftertaste. Not huge in aroma, and decent taste. Somewhat refreshing and and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 22:20:06 | More by OWSLEY069
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2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had to pour the beer very hard to get any head and the head left in no time leaving every little behind. The color is absolutely clear and light. You can see right through it very easily. The smell is very nice and hoppy. The taste is a bit off, like it's a little old, but the bottle says best before 2/26/07. It's an ok taste, but it is just off. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and hard. I don't think I would try this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 10:58:48 | More by Erdinger2003
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

03-21-2014 00:10:58 | More by DerekQXQX
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

03-20-2014 20:28:37 | More by tassell1
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-29-2011 14:28:04 | More by jheberle
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

07-30-2013 03:42:08 | More by ohiobeer29
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

03-10-2012 16:14:17 | More by BierAdvoNikk
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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