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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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2,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,650
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 99
Gots: 198 | 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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Photo of steve8robin
2.6/5  rDev -34.3%

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.

steve8robin, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Steasy66
2.63/5  rDev -33.6%

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.

Steasy66, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Murrdogg
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%

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..

Murrdogg, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Irish7r
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Irish7r, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Bighorn, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

TheBigBoy, May 04, 2012
Photo of redmaw
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

redmaw, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of thebuck
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

thebuck, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

AwYeh, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Dkanz
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Dkanz, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of weller79
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

weller79, May 07, 2014
Photo of mercysbane
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

mercysbane, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Wsherry1
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Wsherry1, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

tigg924, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Dukeofearl
2.9/5  rDev -26.8%

$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".

Dukeofearl, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Scott_Thomas
2.92/5  rDev -26.3%

Scott_Thomas, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.93/5  rDev -26%

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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

Erdinger2003, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Scottie71
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Scottie71, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of DerekQXQX
3/5  rDev -24.2%

DerekQXQX, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of tassell1
3/5  rDev -24.2%

tassell1, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of jheberle
3/5  rDev -24.2%

jheberle, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -24.2%

ohiobeer29, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Brewben_James321
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Brewben_James321, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of BierAdvoNikk
3/5  rDev -24.2%

BierAdvoNikk, Mar 10, 2012
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,650 ratings.