Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
overwhelmingly citrusy, lots of carbonation bubbles, under a small head. Understated bitter finish to the citrus, and citrus in aroma. bit overcarbonated and lighter mouthfeel.A great summer beer.I have never had a bad brew from this brewery. This is the rerating after not having for 2.5 years.
11-30-2003 23:15:26 | More by Sammy
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip. The color is a light copper with a white head. Decent enough retention but as it falls there's no real lacing. Nose brings some nice citrus and grassy hops with a moderate pale malt base. The taste really focuses in on some grassy hops, which I always seem to get from Great Lakes hoppy offerings and I can't say that I'm really a fan. Feel is slightly bitter with a bit of lightly-sweet malt backing. Drinks well in the end, but the flavor just isn't quite for me.
11-13-2010 17:06:28 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev +0.8%
A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that hardly died down.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral hops in the nose along with notes of caramel malts and hints of citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of pale and caramel malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very good representation of the style that is easy to drink and has lots of hops.
08-16-2012 21:32:25 | More by metter98
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
Some of us are old enough (barely) to remember that fateful summer day in '69 when the Cuyahoga River caught fire. Cleveland has really come a long way since then. It's a great town!
Not quite clear orange-amber with fine carbonation and a firm, French vanilla colored lid that has good staying power and leaves abundant lace. The aroma is bright and hoppy, smelling primarily of lemon and grapefruit zest. The flavor is well-hopped with a lovely bitterness. Again, grapefruit peel (Cascade?) is dominant.
Burning River isn't overly complex, but it's a more than solid, straightforward, high-quality pale ale. The finish is austere, with more than a hint of dryness. The mouthfeel is medium for the style. I could drink this beer all day and all night.
A couple of thoughts. GLBC seems to be incapable of brewing anything but outstanding beer across a wide range of styles. After sampling three of their offerings, I'm convinced that they have absolutely nailed down head/lace and carbonation/mouthfeel. Lastly, this bottle had a 'best by' date of Sept. 18, '03, a full 3 months before I purchased it and 3+ months before this review. I detected no problems whatsoever.
01-03-2004 23:19:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.8/5 rDev +20.9%
Appearance: Pours out a clear light amber color with a nice head that sticks and laces well
Smell: Biscuity, with a generous dose of floral hop leaf aroma
Taste: Starts out with a biscuity malt base which starts to pick up some grapefruit pith as the hops kick in by mid-palate; the finish is fruity and bitter with a good hop presence and a touch of alcoholic warming
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation; crisp
Drinkability: This is one great APA and is up there with Three Floyds as one of my favorite examples of the style
Thanks, vwcraig, for the opportunity to re-visit
08-30-2005 20:59:33 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
12oz bottle poured into a 8oz hote water glass, but heck at least it was a glass right?
A - Poured a very nice and deep dark amber with lots of carbonation visible coming up from the bottom of the glass. There was not really much of a head here, rather just a thin film of foam lace covering the top and a tiny bit of side glass lace down the sides. Overall fairly average look for me.
S - The aroma was rather nice. An English IPA type of smell that was muc sweeter then your average british version. Instead of having the huge amounts of floral and citrus hops, this was much more earthy with a a nice grainy and grassy dominance that had a touch of bitter in it towards the end. This was rahter nice and had a good bread like malty back bone coming though in it as well
T - The flavor to was very nice especially for an English IPA. There started out a very nice grainy and grassy like hoppiness that was very dominant even from the beginning. This evolded nicely into a finely grained and bread like base that really pushed the envelope as far as hop much malt could go into this one while still keeping it true to its IPA roots. This then showed a touch of sweetness, almost caramel like, but more toned down then that. The finish was strong with dominant bitter Ero like hops draing out the finish and really drying everything out waiting for you to take the next sip from it.
M - Very nice medium bodied IPA. To be honest I was quite impressed with this one and it really seemed to make a nice little addition to the Great Lakes Brews I have been trying as of late. Rich and almost creamy like in the feel the crbonation held up great throughout the entire session and really have nothing bad to say about this one here.
D - A really nice and different session beer for me here. I normally like the deep citrus bomb for my session ale, however this was quite different and really thoroughly enjoyed every last drop. I could really see this one as a classic session ale if I lived around here. It was really quite tight profile was and had little ABV which made it just about perfect.
Overall this was a pretty damn fine ale. Stayong up here in Ohio for a few days I am getting to try all these nice Midwest brews and this is one I would be glad to try again. A quality ale I will be sure to pick up more of the next time I am around.
01-09-2008 11:33:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Much of what I remember from drinking from the bottle. However, on tap, the beer comes across smoother, softer, and much more bready / biscuity than I remember. Moderately malty and yeasty with the anticipated perfumy, citrus, piney hop aromas and flavors. Delicate, nearly Wit-like, textures: creamy, silky, and smooth. Overall, not as in-your-face as Sierra Nevada or Flying Dog, but perhaps better balanced. And to think, I nearly forgot how well this beer tasted. Silly me.
03-08-2007 18:37:11 | More by BEERchitect
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Bottle courtesy of Jdoolin: Poured a deep copper color ale with a medium white bubbly head with good retention. Aroma of citrusy hops is quite dominant and quite enjoyable. Taste is quite hoppy with some real citrusy flavour is well backed by some generous caramel malt. Body is quite full with some great carbonation. Overall, I thought this was a well balance amp version of an APA.
05-16-2007 18:49:24 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
Thanks to Jeff for this one.
A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of white head on top.
S: Slightly sweet aroma with a little bit of toast and bread character. There isn't too much of a hop profile to it, but there is a bit of citrus peel and grass. A light caramel aroma which gives it a slight creaminess.
T: A similar story on the palate. Sweet bread, toffee, and pale, cracker malts. A light floral and grassy hop flavor along with a soft hop bitterness. Creamy caramel notes on the finish with just a touch of orange peel.
M: On the light side of medium in body with a medium carbonation.
O: While this is a drinkable beer, it isn't up there with the better pale ales that I've had.
08-10-2011 05:57:55 | More by womencantsail
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
This beer poured out as a yellowish gold color with a decent head on top. The smell of the beer was a little hoppy with some a good portion of grainy malts on the nose too. The taste of the beer was clean a crisp with a good bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the lighter side and was drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty good, It's a nice beer to have when socializing and stuff. Worth trying for sure.
12-22-2011 05:35:53 | More by Knapp85
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.
Back during my Boilermaker years, my boyz and I believed that if the Wabash ever had a cigarette thrown it, it would explode into an inferno that would make Lucifer consider relocating. This has no real importance, but this beer tends to bring that memory bubbling to the surface. (Seriously, don't swim in the Wabash.) It pours a clear copper topped by a tall bit of thick, light ecru froth, which leaves some decent lacing behind as it subsides. The nose is pretty unspectacular, with notes of caramel, maple syrup, and a light touch of hops (not citrus, not floral, just hops in general). The taste comprises a slight bit o' citrus, some bitterness, and a solidly bready caramel backbone. The body is a light medium, with light carbonation and a crisp finish. Not bad, though I wish the smell were a little better.
06-22-2010 06:33:43 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white, foamy head. It left some lace.
S - It smelled of bubblegum, spices and sweet caramel.
T - It tasted of sweet caramel, orange peel and some nice bitter hops.
M - It was very crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a very nice APA. I'd like to try more.
04-27-2009 01:18:12 | More by zeff80
3.25/5 rDev -18.1%
Appearance: Pale amber, excellent clarity. An inch of head forms from an average pour and then slowly settles into a ring.
Smell: Caramel, breakfast rolls, very subtle citrus.
Taste & mouthfeel: Bready malts, lightly toasted, with subtle earthy/citrus hops. Not a lot of complexity, but I can't fault a pale ale too much for that. Body is about medium and carbonation is just right for the style. This is definitely on the malty and sweet side, which isn't my preference for the style, but it's not a bad brew by any stretch.
Notes: Big thanks to fiver29 for the awesome Great Lakes extras.
05-14-2008 02:50:50 | More by largadeer
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
Nice appearance with a slightly hazy orange-tinted amber that's capped by a foamy bone-white head. The head holds well and leaves some nice lace. The bouquet displays soflty sweet, caramelized malt over a mildly floral and gently citrusy hoppiness. A medium/full body and smoothly creamy mouthfeel accentuate the lightly toasted/caramelized malt while floral and citrus hop flavor and bitterness balance it out perfectly. Very well done. Although there's alot of malt going on in the mouth, it thins and dries in the finish, and yet still retains a light touch of malty sweetness at the tip of the tongue... really, really nice! This APA exhibits a slightly fuller malt than many examples, and maybe a touch less hop flavor and aroma, but it's all still there and balances exceptionally well. It offers a great amount of drinkability while still retaining a good amount of character! Very well done and well worth trying.
01-05-2003 08:44:06 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a very, very slightly fogged copper amber. Nose is mildly perfume toned, but exhibits a much more stronger citrus tone. Flavor has quite a zing to it at first but calms down enough to show some nice hop character. Feel is smooth and it has a fairly full carbonation that stays on the tongue. This is very easy to drink and I consider this a good example of an APA.
02-02-2008 03:52:13 | More by RblWthACoz
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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