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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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very good

2,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,657
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 98
Gots: 202 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

matthageman, Mar 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

kspongeworthy, Mar 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

GTB, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +1%

ambruns1979, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of kevinv
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The bottle is clearly marked with an "Enjoy by" date of 5/20/12. This is my first taste of Great Lakes since they started distributing to Northern VA last month.

A - Pours a translucent, light orangish-copper. The two finger off-white head leaves traces of lacing, but not much. Visible active carbonation.

S - The smell is a light pale malt, with grassy/citrusy hop undertones. Very pleasant.

T - A small bitterness bite, but the taste is more malty than hoppy. Notes of toffee and caramel dominate with lighter notes of orange peel following. Very clean tasting. A little bit of alcohol presence as the beer warms.

M - Moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess to the medium body.

O - Very pleasing beer, overall. It's easy drinking and quite flavorful. Being on par with other APA's at $9.99/6 will have me reaching for this one on a regular basis.

kevinv, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

brownwc2, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

szmnnl99, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

theholdsteady, Mar 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

mpeterdpt, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of MichPaul
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A VERY nice Pale Ale! I usually am not a fan of Pales, but between this and Zombie Dust, I just might become one! Anyway, this Pale is outstanding as far as Pales go. A nice bitter taste and not the full, bready, malt that Pales usually seem to throw at you.
This pours out a tall head, with MUCH lacing. The aroma is also a nice citrus scent that is also inviting.
I am more of an IPA/Stout fan, but if I was to chose only a pale, so far this is one of my faves! (Although, I only think this is my 3rd pale so far...)

MichPaul, Mar 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Calculat0r, Mar 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

BigTrubble, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an attractive golden orange color with a good head and nice lacing.

S - A nice blend of floral and citrus hops mix well with a nice, sweet biscuity malt presence.

T - A bit maltier than the nose, sweet biscuit notes mixed with a tinge of hoppyness and bitterness. Crisp and straight-forward. Simple, but very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, excellent finish. Great mouthfeel.

O - Another winner from Great Lakes. This is an excellent example of a pale ale, it is simple yet refreshing and tasty. Well done.

WMEugene, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

YogiMN, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

nrombes, Mar 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

BierAdvoNikk, Mar 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Chrixsus, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Luigi
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a big off-white two/three finger head. The retention is in check as the head sticks around the glass till the last sip.

The aroma is a nose full of floral and citrus hops evened out with a biscuit malt.

Sharp hop bitterness hits the palate right on. There is no doubt about the cascade hop. Sharp and dry bitterness that lingers. But, there is a good amount of malt in this APA to bring bread flavors to the table.

Light/medium bodied, mildly carbonated, dry crisp finish with hop bitterness lingering.

Overall, this APA is a prime example of a near perfect APA. Beautiful use of the hops and not even an IPA!!! All I can say is "can I have another please" Easy drinking.

Luigi, Mar 09, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a orangish amber color with an off white head with good retention that leaves a slight layer of froth on top of the beer
S-sweet malt with a moderate hop aroma of citrus
T-dry biscuit flavor meets with hop bitterness and a bit of pine, and finishes dry with malt in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-very refreshing and not too filling.

atr2605, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orangish-copper with a quarter of an inch of creamy, white head that fades to a thin lacing after a few seconds. The nose light; malty, bready, citrusy with some grapefruit notes. The flavor is lightly malty and toasty up front with smoothly, bitter, piny hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a crisp, smooth finish.

This is a solid beer. It's balanced, flavorful, and refreshing. It's easy to drink though a little too carbonated for my liking. I would definitely have this again.

tdm168, Mar 08, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange pour with a finger of white head. Nice lacing, but the retention isn't great.

S: Light hop profile with a sharp maltiness. Some other fruit notes I can't place. Malt forward, sweet and light overall.

T: The taste is very clean. Light maltiness and some fruity hops, bordering on bitter. Not a big taste, but enough to be enjoyable and make you want more.

MF: Light body, carbonated well, really drinkable.

Value: $2 for a taster. Love that price to try a lot and not get tanked.

O: The drinkability really sets this one apart. My glass was gone before I knew it, certainly could have gotten a couple pints and not thought twice about it.

russwbeck, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

drewgentry, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

IPA4LIFE, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

WVU-Gus, Mar 04, 2012
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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