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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

2,841 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,841
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 108
Gots: 299 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is pleasant to have more Great Lakes available now that they've finally made it to the Raleigh area. Appearance is what you expect from the style: Clear copper body and thin white head. Nose is crisp but not terribly full with only mild malt and the faintest hint of spicy hops.

The taste throws me for a loop when it is aggressively hopped with west coast strains and features the lemon and pine more broadly than many beers labeled as IPAs. Some respectable malt balance, with round biscuit and yeast flavors. Oily in texture but pretty tight overall. For a session pale, this is about as flavorful and hop dense as you can reasonably ask for.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a Great Lakes "Taster's" 12-pack. 3/4. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Bright glowing orange. Fast carbonation rushing to the top, like a "burning river." foamy yellow-white head, 1-inch. lots of bubbles.

S - Strong citrus and pine. Very pleasantly floral.

T - Orange-citrus. Strong bitter hop presence, floral hop after taste. Zesty grapefruit note, grows stronger with each sip.

M - Sticky, Medium-bodied.

O - Nice balance of bitter and floral hops. I found the grapefruit pleasant, but I have a feeling that it might ruin it for some. I would drink again.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,841 ratings.