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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

2,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,870
Reviews: 1,012
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 111
Gots: 321 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of tmq204
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber honey with a very small head, a little lacing. Smelling some fruity hops, a bit of strawberry. Maybe some anise? Can I go there? Tastes a great mix of hop bitterness and a bready toasted malt. Nice smooth finish, a bit of alcohol there but no burn. The mouthfeel is just the right amount of carbonation, medium-body.

Overall, this is a great Pale Ale, buy one!


Photo of nwatson
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ChrisM361
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mcintire78
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw to pale gold in color, with significant carbonation and a one and a half finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves significant lacing.

S: Fairly significant smell of floral hops up front.

T: First taste is beautiful--very well balanced beer with a slightly stronger malt start and slightly stronger hop finish and a bit of a hop bite at the end.

M: Despite the strong indications of carbonation earlier, the beer is actually very smooth. The balance also makes it very, very drinkable.

D: One of my favorite APA's so far--it's not trying to be an IPA. Up there with Alpha King. I mean that.

Photo of RJ32S
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a clear orange-amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded relatively fast to give a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was of a bready and malty base with good hint of chop aromas. The hops were quite well done, with them being a nice blend of a grapefruit, lemon, pine and floral nature.

Taste – The taste begins of a malt base. The malt is lightly roasted with a good bready taste. Some lighter hop flavors of a grapefruit nature are present right up front and are mixed with a more caramel like sweetness. Soon however other hop flavors of a pine and earthy nature greet the tongue. While these enter, some of the caramel fades, leading to a bittering of the taste overall. In the end the citrus grapefruit seems to resurge leaving a slightly hoppy and light roast malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was medium in terms of creaminess as well as in terms of its carbonation Fairly easy to drink, but lacking in some complexity.

Overall – A good tasty easy drinking brew with a good balance of malt and hop flavors.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,870 ratings.