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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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2,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 106
Gots: 273 | 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 Apellonious
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz out of 12 pack mix at the HT. 3/15/12 drink by date.

A - Pours a golden orange, with a finger and a half head, that hangs around for a while.

S - Floral notes, mild grapefruit, bread

T- Hops on the mild side, some biscuit. Grassy overtones. Very clean tasting, however it has an aftertaste I cannot quite place. A similar aftertaste is in one of the other beers in the mixer.

M- Very crisp, good carbonation, slight sharpness on the back of the tongue.

O - Very drinkable, will have to investigate that aftertaste, but this is recommended. Nothing too overpowering in the taste department, and the hops are restrained.

Photo of soulfly1492
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus hops, sweet malts. Surprisingly a bit of light chocolate and brown malt is present. Just a tiny amount of pine and alcohol.

Appearance: Deep gold. Mostly clear with some visible particles in suspension. Moderate white head. Surprisingly good retention. Sparse, very sticky lacing.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit, slightly bitter orange citrus, fresh and clean light malt flavor. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Mild diacetyl, perhaps because this brew is just past the freshness date. Some of that roasty darker malt flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Slick, again perhaps due to the freshness date. Starts to numb the roof of the mouth and tongue just a bit.

Overall: Nice balance and complexity. A bit harsh, but I'll blame most of that on the age of this bottle. Goes down just easy enough. Another great brew from Great Lakes.

Notes: Tasted on 1/23/2012. Freshness date on the bottle reads 12/26/2011.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw colored light blond with three finger head.

S - Bready, grainy malt, clove, oats.

T - Grainy malts from the get go. Hops seem very subdued.

M - Light to medium with average carbonation.

O - Decent pale ale offering by Great Lakes. This one was a little past it's prime. I will be excited to try this one fresh.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,813 ratings.