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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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,870
Reviews: 1,012
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 111
Gots: 322 | 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

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap.

Arrived a clear light brown with a 2 finger white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Aroma was citrusy hops along with bready malt.

The flavor was very hoppy up front with citrus hops dominating. This faded to a pleasant maltiness along with a moderated lingering bitterness. I also detected some fruityness along the line of strawberry or raspberry.

Overall this is a nicely balanced beer that I would seek out again. Would like to try it in the bottle.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes; best by 3/30/11; tasted 2/15/11

A - Pours a clear golden brown with two fingers of head with decent retention.

S - Very faint hop aroma, but surprisingly little going on here.

T - Some citrus hop up front, Nicely balanced with malt. Lingering bitterness with a tea-like aspect to it.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel with good, but not overwhelming, carbonation.

O - Good pale ale. Doesn't really stand out among other pale ales, but it is well made.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mindspin315
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a nice looking brew. Pours a big soapy looking white head. Very clear pale golden orange body with an intense dose of carbonation bubbles streaming up the middle of the glass.

Very bready and nutty aroma right away on the nose. Hints of caramel, toffee, and a mild citrus hop aroma comes through right in the middle. Also a little bit of sweetness on the back.

A creamy, smooth, and very drinkable pale ale. Just like in the aroma lots of nutty, bready, and toffee flavors. Not a lot of hop flavor...just getting a bit of bitterness from them.

Overall this is a really good pale ale...would like a little bit more hops though. A bit more hops and this would've absolutely wow'ed me. Very enjoyable and the six pack won't be lasting long. 'I think this could be an off bottle and it is still delicious' From all the descriptions this seems like it should be a lot more hoppy. The bottle date is still fresh so it isn't old. I will be re-review this when I have the next bottle.

Bottle has been re-tasted and must say that I must've had a bad bottle, cause this one is really incredible. A beyong solid pale ale offering from Great Lakes.


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