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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: 323 | 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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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Lakes Burning River pours a crystal clear golden-orange color with a large white head. Smells sweet and citrusy thanks to the cascades. Hop taste through and through.. Similar to the nose (sweet and citrusy) with a bit more of a punch and a decent hoppy bitterness on the end. Hoppy sweetness and bitterness lingers in the aftertaste begging for another sip. This is one of my top 5 APA's if you haven't had it. Get it!

Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a small white head fading quickly.

Some citrus and pine aroma with a decent malt backbone.

Starts out with some citrus/floral notes rounding into just a bit of caramel sweetness. Finishes slightly bitter and piney. Very good profile for an APA.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are good for the level.

Another knockout style by Great Lakes. They very rarely wow, but are spot on on style. Good, but not overwhelming bitterness and a very pleasant brew.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear, cider-orange color; nicely formed head; carb action so-so; lacing is decent
S: slight, pleasant aroma; grass, hops, yeast--a bit like a tame IPA
T: very enticing pale ale; as hoppy as an average, humdrum IPA; goes down very smoothly; floral and orange, tending toward a Vienna lager (hmm, I've had a few of those lately)

Overall, another fine contribution from GL.

Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, some head. Golden color.

S: Grains/hay. Some hops.

T: Very grainy. Toasted notes. Citrus hops. Bitter finish.

M: Carbonated. Wet. Easy to drink.

Overall: This is an average beer with nothing special about it. Reminds me more of a pilsner than a pale ale. A decent beer.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First tried this beer a couple of years back at Great American Ballpark. It became my go to that weekend.

A: Pours a rich golden color, somewhat hazy. Truly lovely when held to light. Two fingers of soapy white head. Lacing is a mixture of streaks and spots around the glass. Film fully covers the beer. This is how a beer should look.

S: Toasted, sweet and bitter are all here and pretty well balanced. Biscuity malt and floral hops.

T: Toast and biscuit with pine, floral and orange citrus. This is very tasty. I sort of feel the need to write more about a 4.5 taste, but don't really have anything else to say. Solid, balanced and well crafted.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and clean. Slightly dry finish.

O: Obviously, I'm a big fan of this beer. Burning River has a lot of complexity for an APA. It's versitile enough to slow sip on a cool Autumn evening or enjoy at a ballgame in the middle of summer. I would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

Great Lakes Brewing Burning River Pale Ale poured a clean clear orange gold that was topped with a generous 2-finger off-white head that slowly diminished to sticky lacing. The nose is of citrus hops. The taste is dominated by sharp and aggressive hop bitterness [grapefruit] with very light pale malts in the background. The ale has a lingering bitter finish for an APA.

Burning River is a BIG APA that is hoppier than some IPA’s. Not being a hop lover I scored the overall rating lower than a true hop head would. If you like hoppy brews this is a must try.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white head that lasted a few minutes. Very nice lacing.

S: Mild hop and malt aroma. Some citrus.

T: Light sweetness and strong hop bitterness. Malt flavors in there, but dominated by the hops. Some grapefruit and citrus notes. More hops than I was expecting, but good.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Solid pale ale. Would like to try one from a bottle.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz Tumbler Glass.

Appearance: Very Dark Orange/Rust Color. For an APA, the beer also manages to be very clear at the same as well, something which I'm not used to with Pale Ales

Smell: Orange/Citrus and Slight Barley Smell.

Taste: There is an immediate Citrus and sweet taste upfront that stays with most of the time as well as a hint of barley, before finishing off to a subtle bitter orange/grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: It feels very light for APA, as well as being very thin. I was expecting there to be a heavier feel to it.

Overall: It's a decent beer that manages to get the job done, although I've had better APAs. I would recommend this beer as a "gateway" beer to anyone whose looking into getting into any type of Pale Ale.

Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - slightly hazy amber color with fluffy white head

smell - pine, citrus, grapefruit, mango, hops

taste - grapefruit, mango, hops really take over this show,

mouthfeel - medium bodied beverage,highly carbonated, highly bitter, not much balance to this as the hops are really aggressive

overall - decent beverage that i'm glad to have the opportunity to try

Photo of pschul4
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle from the GLBC sampler pack into pint glass

A- Very crisp clean looking bright orange with 1/2" head that stays for longer than you expect

S- Slightly muted hops and some very muted fruit and pine scents in the background

T- Definitely the hops you expect but there is a touch of sweet maltiness I hadn't picked up on the nose, it adds a well balanced dimension to this beer that would be lesser without it

M- My least favorite part of this beer, it is quite over carbonated and kind of stings the mouth. Smoother would for sure be better

O- Tastes pretty great but the mouthfeel is hard for me to get over. I don't think I'll be getting this again since the sample pack was quite boring (Sorry GL I'm just not a lager fan)
That being said I know there is a market for this type of beer and maybe I'll change my mind once I aggitate it a little to get some carbonation out

Photo of JWU
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- pretty bright gold with orange hints. nice white head, that leaves a little lacing down the glass.

S- a light, sweet caramel malt with some floral based hops

T- Great googly moogly. Taste-wise, possibly the finest Pale I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. The malt bill is more complex on the taste, taking on the likeness of an ESB. Caramel, biscuit and tea mostly. The floral hops are a bit citric, but are absolutely spot on in their assertiveness, balancing the brew.

M- Great on the palette. Medium bodied and slick, with a light carbonation, and it has a pleasently dry finish.

O- I really, really wish I could get this in Eastern PA, as this would be my go-to Pale. Fantastic.

Photo of MrOH
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant burnished gold, thin white head. A little bit of spotty lace.

Caramel malts, some citrus and floral notes.

Malt. Not so much caramel, though. Grapefruit and a little pine with a bitter finish, but the malt lingers.

Medium bodied, Good carbonation.

My least favorite from the GL taster's pack. Not a bad APA, just not my favorite.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Best before 26 July 2011. From notes. Reviewed 24 June 2011.

A: Good white head, with mediocre rentention. Clearish amber, with an orange-gold hue. Some bubbles and decent lacing.

S: Hops. Sweet grapefruit. Quite IPAish. Nice.

T: Good, but lacking subtlety. Vegetal hops. Smooth, carbonated supporting malts. The aftertaste is slightly [...]

M: Decent. Aside from pleasant citrus and carbonation, there is nothing notable.

O: Above average, but not monumentally so. A decent pale ale, but nothing that sticks out. I wouldn't spend money on a six pack.

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