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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,965 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,965
Reviews: 1,033
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 121
Gots: 409 | 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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Ratings: 2,965 | Reviews: 1,033
Photo of Metalsnota
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not overly fond of pale ales and this beer was ok, but not great.

Photo of fscottkey
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] Full finger of dense white head. The beer itself is orange in color. Very little bubbling from the glass. The bottle has a best by date of 3/12/15 and lists the ABV at 6.0%.

S: [2.75] The nose is very weak. Just some really subdues floral and fruit notes. That is with a huge whiff.

T: [3.00] Upfront is malty and sweet. The back end is a stark contrast - it has a pronounced bitter finish. The taste is following the nose with the lack of distinct flavor components.

M: [2.75] Low carbonation. The key feature of the mouthfeel is the lingering bitter aftertaste.

O: [3.00] I love Great Lakes - but not enough for me to recommend this beer. It is just lacking any character or flavor. I will definitely leave this out of the lineup.

Photo of nigeldazooman
2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just didn't care for this beer.

Photo of EvieE
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Amber orange. Nice lacing, a medium head. Was really orange looking.

S: Heavy grapefruit smell. A little yeasty.

T: A sharp taste, a nice hops finish though.

F: Sharp on the front of the tongue. Heavy carbonation feel.

O: Would have it again, wouldn't mind for a session beer. But wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of JB62
2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Because I have to type 5 words

Photo of snatchmo
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold with fine persistent lacing. Not much aroma, mild floral. Taste of citrus and floral mild malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel Sessionable.

Photo of Mikus
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Medium amber, little bit of white head, good carbonation in pint glass (12oz bottle). Mild nose, hint of pine and light floral notes. Slight taste of piney hops, bit muddled tasting overall, light on hops (enjoy by still has 5-6 weeks...), not too wild about the flavors (even a bit of wet cardboard in there). Maybe fresher, or on a summer day? Clean mouthfeel in general, gently lingering flavors (unfortunately some bit off), easy drinking. Overall ok, but FL can do a lot better! I'll have to try a fresher one sometime, maybe in a mixed 12 pack...

Photo of Chris19
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as pale as it should be.

Photo of MattR2014
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of date on bottle. This pale not too hoppy. Not one I would seek out Found out best by 1/22/15 so within date

Photo of bmeehan
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

I prefer to cook with this vs drink it.

Photo of Marina
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At Great Lakes Brewing Company. 12/26/14. Yummm.

Photo of StevensBrewing
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Holy Cascade! This beer is great for hopheads. It looks fine, smells better than it tastes for a small time hop guy like me. This beer is pallet scorching, so be careful if you're not used to powerful alphas. Overall is is decent for Great Lakes.

Photo of mreith1025
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%

Crisp. Great hints of citrus. One of my favorite pale ales, if not my favorite

Photo of mchegash
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.9/5
Light orange-brown color. 1.5 fingers of head upon initial pour, dissipates down to minimal head. Quite clear, small amount of carbonation can be seen rising throughout the beer.

Smell - 3.9/5
Nice citrusy hops presenece with slight pine notes. Kind of a mellowed-out smell. It's nice.

Taste - 3.8/5
Piney hops, some sweet darker malts. Overall a decent taste.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, light carbonation, quite crisp.

Overall - 4/5
Overall, a very balanced pale ale. The hops don't overpower, but are still very present in the taste.

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

Appearance - Orange-gold color.

Overall: Crisp and smooth beer. Dry with a light bitterness at the end. Not a complex beer. Very solid beer. Excellent APA.

Photo of JimBerry
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Good for a pale ale but I am not a fan of pale ales

Photo of HattedClassic
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer itself is a dark copper color that borders on dark orange. The beer smell has floral hop notes, malt sweetness, and a little bit of earthy notes as well. The malt sweetness and the floral notes mix very well together and very difficult to separate but compliment each other such as that it gives off a nice sweet floral smell. The smell also has a slight yeasty note that comes off as a sweet and bready note. The taste is a bit different from the smell. The taste has a much stronger hop flavor which is earthy and herbal instead of floral and the malt is barely noticeable while the yeast note is stronger. The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied but on the heavier side. The beer finishes fairly smooth with a bit of carbonation. Overall, a pretty good pale ale worth getting.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whitenads for sending me this one.

Enjoy by: 6/23/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of earthy characteristics in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of dogfather
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

This is my go to beer.The beer that introduced me to the citrusy flavor of hops.It has been an adventure to explore many micros ever since.

Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

This one is very damn good.

Photo of misternebbie
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice APA and very available in my area, my go to APA

Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Golden orange. White sticky head. Aroma of light, sweet tropical fruit and malts. The taste is better than the smell. The mouthfeel fits well. Very nice and flavorful.

Photo of joe12pk
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass.

A - Orange-gold. One finger head dissipates quickly but good retention throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Light grapefruit, sweet malt

T - Begins with sweet malt and fruit. Ends in a bit grapefruit with minor pine notes. Dry, with a pleasant light bitterness.

O - This is a good one for initiates in the world of pale ales.

Photo of dbl_delta
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 6/4/15 so it's about a week past its drop dead date. I really like APAs, but this one doesn't float my boat. I don't get any citrus, not much floral, some dank, bitter pine but that's about it. It's nice and light, but so are a lot of better-tasting APAs.
Great Lakes has some fantastic offerings, but this isn't one of them.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a plastic pint glass at a Williamsport Crosscutters game. Pours orange red with a small white head. Smells of citrus. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops, light malt, good bite. Beer is light bodied good carbonation, smooth finish with bite. Overall a very good beer.

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,965 ratings.