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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: 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

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

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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack the top, pouring a deep golden straw colored brew into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a one and a half finger head of creamy, variable khaki colored bubbles, showing nice retention. This leaves wet, sheeted lacing dripping down our glasses. There is a chill, fading haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active and diffuse. The aroma gives bright and bittering plastic phenols, rubber cement, wet cement, caramel and pale malt base, citric and grassy hops, green gourd skins, herbal leafiness, eucalyptus plantiness, yeasty metallics, sweet yellow corn, and fruitiness of pear, nectarine, and lemon flesh. Our first impression is that the flavoring is perversely ridden with plastics, but does allow enough room for bitterly grassy hops and sweet caramel malt base to shine through. As we sip, the taste opens with candy corn sweetness, pale, dried barley, straw, fructose syrups, wheat table crackers, bench lacquer, plastic phenols, bitter grassy hoppiness, and cloying cinnamon roll icing sweetness. The middle peaks with birdseed, alcohol, continued grassy and herbal hop simplicity, crispy pale malts, sea salt, clove and black pepper, gastric acidity, and sweet, sugary cereal graininess. The end is where most of the hops come through, with bitterly grassy and sweetly nectary varietals sitting atop a simple base of honey, pale and muddied wheat, sweet raw barley and corn, brewer’s yeast, frank metallics, and white breadiness. The aftertaste breathes of booze, plastics, vinyl, popcorn, nutty graininess, yeasty grit, continued pale malts, unsalted peanuts, vinegar acidity, straw and dried lawn, earth, mineral, and lightly resiny hops. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. Finishing pop stands out for the mouthfeel, as it is crisp, thorough, and robust. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth are all decidedly weak in comparison, but don’t detract from the experience. The mouth is left puckered and cloyed, with satiating salivation and light chalky astringency. The abv is fitting, and drinkability is high.

Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was its simplicity through the taste and aroma, and its ease of drinkability. While we’ve had this beer many times in the past, and enjoyed it, today it seems to be striking our palates at a funny angle. The aroma and taste both seem to be wrought with a curious plastic component. This actually faded quite a bit with warmth, but it did simultaneously reveal a heavy malt base, which tended to overwhelm the hop components. These were also a bit more bittering and puckering than we remember, as well, but in the end it didn’t stop of from enjoying this drink and leaving it with fond thoughts yet again.

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My wife asked me to buy some of this Great Lakes beer. I did not realize it won some medals and now I see why. A great lower alcohol beer; very smooth and everything a pale ale should be. I usually like heavier beers, but this one is very good for summer drinking and lower percentage.

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