Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev -3%
Poured hard with only about a finger of head. Pours rich amber with. Standard. I'm not really impressed with the smell. The beer's nose is a little stale. I almost get some lagered notes. There are additionally some bready qualities in the scent, followed by a mellow earthy (and somewhat mossy) background. The flavor was not at all what I was expecting. The lagered scent follows through in the taste, but is followed by very rich (medium darkness) malt flavor. There is medium sweetness and a crisp dry finish. The hops are interesting in this beer. Not a large profile, but most present in flavor (as opposed to bitterness or smell). I mostly taste earthiness (fresh cut grass and moss). There is a bit of fruit here too, but not a typical citrus hop bomb. The fruity qualities are subtle, smooth, and complex. The mouth feel is typical and well-executed for an APA: a smooth texture, medium carbonation, and medium body. Overall this is a fine brew. It's not my favorite APA, but it turned out being quite drinkable and interesting.
04-10-2013 03:10:34 | More by lunarbrew
3.93/5 rDev -1%
A - Clear copper, white head has decent retention and lace.
S/T - Nicely balanced pine hops, bready, biscuit malts, caramel sweetness, touch of diacetyl. The medium body is very smooth across the palate and finishes crisp and clean.
O - Easy drinking pale ale, well balanced. Crisp, clean flavors. The touch of diacetyl doesn't really take anything away from the drink.
04-07-2013 13:59:48 | More by garuda
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A- Pours a deep golden color with about one and half fingers of head. Nice retention, some active bubbles rising, and nice lacing left on the glass.
S- Really great hop aroma. Bitter and citrusy with a bit of malt backbone as well.
T- Deliciously hoppy APA. Bitter, with a little bit of maltiness to balance it out.
M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Really smooth and easy to drink.
O- An excellent APA. Good aroma, taste and mouthfeel. I will have to grab this one again.
04-06-2013 00:31:58 | More by MickeyBeer
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
12oz bottle, pours deep golden with a frothy, white head that fades into a foam leaving some sticky lacing. Citric aroma with biscuity malt & a touch of caramel and yeast. Tastes are a nice meld of toasted grain, caramel, grassy herbal hops, grapefruit pith, a bit fruity, and some hoppy spiciness on the finish. Medium mouth-feel with ample carbonation. Overall, a very solid go-to APA that fits the style perfectly.
03-24-2013 00:54:20 | More by barnzy78
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,595 ratings.