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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,595 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,595
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 96
Gots: 178 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001)
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Skott1123

Ohio

5/5  rDev +25.9%

04-13-2013 16:43:57 | More by Skott1123
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rkf1976

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-13-2013 15:42:32 | More by rkf1976
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-13-2013 01:30:45 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Drecher


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

04-13-2013 01:25:17 | More by Drecher
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Lordyeldarb


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-12-2013 12:18:20 | More by Lordyeldarb
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DamageInc78

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-12-2013 03:43:56 | More by DamageInc78
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-11-2013 00:27:28 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

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
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garuda

Pennsylvania

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
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beercanman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-07-2013 09:51:04 | More by beercanman
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MattyDrinks

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

04-07-2013 05:00:20 | More by MattyDrinks
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Mcallaghan04

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-07-2013 01:08:14 | More by Mcallaghan04
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wroywel

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-06-2013 20:43:52 | More by wroywel
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

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
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Kubrickx

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-05-2013 20:48:47 | More by Kubrickx
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last500

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-05-2013 17:26:08 | More by last500
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parkwood

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-05-2013 01:53:15 | More by parkwood
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korene84

California

2/5  rDev -49.6%

04-04-2013 18:30:46 | More by korene84
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BeastLU

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-03-2013 22:24:53 | More by BeastLU
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flyingPharmacist

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-02-2013 13:37:36 | More by flyingPharmacist
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vtn

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-02-2013 00:13:28 | More by vtn
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-31-2013 19:17:41 | More by hockeyfighter19
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-29-2013 03:11:01 | More by cosmonick
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-24-2013 02:26:09 | More by Sparky44
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barnzy78

Illinois

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.