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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

2,493 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 92
Gots: 148 | 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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JRed

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange topped by large white bubbly head. Smells of citrus notes, slight floral, and lemon zest. Tastes citrus notes, floral, lemon zest, some rind but mostly fruit sweetness without the bitter, hops but not too bitter, dry finish. Light in body with medium carbonation. A good representation of the APA. Light, citrus, dry.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 23:09:50 | More by JRed
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tom444

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours: A rich, clear reddish amber color, with a thick off-white head. Excellent head retention, little lacing.

Aroma: Somewhat malty, with a strong hop scent.

Taste: Crisp and fairly bitter, with plenty of floral and citrus hop notes. A bit of lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Overall: A very good pale ale, and yet another excellent brew from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 19:28:03 | More by tom444
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of lots of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, grassy hops followed by toasted and pale malts.

Taste: Toasted and pale malts forward with all the hop characteristics and bitterness in between. Balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, crisp, refreshing, bite, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: There is a nice balance to this beer and I wish I had more. Will have to put in some requests with friends driving through Pennsylvania again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 06:09:50 | More by Flounder57
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-05-2014 17:41:02 | More by SkiBum22
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Bright and clear golden-amber color; good showing of the head retention, and it stands three fingers high. Hints of caramel and flowery hop in the nose. Slick and chewy medium body. Bitty smoothness lets the grain and hop bitterness roll around on the taste buds first. Biscuity malt and a spicy, orangey hop bitterness and flavor battle it out. Hey now, these hops are at work here. Clean palate with only a quick flash of fruitiness from the alcohol. A little dry in the finish with a long trail of hop flavor.

Without a doubt, this beer displays its American Pale Ale traits; it's balanced, yet with the hops, always up front. Surpassing the benchmark is our conclusion. Proof that a Mid-American brewery can well hop a Pale Ale like the rest of them. Good use of Cascade hops!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:54:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-02-2014 23:13:35 | More by danthehopslamman
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JonBrand

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-06-2014 23:27:20 | More by JonBrand
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orm56

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-23-2011 09:53:56 | More by orm56
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by hudsonphotog.

Pours light orange with a white head. The aroma is very malty, possibly Vienna malt. You also get some piney hops. The flavor is piney hops with a strong caramel malt backbone. Not too complex but a good APA. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 20:20:50 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-27-2011 19:17:18 | More by Skye1024
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from my Great Lakes "The Sampler" pack.

Poured into a nonic. Nice, bright amber-golden in colour, leaves about a 3/4 inch head, nice lacing, good retention. Solid ring remains long after the pour.

Nose is sweet caramel malt coupled with crisp, piney-citrus hops.

A solid pale ale, full of flavor, nicely balanced. Caramel malts, mild citrus hops to cleanse the palate. A bit of earth, resin and chocolate kicking around. Not overly complex, just a great tasting brew.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy.

Though not as mind-explodingly good as Edmund Fitzgerald or Dortmunder, this is nevertheless a great tasting pale, that is light and crisp enough to quench a thirst on a humid afternoon, yet tasty enough to sit and ponder over.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 21:57:52 | More by JohnnyBarman
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2011 15:54:16 | More by mjtiernan
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-11-2011 22:13:13 | More by xdefeatsy
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-14-2011 14:04:35 | More by bpfrush
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden amber with a big bubbly white head with decent retention. Good lacing.

Smell: Toasted caramel malts with citrus hops and orange peel. Hints of grapefruit and spices.

Taste: Caramel malt sweetness followed by Citrus and piney hop bitterness. Hints of grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 07:42:24 | More by MattyG85
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-12-2013 15:12:58 | More by Mantooth
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-09-2011 22:26:28 | More by jminch
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-11-2012 00:02:13 | More by mrosenfeld32
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brianplatt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-24-2012 02:00:18 | More by brianplatt
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-12-2013 01:25:43 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-27-2013 01:24:16 | More by Adkins1203
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a bright light orange hue with a crystal clear body and a small off-white heat that is very creamy. A nice slow carbonation of small bubbles.

S- A nice aroma of green hops and citrus notes with some pale malt notes.

T- Nice grapefruit hops very bold at the begining of the taste. A slight orange hint is mixed with the pale malt flavor and a nice hoppy bitter finish.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This is a very smooth drink with a great juicy hop flavor. A well-built, easy-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 23:40:39 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-16-2011 15:40:51 | More by richkrull
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wander4

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-16-2014 00:14:53 | More by wander4
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-15-2013 02:43:34 | More by weonfire
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,493 ratings.