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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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very good

2,836 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,836
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 108
Gots: 294 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep orange to gold color. Fairly clear with only a hint of haze. Smaller, one finger head that retains well and laces pretty good. Head is off-white to cream in color.

S- Pretty big doses of floral and piney hop flavors for an APA that's best by date is in just a few days. Hops are dominant through the entire smell of the beer, with an occasional, very faint waft of sweeter malts.

T- Pretty much like the scent. This flavor profile reminds me a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Hops start it off and persist throughout, prominent, but not quite dominant. Very consistent hops that won't overpower you, but also doesn't leave you wanting more. Ends with a crisp hop bite.

M- Crisp, clean, and pretty smooth going down. High carbonation and medium weight from the hops are the only inhibitors to swilling this faster.

Overall, a very solid APA. Like I said, this reminds me a lot of a SNPA. I would say this is the more eastern, or maybe midwestern version of a very standard, very solid pale ale like a SNPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a transparent amber. The head forms but quickly resides to the glasses edge.

The aroma is nice full of fresh malt toasted crystal malt make a hint of butter and citrus

The carbonation id upfront on the tongue it builds and lingers on the tongue. The taste starts malty pale and a slight butter crystal malt finish

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! As an APA fan (dales pale ale). This beer rocked me. Wish it came in cans.

Poured bottle into .5 l cylinder named Spaten.

A: Beautiful, clear, copper amber with large, dense 3 finger lasting head, and sticky lacing all the way down. Close appearance to Dales which is just a shade more copper.

S: Biscuit, bread, with leafy hops rising, but subtle. Stronger as the beer swirls and warms. More sea foam, beach, outdoors kind of head, sea side forest when you give a big swirl.

T: First, biscuity malt which trends to some citrus pith as plenty of hops engage ; the finish is fruity and bitter. Lots of hops tingle leaves you happy. A kissing beer. An original woody, fresh cut heart wood taste is included that give this beer an edge of originality, not unlike the strong pine of Dales.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a strong level of carbonation; crisp feel, great with food, in this case Salmon with garden tomatoes, peppers, basil, onion on toast w ny cream cheese, lemon olive oil and balsamic and pepper.

Drinkability: This is a top APA that everyone must try, and up there with my fave Dales Pale Ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an effervescent copper that produces a beautiful full finger or two of creamy and thick head that perches atop my beer for the entire length of my consumption. The lacing that it leaves can hardly be called lacing, as it is more a solid wall of foam that is simply more concentrated where the beer sat between sips.

S/T: I find more and more that pale ales try to be IPAs, and as a result, they over-hop on the aroma and in the taste. Not so here. A good amount of citrus and grapefruit hops are nicely balanced by a bready and caramel malt backbone. The taste follows suit, bringing a very nice balance to this beer. There is just enough bitterness to snap you back to the reality that this really is a pale ale despite the balance. There is also a nice twinge of orange in there. I really enjoyed this.

M/D: Gotta be the creamiest pale ale that I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The carbonation seems to blend right into the body of this brew, making for a great drinking experience.

The thing I like most about Burning River is the fact that it knows what it is. It excels at it, and doesn't try to be anything else. This is one helluva pale ale, and I might make this a go-to.

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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a golden light amber with a tight snow white head and a hint of spotty lacing. Nose is full with floral/fruity hops and a solid malt body. Taste continues with the mellow, but complex floral/herbal hops, some tropical fruit, grapefruit, and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thinnish, with thin, fine carbonation that tickles the tongue. This is a damn tasty APA here. I'm not exactly a hophead yet, so I really enjoyed the subtle but complex and present floral hops. Probably my favorite pale ale of any type to date. Great Lakes has another winner here.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of bigdeuce
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a temendous brew. High quality to say the least. Some malt on the front, terrific hoppy bitterness on the back. The water, well, it's great lakes!! Almost has a toasted almond flavor in the malt. Great citrusy love down the middle. An awesome brew, an awesome session brew. Very highly recommended!

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with white creamy head. Golden amber color very clear for the color.Piney citrisy aroma.sweet malty taste piney citusy aftertaste just like the aroma. Really makes you mouth water for more.I have this beer on my home draught system several times a year everybody really enjoys this beer.

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4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A VERY nice Pale Ale! I usually am not a fan of Pales, but between this and Zombie Dust, I just might become one! Anyway, this Pale is outstanding as far as Pales go. A nice bitter taste and not the full, bready, malt that Pales usually seem to throw at you.
This pours out a tall head, with MUCH lacing. The aroma is also a nice citrus scent that is also inviting.
I am more of an IPA/Stout fan, but if I was to chose only a pale, so far this is one of my faves! (Although, I only think this is my 3rd pale so far...)

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,836 ratings.