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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

2,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,840
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 108
Gots: 298 | 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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Photo of kguard
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice amount of head that disappears quickly, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: nice hoppiness and citrus character

T: great tasting brew, really loved it, nice hop character, slight citrus note, I don't know what it is but there is some depth to it I can't explain

D/M: slight carbonation tingle, very smooth on the pallet, a very easy drinking brew, one of the best pale ales I've ever had

Photo of Greggy
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal, almost lager like clear. Starts with a 1 finger head, with great lacing. Orange body.

S- Big grapefruit, pine, and hops.

T- Very malt driven right off the bat with caramel, grapefruit, and pineapple. Very dry hop finish. Nice.

M- Silky smooth maltiness. Very nice!

D- 6% isn't the most drinkable, but this is a nice malty, but still hoppy APA. Definitely would have again given the chance.

Photo of beerme626
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2 finger head on top of a gold-amber brew. Head dissipated quickly, but with a light cover of white the whole time.
S: Amazing.
T: Hoppy, but in the best way possible, with a slight alcohol flame for fun.
M: Full, tingles the mouth long after the sip.
O: Absolutely wonderful. A great pale ale; easily the best in my limited experience of five or so good ones

Great Lakes with another win.

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of patrick802
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a thin, bright white head that leaves spots of lacing in its wake.

The aroma is grains, caramel and citrusy hops.

The taste is a biscuity caramel malt brushed off by a good wallop of bitterness. Slightly fruity apricot with a bit of lemon zest. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Nicely carbonated, medium bodied, very refreshing on the palate.

Overall a pretty straightforward, but really good, assertively bitter pale ale.

Photo of jpro
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just became available in NC, so picked up a couple of sixers when I was up there last weekend (still no Great Lakes in South Kacky). Cracked one during the first night of the NCAA tournament...

Pours a mix of light amber / straw gold, with a minimal egg shell head; lots of good lacing, though - the bottom third of my glass is one nice, snowy sheet! Aroma is dominated by caramel malt sweetness; there are hints of pine and citrus with a little earthiness, too. The hops become more apparent in the taste - nice citrus / tropical fruit with a touch of woodsy bitterness; bready and sweet malts are there. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied and carbonation is fairly high, but not overly zingy. A very drinkable brew - I think this may become one of my go-to pale ales (too bad I have to drive about 3 hours to get some) - great stuff!

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a respectable head that fades quickly. The aroma is citrusy, but not strong. The taste too, is mild citrus, sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouth feel is only average with a little carbonation. Very drinkable because it is fairly mild. Overall there are too many "slight, mild, light, average" used to describe Burning River. It is what it is: an average, bland, APA light. OK, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of qcghost
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this last night in Madison, WI on tap and I was very pleased. Evrything about this beer was great, smelled of a well hopped beer. The taste was well-rounded and not harsh at any point. I could've stayed and had 5 or 6 of these pretty easily!!!

Photo of KFrank729
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 10/17, from notes. Thanks Chris!

Pours with a wonderful clarity. Orangey-bronze color, 1.5 finger head fades to a film leaving abstract lacing.

Smell is subtle overall, slight herbal hoppiness. Gentle notes of grapefruit. Taste follows this but is in a very great balance. Low bitterness, toasty malt sweetness and light caramel. Very well balanced with herbal hops.

Not too thin of a mouthfeel like some pale ales suffer from. This is substantial and still has great drinkability. I would definitely love to session this if it were my local. I haven't had a Great Lakes that I don't like yet!

Photo of beergod1
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a million times, yet I had not rated it yet....hmmmm. I just had the 11 beer sampler at GLB, so I can get caught up on some of these. Nice ruby-golden color with a white head. Very hoppy aroma, some light grass and fruits from the malt as well. Medium body, almost an IPA, But since I drank the Commodore Perry....I clearly see(taste) the Difference. Better on tap. Good Stuff.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,840 ratings.