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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

2,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,870
Reviews: 1,012
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 111
Gots: 322 | 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 +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +1.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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.

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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!

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,870 ratings.