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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

2,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,894
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 113
Gots: 347 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 2,894 | Reviews: 1,020
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent example of an American Pale Ale. This beer has an excellent nose to go along with it great hoppy characteristics. Burning River is very true to style. A good beer to serve when introducing novices to different styles of beer. Stands well against its big brother, Nosforatu, another of Great Lakes offerings.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Burning River pale ale pours a couple fingers of loose foam over a gorgeous clear orange tea-colored brew. A steady stream of carbonation bring up a citrusy nose of Pacific Northwestern hops. Flavor is typical APA- slightly sweet, bready light malts up front, grapefruit rind citrusy hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a long hop aftertaste. Pretty typical American Pale Ale here- just about every brewery makes one, and honestly, you oughta be drinking the one your local makes- it's fresher that way. If I lived in Cleveland, I'd definitely be rockin' with this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

This poured to a great light orange and gold color. The head is medium, and lace is minimal.

The smell is fantastic. It brings a solid amount of hops, with big grapefruit flavor, on top of a pale malt base that doesn't get left behind. The taste is again a great mix between malt and hops. The mouthfeel is big and full, while drinkability is excellent.

This is right up there with Stone Pale Ale. Fantastic beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Pale amber with a perfect two finger head.

S: Sweet and sticky hops with notes of grapefruit, citrus, spice and honey.

T: A big hoppy hit with lots of residual sugars that balance out the bitterness.

D: This is a great beer to have one after another. The flavours are never boring and the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall: A perfectly simple and tasty APA. A good beer to frequent during the summer and warmer months. Goes well will lots of hearty, full meals.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

12oz brown bottle with no drink before date. Arrived via BIF12 (otherwise not to be found in Baltimore)

Hazy amber golden. Nice lacing.

Odors of both a sugary maltiness and a floral hop tone are evident after the pour.

Medium bodied and worth having a few. Very fruity malty flavor (peach and oranges) with some caramel and biscuits. Big hopness here tames those sweet flavors very nicely. This is a lot larger than several of the other APAs I’ve had recently and is very tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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