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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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2,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,713
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 104
Gots: 219 | 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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Photo of MichPaul
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...)

MichPaul, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of mitch3114
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

mitch3114, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Schmuckles
4/5  rDev +1%

Schmuckles, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of tlazaroff
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Perfectly clear golden straw color with visible carbonation forming a crisp white head.
S: Big pineapple notes here. I get tropical fruits abundant. Slight bread/grain notes back up this hop-packed APA.
T: Upfront the hops shine, big floral and fruit notes but it isn't too bitter which gives it a strong malt base to work off. This is a very well balanced beer.
M: Perfectly carbonated, medium bodied, and it coats the palate without being sticky or thick.
D: I could drink this all day long, this is in my top 5 favorite APAs.

tlazaroff, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of pottergator
4/5  rDev +1%

pottergator, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of YalovaIA
4/5  rDev +1%

YalovaIA, May 16, 2014
Photo of dherling
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a golden color with a thin off white head, minimal lacing. The nose was fairly sweet, accompanied by lemon and melon. The taste was slightly hoppy, sweet, with grapefruit pith and melon. Had a medium body and crisp carbonation. Was a nice, very drinkable brew.

dherling, May 01, 2007
Photo of giblet
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another gem from GLB. they are one of my favorites and it is convenient that they are close to home. i am not sure why i waited so long to try this. after their Perry IPA i figured why...i am glad i did. poured nice with about one and a half inch head. orangish color with excellent carbonation. nice hoppy aroma. very nice malt and hop flavor. nice balance. i could suck up 2 or 5 of these in a row...yum!

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +1%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Tracker83
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Theniz
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Theniz, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of shirfan
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No matter what insult is hurled at Buffalo, I've always been able to reply "at least our river never caught fire like Cleveland's". (Although I'd gladly see the Niagara blazing like a torch in exchange for a championship team... both are equally likely)

Clear and light orange, with a good deal of lacing even after several minutes.

Aroma is of mild citrus and... something vague between cranberry and cardboard. This is not the freshest of bottles, so I will try to find a younger one and adjust scores if it turns out to be age-induced.

Taste strikes a really nice balance -- juicy without being too sweet, mild carbonation, and a light mixture of piney/floral hops that stay well within sane APA bounds. Very light hints of pepper towards the finish. Stands out in the crowd of "just another" pales for its almost perfect equilibrium.

shirfan, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of bboven
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic pale ale appearance wise; can't give a better praise than that. Great lacing.

Smell is greatly balanced between th hops and malt.

Taste leans a little more towards the malty end, but still pretty well balanced

Mouth feel is once again right where it should be.

Very drinkable, quenching, could use a touch more dryness, but that's just me trying to find something to be picky about with this beer.

bboven, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice tan color with orange overtones. Nice head & carbonation from the keg.
This is a smooth ale with a distinct hop kick. The bitterness is not overpowering, as in many pale ales, and is balanced out somewhat by sweet overtones. Nice citrusy afternotes.
Very drinkable, as it provides enough hops for purists as well as going down nice & easy for the average beer drinker. One of the better APA's I've been served.

Natural510, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange-amber in color. Lighter than your average APA. Head and lacing are a bit lackluster in that the head was smaller than expected and didn't last too long. Lacing was light and stringy.
Has a decent malt presence that gives you a flash of caramel sweetness. Goes fruity in the middle with a citric-hop flavor that reminds me of mandarin oranges. Finished dry and crisp with a lingering hop bitterness.
This one was drinkable and somewhat enjoyable, but didn't knock my socks off. I still hold to the opinion that this brewery is somewhat overrated. Each of their beers that I have tried are decent, but there's always a little something lacking that I can't quite put my finger on that keeps them from being really good.

Hoagie1973, Jun 06, 2009
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.

Act25, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of dbc5
4/5  rDev +1%

dbc5, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Nordbier
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Nordbier, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

n00blar, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

djgustafson, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Devman171, Sunday at 12:03 PM
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4/5  rDev +1%

kguard, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a big grapefruity smell and taste, almost like a wheat beer. The hoppy taste sublty changes as my cup warms up, to a more bitter aspect like an IPA. Excellent appearance and head for this style. I sampled this at a homebrew party among a sea of Oktoberfest beers, so this is a refreshing and welcome change of pace.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev +1%

mweso2000, Jul 27, 2013
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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