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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,669 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,669
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 99
Gots: 207 | 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 Andy_Luft
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Andy_Luft, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

willjschmidt, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +1%

n00blar, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of allenson21
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

allenson21, Mar 16, 2014
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 Tracker83
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of beerhast
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

beerhast, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +1%

kybeerdrinker, Jul 13, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev +1%

mweso2000, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of BrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Creative and well done label made the experience that much better.

The color is an orange amber with a clean lacy head on top. Aroma is hoppy with a crip malt aroma and some raisin or seed scents mixed in.

The taste is hoppy and dry on the palate. A bit of almond or walnut skin with a very smooth ending. An excellent example of the style and a great 2 row flavor sits in the mouth.

BrewMaster, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of CanuckRover
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper. Big bubbly head off an aggressive pour settles to a thin ring after a few seconds. Lively carbonation.

Very grainy aroma, surprisingly malt-forward. Touch of alcohol. Hops aren't particularly evident.

Well-balanced flavours. Fortunately the hops show up to the party. Resinous pine right up front. Nice citrus flavours, particularly orange, add a bit of freshness. Caramel malt starts to develop mid-way through. Nice clean finish.

This is a nice refreshing APA. Hops will disappoint some, but flavours are clean and clear.

CanuckRover, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of kguard
4/5  rDev +1%

kguard, Jul 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

spedprof, Dec 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jman005, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of jackorain
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper, 1/2 inch head fell to a nice bubbly head in average time.

S-Biscuit malt, green hops, floral hops. Not strong nor complex, but nice.

T-Big floral hops and big green hop bite, caramel maty biscuit malt props this up in the middle. A nice long bitterness finishes it up.

M-nice medium body, perfect carbonation.

Overall-this is more like an IPA in bitterness and strength but I really like it. Another quality brew from Great Lakes. I am really starting to like this brewery

jackorain, Oct 07, 2007
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4/5  rDev +1%

rcjennings, Mar 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Theniz, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of burnstar
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautfiul clear dark copper with about a finger of white head. Smells very good- citrusy hops some sweet fruit character. taste is mostly nice citrusy hops but there are some complexities here as well. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Body is medium to full and rather dry. Easy to drink and a very nice pale ale overall.

burnstar, Sep 24, 2005
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

MichiganderHB, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic type pint.

Pours a golden honey with a frothy and substantial head that looks like whipped cream and laces the glass with sticky webs. Clarity is perfect and the carbonation actively climbs the sides of the glass. The bubbles in the middle of the glass do a sort of "St. Vitus' Dance" up to the head, replenishing it perfectly. Very pretty beer.

Smell is floral hops, with a crackery bready aroma. Big whiff of fruity yeast that has to be helped out by the hops on the middle.

Flavor vcenters on the hops which are not piney or oiley, but fresh, fruity and floral. Tannic acid flavor like a nice iced tea creeps in the middle. Big biscuity, bready flavors balance the hop bitterness/sourness.There is a decent amount of grapefruit and lemon bitterness, but not earthy or dank. Finishes dry and quenching, lip smacking actually.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. but not horribly so.

Drinkability is awesome. This is a tastey APA, that is refreshing and borderline sessionable. Excellent flavor and aroma it makes me want more after each quaff.

wheatyweiss, May 22, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

DudMan, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

heysuz, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

YalovaIA, May 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

WesMantooth, Mar 07, 2014
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,669 ratings.