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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,545 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,545
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 96
Gots: 161 | 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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davet100

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-19-2013 20:49:30 | More by davet100
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tmm313

Georgia

4.81/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Almost perfect amber color. Crystal clear. Only poured about a 1/2 finger of head with aggressive pour, but had awesome lacing and trailing.

S- Huge citrus up front. Orange and grapefruit with fresh hop, caramel, subtle floral, tropical fruit and pine rounding it out. Smells amazing.

T- Absolutely delicious. Sweet orange and grapefruit up front, followed by big caramel, pine, slight earthy spice, and some nice bready notes. Subtle pine and orange rind on the finish. Not super complex, but the big flavors are blended almost perfectly. Wonderful, wonderful balance. I could drink this every day.

M- I was enjoying the flavor so much, I almost missed judging the mouthfeel. Medium light body. Creamy and slick on the tongue. Slightly drying with a nice aftertaste.

O- I hereby declare this the greatest Pale Ale on the planet! It was one of those "there you are, I've been looking for you" moments we're all striving for. THE most perfect session beer I have ever found!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:16:23 | More by tmm313
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delta490

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a clear amber with about one finger of creamy white head. Minimal retention but it clings to the circumference and leaves nice lacing

S- pretty malty (caramel, bread) with some light hints of hops

T- mild caramel malt flavor with some also mild hops flavors. It seemed underwhelming at first but got more robust as the beer warmed.

M- nice thickness on the palate

O- a very good Pale Ale, leaning more towards the English style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 22:01:20 | More by delta490
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle -> goblet
freshest taste before 08.31.07

Pours a clear orange with a creamy full white head. Lacing appears in melted sheets of white goodness. Carbonation appears minimal.

Nose: Piney citrus hops, some sourness similiar to pear.

Big medium to full mouth. Citrus upfront, with a quick blast of malt. Finishes with a smooth bitterness that hangs around for a little bit. Clean and refreshing.

100% session able, great taste. Thanks dan for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 21:22:19 | More by beerphan
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divineaudio

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into a pint glass. freshness date on label.

pours a nice rich amber color. forms a thin cap of off white head that dies down to a film right away. a few legs of lace here and there.

smell is deliciously sweet, fruity and floral with a hint of honey.

taste is lightly toasted malt with notes of toffee, well balanced by hops. a little biscuity with some pine resin on the back of the tongue to give it a slightly bitter twang. finish is nice and dry.

mouthfeel is a firm medium body with just enough carbonation.

this is a pretty damn good beer. goes down easy and represents the style well. puts a lot of other pale ales i've had to shame.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 22:31:55 | More by divineaudio
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kguard

Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-14-2013 18:54:09 | More by kguard
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Act25

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 01:20:07 | More by Act25
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-10-2012 00:24:27 | More by Beefytits4
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csmiley

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep gold bordering on copper. Got about a one half inch head that disappeared immediately. Lacing was only slightly better than average.

S - Nice complex hop aroma. Citrus notes followed by earthy tones. Malt shows up pretty stromg in the background with a little bit of a sugar smell.

T - Complex hops show up in the flavor as well. There is a combonation of citrus and pine that shows up first in the flavor. The malt profile backing up the hops makes for a great balance in flavor. Also got some slight bread and caramel flavors in the background.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation was average. Finish is dry and bitter.

D - This is a good solid effort from Great Lakes. I think the brew could be closer to an IPA than APA but still a pretty stellar beverage in the drinkability category.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 17:52:00 | More by csmiley
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hoplover82

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear copper color with a solid two finger white big, yet tight bubbled that has great retention and lacing.
S-The aroma is very tame at first, just some pale malt aroma, but as it warms, and after a swirl of the glass, the hops come through just a bit, with spicy and citrusy cascade hop notes along with some light caramel maltiness. I'm still within more than a month of the best by date, and it really is a little dissapointing. I'm sure right from the brewery it's a little better, but not in my glass. It's not bad, just not that good.
T-The flavor is much like the aroma with spicy, citrusy hops balanced with the pale and caramel malts. Nothing impressive though at all.
M-A solid medium body with a clean, crisp and slightly bitter finish.
O-I was overall, a little dissapointed by this beer, being a gold medalist of the World Beer Championships, and has over 800 reviews and an A average. Maybe I'll try it again fresher I hope.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 22:46:25 | More by hoplover82
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spedprof

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-13-2011 04:10:39 | More by spedprof
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AMCimpi

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-17-2014 18:21:13 | More by AMCimpi
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jman005

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-18-2013 04:21:00 | More by jman005
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-04-2013 23:07:02 | More by Dcunicelli
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-15-2014 16:05:26 | More by Ohiovania
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Theniz

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

06-08-2013 01:15:30 | More by Theniz
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judkinst

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-05-2014 00:05:21 | More by judkinst
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hockeypuck

Maine

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-20-2013 20:46:26 | More by hockeypuck
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djgustafson

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-29-2013 03:28:45 | More by djgustafson
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-02-2012 20:00:54 | More by DWolf
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ackeeper

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-24-2014 23:18:07 | More by ackeeper
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DudMan

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

06-05-2013 21:51:13 | More by DudMan
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allenson21

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-16-2014 19:55:09 | More by allenson21
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whitenads

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-05-2014 17:21:31 | More by whitenads
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bmoney

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-16-2011 00:19:09 | More by bmoney
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,545 ratings.