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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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2,652 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,652
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 98
Gots: 200 | 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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4/5  rDev +1%

kguard, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

MichiganderHB, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

heerboth, Jul 18, 2013
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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 wheatyweiss
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Westuh, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Andy_Luft, Apr 18, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Welp, Great Lakes no longer distributes to Indiana, and I grabbed one of the last Burning River singles in the state.
I can already tell by the nose that this beer is somewhat old -- still the strong, citrusy hop smells are there in abundance, leaping forth from the craggy coffee-and-cream head. When fresh this beer smells like an IPA, currently it smells more like a regular ol' APA.
The taste follows the smell. There is enough of a malt backbone in this beer for it to be balanced and pleasant.
A wonderful brew.
Man, I'm gonna miss these guys.

shbobdb, May 03, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

A- a gloden amber with off-white head that left medium lacing
S- cascady hops with a piney smell. a little malt but the hops is the big player here
T- really good, a smooth but steep onset of hops after the initial maltiness.
M- a medium/heavy body with a smooth flow over the tongue.
D- forms a really good pale ale which can be easily be drank over and over

Atron67, Jul 07, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jman005, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of burnstar
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

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 23, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

harrylee773, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Act25
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

davet100, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of malcontent
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a transparent reddish color with a finger of head and minimal lacing.

Wonderful flowery hop aromas with citrus and spice.

Somewhere between tart apple cider and grapefruit juice is what I'm left with in trying to describe the affect of the hops on Burning River. Lovely tasting beer.

Perfect body/carbonation balance with oiliness well under control. This is easily one of my top-5 session brews.

malcontent, Jan 06, 2007
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4/5  rDev +1%

YalovaIA, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

KFrank729, Mar 21, 2014
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4.81/5  rDev +21.5%

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!

tmm313, Feb 04, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Got this in a mix pack I picked up in late Aug at the Price Chopper grocery in North Syracuse NY. Freshness date on the box: Jul 16 2010. Oops. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

I had this a few months ago on tap, interested to see how bottle compares to tap. The other factor affecting the difference between these two reviews is that a restaurant setting with my parents presented minimal opportunity to take decent notes, whereas here alone at home the opposite circumstance is the case.

I gave this a pretty hard pour because last time I had it was from draft and I'm curious what it'll do. A heavy pour into the center of the glass gives a big 3" of frothy bubbly beige head that lingers pretty well. The head leaves a bunch of spotty chunky lace on the glass. Smell is some soft orangey citrus hop and milky smoothness, like a semi-bitter orange creamcicle. Taste is mild and subdued, much like the nose but dialed back a few big notches, plus a little diacetyl and maybe vanilla. Orange creamcicle indeed. A little sharp pine hop also tries to fight through and, although it is very minor, it stands out quite easily and I wonder if the beer would be better off without it. Mouthfeel is even and smooth, smooth and appropriate carbonation. Finish is smooth and creamy but dry on the tongue. Tasty.

BeerNinja007, Sep 15, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

A- 1/2" thin and soapy white head with little retent comes and goes above a clear copper brew

S- citric, bready and floral

T- subtle citric bitterness throughout, bready and toasted malt flavors, well balanced brew

M- lively carbonation throughout with a dry, hop abused palate at the finish

D- well balanced, flavor comes out much better at warmer temps, though hops feel aggressive the flavor is mellow, enjoyable pale ale, not a bad choice

tonistruth, Dec 29, 2007
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4.65/5  rDev +17.4%

Possibly the best American pale ale in the universe.

Pours pretty, light amber and clear with a white head of foam. This is a golden ale with a wonderful, cedar-pine aroma....but the taste...oh, my....crisp toasted malts mix wonderfully with cedar hops that pave the way to a dry, bitter finish. So simple, but so good. The mouthfeel trends towards light from medium and the carbonation is ample enough. I think this is my new favorite pale ale. A little strong for the style, but oh well...I'll just try not to drink too many.

marcobrau, Jun 23, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

DudMan, Jun 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

djgustafson, Oct 29, 2013
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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