Burning River
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #427
Ranked #13,742
3.94 | pDev: 11.17%
Yesterday at 01:27 AM
Jul 06, 2001
Very Good
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Notes: A toast to the Cuyahoga River Fire! For rekindling an appreciation of the Great Lakes region’s natural resources (like the malt and hops illuminating this fresh Pale Ale). Crisp and bright, with refreshing flickers of citrus and pine that ignite the senses (not our local waterways).
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3.96 by carrcolind from District of Columbia on Yesterday at 01:27 AM
3.84 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Mar 26, 2022
4.19 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Mar 06, 2022
4.1 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois on Feb 27, 2022
3.5 by mpenske from California on Feb 20, 2022
3.9 by MGibbons from Maryland on Feb 06, 2022
4 by KT3418 from Colorado on Feb 05, 2022
3.68 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2022
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Manta200 from Kentucky

At John's, single can in a pint glass.

Nov 26, 2021
3.1 by Jcreek from Illinois on Nov 14, 2021
3.81 by jchanley from Illinois on Nov 14, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

This is one of my favorite go to pale ale. Copper in color and very light on the nose. A nice crisp flavor that is malty on the Frontline with a refreshing hop character on the finish.

Oct 09, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Pours a clear, bright copper with a quickly receding white head, minimal lacing. Citrus, pine and some caramel on the nose, taste follows with a nice hoppy finish. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A solid pale ale and a great can!

Aug 25, 2021
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2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by MoMaMe from Maryland

I purposely picked this one up because it said "Citrusy and Piney" and was looking forward to it, hoping it would be similar to Celebration Ale by Sierra Nevada, but this one was a disappointment.

There's a bitter aftertaste that lingers a long time, much like the flavor/feeling after eating citrus rinds. It's hard to distinguish any separate flavors, they all kind of meld together and nothing stands out.
Initial sip is a bit fruity and slightly malty, but the bitterness hits quickly. It's almost as if they left the bittering in hops far too long and didn't add enough flavoring hops at the end, if at all.

It's not undrinkable, though. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough but I would not recommend this one and won't buy again, which is disappointing, because I usually like Great Lakes.

Jul 27, 2021
3.98 by Myboymi from Kansas on Jul 16, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clear amber body with a large (initially) off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Caramel malt aroma, just a tad herbal. Soft, rounded, balanced taste. Hops stand out more as things rumble towards the finish line; some pine but not particularly bitter.

Jul 12, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Davidstan from Alabama

Very smooth and great malt hop balance. My favorite PA from any brewery including the SNs and all the others. Solid well crafted beer

Jun 22, 2021
4.31 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Jun 04, 2021
3.77 by Taenim from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2021
3.81 by TomBanahan from Kentucky on Apr 15, 2021
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2.22/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25
by Sweendog58 from Ohio

I got a 6-pack of the bottles. I'm not an IPA fan and this beer isn't changing that. Beer has a "spicy" feel, similar to a Christmas ale type. Smell isn't bad and it looks above average but the taste really doesn't do it for me. I had to force myself to finish one after opening but this is purely my preference, others that like IPAs seem to really like it, so if that's your type, go for it.

Apr 06, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

12 oz. can (BB 5/10/21) poured into a pint glass with a copper/orange color, inch quickly fading head and decent lacing. Smell is of roasted malt, some caramel and faint hint of pine. Taste is a nice balance of earthy roasted malt and piney-citrusy hops. Notes of orange, grapefruit, pine needles and roasted nuts. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, a good APA.

Apr 04, 2021
3.99 by ScottyB515 from Ohio on Mar 26, 2021
4.13 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jan 04, 2021
3.74 by pidus from Massachusetts on Oct 24, 2020
4 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Oct 16, 2020
4.21 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio on Jul 10, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

Poured into a tall pint glass. Has a pretty and colorful deep amber color, transparent and glows, and about a finger or so of tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is malty, with roasted grain and nuts, brown sugar/caramel, floral notes, and some pine and slight floral notes.

Taste is both hoppy and malty. Notes of pine, roasted grain, bread, and nuts, along with some orange and grapefruit rinds. Also some biscuit. Pretty straightforward flavor and balanced, slight bitter aftertaste. Body is medium-light.

May 27, 2020
3.69 by Yendor61 from Michigan on Mar 22, 2020
3.99 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 19, 2020
4.16 by a_silva_016 from Arizona on Jan 28, 2020
3.92 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Nov 12, 2019
3.69 by themayorkoch from Ohio on Oct 16, 2019
3.5 by Ceddd99 from Michigan on Oct 13, 2019
4.06 by lsudduth from Ohio on Oct 09, 2019
3.46 by wtpbod from New York on Sep 07, 2019
4.47 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Aug 31, 2019
3.54 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.
The beer is a gift from my friend Jeff in Iowa. Thanks!
Beer pours a clear bright copper color with dozens of streams of active carbonation rising towards the surface. A large frothy eggshell white head of 4 cm foams up from the pour. This foam fades slowly to a sturdy surface leaving some large pockmarks as it settles down.
The aroma is some grainy malt and a bit of caramel mixing with a little flowery hop character. Pretty good nose that isnt overwhelming or bold but works for the beer.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation and a crisp texture. Easy drinking physical character on this brew.
Flavor is similar to what nose advertises, with some grainy note and a bit of light fruit mixing with caramel and then some rich toasted malt note that lingers on the swallow. This finish is slightly bitter hops that dry out my palate after the swallow. This is a well balanced and highly drinkable brew. Im glad to have tried this one.

Aug 02, 2019
Burning River from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 3335 ratings