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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,230 Ratings
Great Lakes Burning River Pale AleGreat Lakes Burning River Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,230
Reviews:
1,035
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
614
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tuowl74a
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a reddish orange with a half finger Whitehead with plenty of carbonation.
S- predominantly a mulch smell. Secondarily, a nice citrus hop smell.
T- Extremely balanced with a big, yeasty breadiness I was not expecting. Follows with candied citrus fruot with nice hop. A little resin sticks around. A bit of spice bite.
O- A good change of pace apa.

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Photo of Brewforme
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium amber in color. Solid bitterness with a hint of sweet.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a nice golden amber close to orange color with a decent transparency about it and highlighting some light carbonation that was seen rising. The head was about a finger’s worth and slightly foamy as the head died and left some thick lacing clinging fairly nicely. The smell had a super nice allocation of bitter piney to slightly citrusy hops and still lets a nice sweetness take the helm at odd times throughout the beer (doesn’t really combine together), but still is good for the most part. The taste was mainly sweet and bitter at separate times. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation is still good and slightly sharp for an APA. Overall, I say this was a nicely done APA for the most part.

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Photo of Brucebeernut
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear copper, auburn color with a white creamy head, lots of carbonation and lacing, head dissipated into a thin soapy film.

A: Citrus zest up front, subtle notes of pine and needles, also picking up a slight sweet caramel malt in the finish.

T: Nice balance of flavor, citrus zest, pine, and grapefruit with a moderate amount of piney, citrusy bitterness in the middle, the finish has slight notes of citrus and sweet malt, very tasty.

M: Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that adds a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, finish is fairly dry.

O: This bottle is old, yet it still has a decent amount of hop presence, I'd like to get hold of a fresher bottle as the bottle I purchased online has a Best By Date of 6/28/17. This still has a good amount of flavor and I really enjoyed the citrus and piney notes.

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Photo of jschwamb
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sportprosecutor
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EN27
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brianz81
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Being from Michigan, I am blessed to have some heavy hitters in the IPA realm. Traditionally, us Michiganders look down on Ohio. Not with this one! Burning River is one that I will go out of my way to find. To me, Burning River is the best APA, and is at the very least, the best in the Midwest. Burning River is a very smooth and forgiving APA. The citrus taste is pleasant, and not too overpowering. I can really enjoy a 6 pack of this beer.

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Photo of Eammon1920
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Try-em-all
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a dark orange with a thick head at first and then it dissipates. First thought after the drink caramel with aome spice. Tends to leave a malt taste in your mouth, but with a kick. While it is not among my favorites, it is pretty good and worth trying.

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Photo of Mru12000
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with large white head; Noise is caramel and a bit spicy; taste is sweet a bit malty but pleasant and smooth after taste;

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
2.1/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B33rcules
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caburdette51
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gravewalker
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cozmo
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaeserTits
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,230 ratings.
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