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

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,030 | Ratings: 3,213
Photo of Roby923
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastey pale ale. Plenty of biscuit malts and cascade hops to create a balanced ale. At 45 IBU this doesn't completely obliterate the tase buds, but at 6%, does give a punch. Thank goodness for the Clean Water Act, this Cleveland brew doesn't catch on fire. Bottled at Mr Smalls in PIT (great craft brew list for a live music venue).

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Photo of challenja
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Tulip

A - Golden orange hue, a light haze that uses the carbonation supports a..
S - Subtle grapefruit nose..this one has a malt nose, lots of bready malt notes with ripe grapefruit.
T - Taste follows the nose, bready & malty,buttery... toasted biscuit, hints of spruce, ripe yellow grapefruit rind, orange peel, with crisp carbonation.
M - Fantastic body and weight for a pale ale. Crisp and perfectly carbonated for this style. Full mouth feel, great weight on the tongue.
O - A great take on the pale ale. This was definitely going to be in one of my to go Pale's. Great, great pale ale.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely pale ale, with good citrus flavors and a solid malt backbone that keeps the bitter bite in the close from getting too taxing. A solid reminder that a well executed pale never needs to be boring and is one of the most drinkable beers out there.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all I really dig the inspiration and label art for this bad boy. Well done, humorous. This one starts to take on those orange hues, usually a good sign in a hoppy beer. One of the first dry hopped pale ales I tried in the Midwest.

Citrus, caramel, these things seem like tired cliches at this point, but 15, 20 years ago, this was a pretty novel little pale ale that geographically pushed the envelope not long after these became almost ubiquitous in California. Definitely straddles that ipa line, heavier malt bill consisting of stuff other than pale malts, crystal, get those thicker caramel feels. Good price on a 6 pack of these.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange/gold beer with an off white head that leaves a fine curtain of lacing behind. The aroma is lightly sweet with a hint of peach, flowers, yeast and a hop spiciness. The taste is lightly sweet as well with a grass and melon taste the ends with a deceptive bitterness. This is a nice balanced and pleasant beer.

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Photo of jp32
2.05/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Tried this one last night and couldn't even finish it. The diacetyl practically overpowered any kind of hop flavor the beer may have otherwise had. An oily, buttery mouthfeel. Really nothing positive about the one I had at all.

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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle best by 9/26/16 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Dark straw colored, nice clarity, steady carbonation supports a modest cap, lacing is cirrus in form.
S - Subtle malt nose, biscuits out of the oven, some resinous notes blend seamlessly with warm tropical breezes.
T - Beautifully balanced, pitch perfect malt base, a bit of toast and orange, some spring spruce, finished with a touch of honey.
M - Medium in body, carbonation is delightful, very quick to clean out that just right bit of hops.
O - A slightly earthy, beautifully balanced offering. This was picked up at the brewery, highly recommended.

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Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle
floral, tropical undertones, mild scents
caramel, mild sweet backbone
light to medium mouthfeel, crisp
a pleasant beer worth trying out

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Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can never go wrong purchasing a Great Lakes beer. Everything they make is good. This is a very good pale ale - maybe a little hoppier than some like, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours bright gold, and has a nice light malt smell. The taste is a clean, crisp and a little sweet, with a light hop aftertaste. This is an easy drinking beer - great with a meal.

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Photo of drpimento
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s not bad - nothing to write home about, but not bad. Nice appearance with decent head and some lace. Aroma is malt and hops. Flavor’s similar to nose, sweet at first, then the hops, finishes with wet grain. Slight medicinal character there too.

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Photo of EMH73
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper in color with a two inch head, excellent retention and lacing. Smells of malt and citrusy hops. Tastes just as it smells with just a little bitterness on the back end. Moderate carbonation and light to medium bodied. Another good beer from Great Lakes, but far from their best.

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Photo of Raime
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes Brewing Company Burning River.

GLBC makes some of my favorite beers of all time and I suspect this one should be pretty okay as well. I've seen it hundreds of times yet never bought it due to the fact I could never find it in a single bottle. But I finally did at a meager $1.69. Sidenote, if you notice some typos and out of place words, I bought a new phone and am still trying to get it to recognize my unique way of typing heh. Lets do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hare poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a murky amber color with a finger and a half of off white head that leaves some immediate stick as it slowly dies down into the swill. Carbonation appears to be nearly dead...old bottle perhaps? Nope, good till next month.

Smell - The noise is rather buttery without a whole lot of hop presence to speak of. Virtually all buttered bread like if that makes any sense. Never picked that up in a beer until now. Doesn't smell bad but it is quite underwhelming.

Taste - The flavor profile turns up a bit. The hops are quite earthy with the apparent buttered bread aspect still retaining for the long haul of things. There is a noticeable juiciness from the cascade hops that sticks around for a long long year, again followed by some more earthy, but not oniony nor garlicky hops.

Feel - The body is extraordinarily clean for a beer like this though it does retain a bit of depth. Clean with a touch of creamy aspects and a bit of a sprite like flavor coming through as it sits in the mouth. Swallows with a low bitterness.

Overall - Not exactly what was expecting and certainly unique for the style. Not great but certainly not bad. Hops weren't as pronounced as you'd think but what was there was fairly tasty. Easy drinker but I wouldn't buy it again since this isn't my preferred flavor profile. Try it for yourself and come to your own conclusions

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Photo of CNoj012
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger off white head. The smell is subtle sweet malts and earthy and spicy hops. Taste is the same, very malty. Feel is light side of medium with moderate carbonation. Overall a good pale ale, but nothing special.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was okay...I'd drink it again if someone put one in front of me, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get one. Nice transparent copper color with a minimal cream colored head that left a lot of lacing. The smell and taste were both much hoppier than I expected for something labeled as a pale ale. I personally thought it was a little lacking in balance and was a big, bold beer; it was more along the lines of an IPA for that reason. As a pale ale, I don't think it really meets the mark. But enjoying it for what it is, it was alright.

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Photo of JDaniel502
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass my first thought was that this is a nice looking beer with it's light amber coloration. Upon sniffing my nostrils were saluted with a mixture of grainy and earthy smells.. However the taste left something to be desired. I thought this beer rather robust for a pale ale and though the light sizzle was great I got a charred taste and the spicy notes were rather light for me. Probably will not buy again.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of resin-y hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of smoke, and earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, sweet malt, resin-y hops, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, but only average aroma and body.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., 6.00% ABV. This brew pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice off white head. This brew has a nice amount of lacing to it. The smell of this brew is, rich with hops,grain, and malts. This brew has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. The taste of Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale is rich with hops and citrus, from the hops. You also pick up on some nice grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale. This is one of the more bolder and smoother than most IPA's I have had. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale, is rich , bold , clean , and refreshing. You really can't pick up on the 6.00% ABV in this brew. Overall I'm giving Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale, a 4.5 out of 5. Great Lakes Brewing Co., did a nice job with this brew. I would buy this brew this again.

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Photo of stevoj
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and sharp, leaves a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue. Clear golden color with minimal head and lazy carbonation. Hops come through on first taste and stay with you til the "bitter" end....

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Photo of brandongoblue24
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

L: 2 full fingers of creamy off-white head with a fairly aggressive pour. Dwindled to a film, where it remained. A good amount of visible carbonation, with a bit of particulate floating. Color was a crystal clear golden amber.

S: Spicy, floral hops certainly lead the charge, but there is a substantial amount of grainy malts.

T: Again, the floral hops were forward, but this time there was a tiny bit of lemon/citrus added. The malt took on a biscuity flavor that I wasn't getting in the nose. Well balanced, if a little on the malty side for a pale ale. Less bitterness than I expected with 45 IBUs.

F: Medium bodied, with fairly high carbonation. A smooth, medium-dry finish. I wouldn't call it crisp per se, but certainly refreshing.

O: A clean, refreshing pale ale, with strong malt flavors and floral hops. Certainly a good showing from Great Lakes!

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Photo of LAp
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours an almost amber color, with a half-finger head that quickly recedes, leaving only a trace amount of lacing. Nose is relatively nondescript, almost floral or light fruits, with a sweet, malty undertone. On the palate, a base level of malt continues all the way through, from the slight hop outset to the mildly fruity finish. The beer has a malt aftertaste almost reminiscent of a cheap lager. It's been a year or so since the last time I had this beer, and not only is the label changed, but the beer tastes less hoppy than I recall. What I remember was a good but not great pale ale. What I taste now is thoroughly meh. Drinkable. Inoffensive. But nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Golden amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head, leaving a bit of lacing and a film of bubbles on the surface.
Smell: Fresh citrusy spicy hop aromas, a bit of caramely malt too
Taste: Strong citrusy and spicy hops throughout with a slightly caramelly and bready maltiness, finishing with a moderate bitterness
Feel: Medium body with average carbonation

Overall: With its distinctive and very appetizing hops aroma and impeccable balance, this is a really solid reliable pale ale right up there with Sierra Nevada in my opinion.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - Copper color, clear in appearance
Smell - Sweet malts, floral, earthy, lemony, hints of spice
Taste - Follows the nose. Huge floral, lemon notes, earthy, spice, caramel malts

Overall - Nothing special at all about this pale ale.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is way darker than I expected. The smell is sweet and malty and toasty. The taste is similar with even more of a toasty quality. Not what I look for in a pale ale. nb

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Photo of slusk
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a nice long standing white head.

S: nice floral hop with a bit of pine. Nice malt balance with orange peel. A tiny bit of something that smells like a Belgian.

T: Leans to the hoppy side. Earthy hop with citrus. nice malt balance with a bit or orange zest. It has a light bitter bite with a semi dry, almost peppery finish

F: This is a medium bodied brew. Moderate carbonation

O: I like this beer. The malt profile is simple and bright with a great hop bite. It's not as brash as an IPA and has a nice complexity for a pale ale. There's a nice sweet fruit that peeks through but quickly transforms into a nice hop flavor. I like it.

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