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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,226 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:
3,226
Reviews:
1,034
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
612
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of csustar001
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of Jerid
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of scm2787
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of Fat_Guy_Likes_Beer
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of biercycle
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
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 Abrahaam
2.52/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Heather_Allen
2.56/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of n2185
2.6/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Lovely transparent honey-orange with about 2 fingers of frothy white head. Head retention as good and clings to the side of the glass nicely.

S: Some bready/wheat-like aromas here with only a bit of piney hop aroma.

T: A bit bland. Bready flavors first and foremost with the hops kicking in on the finish. Some pine flavors and a lot of bitterness of the aftertaste.

M: Medium body with some nice smooth creaminees and a bit of carbonation bite at the end.

D: Goes down pretty easily, but the residual bitterness keeps me from wanting many more. Overall not a very impressive pale ale.

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Photo of rfdracing
2.6/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JB62
2.61/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Because I have to type 5 words

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Photo of steve8robin
2.62/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GL Extra in a trade:

A: Medium copper color with a small white head that quickly fades.

S: Smells hoppy and grassy. Slight malts on the backend. Not too good.

T: Grassy upfront with a medium hop presence. Grapefruit in the middle. Not one for me.

M: Refreshing, but does not leave much on the palate.

D: A hint too hoppy for me.

All in all, this is a hoppy / grapefruit bitterness type brew. Not for me. If you like hops and dry flavor, then try this one. Otherwise, not worth your time.

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Photo of Afterburner
2.63/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Nice copper color, with moderate off-white head. Prominent lacework.

Smell: Typical ale fruityness, with strong banana notes. Faint hints of malt. Also a very faint sour sulfur smell, making me wonder if the beer might be skunked (given that it was mailed to me). And, of course, a strong hop character.

Taste: Well, it doesn't taste skunked. However, there's not much here to write home about. Like Lagunita's IPA, there's nothing here but hops. Hops hit you at the start, they stay with you mid-palate, and they're there at the finish. No malt whatsoever to balance out the hop character. It's like drinking hop tea.

Mouthfeel: Sprightly, spritzy.

Drinkability: Couldn't drink more than one of these. I like hops, but I also like other characteristics as well.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
2.66/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not the best that I've had from Great Lakes. Kinda weak all around but this style is like that. Style is almost a weak IPA

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Photo of fishguyac
2.69/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Steasy66
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Poured into a pint glass
A- Golden with off-white head.
S-Ligth malt, grassy hops
T-Very light malt, dank hops, strange finish that is almost smokey and soapy at the same time.
M-High carbonation, light body

Not sure if I got a bad batch or something, but this stuff has a bizarre aftertaste.

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Photo of jdaddy
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of weller79
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,226 ratings.
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