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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,218 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:
3,218
Reviews:
1,032
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
609
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,218 |  Reviews: 1,032
Photo of SDG1070
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Skott1123
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of rkf1976
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Drecher
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Lordyeldarb
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of DamageInc78
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of lunarbrew
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured hard with only about a finger of head. Pours rich amber with. Standard. I'm not really impressed with the smell. The beer's nose is a little stale. I almost get some lagered notes. There are additionally some bready qualities in the scent, followed by a mellow earthy (and somewhat mossy) background. The flavor was not at all what I was expecting. The lagered scent follows through in the taste, but is followed by very rich (medium darkness) malt flavor. There is medium sweetness and a crisp dry finish. The hops are interesting in this beer. Not a large profile, but most present in flavor (as opposed to bitterness or smell). I mostly taste earthiness (fresh cut grass and moss). There is a bit of fruit here too, but not a typical citrus hop bomb. The fruity qualities are subtle, smooth, and complex. The mouth feel is typical and well-executed for an APA: a smooth texture, medium carbonation, and medium body. Overall this is a fine brew. It's not my favorite APA, but it turned out being quite drinkable and interesting.

 1,037 characters

Photo of garuda
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear copper, white head has decent retention and lace.

S/T - Nicely balanced pine hops, bready, biscuit malts, caramel sweetness, touch of diacetyl. The medium body is very smooth across the palate and finishes crisp and clean.

O - Easy drinking pale ale, well balanced. Crisp, clean flavors. The touch of diacetyl doesn't really take anything away from the drink.

 371 characters

Photo of beercanman
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MattyDrinks
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Mcallaghan04
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of wroywel
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a deep golden color with about one and half fingers of head. Nice retention, some active bubbles rising, and nice lacing left on the glass.

S- Really great hop aroma. Bitter and citrusy with a bit of malt backbone as well.

T- Deliciously hoppy APA. Bitter, with a little bit of maltiness to balance it out.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Really smooth and easy to drink.

O- An excellent APA. Good aroma, taste and mouthfeel. I will have to grab this one again.

 535 characters

Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of last500
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of parkwood
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of korene84
2/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of BeastLU
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of flyingPharmacist
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of vtn
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,218 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe