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

very good
3,218 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with about a three finger head that eventually falls to one finger and lasts a long while. Patchy lacing.

Smell: A really great light hop and malt aroma. Nothing extraordinary or unique, but pleasant.

Taste/Feel: Almost an IPA, but remains an APA. There's a good bit of hops initially, but the finish is an incredibly tasty bread-like malt flavor that puts this one over the top of most APA's I've had. To me, this is a nearly perfect balance of malts and hops. I even get occasional traces of grapefruit and tea in some sips. Alcohol can also be tasted and smelled, but it's not overpowering. The feel of this one is great. It's about medium bodied, and the carbonation is just right.

Hops mostly in the smell and at the beginning of each sip, but then the carbonation tingles your tongue and you get the bready flavors at the end. A great example of the style -- definitely recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, gold-orange in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: pale malt, citrus hops, and grass

Taste: caramel start, a strange bitter middle with citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, sweet start with a big bitter middle spike that gets less bitter towards the end

Overall: An OK APA that I was a bit disappointed with. The bitter spike in the middle muted a lot of the other flavors. I like Great Lakes beers, but this one did not sit as well with me as others have.

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4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden Amber with some yellow/green highlights. A nice off white head dissipates slowly and hangs around.

Smells of citrus - bitter orange and grapefruit, nice piney nuttiness, and good malt notes.

Pine and grapefruit hit in the back of the mouth, then chewy malt bread notes gather to the front. Finishes dry with bitter orange notes. Nice carbonation levels keep the flavors lively.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tmq204
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber honey with a very small head, a little lacing. Smelling some fruity hops, a bit of strawberry. Maybe some anise? Can I go there? Tastes a great mix of hop bitterness and a bready toasted malt. Nice smooth finish, a bit of alcohol there but no burn. The mouthfeel is just the right amount of carbonation, medium-body.

Overall, this is a great Pale Ale, buy one!


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