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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,231 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:
3,231
Reviews:
1,036
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
615
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 3,231 |  Reviews: 1,036
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Not bad at all!

Smell: malty aroma with a strong biscuity/bready quality; in truth, not my favorite character. Moderately sweet and otherwise pretty nice, though.

Taste: sweetish malt aroma with more of that bready/biscuity quality. Hops are earthy in character with a balanced bitterness at the end. Not bad, but it just isn't my favorite flavor combination.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. Good.

Overall: I want to like this beer. I feel like it is well-crafted and could be delicious to the right palate, but mine is not that palate.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass. This is a great pale ale. Pours an amber color with a little bit of lacing and foam head. The beer is not very hoppy, but it still somehow satisfies my hop head. Probably because it is a well-balanced beer. The hops are floral and piney. Probably one of the best pale ales I have had.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid gold with soapy head that fade quickly.
Not much to the smell at all. A little sweet malty smell.
Taste is very good. It starts with the sweet malty taste and finishes with just a slightly bitter hoppiness. Not to much of either.
It is very light and highly carbonated. On the stronger side of most APAs but very easy to drink and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of srv33
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-orange pour with fine half inch head. Scent of grass, citrus, and a touch of peat. Taste is much the same, a somewhat herbal tasting ale with notes of tangy citrus, hops and pine. Mouthfeel is thick for a pale ale, which is fantastic. Overall a well balanced and solid pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Oxford, OH. Pours orange with a long lasting white and creamy head. Nose is of caramel, orange, and citrusy hops. Body is full, crisp and creamy. Taste is a lot of citrusy hops, caramel malt, and orange fruit. Finish is long, bitter and citrusy. Amazing taste, amazing balance of amazing PA.

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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a medium amber colored brew, maybe a little on the dark side of medium amber, with not quite a finger of creamy off white head. The head persisted for a while. Smell is balanced with a mixture of malt and hops. Taste follows smell, with a blend of ever so slightly toasted malt and rather generic hops.

A nice pale ale, and i'll drink it again, but (perhaps because i've been drinking a lot of IPAs)while the hops provide bitterness to the taste and balance the malts, they provide little complexity beyond that.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a thin but sticky cream-colored head. The aroma is certainly hop-forward, with notes of grassy hops and sweet citrus. The flavor is not bright and fresh, but it isn't tame either, with a dull orange rind and herbal bitterness being contrasted against a bready malt sweetness. The fine carbonation works well with the solidly resinous (but not overdone) body. Overall, this beer has substantial body and flavor, but it is also nicely drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,231 ratings.
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