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

very good
3,229 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a unique honeycomb amber with thin bubbly white head that retains for a good amount of time. It won't lace but it will ride the glass. When head finally dissipates it does lace and splotch.

S: Hops, sweet caramel malt notes, earthy spice, and citrus.

T: Hops, spice, sweet caramel malt, and citrus. The taste is well balanced and gives a crisp and formidable aftertaste.

M: Good coating and perfect carbonation level. Very drinkable and light bodied.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Best before 5/14/12

Thanks to CaptCleveland for the extra.

A: Pours out a golden amber with great clarity and 2.5 fingers width of light off white colored head, which hangs around for a long time before it dissipates down to a thick film that hangs around for the remainder of the drink. Leaves a fair amount of patchy lacing.  

S: Good balance of citrus and malts on the nose.  Fresh lemon and lime, grapefruit, caramels malts, and a touch of spicy hops.  There is also a rather unique sour/tart aroma that I have never picked up in an APA before.

T: Taste is initially pretty malt forward with lots of caramel malt.  As it warms it becomes more balanced with some earthy/grassy hops, grapefruit, and a bit of spice on the backend along with some piney hops (the tart character on the nose never came out in the taste, so not sure what that was about). Well balanced and tasty. Great example of how the style should taste.  

M/D: Medium bodied, an appropriate moderate level of carbonation, great drinkability.  

O: Overall, nothing crazy here but a very good example of the style.  My personal preference is APAs that are hop heavy, but no complaints here.  This is a well balanced and tasty sessionable pale ale that I could easily see becoming a go to for me  if it were readily available where I live.  Definitely worth a try.  

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malty nose with some floral and citrus notes

T-nice malt flavors with citrus and floral and nice hop presence

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, nice crisp feel

O-a nice solid pale ale, refreshing and easy drinking

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to find things that are great in the mistake on the lake. Great Lakes Brewery is the one few things Cleveland has to be proud of.
Burning River is a fantastic Pale Ale, on tap or from a bottle, buying a 12 packs will not disappoint.
It Has a tinted orange presentation, with a delightfully caramel, natural honey type taste. There also is a nice floral hint to it, with an almost transparent citrus like flavor.
It goes really well with mexican food, and highly recommend you try it with with fresh bowl of guacamole and chips.
Although Clevelands last championship in sports was in the 60's, Great Lakes Brewery remains a winner every year, with its fantastic freshness and terrific beer.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured a gently amber color with a slight haze, and a half inch or so of foamy white head. Aroma is grassy, floral, biscuity. Surprisingly drying hop profile in the taste right off the bat, citrus pith, grape skins, bready malts, with a bitter and intensely drying finish. Not necessarily a palate wrecker, but I wouldn't follow this one with a stout. Light-medium body, crisp and clean, and quite good overall for the style.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,229 ratings.
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