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

very good
3,236 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carefully poured into a standard pint glass.
Enjoy by date of May 29, 2012.

A: Golden with a twinge of orange. About one finger of head that dissipated quickly.

S: The aroma was very mild, maybe some citrus.

M: Light and smooth with medium carbonation. It seems to fit this beer well.

T: A good type of bitternes balanced by a slight caramel malt. Nothing over the top. Nicely balance. A tasty bitter aftertaste.

O: A very good example of a pale ale. Pleasantly smooth. But, nothing adventurous here, just a good quality pale ale that is very balanced. It is a good baseline for a pale ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no date into pilsner glass

Pours a clear gold-orange with fluffy 2-finger head and good lacing. Smell is crisp bread, malts, yeast, and a healthy dose of piney, earthy hops. Taste is bitter orange pineapple hops, sweet butter bread malts, with a swampy pine aftertaste. Nice, creamy feel. Maybe a tad cloying.

Excellent APA more reminiscent of an IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 5/20/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange, caramel, apricot, pine, herbal, biscuit, honey, floral, and grass. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, biscuit, pine, floral, honey, orange, caramel, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange, pine, biscuit, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great malt flavor balance with bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent and balanced pale ale that is highly enjoyable and flavorful.

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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a perfectly clear shade of orange with a paper thin white head that quickly fades. Beer looks great, head does not

S- slightly floral, grassy aroma. Smells nice

T- very mild flavors, as you'd expect from a pale ale...finish is slightly bitter and piney, the beginning is sweet. Pretty nice

M- the body is actually medium, which isn't really what I expected at all from this...was thinking it would be thinner. I don't mind it at all, though

O- much more toned down than some other pale ales you'll see around, but this isn't bad at all.

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3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber ale, a small off-white head, little lacing but some curtains.

Smelling of honey, bread and apricots.

Tase of brown bread, orange blossom honey and some citric peel.

Medium low carbonation, somewhat coarse, a dry medium low body.

A well balanced brew, but no thrills.

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,236 ratings.
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