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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,224 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:
3,224
Reviews:
1,033
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
611
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,224 |  Reviews: 1,033
Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all I really dig the inspiration and label art for this bad boy. Well done, humorous. This one starts to take on those orange hues, usually a good sign in a hoppy beer. One of the first dry hopped pale ales I tried in the Midwest.

Citrus, caramel, these things seem like tired cliches at this point, but 15, 20 years ago, this was a pretty novel little pale ale that geographically pushed the envelope not long after these became almost ubiquitous in California. Definitely straddles that ipa line, heavier malt bill consisting of stuff other than pale malts, crystal, get those thicker caramel feels. Good price on a 6 pack of these.

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Photo of Garcia74
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FriedSlug
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange/gold beer with an off white head that leaves a fine curtain of lacing behind. The aroma is lightly sweet with a hint of peach, flowers, yeast and a hop spiciness. The taste is lightly sweet as well with a grass and melon taste the ends with a deceptive bitterness. This is a nice balanced and pleasant beer.

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Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rjk00
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love this beer everything that I have had from Great Lakes has been very good.

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Photo of mdt88
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakecattleco
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bdaggett
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rickklein9
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of martiemcfly0913
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
2.05/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Tried this one last night and couldn't even finish it. The diacetyl practically overpowered any kind of hop flavor the beer may have otherwise had. An oily, buttery mouthfeel. Really nothing positive about the one I had at all.

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Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dag1991
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobtaylor0414
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdman56
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle best by 9/26/16 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Dark straw colored, nice clarity, steady carbonation supports a modest cap, lacing is cirrus in form.
S - Subtle malt nose, biscuits out of the oven, some resinous notes blend seamlessly with warm tropical breezes.
T - Beautifully balanced, pitch perfect malt base, a bit of toast and orange, some spring spruce, finished with a touch of honey.
M - Medium in body, carbonation is delightful, very quick to clean out that just right bit of hops.
O - A slightly earthy, beautifully balanced offering. This was picked up at the brewery, highly recommended.

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Photo of icemanexit
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle
floral, tropical undertones, mild scents
caramel, mild sweet backbone
light to medium mouthfeel, crisp
a pleasant beer worth trying out

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Photo of brighteyes868
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 3,224 ratings.
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