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

BA SCORE
89
very good
3,218 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:
3,218
Reviews:
1,032
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
609
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,218 |  Reviews: 1,032
Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale is a beautiful light amber color with a puffy, but solid, white head. Nice lace. The smell is spicy with hops, but has a soft undercurrent of pale malt. Nice. The taste is clean and slightly sweet from malt. A little biscuit and a little fruit.... then the hops kick in, flavorful, juicy, bitter hops. They give a nice backbone to the beer. Full in body, with medium carbonation. This one is a treat...a solid, clean, and very drinkable east coast pale ale.

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Photo of humuloner22
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, that is about all I can say about this one. I guess I am just not that impressed with this brewery. I have had some damn good beers lately and this one fell way short for me. Its an APA according to the label so one would imagine that it had a hop forward presence but like the lager it had a massive amount of malt, now I agree that malt helps to balance some beers but this one had too much, much like the lager it got better as I drank it, but I am still not a huge fan of this brewery, which based on what I have heard from friends and reviews is confounding.

Appearance: Reddish gold, typical for an APA. Not a huge amount of head and the best by date had not been reached, but I wonder if these have been killed somewhere along the way. I bought a mixed sixpack at a grocery store while on a trip, and I have kept them cold, but none of them have been all that wonderful. Although once again they are pretty beers.

Smell: Faint hops, some cloying malt component there.

Taste: Not cloying, but a lot of malt, which I don't care for. I want hops and this one is weak on that. Its just worthy of the high praise, but this is my opinion. And once again, I may have gotten a bad batch. But after drinking a lot of APA's and IPA's this one is just okay.

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Photo of beersdmf17
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdoc397
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mikexw
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of patpbr
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep orange pour with a long lasting two finger head. The noise is mostly citrus with subtle grass and malt characters. Taste is well mixed with tropical, citrus and malt notes. It near a medium body with a crisp bitter finish. An overall solid pale ale that is always a good choice.

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Photo of Lm18510
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jayneo74
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of HereforBeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Leinie
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Jonathan2291
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of clager
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IAmHollywood13
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Dirty25
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of hattrick95
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Supra97
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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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