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

Great Lakes Burning River Pale AleGreat Lakes Burning River Pale Ale
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Ratings: 3,243 |  Reviews: 1,037
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

overwhelmingly citrusy, lots of carbonation bubbles, under a small head. Understated bitter finish to the citrus, and citrus in aroma. bit overcarbonated and lighter mouthfeel.A great summer beer.I have never had a bad brew from this brewery. This is the rerating after not having for 2.5 years.

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a copper, burnt orange color with a one and a half finger head. Head stuck around quite a while and left decent lacing.

Smell: Classic pale ale aroma. Smells quite hoppy with a hint of citrus scents underneath. Primarily, the citrus scents are orange and mango. There's also a bit of a malty smell too.

Taste: The citrus notes really shine through upon tasting. It gives it a bit of a sweet taste. The hops that follow through give it a nice, bitter taste. There is a slight bit of a malty taste, which balances it out a little. But, it's still nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one leans in the light bodied direction. It goes down really easy. This is a very drinkable beer, especially during the summer. Overall, one of my favorite Great Lakes beers. It's a regular in my fridge. Try it.

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Photo of woodchip
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Frosty80
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: clear golden brown with a slight amber hue

Smell: great caramel malt character followed closely by some light floral hops

Taste: slight hoppy bitterness throughout with some malt helping balance it in the last half. light bitter and biscuit in the finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, low-med body with light carbonation

Notes: another great job by GLBC. it seems everything they do is upper-middle class

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into the imperial pint creates a .7" white head that receded to a collar around the glass and a thin layer of bubbles. The beer is a fresh copper color.

smell: A nice APA smell. Good balance between a mildly sweet toasty malt character and semi-fresh smelling hops. Not the floral type, but the more grassy, "darker" variety. Just a slight nuttiness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high end of the medium range, and the body on the heavy side of the light spectrum.

taste: Typical pale ale stuff here. A moderate nutty/toasted malt sweetness, well balanced with the hop flavor and bitterness. Well executed, but nothing exciting.

drinkability: Pretty easy drinking and good all around.

Best by date of Dec. 02, 2005. Had this single bottle from some local shop during my last night in Madison. I'd like to try a fresher bottle, as it seems that some of the other reviewers found more floral hops in their samples.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a blend of pale hops, citrus sweetness and caramelized malt.

T: The citrus sweetness comes out first in the taste and is then followed by a mild burst of hops bitterness. The malt backbone is persistent throughout each sip. After-taste is a little sweet with a bit of residual hops.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Tasty and easy-to-drink, not too filling, decent kick, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening, unless you're looking for something heavier.

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Photo of crc1935
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fightingwords
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz American pint.

A--Pale copper. Golden orange. Sticky white head that fades fast to a film. Steady flow of carbonation from the bottom and the lacing is average.

S--Prevailing hop scent. Piney and earthy. Light fruit odors. Couldnt make out many malts at all. "Big" presence for an APA.

T--Super round and more balanced than the smell, but still over hopped. Had a spicyness in the after taste. Again, piney and lightly fruited just as the smell would suggest, but the malts provided a toasty balance to the sharpness of the hops.

M--Nice full bodied beer all the way down. Finishes quick and refreshing, but does leave a taste in my mouth similar to what an IPA might do.

D--Solid, could have several back to back ABV is just right for me.

O--Probably would pair this with some food for future drinks, great "Big" APA. Go for it if you are hop head looking for a lighter fix than a barleywine or DIPA.

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Photo of NuggetNectar22
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At least Cleveland still has the Great Lakes Brewery... This is a great tasting beer that is extremely drinkable. You can enjoy a few of these.

It has a nice amber color with a 1/2 inch head. You will taste the hops in the after taste.

Cleveland Rocks!

Enjoy - T

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves off-white two finger head that recedes to 1/4 inch skim that lingers, and it leaves some nice lacing. Color is an orange-copper-amber.

Aroma - grapefruit hops before I even get close to the glass. Bready tea-like malts in the background.

Taste - like nose promises, citrus hops dominate from the start, with some bread malt just barely hanging in there to provide counterbalance. Tea with lemon in the middle, finishing up with a wash of citrus rind bitter hops (but, good bitter). This is good beer.

Mouthfeel - full to moderate, slight chewiness, moderate carbonation. Moderate hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this goes down very easy, and I can have several of these in a session. A really good brew, one for the hop cultists, yet mild mannered enough to possibly help your non-BA friends get that old time hop religion.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Transparent pale brown with orange highlights. Inch and a half head that subsides to about a quarter inch. Nice lacing.

Nice balance between pine and gentle orange and meyer lemon on the edge of the drink.

Great balance! Nice bitter pine notes with orange rind. A touch of sage, which adds nice depth to the beer. The malt is present but well hidden. It could come out in a warmer serving, but there's a bit of light caramel - with maybe a hint of vanilla.

Great balance between the bitterness and carbonation. A really refreshing beverage - great pairing with chicken. I'll also support a year round serving of this beer - many pale ales are summer choices, but this would go great with a stew or even the thanksgiving turkey (though I'd prefer a French Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais).

Great example of the APA style.

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Photo of atrus138
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12 oz brown bottle with expiration date on the label. Nice amber color with a finger head that stuck to the bottle.

Nice caramel aroma with a strong presence of hops, but not as strong as most pale ales.

Taste consisted of caramel malts with floral hops, though not too strong. A nice balance. Definitely easy to drink. Another great contribution from Great Lakes. I have yet to have a sub-par drink from them.

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Photo of patpbr
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 FriedSlug
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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 StyrmanAllan
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iceball585
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden copper color, clear, very thin white ring of head, few tiny bubbles rising

S- Pale malts, lemons, honey, floral hops, hint of caramel

T- Citrus hops, sweet, caramel, toasted malts, biscuits, slight bitter bite

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp then semi-oily finish

D- Good session beer

I would consider this a fairly good american pale ale. Good auroma, good flavors, and the hops are not too overpowering.

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Photo of Brucebeernut
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BatsforBeer
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden Amber with glints of orange, head off white with good lacing. Beer is clear and not very lively

Nose: pleasant nose with overtones of hops and hint of malt and floral yeast

Taste: Initial taste is a bit malty, with the hops kicking in a bit latter. Notes of citrus are present and add to the many layers of flavor nicely. The beer balances very well and the hops flavor lingers for quite awhile, but is not over bearing.

Mouth feel: Frouthy and a bit slimly, carbonation is good.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely drinkable and is a great summer brew. I look forward to having another.

This is my first attempt at reviewing a beer, I drafted this review before reading any other reviews or the lable. Let me know your opinion or sugguestions!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with date of 07/19/2009, poured into a tumbler glass. Some foam, but it dissipated in 2-3 minutes leaving a ring of foam on the edges and some lacing on the glass as I drank it down.
Color is a rich orange-yellow. For a pale ale, it's well into a darker shade.
Taste is good. There is indeed citrus tones, as well as hops and just a small hit of bitterness at the end. I know it's the hops, but the beer reminds me just a tad of Earl Grey tea in it's smell and part of its taste (bergamot).
Nicely carbonated and smooth on the tongue.
As for drinkability, I finished this off fairly quickly with dinner and definitely wouldn't mind another one, but, it's not what I was expecting in a pale ale. I guess I was looking for something a little bit more on the crisp and refreshing side, not something with so much flavor and smell. Mind you, I'm not complaining, but I'm surprised that this is called a pale ale due to the color and robust flavors.

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Photo of Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After several days off of beer reviews due to a cold, I am more than ready to have something nice. Horary I can smell again. Thanks to Akorsak I have a few covetted Great Lakes brews sitting in front of me. Thank you Adam your gift is most generous!

Allowed to warm 15 minutes and served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color with an ivory head and lots of carbonation; very little lacing.

Smell: Hint of fruity hops some through a dominantly malty nose. Sweet malts and grains, a drop of buttery diacetyl and some toasted grain aroma are mild but pleasant.

Taste: Sweet toasted grain, browned butter, caramel malts and a floral citrus hop flavor finish very dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: A creamy well carbonated beer leaves a bitter astringent feel on the palate.

Drinkability: To be honest with you I am often bored by APAs and hold little expectations for them. This one is really exceptional. A large amount of flavor and balance and very sessionable. Maybe it was the lack of beer for several day (due to my cold) but this beer was consumed at quite rapid rate.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is pleasant to have more Great Lakes available now that they've finally made it to the Raleigh area. Appearance is what you expect from the style: Clear copper body and thin white head. Nose is crisp but not terribly full with only mild malt and the faintest hint of spicy hops.

The taste throws me for a loop when it is aggressively hopped with west coast strains and features the lemon and pine more broadly than many beers labeled as IPAs. Some respectable malt balance, with round biscuit and yeast flavors. Oily in texture but pretty tight overall. For a session pale, this is about as flavorful and hop dense as you can reasonably ask for.

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Photo of granger10
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a nice copper color with a frothy head that lasted a long time. The flavor shows a lot of strong hoppiness to this beer. It's upfront flavor is a citrusy hoppiness that has a bite to it. But it soon gets a little restrained by the biscuity malt base that keeps this one from being an IPA and also gives it that added dimension that makes this such a good beer. The hops show throughout the body and finish of the beer. Finish also has some yeasty spicyness that combines well with the hops. A very good beer.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful copper pour. Smallish white head leaves some lacing on the glass.
Hops dominate the smell of this beer. Hoppier than most pale ales.
Hops are the first element in the flavor as well. Bitter grapefruit with some sweet malt and biscuit malt. Again this is a good bit hoppier than most pale ales.
Nice mouthfeel but nothing exceptional here.
Easy to drink and a really delicious ale. I brought some back to NC with me from Ohio. Can't wait to get back so I can drink some more. Another quality offering from a brewer that needs to expand their distribution so we can get some in NC.

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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for this extra! Pours a crystal clear amber orange color with a nice, two finger off-white head that fell slowly and kept good retention. The aroma is nice and floral, slightly grassy with some hints of citrus and pine and sweet, caramel malt. There's a very nice bitterness to the flavor, it's slightly sweet at first, some toasty, biscuit-like malts make up the backbone, becomes slightly medicinal and dry on the finish. Nice use of bitter hops on this one, but missing some hop citrus flavor that I love out of APAs. Medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation. This is very drinkable, reminds me a lot of SNPA. Another delicious brew from Great Lakes. They haven't let me down yet!

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Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79.5% out of 100 with 3,243 ratings
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