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 zoso1967
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice candied orange/amber color with a smallish head that is beige in color. Retention and lacing are both very good. On further inspection this beer seems to be just slightly hazy, but overall is quite clear.

The aroma on this beer is very inviting with plenty of ruby red grapefruit and zesty orange aromas. It also carries a nice sort of toasty edge to it and a very clean malt sweetness that makes the grapefruit aromas that much more mouthwatering.

Clean is not usually a word associated with pale ales, but that is how this one tastes to me. Superbly balanced with a wonderful mix of malt, hops, sweetness and bitterness. It starts out understated and a bit sweet with some nice citrus hop flavors, then transitions to a bit dryer finish that is really evident on the back of the tongue. The malt seems very transparent to me in the flavor, with just a bit of caramel sweetness. This is not the brash and hoppy American pales that I have grown accustomed to.

The carbonation on this is perfect for the medium/light body and clean balanced mouthfeel. This beer finishes with just enough bitterness to beg for that next sip.

Burning River is super drinkable and well made. I just keep coming back to the world "clean." This is sort of like a pale ale that was brewed to be like a easy drinking German lager. This is a quality beer and a great one to enjoy if you want the conversation of your company to speak louder than the flavors in your pale ale.

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Photo of williahd
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BMoney575
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-11-07
Best before 5-26-07

Pours a crystal clear reddish-gold with a huge craggy white head.

Smell is slightly fruity and sweet, with floral and grassy hops coming through.

Taste is decent, fruity malt character with a pleasant hop flavor and non-offensive bitterness. Very earthy one the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, goes well with the hop flavors.

Drinkability is fine, though the earthiness tends to build up.

Overall, a good beer, but I've had many APAs better. I think the reason is the earthiness in the flavor. I've noticed this in several other GL offerings, and its not really my favorite characteristic in a beer.

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Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rsquared59
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured with a small head, and a copper / orange body. The color is similar to an American style Octoberfest beer.

Smell: All I could smell is the hops. It smells like an IPA which is disappointing for me because even though I love a good IPA I prefer my pale ales to be malty.

Taste: Once again, it's mostly hops. Some malts in the background.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Dougwillhike
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of meathookjones
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a decent sized light tan head. Some scattered lacing around the glass as the head stays afloat. A bit of citric hops jump out first with the smell before the sweetness of the malt comes in. Nice balanced smell but nothing too spectacular. Citric hop bitterness combines with a caramel sweetness in the flavor. Notes of biscuit, pine and earthy hop under tones could be noticed. Slightly bitter after taste with a touch of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium and a tad rough on the tongue with its hops. Solidly drinkable as it is good and flavorfull. I could have a few.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.22/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle into thin-walled glass at 40 degrees. Dated as best before 9/21/09. (Had two, just to double-check my initial impressions).

Good looking 2F, white head which took a while to fade to film. Amber-orange in color with plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell is a bit of a disappointment - really had to pull it out. No hoppy character. Some bland vegetables - squash and cooked zuchini.

Did not enjoy the taste either - cooked corn water, with a hint of citrus hop trying desperately to pull through. Finished with a bit of the euro pale lager skunk.

Mouthfeel was ok - little bitter bite, not as smooth as most APA's I've had, hence the score. Sour film left on tongue.

With an unmemorable smell, poor taste and rough MF, overall drinkability landed in the basement.

Have no idea how this beer won a Gold Medal or so many rave reviews - maybe I hit a "bad batch"

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Photo of cosmonick
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of judkinst
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of little_star
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sendsilk
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with Scoot1969, thanks again Scott!

I'm ususally not a big fan of pale ales, but my neighbor is and he happened to drop by today so I thought why not? Looks great on the pour. Beautiful likght orange color, very clear which is surprising considering they are using water from Cleveland! I'll be here all week fols and remember to try the veal!

Seriously, it looks good and tastes great. My neighbor really enjoyed it and I was very impressed as well. Pale Ales are very obscure to me but this had a nice flavor, mouthfeel and everything else to make it a really good beer. My second ever offering from Great I can't wait to try that Edmond Fitz, but alas, I only have 1 so it must be saved for something special...

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Photo of ZachKelly
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of BYOFB
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of WVUbrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ybnorml
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean copper colored beer. Has a big foamy beige head with some lace. There is a sweet malty cereal aroma with a creamed corn note in the background. A start of malty sweetness on the tongue followed a a light dry peppery hop finish. Easy drinking but I was put of by the corn note in the aroma.

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Photo of jtransel
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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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