theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Being from Cleveland,i’m a bit bias.Although,I feel lucky to be so close to the Great Lakes Brewing Co.Burning River APA is no exception to GLBC’s fine tradition of fantastic brews.At first sip you can tell it’s a Great Lakes brew.Wonderful aroma,great color and head.I’ve had this one many times and I believe it may take some getting used to.But once you do, this one may become one of your favorites!
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 This is an alright APA. Nothing to rave about though. Pours a nice orange color. Medium white head. Aroma is hoppy, but strange. Flavor finished very bitter. A lot of citrus, kind of weird. It’s no Alpha King.
Sammy (9664) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
citrusy, afine beer for having a six-pack among friends. My friends liked this better than an average Belgian brew. I have never had a bad brew from this brewery.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Pours a deep amber with a white fluffy head. A great citrusy, but no grapefruits, aroma. Lots of dry hopping in this one. Really good lacing to boot. A somewhat stale hop bitterness and slight oxidation really detract from the overall taste. I've got another bottle and I hope that I can give this a better rating after that.
re-rate: Slightly better. The diacetyl really bites on the middle of the tongue though. I don't see why this has done so well in competition. Oh Yeah, at this beers IBU rating it should deftinitely be judged as an IPA.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours orangish golden, small milky white head, light carbonation, with sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, of citrus and hops. Slight flowery notes as well. Floral & citrus tones up front, becoming slightly bitter towards the finish. Odd (non-hoppy) bitterness after the finish, but it doesn't last long. Medium bodied, so-so mouthfeel. Seems a bit unbalanced with the strange bitterness at the end, sour grapefruit perhaps? Otherwise, tiz decent. Thanks goes out to jsquire for the trade!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ GLBC: Orangey color with soft carbonation. Hoppy aroma tha is more flowery than citrusy. Mild maltiness with equally balanced hops that have a citrusy tang. Balanced and plesant, but not quite as aggresive as I remember.
Tmoney99 (12035) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Moderate hoppy aroma with citrus undertone. Amber appearance with white frothy head that lasted to the finish.Flavor and palate was a light bitter.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange in color with a lively carbonation. Floral and citrusy aroma. Very bitter for an pale ale. A slightly sweet background.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells minty but floral, and a little spicy. Refreshing. Almost no head. I drank it before I could see the color. Flavor was floral, a little spicy, bitter, though a bit subdued. Dry finish. Easy drink. Overall, pretty good APA. Could be more floral. Nice bitterness. Not “slightly fruity.”
3fourths (8634) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange with a white head. Smells of strong honey and spiced peaches and cinnamon. Semi-sour flavor of honey, oats, sweet peaches and oranges, and an old, grainy flavor in the finish.