Maddog (517) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Without a doubt, Burning River is the best Pale Ale around. I keep a keg of it in my basement year round, and I can’t get enough. Those wonderful Cascade hops produce a big hop presence unlike any other Pale. I agree with Benny, by saying this beer can stand up to many IPA’s that I’ve had.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
golden color with frothy white head with plenty of lace, crisp apple and hop aroma, crisp malt flavor with a dull hop finish, rolls on the tongue, the first beer my dad bought for me, a mile marker for sure.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a white head. Smell is hoopy. Taste is even more hoppy. This tastes more like an IPA than an APA. Very drinkable. Nothing bad about this beer at all. Probably the best APA I’ve had.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12-ounce bottle, obtained in trade, thanks Brian!) This very flavorful, toasty pale ale is malty, moderately sweet, and somewhat fruity with a slight corn flavor and a solid, balancing hops bitterness; The toasty flavor is unusual for a pale ale and quite good; The mild nose is neither malty nor hoppy, but has a slightly unpleasant aroma; Medium bodied with a nice, pleasing mouthfeel; Medium golden color with a very slight haziness; Very large light tan head gradually settles out, leaving some thick lacing here and there on the glass
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper, white head. Hoppy nose--citrus, pine,with some caramel. Solid bitter flavor, with violets, grapefruit, overlying a sweet body with fruity peach and orange esters.
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amberish color with a very thin head. A subtle aroma with hints of flowers. The tase was a tad odd... hints of malt and hops, a little citrus, but then it all vanishes as it seems the beer steals all moisture out of your mouth. Insanely dry finish. Burning River... no kidding!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber Coloring. Hops...citrus. Pretty dry at the ending. Not a bad beer but was expecting more from it.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice citrusy, hoppy aroma. Some floral. Smooth and creamy with some fizz. Crisp, clean, refreshing hops taste. Surprised by it’s 94%ile rating. Was good but not that good.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium amber w/ a lasting uneven off white head of large & small foam bubbles. Lemon and grapefruit citrus hop aroma dominates while malt is lightly toasty and caramel; very light hints of fruitiness. Flavor is well balanced but lightly bitter and lightly citrus hop flavored. Malt is caramel and lightly toasted, fairly plain actually. Finish is dry with a hop flavor and the same for the aftertaste. M/f is dry with medium carbonation and lighter medium body. Not a bad APA, but nothing outstanding. Hop rate seems more English than American, but it does have the typical NW hop character in flavor and aroma. Solid but nothing special.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color, frothy white head that leaves soapy lacing. Overall this seems to be a nicely-hopped pale ale but with a more generous than usual malt character. The aroma has case cade hops, but also a substantial sweetness. It’s not like they dumped some candi sugar in, it seems like it comes from some hop extract. As I drink more of this stuff, the sweetness dissapears in the flavor and more of the emphasis goes to tingly hops. Good beer!