heemer77 (5239) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent example of the style. I continue to be impressed by Great Lakes. This pours from the bottle with a medium head on top on a dark amber body. The smells are delicious wth orange peels and some apples. The taste is orange peels, apple core and some coffee. Dry as others have noted. A solid pale ale. Thanks civforprez.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer pours a translucent amber with a sizeable, lasting head. The aroma is of hops and bitterness. Flavor is dry and slightly bitter, with only minimal hops coming through. As it warmed, the bite softened, and the beer became more likeable.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly clear yellowish color with a white head. THere is a floral hop aroma and a somewhat hidden malt aroma. It is nicely hopped, but not too aggressively bitter. The hops are simply noticable. Largely citrus or grapefruit flavor, it sits well in the mouth.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grapefruit really stands out in this beer. It’s bitter and smooth, but thin. I like my beers to have some cloudiness-this one was crystal clear.
screigh (607) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a small white head. Minor lacing. Color is a clear copper. Aroma is slightly hoppy. Beer starts very smooth with a nice bitter hoppy finish. Nice beer!
thedm (5436) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fort Wayne Ale Fest 2004. This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lace. The body was a softly carbonated yellow orange color and yielded a hoppy aroma. The mouth feel was hoppy. It had a good hop flavor mixed with a malty overtone. This brew went down easily and was quite quaff-able.
JFGrind (1972) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If Philadelphia’s river caught fire as much as Cleveland’s Cuyahoga I’d want a local brewery commemorate the event. With the Cuyahoga River catching fire so many times after WWII I would of thought the namesake beer would be over the top in hops and/or alcohol. It wasn’t, it reminded me more of an English pale Ale than an APA.
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 (397) - 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 (10660) - 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.