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RATINGS: 1267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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An assertively hopped American Pale Ale with citrusy and piney Cascade hops. Subtle malt flavors balance the hop profile and provide a satisfying dry finish.


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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fritz123 (1315) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
I am biased to Great Lakes as a former resident of NE Ohio. But one beer I have really loved for a long time is the Burning River Ale. It is a light, hoppy Pale Ale that is very refreshing. The aroma is average but the appearance is a very nice golden color with a light to medium head. I have always liked the taste. It is moderate in body but the hops are crisp and defiining. The hops hit the palate and quickly disappears after you swallow. Overall it is on my top 10 list of Pale Ales.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (3012) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours with an over sized foamy head that won’t allow me to gently pour the entire 12 oz bottle into into a 18 oz mug. The foamy head lingers on and on, with some settling that leaves it looking like a fitting topping for a vanilla float. The aroma is more earthy, English hop than I prefer but also has an attractive malt aroma that is bolder and darker than expected. The taste follows, with the darker malts coming out in the finish and aftertaste. O: nice but should revisit with a fresher bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (780) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2015
One of the better great lakes I have had. Good and hoppy with a descent aroma. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffaoe (332) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2015
nice aroma with both malt and hop notes. golden in color with a light head. nice balanced flavor of caramel malts and citrus aroma hops

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (669) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle. Gold pour with a white head. Pine and citrus hops with malt in the taste and aroma. A nice APA.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dacrza (635) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Date: July 2, 2015... Glassware: Barley Creek pint... Occasion: week one of camp year five, in the books... Appearance: clear, golden amber body with steady, singular streams of bubbles... thick, two-finger off-white head rises over the glass’s lip before settles a coliseum-evoking lacing; more sporadic lacing as the glass drains... Aroma: beautiful resin and pine cone, with orange peel and caramel slicing through the expected pale ale complexion; surprisingly, toasted cereal malts make for a rounded, balanced promise... Palate: frothy, creamy, slightly brackish--and smooth to the finish; drinkable, dry at the finish but crunchy at the sip; worth savoring...Taste: grapefruit, orange peel and pine resin early and easily; caramel malts and some spices--clove, vanilla?--develop a desirable complexity; not as much floral flavors, suggesting the hops were not added at later stages to produce an overwhelming effect on the aroma; a joy to sip and savor, with enough alcohol to develop the evening...Overall: in my second straight experience, Great Lakes takes a famous Ohio entity and crafts a beer that is a champion in its field; easily a top-five among standard six-pack pale ales I have had in my two decades as a beer drinker; enough nuance and texture with drinkability to satisfy even the most fickle or fearful ale drinkers... I love the body, its cohesion with its flavor, and the enjoyable return on its strength---a different take on the Sierra Nevada model but as big and tasty for an American pale...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joejames (361) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass, pours slightly hazy deep gold. Two finger off white head, some lacing, slight retention. Aroma pine and caramel. Taste is nicely balanced moderate malty sweet, moderately bitter. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes bittersweet. Tasting notes of grass, caramel, nectarine, pine and toast. A very good APA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9625) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle 355ml @ Ashley’s, Ann Arbor, MI
Pours clear deep golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and floral.Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long malty, fruity and floral finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15390) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle, at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor. A clear dark golden beer with a small off-white head. It’s got a light bread touch in the aroma, with fruityness and some pine cones, a tad boring actually. It’s full bodied, smooth and semi-dry, with a nice carbonation level. Caramel, a nice bitterness, some pine cones and a generic fruityness in the flavor. Some metallic notes on the very end. Decent indeed, but I find it a bit malty. 150615

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnTheTrail (90) - Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2015
One of my favorite American Pale Ales. I have very much enjoyed both Great Lakes beers I have tried.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglebones (71) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle. Copper in color with medium white, foamy head. Aroma is fruity and malty. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is fruity with some citrus, rounded out with some malty sweetness. Just enough bitterness for a crisp finish. This is a really enjoyable pale ale.


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