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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2004
I got the e-newsletter that said the bottles of this were available, and as I was visiting my parents anyway, I made sure to get to Johnny’s near Oberlin to buy me some. $8.99 for a four pack. Golden amber color out of the bottle with a fluffy head (my dad said "bisque" color). Very hoppy nose, and it turned out to be a very hoppy beer. The initial taste is a burst of citrus hops, with a strong grainy maltiness in the middle. The hops come back in the finish and linger long on the tongue. It seems like a very green beer and it may be too young. It also could be that I really don’t like the Burning River, and it’s big brother may not impress me. Still a good beer, and the label says 8%ABV, and I felt every bit of it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Great beer! Nice deep red color,thick creamy head and hoppy yet fuity aroma. Good bitter and hoppy taste,feels good goin’ down. Another great one frome Great Lakes!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Brewpub, late August, 04: Deep red body with a sticky head, leaving a lot of lacing on the backside (away from my mouth) of the glass. Aromas were actually quite a bit malty. Sweet, almost fruit punch aromas came first then the hoppy punch. Same with the flavors. Malty sweetness was out ahead of the hops here. Flavors of carmel, dark fruits, and toffee. The hops were more pronounced in the finish, drying my palate. This beer is different every time it’s brewed, and this time around it seemed to lack the hoppy rip in both the nose and on the tounge. My favorite version was the 2003 Halloween release. It had the hops just bombin’ away up front with the slightly sweet malt gliding underneath, all with the alcohol warming your belly. Can be hit or miss.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Aroma was floral and hoppy. More floral than the Burning River. Brown and yellow with no head. Flavor was bitter and hoppy, though not as floral as it smells. Tasty but not very distinct. A little weak. Hops are not used to full advantage in this beer. Smooth. Overall, not bad. Something is missing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Hazy rusted copper. Small, but lace-producing, eggshell head. Intense hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pine resin and orange blossoms. Moderate to full body. Nice hoppy flavor dominated by the pine and grapefruit. Caramel undertones help display the hops with more intensity. Long, bitter hop finish. The hops display an interesting spiciness at times--salt and white pepper. The light spiciness makes this really unique. Tasty as hell and a really pleasant surprise to find this on tap.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mike3 (6) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004 does not count
This is a wicked beer. I call it a angry beer. It is very smooth for a hoppy beer. Its red color is impressive to the eye.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beav (3) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003 does not count
Malty, hoppy balanced nicely. Dark amber, smooth and slightly warming. Was fortunate to be intown when it was being offered, thanks to a tip from a local enthusiast. Took a growler with me to share with friends who were equally impressed. One of the best I've had from GLBC.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
DArk amber, strong nose of hops, strong flavor of hops with a fairly good amount of malt to balance it out. Excellent to wash down some nice hot wings with.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Great nose, head and lace, dark orange hue. Nice drink with whiskey finish. Best of the great lakes!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
This is great stuff -- of course -- it’s Great Lakes ! The malt/hop balance is perfect for me -- I would not call it Burning River’s big brother, however. This beer is in an altogether different league.


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