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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
12oz bottle acquired in trade with BBB63 (thanks!). Bottle labeled best before Nov. 20, 04. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very small sized off white head. The color had a reddish hue to it as well. Aromas of hops (still there after a year past its BB date), oranges, citrus, and a light smokiness in the background. Tastes of orange peel, citrus and caramel. Nicely balanced. Sticky body. I wonder what the hops would be like in a fresh bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
honeyish colour, lots of light lace. Medium to full mouthfeel, hoppy and scotchy and honey aroma. Rich bitterness, citrussy,lace cushioning tongue. Carmel for some balance. Very drinkable. Very good old ale. Variety of hops UK and American in here. Thanks Doc Jay.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9434) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 On draught at Barley’s Smokehouse. Billed as the big brother to Burning River, I'd also say it is kissin' cousins with Arrogant Bastard. Pours a luminous red color with a medium and creamy light tan head. Thin rings of lacing throughout. The aroma is a nice blend of malt, fruit and hops. Rich and tart with robust bitterness. Hops, malt, fruit and alcohol play nicely together. The finish is nicely bitter hops, with a pinch of citrus and sweet malt. As usual I am impressed with this scary good offering from GLBC.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
355mL courtesy of tastybeer. Poured a clear, rich amber with a towering, yellow, healthy head with excellent retention and leaving very nice webby lacing. Aroma is resiny, malty, earthy, rich oatmeal, bran cereal. Taste has the characteristic Great Lake rye malt earthiness, raw oatmeal body but this has some slight piney hops to balance. No spicy alcohol poking through. Rich, creamy palate. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (9170) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
12 oz bottle, best before 11/30/10. It pours a deep brownish crimson with a soapy off-white head. It sticks for a while and recedes to a lot of lacing. The smell is hoppy goodness. There is tons of ruby red grapefruit and citrus with a bit of pine. There is also some caramel and toastiness from the malt underneath. The taste is pretty awesome, it has been a while since I have had a beer this hoppy (I haven’t had any good, fresh IPAs lately). It is mostly pine, which I love. There is a hint of astringent bittersweetness and cloying sweetness in the end, perhaps some rottenish fruit presence as well, but it is mostly hops and it isn’t overly sweet. The mouthfeel is a bit cloying and a bit thin for my liking. This is an interesting brew that is suitable for hop lovers when fresh. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-02-2010 02:31:54

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. Amber red colour. Malty sweet aroma, some heavily caramelized crystal and toasted malt with a sweet cherry fruitiness and a spicy hop bouquet throughout. Pine and earthy/mildly resinous hops. Sweet malts up front balance with the strong hoppiness later on. A bit of honeyed character. Some pine and black pepper on the finish. Tasty bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8994) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. Berry, orange peel, caramel malt and light alcohol aroma. Amber with large light tan head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and moderately intense bitter grapefruit peel and mild alcohol flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8606) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours red with thin white head, aroma is a bit citrusy and grassy. Taste up front is citrus, grass, some sweet caramel and a slightly bitter dry finish. Pretty average ale, didn’t seem strong by any means, more like an EPA. Bottle age perhaps?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Deep orange and red color. Somewhat hoppy, grassy (alpha king-like) nose, which is interesting. Sweet cedar and plum scented. Very sweet and somewhat dry as well. Cherry wood, cedar wood, plums and red grapes around within a mildly spicy Belgian-like yeast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
My Bottom Line
Noble herbal hops and their citrusy wings float atop the chewy cereals. Another balanced masterpiece from Great Lakes which manages to please those in search of memorable flavors and those looking for a friendly pint.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear ochre red.
-Carbonation is perfect, helping drinkability and letting the malts build a smashing body.
-Herbal hop bitterness firmly greets the tastebuds before slowly fading away.
-Orangey fruitiness stems from the hoppiness and branches out into the sweet cereals.

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