Beer Review: Burning River Pale Ale

Burning River Pale Ale by Great Lakes Brewing Company - 1Brewery Name: Great Lakes Brewing Company
Brand: Burning River Pale Ale
Brewery Location: Cleveland, OH
Alcohol By Volume: 6%
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Serving Type: 12oz. Bottle
Availability: Year-round
Company Website: Great Lakes Brewing Co.Opens in a new tab.

I’d like to thank Walt for all the hard work he puts in over at StogieReview.comOpens in a new tab. and also for letting me post this beer review here on his blog. To me, nothing is better than a good beer, a good cigar, and good friends to enjoy life with. On with the review!

After topping off my gas tank in the 16 degree weather last week, I walked into the Exxon near my apartment to scope out the beer selection. Underwhelmed, I noticed something “different” on the bottom shelf. Without a flinch I bought the Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale 6-pack. According to their website, this brand is “Named after the infamous 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River.” Quite a formidable name to be given to an APA, don’t ya think? Let’s see what this is like shall we?

This APA pours a rich, clear amber color with an off- white, frothy head. Carbonation bubbles rise to the top during the entire enjoyment time. Lots of clingy lacing on the glass makes for a neat presentation. Head retention is mediocre; at half-way the head is completely gone.

An interesting citrus/lemon scent on the back-end with plenty of hops and slight caramel malts. Other tiny notes of apple/pear and maybe some pine needle.

Lots of hops on the tongue with that citrusy finish! Fantastically balanced between the hops and the malts, but again, hops win.

Mouth feel:
Medium body. Carbonation is perfect for this pale ale. Has no bite and creates a semi-dry finish.

No harshness, hops and malts are balanced, perfect carbonation….fantastic beer! I would pick this up again!

This guest beer review was written by Mike from West Virginia. For more writings from Mike, please take a moment to check out his personal blog at Mike In WVOpens in a new tab.

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Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - I’m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

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