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Bonfire Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Bonfire AleBonfire Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 11-02-2013

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 22
Photo of claybob43
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a bonfire and taste like a bonfire.

Photo of BMESSER88
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ninaturner
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MtnSoup
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msds
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/15, poured 12/28

Perhaps too thin, but otherwise pleasantly creamy feel. Long lasting head, and good carbonation. Earthy caramel toasty flavors dominant, but nicely hoppy.

Photo of jzeilinger
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not much flavor and aroma.

Photo of Knapp85
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too thin, not spiced that well too smokey.

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RenzoD
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was my beer of choice for ringing in the winter solstice and I am not dissapointed with my selection.
This is more of a traditional take on the winter ale style beer than Fremonts Abominable Ale. It has almost a dopplebock kind of meaty taste. Super creamy mouthfeel and surprisingly pretty hoppy. Dark malty color like most winter warmers and a nice creamy head. I think I enjoyed Abominable a little more than this but I'd take both.

Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a tasting glass at the Fremont taproom.

Appearance: dark brown hue with just a little bit of haze and a thin layer of ivory foam. I think it looks quite good.

Smell: light and toasty, with some light caramel notes and a hint of herbal hops. Not bad.

Taste: toasty and lightly sweet, with a mild hop character and a moderate bitterness. There’s an odd soapiness to this one; not a dealbreaker, just a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a very nice creaminess for a brown ale. I dig it.

Overall: this is quite a decent brown ale; it drinks easy and is inoffensive.

Photo of Andrew777
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of stratusjeans
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, let's just get this out there; this beer is all about malts. And we kind of know that most BAs think malt, in anything other than an imperial stout (but there we really want sugar!), is actually evil. "That IPA is too malty", etc. The complaints about it being "thin" are sort of amusing. It's an increadibly creamy beer with great carbonation ... but it's a 6% abv winter warmer. You want a stout body? Even more amusing; the comments on there not being enough spices. True ... very true ... since there are NO spices. There is a cinnamon and clove aroma, and a peppery finish but this is all due to malts and yeasts. The smoke is subtle, adding savory elements but not overwhelming.

All told, this is a very unique and well done take on the winter warmer. A smokey, spicey flavor with a creamy body, best as it approaches room temperature. If you're a drinker that appreciates malty beers and doesn't need their winter beers to be syrupy, sweet, over spiced, barrel aged, infused with a dozen adjuncts, 10%, or hop bombs ... but just made out of, uh, beer ingredients like deft combination of malts, yeast, hops, and water, this is really an excellent beer.

Photo of FederalOC
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Bonfire Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.