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Bonfire Rye - Sebago Brewing Company

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Bonfire Rye
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 08-12-2013)
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Reviews by BobZ:
Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into a Ayinger pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow, almost light brown with a nice 2" head that hangs around.

Smell: Toasted malt and pine forward floral hops.

Taste: Like the nose, really nice toasted malt balanced against solid hoppy pine notes. Really well executed beer and extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean on the palate, quite refreshing.

Overall: A really nice brew, greta on a warm day, worth trying.

BobZ, Sep 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.79/5  rDev -1%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of tigg924
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

I think the label on this one is a bit misleading. When I saw Bonfire, I was expecting more smoke. While I can smell fire slightly, any smoke quality disappeared in the flavor. The result is a decent hoppy beer with distinct rye at the end. I have had better and worse rye beers. Certainly worth a try if you like the style, just do not expect much bonfire.

tigg924, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of PressFastF0rward
4.25/5  rDev +11%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Jessay
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Jessay, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours with a finger-width off-white/cream-colored head. Head slowly disappears while leaving behind some lacing around the edges. The beer is copper in color with a tint of brown highlights and a slight cloudiness to it.

Aroma - Combination of hops and malts come to the nose upfront. Resinous hops tend to overtake the malt base I was expecting from the rye.

Taste - Again, resinous hops up front followed by the smokiness and earthiness of the rye malts.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation on the tip of the tongue. It has a medium body with a little bit of bitterness from hop profile.

Overall - A good beer for the price, but was expecting a little bit more on the rye side and not so much from the hops.

ChrisL24481, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/9

Pours medium copper brown with no foam. Light to dark. Sweet malt, bready. Strong rye flavor. Bursting hop with pine background. Well balanced malt and hop. Firm bitter. Surprisingly good. Enjoyed more than I expected to.

KTCamm, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of DanE
4/5  rDev +4.4%

DanE, May 10, 2014
Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dexterk1, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no noticeable date. Sampled on October 19, 2013.

This pours a medium to dark amber and quite cloudy with a small off-white head.

They say this is a rye ale "stoked with hops" and they are not lying. Instead of grains and rye I get an overpowering floral hop aroma. So much so that it reminds me more of an IPA.

The body is medium.

The taste is just as hopped as the aroma although I do pick up a bit more grain and malty characters on my palate than on my nose. A little different than other ryes I have tried.

puboflyons, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of grittly
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

grittly, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with touches of orange and brown shining through at different parts, smallish off-white head fades at a decent rate but doesn't leave much for lacing.

Smell has a nicely done spicy rye character, toffee and caramel malt backing, very subtle pine hopping.

Taste starts out with the spiciness of the rye, the malt backing smooths things over, finishes with a decent bitterness of mostly piney hops, carbonation is nice and active but not too much, lends a good creamy body to the beer.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

A-Slightly hazy amber/brown. Off-white head. Left moderate lacing.
S-Caramel, biscuit, earthy hops.
T-Hops battle with the malt right away. Very little spiciness from the rye. Didn't detect much smoke.
M-Light body, medium carb.
O-A nice change up for a fall beer.

ColdOneKev, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%

mpalestino, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Gfunk
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Gfunk, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Stum-pub
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Stum-pub, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of illpass78
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown-amber with a short white head. Lacing about moderate. Carbonation average, too.

Aroma: Smells of floral hops, citrus, rye bread and smoke.

Taste: This beer has a nice mix of hoppy and smoky flavor, with rye, hops, citrus and caramel all present on the palate. The rye taste is somewhat grainy and rough, with an earthy kick that is very appealing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. It's the right thickness for an autumn beer.

Overall: This is a pretty terrific autumn seasonal that offers complexity, flavor and originality. One of my favorites of the season. Highly recommended to rye beer fans and anyone else.

illpass78, Oct 08, 2014
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

JOHNKNEEGEEZ, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of gonzo000
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Less than 1 finger head, but it lasts the entire beer. Color is an autumn brown. Not much on the nose, mostly hops. Taste does not feature enough rye for me, big hops on back - not very complex. This beer lacks body and depth. A good beer that I would revisit if options are limited.

gonzo000, Oct 13, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, floral hops, some citrus and some smokiness.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The rye malt character is a bit on the thin side for the style and the smokiness in the smell doesn’t seem to come through to the taste. There’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BeerCon5, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

JTomczak, Aug 22, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Fitzy01, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ale207, Aug 26, 2013
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Bonfire Rye from Sebago Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.