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Bonfire Rye - Sebago Brewing Company

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Bonfire Rye
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 08-12-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ToasterChef, Aug 18, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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
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PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Jessay, Saturday at 03:25 AM
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
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
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
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
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DanE, May 10, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

grittly, Sep 17, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +4.2%

BeerCon5, Aug 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JTomczak, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Shawnspl, Oct 05, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, hazy, almost opaque rusty coloring with a thin, sparse, off-white surface coating. Aromas of hops resin, roasted grains, and hints of buttered toast and caramel. Flavors are roasted grains and caramel blend on the forward tongue, with a roasty, toasty, slightly bitter mix into the tail-end. The beer develops a tangy, bitter toffee and hop blend into the aftertaste, with a bitter and slightly charred roast aftertaste. The body is solid, but with a bitter, slightly drying feel into the finish. Hints of grapefruit tang linger into the finish. Very interesting brew.

GarthDanielson, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jaxon53, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Bonfire Rye from Sebago Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.