Bonfire Brown
Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #250
Ranked #24,971
3.69 | pDev: 10.84%
Jul 17, 2022
Oct 03, 2012
Bonfire BrownBonfire Brown
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Rated: 3.56 by oberon from North Carolina

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

May 11, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
lightly malty le enjoyable to drink but their other beers are better
Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned on 6/23/2021. Poured into a tulip glass. It pours a dark cherry-magenta color with a fairly thick and creamy light mocha-colored head and sticky lacing. It's nose features roasted malt, buttered brown bread, and earthy nuts. The taste opens roasty and fairly bitter. There is a sweet malt background with bitter, charred nuts, and a hint of burnt coffee, chocolate, and tobacco smoke. Other reviewers have noted a thin mouth feel but I find it pleasantly creamy with low/moderate carbonation. And it's very drinkable at 5.5% ABV. Overall, Bonfire Brown is an enjoyable American Brown Ale. It's not at the level of Founders Underground Brown or Sumatra Brown or Dogfish Palo Santo Marron but I wouldn't turn down another opportunity to drink it. It would pair well with most any pub cuisine and is appropriate for casual drinking year round.
Aug 28, 2021
Rated: 3.63 by KT3418 from Colorado

Jul 13, 2021
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Decent brown, a little too commercial quality for me, flavorful but thin.
May 12, 2021
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Reviewed by German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is a 12oz. can poured into my Saugatuck pint glass. This Ale is a dark brown with an amber glow when held up to a light. There is very little carbonation present. The tan head is maybe a quarter inch that settles back to a thin cap, but that cap stays for the duration.
The aroma is nice, noticeable from the time the can was popped open. This is a nice sweet roasted malt aroma.
The flavor is a nut flavor, very subtle sweet chocolate, with a perfect crisp lightly bitter finish that cuts the sweetness perfectly. The light smoky flavor shows up at the finish also.
The feel is smooth, with light carbonation, and very light on bitterness.
This was a very enjoyable beer for me. I like this style, the nut flavors, the malty aroma, slightly sweet, with the light bitter finish. I have sampled to beers from this brewery, both were very good!
Mar 28, 2021
Rated: 3.19 by tgdavis from Tennessee

Feb 11, 2021
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Reviewed by wl2bill from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A brown ale that hints at a Scottish style ale. Not as Smokey and a little more sweet, kind of a step in that direction. It is a nice drinking beer especially when you want something a little different and relaxing.
Nov 25, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thin body with average carbonation
Aroma was smokey wood,caramel, malt, cinnamon
Taste was very similar to aroma with a bit of bitterness that was surprising. Sweet but far from sugary
It was interesting and actually reminded me of sitting around a fire while camping. So bonus points for conjuring up that thought which matched the beer perfectly
Aug 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Zopiac from Michigan

3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Dark red-brown, smells sweet and malty but very pleasantly bitter on the tongue. Could have more complexity and higher strength, but it's a perfectly fine warming beer that isn't trying to outdo itself.

As for the smoke, I think I can find it but it's not too strong. Not a bonfire you're standing in front of, but one that's down the road a ways.
Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jan 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Deep chestnut brown in color with a fingernail of light beige covering a third of the top. Tiny sediment is suspended in the body. Faint caramel aroma is difficult to seek out. I’m tasting a touch of dark wheat bread and a hint of toffee. The mouth is a bit watery and thin.
Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 3.64 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Nov 06, 2019
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Very dark ruby red. Half a finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Bubblegum, sweet caramel malt, slight floral note.

Taste: Floral hops with limited bitterness. Mild malt taste underneath but predominantly the floral flavor.

Mouthfeel: Completely average for the style with decent carbonation. Nothing stands out.

Overall: Avoids tasting soapy due to the lower bitterness, but not one that I’m incredibly interested in.
Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Urtravel from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
L: dark brown pour with hardly no head
S: a bit of sweet roasted malt with chocolate backend
T: follows smell
F: smooth and creamy no carbonation
O: a very nice beer
Sep 16, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by Gdog from Ohio

Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Ryften from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2019
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours a dark brown color with a small head. Aroma of nuts, bit of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is similar to the aroma. Some bitterness and fairly clean finish. Medium body and quite smooth. Nothing fancy but enjoyable just the same.
Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
quite a tasty brown ale, one of the only straight up and not crazy flavored beers i have had from these guys, and a previous gabf gold medal winner apparently. its a classically styled brown, which i have been into lately, with enough heft to keep it kind of hearty, but dry enough in the finish and bubbly enough for it to also be very drinkable, the low abv helps with that too. its entirely malt driven, as it should be, with a sweet caramel layer in the middle and the dry cocoa malt all around it, not quite chocolaty, its a little lighter than that overall, but its getting there. notes of oak, toffee, and raisin wash through it, and there is a lightly bready yeast rounding it out before the finish. this is a beer i could drink quite a few of, both autumnal and springy to me, a good shoulder season brew because of the balance and the depth but also the drinkability. i havent been overly impressed with these guys in the past, some overdone flavored beers in my experience, but this one is really solid.
Mar 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Served on tap in a shaker pint. Dark brown in color with an island of khaki foam floating on top. Aroma is nutty and bready, with some herbal hops and tea. Flavor is sweet malt, almonds, a bit of roast, and a semi dry herbal finish.
Mar 05, 2019
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Reviewed by claminat420 from Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle marked pkg 101218 on label. poured heavily into my bell's pint glass.

Appearance- a semi transparent brown almost amber color with a frothy off white tannish head. leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma- a light biscuit smell with some bubblegum mixed in. weird but not in a good way.

Taste- do get the light biscuit from the aroma. get a slight metal flavor which is rough. abv is hidden and bitterness is nonexistent.

Mouthfeel- light/ medium body. good carbonation.

Drinkability- prolly the last one of these i ever drink.

Overall- glad i bought just a single. with the date it should still be fresh. i feel like this is a macro or just a over produced beer masquerading as a solid craft brown ale. i know the brown ale category is really thin but this is just sad. it has checkpoints of a macro. thin (watery) , not much flavor, and easy to slam if you can. i guess the only thing good about this beer would be to introduce it to people just stepping into the world of craft beer. like a first stepping stone. don't get me wrong it isn't a drain pour but it's just nothing great. or good. it's simply meh.
Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle, 4121058180852B. Michigan stout glass.

A: pours a clear dark brown, ruby glints around the edges without even holding to the light, cola like. 1/4 finger sandy head. No lacing, modest retention.

S: sweet, chocolate, Colombian coffee, an estery, fruity note hidden back there. Chocolate covered Fuji apple?

T: Arrives sweet, but not excessively so. Kind of a weird savory note. Not much chocolate or roast. I assume that is the smoke. I am not really liking it. It’s not bad, but not my thing. I like nut brown. That salty, smoky, meaty note increases at the end and on the finish. It is there where you would typically find the hops.

M: quite nice; lighter side of mid-weight, modest carbonation.
Oct 21, 2018
Rated: 3.56 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Sep 12, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle in Ohio.
Pours with a clear, dark, reddish-brown body topped by a rather weak, bubbly head.
Appropriate rich, roasty flavor and aroma. Mildly bitter, overall.
Medium body and carbonation.
Aug 04, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Jul 10, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jul 07, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by BrewSTL from Missouri

Jun 22, 2018
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Rated by Ceddd99 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Taste is a bit roasty, slightly smoky. Overall I like this ale.
May 15, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by MacStinson from Michigan

Apr 18, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

Feb 10, 2018
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Hazy dark copper color with lots of activity. Bubbly brown 1 finger head in a goblet, lasting around 2 minutes, no legs but good lacing. Flavors of walnuts, toffee, dark grains, berries, molasses, light chocolate and coffee, with herbal hops. Slick and smooth full body with moderate carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, rich nutty feel, roasted and leafy, with a soft barrel aged sensation. Decent freshness yet a bit thin. Overall good quality craft.
Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 3.76 by BCooke1234 from Florida

Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jan 16, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by KennethBeer from Michigan

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska

Dec 16, 2017
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