Bonfire Brown
Saugatuck Brewing Company

Bonfire BrownBonfire Brown
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #562
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,209
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
258
From:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  62
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews by BobbyOlson:
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BobbyOlson from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 12, 2018
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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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Phoodcritic from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Oct 24, 2014
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SchusterD from Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.8%

Jul 06, 2014
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Cafu912 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

Oct 22, 2014
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LloydDobler from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 17, 2015
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MIbeer27 from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nov 19, 2016
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Reddish brown in color with a 1 finger dark khaki colored head. Head is fairly creamy but dissipates quickly.

S - Chocolate and a roasted malt predominate. Roasted malt has a bit of a roasted marshmallow aroma reflecting a somewhat sweet malt. Somewhat of a wheat bread undertone as well.

T - Very carbonated and acidic. Very earthy and toasty. A hint of soy. Not quite as sweet as I expected based on the aroma. Toasted bread flavor upon swallowing that is somewhat brief but is a nice final flavor. Slight bitterness on the finish that lingers. Bitterness is almost a cocoa powder bitterness.

M - More viscous than it is dry. Nice body without being overly thick or crisp.

O - I feel like this beer leaves something on the table. The aroma and appearance are very good but the taste does not quite live up to what the aroma promises for me. Overall a good beer that I would buy again.

Jul 26, 2014
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Marvicsin from California

3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 24, 2014
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6d7073 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Oct 26, 2014
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blatantlocalism from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Aug 25, 2014
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Rwagner from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

Oct 18, 2014
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AliceG from Michigan

5/5  rDev +35.5%

best brown ever

Aug 27, 2014
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Arty_Man from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

My favorite Brown with a touch of smoke.

Aug 27, 2014
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madelf66 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 14, 2016
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Ukrfan from Ukraine

2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sep 06, 2016
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michiganmatt from California

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a nice red, muddy brown, with about a finger of moderate beige head.

Smell - 3/5
Hoppy, roasty, slightly funky/earthy malts.

Taste - 3.5/5
Very nice roasty malts, with notes of caramel, earthy hops, and a tiny bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Light amount of medium intensity carbonation, medium-full in body. Fairly crisp.

Overall - 3.5/5
Overall this was an okay beer, not something I plan to get again.

May 21, 2015
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acostuhhh from Michigan

3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mar 09, 2015
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Romoworld from Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It has a great roasted nut flavor. Very good taste.

Dec 24, 2014
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Todob_50 from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label- I hate labels that just state the name of the beer. C'Mon Saugatuck BR! This beer deserves more! Really struggled here.

Taste- I was not expecting much from this brown ale, but wasn't pleasantly suprised! One of the better brown ales I've had. Great flavor and great malt taste that lingered.

Overall- if you you like brown ales this is a must try. Label blows, but get over it and drink this beer. Liver likey and will continue to enjoy this one for months to come. Well done Saugatuck.

Feb 15, 2015
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MikeVW

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

Oct 30, 2014
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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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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 28, 2017
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Winston3737 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 03, 2015
Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 258 ratings