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Bonfire Brown | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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3.68/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,051
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
226
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
53
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of polloenfuego
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with a thin layer of bubbles. There is little retention and only a hint of lacing. Smell is roasted malts, bready, a touch sweet and the mildest of hops. The taste follows the nose, with the sweet malts coming a but more forward than I would expect in an American brown. Feel is nice, medium and smooth with the carbonation nice and steady.

If it were up to me, I don't think I'd call this an American Brown Ale, I found it less hoppy and more malty, which I think is more reminiscent of the British style. What I would call it is tasty and enjoyable. My first from this brewer and gives me confidence to try others.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at the Sheraton Metro in Detroit near the airport. The beer poured a clear brownish amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had some bread and coffee tones. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink....some sweetness with roast. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of szmnnl99
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nstygles
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mikexw
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Calraven
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a solid milky brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head. Light stringy lace. The aroma centered around some soft sweet and roasty malts. Nuts - somewhat like cashews, then the caramel to toffee crispness. Light grassy hops with a dry bitterness. The flavor leaned towards the sweetness trying to bring in the roast but that stays in the background for the most part. Light malty aftertaste and finish. The feel was almost medium bodied with a really nice smoothness to it. ABV felt good and the carbonation felt good. Overall, nicely done brown ale well worth my time and money.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on draft, Nitro version, pour is a rich brown color, tan head with a gajillion bubbles. Aromas are a bit muted, mostly chocolate and caramel.

Taste and feel are not muted, with rich chocolate and caramel flavors dominating the taste, and a creamy feel adding to the flavors.

This is very appropriately named, because, if I was sitting around a bonfire on a chilly fall evening, I'd drink this until it came out of my ears. Well done by Saugatuck.

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Photo of TonyTwins
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown, damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, dark breads. Taste is dark breads, cocoa, light hints of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little different for the style, but a decent beer.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - great drown color with a lasting skim sticky head
Smell - toasty cola malts
Taste - just like the smell, toasty cola malts
Feel - medium light body and carb
Overall - easy going but just ok

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of classixIII
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a decent, clear dark brown little to no head. A very faint malt aroma, not much else. No matter how hard I tried, I got little no flavor. Feel is very thin and watery. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Very disappointing.

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent dark look but the tan colored head dissipated pretty quick. Slight aroma of malt, slight cola smell with some sweetness in there, maybe a hint of roasted coffee. Flavor is a good bit better than the start. Fairly well balanced with a slightly bitter chocolate element including roasted malts with sort of a smoked aftertaste. Not watery with medium/low carbonation.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on draft, in a shaker pint glass

dark brown in color, fairly clear. off-white head. aroma is caramel and bready malts, a little toast. taste is well balanced, not too sweet. medium bodied.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am now in the Saugatuck B.C. phase on the Bottle Backlog eradication here at Chez Woody. We have recently gotten distro of their beers here in PA, providing me the opportunity to do a horizontal tasting & review of their beers.

From the bottle: "World Beer Cup Gold Award [2014] for American Style Brown Ale"; "Made in Michigan".

Upon Pop!ping the cap, I could think of no reason to be gentle in my pour & so I employed a heavy hand. Man, did the foam rush up! It began with three fingers of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head that dissipated fairly quickly into wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27, albeit closer to 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an interesting husky nuttiness, kind of like roasting nuts in their shells, if that makes any sense. It was not exactly smoky, but it was evocative of that sort of scent. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big in my experience for the style. The taste was malty, very bready, like fresh brown bread, I have not baked bread in a long time, but if you need an example, inquire at your grocery store for B&M Brown Bread. It comes in a CAN, believe it or not! I looked at this site's "Styles" page, but it was kind of light on descriptors. I usually think of Brown Ales as being rather sweet, but this one was tending more towards dry. Warming, it had a maple syrup flavor with a light smokiness, but without being overly sweet. Finish was in the twilight zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. It retained that breadiness throughout, but the sweetness was held in check while still evoking a maple syrup flavor. I can understand why it was awarded so highly, if it was identified as an American Brown Ale going into the competition. I am not sure that I would have identified it as such on my own. Still, it gives me renewed hope for the style.

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Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 226 ratings
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