Bonfire Brown | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
222
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
49
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of gulli
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

just a little watery and thin for me as a brown. But it is a ale....so not bad. wouldn't turn one down, well hell never turn a a beer!!

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ukrfan
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wantedandlisted
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.12/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was quite disappointed by this.

Pours a dark cola-colour with not much of a foam head to speak.

Smelled lightly of roasted malts, not very strong in aroma.

Tastes of a watered down brown ale with a lightly roasted malts flavor.

Felt thin, watery, not much of a body to it.

Overall, disappointing. I like Brown Ales, Scotch and English ales but this was a downer.

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Photo of EdFed
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with about a finger of head. The nose is bready and malty. The flavor and body are pretty basic for the style.

The name led me to believe that there might be some smoke to this offering but that did not pan out. Decently sessionable but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Aaron197
4.92/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of CernMatt
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good solid brown ale. It is not like chewing on a log out of a bonfire pit. I am normally stout and Porter drinker, and this fit in well for a thinner beer on a hot day. Also mixed it with a Kentucky Bourban Ale, and it was an excellent mix.

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Photo of Big_Neezy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, easy drinking brown ale.

Decent look out of the bottle with a brown/amber hue, almost like a cream soda. Rich aromas of biscuit and chocolate if you really stick your nose to it. Taste is malty and nutty with toasted caramel even buttery tones. Nice regular brown ale drinker.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 02/23/16 printed on the label. A new one to me from Saugatuck; acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a tawny dark brown; dark mahogany with ruby highlights when in the glass. One finger of frothy soapy off-white head that lingers as a nice cap. Some good spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Very nice color on this one. Looks good.

S - Nice aroma on this one: lots of roasty, toasted dark malts. Coffee bean roast, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, mild notes of hops & yeast. Toasty & nutty. Very traditional & nice stuff.

T - Dark, roasty, toasty, chocolatey, & nutty. Very nice malts on this. Semi-burnt / charred, roasty, toasty, nutty, & chocolatey. Again, slight earthy hop note near the end.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Very easy-drinking, balanced, & true to the style.

Overall, a good example of the style from Saugatuck. I enjoy a good brown ale, and this is one of them.

Saugatuck Brewing Bonfire Brown Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of der_meister
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight caramel malt, hint of nut, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, decent appearance, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of HardyA
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoryR
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of icemanexit
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber body with mahogany tinges, light tan soapy head. Aroma is leaves something to be desired in potency, but contains toasted malt, mild hop bitterness, and an unexpected but perfectly wonderful note of smoke, true to its name. Flavor is great, with lots of toasty caramel and toffee, mild nuttiness, and a crisp bitter finish with more of that smoke observable upon retro olfaction. Feel is full and nearly creamy, but the effervescence is a little harsh.
Solid, deep range of flavors with good balance. Makes me long for a campfire to enjoy it by.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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