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

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
48
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of JDoHo
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LehighAce06
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scott2269
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wytman71
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NellysBandaid
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This nice brown pours a clear dark mahogany with a nice off white head of foam the dissipates to a thin layer and thick ring with nice lacing. Nose of brown sugar, toasted malts, and roasted nuts. Flavors follow the nose with sweet candied / roasted nuts followed by a touch of smoke that is pleasant. Aftertaste is sweetish and roasted that finishes slightly dry. Very quenching with good carbonation. A very nice brown for those who are not a fan of the standard brown ale and want some more roasted points to it.

Cheers

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Photo of BayouMafia
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twkirkby
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tiernan
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoneguy
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cheeseboo
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. The taste was a little too hoppy and bitter for me, and it was not very smooth. I know a lot of people who like their beer to be active on their tongues, but that isn't my thing.

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Photo of bigleague
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part 2 of 4 on my 4th of July party stragglers.

Here's hoping somebody at least had some decent taste..

A - Pours a clear brown with a finger and a quarters worth of slightly tan head. As the beer goes down the gullet only a bit of lacing remains around the brim of the glass.

S - Smells nutty as is typical of the style. Some toasty malts and a bit of burnt meat

T - Nuts come through moderately and the taste lingers on the tongue with a bit of a nipping sweetness that comes out of a Brown Ale. Bit smoky and ashy in the finish. The sweetness may bother some.

F - Medium-thick bodied with a moderate amount of lightly prickling carbonation.

O - Not too shabby. Will probably be the best of the straggler conquest. Brown Ales have never really big all that big too me, but this is better than the average.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from the current Saugatuck mixed-pack.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two slim fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some swooping, low-lying hilly lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, a funky nuttiness, further wet ash, a tame black fruitiness, subtle anise nuances, and earthy, weedy, and kind of musty hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a toasted graininess, oily and faintly salty nuts, ethereal cold coffee, and more plain earthy, leafy, and kind of straw-like hops.

The carbonation is rather understated in its meek and yet somehow still mirthful frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and quite smooth, with a small, aspiring creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel shedding most of the toastiness, and the blithe nuttiness carrying on and on.

An adequate brown ale, lots of sweet malt notes to be had, if that's your thing. Me, I can dig it, but it would be better if there was a more challenging hop off-set, one that could keep the various sugars in check, as the initial smoke falls off the job way too soon. Yeah, not something to settle down and get cozy with for the night, I gotta say.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Faunland
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cserrato02
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Great color. Flavor is ashy, smoky, and hoppy.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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