Bonfire Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

Bonfire AleBonfire Ale
BA SCORE
55.4%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 139 ratings
Bonfire AleBonfire Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by LiquidAmber on 11-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,787
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
139
Liked:
77
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
9.87%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes. Consumed in January.
12oz can purchased at Total Wine in December. According to the can, it was canned on "11/04/13 at 1349." According to the boilerplate, it was brewed with "Pale, White Wheat, Midnight Wheat, Rye, Smoked and Chocolate malts" and "Cascade and U.S. Goldings hops." It was also stated that it packed 40IBUs and was 6% abv.

Poured a dark mahogany color with a rubyish tinge when held up to light. There was a big, creamy beige head that was long lasting and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

The aroma was earthy and malty. There was also a whiff of what smelled like gingerbread. No hop aroma to speak of.

Like in the nose, the flavor was mostly of earthy malts, along with some spicy hop notes as well. Also like the nose, there was a lingering gingerbread-like aftertaste.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Not a bad tasting beer at all. Kudos to Fremont for brewing a winter warmer that isn't some variation on Celebration (i.e., an IPA with some holiday spices thrown in).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nhirsch04
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Great looking beer with a robust, frothy head as persistent as they come. A pleasure to look at.

Smell is muted, doesn't showcase anything smoky (I really wanted a bonfire) and has that sourmash smell from bourbon or vodka puke. 3

Taste doesn't remind me of smoke really, at least initially. In reality, I get something more akin to earthy tobacco and leather. It eventually grows on me but not enough to love it. Chocolatey notes develop and eventually it takes on some smoky flavor, but it still feels to be an afterthought. 3

Way light in body for my liking, especially for a winter warmer, and viciously bitter and earthy on the finish. 2.75

Two plus months old, so that may contribute to my experience, but for a smoked beer lover, this wasn't a standout.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of hreb
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Dec 2013 review: 22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is brown; head is massive. Pleasing spicy and malty aroma. Flavor is pretty good too. Texture is pretty creamy, especially at this cool but not cold temperature. Really well balanced and with a solid load of interesting malt flavors, this beer is highly sessionable.

Oct 2016 update: I keep finding myself coming back to this beer. It looks beautiful in the glass, has a very subtle smoky flavor, and has remarkable balance. As previously mentioned, this is a go-to sessionable and flavorful ale that doesn't overdo it on hops.

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Photo of Aerol
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RenzoD
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was my beer of choice for ringing in the winter solstice and I am not dissapointed with my selection.
This is more of a traditional take on the winter ale style beer than Fremonts Abominable Ale. It has almost a dopplebock kind of meaty taste. Super creamy mouthfeel and surprisingly pretty hoppy. Dark malty color like most winter warmers and a nice creamy head. I think I enjoyed Abominable a little more than this but I'd take both.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobblegon
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Bunuelian
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drone
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckornmannn
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can, many times: deep mahogany copper color; transparent. Light brown tenacious dense head of foam. Mostly hops on the nose, oddly enough. Toasty and lightly smoky with a good amount of hops in the background. Mouthfeel is silky and darn near perfect; probably from the wheat and rye in the malt. Lingering smoky aftertaste. I have had this many times it has really grown on me. It is a really unique beer and probably my favorite winter warmer this year.

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Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of randomn8
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter Warmer ...a really vague catch all style so I'll play the game a be lenient as well. This is a damn good beer. If you think of a "Winter Warmer" as strong, sweet, spiced or anything along those lines you will be disappointed. It is none of those things. But it is a damn good beer! Very close to a Dunkle..but it's an ale. It uses smoked malt but...(maybe my time in Bamberg is showing but..) it isn't smokey at all. Wish I had a keg of this right now. Malty, full flavored without being full bodied, medium ABV, really what I want to drink gallons of during the..Winter.

Well done once again Fremont!

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Bonfire Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.4% out of 100 with 139 ratings
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