Bonfire Rye
Sebago Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #115
Ranked #27,806
3.79 | pDev: 8.18%
Sebago Brewing Company
United States
Very Good
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stonytokes from Maine

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What can I say about this elixir? Pours a coppery orange into a sixteen ounce pint glass with an off-white head of about a finger's depth which dissipates quickly leaving a distinctive garter-belt lacing behind. As a noob I'm at a loss to describe quite why this brew appeals to me so...but I await its return every year and stock up when it does. To me, it just tastes like Fall in Maine Ever since the first taste I had of this on draft at the Gorham Sebago Brewing many years ago I've been hooked. Wish it were available year-round.

Feb 10, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a transparent dry dark amber color with a thin cap of a white little head. Mild messy lacing. The aroma takes in mildly sweet to spicy rye initially and then some citrus and piney playing with a sly sweet caramel malty sweetness. The flavor takes in all of the previously mentioned aromas to blend and then give give that kick of the spice in the aftertaste bumps and then bites into the finish. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation feels fairly low. Overall, another nice beer by Sebago, always a solid brewery.

Jun 11, 2017
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Dakin from Utah

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear amber with thin head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Smoked floral hops, honey.

Taste: Honey on the front, finishes with floral hoppiness and sort of a nice clean green tea taste.

Feel: Thin mouth feel.

Overall: Interesting flavors here. A bit too hoppy for my liking, but for the style, not a bad brew. 6/10.

Jan 21, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a deep red to light brown body from the can to a snifter. Atop the brew a light tan cap forms with a thick creamy consistency and rises to about one finger high. Good retention as a massive ring at the edges drops thick sheets of lacing.

S- Fairly mild and timid overall without a whole lot going on. What is there is balanced with citrus and earthy hops melding in with slightly sweet, toasted grains. Nothing overly distinct.

T- Opens up with a bit more strength than what the aroma was able to deliver and things become a bit more distinct. bready and toasted, semi sweet malts lay down a base for hops which give notes of orange zest, earthiness and floral tones. A bit of that rye spice and sweet feel but mostly a breadiness.

MF- Silky and smooth medium body. A bit slick with a moderate level of carbonation. Ends with an herbal bitterness.

Not a brew that will blow the taste buds away with bold flavors but a well brewed beer with a balance of toasted, slightly sweet malts, rye and hops.

Jan 02, 2017
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Gmann from New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper, light brown color with a small airy head.

The aroma is hoppy with a spicy rye malt. A piney lemony twang from the hops and a peppery bready note from the malt.

The taste is of a bready malt. Notes of brown bread and rye. A little nutty Noticeable rye flavor. The hops are piney and savory, some dankness.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet to start but finishes bitter and slightly dry.

A nice flavorful IPA. The rye provides some good depth.

Oct 13, 2016
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: reddish, orange and brown, cloudy, with quick fadin head
Smell: tropical hoppy smell
Taste: starts sweet end bitter, citrus, pine, malty
Feel: thin, high carbonation,
Overall: a nice beer

Nov 11, 2015
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founddrama from Vermont

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Citra and Simcoe hops dominate the flavor profile here; the rye is present but feels like an afterthought. Nice creamy head, low carbonation.

…another good not great but I really wanted to like it. Great color though.

Mar 22, 2015
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ColdOneKev from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

A-Slightly hazy amber/brown. Off-white head. Left moderate lacing.
S-Caramel, biscuit, earthy hops.
T-Hops battle with the malt right away. Very little spiciness from the rye. Didn't detect much smoke.
M-Light body, medium carb.
O-A nice change up for a fall beer.

Nov 15, 2014
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Less than 1 finger head, but it lasts the entire beer. Color is an autumn brown. Not much on the nose, mostly hops. Taste does not feature enough rye for me, big hops on back - not very complex. This beer lacks body and depth. A good beer that I would revisit if options are limited. Revisited beer on 1-25-2014 - Rye flavor is very nice. would call this a very good beer from a taste perspective, raised taste from 3.5 to 3.75 and overall from 3.5 to 3.75

Oct 13, 2014
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours an amber hazy brown with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of floral notes with rye coming through on the end. The taste was very refreshing, focused on the hops throughout. The rye and the smokiness were not present until the finish which made for a refreshing finish.

Oct 09, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown-amber with a short white head. Lacing about moderate. Carbonation average, too.

Aroma: Smells of floral hops, citrus, rye bread and smoke.

Taste: This beer has a nice mix of hoppy and smoky flavor, with rye, hops, citrus and caramel all present on the palate. The rye taste is somewhat grainy and rough, with an earthy kick that is very appealing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. It's the right thickness for an autumn beer.

Overall: This is a pretty terrific autumn seasonal that offers complexity, flavor and originality. One of my favorites of the season. Highly recommended to rye beer fans and anyone else.

Oct 08, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

I think the label on this one is a bit misleading. When I saw Bonfire, I was expecting more smoke. While I can smell fire slightly, any smoke quality disappeared in the flavor. The result is a decent hoppy beer with distinct rye at the end. I have had better and worse rye beers. Certainly worth a try if you like the style, just do not expect much bonfire.

Aug 24, 2014
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, floral hops, some citrus and some smokiness.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The rye malt character is a bit on the thin side for the style and the smokiness in the smell doesn’t seem to come through to the taste. There’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Feb 03, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - clear amber color one finger of white soapy head, medium lacing.
S - Best part of this beer is definitely the aroma, nice light and fresh tropical hints, a sweet lemon scent, definitely some toasted grains, and lots of rye.
T - At first it goes down good, those lightly sweet fruit notes then after that you get assaulted with rye.
M - Dry and very bitter.
O - Rye is definitely the highlight here, so if you like it, this would be the one for you.

Nov 27, 2013
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/9

Pours medium copper brown with no foam. Light to dark. Sweet malt, bready. Strong rye flavor. Bursting hop with pine background. Well balanced malt and hop. Firm bitter. Surprisingly good. Enjoyed more than I expected to.

Oct 27, 2013
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no noticeable date. Sampled on October 19, 2013.

This pours a medium to dark amber and quite cloudy with a small off-white head.

They say this is a rye ale "stoked with hops" and they are not lying. Instead of grains and rye I get an overpowering floral hop aroma. So much so that it reminds me more of an IPA.

The body is medium.

The taste is just as hopped as the aroma although I do pick up a bit more grain and malty characters on my palate than on my nose. A little different than other ryes I have tried.

Oct 19, 2013
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted and caramel malts, spicy rye, fruitiness, and citrus hops.

Taste: Spicy rye, caramel and toasted malts, tangerine, and citrus, and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little tingly bitterness.

Overall: An above average rye beer that is worth going back to.

Oct 05, 2013
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Bowdoinbeerboy from Maine

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with very little head and is a medium amber color.

The nose is strongly of rye and hops. How best to describe what rye smells like? I would describe it as spicy, peppery, with just a hint of moist earthiness (perhaps from the hops?)

This beer is pretty mild in the taste department. I get just a slight hint of pepper up front and then just straight malty goodness. Its not a particularly memorable beer and I wish the peppery Rye would come through a bit more, but it is an interesting fall beer.

Probably not worth a buy in the future, but decent nevertheless.

Oct 03, 2013
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ChrisL24481 from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours with a finger-width off-white/cream-colored head. Head slowly disappears while leaving behind some lacing around the edges. The beer is copper in color with a tint of brown highlights and a slight cloudiness to it.

Aroma - Combination of hops and malts come to the nose upfront. Resinous hops tend to overtake the malt base I was expecting from the rye.

Taste - Again, resinous hops up front followed by the smokiness and earthiness of the rye malts.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation on the tip of the tongue. It has a medium body with a little bit of bitterness from hop profile.

Overall - A good beer for the price, but was expecting a little bit more on the rye side and not so much from the hops.

Sep 18, 2013
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BobZ from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into a Ayinger pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow, almost light brown with a nice 2" head that hangs around.

Smell: Toasted malt and pine forward floral hops.

Taste: Like the nose, really nice toasted malt balanced against solid hoppy pine notes. Really well executed beer and extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean on the palate, quite refreshing.

Overall: A really nice brew, greta on a warm day, worth trying.

Sep 08, 2013
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brown with a skant head, even after a vigorous pour. Skim of retention at best. Brown, held to the light, has a little glow.

Pine needle and some toasted malt in the nose. A spicy nose that was more apparent in the pour than compared to after the brew settles in the glass.

Big piney hops, some brown bread crust, a little earth, real-deal spicy rye malt. I like the balance of the malt and the bitterness, all while retaining the actual pine of the hop profile. This one changes in your mouth a lot. Big bitter in the finish -- clean bitter. The more I drink this, the more I like it. There's eve a little smokiness at the end. This is cool-weather Fall beer.

Enough tingle to feel the carbonation, and not enough to get in the way. Medium body.

Nice job here. Lots going one with this one. Up front with some sharp bitter flavors, and they work. The balance is good, and there are enough shifts in flavor as the palate clears to make this more than just average.

Sep 07, 2013
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with touches of orange and brown shining through at different parts, smallish off-white head fades at a decent rate but doesn't leave much for lacing.

Smell has a nicely done spicy rye character, toffee and caramel malt backing, very subtle pine hopping.

Taste starts out with the spiciness of the rye, the malt backing smooths things over, finishes with a decent bitterness of mostly piney hops, carbonation is nice and active but not too much, lends a good creamy body to the beer.

Sep 05, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, hazy, almost opaque rusty coloring with a thin, sparse, off-white surface coating. Aromas of hops resin, roasted grains, and hints of buttered toast and caramel. Flavors are roasted grains and caramel blend on the forward tongue, with a roasty, toasty, slightly bitter mix into the tail-end. The beer develops a tangy, bitter toffee and hop blend into the aftertaste, with a bitter and slightly charred roast aftertaste. The body is solid, but with a bitter, slightly drying feel into the finish. Hints of grapefruit tang linger into the finish. Very interesting brew.

Aug 22, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first brew from Sebago, a smoked rye type amber or light brown ale, very complex and well done, and easily the best of all the beers I have now had from these guys. it pumps from the cask a clear bronze tinted brown color, with a tall lasting sudsy off white head in a traditional schooner glass. the nose is well hoppy for the style, lots of pine in the complexion, with sweeter amber malts underneath, a subtle touch of smoke, and not a whole lot of punch from the rye. the rye doesn't factor in too dominantly in the taste either, although it is there pricking around on the back of my tongue, its much less intense than some. the smoke is also on the lighter side, but the hops are aggressive and bitter, especially in the finish. I also had this on cask with Chinook dry hopping, which exacerbated the pine bitterness even more and took this to the next level. creamy soft feel form the cask, served a bit colder than is custom, but exemplifying the benefits of hand pulled real ale. less filling than it sounds, and finishing cleanly, this is a well thought out and put together brew. sebagos best work in my opinion.

Aug 21, 2013
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice amber color with a fingers worth of head that very slowly fades to a sticky cap

S: Spicy rye, floral hops with a light fruitiness, and house yeast stand out the most. Also get some earthiness

T: Starts off with a solid maltiness, floral hop notes, and some spicy rye and goes into a light fruitiness with quite a bit of earthiness. Finishes with more earthiness and a nice light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and creamy

O: A nice new addition to the Sebago seasonal line-up. Certainly fits the season well and will be perfect for the transition into the cooler months ahead. Cool new packaging as well

Aug 12, 2013
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