Bonfire Rye
Sebago Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #117
Ranked #28,417
3.79 | pDev: 8.18%
Sebago Brewing Company
United States
Very Good
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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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billab914 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Aug 02, 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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ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Sep 26, 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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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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swierczt from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Aug 20, 2014
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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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maxk from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Nov 03, 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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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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tgeorgf from Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Sep 03, 2013
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dwoolley1 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Sep 12, 2013
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cheesepuffs from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Aug 25, 2014
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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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Paulmhauser from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Dec 06, 2014
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Sep 16, 2013
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sendbeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Oct 05, 2013
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mpalestino from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

Oct 07, 2014
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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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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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nick35712 from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

9.16.15 draft @ Sebago brewing company Scarborough, me

Sep 17, 2015
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diverite from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Jan 13, 2014
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Klister from Maine

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 02, 2016
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

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

Nov 06, 2015
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