Boshkung Campfire Rye Ale is “Rye-ly” Good


Campfire Rye Ale

I rye-ly liked Boshkung Brewing’s Campfire Rye Ale. Ok last pun promise.

Smoth’s Rating: 8.3/10

I’m a rye guy. It’s in my whisky (I favour a bottle of Northern Harvest for my go to), it’s in my bread and you better believe it’s in the beer I love. In addition to loving rye, I also like slick branding and camping, which made it basically inevitable that I’d try the Boshkung Brewing Co. Campfire Rye Ale which has all that in spades.

First and foremost, I think it’s important to note I’m coming to this beer a bit late. It’s a fall/winter release in the LCBO, and this review is coming out just as we’re heading into spring. But here’s the thing — I don’t care, because A) I think it shows that Boshkung Brewing is capable of hitting some pretty high notes, and B) I want more rye ales in this world, and more importantly, in your mouth.

Here’s why I like this beer:

Boshkung Brewing Campfire Rye Ale Review

If you were gonna quantify the real genre of beer Campfire Rye Ale falls into, you’d probably have call it a red/amber ale. But if the flavour that comes to mind is a over-sweet, metallic Rickard’s Red, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with the Boshkung.

I wish I could describe the colour honestly, but to be frank I drank it from the can and didn’t get a good look (sorry pint-glass purists). That said based on descriptions and pictures elsewhere, it’s got a robust reddish hue. Mine was a bit cold, which meant rather lazy effervescence. On the nose, Campfire Rye Ale smells rich and smoky, with lots of fresh bread and a hint of cedar wood.

After a sip, I was big time sold. Campfire Rye Ale has a great mouthfeel, and the flavour is complex but readily enjoyable. It’s got the aforementioned breadiness, but it’s made interesting with the addition of smoke and a kick of black pepper from the rye. It’s well balanced enough that I could give it to my Rickard’s loving dad with know complaint and enjoy one myself too.

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You may have missed your chance to buy this exact Boshkung. But you might still get lucky. Either way, I think this is a promising brew and a reminder that if you get your hands on a rye ale, you definitely ought to sip it slow.

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    Stuart Linley

    It’s been a while since I had a good rye ale – this beer is still available in our large LCBO in Waterloo, I may have to make a stop before the weekend!

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