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 to call it a red/amber ale. But if the flavour that comes to mind is an 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 no complaint and enjoy one myself too.