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Scarlet Fire - Tighthead Brewing Company

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Scarlet Fire
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tighthead Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scarlet Fire is an Irish/American style Red Ale. The name is a reference to the playful, improvisational transitions between Grateful Dead songs Scarlet Begonias and Fire on the Mountain. Great balance of malt sweetness from caramel malt and subtle toasty notes from roasted barley. Brewed withj American Ale yeast, and East Kent Golding hops, it pays tribute to it's heritage as an Irish Red Ale.

30.2 IBU

(Beer added by: elginirishpunk on 11-10-2011)
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Reviews by Treebs:
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Treebs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Had on tap at the new Park Tavern in Rosemont. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a semi dark brown color, a little darker than expected. A thin, off-white head forms on the pour and recedes a thin ring.

S: Toffee malts and slightly smoky. There isn't much in the hop department, but there is some subtle background grass.

T: Much like the nose. Heavy on the sweet caramel malts and roasted malts. Light green grass with a mild piny bitterness. The finish is sweet toffee with a hint of smoke.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Smooth and sweet on the finish. Pretty drinkable.

O: I would have like a little more hops a la Lagunitas Imperial Red, but this was still a solid take on the style. The malts are definitely the star of the show.

08-20-2012 18:41:42 | More by Treebs
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MikeThumel

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Draft serving at Moe's Tavern, served in a NB goblet.

Tawny copper, khaki tan head of creamy foam, great lasting retention. Spotty lacing around the edges, constant skim on the surface for the duration of the glass.

Mellow specialty malt aroma,sort of dry with little if any sweetness. Flavors are similar, dry and husky grain flavors, sort of papery, touch of tobacco. Well carbed and slightly watery. Overall very simple yet drinkable. Would prefer this over Fat Tire but that's about it.

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GbVDave

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Served in a 5oz taster glass at Tighthead 4/29/12. Thanks to the Dood for making the trek with me!

A: Served a deep tawny red. A thin wafer of off white foam forms on top and leaves a bit of lace behind.

S: Heavy on the toasy caramel malt with a bit of biscuit and light hops.

T: See above. Pretty enjoyable.

M: Full and rounded. Slick and coating.

O: Nice. I could've done without the whole Grateful Dead explanation behind the name, but what are you gonna do? Next time I'm there I'll imagine it's named after a Slayer song or something.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Scarlet Fire from Tighthead Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.