Scarlet Fire - Tighthead Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Park Tavern - Rosemont, IL, served ice cold (too cold) in a shaker pint, it took forever to warm up enough to get any sort of aroma. It poured a deep red with a beige head, that actually had smaller bubbles in a tighter formation. Excellent head retention as well. Aromas were weak at first, but came through as bready caramel malt and earthy hops. Tastes are earthy, bready, dry, rye bread crust, slight nuttiness, slight pine on the finish; malty but hop bitterness balances nicely. Very creamy and smooth mouth-feel with nice carbonation. Overall, pleasant American Red Ale reminiscent of a dryer Irish Red but with a more bolder hop profile.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

The last of the three Tighthead brews from their Firkin debutante party (cotillion?). It pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a finger of dusty light tan foam. The nose comprises lightly toasted biscuit, light rye bread, caramel, light pine sap, and a touch of grapefruit zest. The taste brings in more of the same, with the bready caramel and the grapefruit really duking it out on the tongue (without actually clashing, somehow). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, I found this to be the weakest of the trio here. It's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't think I'm gonna seek it out again any time soon.

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Scarlet Fire from Tighthead Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.