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Scarlet Fire - Tighthead Brewing Company

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Scarlet Fire
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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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Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

01-14-2012 05:17:41 | More by jophish17
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

08-15-2012 13:15:01 | More by harrylee773
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

05-09-2012 15:58:11 | More by prisoner1572
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

08-06-2012 16:52:03 | More by nheinzie57
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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-21-2014 13:39:41 | More by MikeThumel
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emerge077

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 22:52:33 | More by emerge077
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stortore

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-30-2013 20:12:48 | More by stortore
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jpjayp

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-29-2013 02:24:26 | More by jpjayp
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

08-23-2013 00:17:38 | More by TastyIsBeer
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mrmitsui29

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-26-2013 02:09:57 | More by mrmitsui29
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-19-2013 02:58:12 | More by thinwhiteduke
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 00:00:19 | More by barnzy78
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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NappyB

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 21:50:19 | More by TMoney2591
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BrewClint

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-29-2013 15:49:38 | More by BrewClint
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-02-2014 22:40:15 | More by arlingtonjoe
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Jd2391

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-31-2014 17:41:15 | More by Jd2391
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Treebs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Illinois

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-11-2012 02:39:09 | More by BeerOps
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-05-2013 15:22:53 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Scarlet Fire from Tighthead Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.