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Scarlet Fire IPA - Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Scarlet Fire IPA
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BA SCORE
89
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2003)
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Marco_Gtz

California

3.25/5  rDev -19%

06-30-2014 19:29:47 | More by Marco_Gtz
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ccrida

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the brewpub, Scarlett Fire is dull orange, with a small white head that leaves light lace rings.

Smell is modestly hoppy, limes, a little sweet.

Taste is ok, it's mostly hoppy, resins, some citrus, fairly bitter, lingering aftertaste. A bit dirty tasting the alcohol is, coming off as a rather muddled brew overall.

Mouthfeel is dry, oily, seems a bit thick (I literally think the first sip had some type of sediment, gritty, perhaps trub from the keg).

Drinkability is ok, a fairly generic PNW IPA, not a huge distinction from their Bhagwan's Best IPA, or something that I'd bother revisiting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 01:16:54 | More by ccrida
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pine Box in Seattle, WA.

Pours a dark golden orange color with hazy tangerine hues and frothy 1.5 finger head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  The glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Floral hop aroma with some grassy pine needle,  sweet fruit and biscuity caramel malt.  Soil like with pine and grass followed by orange peel and grapefruit.  Underneath there is some bread and caramel malt.

Creamy medium body with a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers over the fruit and malt backbone into a faintly dry finish.  Grassy pine flavor along with orange zest and a strong grapefruit presence.  Malt backbone is strong with hints of caramel, biscuit and toffee. Usually don't like this strong of a malt profile but it provides nice balance here.  Pretty good and very easy to put down.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 01:34:54 | More by corby112
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So was this beer named for something we might have heard in the second set of a Grateful Dead show? Don't know. But Scarlet has a fresh, on-the-bine hop smell, so immediate and compelling, you could close your eyes and imagine yourself in Yakima. It shows a big-bubbled head on a luminous gold body that's a fair shade darker than Big Time's Maine Thing Pale. Abstract lace forms abundantly and freely.

Hop flavor integrates artfully into the malt matrix creating a floral sweetness touching upon pinesap. This then tapers with a sharp smack of bittering. The English lineage of Cascade and Chinook hops makes itself known in combination with contemporary American styles courtesy of Columbus.

Scarlet gains enthusiasm upon warming. Despite its rotund malt body, the unfiltered green elements intrude with a slight measure of astringency. Still, a good all-around IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 02:05:21 | More by RedDiamond
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled @ Big Time, April 2007
This beer has a copper color with a touch of haze and is topped by a wispy, light colored head. The nose seems quite muted after drinking the Perspective IPA and the taste is quite a bit maltier. There is a nice sweetness that accentuates a punchy hop character of pine, fruity citrus and some herbal notes. You can definitely taste a crystal malt character here; notes of caramel and a touch of toasty biscuit flavors. The finish has a pine-like, bitter character that lingers on for quite some time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2007 21:16:22 | More by Gueuzedude
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-17-2013 05:16:32 | More by jmccraney
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FalconA

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-29-2012 15:27:57 | More by FalconA
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DerekCarruth

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-15-2013 14:27:52 | More by DerekCarruth
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-17-2013 23:35:01 | More by Hopmodium
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-12-2013 02:36:12 | More by vermilcj
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-16-2014 21:28:20 | More by irishgreensoda
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Adamostella

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-03-2013 08:26:40 | More by Adamostella
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sjanowiak

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-09-2013 20:27:18 | More by sjanowiak
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distantmantra

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Big Time Brewery. Served in a straight pint glass.

A: Hazy burnt orange/copper color. Thin head of foam with medium lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel, malt, hops and pine.

T: Bitter pine flavor with some caramel and malt.

M: Standard carbonation for an IPA. There is some bitterness, but it does not linger in the back of your mouth.

O: Pretty standard IPA. Has a nice balance with the perfect amount of bitterness that doesn't wear out it's welcome.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 06:21:29 | More by distantmantra
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JTahoe

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Big Time, poured into a standard pint.

A - Golden-apricot color with white head that disapaints quickly leaving a soap-bubb,e ring and bits of lace hanging here and there.

S - Pleasingly hoppy, but in a mellow way with light melded floral, citrus, and herbal character and a doughy body.

T - Fruity citrus and pine hops with toasted bread body with some dry straw showing up late. Nice and assertive but well integrated.

M - Moderate body with nice prickly feel, slight drying on the finish.

D - Very enjoyable and solid...well done.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 21:02:08 | More by JTahoe
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beertunes

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a hazy orangeish-gold color with an inch of off-white head that had great retention and left moderate lacing. A pleasant hop aroma that is not overpowering. A bold citrus hop flavor hits up front and then lingers on the finish. Above average body gives a solid foundation for the hops to shine on. Very drinkable, depending on your tolerance for citrus flavors. An above average IPA from a great local brewery, worth seeking out.

Serving type: growler

02-17-2009 11:55:45 | More by beertunes
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NWer

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at a restaurant.
Dark bronze appearance somewhat cloudy. Served a little too cold.
Balanced, mild floral hoppiness. A little malt forward and light for an IPA.
Very nice flavors though. An easy drinker. Would make a nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 02:33:04 | More by NWer
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ojiikun

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live reviewed from Collins Pub in Seattle. Got a nice full pint of the brew, about 3/4" of khaki coloured head that's thick and sticks like a devil. Body is evenly fogged and a nice dark amber, edging on orange.

Smell is indeed quite hoppy - pine and earthy spice. Jumped right in to get a taste - very sweet for the low abv, with very fruity hop expression. Red apple peel. Malt is pretty retrained - nothing overly toasted, though there is a notable fresh-grain taste of oatmeal. Clay notes. Yeast is decidedly new-world and very clean. Afternotes are a touch alpha heavy and salty.

A sublimely full mouthfeel for such a low gravity. Good carbonation balances this well. a great standard IPA for chewing and quaffing alike.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 01:33:52 | More by ojiikun
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GClarkage

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mid September 2005. Had at the Big Time Brewery in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- via samplers from the tap.

Appearance- Golden-orange color with a 1/2 head. Excellent lacing as well.

Smell- Some fruity hops, but not much of a sniffer here. Really had to snort to get much of anything.

Taste- Wow, this one is even more fruity than the Perspective IPA I had before this. Sweeter at least. Not quite as bitter.

Mouthfeel- Super creamy and low carbonation.

Drinkability- I will be coming back to Big Time one of these days. Very impressive lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2005 21:39:41 | More by GClarkage
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-02-2013 19:28:18 | More by mdaschaf
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Collins Pub in Seattle. i assume this beer is a nod to a dead jam, but who knows

appearance: poured into standard pint glass, light amber body, eggshell froth

smell: juicy and full IPA, per the NW standard...grapefruit and other citrus, bready malt

taste: juicy grapefruit and other citrus, touch of pine, hop sweetness and just mild bitterness

mouthfeel: smooth and moderate

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 02:22:25 | More by dirtylou
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Smurf2055

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-20-2013 03:41:09 | More by Smurf2055
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xoqx

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite different on the hand pump than the traditional tap. It’s light amber with oragnish hues and a 1 finger off white head that leaves moderate lacing. The nose has touches of floral and darker citrus tones which I think are easier to detect in the casked version than the tapped one. The hops strike early and first on this brew but the malt really does show up in abundance to balance out the taste into a long wonderful bitter finish. Maybe a touch of honey-like sweetness at last swallow. The mouthfeel is crisp for a hand-pumped brew and yet medium-full bodied. This is a very drinkable beer, and its 4.7% abv makes it a great session beer.

Serving type: cask

10-10-2006 04:04:02 | More by xoqx
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abcramer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-19-2012 03:09:16 | More by abcramer
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Big Time on the Ave, Seattle. Pours a nice copper color w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is a combination of floral and citrusy hops.

Taste is bitter hops, some tropical notes, pale dry neutral malt holds it all together. Nice sharp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is balanced, drinkable.

Overall a really nice IPA, but nothing makes it stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 06:46:21 | More by draheim
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Scarlet Fire IPA from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
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