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Scarlet Fire IPA - Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Scarlet Fire IPA
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89
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2003)
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Photo of NWer
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.

NWer, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Big Time in Seattle Washington.

A: 1/2" soapy tan coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Sweet malt with yeast and hops.

T: Floral hops, malty finish and a pleasant aftertaste.

M: Medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: A nice IPA with a sweet malty taste and floral hops.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of distantmantra
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.

distantmantra, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of ccrida
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.

ccrida, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange pour with no head. Great lace.

Big earthy hop flavor all the way through. Very nice hop burn in the finish. Sharp pine flavor. Almost green with hops. Nice malt balance, with a slightly heavy feel.

Earthy hop nose as well. Very clean but aggressive.

beer2day, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at the Big Time. I guess their cask is rotating, and today it was Scarlett Fire.

Appearance: medium amber hue with a ton of haze and a finger of pillowy ivory foam. Looks good.

Smell: earthy, funky, somewhat citrusy hops all over the place; the malt didn't stand a chance.

Taste: much like the aroma; huge earthiness up front followed by a long bitter citrus finish. There was a little malt backbone here, but this beer is all about the hops. Really quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: light-med body with medium carbonation; quite smooth and creamy nonetheless.

Drinkability: very refreshing. Good taste and smell, and quite drinkable too. Another example of a beer whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts

flagmantho, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of JTahoe
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.

JTahoe, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of beertunes
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.

beertunes, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of erikm25
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On tap in Seattle. Sat a nice amber and dark copper orange in the glass. Hazy in appearance. The head was reasonable and a creamy off white. Decent spotty lacing around the glass.

S: This had a very nice citrus hops smell. Hints of fresh lime and sweet pine. Nothing overwhelming but still a sharpened aroma.

T: Very solid and well balanced IPA taste. Notes of grapefruit and citrus with a solid malt backbone. The bitter hops taste is apparent but overall it leans on more of the citrusy side.

M: Light to medium bodied and very smooth with a hop resin kick.

D: This is a very drinkable and highly recommended IPA. It delivers on the hops and could easily be one of those all nighter beers.

erikm25, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many peple will argue that this is the better of the IPAs..the characteristics are so different that I can not put them in the same basket. on the hand pump at the brewpub... pours with a decent head and lacing, not quite the spiderweb effect im used to from cask ales however... smell is very pleasant, mellow tropical fruits are most predominant... palate has more tropical fruits with a creamy oak-laced malt profile on the finish... carbonation is very nice, creamy almost like a nitro... this is a pleasure to drink... an awesome session ale.. cheers!! I prefer Scarlet Fire over Baghwns.

barleywinefiend, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewhouse. Poured a cloudy dark golden with a thin cap and great lacing. Smelled of citrusy hops and some apricot as well as a little grainy. The taste is less grainy but has the same citrusy hops and apricot as well as a touch of pine on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick up front then drops off to a much thinner mouthfeel. Decent beer for sure.

Georgiabeer, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
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.

ojiikun, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of woemad
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint consumed at the brewpub for $4. The taphandle featured a photograph of a redhaired young woman, presumably former employee (and BA) ScarletFire.

This was the first beer I ordered at Big Time. I knew I wanted to try both this and the Bagwhan (it's not every day I get to try different style IPAs at the same brewpub). The beer came with a hazy orange color, lighter than the Bagwhan. A decent sized off-white head was perched atop the glass. Lots of lace.

This was a citrusy kind of IPA. While there were also sharp, spicy elements, the grapefruit citrus scent was the most dominant nasal component of this beer. A subordinate biscuity maltiness was also on hand. The malts are subordinate to the hops, but are more prominent in this beer than they are in the more spicy, bitter Bagwhan.

Like the smell, this is a citrus-accented IPA, and the grapefruit/orange flavor is most prominent, though there are spicy, piney flavors present as well. The malty backbone is a little more obvious in this bweer than in the Bagwhan. This would probably appeal to a less ardent hophead or someone who's a bit more neutral to the style. Personally, I love both kinds of IPAs so long as they're done well, so I found it very tasty.

The mouthfeel was oily with hop resin, and was just right for the style. The beer was medium bodied.

As I stated above, this is an excellent example of a citrusy IPA. It goes down a little easier than the Bagwhan (which is nevertheless an excellent beer), so many would find it easier to drink . I could drink it all night.

woemad, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, May 02, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy peach like color with a half finger white head. Bubbly lace down the sides of the glass.
S: Fresh fruity hop notes with an emphasis on grapefruit, melon, orange peel, lemon and an infusion of pine notes.
T/M: Bitter hop blast of citrus, most notably grapefruit, hops up front with a sweet background of other fruit flavors. Floral notes also work their way in. Maltyness is in there, but subdued by the powerful hop notes. Bitterness stings the tongue and finishes with floral notes that last for awhile. Extra bigtime grapefruit in the finish.
D: Another great Northwest IPA. A tasty hopped up brew. Glad I had the chance to try this on tap and at it's best.

bjohnson, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of xoqx
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.

xoqx, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange / amber color with a 1" head falls to a surface foam rather quickly. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: light citrus and pinecone tones are tough to sense, but they are there.

Taste: grapefruit tones are initially very evident and upfront here, but is eventually balanced with a bready malt flavor and decent pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and somewhat smooth at the start, definitely smoother at the finish. The grapefruit and bitter tones linger long into the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: superb. I felt this improved as it warmed a bit. The bitterness levels are strong enough to interest you, but not overly hoppy. Nice beer, and a must have if you see it.

Gavage, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of jclovebrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brew pub.

Cloudy dark straw color. Served with a 1.5 finger head. Lacing coats my glass as I drink it. Fresh hops on the nose. Grapefruity hops dominate the flavor. Perfect bitterness level. Although I'm not a big fan of the grapefruity hops this one is goin down mighty well.

jclovebrew, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of TheBungyo
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had the chance to try this I was hesitant. The bartender assured me it was one of his favorite brews, so I gave it a shot. Boy am I glad I did,
The beer was presented to me with a decent quarter finger head, and a luscious golden body. I swear, if a honey bee was in the area, it would be looking to see who stole it's goods! I took a whiff and came up with lovely grapefruit and lemon coupled with sappy pine aroma. How could anyone resist a smell like that?
I took a sip and was delighted by the fruity goodness and bitterness that followed. The malt sweetness came next followed by exciting bitterness that made me long for the next sip. If you can ignore the creamy mouthfeel that begs for another sip, you deserve a medal. This beer implores you to drink more and more. If you have the chance, down this beer and order another. An absolute winner for the hop lover.

TheBungyo, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the source. This is one of the three, yes three! IPA's that were on tap here on my visit! This one is a light golden/orangey/amber colour with a nice tight head of slightly off-white foam. The aromas are all citrus hops and biscuity buttered bread malts. The taste sfollows suit, and although this is a big, juicy, hoppy Amiercan IPA I do find myself a bit bored at the one-dimensional nature of the hopping here. Oh well, mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and nice and the drinkability is good as well. A nice enough IPA offering, but I prefer the two other IPA's that these guys make on a regular basis to this example!....

francisweizen, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of pdxlover
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scarlet Fire is a slighly reddish, slightly cloudy ale with a nice yellowish head which recedes quickly. The nose is grapefruity, sort of a "sharp" smell. The first taste is all hops, but pretty well-balanced. After the initial taste, the citrus flavor comes through. It has almost a sweet flavor sitting on your tongue. There are a lot of hops here, but its not overpowering. Very good mouthfeel and there is a nice finish with a lingering bitterness. For so many hops, this beer is very approachable and drinkable. This is a beer I choose as both a drinkable, session type beer (ok, session beer for me) and a "I am having just one" pint.

I am a hophead & Big Time often has 3 or 4 IPA's on and I consistently choose Scarlet Fire. I have been fortunate enough to try IPA's all over the US and this is the finest of what I would call the American style of IPA.

pdxlover, Mar 21, 2005
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Scarlet Fire IPA from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.