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Scarlett Red Rye - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 225
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 08-31-2012

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Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love all the beers from this brewery, have not had a bad tasting beer yet. finally got to try this one and was very surprised how good it was. Out of the 12oz releases from the Speakeasy brewery this might be my favorite. give this beer and any other beer from this brewery a try. if you're ever in the San Francisco area this is a really cool brewery to visit, excellent vibe and friends service. (399 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It had been a snow day at the school where I was putting in time as a teacher of high school English, promoting illicit activities on the side, always after school and definitely off-campus. I called Big Daddy's squeeze, Scarlett, to see what she was up to and she agreed to meet me at our local speak, The Fridge, since not only did they serve great pizza to go with the wide array of beer, but they had a roaring potbelly stove. Y'see, Big Daddy had a potbelly of his own and an equally fat wallet, but he kept Scarlett on the side in a cold water flat and we had begun making our own time. Dangerous? Deadly, but when she would step up to the mic at WLNC-FM, 98.6 on your radio dial, and hold forth in that Siren-like voice of hers, wearing a red dress and pearls and not much else, well, I didn't seem to care.

From the bottle: :"Limited Release"; "Hand Crafted"; "Scarlett Red Rye Ale captivates with an act that ranges from sweet hops highs to spicy rye tones. Scarlett hits the notes that will set your heart on fire."; "Legit since 1997".

Legit, ha! These Limited Release beers don't go to just anybody. I knew the secret knock and took my place under the brightest lamp in the place, as is my custom. I am not hiding from anybody, plus the bulls have gotten me accustomed to sitting under a close, hot lamp while wearing the bracelets. I just call my mouthpiece, Jimmy Keaveney, and he works his magic.

In the meantime, just as I was popping the cap, Scarlett was trying to pop my cap under the table, using only her bare feet! It becomes so hard to focus under these circumstances ... I got a massive amount of head from this one, full, medium-tan, two-plus fingers that extended above the rim and then held as beautifully as she did. Color was scarlet as fever, ruby as rupees, garnet as high-grit paper and with a NE-quality clarity that made me want to take her in my arms and run her off to Lincoln or Omaha. Anywhere to get her away from Big Daddy and those abusive, ring-laden mitts of his. He had no compunction about using her like a punching bag and gave no thought to removing his big, heavy rings while he did so. I lifted Scarlett to my nose and inhaled, drinking in her peppery spiciness that she naturally exuded. She was the embodiment of sugar 'n' spice, with a lovely understated maltiness that made me stand at attention and salute her loveliness. The lacing of her stockings ran their full length and my mouth watered in anticipation of what was forthcoming. I put my tongue in and it was like being plugged into an electrical socket! My senses were overwhelmed with the cool, spicy pepperiness of rye coupled with the sweet maltiness. I looked up and Scarlett had her head thrown back in ecstasy, but only for a moment. "We gotta get rid of him, Woody," she hissed from barely spread lips. "Who?" I asked, but I already knew. Big Daddy! She would never be free of that sumbitch until he wore concrete shoes or had a Tommy gun's "X" stitched across his chest. "I'll make it happen, baby, I promise," I intoned as I drank deeply of her rye muskiness again. Little did I know that it would mark the beginning of my end, but the finish was as dry and amusing as any rye that has ever passed my lips and down my gullet.

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

deep, dark red. little head.
mellow hops aroma, something else a bit like an ashtray aroma (but as an ex-smoker, i LOVE it...)
taste is... mellow hops, something else.... something neutral to balance it and i cant finger it out.... is it the rye?
the website SUCKS. says it's been in operation since 1997 but they STILL aint got crap on the website to help bring their products along? rate the beer, i know, but i like a little poetry to go with it- preferrably from the producer...
overall, it's a decent brew. leans to the hop side. low abv. nice color. i get the malt balance in it and i am still learning my rye. could easily drink another, even though it's not my preferred style. (686 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mix a six pick up at Shoprite Wines. Twelve ounce bottle in pint glass.

Pours crimson reddish brown with virtually no foam on top. Just a smattering of white. Toffee rye nose, subtle sweetness. Pleasing. Rich malty taste with a rye hop bitter in the middle that rolls into sweet finish. Nice bite. Solid mouthfeel. Everything really works together for a tasty end result. (372 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a malty amber with tight white foaming atop. It doesn’t have a big hop aroma—rather, light dank notes come across the nose along with some malty hints. The flavor is resiny, chewy, and moderate malty. Some dank hoppiness notes bring it together.

This beer is definitely the younger/lighter sibling of their imperial red ale. I think this version works more effectively—I love rye ales, red ales, and at this ABV I could have more than one. Whether in a bomber or sixer I’d love to see this on shelves as well. A winner. (540 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on May 1 for $1.79. Bottled on 11/12/14; received at TW on 4/2/15.

Beer poured reddish brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is a nice caramel roast with hints of citrus.

Taste is very well balanced. Caramel malts with a nice rye spiciness round nicely with the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall this brew combines elements that i truly enjoy. The rye spice, caramel malt, and citrus hops blend so well for my pallet. Definiely will pick up a sixer when fresher! (572 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a murky dark amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft caramel malts and zesty rye spice.

The taste consisted of a smooth, yet earthy sweetness coupled with a spicy rye malt. Pleasant toasted bread finish. A moderate herbal hop cleaned up the flavor.

The mouthfeel was of typical fullness.

Overall a tasty and well balanced rye ale. (459 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quality stuff for the price and availability. I was craving a rye ale and this one hit the spot for the most part. It has the rye spiciness that I was looking for without any extra sweetness. I sometimes think that an extra hop kick could make it even better, but, overall, it's a good and sessionable rye beer. (319 characters)

Photo of kflorence
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My 250th review!

A: Pours a dark, scarlet brown with a decent amount of creamy, off-white head atop. Carbonation looks normal. Head retention is excellent and there is a fair amount of lacing as you drink. She's a beaut.

S: Roasted grains, brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce. Heavily malt forward with a hint of floral hops and a touch of alcohol astringency.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Roasted grains with cloying sweetness dominate throughout. Finishes crisp and dry with lingering bitterness on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with a crisp, lively carbonation that makes the tongue tingle. Very smooth and quite drinkable without much bite or chewiness.

O: Quite impressive, though I would expect no less from Speakeasy. I haven't had a lot of brews in this category, but I imagine this will satisfy any malt-forward, toasty and drinkable beer cravings you might have. Cheers! (884 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled on 11/18/13
L - deep ruby-brown color with a creamy beige head that covers the glass with stickiness as it dissipates
S - weaker aroma that is more earthy and spicy rye if anything
T - much fuller flavors with rye, earth, spice, pine, slight fruity aspect, caramel, bread,
F - fuller body, creamy, finishes semi-dry and semi-bitter
O - really enjoyed this one. Very unique flavors and well crafted. I like what I've had from this brewery so far & I look forward to venturing more of their stuff. (510 characters)

Photo of sunilmallya
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S : very malty with hint of the toasted malts
T : bitter, malty with a strong sense of roasted and toasted malts. Earthy hops and a rye feel.
O: A well crafted beer, very enjoyable ale.

The bitterness subsides after a few sips and mostly a rye malty taste stays through to the finish. (288 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: August 22, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: drafting fantasy football in the rugged Tecmo-themed Northeast Premiere League--taking AP with pick #4... APPEARANCE: dark, mahogany red--almost blood-red when held to the light--with an off-white head that retains well; creamy lacing rises in fiery sun spirals... AROMA: as with most reds, a nice, toasted malt treats the nostrils, with the citric hops--mango, at first--giving way to the pepper, smoke and cheddar jack kick I am hoping is in the taste as well ... PALATE: creamy, textured, sessionably swift to the throat; a pint that isn't long for this world... TASTE: a woody character pairs with toasted bread and sharp cheese; thick malts blanket pepper and licorice--a complexity of flavors rearing up from the glass...something of a muddle, with a thick prunish flavor spiking the finish... but also challenges in a pleasant way... OVERALL: I have had nothing but great experiences with Speakeasy, and once more--thanks to brother Jer for his purchase--I find another offering with a bit different profile... no big citrus or bold attack, but rather a variety of subtly textured flavors that encourage sip upon sip... a good pub pint for food paring... (1,239 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper / blood red color with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing and rings as it went down; the head didn't budge for over a minute, dissipating at a snail’s pace.

Smells of fresh clean herbal hops, rye, pine cone, biscuit, dry grass or hay, caramel and light spices; very earthy, clean and light smelling, with the rye and hops playing equal parts for a nice soft enjoyable aroma.

Tastes of orange peel, grapefruit, floral/herbal hops, rye, pine cone/piney hops, cocoa powder, roasted grains, biscuit, grass or hay, caramel, toffee and spices like pepper and mild coriander; like the nose, the flavor overall is earthy and clean, but more complex than the nose with stronger hops, cocoa notes and malt sweetness that made it pretty well balanced and then let the rye sweep through at the end in a cleansing dry manner.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with mild carbonation, a light body, and a slightly bitter finish that fades clean with rye trailing and making its mark. The aftertaste is clean, yet funky like cardboard, so this has some different qualities to it. Overall this was much better than I expected and quite easy to drink; borders on a session beer for me. This lady is legit and one I will seek out again. (1,323 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good. A limited release, this hoppy rye has great balance and smoothness. Complex and subtle, this is helping me become a big fan of the Speakeasy Brewing. (160 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall not bad, but it's something I wouldn't want again.

L - Ruby-brown color with a creamy beige head that covers the glass with stickiness as it dissipates
S - Roast, burnt smell.
T - Little rye, earth, spice, pine, slight fruity aspect, caramel, bread. Caramel most dominant taste.
F - fuller body, creamy, finishes semi-dry and semi-bitter
O - Not bad, it's not a favorite in the rye world. (400 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, caramel, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight toast/roast flavor and an alcohol kick with each sip. There is a mild roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (570 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Tony's Darts Away for Speakeasy's 25th.

Appearance is a copper brown that is somewhat opaque. Smell gives away some of the hoppiness but is subtle. First sip I could tell this was a rye beer and reminded me of some rye ipa's only much less hoppy. The caramel and somewhat spicy sour leather notes of the rye come through. You do notice the hops on the backend which is a nice addition. The carbonation didn't really affect the review as I didn't think it added or subtracted, had nice carbonation and wasn't watery or too thick, just about right.

Overall I would like to try this bottled actually, I'm wondering if less of the hoppy notes would come through, as well as if the carbonation makes a difference. A decent rye beer, which is great since the rye selection is small. (798 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a half finger tan head with good retention and light lacing. Mild, but classic red ale aroma of slightly toasted caramel malt with light grassy hops, supplemented by rye bread notes. Flavor is toasted and caramel malt, grassy hops with light sourness and rye grain. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. A nice red ale that is somewhat light on the rye, but fairly well balanced. Lots of flavor for its ABV. (478 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

This is a very good, drinkable ale with some good light character. It is to me noticeably better than Bridgeport's broadly similar Smooth Ryed - both more drinkable and also with more character.

Deep red with huge, pale tan, airy head steadily shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is cherry and strawberry juice, hints of rye bread and grapefruit juice.

Taste is nice lightly sweet juiciness with very light balancing bitterness, with leafy citrus, hints of toasty bread, finish of earth and light spicy rye bread. It's very drinkable. (534 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Scarlett pours as beautiful as the girl on the label. The beer was a deep rich clear amber with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent was very malty. The taste was ok....started very nice then a weird stringent funk piled on leaving me to scratch my head. Does not come off the pallet as nice as other ryes. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this beer is ok....not sure I'd run out to buy it. (438 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Ale house glass.

Three fingers of light tan and creamy retention head foam up, big and bellowing with lots of staying power. A super dark reddish brown amber, nearly blood colored but deeper with little slow rising carbonation coming up. The body color on this beer is just true red and to name, exquisite. Minimal lacing, with a little light clump. Love it.

Nose has some chewy dry malt sensations, and light cream. Not much else, but it's very nice and quite solid and simple.

Palate hits with a very light body. Light malts but also a hint of wetness that rolls over the tongue. Finishes clean with a nice classic rye malt spice kick. Hop angle seems to be buried with the spicy malt dominating.

Overall this isn't really that bad, and it's easy drinking. Just a little bit more oomph and depth and this would really hit the spot. (875 characters)

Photo of Megha_K
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Location: Sunset Beer (Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA)

Medium-bodied with strong rye taste. Less on the hoppy side. Not an exceptionally memorable or deep taste, but a solid choice

Deep toasted red color.

Solid choice with robust roasted vegetables, tougher and less flavorful meats. (282 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Scarlett Lady looks brown when pouring but has a nice reddish hue when peered through. i small lacey head forms with a touch of lacing.
The aroma was sweet malts with a touch of roasted malts.
Taste was pretty good and solid. Taste was of soft roasted malts sweet caramel and a touch of hops. I didn't take note of any rye malts.
This is a good solid beer but really didn't notice any rye. (389 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep pretty violet. Reminds me of Consecration.

S - Fruity breadiness.

T - Oh yeah that's a red rye if you ask me. Spicy bread. Thought it would be sweeter and fruitier from the smell. A bitter finish. Not too complex but enjoyable rye character.

M - Medium body and crisp amount of carbonation. It's nice.

O - A good rye beer. Slightly uncommon for me, but I liked it. (378 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark, semi-clear amber red with an off-white, 2 finger head. Average retention, the resulting lace is thick with decent stick.

Smell - Primarily caramel and roasted malt with a hint of citrus hop, and a peppery rye note playing off in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose fairly well. Roasted malt character, hints of coffee and chocolate, caramel malt, a touch of citrus hop on the backend... but the rye is so subtle, you might not even catch it if you aren't looking for it. There's a bit of peppery spice in the aftertaste, but it's almost an afterthought.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with fair carbonation. Finishes semi-dry. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Somewhat disappointed, if only because I've been so impressed with Speakeasy beers in the past. This one's not bad by any stretch, but if you're looking for a beer with strong rye character, you might want to look elsewhere. Not a bad beer, but doesn't necessarily deliver on the promise of the label. (995 characters)

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Scarlett Red Rye from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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