Scarlet Fire IPA | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2003

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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Hawkfish
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pdxlover
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Sky2625
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Big Time Brewery. Poured to a standard pint glass (this review from notes taken 8/6/11).

A - Poured a hazy amber orange with hints of ruby. 1/2-finger off-white medium-to-large bubble head. Low retention, and very sparse lace. Shines orange when held up to the light.

S - Ruby grapefruit citrusy hop nose, with a hints of pine, light malt, and sweet grain.

T - Ruby grapefruit sweetness without extreme bitterness, and almost a raspberry note over the citrusy and slightly piney hop. The mild fruitiness gives way to sweet pine bitterness, which then transitions to sweet wheat with hints of raspberry and rice, with a tiny bit of butter.

M - Near creamy medium body, light carbonation tingles the sides of the tongue. Bittenress hits the back of the tongue and throat, and it finishes slightly dry.

D - The "scarlet" hints (ruby grapefruit, raspberry) are great. Nice and pleasant and well-blended into the overall sweet citrusy hop bitterness. Subtle carbonation and the rice/grain note adds some uniqueness. Another excellent and interesting IPA from Big Time!

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Photo of woemad
4.42/5  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.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of TheBungyo
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cask at Old Town, Ballard

a: served in a standard shaker pint, it’s a deep orange-amber in color with a good two fingers of heavy carbonation on the surface, retains well and leaves good lace

s: nice start - grapefruit and pine hop aromas ride over a full body of caramel grain, some fruits and sugars, very appealing

m: smooth medium cask body with a level of carbonation on the low end but not as “flat” as some cask experiences

t: a solid but not overwhelming caramel malt structure balances a hop bill that blends sweet/acidic grapefruit and sappy pine, nice grainy flavors, an initial grain sweetness moves towards a pleasantly strong bitterness

o: a blind choice that turned out nicely, scarlett fire is a crafty ipa and one worth returning to, not much more to ask from a west coast ipa

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of erikm25
4.02/5  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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev 0%
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

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Scarlet Fire IPA from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 53 ratings