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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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 28
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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GClarkage
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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 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 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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3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev 0%
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!....

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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Scarlet Fire IPA from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
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