shadey (2136) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Orange medium with white thin head. Slightly bitter aroma. Medium body with a slight bitterness and some sweetness. A nice mix of flavor in a pretty beer. Lacing. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2006
Tap at pub. Medium orange, slight head. Pleasant PNW hop aroma, malty with a citric orange. Essentially more bitter and less flavorful than the Snowmelt. Spicy, bitter finish. Also had the cask version, a bit rounder and smoother in the mouth, but the flavors were muted as well. Scores shown are for the regular tap, cask would have been one less for the flavor and and one point less overall. JorisPPattyn (10005) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2006
Cask Clear orange-amber, fine yellowish good rim. BIt of ureum, C-hops, but discreet. Licorice, prunes, even green plums, and hops only at every sip. Fruity sweetness, going slowly over in more hopbitterness (building up). Surprising sweet cookies too, and a tad soapy flavour. Light, bit oily, slick. Easy drinking beer. Can somebody explain to my why Washington brewers can get decent heads on cask, and not on keg beer? harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2006
Just when I thought it could not get any better, this blows away the Bhagwans. Much richer sweet maltiness, wonderful hop aromas that match the flavor profile perfectly, nicely balanced, juicy and chewy. Super tasty! omhper (25160) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Clear deep golden. Sweaty grapefruit aroma. Sweet with chewy mouthfeel. All about the hop flavour - there’s grapefruit and mango. The soft mouthfeel enhances the enjoyment. Salty very bitter finish. A fantastic IPA!
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2006
On tap at Hill Top. In my experience with Big Time, they make some heavy hitting IPA’s, and the Scarlett Fire doesn’t disappoint. Reddish amber in color. Lacking in the nose but did get hints of grapefruit and citrus. Overall, strong lasting bitterness throughout, with notes of citrus, and pine. A good IPA. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 22, 2006
tap at brewery: Slightly cloudy, dark yellow color with medium sized white head. Aroma has rounded touch of citrusy hops under a subtle malty background. Flavor has a subtle but present maltyness in the flavor, but more obvious is the sharp american hoppiness. Finish is moderately bitter, slightly acidic. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
(Draft: Big Time Brewery and Alehouse in Seattle, WA) Lightly malty and toasty aroma is promising, especially since the first three beers I’ve tried here (all light styles) are really mediocre. Fairly sweet, once again, but with a citrusy, moderately bitter hoppiness more than balancing out the sweetness. Grapefruit is especially prevalent in the finish. Medium bodied, fairly crisp on the palate. Golden color, topped by a small off-white head that fades to a Crater Lake appearance, an island surrounded by a rim. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass, so I guess that represents the clouds surrounding Crater Lake. Decent, but I’m starting to wonder what all the fuss is with this brewery. Everything I’ve tried is no better than average thus far. beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Holy hell. Like an express train, shooting through the Seattle-esque underground bus tunnels that eventually lead somewheres of my mouth. OldMrCrow (2442) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2006 Cask at the Big Time.
Poured a dark and slightly cloudy amber, with the limited head one would expect from a hand-pulled ale. This is a rich, full, and multidimensional IPA, somewhat less citric and certainly drier and more floral than the Bhagwan’s Best - and well able to give that beer a run for the money. The palate is full and satisfying, especially considering the relatively low ABV, and the long hop finish is beautifully balanced. I’ve had this on tap at the Maple Leaf Grill as well; it does well at cellar temperature and picks up an extra flavor point from the cask. On the downside, the resins are a bit astringent in the flavor.