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Beer – #427 – Speakeasy – Scarlett Red Rye

About to be drinking a Speakeasy beer – this one is the  Scarlett Red Rye

The is Brewed by Speakeasy Ales and Lagers and take you pick of a style that is : Specialty Grain or  Amber Ale and they are in San FranciscoCalifornia USA

Scarlett Red Rye Ale captivates with an act that ranges from sweet hop highs to spicy rye tones. Sacrlett hits the notes that will set your heart on fire.

330ml bottle that is 5.5% ABV and 38 IBU on the scale,  165 calories a serve, and this is 1.43 standard drink units in NZ.

Scarlett Red RyeWith a creamy body and rich roasty flavors, Scarlett is the perfect complement to the cooler months of Fall & Winter. This rye ale pours a deep red with a sticky off-white layer of foam and medium levels of carbonation. Note the aromas of fresh rye bread, caramel malt and earthy hops. Sweet malts are accented by subtle flavors of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Notes of toasted grain, leather, and a mild peppery spice lead to a medium-dry finish.

The Hops in this are  – Columbus, Cascade, Chinook

SRRI’m not sure that “Amber Ale” is the best of beers though.

I’m always open though. To be honest it was the “Limited Release” that got my attention.

Stand by….

Healthy aroma from opening.

Speakeasy Scarlett Red RyeMuch darker ‘red’ than I was expecting, and with a lovely head too.  That really is dark, but looks great held to the light. I’d take a picture but I’d make a fool of myself.

Lots of carbonation and a goodly amount of warm caramel initially, decent length that finishes grassy rough but not disastrously so.

38 IBU’s is quite bitter and this is apparent in this, as there is nothing to balance this. There is, as I noted a really nice warm caramel malt that runs over this.

But it’s really not a ‘full’ beer or one that leaves you with a nice mouthfeel, it’s just an Amber beer that is what it is.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. As much as you’d like to reach a giddy height or be the best thing since sliced bread it ends up as a solid beer of little outstanding merit or notes that lift it beyond that

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? It’s ok, but not spectacular.
  2. Would I have another? I think I’ll pass for something different
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Not on this occasion.

Wouldn’t be beer without music would it, and so I was listening to Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Live In Amsterdam . This the track “Close to my Fire”



Beer made with a speciality grain, most typically rye, but also common are rice, sorghum, millet, corn, buckwheat, oats and spelt. As this is a catch-all category, alcohol levels, bitterness, and color vary.


A style without definition, amber ales range from bland, vaguelly caramelly beers to products with a fairly healthy malt and hop balance. Often the differentiation between a quality amber and an American Pale is that the amber might have more dark malt character, or a less assertive hop rate


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