Scarlett is the second beer in the series from San Francisco’s Speakeasy brewery. This particular beer is a red ale. I was only able to try this one bottle instead of evaluating an entire six pack. I found in a big ice bucket at Google’s TG/IF and because of that coincidence it inspired me to track down the other Speakeasy brews and write this blog series.
The caveat of only trying the one bottle was I’m biased towards those first impressions. Compared to the Tallulah I was a little disappointed with the Scarlett. It was by all means a solid red ale but it didn’t have much unique character to it other than the nicely themed label. Tallulah was an unique EPA with character I wasn’t expecting. Scarlett just fell into average red ale bucket. It would not be one of those beers you see in a variety 12-pack that makes you avoid the entire purchase (looking at some of Sam Adam’s choices there). Perhaps a true red ale connoisseur would notice things that I did not. Or perhaps if I had another five bottles to sip through over a week I could make a better analysis.
Next week, I’ll be looking at Speakeasy’s Big Daddy, another in their 1920’s series although we move away from the attractive flapper girl labels and into a more gangster vibe. We’ll see if that carries through in its flavor (I don’t know what that will actually mean).