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Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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Kilt Lifter Scottish Style AleKilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale

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423 Ratings

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 17
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
21 IBU

(Beer added by: mzwolinski on 09-24-2002)
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hotel glass (~1/3 pint)
From: A Chevron in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $8.99 for mixed 6-pack
Purchased: May 15, 2013
Consumed: May 15, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, copper, amber color, just a tad darker than the 8th Street Pale Ale, with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan head. Lots of spider web foamy lacing on the side. Average retention on the top.

Smelled lots of malts - caramel, toffee, iced tea and roasty. Some rye hops as well. Sugary and sweet.

Tasted close to the smell with arguably a bit more flavor. Caramel, toffee, apple, nutty and sweet sugary malts. Candied sugary apple. I don’t know why but it really tastes better than I thought.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, watery finish.

Very nice beer. I would certainly get some more.

05-21-2013 06:38:28 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance – Solid and clear copper in color with a nice head that settled into a foam above the liquid.

Smell – Nice, sharp peat aroma with a hint of smoke. The malt base was laden with caramel and sugars.

Taste – The peat and sugar really kicked off the flavor here. The scotch notes were dim, but the finish was caramel malt with a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel – This was probably not quite medium-bodied with a sweetness that watered the mouth.

Drinkability – This was a very drinkable Scottish Ale and definitely one that I wouldn’t mind having again.

Comments – A big thanks to Gusler for sending this one up to Seattle.

02-10-2004 02:04:30 | More by RoyalT
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4/5  rDev +7%

07-12-2013 19:43:45 | More by dacubz
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Russet amber color; bubbly head reaches high. Sweet toasted malt aroma of brown bread, doughy biscuits and treacle. No doubt this brew has some body to it—the smoothness runs just as deep as the body is thick. Full malt jacket wraps around the taste buds with toasted, sweet and grassy flavors. Hops in the back stay in the back, even while providing some balance. Sweet malty finish with a hint of alcohol. This malt bomb kills it, brewed to style, and is quite quaffable for the body size and strength.

12-15-2011 13:16:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Had to take the pour easy due to an over zealous head. Just off-white in color, loose foam that recedes quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the top through a dark caramel brown color. Not really any lacing to speak of.

Aroma is a bit weak overall. Sweet biscuity malts with some grassy hops. Taste is a bit sweet, light biscuit malting again but has some definate fruity essences that I don't expect too much in a scottish style brew. Has a bit of toasted nuttiness in the finish that begins to hint at some alcohol. Just okay overall.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin as well. Coats the mouth well and the flavor lingers. I thought this was going to be over carbonated but it didn't show up as I expected. Decent drinkability...definately easy to put back but nothing outstanding that would keep me coming back.

10-20-2006 01:12:38 | More by blitz134
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Dark orange/reddish with a good sweetish/bready nose. Head is creamy and sticks around. Taste is very smooth and pleasing with a satisfying grain aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is on the low side. I find it hard to describe scottish ales. They generally remind me of a less robust oktoberfest. This one seems faithful to the style and a generally good 'anytime' beer.

05-02-2006 23:53:59 | More by chOAKbarrell
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

07-11-2014 08:21:33 | More by Bszymkow09
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Cloudy amber pour, malty sweet aroma, nice slightly carmel taste, very satisfying mouthfeel, although the flavors aren't real bold, its hard to find any fault with this brew, the sweetness lingered nicely to the end. i will definitely get a 6'er of this if I have the chance.

11-10-2003 00:48:04 | More by grynder33
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2.85/5  rDev -23.8%

My overall impression of the beer was average, but it had hints of promise. Although not a traditional scottish style ale in my opinion it did have some interesting aspects. The malts created some interested flavors which I would love to explore again. This beer is average is a bottle, but might be a completely different experience from the tap.

04-20-2011 04:44:39 | More by mikechance
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-23-2013 23:16:14 | More by mctizzz
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4/5  rDev +7%

10-21-2013 19:46:35 | More by aquazr1
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

The beer pours orange copper with a large, off-white head. the aroma is very sweet, with some caramel and apple notes. The flavor is caramel, apple, sweet malt and some other fruits including cherry. No real smoke or peat character. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

02-07-2010 19:18:25 | More by Mora2000
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3.33/5  rDev -11%

Opened 12 oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Nice head formed of about 3/4". then subsided to about 1/8". Color is a nice reddish brown (or is it brownish red).

Smell is of malts and some grain, but nothing outstanding. Taste is quite present. All taste are a bit more subtle than many of the brews I've been drinking lately. I do taste sort of a roasted grain and a little bit of yeastiness, but beer is very dry. I've had this on tap from Four Peaks in N. Scottsdale, and it taste pretty similar from bottle.

The finish is pleasant with a nice mellow mouth feel. I could drink more than one of these - which is good because I think I have a few more.

All in all, a decent brew. Would be good with a burger or even pizza, but I don't think I would pair it with Haggis (Granted, I don't think I would eat Haggis).

12-30-2007 11:13:11 | More by mattster
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Tap @ Patsy Grimaldi's. Served a little cold, so the rating probably suffered a bit. Poured hazy orange-gold with a short white head. Minimal lacing. Caramel and butterscotch nose with some earth. More cake batter than peat in this one. Solid, firm motuhfeel, some stickiness, long finish. Nice, sweet maltiness that lingers. Again, caramel and butterscotch dominate, with no real hop presence. Kind of like drinking a snickerdoodle cookie.

02-04-2009 18:40:05 | More by magictrokini
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

10-28-2013 15:18:28 | More by rhinonau
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

06-24-2014 18:50:44 | More by Frankyfigs1990
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3.96/5  rDev +5.9%

08-17-2014 17:39:50 | More by bisq
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

07-16-2014 05:29:10 | More by egarrisxn
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South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -4%

Four Peaks Kilt Llifter ale is sparkling clear dark amber with a moderate white head and lacing.

Mildly malty nose with a touch of what seems to be a fruity off-odor.
No off-flavors, however. Just a faint touch of smoke. Limited malt flavor.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O: a bit too light flavored for style, but then "flagship" brews are usually tame.

06-07-2013 02:25:00 | More by chinchill
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

On-tap at The Vig in Phoenix, AZ.

Pours a clear deep amber color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted caramel malts with hints of toastiness, nuts, and toffee. Also present are hints of indistinct medium fruits that intensify as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the flavors are more robust. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of toffee and lighter amounts of nuts. Midway through the sip the malts darken with the addition of toasted flavors, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side for the style but with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid and easy-drinking beer for the style but it's nothing for which I'd clamor to have again. Worth a shot to see for yourself.

01-31-2011 19:51:30 | More by glid02
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-09-2013 06:20:55 | More by JuniperJesus
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-18-2014 03:03:58 | More by kevwcamp
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

11-15-2012 17:59:31 | More by RendezvousInOT
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-16-2012 18:23:15 | More by Zachb4au
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured a clear, deep amber-brown with a thin ring of off-white head. It looks like a nice ale, not bad. Scents of roast malt, toasted malt, fruity esters and some nutty scents. Quite nice, suggesting a nutty, roasty yet sweet taste. Flavor of sweet malt, some fruity sweetness, a bit berry-like, slight toffee and vague hints of alcohol with a faint hint of roast malt on the aftertaste. It's almost cloyingly sweet, far too much for my tastes. The roast and nutty scents do not carry into the taste at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a semi-drying finish. It's quite easy to drink from that perspective. Overall it's not a bad beer, just a bit too sweet for my tastes. On other occasions I've had this beer it's been a lot more roasty and nutty, and I really enjoy it a lot when it's like that, it just seems to vary from batch to batch and this batch was a sweet one.

08-13-2012 01:48:19 | More by Auraan
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Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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