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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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BA SCORE
84
good

452 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 18
Gots: 49 | 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 gleemonger:
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

gleemonger, Jun 13, 2013
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Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

RoyalT, Feb 10, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

dacubz, Jul 12, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of blitz134
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

blitz134, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

chOAKbarrell, May 03, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Bszymkow09, Jul 11, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +19.8%

DesertWildman, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of grynder33
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

grynder33, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of mikechance
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

mikechance, Apr 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mctizzz, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

aquazr1, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Feb 07, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

mattster, Dec 30, 2007
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

magictrokini, Feb 04, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

rhinonau, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Frankyfigs1990, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of bisq
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%

bisq, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

egarrisxn, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

chinchill, Jun 07, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Jan 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

JuniperJesus, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

kevwcamp, Feb 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

RendezvousInOT, Nov 15, 2012
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Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.