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

542 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 95 | 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:
Beer added by: mzwolinski on 09-24-2002

21 IBU
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Ratings: 542 | Reviews: 178
Reviews by jhutch31:
Photo of jhutch31
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap in downtown Phoenix while on a trip for a concert. Must have drank about ten of them by the time the weekend was over. The taste is hard to describe, however I absolutely love it. Very packed with caramel and toffee notes with a smooth hop profile. I love this beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of grynder33
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of mikechance
2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of mattster
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
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).

Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Auraan
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium sized maybe a bit bigger off white to light tan head sort of just sits above a clear bright caramel colored beer with some bronze highlights added to a deep color.

Light caramel roasted and biscuit malt aroma with just a touch of some hops characteristics adding to it.

Warming lightly roasted caramel malt taste that has sort a of biscuit like quality.

Light dry aftertaste that keep a caramel malt taste lingering on with this medium bodied beer.

This is a pretty decent Scottish Ale.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown with reddish rust tones. There is a thin creamy head that is dull white in color made up of fine bubbles. Nice retention.

Smell is of grainy malts and slightly metallic coppery notes.

Taste is sweet malt dominate. It is lightly roasted toffee and caramel with a creamy mouthfeel. The coppery flavor returns in the aftertaste and yields a sour bitterness.

Not a bad brew but thin in the body. I feel like this one could have something else to it to make it more interesting. Worth trying but buy a single not a sixer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four Peaks- Kiltlifter

Thanks to Tayner for this 1.

A- Clear golden copper brown with a huge chunky head. Thick lacing.
S- Strong peat moss, carmalized malt, and alcohol.
T- Strong dry peat moss with a good balance of grainy malt. A good sweet scotch charcoal flavor and a pinch of vaporous alc. in the end.
M- Smooth, creamy, and malty with a bit of a rubbing alc. finish. Alc. vapors go up my palette and into my nose, although this one mellows out eventually.

Overall- Aside form the alc. being a little "fumey", pretty good. You'll be feeling this 1 after about 3! (Thanks Dana!)

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Scottsdale location, brewed of course at Tempe brewpub. Their very popular but merely serviceable beer has a dark yellow coloured body and a white head with white lace. Their is light smoke in the aroma and more in the taste. Average mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of aval89
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received it with about a 1.5 finger head.. dark amber color leaning towards brown.. clear body..

S: sweet malts with a faint herbalness.. biscuits with a faint metallic/toastiness

T: again malt sweetness upfront.. toasty malts with a biscuit flavor.. some caramel with a bit of bitterness that is rounded out with a buttery finish.. hops are slightly present with an earthy/herbal hint.

Mf: medium bodied with a buttery mf. Carbonation is maybe a notch or 2 too high..

D: overall this makes for a great drinker..

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, my bottle notes 6% abv.

Copper brown, the red and orange tones are restrained. At first a nice white cap formed, but it was gone in a heartbeat.

Aromas of toffee, blunt caramel, dates, and bitter alcohol.

Malty but not sweet; toffee rather than caramel. Dates show up again, as does the bitter alcohol. A little tinniness shows up down the stretch.

Very thin body with a lot of carbonation.

This is pretty inoffensive, it seems accessible to non-beer geeks. There could be a lot more going on with the style, and even with this beer. It seems like they used plenty of malt but it just didn't shape up.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a short and foamy bone-white head that dissipates shortly. The nose expresses a sweet malt and a touch of smoke. The body is medium with a fine and restrained carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is exactly as the aroma indicates with a sweetish, honeyish malt that has a thread of peat-smoked character running through it. There's some minor hop flavor in there as well, but it's character is hard to pin down... it's somewhat floral and a touch leafy (the bottle lists Goldings and that appears to match up). It finishes drying with a short lingering residual maltiness and a touch of residual hop flavor. I'm not sure where it would rank in the Scottish / Scotch Ale category. It's loaded with sweet malt, but not nearly enough to fit the 110 -/- or Scotch Ale style; and yet a bit too full to be an 80 -/-. Regardless, it's an interesting and enjoyable beer with poor head retention being it's only drawback. They've brought on a new brewer who was at Alaskan for a few years, and they've also acquired a "real" bottling line (to replace their Meheen) so I'm looking forward to trying their beers again soon!

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle from AJ's in Tucson. This is just a nice, clean Scottish ale with mild caramel and a touch of roast. The aroma, like the flavor, is all malt, but with more of a bready bent to it. The softer caramel taste rolls over your tongue with a lighter carbonation and a very slight herbal, earthy edge. I wouldn't call it peaty, but it's close. Worth a try.

Photo of dbossman
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown with a slight amber tint; generous head with great retention; lacing is great too

S: Sweet bready malt presence with a touch of toffee, caramel, and raisins; a bit subdued and simple but pleasant

T: Nice bready malt presence--not near as sweet as the aromas would indicate; a touch of a sour note at the end that works well with the subtle dark fruits and bready malt

F: A creamy beer that sits nicely on the back of the tongue

D: A pleasant--though simple--scotch ale (maybe not quite to style, however); nothing mind blowing here but pleasant and quite drinkable

Photo of Fatehunter
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is mild lemon.
The taste is mostly a mild caramel sweetness.
The texture is softer.
It's easy to drink.

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel with a 4 fingers+ tan head. Very good lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Sweet malt & caramel, with a hint of peat,

T: Big biscuitty malt & caramel then just a hint or 2 of peat up front. A little maple & toffee surfaces as it warms. Finishes dry, just a little peaty & a nice kiss of caramel

MF: Medium bodied, a little chewy, great subdued carbonation & good balance

Drank very easy, nice take on the style & loved the subltleness of the smokey peat flavor. Finding this & old monkey shine was the highlight of my trip to AZ!

Photo of bditty187
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From very, very old notes...

Slightly hazed reddish-brown in hue with a smattering of copper as well; it is an attractive color. Skimpy off-white head, at the apex the foam was barely a half finer tall. Bummer… plus there was poor head retention. After a moment all that remained was a thin collar. Similarly, there was no subsequent lacing of note. Overall, the appearance is average.

The nose is vaguely malty but surprisingly hot and alcoholic, especially at only 6% abv. I found it fruity at the back. Here comes a big surprise. The burnt rubber traces and nail polish remover smells are not doing anything for me. Surprising, I know. Thankfully the potency is low, while I’m not totally turned-off I can’t call the nose inviting either.

The palate isn’t very impressive. Weakly malty but there isn’t much richness or flavor depth; all I detect is shallow caramel. Dark fruits run rabid and batter the burnt rubber and nail polish taste. While these alcoholic flavors are not strong, I don’t even like the trace amount it displays. Fluttering finish, malty but there isn’t much going on nor is there any other depth. Bland and flawed, not a winning combination... this is not a very good beer.

Medium in body, moderately-low carbonation, the mouthfeel doesn’t do much for me but it fits this beer well enough.

This Scottish Ale is just too soft spoken and flawed for me to want to drink this again (or any more). If the maltiness was louder and firmer, I think, many of the problems would be solved. Nevertheless, thank you Uncle Rick & Aunt Kathy for shipping me this beer from AZ. This is my finial review from the beers you sent. Thanks for all of them.

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Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.