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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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176 Reviews

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 579
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 23.22%
Wants: 29
Gots: 123 | 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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Reviews: 176 | Hads: 579
Photo of kabirmarwah
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer; shared a pitcher with my friends at the brewery itself. Pours a beautiful red; head wasn't too remarkable. Very delicious; crisp and refreshing without being too bitter. Easy to down while being slightly stronger than the average beer. Four Peaks needs to step up its distribution beyond AZ!

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into pint glass.

Look: Pours a darker amber copper color with little to no head.

Smell: Breaded, toasted malt, caramel

Taste: Sweet and malty up front with a nutty and biscuit-like finish. No trace of any bitterness/hops.

Feel: Smooth, medium-bodied, very drinkable. Not very much carbonation and the 6% ABV doesn't kick in right away; so smooth for how strong it is. Very balanced.

Overall: Probably a good representation of a Scottish ale, and the flagship brew for Four Peaks. I'd say it's better/best on tap, but a definite solid brew for those looking for less hop but the same strong kick.

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Photo of Houlio_99
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Easy drinker for a Scott. Enjoyed multiple pints at the Biltmore in Phoenix. The bartender should be on the payroll as he moves about 25-30 pints a weeknight ... no complaints on my end .. seems justified.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-06-21 in Phoenix, AZ at their pub at the airport. On tap

Sweet malt with a touch of smoke. Caramel and medium roasted grain. A bit of bitter for balance.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.89/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, semi-clear, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked bread and biscuits, along with aromas of caramel, black pepper, honey, honey-suckle, heather, and touches of floral, grassy, hops.

Taste: Delicious! A serious malt bomb, with tons of toasted malt up front, flowed by lots of caramel and brown sugar, some black pepper, and finished with just a touch of floral, grassy, hops to round it all out. A malt-lover’s dream!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there’s some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Four Peak’s Kilt Lifter is one of my favorite session beers. Malty, sweet, easy to drink, flavorful, satisfying and delicious! I love it!

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Amber/copper in color with some visibility. Pours about a one finger head which rapidly dissipates.

Aroma- Muted aroma but sweet caramel is definitely noticeable.

Taste- Lots of toasted caramel sweetness up front and in the finish The finish has a very tiny presence of peated/smoke but barely any (if any actually). Little bit of a herbal/spice hop presence towards the end too.

Feel- Very light up front, but richer and more of a medium body in the finish.

Overall- This is a ok/good beer that has some nice toasted caramel malt flavors but a little too light at times. Definitely grows on you as warms up, so serving at at least 45 degrees would probably be best. Worth the try and maybe worth going for again.

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Photo of sloggettstrength
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Look: A nice medium brown copper color. Poured about one finger of head that left quickly.

Smell: A nice toasty malt aroma to it. I don't get any fruit at all in the nose.

Taste: A nice nutty malt through and through from start to finish.

Feel: Very smooth, quite crisp but not too much carbonation.

Overall: A very nice beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pint on tap at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%

Aroma is peaty and lightly smoky, phenolic, with sweet caramel and nutty, toasted malt. Flavor reveals cola-like notes, with nutty, toasted malt at the base, and a dry, nutty finish. Specialty malt fruitiness adds intrigue. Not as peaty in flavor as aroma. Flavor was actually slightly disappointing, as specialty malt fruitiness dominates.

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Photo of Yackmo360
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This really is a good beer, just not totally my style. The copper color is fantastic and it has a decent flavor. Had it on tap while going through AZ and that was better. When on tap it seemed to have a little bit more of a nutty flavor that stood out to me. Of coarse I had just been hiking around Out of Africa, so that might have clouded my judgment. I still say drink some.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely orange copper color with good clarity and finger and a half of khaki foam that fell off to a bit of lacing. Nose is malty sweetness, some toasty bread crust and a bit of treacle. Treacle is a sweet syrupy scent that does not resemble a fruit. it's light enough to be truly tempting. A touch fo grass and some earthy hops whisper to you. Taste is lovely.l Toasty malt, sweet and brilliantly light to the palate. There is a fruity background to this beer that I find very pleasant in scotch ales. It's light fruity and permeates the drink without taking the fanfare away from the smooth malt. Mouthfeel is lovely and fullish but creamy and dry. Decidedly malt finish with a depth that is jovial and clean. One of the better scotch ales I have tired.

Thank you Kerry4porters for the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a head that forms impressively and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: Toasted bread and treacle with fruity tones of raisin and strawberry

Taste: A rather sweet opening, with the treacle dominant; the raisin and strawberry tones develop, in the middle, and the finish is a refrain from the opening

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A nice, easy-to-drink, malty beer; lacks some subtlety but is a well-brewed example of the style

Thanks, mikedR (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Garrett1008
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting beer. This seems to be the favorite at Four Peaks.

Terrific body to it and very smooth. Pairs really well with all their burgers if you ever get a chance to eat at Four Peaks.

Has a much bolder taste than most scottish ales.

If you find yourself at Four Peaks, this is a must order.

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Photo of bobby_durrett
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite beer.

A - Attractive slightly tan head. Carmel-brown nice color with some small bubbles on side of glass.

S - Smells a little like honey or grain.

T - Carmel flavor, maybe a little buttery. Nice. Not weak. Not too bitter.

M - Kind of stingy to the tongue. Goes away with some food and then flavor comes out again. Not watery and thin, but not very thick.

O - Good tasting and attractive beer without too much bitterness. I recommend it to others. I like having flavor in the beer and not feeling like it is watered down.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear amber color with a nice, creamy white head. Malty, caramel nose with an occasional fleeting sense of smokiness. Rich malt flavors with a strong herbal, grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a lively carbonated feel on the tongue; dry finish.

A good malty ale, clean and bright although it seemed a bit too fizzy with the mouthfeel.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy orange copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, raisin, toast, bread, floral, light peat, and floral earthiness; some light phenols as well, but not too bad. Some nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; the phenolic note knocks it down a bit. Taste of caramel, toast, raisin, pear, bread, floral, light pepper, light peat, and floral earthiness; slight phenols noticed after the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, bread, floral, light pepper, light peat, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors with solid complexity; good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. The phenolic note was noticeable, but not too detracting. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Scottish ale. Good balance of malt/fruity flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jhutch31
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of deciding39
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. can purchased at Total Wine in Tempe, AZ (which fortunately survived a rough flight back to Boston).

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a head that quickly dissipates, leaving a slight rim around the glass. The one I had at the brewery was quite clear...it must be can-conditioned and I probably did not properly decant. Looks a little lifeless.

S: Aroma of dark fruit (currant, raisins) and toffee. Enticing, but a bit mild.

T: A caramel and toffee sweetness gives way to a gentle earthy hop bitterness and some woody notes. More fruit flavors throughout (the aforementioned and a little plum as well). No real smoke or peat notes to speak of, but a nice hint of whiskey hides just beneath the surface.

D&M: A slick, medium-bodied brew. Body is true-to-style, but a bit lighter than anticipated. Perhaps so the desert crowd can continue to quaff this in the summer months? Carbonation is light, making for a very smooth drink. I could drink several of these, provided I had some cheese on toast and a scotch egg or two!

Glad to see a solid attempt at a style that seems to not get a lot of attention, and even happier to see it in a place I expected to be awash in bad beer. Arizona, you did not disappoint!

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Photo of mfavoino
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass on 9/29/12.

Appearance: Syrup brown/amber with almost no head. Just a rim around the edges of glass.

Smell: Caramel malts and some dark fruit sweetness. Pretty blah.

Taste: Lots of malty caramel, touch of bread, and sweetness. Bit of herbal flavor and some dark fruit sweetness resembling the nose.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, but maybe a tad thin. Just a bit of carbonation.

Overall: Not bad for the style, just doesn't have any distinguishing qualities.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was shipped to me by sKafifer in the hopes of furthering the ongoing madness known as The CANQuest (TM). Believe me, I am awash in CANs at the moment and am trying to get caught up.

From the CAN: "Pack It In - Pack It Out".

I was at Baltimore County's Tilted Kilt back in June and I'd like to mention the beauteous Hardee whose kilt I showed amazing restraint in not lifting. Yeah, I know ... sexist pig, blah, blah, blah, but I notice that none of them seem to mind my generous tips when I show at Flying Saucer, Tilted Kilt, et al. That, and with age comes wisdom. It is poor form to lay hands on the waitstaff.

My Crack & Glug produced a finger of light-tan head that disappeared like Xi Jinping (this is a current events allusion and may be Googled at your leisure). Color was a tea-like brownish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite sweet, like liquid caramel. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the maltiness was just too much for this self-avowed hophead. If it is going to be this sweet, it should have some more body to it, IMHO. It lacked any subtle smoky quality, which is what I really look for from the style. This would be a malt lover's dream but for me, it was over the top. Finish remained very sweet and I was happy to have tried it, but it was a once-and-done for yours truly.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is malts, molasses, a good bit sweet, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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