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

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BA SCORE
84
good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 20
Gots: 75 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden Amber in color with insane clarity. Fairly hard pour produces a slightly off white colored head that's got a lot of different sized bubbles, looks creamy. Not much in the way of lacing, but still a pretty god looking beer.

Smell is petty good, not that strong though. Got some sweet malt action going on and a little earthy. Some slight fruitiness, darker fruits.

Taste is a step up. Reasonably malty, sort of bready (brown bread), a little nutty and some darker fruitiness that also is a little tart/tangy. Pretty good overall. Not really that typical to the style in my opinion, but pretty unique.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. I find it pretty clean and crisp, probably the cleanest Scottish Style Ale I've ever had. Pretty drinkable . Overall it's pretty tasty. I like Scottish Ales and was happy to get a can of this. Thanks huadog for the sweet extra!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer offered at Four Peaks. It has a rusty amber color to it, and always hits the spot. The smell is consistent with an amber Scottish ale, and the taste is exactly what you'd expect from a Four Peaks beer. Rich and flavorful, and a bit of hoppiness to it, but not too much.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing golden foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and large bubbles rise occasionally at the center of the column.

S: Caramel is refined in the nose, with mixed fruit also detectable. A fine thread of toasted bread is stuck in between other layers, requiring some study to find.

T: Begins off-dry, with husky malt that is bready and earthy, followed by yeast esters and acidity that is moderate for the style. Sweetness peaks into the middle, where it complements well-developed caramel and toffee flavors. The finish is mild and minimally bitter, influenced by vanilla and scant peat smoke.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a fairly tame contribution to the style, notably but appropriately lacking in hop qualities. It offers a level of compatibility with other flavors that really shouldn't be surprising in a malt-focused beer of normal strength.

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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into my trusty old Bandersnatch pint glass.

Appearance: The rust-colored beer is almost clear save for the many tiny rapidly rising bubbles. The head pours almost a finger and dissipates to a thin pale beige foam layer.

Smell: I think I smell a faint sweet citrus, maybe orange, and something like granola. Behind that is something more loamy. Intriguing and compelling.

Taste: the taste is a bit of molasses, the sweet orange, again, the granola grains, too. The finish lingers as a sort of tangy sweet.

Mouthfeel: a little more carbonation than I prefer, but I guess I could wait another ten minutes and give it another go. The beer is appropriately thick for the flavors.

Overall: I'm lucky to live in Arizona, with so many quality beers made in recent years. This one is the Four Peaks Flagship, I think, and deservedly so. To think I can buy 12-packs of this deliciousness at the QuickTrip on the way home, too. Hooray.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured on-tap at the Frog & Firkin in Tucson, AZ.

Poured an amber color, finger width head. Roast malt and buttery nose. Awfully light taste for what I was expecting. Malty finish. Mouthfeel was very thin, unfortunate. Overall it was a good beer, I just wish it ran a little thicker.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an transparent amber with a creamy, finger-deep head, minimal lacing. Carmaal-sweet odor with a hint of hops at the end. Very smooth mouth feel and easy to drink. Alcohol content is unnoticeable under the sweet, caramel taste. First time tasting this local beer and won't be the last.

Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.