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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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440 Ratings

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

12 oz. bottle, listed as 6%,

A: Pours a caramel red brown with a soft light white head, nice retention, no lace.

S: Toffee, sweet caramel malt, hint of peat.

T: Lots of sweet caramel malt, very bready/cake batter. Nice flavour, not huge but really tasty.

M: Fairly light-bodied, smooth, tad thin.

D: A real nice little beer. Malty and delicious. This is as common as BMC in the Phoenix metro area and clearly superior.

Halcyondays, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Look - Deep brown color. One finger's worth of foam that disipated very quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Hopy smell with little additives save for maybe a slight hint of citrus.

Taste - good balance overall. Tinges at the back middle of the palate.

Mouthfeel - light/medium light. Not as creamy as I would have expected.

Drinkability - Good beer with a good balance. I could see myself coming back to this one a few times.

Nerudamann, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of ScottyC
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%

Appearance: Clear, leather brown color.

Smell: Very little aroma. Malts, slightly toasted.

Taste: Not huge on flavor. Although it does offer malty, slightly toasted notes. A slight spicy hop bite finishes it off. Overall, you'll drink this beer for it's drinkability. Overall, very mellow taste.

Drinkability: This is the reason why you'll drink this beer. You can easily drink 3 or 4.

ScottyC, May 31, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Kiltlifter 4.5/4/4.5/4/4 on tap @ Tempe Brewery
Nice clear copper color.
Malty aroma.
Nice medium roasty malty flavor, solid hop support, maybe some smoky peat notes?
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, medium carbo.
A solid flagship offering even if a bit thin for the style. Reminds me of some nice ambers with a dash of smokyness. Seems pretty spot on for a lighter version of the style, which is welcomed by me as I am not big on Scottish Ales.

unclejimbay, May 20, 2010
Photo of showell
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

I'm liking this one more and more as I drink them. The first one didn't impress me too much. Pours a light orange with about a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet malt and a hint of hops. Like I said, the first one didn't impress me, but I'm really partial to darker stouts and porters. This one took a bit of getting used to, but I'm really starting to enjoy it. The flavor is a really sweet malty, bready flavor, A hint of bitterness, which I take for the 6% alcohol. It also has a really subtle smokey flavor which I think must be the peat that people have mentioned. It has a fairly large amount of carbonation, but I think it fits this one. I'm enjoying it, and if it's still early, I'll have another. I work tomorrow...

showell, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of SykDoc
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

Had this one courtesy of a trade with ZymasefungiI207I, much thanks. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear amber color. A 1/4 inch gray head forms and quickly reduces to mild lacing. Carbonation is readily visible and no sediment.

The aroma involves a caramel malt sweetness combined with a earthy hop note.

The taste is primarily caramel sweetness mixed with a pleasant earthy hops, as well as perhaps a little roasted component.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. There is a reasonable level of carbonation that balances with the flavor well. It is fairly smooth and leaves a clean finish.

Overall, this is a solid beer with good components but nothing that really stands out in particular. Just a bit above average.

SykDoc, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of ATPete
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle

Pours a transparent orange brown color with a small white head that quickly dissipates to nothing more than a fine ring along the edge of the glass. Sweet caramel malt and possibly cherry in the nose. Coating and sweet but not to the point of annoyance, a good and balanced American made interpretation of the style. A slight sour twang late on the finish is my only complaint and its a small one at that.

ATPete, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Bajasith
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Thanks to a buddy of mine that lives in Phoenix brought me an array of brews not sold here in California... This was one.
A: poured amber with a slight reddish huge into a beer glass with a small frothy head that dissapeared quickly.
S: Right off the bat, malt and yeast...
T: A sweet sensation at first as the malt leaves a bitter tinge.
M: Not much going on as malt dominates leaving a slight bitter yeasty flavor at the end.
D: Had some trouble finishing this brew if it were not for some roasted penuts on the side. Maltiness with some yeast tired me out.

Bajasith, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Wiseman Jorge brought this back from a recent trip to Flagstaff. Thanks buddy!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A short, off-white layer of foam forms atop a crystal clear copper body. Aren't Scottish ales normally a little darker than this? I'm not sure. Nevermind, BA informs me that there are three distinct types of Scottish ale - looks like this one classifies as light. Mild carbonation can be seen within. Head settles as a thin halo, but can be reinvigorated with a quick swirl. No lacing (no surprise).

Smell: Caramel, leafy vegetation, and handfuls of grain. Also getting some red currants and mild herbs. There's certainly a lot to be had in here, especially for the style.

Taste: Caramel, toasted grains, sourdough bread, nuts, and metallic hops. Finishes a touch skunky, similar to a bock. I'm willing to look past that though. This has a lot more character than many of the other Scottish ales I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and malty. Carbonation is a bit too high for my liking; feels a bit coarse on the palate and leads to a good deal of bloating. Beer finishes clean and crisp, which is just fine in my book.

Drinkability: Jorge hyped this one up quite a bit; and while it didn't live up to that hype, this was still an enjoyable experience. If I lived in Arizona, I'd happily buy six packs of this to support the local economy.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance: Poured ontap into a pint glass. A light brown in color, lighter than most.

Smell: Sweet malt comprises most of the aroma.

Taste: Once again, lightly malty with some caramel and nutty notes. No peat or smoke to be found, slightly roasted and hints of Scottish style malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied, smooth and certainly easy to drink.

Notes: This is not the best example of a Scottish Ale, but certainly popular with the locals and is a great gateway beer for the masses.

Stinkypuss, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of cyberbmcd
3.48/5  rDev -7%

Tried this recently on a trip to Az.

Pours very orange rather than Amber, nice thick head that dissipates quickly, impressive lacing.

Taste is very sweet with citrus and cherry undertones, mouthfeel is sharp but smoothed out by it's sweetness.

The name "Kiltlifter" is the only think Scottish about this brew. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but it bears little resemblance to a Scottish Ale.

Still, I'll have some from the tap at Four Peaks next time I'm in Arizona....

cyberbmcd, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%

No freshness date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: One finger of white head that dissipates to a thin film and laces fairly well. Body is medium copper in color.

S: Sweet malts and caramel with some pale hops. Not very complex, but pleasing.

T: Dark sugar and roasted malts rush in as this beer hits the tongue, and are followed by mild pale hops over a constant underlying malt backbone. Sweetness throughout, but the roasted character of the malts prevent this beer from being syrupy or overly sweet.

M: Nothing exceptional here. Average smoothness and carbonation. Good but not great.

D: Good drinkability, but again nothing outstanding. I could drink a few of these and be happy.

Overall: A good example of the style with no major flaws, but not outstanding. Worth the money and the time, but not a beer I would seek out again. I am drinking it with a fluffy and wholesome piece of bread spread with butter... a good combination!

allforbetterbeer, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of BrauKilR
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

A: Clear, amber, nice head of fine, creamy consistency. Good retention.

S: Smell is neutral from the bottled version, slightly more malty from the tap version. Neither hops nor malt notes dominate overall.

T: I noted caramel and some subtle roast with the tap version, but get butter (diacetyl?) in the bottled version. Hop bitterness evident, but no hop flavor or aroma.

M: Thin in comparison to what I expect from a wee-heavy. Hop bitterness in the finish; also contrary to expected in a beer style which should showcase malt complexity.

D; A drinkable beer, which is important to success in a college town where kids expect to quaff rather than appreciate. This beer definitely reflects a house flavor, though, which is generally subtle but inoffensive. I'm drinking it now because I bought it, but I long for a Belhaven.

BrauKilR, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of PhxHorn
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

The bartender poured this one into a glass for me, and it was a nice rich caramel color, but no head to speak of. Smelled of malt and caramel, and that's pretty much what it tasted like, with some butterscotch thrown in. A pleasant flavor, even if this isn't my favorite style. Fairly drinkable, though I don't think I'd have more than two.

PhxHorn, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Ultra clear looking, with a mahogany color. The head is made of soapy white foam that settles quickly. Appears to have some pretty lively carbonation. Aroma is not very impressive, there's some light notes of tangy-sweet malt, with a hint of toastiness, but it also has that stale macro character.

The taste is pretty underwhelming too. While the malt has a decent toastiness, it seems too weak overall, as I am waiting for the flavor to come out of its shell. All I get is a faint touch of dark fruit and the slightest bitterness at the back. Thankfully the carbonation adds a little something, however the body is on the lighter side for style.

This beer is not very enjoyable, and sadly it's par for the course when it come to Arizona microbrews. A good Scottish Ale deserves more flavor, while this brew has been made for the masses. I would like to buy more local beers, but beers like this remind me of why I have to look elsewhere...

bennetj17, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

Thanks to smellsofstout for this Arizona treat.

A: Pours a nice golden amber hue with only a bit of fizz and no real head.

S: Roasted sweet malt that comes off mostly as caramel with a hint of darkened brown sugar.

T: Not too bad at the start. Tons of gooey caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of nuts. The finish is roasty sweet malt with a hint a medicinal flavor.

M: I would say light for the style. Low on carbonation as well.

D: Okay. Could use some more carbonation and would taste a bit better without the medicine like component. Just Okay overall.

tpd975, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

Serves a nice red amber without much of a head, but minimal lacing. Not much in the way of aroma, maybe a hint of malt and subdued hops but nothing stands out. Taste on par with the smell, subtle malty notes and just the faintest whisper of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is kinda thin and unsubstantial, but drinkability is great. I could see myself throwing back a few of these if it was the only decent brew on tap.

merryjoulton, May 25, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear rich amber color with about a finger of tight off white foam. No lacing to mention. Smells and tastes of medium toasted grain, nice and malty with a good amount of caramel, mild smokiness, and biscuits. Medium in both body and carbonation. Glad to have had the chance to try this one.

ClockworkOrange, May 15, 2009
Photo of bigbelcher
3.48/5  rDev -7%

Calor is a dark amber color with a small off white beige colored hear. Good lacing. Aroma is all caramel malt with just a touch of smokiness. No hop aroma. Flavor is also that of caramel malt and a little bit on the sweet side, could use a little bit more hop bitterness to balance the beer. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not the best Four Peaks beer but not the worst either.

bigbelcher, May 09, 2009
Photo of snpub540
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured a clear reddish brown color with an off white head. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma was very bready. Not much of a hop presence there at all just all malts.

Taste was a biscuitty malt, with a slightly banana taste that was most likely the yeast.

Drinkability was good and the mouthfeel was medium bodied. A nice beer.

snpub540, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -19%

Thanks to NitroGen for sending this my way to try.

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaven lacing behind

S - Is very malty a little fruity and sweet

T - Kinda has an apple cider taste to me with sweet malt

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - To me this is an ok beer the style isn't my favorite but compared the the other beers from the style I've had this doesn't fit too well with them try it if you want

armock, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Rchap1
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

Had multiple times over a couple of days at the Firkin and Friar in Tucson, AZ.

A: Nice and dark, a little red. Not a whole lot of lacing. Poured with about an inch of light tan head, which only hung around for 2 or 3 minutes.

S: Good and malty, a lot of citrus coming from the hops. I was actually kind of surprised by this. Definitely a sweet smell, maybe a tiny little smoky scent tucked in there.

T: Nothing special. Pretty strong biscuity malt right off the bat, pretty minimal on the hop flavor, but still a tad on the sweet side.

M: Pretty full, and this one has a fair amount of carbonation to it as well, which lends itself to a fuller feel.

D: It was easy to put them back, they were perfect with a greasy sandwich or some wings, and not strong enough to sit you down after a couple.

All in all, if I'm eating a nice greasy dinner and there's not a lot of variety on tap, this is a decent choice.

Rchap1, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%

Received a sample pour of this at the brewery in Tempe, so I picked up a single bottle and tried it later that night. A 12 oz. bottle (undated/listed ABV 6.0%).

A: Warm orange, copper like a lightly tarnished penny. Large carbonation rising rapidly, some clinging to the sides. After cresting at about a finger, fizzy off-white head drops quickly, leaving a small star-shaped film and ringing cream. No lace. Though still after a couple minutes, I found the clarity and sultry-warm 'bourbon' color to be captivating.

S: Sweet aroma, basically like cereal grain (or wort, maybe?) Caramel, a little toasted nuts. Pleasantly malty but very simple.

T: Toasted grain is full-on 'breadcrust' sweet/dryness, sprinkled with a little brown sugar and heavily smacking of caramel. Barely enough grassy/spicy bitterness for balance and an ending that stays sugary, and also holds an odd (but tasty) orange/berry fruitiness.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a modest soft carbonation. Light-medium feel, a little sugar/malt sticking around. Overall texture seems pretty thin for the style.

D: Not a great version of the style compared to others I've tasted, but it's an easy sipping 6% pint nonetheless. Wouldn't rush to get more (I tried other brews from Four Peaks I liked better) but I'd have again and recommend for a try.

msubulldog25, Apr 02, 2009
Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.