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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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428 Ratings

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 17
Gots: 39 | 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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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.

02-07-2010 19:18:25 | More by Mora2000
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

02-07-2010 13:57:14 | More by Sammy
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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!

01-11-2010 01:45:11 | More by allforbetterbeer
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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.

12-13-2009 03:34:18 | More by BrauKilR
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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.

10-02-2009 05:39:10 | More by PhxHorn
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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...

08-14-2009 05:52:49 | More by bennetj17
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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.

06-20-2009 16:44:19 | More by tpd975
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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.

05-25-2009 00:40:34 | More by merryjoulton
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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.

05-15-2009 04:17:53 | More by ClockworkOrange
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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.

05-09-2009 17:50:36 | More by bigbelcher
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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.

04-17-2009 21:21:11 | More by snpub540
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New York

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

04-13-2009 22:50:18 | More by armock
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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.

04-09-2009 23:57:56 | More by Rchap1
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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.

04-02-2009 06:32:58 | More by msubulldog25
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Look: a bit more translucent than I'd expect, but a nice head, and a medium-dark amber color makes this pretty to look at.

Aroma: Interesting. Smokiness is apparent with a slight hoppiness in the back. Not overwhelming. It's a slight aroma, but not quite subtle. I would have expected a little stronger.

Taste: A bit creamy at first, not bitter at all, followed by a nice malty taste. The smokey flavor works in subtle ways, and is not overpowering at all. Flavors should work in concert with one another, and this does it quite well. A long finish makes this a joy.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention the creamy? That's a plus to me. However, it does feel a bit too flat on the palate. That's a negative, but not a big one here.

Drinkability: yes, very much so. A definite recommendation.

03-27-2009 19:26:10 | More by AccidentalKate
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3.03/5  rDev -19%

On tap at Casey Moore
Poured a copper color with a small head but that is all that was going for it. Nose is off, not real convincing. Lots of caramel malts. Taste is caramel malts and seemed to be the only real taste to distinguish this beer. Taste was below average, nose was decent and mouthfeel was to light for a scottish.

03-18-2009 01:14:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

02-04-2009 18:40:05 | More by magictrokini
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

I got this brew from tayner. Thanks Dana!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly cloudy amber color with a creamy beige head that left good lacing.

S - fruity aroma, pears and apples.

T - fruity taste upfront with a slide into some malty sweetness on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - I enjoyed the one bottle sample I had but now it's time to move on.

12-05-2008 00:50:33 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

thanks to Tayner for nocking AZ off my list of states to try beer from!

A - golden tan colored brew, nice off white head.

S - light maltiness, slight earthy tones

T - sweet light malts, bicuits honey and a light hop bite.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a slight sweet finish.

D - nice overall beer. I'd imagine this is a nice draft beer in the local AZ area

11-08-2008 21:27:18 | More by barleywinebrewer
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2.63/5  rDev -29.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear, light brown body with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell: Meager caramel-minded maltiness with a small waft of smoke and fruit note.

Taste: Mild dark caramel malt character with a pinch of earthy brown sugar. Very slight smokiness. Hint of fruit. Light, inexpressive hops. Overall, a bit lacking flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: It's downright light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Thanks, but no thanks. This is unacceptably bland! The things that pass for an "award-winning flagship ale" these days. Yeesh.

10-20-2008 00:21:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

Sampled out of the bottle on a hot ass day in Scottsdale, AZ. Poured out a clear, copper color with some hints of amber. Khaki head about a finger thick, good lacing and good retention too. Fine lookin' drink. The aromas were peat-smoked malt, caramel malt and some alcohol. The flavors were toasted malt with some of the peat up front, then an earthy character followed by some herbal hops. Carbonation is a little lively at first but it settled down to be pretty drinkable and rather smooth. For my first beer from this state I was happy, But not impressed.

09-09-2008 03:09:22 | More by thekevlarkid
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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!)

08-07-2008 22:55:29 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

I got this bottle in a trade with tayner. Thanks Dana!

This pours a brownish amber with a huge head of foam. My glass is 3/4 foam, 1/4 beer. Great head retention and there's some nice sticky lacing.

The smell has notes of toasted malt, some caramel, and a kind of chemical smell that's confusing the issue for me.

The taste has a decent toasted malt flavour up front but then I'm getting an earthy flavour that doesn't seem to be doing my tastebuds any good. There's a slight peat flavour that's nice and the finish has a slight bitterness to it but right at the end, it becomes very watery. Same with the mouthfeel; close to medium until right at the end when it goes really thin on me. Also, the alcohol is not hidden very well and it's only 6.2%abv.

Despite the flaws that I see in this beer, it's not as bad as what I make it sound; I'm not having any problem drinking up so I guess I'm getting "used" to what this brew in my glass is all about. ;^)

06-17-2008 23:18:35 | More by Bitterbill
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Dried apricot with more rising bubbles than the size of the khaki colored cap would suggest. I had no trouble getting all twelve ounces into the glass... with room to spare. The foam looks acceptable and leaves a passable amount of residue. Not exactly eye candy.

The aroma is more amber ale than the stated style. Since Scottish ales are, essentially, amber ales, I'm okay with it. The beer doesn't smell like it will be very sweet, nor does it smell like the peat-smoked malt will be very prominent on the palate. That isn't surprising since the label says that only the 'slightest hint' is present.

Kiltlifter SSA is a pretty good Scottish ale that isn't exactly knocking my... er... kilt off. It has an earthy nuttiness that is similar to an Oktoberfest in some ways. Not only that, but smoke and peat are still tough to appreciate. I would never have chosen the correct style if blinded.

Flavors include toasted brown bread (complete with crunchy crust), oven-baked peanuts, wood, leather, a hint of tangy fruitiness and an earthy-herbal bitterness due to the East Kent Goldings hops. Sweetness and bitterness are both moderate and are relatively balanced in the end.

The mouthfeel improves as the beer spends time in the glass. It seemed too light and too rambunctiously bubbled at first, but firms up and settles down over time.

Kudos to Four Peaks for creating a Scottish ale that straddles the line between Scottish ale and Scotch/wee heavy. I wish they had done a little more with it, though. Less earthiness and more peat-smoked malt would be good places to start. Thanks to tayner for the toss-in.

05-27-2008 13:11:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

05-26-2008 17:56:16 | More by jbphoto88
Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.