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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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Reviews: 177
Hads: 597
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 23.22%
Wants: 30
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States | website

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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Photo of UncleAddie
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modest tang of roast malt greets the tongue. More on the slightly tart side than most Scotch ales, which isn't really a complaint. Amber color in the pint glass with very modest head. Slight sweet tang on the lips. More than a touch of perfume in the flavor.

Fairly rich and highly drinkable. I'd call it more of an American Amber, though it's less bitter than many in that style. It's OK on tap, though I would prefer the more carbonated bottle version. On tap at the Bass Pro Shops restaurant in the deep suburban expanse of what might be Scottsdale.

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Photo of AEArider
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ubiquitous AZ beer that always hits the spot. . . Pours a clear amber with creamy head, little lacing. Smells is of sweet caramel, and upon tasting is complimented by a touch of hop character and ends with some alcohol warmth. Overall very smooth, drinkable, and delicious.

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

Caramel (deep golden orange) in color, clear, with a white head that dissipated quickly. Very nice color. Aroma of sweet, toasted, and caramel malts. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the addition of a subtle smoky flavor. Four Peaks' description of this Kilt Lifter is spot on with what I tasted. Medium bodied with an effervescent mouth feel. It finishes with some sweet malt and smokiness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jamescain
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to BeerZack for sharing it

Appearance: Clear copper-orange with an off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel and even some roasted notes, but not much in the way of aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit, caramel, a touch of malty sweetness, again not very complex and nothing really stood out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and i would have to say over carbonated for the style.

Overall: It was ok, compared to the rest of the line up that day it was way be hind, but on its own, not bad.

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

Kilt-lifter has floral notes in the odor, and a pleasant although misleadingly bland flavor after smelling. It would be nice if it had a bit more hops in it, and the carbonation is weak although adequate. I like this beer overall, but at 7.50 USD I think I can do better. However, for a local AZ brew it is not bad, as there are not that many good brews created here.

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

Beer served in a Four Peaks Kiltlifter Pint Glass because I am able to.

Beer is reddish amber, dark mostly clear, thin wispy white head, low carbonation, mild lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet, a little grainy, mild toffee.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice finish to it. Beer is sweet, clean finish, mild graininess through the beer but this was a staple of mine in college. It is fun when a blast from your past. Beer is seriously drinkable and has a great, subtle, candy / toffee flavor that makes me want more. All the beers I grew up on have such horrible reviews on beeradvocate, people no longer know what good beer tastes like.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light copper color with a small off-white head.

Caramel malts and fruity yeast - mainly cantaloupe and strawberries. Odd brew, I dont get any smoke or peat.

I am missing dark malts on this brew, has a lighter, caramely aspect. This is like an Amber Ale with a British twist. Yeast throws off lots of fruity esters. It is strangely enjoyable though, and easy to quaff. Creamy mouthfeel is nice. Forgettable, but certainly not regrettable.

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Photo of azdback
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Dead Man's Hand custom etched pint glass. A clear burnt orange color. Lots of loud carbonation bubbles lead to a very small, barely off white colored non impressive head. Lace is not going to be around for the last swallow.. for sure!

Smell is Belgian yeast musty. Bread, biscuit, whatever description you choose for those smells works. There are some sweet malt smells but pretty weak.

Taste is a bit better than the smell. Mainly dank yeast and mildly sweet malts. Some apricot or peach fruit tastes that in the end kind of win the battle on my pallet. I end up licking sweet residue off of my lips.

The mouth is bright and refreshing. Carbonation doesn't hide in this one, but that's okay for me.

Overall I am not a huge fan of this taste, but I am pretty sure this one is more spot on the flavor profile for it's style than many of the East Coast IPA's I have had recently. I mean at least Scotland is across the pond and is excused for using European hops and yeasts when recreating the brew. Thanks to SpiderMonkey for this sample.

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Photo of Treebs
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on draft at some place in the Phoenix airport at 9am. I blame the time change. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Poured a dark copper with lighter edges. Not hazy, but hard to see through. Little head with a nice film hovering around the top.

S: Some biscuit malts on the nose with some hints of caramel.

T: Same basic malts from the nose. Light burnt toffee and caramel. Bready malts come back in to the picture on the finish.

M: Crisp and refreshing. A little doughy malts left on the palate but subside quickly.

O: Meh. Wasn't the my favorite. I haven't had that many Scottish ales but can name several better than this.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel, malts, sweet

taste: caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: ok scottish ale. Nothing special and nothing really stood out. Glad i got to try it anyways.


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Photo of Allpe45
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from the hand pump into a nonic pint glass at the Four Peaks brewpub on 5/20

Appears brown/amber. Extremely hazy near the top but haziness decreases progressively until the bottom where it is actually clear. Decent head that fled quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smells like bready/toasty malts, some fruity esters

Toffee and caramel malt flavors, followed by a toasty/breadiness that matches the smell. Plenty of sweetness all the way through. Medium bodied, extremely smooth velvety mouthfeel. When looking at it in the glass, it seems like medium carbonation, but the cask conditioning is apparent in the feel.

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

A- Dark brownish-amber with a moderate off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Deep maltiness with a hint of caramel and butterscotch. Also a slight mineral twang.

T- Rich maltiness with deep bready notes, caramel sweetness, and smooth (non-astringent) grain husk. Soft and lightly spicy hops perfectly accent the grain, leading to a crisp and malty finish.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation and a crisp, semidry finish.

D- Overall, a delicious thirst-quenching brew that would easily serve as liquid bread. Very full-flavored and satisfying, but also accessible to craft newcomers.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark amber, almost brown in color with some auburn and yellow hues. About a half inch of white foam covers this pour. It fades to a ring in the glass and leaves some traces of lacing.

Aroma - lots 'o malt. Lots of sweet malt, caramel, honey and bread dough as well as baked apples and cinnamon raisin toast.
Taste - one sip and your palate is inundated with lots of sweet, tangy, toasty maltiness. The flavors of honey and caramel jump out with some bready/biscuity tastes as well. Much like the aroma, there is some cooked apple and cinnamon bread notes to this beer. True to style and with plenty of character, I can see why this would be their flagship brew.

Overall - solid Scottish Ale. Plenty of smooth and clean malt flavor. If you like a darker, sweeter beer from time to time this one is not to be missed. I can see putting down a few of these on a cool evening.

Would I buy more of it? - I need to get myself a mixed-pack of Four Peaks beers. Combining this with their Kolsch and IPA and I think you've got the makings of quite the weekend.

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Photo of dbossman
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of mikechance
2.82/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber color with a decent head.

Pretty solid blend or caramel, brown sugar and hints of floral hops.

Good, but subdued. Caramel and molasses with grainy bread. Only a light pinch of hoppiness. The flavors are all good, it just doesn't have the bite I'd expect from the style.

Medium but a bit lighter than I'd like. Good crisp carbonation.

Feels like they were a bit timid in the process. Probably due to the proximity to a college campus, they wanted to make a beer with more mass appeal. Still worth a try.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fairly mellow but solid enough Scottish style ale, and pretty true to style. I'm a little surprised this only rates a B. Perhaps a little dryer than most, but still enjoyable. Pours copper with a fairly thin head. Smells nicely malty, and a little nutty with the smell of toasted oats. Nicely balanced in the taste, with slightly chewy malt, restrained earthy and spicy hops, some dry graininess on the finish, and a touch juicy in the middle. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of swthomas55
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this twice on tap at the Tempe brewpub. First visit, I had a pint; second a 4oz sample. Its a malt-accented, easy drinking beer, "as advertised." The aroma and flavor are dominated by caramel and malt, in a gentile way. Mouthfeel ha medium body, ok carbonation and not much warming.

My first pint had a low level of acetaldehyde, which really put me off. I'm not finding that tonight, which definitely increases my enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of aval89
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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..

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Photo of Duff27
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear light ruby red with a full inch of white head. Some lacing and decent head retention. Nearly nil effervescence.

S- Smells grassy/grainy. Faint.

T- More grass. Caramel malts. Sweet aftertaste.

M- Not much carbonation what-so-ever. Thicker than water but watery none the less.

D/O- CAN a CAN increase drinkability? I think so in Four Peaks Kilt Lifter's case. You wouldn't guess it's 6.2%abv...drinks like a macro with some decent flavor.

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Photo of Frothboss
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown with no head, laces nice but falls away quickly. Smells malty, rich malty and strong alcohol. Tastes good with nice rich malty flavors, alcohol that i smelled is not so prevelant in tasting. Sweet tastes up front that fall away to a dry caramel finish. Pretty good for this style, a little on the lighter side than other styles. But i could see how this would fit right into the warm arizona climate down here.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last beer o the night courtesy of Phelps
Poured blind as part of the Blind BIF 4

Poured from a brown bagged 12 oz. can (all hail the can)

Pours a clear chestnut brown with 2 inches of off white foam that hung around for a while. Lacing is minimal.

Aroma is some light sweet malts, lemon and a tea like smell

It reminds me of tea but a bit malty, lemon, basically it tastes like a ramped up tea.

Light carbonation and medium-light bodied. Overall it reminds me of a stlightly alcohol laced lemon tea.

I have no idea, i'm not really digging this one and it doesn't really seem to fit a style I can name.
so with that, i rip off the paper...

Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale

I have to say, I'm just not a fan of this one. But hey, its in a can...


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Photo of mmciz
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would venture to guess that Four Peaks Kilt Lifter is the most widely distributed and consumed beer brewed in Arizona. It's 4P's flagship -- which has always confused me since a reddish Scottish style ale seems like an odd thing for a Tempe brewery to specialize in. Nevertheless, Kilt Lifter it is. I've had this countless times everywhere from house parties to on tap at the brewpub but have never really analyzed it.

A: Pours a medium reddish orange with a quarter-inch of quickly vaporizing head.

S: Buttered toast with grassy notes.

T: Rich and smooth, with a caramel sweetness. Not much complexity below that, though.

M: Pretty darn soft, round and supple given the extreme hardness of Arizona water -- tastes like they may use treated water, maybe even overly softened.

D: I'm not sure I've ever done more than one, but so many people I know drink this all the time that I have to yield to them on this.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better local Arizona beers. This is a great beer. I had a pitcher at the brewery. It went very well with my dinner. It pours a nice golden amber color. THe aroma is delicious and smelled fresh, obviously brewed wih clean and clear water. The carbonation was average and the taste a bit sweet, which left a nice aftertaste on my pallette. A very good beer indeed. Definitely one of the better local AZ beers I have had.

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Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.