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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

364 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Reviews by AndIWantYou:
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AndIWantYou

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Ruddy brown, with more red highlights as you hold it to light. Little head and thus lacing, but almost certainly an artifact of my pour.

S: Malty, with just a touch of peat. Nothing stands out, but I've had a touch of allergies lately so I may not be smelling everything.

T: Similar to the smell, I don't get a lot from this. It's just a nicely balanced, easy-drinking malty beer. Maybe a little syrupy on the finish? I don't know for sure.

M: Just a little carbonation makes this otherwise-thin beer feel more full-bodied. As some other reviewers have noted, this isn't a big Scotch ale, but rather more like a red. Taken as a red, it's great; as a Scotch, I'm left wanting more. My review number reflects the average of those two =)

D: Despite any negative implications above, I could drink this all night. I've often noticed an inverse correlation between the first four characteristics and this last one; this beer is no different.

06-23-2007 00:36:03 | More by AndIWantYou
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a nice copper/orange with a thin head that is gone pretty quickly,aroma is soft and fruity with a light alcohol note that lingers.Taste is fruity in the start with an alcoholic warming aspect to it,I noticed a hoppy dryness in the finish.Seems a bit thin for the style but flavorful I would try it again though.

05-07-2004 23:23:34 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance – Dark orange in color and thick. The head was nice as well, pitting into little puddles on top of the body and leaving a little lacing.

Smell – The caramel malt aroma is smooth and pleasant. I’m not catching a lot of scotch, though.

Taste – The scotch taste is there, but very light. It’s also very smooth, which is something you often don’t find when sampling this style. This one also has some powdery pepper spicing to it.

Mouthfeel – A little thinner than I had hoped, but the smoothness makes up for it.

Drinkability – I don’t know if I’ll be “lifting my kilt” after one of these, but it sure was tasty.

12-24-2003 02:29:15 | More by RoyalT
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-26-2013 01:29:46 | More by Kappakoosh
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Lazaro

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-20-2013 22:59:36 | More by Lazaro
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back.

Appearance: Tawny leathery amber colour holding some haze, enticing head has a stable retention.

Smell: Big sweetness with a very faded smoke, light fruity alcohol and caramel malt twang.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Layered smoothness with a creamy slickness. Solid malty palate, sweetness plays off the toasted grain and medium hoppiness. Suggestions of fruit punch, earthy yeast and caramel in the back. Slightly warming alcohol. Hit of citric rind in the end? Handful of residual sweetness in the end combats the semi-think hop flavour in the end.

Notes: Smaller in stature than most Scotch Ales I have had, a decent strong amber that was easy on the palate with a balanced malt and hop.

03-15-2003 12:06:14 | More by Jason
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NOLTERN

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

11-29-2013 03:13:55 | More by NOLTERN
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

09-12-2012 14:36:45 | More by wattoclone
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with no head less a small rim. Nose is smokey and sweet.

Taste is really nice, more sweet than smokey like most but it's more approcable and easy drinking. Carbonation is light and the Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp making this very easy drinking.

10-15-2011 21:31:33 | More by kingcrowing
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-11-2014 11:36:36 | More by Cynic-ale
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Dello

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-27-2014 19:37:02 | More by Dello
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Brown and auburn colors in the pour, not much head at all, even though the beer ended up being plenty carbonated, left me wondering though, why is there lace left on a beer with almost no head? I digress. Woody aroma, sweet, smoky, nice.

More wood tannin grittiness and sweetness on the palate. Didn't catch the smokiness at this point. Warming effect of alcohol. More drinkable than average for style. A little nuttiness and caramel thrown in for good measure. More like a hybrid or leaning toward an amber ale/winter warmer type situation.

07-20-2011 20:51:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-08-2011 17:01:34 | More by valkyre65
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2014 23:15:30 | More by LXIXME
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Deep caramelized sugar color with a light haze to it. It's not chunky or opaque but it's getting close to it. The head is a disappointment. It was off white but it faded before I even finished pouring the beer.

The smell is weak and not just for the style, it's weak for any beer. Some malt and hops but not enough to really decipher the ingredients.

Taste is slightly better then the nose but not by much. I wish I could give it a 3.3 instead of a 3.5 because it really doesn't deserve it. The substance of this flavor is warm grains but like the nose they are weak and not really discernible. There is an herbal flavor that has similarities with the medicinal flavor of a menthol cough drop mixed with chlorinated city water. I'm not a fan.

The mouthfeel is the strongest part of this beer but given the track record of this one that's not saying much. The residual sweetness from the taste lasts into the finish and actually is refreshing. It's medium bodied, slightly creamy and has a nice small carbonation that makes it drinkable. However the flavor is something I find boring and average which makes me not want to finish it, so I will have to pass this one by the next time I see it.

06-27-2009 22:16:26 | More by jbphoto88
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skillerified

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Nice dark amber color with red and gold hues peeking through in the light. No head, no real cap and not much lacing to speak of, maybe just a hint of tan and white floating in there. The smell is a sweet caramel-like scent. Not too complex. Some smokey tones linger there too. The taste was very much on the sweet side, but had a nice little spicey, smokey bite to it. Again though, not too complex. Light to medium bodied with a mildly carbonated mouthfeel. Goes good with the food at the pub, but I wouldn't necessarily be looking for this one otherwise.

02-24-2007 01:12:46 | More by skillerified
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Djenx

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

07-18-2012 18:12:24 | More by Djenx
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IntriqKen

California

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

This one seems only a bit above a scotish but not quite a wee heavy.

Pours a golden amber with a decent head that sticks around for a long time.

Aromas are Dark brown sugars and caramel.

Flavor is lightly toasted malt with light brown sugar sweetness and a bit of a caramel finish. Very, very light bitterness on the tailend.
Overall, a very balance, although not terribly complex, brew.

08-11-2007 02:42:29 | More by IntriqKen
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with one finger of foamy, rocky pale beige head, which leaves some painted lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of bready caramel nougat, and bitter floral hops. The taste is bready, doughy malt, some pit fruitiness, earthy, floral hops, and a soft sweet booziness. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with an off-dry, warm caramel and dry fruit hops melange.

A decently drinkable, solid scotch ale - malty - aye, a wee bit boozy, and some underrated hops to keep things honest. A drinker, to be sure.

09-28-2010 22:13:16 | More by biboergosum
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a foamy one finger head on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Nice malty aroma, some caramel, some brown sugar, and toasted malt.

T: It is slightly scotchy with more caramel and smoky peat. Some bready malt and faint fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: A decent scotch ale, again nothing really special.

08-20-2012 01:26:08 | More by mdaschaf
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%

Drank the shit out of this beer my first and second year of college.

Pours an unusually light color for the style with a peachy brown orange color and totally clear. A stark white head retains well and leaves pretty good lacing.

Nose has a rock candy like, crisp malty sweetness that brings back memories. A good bit of caramel, but no strong smoke or peat is present.

Ah, there it is. A ridiculously creamy flavor is complimented by slight smokiness and a good peaty profile. I didn't find this in the nose, but it is quite clear in the taste. Despite the lighter color of this beer (stylewise) its actually got a very authentic malt profile. Not much of a hop profile, as is expected for the style. The finish is nice and smooth, crazy creamy, and the aftertaste lingers on with caramely malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is just about ideal. Viscous, but not overly so, and certainly not cloying.

Drinkability is pretty strong as this one is not exactly high on the abv scale as far as the style is concerned.

Overall, this is simply put, a solid and sessionable scotch ale that is packed with style accurate flavor. As common as it may be, it is solid. The color really throws one off going into it, but as soon as that signature scotch ale flavor makes its way in, there is no question what style is in the glass. This is definitely the best readily available scotch ale in a decent priced sixer that ive had. I was afraid that i only loved it becuase i drank it so much before my palate really matured and i would hate it now, (like their IPA) but this is a solid offering from pike. Nice scotch ale.

10-20-2009 04:02:03 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +26.5%

Soft orange bodied with a small but tight cream colored head. Retention is middle of the road.
Full maly aroma. Distinctive peat notes (not really smoky, though). Sweet and earthy.
Taste begins with a heavy toffee melee. Sweet and chewy. Never approaches cloying. Dough flavors rest below and bulk this one up even more. Organic earthiness holds down the middle. Quick pangs of smoke and metal. Dries considerably towards the finish. Hops are an understated force. Spicy, and herbal. Alcohol is briefly noted towards the end.
Medium-full bodied, next to zero carbonation. Rolls like a thunderhead across the mouth's horizon. Bold yet rounded and almost soft at times.

I think it is safe to call Pike's an outstanding brewery.
Many thanks to jreitman for this one.

10-30-2002 21:36:57 | More by cokes
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours an orange-amber color topped by just a touch of creamy white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt, some light peaty smoke, light fruity hops, and a hint of diacetyl. Palate is well-balanced between sweet caramel and fruity hops, with notes of dark fruit and peat smoke. Medium body is just a bit light for this style, and lacks the syrupy feel that is characteristic of some of the heavier-hitting scotch ales. Nonetheless, it's a fairly tasty and easy-drinking take on the style.

04-19-2006 06:18:18 | More by ElGordo
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socon67

New York

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

A - Pours copper with a slight tan foam. Tiny bubbles of carbonation, and no sediment.

S - Smells of fresh malt, caramel, and a smoky aroma. Very complex and pleasant.

T - The taste of caramel malt is dominant, and very nice. The scotch-like flavor is subtle, but does finish with a boozy bite. As it settles and warms up, there is a bit of smoky flavor like from a hickory BBQ.

M - A bit heavy on the taste buds, and the complexity of flavors makes this a little abrasvie. Not a gentle beer, though it is medium bodies.

O - Quite enjoyable. When in the mood for this style I would certainly try again.

09-05-2011 22:51:40 | More by socon67
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CWVegas

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

09-27-2013 01:37:15 | More by CWVegas
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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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