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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

415 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 46 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Ratings: 415 | Reviews: 209
Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, deep red amber with a very thin head. There is a faint tea and malt aroma, nothing too good. This is a very balanced beer with nice caramel malt with a slight herbal hop taste. It's very smooth but the taste became a little grainy by the end.

For a scotch ale this one is kind of light on what I look for in a scotch ale. It's very smooth an drinkable but just a bit shy for my tastes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Had this on tap at Pike. Nothing real special, just average. There wasn't anything that stood out positive or neg. Would have liked more ABV. I compare it to Oskar Blues Old Chub without the 8%.

Photo of Earthling28
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Pike Street Original. Can drink all night kind of beer.

Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of skillerified
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - this brew has the same name as a scotch ale from my local micro. Nice to see that they're making nice about it, for the time being.

This beer pours a faintly hazy, medium orange-brick amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly, and rocky beige head, which leaves some painted web lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bready caramel nougat, miscellaneous dark fruit, a wisp of wet smoke, and bitter floral, leafy hops. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, some bruised stone pit fruitiness, more earthy, floral hops, ethereal smoke, and a soft, kind of sweet booziness.

The carbonation is quite light and lilting in its quotidian frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally smooth. It finishes with an off-dry, warm grainy caramel and dry fruity hops melange.

A decently drinkable, more or less solid scotch ale - 'wee heavy' may be a bit of a stretch here - certainly malty, aye, and a wee bit boozy, with some underrated hops to keep things honest. Something worth considering come the inevitably cooler weather, and that Scottish bard's celebration in January.

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

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is much fainter than expected. The aroma is sweet malts and a good dose of caramel. Nit much else to note in the nose.

T- The taste is sweet malts up front with caramel and a hint of smoke as well. 

M- The mouthfeelis a little thin for the style with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Kilt Lifter is a decent scotch ale that is solid in some areas (taste, drinkability) but lacking in other areas (aroma, appearance). Worth a try.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours two fingers on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is fruity: apricot, apple and pear. A touch too ripe though.
The taste is ripe apricot, bitter grapefruit, with a sweet finish. Unbalanced.
The texture is heavy, a little sticky with moderate carbonation.
This one never gets it all together at the same time. Individual elements were okay, but...

Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed but not been particularly impressed by the other pike beers, hopefully this one is different. Pours a clear amber color with a nice tan head that retains well. The aroma has some candied fruit notes upfront, along with molasses, esters, a hint of smoke, toasted bread and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is a little more complex than the aroma, with a nice fruity character upfront (apple, plum, date) along with some caramel and molasses, toasted bread, smoke, and some herbal hops. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is excellent. A quite enjoyable scotch ale, with just the right amount of smokiness and restrained sweetness.

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard bomber poured into a pint glass. This particular Kilt Lifter shows a lightly hazed orange amber with a thin cap of foam. Light retention follows.

Nose of light caramel and a hint of background hops. Some sour notes emanate through the fog and come as a bit of a surprise, blending back in to the caramel malts and slightly faded hop notes.

Taste is somewhat rich for the delivery yet quite subdued overall for the style. Light bodied and a bit dry and chalky on the finish. A Scottish Ale perhaps though surely not a Wee Heavy, this beer is light in body even for an Amber Ale, and with a sourness and wine like characteristic that places it outside any true categorization.

Yet, having enjoyed this beer, I wonder if another would be the same?? Carbonation becomes light in the end yet is somehow befitting of the pour. Hmmm...

Note: O.G. 1.064 with 27 IBU's 'Scotch Style Ruby Ale' with no date code...

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - swampy orange brown with a thin off white head, some thin lacing
S - toffee and woody, very spicy and slightly musty
T - caramel, woody, and nutty with hints of peat, strong peppery and herbal lingering flavours
M - medium body and carbonation, spicy feel with some bitterness
O - a very peppery and pleasant brew, not big on peat or smoke, but unique enough to stand out while being very drinkable

Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper which is extraordinarily effervescent, a large head forming and big bubbles continuing to surface for several minutes. The head is retained pretty well, and leaves some lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, but lacks the smokiness and peat that I'd expect in such an ale. Caramel is obvious, and a bit of alcohol. Taste follows the expected pattern, with a notable astringency in the finish. Nutty flavours come through as well, with lots of sweetness and just a hint of the peaty smoke one would expect. Mouthfeel has good body, with lots of carbonation at the beginning which subsides after a few minutes. Drinkability is quite good. Not bad at all, but I've had much better.

Photo of elricorico
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A deep copper colour with a thin tan head. Despite an aggressive pour, the head doesn't get very big and doesn't last at all.

Malty molasses and brown sugar smell. Faint peat in the aroma, but not much.

A bit watery to taste, though earthiness and molasses are there. The finish has a touch of peat, but again not much.

Feels watery in the mouth, not up to par for this style, where you expect some body. Lightly carbonated, to the point where it feels a bit flat.

Not impressive, possibly my least favorite scotch ale to date.

Photo of njmoons
2.57/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not a good example of the style, and bland.

A: Cloudy amber/brown. Not quite sure what the brewer was going for.

S: Smelled like an ale, some sweetness noted, some fruit maybe apricot. There was a slight smokey aroma.

T: Bland, ale taste. No sweetness, no tartness, no smoke. Nothing that tasted like a scotch ale to me.

M: The body was heavy and appropriate to style.

D: I finished it, it was not horrible, but there are so many better examples of the style. Skip this and try another.

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.