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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

210 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 433
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | 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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Reviews: 210 | Hads: 433
Photo of IntriqKen
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of smttycty
2.24/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12 oz. bottle with IBU and OG info (nice) but no freshness date. A murky dark orange with a thin instantly dissipating head despite an aggressive pour into a snifter. The aroma was pleasant but faint; some ripe orange and sweet malt.

Whatever flavor there was tasted watered down. Some grainy sweetness, some bitter in back, dry finish. Just thin and lacking in character. I expected more body from a "Scotch Style" as well, but this offering from the Seattle brewpub just didn't have the stones to earn the title. I lifted the kilt and didn't find anything there! (574 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lynx Pizza just outside Denali national park. The color is a reddish copper with minimal head and a bit of delicate lace. Do they use lace on kilts? The smell is rose hips and smoky malt. Now we're getting more Scottish. The taste has a nice hops bite followed by a sharp malt. Very dry finish. Not at all sweet, which surprises me a bit. The mouthfeel is nice but with minimal carbonation, although that could be the tap. There is some silkiness there to keep it all together. The drinkability is limited by the bone-dry finish but the malt balances that out as best it can before it is overrun. Not my favorite style but an interesting example of it. The alcohol is well hidden. (690 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an East End Brewing Co. shaker pint, Kilt Lifter is a clear amber with a slight eggshell head that quickly fades.

The smell is all malt, sweet bread, rich and almost a bit much as it warms.

The taste is also all malt, bready but with a lot more spice, Christmas cookie like, some bitterness, and the slightest touch of alcohol. There was a touch of funk to it that I could have done without.

The moutfeel is on the lighter side for the style, but the lack of carbonation makes it seem a little syrupy.

The was on the lighter side for a wee heavy, although at times it seemed like more beer then it was. Went down easy enough, but not really noteworthy. While not an average example of the style, it was average across the board score wise. (788 characters)

Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of AndIWantYou
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (950 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.29. It features a different label than the one pictured on BA. In addition to an abv of 6.5%, the label also lists an IBU count of 27, and an original gravity of 1.064. Prominent on the Pike Brewing Co. emblem is the legend “Family Owned.” From what a friend was telling me, the original owners of Pike have bought back the brewery and are using the original recipes. While I don’t know if that is strictly true, it’s definitely different from the Kilt Lifter I have grown used to.

This poured a copper color, with a big, beige head that took a few minutes to drop. Sheets of lace dripped down the sides of my Boundary Bay pint glass, leaving a spotty lace behind. Definitely lighter colored than Kiltlifters I’ve drank in the past.

This has a more restrained nose than past Kilt Lifters. It is still strongly malty, however, with a peaty scent hovering over things.

Like the smell, this Kiltlifter is a more restrained beer than it’s immediate ancestor. It starts out with a malty sweetness, but it’s a fairly mild sweetness. The peat flavor is still present, but it is more balanced with the sweet aspects. The only place hops come into play is at the swallow, which is mildly dry.

This is a thoroughly medium bodied beer. The mouthfeel is relatively soft.

Despite the abv, this seems more like a session beer than the Kiltlifter I am accustomed to. While it goes down easier, I personally think it is less distinctive than it was before. I wouldn’t mild drinking more of this but don’t feel drawn to by any means. I’d call this re-tooling/restoration a success only with some definite qualifiers. (1,687 characters)

Photo of xymyl
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is a slightly hazy deep amber. Head is a thin ring but remains present and easily stirred to life again due to good carbonation.

Aroma is rich caramel malt and spicy/citrus hops, with a background of smoke and alcohol.

The taste is lighter and simpler than expected but still quite good. Good interplay between spicy hops, smoke and alcohol. A very nice balancing act. The smoke shows up more as it warms but never quite holds your attention. I would have left the hops where they are and added more of everything else to create my perfect Scotch ale.

Body and other notes: Medium to medium/light body, with a dry finish. The label clearly says " Scotch Style PIKE KILTLIFTER ruby ale", And the addition of "ruby" completes a very good description, I just somehow expected it to taste more Scottish than (stereotypically) Irish. It is right down the middle in my estimation, still a great beer. (910 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle. This was also called "ruby ale" on the bottle. It poured a light amber, very clear, with a small white head adn light lacing. Nose is mostly of malts and hops;. Medium mouthfeel and flavor is somewhat sweet. There is a little fruit and bit of herbal taste. Mild finish. (290 characters)

Photo of TiMX
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Overall very well blanced and clean. A bit of malty sweet taste but not too much. Light and easy to drink. Maybe a bit too light for a Scotish Ale but just fine with me. This will be a great summer ale.

I will buy this beer again. Pike again has put out another Great well balanced beer. If you like this ale you will love their Ruby Scotish Ale!! (374 characters)

Photo of akorsak
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is an amber orange color, far to vibrant and clear to be a wee heavy. The head is practically nonexistent.

S: The aroma has some stronger malt notes and just a mere hint of smokiness.

T: The ale has an unremarkable malt body supported by some bittering hops and absolutely no smokiness. I think that the ale is older but not quite too old to support the big flavors in a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel is malty but lacks any real memorable aspect.

D: I'll try another one just to confirm or dispel my initial conclusions, but what I found here was not enjoyable in any form. (635 characters)

Photo of MAB
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable ale, yet it was different than I expected it to be.

For one thing, it poured with almost no head and there was next to none to speak of once I finished pouring. However, the carbonation was fine and the mouthfeel was similarly fine. So who needs head?

Beautiful color. I tasted and got hints of caramel, which was very nice. The only thing holding back my score was the aroma- I wanted a sweet, maybe hoppier nose, but I couldn't detect one.

Overall, a fine effort and well deserving of the 84 score (when I wrote this review). (561 characters)

Photo of skillerified
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of elricorico
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass.

A: Murky tan copper with abundant bubbles but almost no head after the pour. Within minutes, there is no head, none whatsoever.

S: Sweet herbal malts. A slight tangy smokiness. Brown sugar sweetness. Hints of alcohol (6.7% abv.).

T: Tastes like spiced oatmeal. Grains and sweet malt predominate. Very likable, malty flavors

M: Medium to light body but with a prickly carbonation and some spiciness. A little too light/weak IMO for a scotch ale.

D: Good enough to drink again. Yes. Worth seeking out. Maybe. Not the pick of the litter but not a bad beer at all...worth a try. (629 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my wife's favorite of The Pike, but I thought it was a bit light for being a Scotch ale. The dark golden color with a white head was nice in the glass, but the mouthfeel didn't match up, watery and light for style. Sharp bite in the taste over a solid malt, almost but not quite astringent with a very light hint of smokiness. Musty in the nose with a light malt, and little hop anywhere. Too be expected, a little off center from style, but a very good beer. And, this was one of only two pints my wife ordered in three bars, so a pretty recom there. (560 characters)

Photo of xoqx
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a straight copper color with a creamy off-white head exhibiting light retention and moderate lacing. The smell is malty and slightly earthy. The taste is focused on the malts, but there is a balanced hop presence. It tastes to me equally split between malt and hops, but the malt dominates the first several seconds of a taste and the hops fill in afterward. No significant fruit esters in this beer. One of the defining characteristics of the style, a drying finish despite a malty sweetness in taste, is spot on in this beer. The overall mouthfeel is drying due to the finish. This is a very drinkable Scottish heavy, but the higher abv, somewhat deceptively high, keeps it out of the session category. (720 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a low, off white head that recedes to a ring around the glass and a very thin layer on the surface. The beer is a rich orange-amber with some floaters suspended throughout.

smell: The dominant, and pretty much only, aroma is that of a light to moderate sweetness of toasted and lightly peaty malts. Some subtle aromas of dark sugars and a light, aged hop aroma. Slightly earthy.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth light-medium, and the body between medium and heavy.

taste: Toasted and lightly flavored malts dominate and lend a moderate sweetness. The flavors here are subtle, and not as smoky/peaty as I'm used to in a scotch. Light hop flavor and a drying, light bitterness. Not really much else to it.

drinkability: Easy to drink, but an average scotch ale

A gift from Seattle (817 characters)

Photo of davidchollar
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pike kilt lifter is a scotch ale / wee heavy? this was one of the first beers i had on my trip to the states (the first of many reviews from notes), but the whole time i was thinking it was a scottish ale.

the beer pours out a very nice color, a pretty dark amber. big, creamy head with good retention. i love beers with this look, i can't give this beer anything less than a 4 for appearance as i automatically enjoy a beer more if it looks like this. smells good too. solid scotch ale smells, big caramelly maltiness. the smell really opens up as the beer warms, though it wasn't at first, eventually the little higher abv becomes obvious.

but that 6.6% abv isn't noticeable in the taste. flavorful, malty, very smooth mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable. it's not nearly as big or complex as fat bastard, the wee heavy i am most familiar with. but when i was thinking it was a scottish ale i was happy with it, and i'm not going to change my score. i like both styles, can't really tell much of a difference anyway. i liked it, and it's available at just about every store around the seattle area, so i recommend it and will definitely get it again. (1,159 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear amber color with a 1 inch head. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: very light caramel sweetness is all that is picked up.

Taste: caramel, a hint of peat and nuts, soft plum sweetness, and a very light bitterness. Malt level seems a bit weak.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. The caramel and peat softly linger on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkability: not too bad, but this needs to be kicked up a few notches on the malt and peat levels. Decent beer. (510 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable, but not what I'd expect from a scotch ale...more like a Scottish ale. Very light copper colour with a thin head. Peaty malt smell, but this is not very strong. Compared to Belhaven, this is far too light in colour and in scent.

Flavour, however, is not bad. The peat hints are there, but don't dominate. Malt is smooth, and the hops add just the right amount of bitterness.

At times, this comes off as thin and under carbonated. Its enjoyable to drink, but somehow seems a little slick at times. (512 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is reddish orange. Head appears for a moment and then vanishes entirely. Nose reminds me of hops dipped in caramel. Taste is hoppy, brown sugary, and caramel-y. This one isn't completely doing it for me, I'll be honest. Mouth is quite nice though. Very thick ... carbonation is like a blanket. Drinkability is ok because the taste isn't bad or tastebud wrecking after only a couple sips. It would work to try a sixer of this. (430 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy brown/amber color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts and a little smokiness.

T - The taste is sweet malty with a clean finish.

M - Light-Medium body, nicely balanced brew.

D - Drinkable. This brew surprised me, I thought that I would not like it, but it's really not that bad. Would buy again. (363 characters)

Photo of ReebShorts
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Decent 1 finger off-white head faded slowly leaving a thin layer. Looks a bit like an amber ale, amger to brown color. Not at all what I was expecting.

One of my favorite brews locally is the Silver City Scotch Ale. I was thinking this would be something along those lines, but straight off the appearance wasn't even close. The Silver City Scotch is very dark (almost black), so I am curious to see how this compares.

Aroma is milder than I expected, Malt, brown sugar, plum, a tinge of smokiness.

This is not bad, pretty tasty actually, there are some hops here to balance out the sweet caramel/brown sugar, and this happens to be very drinkable. Not great, but could see throwing a few of these back easily.

I really need to seek out more brews in this style as this one is night and day different to the only other scotch ale I've had to compare it to. (920 characters)

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.