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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale

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210 Reviews

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 20.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company 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: 446
Photo of csmiley
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brownish / gold. Head is minimal and only comes to about a one finger height. It settles to a barely there ring. Retention is average along with the lacing. Not really much going on with the appearance of this one.

S - Starts out deep and malty. Getting hints of caramel, toffee, and some roasted nuttiness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Nose is light overall but still pleasant for the style.

T - Sweet and smokey. The sweeter flavors follow the aroma pretty closely. A pretty distinct smokiness towards the beginning as well. Let's see...caramel, toffee, tea, and roasted nuts all followed by a touch of bitterness. Alcohol has a light showing at the very end. Not bad.

M - This is where this beer starts to suffer. Lighter bodied and almost too thin for me. Finish stays pretty sweet and only hangs on for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is good. The smokiness adds enough to this beer to keep it pretty interesting. Alcohol is covered very well. This is pretty easy to drink but would be more enjoyable with a little more punch in the mouthfeel department. I could have a couple of these over the course of an evening with no problems. Not a beer I would seek out though.

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Photo of Braz
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at TK Irish Pub. Brownish amber hazy in color. Small creamy head. Pretty malty and mildly hopped. Ever so slightly syrup feel. Good flavor. Alcohol takes effect in this one quickly which is a little suprising at 6.50%. I like this beer, but I'm unsure about the style it's under. I found it more comparable to something like Fat Tire or even Alaskan Amber. Anyways, enjoyed it and will have again.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1-29-10 in a pint glass

A - Low head, almost none at all. Maple color, slightly cloudy but tons of yeasty floaters bobbing like jelly fish. No lacing, almost like an on-tap beer.

S - Difficult to smell initially. The hops were subdued and there were some mild citrus smells. After it warmed up a bit there were some pleasant nutty smells.

T - Initially sweet and malty. Some caramel malt and some lightly roasted malts. Unlike the smells, the hop flavor comes out a bi9t stronger but not overly so. N.W. brewery influence is noticeable. Aftertaste was interesting. Hints of mint and spruce very similar to gin.

M - Alcohol burn like liquor is strong. The maltyness does lead to some smoothness.

D - High, smooth and drinkable. Some people will not like the fusil burn for sure. The smells took a long time to wake up but this was fine. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Ruby poured a lovely red hue with a finger foam head and tiny bit of bubbly lacing.

The aroma was nice. It gave a deep red fruit smell with malts. Tasting the brew was malty up front and thru. In the end it had a nice hop bitterness to round it out. In the mouth it was thin and pretty non apparent except on the tongue where you were left a maltiness.

Overall I thought it was a well balanced and light ale. I could drink a sixer on a hot day.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby amber color in tulip glass. Off-white head dissipates pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on sides of glass.

Smell has an apple cider quality to it. Little malty smell comes through as this warms.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Some fruity notes are present. Mild bitterness for me.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was enjoyable. Thanks to my mother and father-in-law for this one.

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Photo of MAB
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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).

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber color with a medium thin and creamy beige head that recedes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malt, hops and caramel. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel, and hops. Light smoke in the background as well. The finish is rich and sweet with a lingering caramel malt aftertaste. Above average all around.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong and malty with a faint yeasty undertone and just a hint of miso. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale orange-tan head. Flavor is rather mouth-filling, malty with an undertone of hard apple cider and hints of caramel and hops. Fizzy texture leaves a decent tingle behind.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a long neck bottle into a Shaker pint. A moderate pour yields about 1/2 inch of off-white head that quickly retreats. A little bit of sticky lace clings to the glass. Carbonation is fairly low. The beer is a yellowish-brown with ruby highlights.

I perceive a faint scent of earthy hops, and a very distinctive caramel malt and maybe a burnt sugar or brown sugar aroma. The flavor is pretty unique with a definite sweetness that is quite appealing- it tastes and smells very much like a caramel roll. Maybe also some molasses, and a bit of honey. Just enough bitterness on the tongue to balance the sweetness a tad. The beer is malty and sweet, but also has a subtleness and complexity that make it stand out. Perhaps also a bit lighter in body than most examples of the style.

This beer was pretty expensive, at nearly $10 a six pack, but I figure it's good to splurge on some good beer on occasion. This was enough of a taste treat to make it worthwhile.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/24/2009 (bottle):

Cloudy brown color body, small off-white head, quickly diminishing. Malty sweet aroma, syrupy. Earthy. English malty taste, biscuity. Sweet, but not syrupy. Scotchy taste, maybe butterscotch. Not bad, not too headache inducing.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown "long neck"..like the nice simple label of this beer,.
The appearance of this beer is above average but nothing to get excited about nice amber/red colour.with a small head that goes quick to be replaced by a good sized laceing.
Amostly malty scent as would be expected from this brew..not great though.
I actually enjoyed the taste of this beer very well..sweet yet smoky maltiness is replaced by a nice balanced hop bitterness near the end..nice dark coiffee flavour here.
Feels fine inside the mouth..smooth yet still tingles the bitter buds on the back of the tongue..good
Overall i could drink a few of these in a session..might just do that if i ever see it on tap up here!

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 650ml bottle from Total Wine & More:

A: I poured the ale into a tulip-shaped nosing glass, it revealed a copper/amber hue, with some darker, mahogany notes, with a small amount of lacing on top. A bit lighter in color, and viscosity than other Scotch styles I've encountered.

S: The ale smells of hickory smoke, a bit of coarse grain, such as oatmeal (rather faint), and there is some degree of a citrus, or berry fruit on the back. Nice malty sweetness, but not overly powerful. Once you notice the smoke, it really is the first thing that hits you, and it sticks around.

T&M: There is a nice woody feel to this beer. I would classify it similar to tawny ports, where you taste some wood, but it is very well balanced. Smoke obviously follows, notes of grilled corn, and there is a cherry-grapefruit spice on the finish. The texture is rather creamy, but not overly carbonated. A rather smooth, well balanced beer -- if anyone wants to do a smoked Turkey on Thanksgiving -- this would be a good choice to pair (especially if you have a cranberry sauce nearby).

Overall, I really like this ale. It is a good summertime Scotch ale. Not too heavy, the malty sweetness, and rich flavors are present, but not too intense. It doesn't have quite the oatmeal heaviness that you might find in Oskar Blues Old Chub, for example. Different, but appealing. I'll be buying this again!

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Photo of erikm25
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Notes from 12/29/08. Served on tap. Deep reddish and copper toned hues. The head was minimal but left favorable lacing around the glass. I would be curious to pour this from the bottle as I suspect the head and retention might be pretty good.

S: Nice caramel and butterscotch aromas. Little bit of fruit sweetness towards the back. No hints of hops and with the relatively mild ABV there are no hints of alcohol. Smoked and toasted with a hint of nuttiness and plums.

T: Tasted like caramel malts with some toffee or butterscotch candies. Smooth and tastes became a little more pronounced as it warmed. Reminded me a little bit of raisin bread. Nothing overly complex or strong but still solid. There is a little bit of clove and black pepper spice towards the finish.

M: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and recommended. I'd grab it a few more times on tap and look forward to picking up some in bottles as well.

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Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber with a frothy white head, decent retention and some lace. Its not nearly as dark as the average scotch, but its still got some looks. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel and nuts mixed in with pleasant floral notes. Great sweet malt flavour mixed in with some peat, and alleviated by floral hopping. Decent amounts of caramel and nut, but not as malt heavy as I expected, and the floral hopping is in the driver's seat (though it doesn't hammer the taste buds with bitterness). Very well-balanced and satisfying. Medium body and carbonation.

Its not really a classical scotch ale in my book. While it does have caramel and peat flavours present, they're not as heavy as I would expect, and there's far more emphasis on the hopping. I'd actually view this as a very American take on the style, and its actually an interpretation that I enjoyed. Those looking for a classical scotch ale / wee heavy would be disappointed, but those looking for a great beer won't be.

Thanks Mark!

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Photo of Kris450
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel color with minimal head. Mouthfeel is light with a refreshing floral finish. Pine, woodsy feel. Overall not a ton of taste though. Fairly bland until the aftertaste

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear tea color with a most but very creamy off-white head. The smell consists of a musty smoke aroma with smooth malt tones as well. The taste is malty with a smokey overtone and very light hops and again the musty presence with a medicinal end to each swallow. The carb bite in this beer with the flavors seems somewhat electrified with a nine-volt batter that zaps the tongue. This is a light bodied beer that finishes smokey dry.

Notes: It has alot going for it but one thing that really is out of whack is the ultra thin mouthfeel. Still fairly drinkable, but it comes up short of a great beer.

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Photo of xoqx
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of bondjedi
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Daily Grill in downtown Seattle. I've lived in the area for 20+ years all told and have never sampled Pike Pub profferings, but a day on my feet with the Black Friday throngs convinced me that I needed a little more.

This beer delivered the goods. Appearance was consistently opaque, almost sultry - this ale would indeed be seductive. Mouth feel is crisp and velvety. Two or three of these and you will be on your way.

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Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a Finger thick head, tight and creamy. Clear body amber in color with active upward carbonation.
S) Toffee. A slight citrus aroma - lemon? Toasty.
T) Nutty. Toffee sweetness mixed with a buttery toast flavor, rather pleasant. Flavor bold up front but tampers off midway through finishing with a subtle toast grain and notice hop bite.
M) Smooth and creamy. Medium body but on the lighter side. A bit of an alcohol effervescence.
D) A nice Scottish ale. I'd drink another.

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Photo of philbertk
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Malty and smooth. Clear bright rich amber color. Body is not sweet, but is rich and well balanced with peat flavor. Sampled 9/18/1998.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 1. 7.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Clear copper amber color. Touch of hops then Rich smoky sweet malt flavor in thick smooth body. Peat flavor appears midway through taste and adds nice balance to malt body. Big, bold and smooth. Sampled 2/16/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 2. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Bright clear amber color. Subtly but decidedly Scottish in character. Heather smoky front. Rich smoky sweet light textured smooth body. Hints of heather spice flavor. Smooth flavorful finish. Sampled 6/24/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Kiltlifter Scottish Ale. 6.60% ABV. 25 IBU's. Clear bronze color. Light balanced pleasing Scottish malty flavor, but body seems thin. Nice easy smooth finish. (3.5 / 5.0) Sampled at Pike Pub 1/21/2000. 1-16 oz. Pint.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Very clear rich copper color. Smooth smoky malt front. Rich crisp malty body has a light sweet spiciness. Hints of heather in clean mildly spicy end. Very good. Pike is Better Bottled. Sampled 3/29/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Light Bottle Conditioned sediment. Clear thin light amber color. Light head & lace. Mild hop malty front. Thin dry rich malty mild peat smoky mild sweet fruit body. Smooth rich drinkable rich dry malt brew. Mild hops. Sampled 12/17/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear thin bright copper amber color. Light mild lace head. Tangy malty mild hop smoked peat front. Thin rich dry sweet malty toasted caramel body. Mild hot hop end. Rich tasty clean favored Scotch. Sampled 4/6/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear thin dark amber red color. Malty toasted mild peat hop front. Clean smooth dry sweet malty toasted caramel mild peat fruit crisp body. Lager smooth mild hop sweet mild hot end. Still Good. Sampled 5/21/2005.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ruby Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Scottish Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear thin bright ruby amber color. Mild hop smoke peat front. Mild sweet crisp thin malty mild fruit smoky Scottish amber body. Clean lingering peat mild hop smooth end. Needs malt. Nice. Sampled 12/5/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. Clear thin bright dark bronze color. Earthy mild smoked peat front and rich Scottish malty body. Smooth malt residue end. Nice but a little dull after IPA taste. (3.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taste @ Pike Pub & Brewery 5/8/2010.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Bottle Conditioned sediment dusting. Lacy off white thin head. Hazed bright rich amber orange hint color. Fruity floral malty mild hop front. Mildly cloying sweet fruity malty peat hint thin textured red toffee body. Mild hop hot EtOH lingering fruit malt end. Sour? Bad Buds? Sampled 7/7/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style--2010-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin white thin lace head. Clear dark bright amber orange color. Delicate aromatic malt mild hop peat hint front. Dry toasted biscuit thin texture rich caramel mild fruit malty Scottish body. Dry clean crisp mild hop smooth tasty crusty hint end. Sampled 7/8/2010. 6-Pack $8.99. Purchased today. Fresh Bottle. Ages quickly.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy amber with minimal head. Smell of malt and dark sugar and fruits. Tastes about the same as the aroma but with good dose of spice. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation.
After a good couple of sips the spiced kick mellow but its still present. Could be considered a bit harsh but not. A good drinker I could sip upon.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.