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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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397 Ratings

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Stizz19, Sep 14, 2012
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SlightlyGrey, Sep 16, 2014
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spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rorjets, Jan 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

bvermilion, Mar 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

casapy, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

seyton, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has to be the lightest wee heavy I've seen ( OK I've seen two). Clear, Rye-Coke-Water in color. Vigorous pour yeilded a creamy off white head 3 fingers deep. Lacing clings to glass in a way that would make Spiderman blush.

Decent aroma, but quite understated. Earthy, with a hint of roasted malt and some floral, yet slightly citrus-like hop. Certainly no smokiness.

Ok, def. hint of smoke in the taste along with some smooth, slightly caramelized malt. Hop bitterness follows soon afterward. Slight alcohol warming toward to the end. Decently balanced

Quite creamy and smooth on the palate.

I would place this beer more in the camp of Scottish Ale vs. Wee Heavy. AS an ale it is quite nice and very drinkable even with the high ABV.

Shadman, Feb 28, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Adamah_Adonai, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

strangebrew1981, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hoppy_McMalt, Jun 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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Thatoneguyssidekick, Jul 15, 2014
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BillRoth, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

woemad, Jun 21, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Spreetaper, Jul 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

shelby415, Feb 28, 2012
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drrone, May 15, 2013
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atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
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justinm4bama, Jul 24, 2012
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twelveinches, Dec 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

rkuhnel, Mar 28, 2007
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.