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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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382 Ratings

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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%

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Thatoneguyssidekick, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

drrone, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

justinm4bama, Jul 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

twelveinches, Dec 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

RoryOMoore, Apr 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

TheBungyo, May 07, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

tastymug, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Asics, Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Reviewed from notes.

Dark amber with a tan head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells and tastes like caramel malt and peat. A bit smoky, and has some hop bitterness.

Medium body with average carbonation, and not much aftertaste. A decent beer, which I wouldn't mind trying again.

hardy008, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

A- Deep amber with just a wisp of a head. Not quite "ruby" like the bottle says it is, but there are hints of red, I suppose.

S- Much caramel with a little coffee and just a touch of smoke.

T- Extremely malty with a lot more caramel. The smokiness comes through more in the taste. A touch of bitterness rounds the beer out and helps to counteract some of the sweet malt.

M- Medium-bodied and fairly low in carbonation, although not too much. Almost a little syrupy at times.

D- The sweetness gets a little cloying at times, although it's not too bad. The alcohol's not too high. I can finish the bomber, but I won't want more.

A decent interpretation of a scotch ale, I suppose. It could use a little more smokiness and a bit more complexity in the malt, but overall not too bad. This beer is probably better suited to the cooler months.

vtfan77, Jun 23, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hoppaholic, Feb 22, 2012
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.