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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

366 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | 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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dunix

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-29-2012 15:27:38 | More by dunix
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Thatoneguyssidekick

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-15-2014 02:17:04 | More by Thatoneguyssidekick
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-22-2013 01:50:54 | More by BillRoth
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woemad

Washington

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.

06-21-2007 07:00:01 | More by woemad
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Spreetaper

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-16-2014 02:39:01 | More by Spreetaper
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-28-2012 08:01:10 | More by shelby415
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drrone

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-15-2013 05:31:47 | More by drrone
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atrocity

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-29-2014 18:54:26 | More by atrocity
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-17-2012 16:23:12 | More by strongaf
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justinm4bama

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-24-2012 04:45:14 | More by justinm4bama
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twelveinches

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-01-2011 06:57:51 | More by twelveinches
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rkuhnel

California

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.

03-28-2007 05:34:47 | More by rkuhnel
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-05-2012 04:15:18 | More by RoryOMoore
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adkieffer

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-05-2012 22:57:29 | More by adkieffer
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TheBungyo

Washington

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.

05-07-2006 10:09:30 | More by TheBungyo
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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-16-2012 15:56:33 | More by tastymug
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Asics

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-02-2013 11:57:32 | More by Asics
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hardy008

Minnesota

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.

01-06-2012 03:02:57 | More by hardy008
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vtfan77

Virginia

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.

06-23-2010 00:36:25 | More by vtfan77
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Hoppaholic

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-22-2012 02:32:28 | More by Hoppaholic
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TwoTrees

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-25-2013 20:30:16 | More by TwoTrees
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.51/5  rDev -2%

Appearance-slightly hazy reddish orange, 1/2 finger of off white foam that disappears immediately. It has a high alcohol or sugar content because it has legs like a wine.

Aroma- carmel , bandaids light apple and citrus fruit?!.

Taste- carmel butterscotch and band aids. I think a combination of high kettle caramelization and slightly vegetal tasting hop makes for and interesting and earthy ale. The hops more or less balance out there is a slight pine in the finish though.

Mouthfeel- seems right on a bit syrupy, but the booze is well disguised. Lower effervescence is spot on.

Overall- I think a decent representation of the style. It improves as it warms in the glass I think I would like to see it a touch clearer in the glass, and maybe a touch less boozy.

04-07-2013 17:39:10 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

355ml bottle poured into pint glass june9 2010

A clear copper with some very tiny suspended particles and a small amount of bubbles floating up to a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S some woody earth and candied cherry with toffee

T again some earthy wood but with a little spice and a fair bit of sweetness but not much for a Scotch ale

M thick enough to please with decent carbonation and it's just a tad sticky

D not lacking in and areas but not going to amaze you either worth trying but don't look too far for it

I don't mind this beer but at nearly 20$ for a 6er here in Alberta I doubt I'll be drinking much of this in the future

06-10-2010 06:23:52 | More by wordemupg
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colts9016

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into an English pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Appearance: A deep amber with a light copper hue. There was a one finger that dropped to a quarter inch ring whit ring. There is a lot of carbonation in the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice roasted malt with caramel, earthiness, and fruity esters.

Taste: A nice roasted malt with caramelize flavor, there is some earthiness, some diacetyl and some peatiness.

Overall: The mouth feel is slight carbonate with a dryness. The finish has a hint of bitterness. The beer is overall just okay. There wasn't anything that stood out to make this beer pop.

01-14-2009 01:38:08 | More by colts9016
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delta490

Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours an orangey-ruby, cloudy with short-lived fizzy off-white head. There's a little bit of lacing. The aroma is fairly simple, with just nondescript malt sweetness. The taste is about the same. There's not a lot to either. It does have a decent weight to the body, though. A surprising miss from Pike.

07-08-2014 21:25:11 | More by delta490
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.