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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

382 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Arper, Jul 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

harpus, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

I had this in a borrowed thistle.
The color was a super dark red close to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer.
The smell had some peaty/smokiness to an indulgent chocolatey goodness.
The taste was mainly the same in a sweet smoky way.
The mouthfeel was smoky smooth as it rolled over my tongue. Probably about a medium on the body.
Overall, good Scotch Ale I would have again.

SitkaSteve, May 27, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Brown and auburn colors in the pour, not much head at all, even though the beer ended up being plenty carbonated, left me wondering though, why is there lace left on a beer with almost no head? I digress. Woody aroma, sweet, smoky, nice.

More wood tannin grittiness and sweetness on the palate. Didn't catch the smokiness at this point. Warming effect of alcohol. More drinkable than average for style. A little nuttiness and caramel thrown in for good measure. More like a hybrid or leaning toward an amber ale/winter warmer type situation.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 20, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Deep caramelized sugar color with a light haze to it. It's not chunky or opaque but it's getting close to it. The head is a disappointment. It was off white but it faded before I even finished pouring the beer.

The smell is weak and not just for the style, it's weak for any beer. Some malt and hops but not enough to really decipher the ingredients.

Taste is slightly better then the nose but not by much. I wish I could give it a 3.3 instead of a 3.5 because it really doesn't deserve it. The substance of this flavor is warm grains but like the nose they are weak and not really discernible. There is an herbal flavor that has similarities with the medicinal flavor of a menthol cough drop mixed with chlorinated city water. I'm not a fan.

The mouthfeel is the strongest part of this beer but given the track record of this one that's not saying much. The residual sweetness from the taste lasts into the finish and actually is refreshing. It's medium bodied, slightly creamy and has a nice small carbonation that makes it drinkable. However the flavor is something I find boring and average which makes me not want to finish it, so I will have to pass this one by the next time I see it.

jbphoto88, Jun 27, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Went to a beer tasting at a friends house and he pulled out this beer.

Copper Color, good clarity with a short fizzy head,

Slight biscuity with a heavy smoky aroma.

Taste was good but my first experience with such a smoky aroma and flavor.

Overall a good beer but 1 would only be able to drink 1.

vonghost, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Orlando.

My assessment is similar to that of ChainGangGuy so I have borrowed some of his words.

Appearance: Pours out an cloudy brown body with a finger plus change worth of off-white suds. Head dissipates rapidly with little evidence that it was ever there.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of pale and basic bready malts. Minor notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Slight hint of cherry. To my nose, any hint of peat is imaginary.

Taste: Initial impression of toasted malts with caramel and brown sugar. It lacks depth, however. Peat is more evident in the taste than in the nose. Soft ripe fruitiness exposing a small hint of cherry. Simple, subdued hop character with a minute spiciness and bitterness. Final hints of peat and spice on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Lacks richness and depth. It's drinkable. But is that what we really want from this style...something that goes down easy.

chickenflea, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of charlatan
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

This has a cloudy orange colour and an ample head. I wasn't able to divine much of a nose because of the smoky bar I was consuming this in.

It has a fruity, tangy flavour with a malt profile which manages to mix caramel and carrot. This is well balanced with enough hops to give it a little bite. As the beer warms the fairly high alcohol content becomes apparent. I like this beer but it isn't easy to knock back and an imperial pint was more than enough.

charlatan, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of GrandeDrip
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

A - Really low effervescence. True to the "ruby" name - crystal clear and a rich red - orange color. 1/2 finger head w/ average retention.

S - medium-roasted malts, earthy hops, and scottish yeast character

T - rich, savory, toasty, biscuity, musty, even salty. Piqued my interest but the savory/musty aftertaste lingers a bit unpleasantly. Like the taste of my own finger.

M - good body but not a clean finish. The flavor really hit the sides of my tongue.

D - Goes down easy, feels pleasant physically, but I'm just not ecstatic about the mix of flavors here.

Overall, nothing too offensive but not far above average.

GrandeDrip, Jul 21, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

Pours a murky light brown color with a thin, large-bubbled foam that fades real quick to a few bubbles floating on the surface. The opacity of this beer is pretty surprising.

Smell is very sweet and carmely with just a touch of earthy peat and lots of dark fruits - strawberries, blackberries and figs covered with brown sugar. I typically like my Scotch Ale's more earthy and smoky.

The taste is sweet and light with some of the fruitiness coming through as well. The malts are there, but not in enough quantity to be rich and creamy. That makes it probably a good thing the ABV is only 6.6, just not enough body and flavor to support any more alcohol. As a beer, it is far from bad and I do not think I will have much trouble finishing the bomber, but for a Scotch Ale, this is a pretty weak attempt.

twiggamortis420, Sep 27, 2009
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

I had the pleasure to drink this beer back in the days when there was a LOT of peated barley presence (and it was still called "Maul Hammer.") It still has some decent mouthfeel, and when it warms up, you get just the slightest reminder of that smoky peat. It has always been a smooth drinker, to the point of being quite dangerous in its 6.5% abv past, but I think it's been dumbed down to the point of near-fogettability. Still, it's better than most US attempts at a Scottish style.

lastauss, Sep 24, 2004
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

This one looked pretty decent. Slightly hazy red/copper/brown with a large rocky tan head left some sticky lace.

Unfortunately the nose doesn't help keep the bagpipes a'blowin. It's not bad, it's just not there... Caramel malt, some smokiness and ripe fruit is really all I could gather. It was so weak I could smell all the random vague smells around my living room when dipping my nose into the glass for a whiff.

There is more in the taste, but it's no hard hitting scotch ale by any means. Caramel malt dominates, smoke, and a dash of hop bitterness round it out. Some alcohol warmth gives it some depth.

Medium bodied, not heavy or cloying. Feel was pretty slick which I have come to expect from Pike. Carbonation was subtle yet crisp. Finish had a nice relationship of dry and slick.

As far as Scotch Ales go...this one does not lift my kilt (or Nike gym shorts if you will, kilts aren't my thing). It's not bad or offensive, but on a strictly style based opinion...it doesn't impress.

climax, May 28, 2009
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with beertunes, poured a cloudy, amber, almost light chestnut in color, with a very soapy looking off white head, about 1 finger in thickness. Receded very quickly to negligible lacing.

Smell was fairly non-descript. A little cold at first, I got some caramel sweetness. Much later, near the bottom of the glass, warmth brought out some nuttiness, with maybe a hint of hay.

Taste was better than the nose. The caramel and nuttiness was a little more pronounced especially as it warmed. Overall though, the flavors didn't seem to come off quite as heavy as I would have expected for the style. Maybe I just need to sample a few more from this style.

Mouthfeel was fairly average, not bad, not outstanding. Smooth, with just a little alcohol warmth on the tongue.

Drinkability is not bad. I certainly wouldn't turn this down, and wouldn't be upset to find it in another trade box.

bigbluebeerguy, May 25, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

Pours a copper orange with a white cream head that fades rather quickly. The smell is of roasted malts and grilled fruit, alcohol lingers. The taste is very light for this style, roasted malts and fruit blend well with the alcohol tones, hopyp dryness bring up the rear. A drinkable Scotch Ale but lighter than most, I like Scotch Ales with a cigar but this one just doesn't quite make it to the cigar room.

beertaster13, May 31, 2004
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

Bottle Inspection: Notes it’s Scottish and has 27 IBUS.

Aroma: Mild vegetal coriander and some smoke.

Appearance: Golden amber, much lighter than expected. Fair head that faded quickly.

Flavor: Mild overall taste. Very mellow and malty with just a few hints of peat.

Mouthfeel: Light body is surprising, but the low carbonation improves drinkability.

Overall Impression: A gentle lift of the kilt! I expected stronger flavors but this was dangerously drinkable.

HardTarget, Sep 17, 2007
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

A_pours a clear medium brown with hints of copper. Small head dissipates into a wisp of a cap. I like my scots a little redder. 3

S_sweet rich malt followed by a hint of hoppy pineness.

T_a bit hoppier than the nose. Starts off sweetish and malty. And has an herbal hop kick. Aftertaste is mildly generic spice.

M_slightly thin and lacking the syrup I like in the style

D_not quite malty enough for me personally. This is a mildly scottish malt style pale ale to me. Sort of a scots for begginners

sleazo, Jan 30, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -7%

A: Pours a translucent brown, amber color with an inch of foam that dissipates quickly.

S: The aroma is light and floral: hops, caramelized malts, honey, soap, flowers and alcohol.

T: Much like the aroma, the taste is very hop and floral dominated. There is a slight roasted malt flavor of burnt biscuits and some chewy soap residue mixed in with the more dominant hops. This beer doesn't appear to be well balanced, it seems a bit more biased towards hops than malts. There's also a mahogany wood flavor and some alcohol in the back.

M: The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and some chewiness to it. This brew is pretty light on the tongue and goes down smooth.

D: The light, carbonated nature of this beer makes it very drinkable, although I think it lacks a bit of complexity. Aside from the less than stellar flavor, it's pretty smooth and drinkable. Coming in at 6.60% ABV, it makes for a nice winter warmer. Fairly drinkable, but there are tastier Scotch ales out there.

kflorence, Dec 25, 2008
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

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

blackie, Oct 19, 2006
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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance: Medium amber brown in color, with a touch of haze and a small white head.

Aroma: Earthy, fruit\y notes, no discernable hops, as expected, and a sweet, perfume note. The aroma seems less malty than typical for the style.

Taste: Mildly peaty and earthy from the start to finish, with a slight alcohol note. Finishes with a flourish of mild, but lingering earth and bitter chocolate notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but a bit thin, with very mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant, although a bit understated, conveys a feeling of being light for the style.

Many thanks to Bill for generously sharing this uncommon Scotch Ale.

Pegasus, Nov 04, 2007
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3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.
Orangey, red with a small head that acted like it had somewhere else to be. This hurts the aroma as well. The smell and taste are like a hybrid between a pale ale and scottish ale. This is hardly a wee heavy. Too much hop bitterness, not a strong enough malt profile. Its a little lacking in my book.

joshuadlight, Aug 04, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev -5%

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50... shared with a buddy... mine from a small weizen glass.

Nice 1.5" head.. with pretty splotchy lacing.. color is amber at best.. It always suprises me that the color is not darker... I expect a bit more color out of a wee heavy.

Aroma is fruity yeasts for sure.. toasted malts and slight brown malts.. no hops to speak of.. still could use more maltiness in my opinion.

Flavor is bready and caramel.. there is an actual smoked flavor that undeniable (though lite until it warms up a bit) .. biscuits and yeasty phenols.. for this ABV, I expect a little more body.. not bad at all, and better than 5 previous notebook reviews reveal... Has Pike changed things up? It seems so.

I am torn over this one; I've never been impressed with this one, though Pike Kilt Lifter is my brothers "desert island beer". I've had it dozens and dozens of times over the years and have been underwhelmed for the most part.. tonight, though... it seems to be a better brew. Kilty still needs more over everything to really raise the bar.

JohnGalt1, Dec 20, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -5%

A-Pours a dark copper with a thin white head that leaves a subsiding lace down the glass, as it settles down theres barely a head left and the lacing becomes very watery and disappates.

S-malty, caramel and some kind of legume. sort of a toasted biscuity aroma hidden behind a mellow dark fruit.

T-definitely malty, smokey and a little caramel near the end, a nutty and dark fruit flavor is deep in there. i also taste some adjuncts in there which im not fond of (its said that rice has no taste, but i disagree, i get a taste of it in here)i expect it was used as a filler to make the beers price cheaper. I was expecting a bolder flavor out of a scotch style ale out of seattle, i would have liked more hops for a more bitter finish and a higher alcohol content to give it that extra bite, its not bad but i was expecting more.

M-light body but the flavors and malts give it a pallete heaviness which is actually very nice, it goes down smooth but doesnt completely leave your tongue.

D-it is actually a very easy to drink ale, i would have liked more hops and alcoholic bite but i think i would pick this up again. not a bad price either for what youre drinking.

ProudGreen89, Sep 14, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -5%

I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler. It has a copper/brown color and is quite clear. The head was moderate, off-white and bubbly, but dissipated quickly to a thin white film, with some lacing.

The beer has a faint smell and is malty. The smell is generally unremarkable.

The taste is nice, smoky and malty with a slightly bitter hop finish. The after taste is short lived but pleasant.

I enjoyed this beer. It is light, tasty and very drinkable. I’d love to stop by the Pike Pub & Brewery and try one on tap some time.

RJLarse, Jan 07, 2006
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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which looks to have okay retention. The head is almost pure cotton white (it has the slightest hint of beige) while the body is a medium to dark amber that appears medium in the light. Good amount of lacing which tends toward sheeting.

Nose- Very low key and subtle but not in a good way. I get a little bit of caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread from the bottle but almost nothing from the glass. A tiny bit of caramel, slight toastiness. This leads me to believe that this is going to be a rather weak scotch ale. Shows some cereal and grain after swirling. Even a little bit of cornflakes.

Taste- Reflective of the aroma but with a bit more presence. Caramel, slight oak and wood bitterness with notes of molasses and brown sugar. Some brown sugar. Light oak on the finish. A bit thin and watery. No flaws but it is pretty boring at the moment. Some raisins on the front of the flavor profile. Just above average. It is representative of the style; it's simply a weak representation. Shows a little more presence as it opens up. Grain and cereal way in the background.

Mouthfeel- A little below medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing with enough flavor notes to keep it from being boring. Still pretty average.

Overall- Above average. I would give it a try if you aren't expecting a very heavy scotch ale. Fairly accessible for the style- could be good for drinkers new to it.

artoolemomo, Oct 20, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a ringer of frothy ivory foam. Body is entirely clear and has a dusky, autumnal feeling to it. I like it.

Smell: malt-bomb aroma; biscuity, bready and nutty, mostly. There's a little caramel characteristic; I'm betting there's lots of crystal malt in here. Almost like a strong amber ale. Not my favorite, but not too bad.

Taste: basically what I expected based on the aroma. This is super biscuity and nutty; I'm not a huge fan. Hop character is minimal, but there is a balancing bitterness. While it doesn't precisely float my boat, this is not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; pretty light for a Scotch ale, in my opinion. Carbonation is pretty good, though, which yields a passable creaminess. Not bad but could be a lot better.

Drinkability: my palate grows weary of the onslaught of not-terribly-interesting malt flavors. For me, personally, this is not an exceptionally drinkable beer. It is serviceable, though.

flagmantho, Oct 03, 2010
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.