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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
82
good

399 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red amber with a nice but short white head that quickly disappears.

Lovely floral perfume nose that's simple but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied but with flavor and character.

Sweet malt flavors in the front palate to simple orange and stone fruit malt flavors. Hint of peated Scotch but less than anticipated.

Simple, single dimensional beer that's pleasant. Nothing special.

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +11.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent, dark orange-amber; butterscotch more specifically. The head is light caramel in color with a definite orangish tint and is sitting at a solid two fingers as I type. It's in no hurry to depart, but when it finally does, sudsy scraps and small sheets of lace make their way to the glass. Not quite what I have in mind when I think 'wee heavy', but it's an acceptable look.

Disappointing. There's no other way to describe the aroma since it has very little, if any, Scotch ale characteristics. What reaches my nose is a muddled conglomeration of malt and hops with a phenolic scent that does not put me in mind of the great phenolic whiskies of Scotland. It isn't a bad nose really, but is an unfocused, weak, somewhat anti-style one.

The flavor follows suit. Kilt Lifter is not especially good beer. The phenolic, medicinal flavor coming from the yeast (I assume) overpowers all of the other potential flavors to the detriment of the whole. It's malt-dominant... without being all that malty. It's more sweet than bitter... without being overly sweet. All in all, the mishmash of flavors don't come together well at all. I wish that the medium-long finish was only half as long.

Kilt Lifter (a fairly common name it seems) is not good beer. It misses the style mark by a fairly wide margin, yet isn't so bad that it's completely without merit. It really isn't worth a purchase though and I'm glad that I only bought one bottle. Pass this one by.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Recieved as a joke sort of I guess from the shotgun BIF. I had really never had much from them, but being this is one of my favorite styles what the heck right? Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/30/2009.

The pour was off from the start, small tan head which faded almost instantly was replaced by only the slightest bit of lacing on the sides of the glass, which itself faded momentarily leaving behind only a bare, brown liquid. Aroma was a mess, wet carbonard, hints of caramel were muted and astringent. A touch of tannic flavors welcomed me, or scared me away, It was just all over. Watery flavor, thin and flat feel, nothing redeeming it at all. Small touch of caramel, maybe at the end of it, but really just shocked by how off this one was. No sign of alcohol or depth in the body.

Overall the worst scotch ale I have ever had. I am really shocked to be honest as well. It was just all over the place and way too thin for the style. I was expecting average but did not even get that. Not sure whats going on but I would not go here again.

mikesgroove, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours out an unerringly clear, light brown body with a finger plus change worth of off-white suds.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of pale and basic bready malts. Minor notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Slight hint of cherry. Rounded out with a little lightly smokey, lightly earthy peat. While not bad, it's by no means as engaging as expected or hoped for.

Taste: Initial impression of toasted malts with sensibly sweet boosts of caramel and brown sugar, though it already falls far short of the richer, more robust members of the style. Nice level of peated malt in the background. 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 carbonation.

Drinkability: Lacking the satiating richness of others, it makes the shaky trade of character for ease of drinkability. It's nice enough, if a bit simplistic. Sort of a wee wee heavy, if you will.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

oberon, May 08, 2004
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with one finger of foamy, rocky pale beige head, which leaves some painted lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of bready caramel nougat, and bitter floral hops. The taste is bready, doughy malt, some pit fruitiness, earthy, floral hops, and a soft sweet booziness. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with an off-dry, warm caramel and dry fruit hops melange.

A decently drinkable, solid scotch ale - malty - aye, a wee bit boozy, and some underrated hops to keep things honest. A drinker, to be sure.

biboergosum, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back.

Appearance: Tawny leathery amber colour holding some haze, enticing head has a stable retention.

Smell: Big sweetness with a very faded smoke, light fruity alcohol and caramel malt twang.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Layered smoothness with a creamy slickness. Solid malty palate, sweetness plays off the toasted grain and medium hoppiness. Suggestions of fruit punch, earthy yeast and caramel in the back. Slightly warming alcohol. Hit of citric rind in the end? Handful of residual sweetness in the end combats the semi-think hop flavour in the end.

Notes: Smaller in stature than most Scotch Ales I have had, a decent strong amber that was easy on the palate with a balanced malt and hop.

Jason, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from kiltedtxn courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a very thin off- head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a butterscotch, vanilla, caramelized malts, tea, some smoke and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a lot more smokiness than I picked up in the smell followed by sweet flavors of vanilla, tea and caramel. There is not much balance but since the malt character is pretty thin for the style and there is very little hops presence; it’s surprising that there is any balance at all. I suppose that seems like a back-handed compliment but I’m calling like I’m tasting it. The after-taste is sweet.

M: A little smooth, not very crisp and a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Kind of flavorful at least, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, while this is quite departed from your typical Scotch ale and not one I would jump at the chance to choose again, I don’t think this beer as horrible as some have made it seem. I’m finding it a bit unique if nothing else, yet if not of for the review, I don’t see myself drinking this beer again.

TheManiacalOne, May 13, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pike brewpub, Seattle, WA

With not many other choices on the menu that were appealing to me, I ordered up this Scotch ale. Poured a clear amber color with a small white head that didn't stick around too long; not much lacing to speak of. Mostly caramel maltiness in the nose. Nutty caramel in the taste, some sugar and peat, and a mild fruit flavor. Not too strong, but pretty smooth and drinkable.

Rifugium, May 31, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive dark amber with a frothy head. Lots of lacking in the Duvel tulip. Quite a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Uninspiring smell of scorched malt.

First sip tastes kind of sourish. It grows on you after some sipping, but the malt flavors seem a little dirty. Some modest malty pleasures but very little sweetness. Touch of spoiled fruit and a hint of what might be smoke. Ends on a bitterish note with something like potatoes. Quite dry finish.

For a beer that's been around forever, this is pretty anemic. But it's not too offensive and maybe that's what keeps it selling at the brewpub. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Huntington Beach, California, where you'll find all sorts of oddities regardless of quality.

mactrail, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

MarkyMOD, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

beernads, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild crystal malt scent with a bit of peated malt aroma. The taste is good, although I'm not sure it really nails the style too well. It has a nice and light malty core with a smokey feel and a rather bitter hop aftertaste . It goes down smooth and has a grainy bisquit malt and hop finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine brew. It is certainly unique and quite flavorful; a good drinker.

WesWes, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed light rubyish brown witha thin off-white head that becomes patchy. Slight lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with a bit of peat smokiness.

The taste is of caramel with slight peat. A bitterish twang that is a bit much for the style is in the finish.

It has a firm medium body.

I was hoping for a bit more malty richness/depth. Not quite what I think of as a wee heavy, but there's enough characteristics to give it a try.

jwc215, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly no head. Orange-amber color. No lace. Small amount of haze.

The aroma is sweeter than I expected, but there is a faint hop smell that was also unexpected. If blindfolded, I might think light brown ale or pale ale.

Stronger malt than hop, but this could be described as a hoppy Scotch Ale. Good body, with a solid level of carbonation. Very short aftertaste. Not very complex.

smcolw, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear amber color with a 1 inch head. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: very light caramel sweetness is all that is picked up.

Taste: caramel, a hint of peat and nuts, soft plum sweetness, and a very light bitterness. Malt level seems a bit weak.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. The caramel and peat softly linger on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkability: not too bad, but this needs to be kicked up a few notches on the malt and peat levels. Decent beer.

Gavage, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.7%

wrightst, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber color with red and gold hues peeking through in the light. No head, no real cap and not much lacing to speak of, maybe just a hint of tan and white floating in there. The smell is a sweet caramel-like scent. Not too complex. Some smokey tones linger there too. The taste was very much on the sweet side, but had a nice little spicey, smokey bite to it. Again though, not too complex. Light to medium bodied with a mildly carbonated mouthfeel. Goes good with the food at the pub, but I wouldn't necessarily be looking for this one otherwise.

barleywinefiend, Dec 28, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

LXIXME, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of akorsak
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is an amber orange color, far to vibrant and clear to be a wee heavy. The head is practically nonexistent.

S: The aroma has some stronger malt notes and just a mere hint of smokiness.

T: The ale has an unremarkable malt body supported by some bittering hops and absolutely no smokiness. I think that the ale is older but not quite too old to support the big flavors in a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel is malty but lacks any real memorable aspect.

D: I'll try another one just to confirm or dispel my initial conclusions, but what I found here was not enjoyable in any form.

akorsak, Mar 05, 2007
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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.