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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale

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210 Reviews

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 20.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Reviews: 210 | Hads: 446
Photo of lightindarkness
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DHGranstrand for sending this one.

Pours a dusty coppery orange color. Decent head settles down to patchy froth and a ring of suds.

Nose is malty rich, with some earthy notes and a background sugary sweetness. Some reddish smelling notes come out of hibiscus and cherry pie filling. Some alcohol fumes present as overtones.

A little tart and tea like on the tongue up front. Maltier middle notes settle in expanding the palate a little, then becoming a bit more coarse with only a touch of sweetness. Finishes with a very mild alcohol spice and bready grains. Has an overall decent flavor, but really lacks malty depth for me. Not enough bottom end to fill this one out, leaving it kind of high and dry.

Feel is medium bodied with a lighter but still sharp carbonation. Finishes with a touch of dryness, and a mild sticky coating.

Overall it's not too bad, but seems to be lacking some depth of flavor for me. Pretty drinkable though, as it is milder than some other Scotch Ales.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby amber color in tulip glass. Off-white head dissipates pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on sides of glass.

Smell has an apple cider quality to it. Little malty smell comes through as this warms.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Some fruity notes are present. Mild bitterness for me.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was enjoyable. Thanks to my mother and father-in-law for this one.

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Photo of kflorence
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale is thin, watery, and metallic-sweet.

It poured dark orangy-copper with a short fleeting tan head. It left a crystal clear glass. The smell and flavor had a nondescript syrupy sweetness with a metallic aftertaste. The feel was as slippery and lasting as water, although it also was as easy to drink and thirst-quenching as water.

Pike Kilt Lifter has no distinguishing characteristic; nothing to excite the taste buds or palate; nothing to remember; and no reason to have more than once.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into plastic wine cup; on the Victoria Clipper while traveling to Seattle.

Appearance: Clear, tawny amber with decent off white foam.

Smell: Aroma ranges from raw malt to toasted grains and caramel.

Taste: Deeply malty with toffee notes. Earthy hops lend background bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium towards full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: More towards and amber than Scotch ale, but drinkable and relatively fully flavored; especially good as an option during travel.

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Photo of bens0n
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky amber color with a small amount of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Its on the orange side for an amber, not really brown at all.

This beer has a mild hoppy smell with a hint of malts, nothing special here.

Flavor wise its bland, there is a hint of caramel and some smokey qualities that come in at the end. Overall not sweet, more earthy tasting.

It has a moderately thick body with low carbonation, but I still did not find it to be exceptionally drinkable, even at 6.5% abv.

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Photo of briman
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color. Hazy, with a moderate off-white head. Decent retention.

Sweet malty aroma, with fairly strong caramel component. No hop aroma.

Flavor is rich and malty, with caramel and a moderate smoky element that comes through more toards the finish. Might be an ever so slight touch of alchohol in the aftertaste accompanied by a very light bitterness.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Overall a rich, enjoyable Scotch Ale. For a Strong Scotch the ABV is actually on the low end, and the alcohol presence is actually so well hidden I don't get much warming. Only other detractor is the haze in the appearance, as a Strong Scotch/Wee Heavy should be clear. Honestly, I'm actually quite surprised at the number of reviews that call this clear. Drinkability is good, likely a bit heavy if your thinking of having more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale was served from a 22 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a clear orange caramel brown color, and was topped by a negligable head. that left weak lacing. The nose was quite malty, with a nice orange citrus presence and just a slight hint of peat smoke. I would have liked the peat to be more pronounced. I was pleasantly suprised by the taste though. A sweet flash is very quickly eclipsed by a powerful orange zippy bitterness, which lasts though to the drier, very estery earthy bitter finish...very nice and lively.. The body felt appropriately full for the flavors and style, but the carbonation was a bit lacking, which was apparant from the lack of a significant head. Overall, a very tasty effort that drinks well.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper which is extraordinarily effervescent, a large head forming and big bubbles continuing to surface for several minutes. The head is retained pretty well, and leaves some lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, but lacks the smokiness and peat that I'd expect in such an ale. Caramel is obvious, and a bit of alcohol. Taste follows the expected pattern, with a notable astringency in the finish. Nutty flavours come through as well, with lots of sweetness and just a hint of the peaty smoke one would expect. Mouthfeel has good body, with lots of carbonation at the beginning which subsides after a few minutes. Drinkability is quite good. Not bad at all, but I've had much better.

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Photo of MAB
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable ale, yet it was different than I expected it to be.

For one thing, it poured with almost no head and there was next to none to speak of once I finished pouring. However, the carbonation was fine and the mouthfeel was similarly fine. So who needs head?

Beautiful color. I tasted and got hints of caramel, which was very nice. The only thing holding back my score was the aroma- I wanted a sweet, maybe hoppier nose, but I couldn't detect one.

Overall, a fine effort and well deserving of the 84 score (when I wrote this review).

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ap. cloudy golden brown with nice tan head that didn't last too long.
Sm. I smell matlts and butterscotch.
Ta. Sweet butterscotch with a twist of hops. The finish is tart and then sweet.
Mf. Smooth full, and sticky.
Dr. Good, but not more than one or two.

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Photo of erikm25
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Notes from 12/29/08. Served on tap. Deep reddish and copper toned hues. The head was minimal but left favorable lacing around the glass. I would be curious to pour this from the bottle as I suspect the head and retention might be pretty good.

S: Nice caramel and butterscotch aromas. Little bit of fruit sweetness towards the back. No hints of hops and with the relatively mild ABV there are no hints of alcohol. Smoked and toasted with a hint of nuttiness and plums.

T: Tasted like caramel malts with some toffee or butterscotch candies. Smooth and tastes became a little more pronounced as it warmed. Reminded me a little bit of raisin bread. Nothing overly complex or strong but still solid. There is a little bit of clove and black pepper spice towards the finish.

M: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and recommended. I'd grab it a few more times on tap and look forward to picking up some in bottles as well.

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Photo of davidchollar
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pike kilt lifter is a scotch ale / wee heavy? this was one of the first beers i had on my trip to the states (the first of many reviews from notes), but the whole time i was thinking it was a scottish ale.

the beer pours out a very nice color, a pretty dark amber. big, creamy head with good retention. i love beers with this look, i can't give this beer anything less than a 4 for appearance as i automatically enjoy a beer more if it looks like this. smells good too. solid scotch ale smells, big caramelly maltiness. the smell really opens up as the beer warms, though it wasn't at first, eventually the little higher abv becomes obvious.

but that 6.6% abv isn't noticeable in the taste. flavorful, malty, very smooth mouthfeel and dangerously drinkable. it's not nearly as big or complex as fat bastard, the wee heavy i am most familiar with. but when i was thinking it was a scottish ale i was happy with it, and i'm not going to change my score. i like both styles, can't really tell much of a difference anyway. i liked it, and it's available at just about every store around the seattle area, so i recommend it and will definitely get it again.

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Photo of estlinska
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured on tap at the tasting room into a shaker (everything it seems comes in a shaker here). Poured a deep ruby orange toffee color with a fair off-white head. Leaves some runny lacing with minimal sustainability through the glass. The nose was roasted malt and toffee with an overwhelming burnt sugar smell. If you've ever gotten sugar on a stove eye before, you know the smell. It was hard to get past. However, the taste was very pleasant overall. Had a nice fruity hop background to a huge malt bill. It was full of caramel and brown bread. Very heavy mouthfeel. Good beer, but not the best "Scotch Ale" I've had.

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Photo of xoqx
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a straight copper color with a creamy off-white head exhibiting light retention and moderate lacing. The smell is malty and slightly earthy. The taste is focused on the malts, but there is a balanced hop presence. It tastes to me equally split between malt and hops, but the malt dominates the first several seconds of a taste and the hops fill in afterward. No significant fruit esters in this beer. One of the defining characteristics of the style, a drying finish despite a malty sweetness in taste, is spot on in this beer. The overall mouthfeel is drying due to the finish. This is a very drinkable Scottish heavy, but the higher abv, somewhat deceptively high, keeps it out of the session category.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark cloudy mahogany. Little head that doesn't lace.

Smell: Very heavy malt notes with some spice as well

Taste: Very heavy taste. There are some really nice malt notes with spice. The ratio between the too leads to a slightly off taste for me. Very good overall.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, spice and malt. Good amount of carbonation. Just very heavy.

Drinkability: The ABV and heaviness of this beer make it very hard to drink to much of.

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Photo of mattmaples
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Daniel's point on the hops is well taken. But I dissagree with him on the body being too light. Kiltlifter does have a lighter body but not every Scotch ale is a Wee-heavy. I think if you were to put this beer in a 60 shilling (or light) catagory then the body fit just fine. The malt profile is supurb and could not be better. I did take off a point for too much hop for the style but in their defense it is brewed in the middle of hop country so extra hops are hard to resist.

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Photo of timbro81
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to julian for the opportunity. Pours a nice copper/caramel with a standard head that is quick to disappear. Little carbonation. Smells of slightly nutty, toffee, caramel malts. Taste of soft caramel malts mingling well with a very subtle hop profile. Mouth feel is silky. A nutty, toffeeness comes into play in the aftertase. Well balanced and very tastey.

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Photo of fattyre
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red/gold color with a medium off-white dissipating head. The smell was breadlike with a slight smokey hint. This beer had a toasted bread and slight peat like flavor with peppery alcohol and somewhat piney finish. It also had a pretty firm mouthfeel. A good and tasty scottish ale.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely clear Scotch-brown in the glass. Not much head to speak of. Appearance is true to style. Not a bad beer. But not a very notable beer, either. I'm visiting the area, so I'm happy to try local brews. But I've definitely had better Sotch Ales. It's not as sweet or malty as I expected; and both hoppier and more dank than I wanted when I bought it.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Decent 1 finger off-white head faded slowly leaving a thin layer. Looks a bit like an amber ale, amger to brown color. Not at all what I was expecting.

One of my favorite brews locally is the Silver City Scotch Ale. I was thinking this would be something along those lines, but straight off the appearance wasn't even close. The Silver City Scotch is very dark (almost black), so I am curious to see how this compares.

Aroma is milder than I expected, Malt, brown sugar, plum, a tinge of smokiness.

This is not bad, pretty tasty actually, there are some hops here to balance out the sweet caramel/brown sugar, and this happens to be very drinkable. Not great, but could see throwing a few of these back easily.

I really need to seek out more brews in this style as this one is night and day different to the only other scotch ale I've had to compare it to.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in colour with a small white, short lived head.
Not much in the way of aroma, easy goin' hint of sweetness. Maybe my nose isn't working.
Largely malty flavor, finishing with a small, although noticeble, hop kick.
Seems somewhat light in the mouth.
Which makes it easy to drink.
This is different then other examples of the style I've tried. Subdued sweetness, a hop presence, and a much lighter body.
Good stuff.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I remember liking this a bit more on tap up in Seattle but out of the bottle is only a notch down. This is a good looking beer, a nice deep reddish orange color with a 1 inch head that lasted a bit. The bubbles in the head weren't particularly small but they held up well. Not any noticeable carbonation to be seen.

The smell is a whiff of marmalade and not much else. Not overpowering, that is for sure, but decent. I really didn't get much else out of it.

This is a slightly dry beer, not very hoppy, and the carbonation is just barely there, enough to let you know. It is a nicely sweet beer, the maltiness sticking out a bit to smooth it out. It does have a smoky aftertaste but I don't think I noticed the peat mentioned on the bottle.

It sits well in the mouth, asking for another hit or, even better, a visit to Pike's itself. Well done.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of xymyl
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is a slightly hazy deep amber. Head is a thin ring but remains present and easily stirred to life again due to good carbonation.

Aroma is rich caramel malt and spicy/citrus hops, with a background of smoke and alcohol.

The taste is lighter and simpler than expected but still quite good. Good interplay between spicy hops, smoke and alcohol. A very nice balancing act. The smoke shows up more as it warms but never quite holds your attention. I would have left the hops where they are and added more of everything else to create my perfect Scotch ale.

Body and other notes: Medium to medium/light body, with a dry finish. The label clearly says " Scotch Style PIKE KILTLIFTER ruby ale", And the addition of "ruby" completes a very good description, I just somehow expected it to taste more Scottish than (stereotypically) Irish. It is right down the middle in my estimation, still a great beer.

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.