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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

364 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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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dkw0063

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-01-2012 15:39:55 | More by dkw0063
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Braz

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +7%

Had a pint at TK Irish Pub. Brownish amber hazy in color. Small creamy head. Pretty malty and mildly hopped. Ever so slightly syrup feel. Good flavor. Alcohol takes effect in this one quickly which is a little suprising at 6.50%. I like this beer, but I'm unsure about the style it's under. I found it more comparable to something like Fat Tire or even Alaskan Amber. Anyways, enjoyed it and will have again.

01-29-2013 08:09:29 | More by Braz
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-26-2013 02:20:06 | More by johnnyboy76
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-16-2013 14:21:49 | More by KStark
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-05-2013 22:32:01 | More by powdersoldier
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Murrhey

Montana

2.91/5  rDev -18.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. No best-by date. Reviewed live.

A- Quarter-inch sliver of fluffy off-white head. Quickly erodes to a shimmering top over an amber body with medium clarity. Semi-hazy. Not very impressive.

S- Caramel malts, slightly grassy, eggy (?).

T- Spicy, caramel malts and grassy. It's interesting in flavor. Not great though.

M- Kind of grainy. Dry finish.

O- Well below average. I enjoy this style, but this beer misses it.

04-09-2013 05:56:27 | More by Murrhey
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-23-2013 16:15:57 | More by yancot
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%

A deep copper colour with a thin tan head. Despite an aggressive pour, the head doesn't get very big and doesn't last at all.

Malty molasses and brown sugar smell. Faint peat in the aroma, but not much.

A bit watery to taste, though earthiness and molasses are there. The finish has a touch of peat, but again not much.

Feels watery in the mouth, not up to par for this style, where you expect some body. Lightly carbonated, to the point where it feels a bit flat.

Not impressive, possibly my least favorite scotch ale to date.

01-15-2007 03:45:59 | More by elricorico
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kbub6f

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

The head is tiny, off-white, bubbly, greasy. Beer is hazy copper-orange, maybe tending somewhat toward brown. There's sweet toffee/caramel/brown sugar in the nose. Some pipe smoke. Dark tobacco toffee in front; tangy, fruity caramel in the middle; sour fruit and smoky caramel in the end. Interesting. Sour fruit and dark, burned caramel. Not bad. Kind of "homebrewy".

10-30-2005 19:34:40 | More by kbub6f
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sleazo

New York

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

01-30-2008 06:13:25 | More by sleazo
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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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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-07-2013 04:12:54 | More by ericj551
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

This ale pours a rich copper to ruby with amber hues and an off white head packed with dense carbonation that patiently dissolves to leave a thin, yet resistant lacing.

Rich caramel malt highlights the aroma, with some sweetness I am having trouble specifically identifying, and a touch of roasted malt.

The palate offers a similar, rich caramel malt, with again secondary roasted malt, and a very clean, earthy hop finish.

Medium in body and a bit on the light side in carbonation, a bit drying at the finish.

This beer is pretty straightforward, nothing too aggressive, perhaps on the more laid back side of this style, yet still tasty.

07-04-2010 03:48:26 | More by CHADMC3
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memphischas

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-03-2014 01:57:11 | More by memphischas
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

The Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Ruby poured a lovely red hue with a finger foam head and tiny bit of bubbly lacing.

The aroma was nice. It gave a deep red fruit smell with malts. Tasting the brew was malty up front and thru. In the end it had a nice hop bitterness to round it out. In the mouth it was thin and pretty non apparent except on the tongue where you were left a maltiness.

Overall I thought it was a well balanced and light ale. I could drink a sixer on a hot day.

04-18-2008 03:10:23 | More by cswhitehorse
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance is a cloudy amber with minimal head. Smell of malt and dark sugar and fruits. Tastes about the same as the aroma but with good dose of spice. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation.
After a good couple of sips the spiced kick mellow but its still present. Could be considered a bit harsh but not. A good drinker I could sip upon.

04-03-2008 03:33:47 | More by Bookseeb
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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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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

A: Pours a murky, hazy orange-brown color. Not much in the way of head, although the little that there is has a similar tint and a sudsy texture. Retention is mediocre, with a bit of lacing.

S: A bit muted, but definite brown sugar/caramel notes up front, even venturing into toffee territory. Slightly peaty/smoky as well. Light notes of dark fruit - plum and raisin. Mild tealike notes, and a bit of tartness into the finish.

T: Firm caramel and brown sugar flavor, with hints of toffee and butterscotch. Lightly peaty, with mild smoky flavor. Some dark fruit and faint hop bitterness.

M: Medium-full body. It never ventures into chewy territory. Pleasantly smooth, with lightish carbonation.

D: A fairly disappointing Scotch Ale. The flavor is fine, but lacks depth, and this sports a rather one-dimensional aroma to boot. It's improved as it has warmed, but only to the point of decency.

06-13-2010 01:36:46 | More by Clydesdale
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

This has to be the lightest wee heavy I've seen ( OK I've seen two). Clear, Rye-Coke-Water in color. Vigorous pour yeilded a creamy off white head 3 fingers deep. Lacing clings to glass in a way that would make Spiderman blush.

Decent aroma, but quite understated. Earthy, with a hint of roasted malt and some floral, yet slightly citrus-like hop. Certainly no smokiness.

Ok, def. hint of smoke in the taste along with some smooth, slightly caramelized malt. Hop bitterness follows soon afterward. Slight alcohol warming toward to the end. Decently balanced

Quite creamy and smooth on the palate.

I would place this beer more in the camp of Scottish Ale vs. Wee Heavy. AS an ale it is quite nice and very drinkable even with the high ABV.

02-28-2009 01:31:33 | More by Shadman
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz bottle, no date, served in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright clear copper. Little to no head except for a very thin ring at the edge. Some strands of lacing.

Smell: Not a lot. Some caramel malt and very little else.

Taste: What it lacks in aroma it makes up for in taste. Deep toasted malt and caramel sweetness. Solid malt backbone. Some mild bitter finishes mixing in with toffee and English bitter / mild citrus hop finish. Not amazing or wow in flavor, but compared to the lackluster aroma, definitely full flavor.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full bodied, not watery, but otherwise nothing special. A hint of some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Not an amazing scotch ale/wee heavy, just ok. Does go well with food though (beef burger sliders and deviled eggs in this case). While not very remarkable, this does not mean it's bland, just that I've had better examples of the style. Of final note, it's actually quite drinkable - a very good beer to drink in quantity and wash down food with as a complement. Just enough flavor to complement and be enjoyable, not too much to overwhelm or clash with a meal. So I'll give it higher marks on drinkability than on being a good scotch ale.

04-04-2014 03:14:25 | More by damndirtyape
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richbrew

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-15-2012 23:43:14 | More by richbrew
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MaddDogg84

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

02-24-2013 05:25:55 | More by MaddDogg84
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dstc

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +2%

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a tan head that falls to nothing. Very thinnest of lace.

Aroma us of some sweet malts with a noticeable hop background.

Taste is similar to the smell. Malt taste is sweet and nice. Hops take over giving a bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharpness on the tongue.

Not bad. Easy enough to drink.

08-17-2010 13:50:43 | More by dstc
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden-light brown in color, comes out almost crystal clear, well-filtered. Small off-white colored head, not much lacing.

Smell is good, but it doesn't small particularly like a Scotch ale in my opinion. It has some characteristics that Scotch ales posses such as sweet malts. Caramelized roasted malts and it lacks hop and smokey aromas. It has a lot of fruity notes to it, almost like dark dehydrated fruits, figs maybe, a little musty. Smells more like a decent dopplebock in my opinion than a scotch ale, but still good.

Taste is pretty good too. Much like the smell it has more of the dopplebock. It has a little more of a hop presence, not too strong, earthy. Tea-like flavors and sweet grainy caramelized malts, almost a slight butterscotch. A little bit of smokiness, but, I don't think it's pete malts.

Mouthfeel is good, medium to full bodied. Creamy/buttery mouthfeel, like a decent Scottish Ale. Good overall feel that finishes clean, I like it. It's very drinkable.

All in all I like this beer, not your average Scotch Ale, but I guess they vary.

12-28-2010 02:17:48 | More by AndyAvalanche
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dnichols

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +2%

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a plastic cup at a recent party.

A: It poured a copper hue with orange accents with a healthy light tan head.

S: It emitted a distinct caramel aroma with hints of dark fruits (plums).

T: It was smooth and creamy with a sweet malty front and light clean finish. I got the scotch side but not the wee heavy.

M: Medium mouth feel with a smooth body and clean sweet finish.

D: Nice easy brew but after a couple I needed something without the sweet fuzzy fullness to clean my palate and move me deeper into the party.

11-02-2007 22:18:27 | More by dnichols
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.