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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

393 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of Clydesdale
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Clydesdale, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

damndirtyape, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Shadman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Shadman, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of richbrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

richbrew, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dstc, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AndyAvalanche, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of wattoclone
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
3/5  rDev -16.2%

martyl1000, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Smileitsfreetobehappy, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of dnichols
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

dnichols, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of jbphoto88
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed but not been particularly impressed by the other pike beers, hopefully this one is different. Pours a clear amber color with a nice tan head that retains well. The aroma has some candied fruit notes upfront, along with molasses, esters, a hint of smoke, toasted bread and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is a little more complex than the aroma, with a nice fruity character upfront (apple, plum, date) along with some caramel and molasses, toasted bread, smoke, and some herbal hops. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is excellent. A quite enjoyable scotch ale, with just the right amount of smokiness and restrained sweetness.

silver0rlead, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Bunuelian, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of richj1970
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

richj1970, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

delta490, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Bfarr
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, deep red amber with a very thin head. There is a faint tea and malt aroma, nothing too good. This is a very balanced beer with nice caramel malt with a slight herbal hop taste. It's very smooth but the taste became a little grainy by the end.

For a scotch ale this one is kind of light on what I look for in a scotch ale. It's very smooth an drinkable but just a bit shy for my tastes.

Bfarr, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of SargeC
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy caramel-brown. Nonexistent head with a few large carbonation bubbles. Very still

Smell: Smoky sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste: Initial sweetness with a nice smoky finish. Hints of tobacco. Evolved as I drank it. It became very earthy and dare I say, peaty. It almost began to resemble a decent blend of scotch as the pint went down.

Mouthfeel: Coats well with a medium body.

Drinkability: Nice character. Had many scotch ale qualities, but made its own statement without going over the top.

SargeC, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Donkster46, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this quite often over the last couple years. Like all Pike beers, it has a very nice label; clean lines, stately.

It pours a deep mahogany with a nice, uneven head. Carbonation tops it in very sporadic patterns, like the yeast was still active. The smell is sweet and malty with a slight smoked tinge. The taste in this batch is a bit sweet, but normally its a wonderful full and chocolate body. If you're not careful, you can drink a whole sixer, and it really affects your skiing.

freed, May 16, 2003
Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev +11.7%

DbbC, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second offering from Pikes. Ever and also in the past two days.

This one pours a clear brown copper, quickly dissapearing head.

Soggy bread aroma. Stale smoke with a mild sweetness.

Good malty body, smooth from begining to end. Earth/soil with some toasted nut. Hop flavor is there too, especially at the end, but the malt easily overpowers it, which is okay for the style. Good scotch taste.

Drinkability is not where I expected it. Not a bad scotch ale, but i've had better.

SurlyDuff, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of climax
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of irishgreensoda
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

irishgreensoda, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ruby ale pours more of a ruddy amber with some orange & caramel hues mixed in. A one-finger head rises and quickly fades to a thin layer of lacing across the top that stays until the bottom, haphazardly depositing globular lacing down the glass.

aroma is definite malt with some fruit and alcohol notes. pears and guava mixed with a bit of aspen wood and alcohol. a hint of smoke and burnt leather trails. Interesting aroma, although I'm not entirely sure I'm enamored with it.

taste is fairly middle of the road. A decent malt backbone with more malt notes, ranging from some sweet caramels to some bitter walnut-skin like astringent malts. There's a hint of warming alcohol in the back, and a touch of peat and leather, a bit on the powerful side. A solid amber on the whole with a few interesting notes. Not overwhelming, nor incredibly complex, but not unwelcome.

mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Carbonation is a bit low, giving the impression of syrupy and thick, although not necessarily in a bad way. smooth without leaving any oils or astringent notes behind. Clean and pleasant.

Not a bad scotch-style ale. Smooth and drinkable with a good balance. The flavors near the verge of sweetness, but quickly veer back to the malty and woody notes, creating a drinkable yet fairly interesting brew. Nothing outstanding, and it could use a bit more depth, but I'd drink it again, if given the opportunity.

djeucalyptus, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, shared with my friend 3rdrowtailgater.

It's a nice amber color, two fingers of off-white head. Pretty decent.

Kind of a weak barleywine flavor. Caramel malts with a hit of hops. It's rich but kinda muted.

The taste is muted as well unfortunately. There's some smoky malt flavors and biscuity malt.

It's a little watery, really thin on the mouthfeel.

Not an exceptionally interesting beer to be honest. I've had it before on locale in Seattle and remember it far more fondly.

theboozecruise, Feb 16, 2011
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.