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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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Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Made with Pale, Crystal, Munich, Wheat, Cara Pils, and Peated malts; Magnum, Williamette, and East Kent Golding hops.
OG=1.065, 6.6% ABV, 27 IBU.

Drank on tap at Pikes BC in Seattle, WA.

Clear, caramel-orange in color forming a beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is heavy with caramelized sugar, honey, vanilla, and a complete absence of hops. Taste begins with sweet caramelized sugar and malt, nuts, and a cookie-like sweetness. Peat comes in just at the end very end with a faint earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and a lightly dry finish. An enjoyable example of the style, and also more representative than most of the over-hopped, under-malted offerings by other breweries. Solid.

Mitchster, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber with a frothy white head, decent retention and some lace. Its not nearly as dark as the average scotch, but its still got some looks. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel and nuts mixed in with pleasant floral notes. Great sweet malt flavour mixed in with some peat, and alleviated by floral hopping. Decent amounts of caramel and nut, but not as malt heavy as I expected, and the floral hopping is in the driver's seat (though it doesn't hammer the taste buds with bitterness). Very well-balanced and satisfying. Medium body and carbonation.

Its not really a classical scotch ale in my book. While it does have caramel and peat flavours present, they're not as heavy as I would expect, and there's far more emphasis on the hopping. I'd actually view this as a very American take on the style, and its actually an interpretation that I enjoyed. Those looking for a classical scotch ale / wee heavy would be disappointed, but those looking for a great beer won't be.

Thanks Mark!

bobsy, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

shelby415, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark red with a sub-one-finger head, slightly off white. Smells of heavy, buttery scotch and molasses. Flavor follows with a mix of fruits and butterscotch, with a super smooth finish. Not much peaty or smokey flavor here, but I was Ok with that. A little slick, juicy, with medium carbonation. Was hungover when I had this, but was a pretty easy drinking scotch ale. Pike really impressed me on my Seattle visit.

BMMillsy, May 28, 2012
Photo of emmasdad
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this one while on vacation in San Diego. Poured from the bottle a nice golden amber color with a nice khaki head. On the nose, I get some light smoke, sweet malt and caramel. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and nicely balanced between smoke and sweetness, with flavors of light peat smoke, biscuit and caramel.

emmasdad, May 28, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle drank tonight, came as an extra in a trade with SuzyGreenberg, thanks Ben for the opportunity, this bottle says 6.5% ABV so it might vary by batch, poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass, color is on the darker spectrum of an amber, 1/8 inch bubbly off white head, practically not there, no lacing or retention, smell has a big malt presence, peat, caramel, floral hoppiness, smokiness, and maple syrup, taste was much the same with an enjoyable dry finish, definitely on the lighter side for a wee heavy, also some esters and a fruity earthiness later on once this warms up, mouthfeel is dry, chewy, and sweet, medium bodied, thinner for this style, above average level of carbonation, could drink a few bottles of this for sure, light on the stomach, easy drinking scotch ale, barely can detect a drop of alcohol, nice introduction from this brewery, interesting presentation of this style with a much lower ABV than usual, would drink again, recommended

Floydster, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden amber color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is really strange. The first thing that comes to mind is tomato, some leather and spiceyness. I hope the flavor is different. What I get in the flavor is odd. I get the peated flavor, but it tastes a bit like leather. There is a bit of bite in the finish, but overall I don't like the beer all that much. Not what I want from a Scotch. The feel is rather thin, and drinkability suffers from the odd notes I get in the flavor and nose. I would not recommend this beer.

kmpitz2, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Falcone, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of beerguy101
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Slightly hopped, very malty. Scotch like maltyness. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with nice smoky undertones.

beerguy101, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of vermilcj
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

vermilcj, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color. Off-white head that was quick to fade to a thin swirl. No lace.

Smells of dirt and moss with a little bit of caramel -- very earthy.

Tastes like Kool-Aid with a gentle peat and bitter hop infusion. Mild fizz here and there, the mouthfeel is heavy but stagnant.

Overall, a very weak Scotch ale but consequently very drinkable. Somewhere between a Scotch and an amber.

via colts9016

donkeyrunner, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

krome, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Fatehunter
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours two fingers on a hazy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is fruity: apricot, apple and pear. A touch too ripe though.
The taste is ripe apricot, bitter grapefruit, with a sweet finish. Unbalanced.
The texture is heavy, a little sticky with moderate carbonation.
This one never gets it all together at the same time. Individual elements were okay, but...

Fatehunter, Jan 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

bumchilly25, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Offa
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful, slightly different and smokey wee heavy-type beer.

Dark, slightly reddish golden amber, it has a smallish off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring leaving little lace. It is a bit darker and redder than the Pike IPA.

Aroma is rich caramelised dark fruits, some dark toastiness.

Taste is lightly smokey up front with rich dried fruits, toasty grain/barley, light earthiness joining later. The toastiness, rich fruits, light earthiness and light smokey quality all carry through the finish and linger gently. It's slightly on the sweeter side. It is not very good with many foods, but alone or with Pike's macaroni & cheese made with it, it is simply wonderful.

Offa, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Kilt Lifter has a thick, cream-colored head, a murky, light brown appearance, some bubble streams, and a few lacing rings left behind. The aroma is of slightly fruity, sweet brown bread crust, and light brown sugar. Taste is of sweet & sour sauce, brown bread crust, light brown sugar, moderate hop bitterness, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and a bit velvety, and Pike Kilt Lifter finishes semi-dry, decently refreshing, and rather rich. Overall, this is tasty and interesting.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ours cloudy brown with a slight cream head. No lace.

Some slight smoky malt, some fruit and caramel.

Not big like some of the style. Caramel, good toasty malt, some fruity sweetness, leading to some long lingering bitterness. I really want an alcohol punch here and get none. All of the other flavors work well, but this is a wee bit weak.

Medium to full bodied. It works.

An ok brew. Some flaws but tasty.

OtherShoe2, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze color. Admirable head going into the glass. Sweet, caramel aroma-sticky, buttery and toffee like. Malt all the way upfront flavor wise. A whisper of hops. Mellow spiciness that is somewhat unexpected though fits well. Lingering caramel sweetness. Hint of real scotch character as it settles in the back of the throat. Very solid body-the stickyness and touch of spice comes thru bodywise. Very well done US wee hevy. Nice low abv, for the US. Stays traditional to it's roots. No smoke in your face which is nice.

lackenhauser, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Jame515, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -16.2%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger and a half worth of tightly packed slightly creamy egg shell colored froth... Modest retention gives way to a slightly splotchy lace with a full collar... A light to medium caramel color with a very faint orange hue... Minimal amount of small sluggish carbonation bubbles can be seen rising along sides the glass...

S - The aroma is quite subdued... Golden raisins... Some candied sugars... Touches of caramel... Faint peat notes... Not bad, just very weak...

T - The nose was a perfect indicator of the taste... Raisins... Peat... Caramel... Toffee... Very subtle peat notes... A slightly medicinal finish... Well close, but not quite to "4" territory...

M - Medium bodied... Chewy and bit on the thick side... Slight carbonation... A bit sleek... A bit sticky...

D - An easy drinking Scotch Ale that is neither awe inspiring or off putting in any way... Simple and straight forward... Goes done rather easily... A bargain for the price... No complaints... Would gladly drink again, but not something I would highly recommend...

philbe311, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangy copper, some fine sediment, a light tan cap with little retention but decent spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty solid in its power, toated and caramel malts, almonds and slight fruit. Lots of toasted caramel taste, a bit almond, interesting sweetness, slight spicy burn. I enjoyed how this tasted but not enough to get any more. Medium bodied, light fizz in the mouth. Smoothness that seems syrupy but is not. Decent middle but it fades to quickly on the finish. Chewy and mild spice meet the bitterness in a lingering after taste.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of clvand0
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber color with a small head that goes away fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. kmpitz2 described the aroma as tomato and spices and I totallly agree. The flavor was much the same. I didn't even detect any peated malt. Something really strange about this brew, not in a good way. I had to pour this one out.

clvand0, Dec 22, 2004
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.