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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

340 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%


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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jbphoto88

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 22:16:26 | More by jbphoto88
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:49:07 | More by smcolw
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climax

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 07:06:53 | More by climax
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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dont think that I have ever given a brew all around 4's. Either way. I was delightfuly surprised by this brew. It tastes good, cheap, and very available.

The appearance is dark amber, hazy. It is really hazy, but light can still come through. When poured very hard came to a one finger white head that quickly vanished. Leaves no real lacing around the glass.

The smell is of dark spice. You can smell some of the malts, a roasted smell for sure. You can also smell a nice sugar sweetness as well.

The taste is really good. You get a great spiced hop flavor that goes well with the mouthfeel. You can taste a dry hoppiness to it as well. The taste is dry and spicy.

The mouthfeel is okay-good. There is a nice dry feel on the palate after a few drinks. Attacks a bitter part of the tongue also. Dances well, not anything great. The drinkability is good. I could easily drink three or four of these. Overall a good brew.

J

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 20:44:17 | More by Jmoore50
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briman

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 01:33:40 | More by briman
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber color with a medium thin and creamy beige head that recedes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malt, hops and caramel. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel, and hops. Light smoke in the background as well. The finish is rich and sweet with a lingering caramel malt aftertaste. Above average all around.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 20:06:00 | More by Dogbrick
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 14:14:39 | More by bobsy
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csmiley

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brownish / gold. Head is minimal and only comes to about a one finger height. It settles to a barely there ring. Retention is average along with the lacing. Not really much going on with the appearance of this one.

S - Starts out deep and malty. Getting hints of caramel, toffee, and some roasted nuttiness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Nose is light overall but still pleasant for the style.

T - Sweet and smokey. The sweeter flavors follow the aroma pretty closely. A pretty distinct smokiness towards the beginning as well. Let's see...caramel, toffee, tea, and roasted nuts all followed by a touch of bitterness. Alcohol has a light showing at the very end. Not bad.

M - This is where this beer starts to suffer. Lighter bodied and almost too thin for me. Finish stays pretty sweet and only hangs on for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is good. The smokiness adds enough to this beer to keep it pretty interesting. Alcohol is covered very well. This is pretty easy to drink but would be more enjoyable with a little more punch in the mouthfeel department. I could have a couple of these over the course of an evening with no problems. Not a beer I would seek out though.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:30:32 | More by csmiley
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Gave this a moderate pour and it produced a dense head that contains very fine foam bubbles, but it didn't last very long. Good reddish auburn coloring, and I have to agree that the lacing is very good....the bubbles cling to the glass like few other beers I've seen.

S- A good smell but not as distinct as I was expecting. With that said though, I do smell the roasted malts and a mild smokey aroma. It is a rich smell, earthy, woody all in one. Perhaps slightly floral as well. Unfortunately I don't smell any hops which also help keep this score down slightly.

T- Very nice! The peated malt is noticeable on the palate, along with the rich, roasted flavors in the aroma. Some coffee, cocoa, and toffee flavors are detectable. The hops really come through on the finish, making this quite enjoyable!

M- This has that viscous feel that really makes a person feel like their drinking a good beer! The carbonation is fine and low, making this a really nice smooth brew. The hops on the finish even provide a good drying sensation on the palate, making me want to have another sip fairly quick. There is a tea like bitterness that this site suggests in the description of a wee heavy and I appreciate that!

D- The alcohol is well hidden in the creaminess of this beer. Lots of great flavors and a richness that doesn't come along too often make this an enjoyable beer. I recommend this one, but would be careful with having more than a couple...I think it would fill me up fairly quick!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 02:11:17 | More by ChrisCage
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 20:51:46 | More by donkeyrunner
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like peat malts - I mean if you really like peat malts - then this one's for you. Personally, I think they're a little overstated in Kilt Lifter. But that's just me. The beer is impeccably clear, dark auburn with a plump body and a crewcut head of suds. Peat malts fervently dominate the aroma as they do the taste. They emulate a smoked, marshy funkiness like lit punk sticks. Bittering is marginal by comparison but works nicely to offset an earthen sweetness. Sample first if you're not sure what your tolerance for peat malts is.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 05:57:05 | More by RedDiamond
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erikm25

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 18:53:38 | More by erikm25
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aeminter

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice deep copper color, thin head, some lacing.

S-Wonderful malty and earthy nose

T-Rather sweet with some background bitterness. Smooth, roasty and malty.

M-Very smooth, viscous, slight carbonation bite at the side of the tongue.

D-Goes down easy, but at 6.5% you get some bang for your buck

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 05:26:45 | More by aeminter
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colts9016

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Appearance: A deep amber with a light copper hue. There was a one finger that dropped to a quarter inch ring whit ring. There is a lot of carbonation in the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice roasted malt with caramel, earthiness, and fruity esters.

Taste: A nice roasted malt with caramelize flavor, there is some earthiness, some diacetyl and some peatiness.

Overall: The mouth feel is slight carbonate with a dryness. The finish has a hint of bitterness. The beer is overall just okay. There wasn't anything that stood out to make this beer pop.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:38:08 | More by colts9016
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kflorence

California

3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 22:24:47 | More by kflorence
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Floydster

California

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

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 04:34:47 | More by Floydster
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froghop

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on-tap at pike pub in seattle.

pours a dark amber with a red tint, with little to no head and some lacing.

smells of some berry, malt, sweet, caramel, butterscotch, some hops, some nuts.

taste oily, flat, has a sweet start then ends bitter, malt, some roasted nuts, some butterscotch, becomes more bitter as it warms.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 19:44:18 | More by froghop
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Vancer

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, murky cola brown in the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Darn nice tan head floating about the top. It gives a go at some ring lacing, but gives up without a lot of fight.

Subtle aroma of caramel and toasted malts. Sharp and tangy quaff of caramel, chocolate and an underlying hint of piney hops. Darn tasty brew, mid-strength alcohol of 6.5% never surfaces. Lite bodied brew, for a scotch-style ruby ale, which only adds to the enjoyment.

Glad I was able to sample this one - bottle muled back by my son working in Seattle - atta go!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 23:11:29 | More by Vancer
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 06:37:17 | More by djeucalyptus
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champ103

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruby color. A large beige head forms and leaves some rings of sticky lace.
S: Caramel and nutty malt. A musky aroma, and a bit of grainy malt as well.
T: Malty and sweet with a metallic taste. A light graininess. It is thin and uninspired though. The flavors are muted and nondescript.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation end. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink. A relatively low ABV beer for the style makes for quaffable beer.

Not bad, but does not measure up to my favorites of the style. I probably wont be getting this again though. There are other top notch Wee Heavies around that blow this one out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 23:23:54 | More by champ103
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allengarvin

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonik pint glass, this beer is a wonderfully lovely reddish amber color... unfortunately, little head forms on top of it and there's no lacing. But the color is perfect. Pleasant malty aroma, toasted with a little nutty edge to it. The flavor is malty, but somewhat underwhelming. At this strength, I was hoping for more. Anyway, it's got a toasty, very lightly burnt caramel flavor. Bitterness is medium, so thankfully it's not too sweet. The body is a tad watery as well.

Fairly average.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 01:32:25 | More by allengarvin
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ralree

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried in Seattle in August 2008.

A: Deep reddish tan with slight lacing. Head and lacing are basically non-existent. Pretty clear - just slightly cloudy.

S: Interestingly hoppy smell with a fruity background. Same toasted malt like the IPA. Brown sugar.

T: An interesting fruit flavor with aromatic hops forming the background. Aftertaste is a sweet clean flowery malt, not as toasted as that in the IPA. Apricot is the fruit. A really refreshing ale. Has a bit of a nutty taste as well, with a bready undertone along with spices and a bit of alcohol.

M: A little heavier than the IPA. Medium-bodied. Basically non-astringent. Not too oily.

D: Drinks like a champ. Goes down easy, and goes well with cheese. A little rich/sweet though. I don't think I could down a lot, but a pint is no problem.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2008 23:20:56 | More by ralree
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:02:39 | More by jwc215
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lightindarkness

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 17:48:45 | More by lightindarkness
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.