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

210 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 428
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is much fainter than expected. The aroma is sweet malts and a good dose of caramel. Nit much else to note in the nose.

T- The taste is sweet malts up front with caramel and a hint of smoke as well. 

M- The mouthfeelis a little thin for the style with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Kilt Lifter is a decent scotch ale that is solid in some areas (taste, drinkability) but lacking in other areas (aroma, appearance). Worth a try. (567 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a mild and washed out version of the style.

Pours amber with a disappointing head. The aroma is sweet, a little peaty, with an unfortunate bite of elastic. The flavor is sweet, slight, and malty with a band-aid finish that is not appealing. The mouthfeel is prickly to an unpleasant degree. (299 characters)

Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a Finger thick head, tight and creamy. Clear body amber in color with active upward carbonation.
S) Toffee. A slight citrus aroma - lemon? Toasty.
T) Nutty. Toffee sweetness mixed with a buttery toast flavor, rather pleasant. Flavor bold up front but tampers off midway through finishing with a subtle toast grain and notice hop bite.
M) Smooth and creamy. Medium body but on the lighter side. A bit of an alcohol effervescence.
D) A nice Scottish ale. I'd drink another. (500 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Orlando.

My assessment is similar to that of ChainGangGuy so I have borrowed some of his words.

Appearance: Pours out an cloudy brown body with a finger plus change worth of off-white suds. Head dissipates rapidly with little evidence that it was ever there.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of pale and basic bready malts. Minor notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Slight hint of cherry. To my nose, any hint of peat is imaginary.

Taste: Initial impression of toasted malts with caramel and brown sugar. It lacks depth, however. Peat is more evident in the taste than in the nose. Soft ripe fruitiness exposing a small hint of cherry. Simple, subdued hop character with a minute spiciness and bitterness. Final hints of peat and spice on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Lacks richness and depth. It's drinkable. But is that what we really want from this style...something that goes down easy. (997 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong and malty with a faint yeasty undertone and just a hint of miso. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale orange-tan head. Flavor is rather mouth-filling, malty with an undertone of hard apple cider and hints of caramel and hops. Fizzy texture leaves a decent tingle behind. (317 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish-amber with just under an inch of off-white head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly malty sweet, with just a hint of hops and yeasty spice in the background. On the tongue, the beer had a nice little sharpness that wasn't apparent in the scent. The malt was the predominant feature of this brew however.

The body was light, but full. Drinkability for this beer is very good, having a sixer for a cookout is a great idea. The brewery no longer calls this a Scotch Ale, they now call it a "Ruby Ale", either way, it's a loyal beer friend. Worth trying when you see it. (659 characters)

Photo of GrandeDrip
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Really low effervescence. True to the "ruby" name - crystal clear and a rich red - orange color. 1/2 finger head w/ average retention.

S - medium-roasted malts, earthy hops, and scottish yeast character

T - rich, savory, toasty, biscuity, musty, even salty. Piqued my interest but the savory/musty aftertaste lingers a bit unpleasantly. Like the taste of my own finger.

M - good body but not a clean finish. The flavor really hit the sides of my tongue.

D - Goes down easy, feels pleasant physically, but I'm just not ecstatic about the mix of flavors here.

Overall, nothing too offensive but not far above average. (626 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Good to see Pike in North Carolina.
A basic amber pour with a small layer of white bubbles.

Aroma is mild, malt, caramel, burnt brown sugar.

Taste is standard but somewhat thin. Malt, caramel and charcoal. The sweetness lingers just a bit.

Pretty lively mouthfeel, but not overly so. Descently light and really very easy to drink. Kind of a summer wee heavy.

Had their stout and really liked it. This, not quite as much. Still good enough though. (457 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Malty and smooth. Clear bright rich amber color. Body is not sweet, but is rich and well balanced with peat flavor. Sampled 9/18/1998.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 1. 7.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Clear copper amber color. Touch of hops then Rich smoky sweet malt flavor in thick smooth body. Peat flavor appears midway through taste and adds nice balance to malt body. Big, bold and smooth. Sampled 2/16/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 2. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Bright clear amber color. Subtly but decidedly Scottish in character. Heather smoky front. Rich smoky sweet light textured smooth body. Hints of heather spice flavor. Smooth flavorful finish. Sampled 6/24/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Kiltlifter Scottish Ale. 6.60% ABV. 25 IBU's. Clear bronze color. Light balanced pleasing Scottish malty flavor, but body seems thin. Nice easy smooth finish. (3.5 / 5.0) Sampled at Pike Pub 1/21/2000. 1-16 oz. Pint.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Very clear rich copper color. Smooth smoky malt front. Rich crisp malty body has a light sweet spiciness. Hints of heather in clean mildly spicy end. Very good. Pike is Better Bottled. Sampled 3/29/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Light Bottle Conditioned sediment. Clear thin light amber color. Light head & lace. Mild hop malty front. Thin dry rich malty mild peat smoky mild sweet fruit body. Smooth rich drinkable rich dry malt brew. Mild hops. Sampled 12/17/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear thin bright copper amber color. Light mild lace head. Tangy malty mild hop smoked peat front. Thin rich dry sweet malty toasted caramel body. Mild hot hop end. Rich tasty clean favored Scotch. Sampled 4/6/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear thin dark amber red color. Malty toasted mild peat hop front. Clean smooth dry sweet malty toasted caramel mild peat fruit crisp body. Lager smooth mild hop sweet mild hot end. Still Good. Sampled 5/21/2005.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ruby Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Scottish Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear thin bright ruby amber color. Mild hop smoke peat front. Mild sweet crisp thin malty mild fruit smoky Scottish amber body. Clean lingering peat mild hop smooth end. Needs malt. Nice. Sampled 12/5/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. Clear thin bright dark bronze color. Earthy mild smoked peat front and rich Scottish malty body. Smooth malt residue end. Nice but a little dull after IPA taste. (3.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taste @ Pike Pub & Brewery 5/8/2010.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Bottle Conditioned sediment dusting. Lacy off white thin head. Hazed bright rich amber orange hint color. Fruity floral malty mild hop front. Mildly cloying sweet fruity malty peat hint thin textured red toffee body. Mild hop hot EtOH lingering fruit malt end. Sour? Bad Buds? Sampled 7/7/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style--2010-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin white thin lace head. Clear dark bright amber orange color. Delicate aromatic malt mild hop peat hint front. Dry toasted biscuit thin texture rich caramel mild fruit malty Scottish body. Dry clean crisp mild hop smooth tasty crusty hint end. Sampled 7/8/2010. 6-Pack $8.99. Purchased today. Fresh Bottle. Ages quickly. (3,978 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (642 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of IPAaDay
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew with a good name. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. Has a range of flavors with each drink. Doesn't blow my socks off, but enjoyed it. Had a bomber from Total Wine ... would drink 2 back to back on a Friday. ;-) My taste buds need the equivalent of a 2x4 upside of 'em which is why I prefer IPA. That said, this brew has enough flavor and complexities in that flavor to keep me interested. (403 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, had some hop presence on the nose

Taste: sweetish flavor of amber malts with a background sublte brown sugar. Light malt flavors for a scotch finshes pretty dry..

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: decent beer but I have had better scotch ales (361 characters)

Photo of vtfan77
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber with just a wisp of a head. Not quite "ruby" like the bottle says it is, but there are hints of red, I suppose.

S- Much caramel with a little coffee and just a touch of smoke.

T- Extremely malty with a lot more caramel. The smokiness comes through more in the taste. A touch of bitterness rounds the beer out and helps to counteract some of the sweet malt.

M- Medium-bodied and fairly low in carbonation, although not too much. Almost a little syrupy at times.

D- The sweetness gets a little cloying at times, although it's not too bad. The alcohol's not too high. I can finish the bomber, but I won't want more.

A decent interpretation of a scotch ale, I suppose. It could use a little more smokiness and a bit more complexity in the malt, but overall not too bad. This beer is probably better suited to the cooler months. (842 characters)

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours out an unerringly clear, light brown body with a finger plus change worth of off-white suds.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of pale and basic bready malts. Minor notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Slight hint of cherry. Rounded out with a little lightly smokey, lightly earthy peat. While not bad, it's by no means as engaging as expected or hoped for.

Taste: Initial impression of toasted malts with sensibly sweet boosts of caramel and brown sugar, though it already falls far short of the richer, more robust members of the style. Nice level of peated malt in the background. Soft ripe fruitiness exposing a small hint of cherry. Simple, subdued hop character with a minute spiciness and bitterness. Final hints of peat and spice on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Lacking the satiating richness of others, it makes the shaky trade of character for ease of drinkability. It's nice enough, if a bit simplistic. Sort of a wee wee heavy, if you will. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear, dark copper with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and nutty malt, with brown sugar and bready yeast and a bit of copper hops.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and brown sugar and roasted barley, with some nutty malt and bready yeast and copper hops. It had a moderate bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with decent carbonation.
D: This was a decent beer (more like a scottish than scotch ale). It wasn't super clean or bold, and it certainly wasn't unique at all. But it was still enjoyable and easy to drink. (549 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass june9 2010

A clear copper with some very tiny suspended particles and a small amount of bubbles floating up to a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S some woody earth and candied cherry with toffee

T again some earthy wood but with a little spice and a fair bit of sweetness but not much for a Scotch ale

M thick enough to please with decent carbonation and it's just a tad sticky

D not lacking in and areas but not going to amaze you either worth trying but don't look too far for it

I don't mind this beer but at nearly 20$ for a 6er here in Alberta I doubt I'll be drinking much of this in the future (664 characters)

Photo of IceTrey9785
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 650ml bottle from Total Wine & More:

A: I poured the ale into a tulip-shaped nosing glass, it revealed a copper/amber hue, with some darker, mahogany notes, with a small amount of lacing on top. A bit lighter in color, and viscosity than other Scotch styles I've encountered.

S: The ale smells of hickory smoke, a bit of coarse grain, such as oatmeal (rather faint), and there is some degree of a citrus, or berry fruit on the back. Nice malty sweetness, but not overly powerful. Once you notice the smoke, it really is the first thing that hits you, and it sticks around.

T&M: There is a nice woody feel to this beer. I would classify it similar to tawny ports, where you taste some wood, but it is very well balanced. Smoke obviously follows, notes of grilled corn, and there is a cherry-grapefruit spice on the finish. The texture is rather creamy, but not overly carbonated. A rather smooth, well balanced beer -- if anyone wants to do a smoked Turkey on Thanksgiving -- this would be a good choice to pair (especially if you have a cranberry sauce nearby).

Overall, I really like this ale. It is a good summertime Scotch ale. Not too heavy, the malty sweetness, and rich flavors are present, but not too intense. It doesn't have quite the oatmeal heaviness that you might find in Oskar Blues Old Chub, for example. Different, but appealing. I'll be buying this again! (1,382 characters)

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with beertunes, poured a cloudy, amber, almost light chestnut in color, with a very soapy looking off white head, about 1 finger in thickness. Receded very quickly to negligible lacing.

Smell was fairly non-descript. A little cold at first, I got some caramel sweetness. Much later, near the bottom of the glass, warmth brought out some nuttiness, with maybe a hint of hay.

Taste was better than the nose. The caramel and nuttiness was a little more pronounced especially as it warmed. Overall though, the flavors didn't seem to come off quite as heavy as I would have expected for the style. Maybe I just need to sample a few more from this style.

Mouthfeel was fairly average, not bad, not outstanding. Smooth, with just a little alcohol warmth on the tongue.

Drinkability is not bad. I certainly wouldn't turn this down, and wouldn't be upset to find it in another trade box. (914 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1-29-10 in a pint glass

A - Low head, almost none at all. Maple color, slightly cloudy but tons of yeasty floaters bobbing like jelly fish. No lacing, almost like an on-tap beer.

S - Difficult to smell initially. The hops were subdued and there were some mild citrus smells. After it warmed up a bit there were some pleasant nutty smells.

T - Initially sweet and malty. Some caramel malt and some lightly roasted malts. Unlike the smells, the hop flavor comes out a bi9t stronger but not overly so. N.W. brewery influence is noticeable. Aftertaste was interesting. Hints of mint and spruce very similar to gin.

M - Alcohol burn like liquor is strong. The maltyness does lead to some smoothness.

D - High, smooth and drinkable. Some people will not like the fusil burn for sure. The smells took a long time to wake up but this was fine. I'd drink it again. (870 characters)

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.