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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

363 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 363
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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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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IceTrey9785

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7%

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!

05-25-2010 12:56:21 | More by IceTrey9785
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +7%

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.

01-31-2010 04:58:57 | More by jeranbrews
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +7%

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale was served from a 22 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a clear orange caramel brown color, and was topped by a negligable head. that left weak lacing. The nose was quite malty, with a nice orange citrus presence and just a slight hint of peat smoke. I would have liked the peat to be more pronounced. I was pleasantly suprised by the taste though. A sweet flash is very quickly eclipsed by a powerful orange zippy bitterness, which lasts though to the drier, very estery earthy bitter finish...very nice and lively.. The body felt appropriately full for the flavors and style, but the carbonation was a bit lacking, which was apparant from the lack of a significant head. Overall, a very tasty effort that drinks well.

03-20-2004 20:04:06 | More by HiroProtagonist
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misterscooter

California

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

I think I remember liking this a bit more on tap up in Seattle but out of the bottle is only a notch down. This is a good looking beer, a nice deep reddish orange color with a 1 inch head that lasted a bit. The bubbles in the head weren't particularly small but they held up well. Not any noticeable carbonation to be seen.

The smell is a whiff of marmalade and not much else. Not overpowering, that is for sure, but decent. I really didn't get much else out of it.

This is a slightly dry beer, not very hoppy, and the carbonation is just barely there, enough to let you know. It is a nicely sweet beer, the maltiness sticking out a bit to smooth it out. It does have a smoky aftertaste but I don't think I noticed the peat mentioned on the bottle.

It sits well in the mouth, asking for another hit or, even better, a visit to Pike's itself. Well done.

05-01-2005 04:12:12 | More by misterscooter
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Enjoyable, but not what I'd expect from a scotch ale...more like a Scottish ale. Very light copper colour with a thin head. Peaty malt smell, but this is not very strong. Compared to Belhaven, this is far too light in colour and in scent.

Flavour, however, is not bad. The peat hints are there, but don't dominate. Malt is smooth, and the hops add just the right amount of bitterness.

At times, this comes off as thin and under carbonated. Its enjoyable to drink, but somehow seems a little slick at times.

06-08-2006 23:50:10 | More by BDTyre
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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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csmiley

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

03-28-2009 04:30:32 | More by csmiley
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timbro81

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to julian for the opportunity. Pours a nice copper/caramel with a standard head that is quick to disappear. Little carbonation. Smells of slightly nutty, toffee, caramel malts. Taste of soft caramel malts mingling well with a very subtle hop profile. Mouth feel is silky. A nutty, toffeeness comes into play in the aftertase. Well balanced and very tastey.

07-06-2008 03:05:18 | More by timbro81
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Dark copper body with a light tan head. Smells of sweet, almost winey malts. Slight medicinal character and some hops too. Taste starts with the winey sweetish malts, bread pudding, and then a smokey-peat bog flavor. Finish is more bitter than other Scotch ales I've had, with lingering sweetness. Medium to big body, with a little syrupy feel. A little sweet to drink much.

11-19-2003 18:59:51 | More by alexgash
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with one finger of foamy, rocky pale beige head, which leaves some painted lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of bready caramel nougat, and bitter floral hops. The taste is bready, doughy malt, some pit fruitiness, earthy, floral hops, and a soft sweet booziness. The carbonation is quite soft, the body medium-heavy in weight, and generally smooth. It finishes with an off-dry, warm caramel and dry fruit hops melange.

A decently drinkable, solid scotch ale - malty - aye, a wee bit boozy, and some underrated hops to keep things honest. A drinker, to be sure.

09-28-2010 22:13:16 | More by biboergosum
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beals

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

This is my favorite style, so of course I'm going to be a bit picky. To start, I take issue with this being called a Scotch-Style Ale, since it's only 6.5%. This should be listed as a Scottish Ale. Just saying...

A: Brown-amber hue, thin head.

S: Malty aroma, very little in the way of hops. Looking good so far.

T: Smoky / peaty! Pushes the smokiness to the limit of what I consider OK, but holds back just at the edge. Balanced nicely by the malty, almost chewy body.

M: Great mouthfeel, excellent body, as a Scottish ale should be.

D: Quasi-drinkable, only because of the smokiness. Rein in the smokiness vs maltiness, and you've got yourself a Scottish ale worthy of a session.

09-02-2007 23:22:00 | More by beals
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a ruby amber color in tulip glass. Off-white head dissipates pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on sides of glass.

Smell has an apple cider quality to it. Little malty smell comes through as this warms.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Some fruity notes are present. Mild bitterness for me.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was enjoyable. Thanks to my mother and father-in-law for this one.

03-19-2012 00:48:07 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

06-21-2010 16:04:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Dello

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-27-2014 19:37:02 | More by Dello
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2014 23:15:30 | More by LXIXME
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DOCRW

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2014 04:24:12 | More by DOCRW
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-25-2012 17:33:08 | More by Hopmodium
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2014 01:11:16 | More by bismarksays
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2013 14:05:35 | More by AnitaBrewski
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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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SeanPowell22

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-16-2014 23:55:21 | More by SeanPowell22
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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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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-21-2013 05:14:13 | More by Zach122
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Smileitsfreetobehappy

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-14-2014 08:02:25 | More by Smileitsfreetobehappy
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.