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

426 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pike brewpub, Seattle, WA

With not many other choices on the menu that were appealing to me, I ordered up this Scotch ale. Poured a clear amber color with a small white head that didn't stick around too long; not much lacing to speak of. Mostly caramel maltiness in the nose. Nutty caramel in the taste, some sugar and peat, and a mild fruit flavor. Not too strong, but pretty smooth and drinkable.

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy brown/amber color, some carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts and a little smokiness.

T - The taste is sweet malty with a clean finish.

M - Light-Medium body, nicely balanced brew.

D - Drinkable. This brew surprised me, I thought that I would not like it, but it's really not that bad. Would buy again.

Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.29. It features a different label than the one pictured on BA. In addition to an abv of 6.5%, the label also lists an IBU count of 27, and an original gravity of 1.064. Prominent on the Pike Brewing Co. emblem is the legend “Family Owned.” From what a friend was telling me, the original owners of Pike have bought back the brewery and are using the original recipes. While I don’t know if that is strictly true, it’s definitely different from the Kilt Lifter I have grown used to.

This poured a copper color, with a big, beige head that took a few minutes to drop. Sheets of lace dripped down the sides of my Boundary Bay pint glass, leaving a spotty lace behind. Definitely lighter colored than Kiltlifters I’ve drank in the past.

This has a more restrained nose than past Kilt Lifters. It is still strongly malty, however, with a peaty scent hovering over things.

Like the smell, this Kiltlifter is a more restrained beer than it’s immediate ancestor. It starts out with a malty sweetness, but it’s a fairly mild sweetness. The peat flavor is still present, but it is more balanced with the sweet aspects. The only place hops come into play is at the swallow, which is mildly dry.

This is a thoroughly medium bodied beer. The mouthfeel is relatively soft.

Despite the abv, this seems more like a session beer than the Kiltlifter I am accustomed to. While it goes down easier, I personally think it is less distinctive than it was before. I wouldn’t mild drinking more of this but don’t feel drawn to by any means. I’d call this re-tooling/restoration a success only with some definite qualifiers.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle. This was also called "ruby ale" on the bottle. It poured a light amber, very clear, with a small white head adn light lacing. Nose is mostly of malts and hops;. Medium mouthfeel and flavor is somewhat sweet. There is a little fruit and bit of herbal taste. Mild finish.

Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Dark amber with a tan head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells and tastes like caramel malt and peat. A bit smoky, and has some hop bitterness.

Medium body with average carbonation, and not much aftertaste. A decent beer, which I wouldn't mind trying again.

Photo of vtfan77
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Shadman
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of skillerified
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color with red and gold hues peeking through in the light. No head, no real cap and not much lacing to speak of, maybe just a hint of tan and white floating in there. The smell is a sweet caramel-like scent. Not too complex. Some smokey tones linger there too. The taste was very much on the sweet side, but had a nice little spicey, smokey bite to it. Again though, not too complex. Light to medium bodied with a mildly carbonated mouthfeel. Goes good with the food at the pub, but I wouldn't necessarily be looking for this one otherwise.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is reddish orange. Head appears for a moment and then vanishes entirely. Nose reminds me of hops dipped in caramel. Taste is hoppy, brown sugary, and caramel-y. This one isn't completely doing it for me, I'll be honest. Mouth is quite nice though. Very thick ... carbonation is like a blanket. Drinkability is ok because the taste isn't bad or tastebud wrecking after only a couple sips. It would work to try a sixer of this.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from kiltedtxn courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a very thin off- head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a butterscotch, vanilla, caramelized malts, tea, some smoke and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a lot more smokiness than I picked up in the smell followed by sweet flavors of vanilla, tea and caramel. There is not much balance but since the malt character is pretty thin for the style and there is very little hops presence; it’s surprising that there is any balance at all. I suppose that seems like a back-handed compliment but I’m calling like I’m tasting it. The after-taste is sweet.

M: A little smooth, not very crisp and a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Kind of flavorful at least, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, while this is quite departed from your typical Scotch ale and not one I would jump at the chance to choose again, I don’t think this beer as horrible as some have made it seem. I’m finding it a bit unique if nothing else, yet if not of for the review, I don’t see myself drinking this beer again.

Photo of kbub6f
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is tiny, off-white, bubbly, greasy. Beer is hazy copper-orange, maybe tending somewhat toward brown. There's sweet toffee/caramel/brown sugar in the nose. Some pipe smoke. Dark tobacco toffee in front; tangy, fruity caramel in the middle; sour fruit and smoky caramel in the end. Interesting. Sour fruit and dark, burned caramel. Not bad. Kind of "homebrewy".

Photo of timtwoface
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is easily my favourite of all the offerings that Pike has to offer. Nothing exceptional, but it is a tasty, malty (but not overly so) beer that drinks very smoothly. I definitely would buy again and the price point isn't bad either. This is the first scotch style ruby ale I've tried and it's made me interested to try other offerings in this vein.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear amber color with a 1 inch head. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: very light caramel sweetness is all that is picked up.

Taste: caramel, a hint of peat and nuts, soft plum sweetness, and a very light bitterness. Malt level seems a bit weak.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. The caramel and peat softly linger on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkability: not too bad, but this needs to be kicked up a few notches on the malt and peat levels. Decent beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date

Pours a nice bourbon caramel with a small fleeting white residue. Brilliant clarity. Smells of toast, english tea, some brown sugar and a wee bit of cinnamon. Flavor carries plenty of bread, some yeast and slight oxidation (cardboard), hints of tea. Medium bodied with light carb and a noninvasive finish. A decent, approachable beer. I can see myself grabbing this on a cool fall day.

Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back.

Appearance: Tawny leathery amber colour holding some haze, enticing head has a stable retention.

Smell: Big sweetness with a very faded smoke, light fruity alcohol and caramel malt twang.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Layered smoothness with a creamy slickness. Solid malty palate, sweetness plays off the toasted grain and medium hoppiness. Suggestions of fruit punch, earthy yeast and caramel in the back. Slightly warming alcohol. Hit of citric rind in the end? Handful of residual sweetness in the end combats the semi-think hop flavour in the end.

Notes: Smaller in stature than most Scotch Ales I have had, a decent strong amber that was easy on the palate with a balanced malt and hop.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which looks to have okay retention. The head is almost pure cotton white (it has the slightest hint of beige) while the body is a medium to dark amber that appears medium in the light. Good amount of lacing which tends toward sheeting.

Nose- Very low key and subtle but not in a good way. I get a little bit of caramel, brown sugar, and brown bread from the bottle but almost nothing from the glass. A tiny bit of caramel, slight toastiness. This leads me to believe that this is going to be a rather weak scotch ale. Shows some cereal and grain after swirling. Even a little bit of cornflakes.

Taste- Reflective of the aroma but with a bit more presence. Caramel, slight oak and wood bitterness with notes of molasses and brown sugar. Some brown sugar. Light oak on the finish. A bit thin and watery. No flaws but it is pretty boring at the moment. Some raisins on the front of the flavor profile. Just above average. It is representative of the style; it's simply a weak representation. Shows a little more presence as it opens up. Grain and cereal way in the background.

Mouthfeel- A little below medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing with enough flavor notes to keep it from being boring. Still pretty average.

Overall- Above average. I would give it a try if you aren't expecting a very heavy scotch ale. Fairly accessible for the style- could be good for drinkers new to it.

Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a ringer of frothy ivory foam. Body is entirely clear and has a dusky, autumnal feeling to it. I like it.

Smell: malt-bomb aroma; biscuity, bready and nutty, mostly. There's a little caramel characteristic; I'm betting there's lots of crystal malt in here. Almost like a strong amber ale. Not my favorite, but not too bad.

Taste: basically what I expected based on the aroma. This is super biscuity and nutty; I'm not a huge fan. Hop character is minimal, but there is a balancing bitterness. While it doesn't precisely float my boat, this is not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; pretty light for a Scotch ale, in my opinion. Carbonation is pretty good, though, which yields a passable creaminess. Not bad but could be a lot better.

Drinkability: my palate grows weary of the onslaught of not-terribly-interesting malt flavors. For me, personally, this is not an exceptionally drinkable beer. It is serviceable, though.

Photo of Bfarr
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of takusan1000
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice basic ale that doesn't try too hard and would be appealing to the masses as a gateway beer. With it's price, I always have high expectations for this beer. I want to like it more. It's a good beer, but the quality does not line up with the price point.

Color is a nice orange almond with very minimal lacing after the first pour. Smell is not really there, but not bad either--light sweetmess and yeastiness. Taste is amazingly similar--not assertive in any way. Bready, biscuity, brown sugar, maybe some noble hops but not much on the bitter side at all, which is expected for Scotch ales. The amazing thing is how well the alcohol is masked and how easy it is to drink it.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and I would like something with a bit more heft, especially if this is doing all but claiming that it is a wee heavy.

Photo of IPAaDay
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.