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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
80
good

396 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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 RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark orange in color and thick. The head was nice as well, pitting into little puddles on top of the body and leaving a little lacing.

Smell – The caramel malt aroma is smooth and pleasant. I’m not catching a lot of scotch, though.

Taste – The scotch taste is there, but very light. It’s also very smooth, which is something you often don’t find when sampling this style. This one also has some powdery pepper spicing to it.

Mouthfeel – A little thinner than I had hoped, but the smoothness makes up for it.

Drinkability – I don’t know if I’ll be “lifting my kilt” after one of these, but it sure was tasty.

RoyalT, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper which is extraordinarily effervescent, a large head forming and big bubbles continuing to surface for several minutes. The head is retained pretty well, and leaves some lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, but lacks the smokiness and peat that I'd expect in such an ale. Caramel is obvious, and a bit of alcohol. Taste follows the expected pattern, with a notable astringency in the finish. Nutty flavours come through as well, with lots of sweetness and just a hint of the peaty smoke one would expect. Mouthfeel has good body, with lots of carbonation at the beginning which subsides after a few minutes. Drinkability is quite good. Not bad at all, but I've had much better.

Mandrake, Jun 27, 2007
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 xodin
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown color, crisp with a hint of ruby. Nutty, caramel smells, sweet. Taste of burnt caramel malt, fruits, and some bitterness. Appearance and smell were better than the taste, IMHO. Certainly not bad at all, but definitely not a top runner either. A great beer for the sidelines of a world sampling tour.

xodin, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Bierleichen
3.65/5  rDev +2%

Bierleichen, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

dstc, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of dnichols
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a plastic cup at a recent party.

A: It poured a copper hue with orange accents with a healthy light tan head.

S: It emitted a distinct caramel aroma with hints of dark fruits (plums).

T: It was smooth and creamy with a sweet malty front and light clean finish. I got the scotch side but not the wee heavy.

M: Medium mouth feel with a smooth body and clean sweet finish.

D: Nice easy brew but after a couple I needed something without the sweet fuzzy fullness to clean my palate and move me deeper into the party.

dnichols, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Hootie159
3.65/5  rDev +2%

Hootie159, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of ReebShorts
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Decent 1 finger off-white head faded slowly leaving a thin layer. Looks a bit like an amber ale, amger to brown color. Not at all what I was expecting.

One of my favorite brews locally is the Silver City Scotch Ale. I was thinking this would be something along those lines, but straight off the appearance wasn't even close. The Silver City Scotch is very dark (almost black), so I am curious to see how this compares.

Aroma is milder than I expected, Malt, brown sugar, plum, a tinge of smokiness.

This is not bad, pretty tasty actually, there are some hops here to balance out the sweet caramel/brown sugar, and this happens to be very drinkable. Not great, but could see throwing a few of these back easily.

I really need to seek out more brews in this style as this one is night and day different to the only other scotch ale I've had to compare it to.

ReebShorts, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of estlinska
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured on tap at the tasting room into a shaker (everything it seems comes in a shaker here). Poured a deep ruby orange toffee color with a fair off-white head. Leaves some runny lacing with minimal sustainability through the glass. The nose was roasted malt and toffee with an overwhelming burnt sugar smell. If you've ever gotten sugar on a stove eye before, you know the smell. It was hard to get past. However, the taste was very pleasant overall. Had a nice fruity hop background to a huge malt bill. It was full of caramel and brown bread. Very heavy mouthfeel. Good beer, but not the best "Scotch Ale" I've had.

estlinska, Mar 13, 2013
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 zeledonia
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Living in Seattle during the early 2000s, this was one of my gateways to the craft beer world. I probably drank more of this beer than any other (save Alaskan Amber), but I only got really into beer after I left the Pacific northwest. It was also my entry to Scotch ales, which remain one of my favored styles. It's been on my short list to revisit and review, and I'm finally taking the time to do so. Tasted 26 May 2013, reviewed from recently found notes taken at the time.

Pours a deep, clear, slightly reddish amber. About 2 fingers of yellowish off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Dark enough that I can barely see through it, but clear enough that I can. Quite nice, but not stunning.

Smell is quite sweet, with a lot of caramel malts. Also has lightly peaty and a little toasty aromas, an interesting combination. I like it. And I can see exactly why I liked it back then. Varied enough to be intriguing, but not so crazy or complex as to overwhelm the naive drinker.

Taste is a little dull. Just not all that much to it, coming and going without making me think much of it. Peaty-earthy in the finish, but in the middle I think "Hmm, this is beer. What does it taste like? Doesn't taste bad, but doesn't taste like very much."

Medium to medium-heavy body. Mid-level fluttery carbonation - not fizzy but much more rapid up-down-up-down.

It's tasty, and it has the scotch ale characters, but they're more like scotch ale light. Mildly peaty and toasty, easy enough to drink. Needs more flavor. It gets a little boost from my nostalgic appreciation.

zeledonia, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of allengarvin
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.

allengarvin, Sep 05, 2008
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 aeminter
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

aeminter, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Pencible, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard bomber poured into a pint glass. This particular Kilt Lifter shows a lightly hazed orange amber with a thin cap of foam. Light retention follows.

Nose of light caramel and a hint of background hops. Some sour notes emanate through the fog and come as a bit of a surprise, blending back in to the caramel malts and slightly faded hop notes.

Taste is somewhat rich for the delivery yet quite subdued overall for the style. Light bodied and a bit dry and chalky on the finish. A Scottish Ale perhaps though surely not a Wee Heavy, this beer is light in body even for an Amber Ale, and with a sourness and wine like characteristic that places it outside any true categorization.

Yet, having enjoyed this beer, I wonder if another would be the same?? Carbonation becomes light in the end yet is somehow befitting of the pour. Hmmm...

Note: O.G. 1.064 with 27 IBU's 'Scotch Style Ruby Ale' with no date code...

HalfFull, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
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.

djeucalyptus, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly skim of tiny bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is biscuity sweet malt. Taste starts where the nose left off, light fruitiness in the middle, and a slightly chalky hops close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is easy. Could be better, but I wouldn't refuse on these.

ppoitras, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Wrex68
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Wrex68, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of briman
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.

briman, May 14, 2009
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 deaconoflove
3.6/5  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.

deaconoflove, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of costanzo_mike
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

costanzo_mike, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of CHADMC3
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

CHADMC3, Jul 04, 2010
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.