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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

210 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 433
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 56 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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 (405 characters)

Photo of bens0n
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky amber color with a small amount of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Its on the orange side for an amber, not really brown at all.

This beer has a mild hoppy smell with a hint of malts, nothing special here.

Flavor wise its bland, there is a hint of caramel and some smokey qualities that come in at the end. Overall not sweet, more earthy tasting.

It has a moderately thick body with low carbonation, but I still did not find it to be exceptionally drinkable, even at 6.5% abv. (508 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale is thin, watery, and metallic-sweet.

It poured dark orangy-copper with a short fleeting tan head. It left a crystal clear glass. The smell and flavor had a nondescript syrupy sweetness with a metallic aftertaste. The feel was as slippery and lasting as water, although it also was as easy to drink and thirst-quenching as water.

Pike Kilt Lifter has no distinguishing characteristic; nothing to excite the taste buds or palate; nothing to remember; and no reason to have more than once. (522 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent, dark orange-amber; butterscotch more specifically. The head is light caramel in color with a definite orangish tint and is sitting at a solid two fingers as I type. It's in no hurry to depart, but when it finally does, sudsy scraps and small sheets of lace make their way to the glass. Not quite what I have in mind when I think 'wee heavy', but it's an acceptable look.

Disappointing. There's no other way to describe the aroma since it has very little, if any, Scotch ale characteristics. What reaches my nose is a muddled conglomeration of malt and hops with a phenolic scent that does not put me in mind of the great phenolic whiskies of Scotland. It isn't a bad nose really, but is an unfocused, weak, somewhat anti-style one.

The flavor follows suit. Kilt Lifter is not especially good beer. The phenolic, medicinal flavor coming from the yeast (I assume) overpowers all of the other potential flavors to the detriment of the whole. It's malt-dominant... without being all that malty. It's more sweet than bitter... without being overly sweet. All in all, the mishmash of flavors don't come together well at all. I wish that the medium-long finish was only half as long.

Kilt Lifter (a fairly common name it seems) is not good beer. It misses the style mark by a fairly wide margin, yet isn't so bad that it's completely without merit. It really isn't worth a purchase though and I'm glad that I only bought one bottle. Pass this one by. (1,460 characters)

Photo of cvfish
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a golden caramel color that produced a wispy white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aroma of this beer was quite disappointing to me, very low malt characteristic, not very appealing

T - The taste of this beer was also disappointing for me, very low malt characteristic like the smell, very little of anything in this one

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is particularly low, this was not a very good representation of the Scotch Ale style, would have thought that this did not come from a craft brewery (674 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, no date.

dark copper in color, with just a thin whisp of head. not a very strong aroma, just a bit boozy. tastes of sweet malt, with some caramel, some whiskey flavors without the burn. medium body, carbonation on the higher side.

overall, it's alright, but nothing special. (292 characters)

Photo of TheFlern
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark cloudy mahogany. Little head that doesn't lace.

Smell: Very heavy malt notes with some spice as well

Taste: Very heavy taste. There are some really nice malt notes with spice. The ratio between the too leads to a slightly off taste for me. Very good overall.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, spice and malt. Good amount of carbonation. Just very heavy.

Drinkability: The ABV and heaviness of this beer make it very hard to drink to much of. (446 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

555th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz.

Thanks to my father in law for birthday present, almost done with them from mid may

App- A nice super dark orange with an aggressive pour yields a two finger head. Great cling on this one. Scattered, web like.

Smell- It's malty, citrusy but lacking that Wee heavy smell I love. Doesn't smell bad just average to style.

Taste- It's run of the mill. Not bad, not mind blowing. It's missing that essence of a wee heavy. The substance just left. This is too malty to style and not caramel enough.

Mouth- it's a wet beer that's medium in body and same for carbonation. Leaves much more malty flavors than I thought.

Drink- I had this about 4 years ago. I know why I didn't buy again. I'm glad FIL spent $ for bottle, for me to review. (779 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive dark amber with a frothy head. Lots of lacking in the Duvel tulip. Quite a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Uninspiring smell of scorched malt.

First sip tastes kind of sourish. It grows on you after some sipping, but the malt flavors seem a little dirty. Some modest malty pleasures but very little sweetness. Touch of spoiled fruit and a hint of what might be smoke. Ends on a bitterish note with something like potatoes. Quite dry finish.

For a beer that's been around forever, this is pretty anemic. But it's not too offensive and maybe that's what keeps it selling at the brewpub. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Huntington Beach, California, where you'll find all sorts of oddities regardless of quality. (739 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brownish hue with tints of orange. An average sized head builds after the pour. There is average retention and no lace.

S: Light in aroma. There is some light caramel malt and a hint of sugar.

T: Light scotch ale taste. Hints of brown sugar and caramel malt. A touch of bread and some spice. Not alot going on to be honest.

M: Fairly thin in body, yet fairly smooth.

D: It's a light beer which makes it pretty drinkable. The lack of flavor would not make me reach for another though. (497 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Slightly hazy, amber red with a thin, light toffee colored head.

Huge caramel malt notes for the most part, some light floral notes.

Medium+ body. Low, foamy carbonation.

Nothing offensive, but also nothing particularly exciting either. (253 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lynx Pizza just outside Denali national park. The color is a reddish copper with minimal head and a bit of delicate lace. Do they use lace on kilts? The smell is rose hips and smoky malt. Now we're getting more Scottish. The taste has a nice hops bite followed by a sharp malt. Very dry finish. Not at all sweet, which surprises me a bit. The mouthfeel is nice but with minimal carbonation, although that could be the tap. There is some silkiness there to keep it all together. The drinkability is limited by the bone-dry finish but the malt balances that out as best it can before it is overrun. Not my favorite style but an interesting example of it. The alcohol is well hidden. (690 characters)

Photo of 1whiskey
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber color with some floating sediment. Pancake head is gone in a minute flat.

Sweet malty aroma in the nose. Faint sour whiskey notes detectable.

Taste is all caramel sweetness initially, not as smoky as a typical wee heavy. Alcohol warming is noticable halfway through the glass, as well as bittering hops. Some (little) smoked peat(not much).

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, middle of the road carbonation. I'm not sure I would want more than one of these.

I found it to be a decent beer but not one I would seek out. I also don't think it's a very good representation of the style. The faint smokiness probably means it would pair well with with a good stadium dog or a hearty chowder, but by itself this really just drinks like a malty amber ale. (816 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an East End Brewing Co. shaker pint, Kilt Lifter is a clear amber with a slight eggshell head that quickly fades.

The smell is all malt, sweet bread, rich and almost a bit much as it warms.

The taste is also all malt, bready but with a lot more spice, Christmas cookie like, some bitterness, and the slightest touch of alcohol. There was a touch of funk to it that I could have done without.

The moutfeel is on the lighter side for the style, but the lack of carbonation makes it seem a little syrupy.

The was on the lighter side for a wee heavy, although at times it seemed like more beer then it was. Went down easy enough, but not really noteworthy. While not an average example of the style, it was average across the board score wise. (788 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours dark red hue with a white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of cherry and apple juice. Light to medium, crisp body. Good balance of caramel malt, ripe fruit and earthy hops fill the mouth. I don’t think this ale can lift a kilt. (264 characters)

Photo of radioscooter
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade. I love trying all new Scotch Ales, even if I end up not liking them.

Pours too light and cloudy and frothy for my taste. Smells like a non-distinct, non-BMC craft ale of vague characteristics.

Tastes the same. Light hops, slight malty feel, very thin. Not offensive but nothing to cheer for. Carbonation is too high for a SA.

If someone had presented this to me as an Irish Red Ale, it would be a nice effort. But as a Scotch ale, it's waaay off the mark.

Sad for Scotch lovers like myself. But a tasty red ale in the Sam Adams, or O'Hara style nonetheless. (584 characters)

Photo of Derek
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer has a lot of complex flavours, but unfortunately, it didn't really do it for me.

The peated malt is apparant, and there is some residual sweetness, but overall, it was too bitter for this style. The flavours were just a little harsh for my tastebuds. (263 characters)

Photo of pburland23
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a mug.

From the beginning, I could tell this was going to be underwhelming. When I cracked the bottle open, there was no hiss, no release of gas.

The beer pours a strange, orangey color. Sitting in the mug, it looked as if I had grabbed some iced tea from the fridge by mistake. It's not an inviting pour. There was absolutely no head whatsoever.

The smell is a little better. It's malty and a little peaty. I picked up on a hint of roastiness and smokiness. The taste is sweeter than I thought it would be. Their a little smoke and peat flavor, but there is something on the back end that tastes almost like caramel.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily.

I'm a big fan of Scotch Ales particularly at this time of year, but this effort is a serious disappointing brew. It lacks the boldness and the full bodied character that I think defines the style. (884 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.87/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. No best-by date. Reviewed live.

A- Quarter-inch sliver of fluffy off-white head. Quickly erodes to a shimmering top over an amber body with medium clarity. Semi-hazy. Not very impressive.

S- Caramel malts, slightly grassy, eggy (?).

T- Spicy, caramel malts and grassy. It's interesting in flavor. Not great though.

M- Kind of grainy. Dry finish.

O- Well below average. I enjoy this style, but this beer misses it. (501 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rather murky burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head after a pretty aggressive pour. The head had faded into a small ring by the time I got the initial aroma.

Aroma: My first impression was of grassy hops over everything else, which is unusual for any kind of Scotch Ale to say the least. As the beer is warming up some, there is a decent dose of sweet caramel malt coming out...also unusual for a Scotch Ale.

Taste: The flavor also has a healthy dose of hops in here, but there is more sweetness than you could pick up in the aroma. The beer is medium bodied overall, and the carbonation is light so it is coming across a bit watery. The finish is pretty balanced overall. There is a very subtle Peat note that is becoming more noticeable in the finish as the beer is warming up, but it isn't bold enough to make a statement, so it just adds a bit of an odd aftertaste that lingers (though not necessarily playing nice) with the grassy hops for a while after the sip. I would venture to say that the malt is the winner in the finish, but the hops don't go down easily in this beer.

Opinion: Well...overall this is an OK beer to drink. It has a pretty nice balance of hops and malt, so it does a decent job as a Pale Ale or something. As far as it being a Scotch Ale, I wouldn't be expecting anything from Scotland except for the faint Peat. There is nothing wrong with the beer as far as fermentation flaws or anything...it just isn't a Scotch Ale. (1,474 characters)

Photo of elricorico
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A deep copper colour with a thin tan head. Despite an aggressive pour, the head doesn't get very big and doesn't last at all.

Malty molasses and brown sugar smell. Faint peat in the aroma, but not much.

A bit watery to taste, though earthiness and molasses are there. The finish has a touch of peat, but again not much.

Feels watery in the mouth, not up to par for this style, where you expect some body. Lightly carbonated, to the point where it feels a bit flat.

Not impressive, possibly my least favorite scotch ale to date. (539 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, shared with my friend 3rdrowtailgater.

It's a nice amber color, two fingers of off-white head. Pretty decent.

Kind of a weak barleywine flavor. Caramel malts with a hit of hops. It's rich but kinda muted.

The taste is muted as well unfortunately. There's some smoky malt flavors and biscuity malt.

It's a little watery, really thin on the mouthfeel.

Not an exceptionally interesting beer to be honest. I've had it before on locale in Seattle and remember it far more fondly. (524 characters)

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an imperial pint glass. It pours a reddish amber color with nice head and good lacing.

The aroma is malty and very sweet. Has some fruity notes but it lacks some hop notes I would expect from a scotch ale.

The taste is also very sweet but it has some smokey and peat notes to it, guess that's the scotch ale in it. It's still not as hoppy as I would like and not a great example of a scotch ale in my opinion.

Feels a little watery and I wouldn't be really excited to drink another. (518 characters)

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