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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

339 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%


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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FosterJM

California

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 06:36:03 | More by FosterJM
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mactrail

California

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 02:54:57 | More by mactrail
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vkv822

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 08:52:24 | More by vkv822
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roblowther

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2007 00:37:52 | More by roblowther
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froghop

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 19:44:18 | More by froghop
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1whiskey

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 17:50:21 | More by 1whiskey
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ccrida

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 03:04:53 | More by ccrida
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 15:56:07 | More by mikeg67
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 16:29:05 | More by radioscooter
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 00:51:42 | More by pburland23
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Murrhey

Montana

2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 05:56:27 | More by Murrhey
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2005 17:00:32 | More by Derek
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:38:19 | More by SkeeterHawk
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 03:45:59 | More by elricorico
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 02:51:37 | More by theboozecruise
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Seanibus

California

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 14:53:10 | More by Seanibus
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3rdRowTailgater

Louisiana

2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 02:52:11 | More by 3rdRowTailgater
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber color with a small head that goes away fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. kmpitz2 described the aroma as tomato and spices and I totallly agree. The flavor was much the same. I didn't even detect any peated malt. Something really strange about this brew, not in a good way. I had to pour this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 15:45:24 | More by clvand0
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is an amber orange color, far to vibrant and clear to be a wee heavy. The head is practically nonexistent.

S: The aroma has some stronger malt notes and just a mere hint of smokiness.

T: The ale has an unremarkable malt body supported by some bittering hops and absolutely no smokiness. I think that the ale is older but not quite too old to support the big flavors in a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel is malty but lacks any real memorable aspect.

D: I'll try another one just to confirm or dispel my initial conclusions, but what I found here was not enjoyable in any form.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 00:36:41 | More by akorsak
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spaceycasey

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A- pours deep orange/slightly red with some evident chill haze and a rapidly dissipating head. No lacing evident.

S- Malty aroma appropriate for style but a bit thin. For this style I expect a more rounded malty sweetness, but this one struggles to waft through your senses.

T- This one provided some strange complexities. The malt backbone is definitely present - but tastes like perhaps the mash was overextracted... some tannins evident. Also, the hop bitterness comes out more than I would anticipate.

M- Medium bodied and rounded with nice carbonation. Thankfully the head retention issue does not seem to be a function of under carbonation.

D- Worth another try, but not something I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 18:41:13 | More by spaceycasey
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njmoons

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not a good example of the style, and bland.

A: Cloudy amber/brown. Not quite sure what the brewer was going for.

S: Smelled like an ale, some sweetness noted, some fruit maybe apricot. There was a slight smokey aroma.

T: Bland, ale taste. No sweetness, no tartness, no smoke. Nothing that tasted like a scotch ale to me.

M: The body was heavy and appropriate to style.

D: I finished it, it was not horrible, but there are so many better examples of the style. Skip this and try another.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 07:57:15 | More by njmoons
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KUpolo

Colorado

2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer really misses the mark for a style that I consider one of my absolute favorites.

The color is much lighter than I am used to seeing, a clear bronze.

I'm not going to spend too much time on this review because honestly the beer is just not worth it.

The taste is way off the mark. Missing is the peaty smokiness and complex malt that a Wee Heavy should have. In its place is a somewhat medicinal flavor with a hint of sweet malt.

Pass if you have a better option.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 01:51:53 | More by KUpolo
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smttycty

Oregon

2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12 oz. bottle with IBU and OG info (nice) but no freshness date. A murky dark orange with a thin instantly dissipating head despite an aggressive pour into a snifter. The aroma was pleasant but faint; some ripe orange and sweet malt.

Whatever flavor there was tasted watered down. Some grainy sweetness, some bitter in back, dry finish. Just thin and lacking in character. I expected more body from a "Scotch Style" as well, but this offering from the Seattle brewpub just didn't have the stones to earn the title. I lifted the kilt and didn't find anything there!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 08:06:44 | More by smttycty
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Recieved as a joke sort of I guess from the shotgun BIF. I had really never had much from them, but being this is one of my favorite styles what the heck right? Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/30/2009.

The pour was off from the start, small tan head which faded almost instantly was replaced by only the slightest bit of lacing on the sides of the glass, which itself faded momentarily leaving behind only a bare, brown liquid. Aroma was a mess, wet carbonard, hints of caramel were muted and astringent. A touch of tannic flavors welcomed me, or scared me away, It was just all over. Watery flavor, thin and flat feel, nothing redeeming it at all. Small touch of caramel, maybe at the end of it, but really just shocked by how off this one was. No sign of alcohol or depth in the body.

Overall the worst scotch ale I have ever had. I am really shocked to be honest as well. It was just all over the place and way too thin for the style. I was expecting average but did not even get that. Not sure whats going on but I would not go here again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:05:51 | More by mikesgroove
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Highly dissapointed in this one...thin...fizzy...lacks peat...lacks maltiness...has almost a fruity sourness...very unremarkable drinking experience. I would never buy this one again...perhaps it's old but we got it from Liquid Solutions and I assume they only ship fresh beer..even if it is old a 6.6% Scotch should hold up better...tangy tasting...just not at all what I expected....light orange color....nose almost smells like a barnyard...tart on the finish...not very good at all

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 06:04:00 | More by ZAP
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