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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

381 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

BrienVoll, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours a red/gold color with a medium off-white dissipating head. The smell was breadlike with a slight smokey hint. This beer had a toasted bread and slight peat like flavor with peppery alcohol and somewhat piney finish. It also had a pretty firm mouthfeel. A good and tasty scottish ale.

fattyre, Feb 25, 2003
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

I think I have sampled at least 4 or 5 beers that call themselves “Kilt Lifters”, well in my humble opinion, Pike’s is the best. Also why is it so hard to find a “Good” Scotch Style Ale?

A beauteous orange to amber color, the head prodigious in size, creamy in texture, a nice light tan in color and the residual lace a thick and sticky sheet to meld with the glass. Sweet malt is the nose, fresh and inviting, the start ambrosial, malt laden, and the top rich in its feel to the palate. Finish has a delectable acidity, the hops spicy and pleasant, dry aftertaste and a real treat.

Gusler, Apr 24, 2003
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Nice bronze color. Admirable head going into the glass. Sweet, caramel aroma-sticky, buttery and toffee like. Malt all the way upfront flavor wise. A whisper of hops. Mellow spiciness that is somewhat unexpected though fits well. Lingering caramel sweetness. Hint of real scotch character as it settles in the back of the throat. Very solid body-the stickyness and touch of spice comes thru bodywise. Very well done US wee hevy. Nice low abv, for the US. Stays traditional to it's roots. No smoke in your face which is nice.

lackenhauser, Jul 14, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Color is a slightly hazy deep amber. Head is a thin ring but remains present and easily stirred to life again due to good carbonation.

Aroma is rich caramel malt and spicy/citrus hops, with a background of smoke and alcohol.

The taste is lighter and simpler than expected but still quite good. Good interplay between spicy hops, smoke and alcohol. A very nice balancing act. The smoke shows up more as it warms but never quite holds your attention. I would have left the hops where they are and added more of everything else to create my perfect Scotch ale.

Body and other notes: Medium to medium/light body, with a dry finish. The label clearly says " Scotch Style PIKE KILTLIFTER ruby ale", And the addition of "ruby" completes a very good description, I just somehow expected it to taste more Scottish than (stereotypically) Irish. It is right down the middle in my estimation, still a great beer.

xymyl, Apr 11, 2007
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3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

korissaf, Aug 28, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a nice copper/orange with a thin head that is gone pretty quickly,aroma is soft and fruity with a light alcohol note that lingers.Taste is fruity in the start with an alcoholic warming aspect to it,I noticed a hoppy dryness in the finish.Seems a bit thin for the style but flavorful I would try it again though.

oberon, May 07, 2004
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with no head less a small rim. Nose is smokey and sweet.

Taste is really nice, more sweet than smokey like most but it's more approcable and easy drinking. Carbonation is light and the Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp making this very easy drinking.

kingcrowing, Oct 15, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

A - Pours copper with a slight tan foam. Tiny bubbles of carbonation, and no sediment.

S - Smells of fresh malt, caramel, and a smoky aroma. Very complex and pleasant.

T - The taste of caramel malt is dominant, and very nice. The scotch-like flavor is subtle, but does finish with a boozy bite. As it settles and warms up, there is a bit of smoky flavor like from a hickory BBQ.

M - A bit heavy on the taste buds, and the complexity of flavors makes this a little abrasvie. Not a gentle beer, though it is medium bodies.

O - Quite enjoyable. When in the mood for this style I would certainly try again.

socon67, Sep 05, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

I picked up a bottle of this one while on vacation in San Diego. Poured from the bottle a nice golden amber color with a nice khaki head. On the nose, I get some light smoke, sweet malt and caramel. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and nicely balanced between smoke and sweetness, with flavors of light peat smoke, biscuit and caramel.

emmasdad, May 27, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

I dont think that I have ever given a brew all around 4's. Either way. I was delightfuly surprised by this brew. It tastes good, cheap, and very available.

The appearance is dark amber, hazy. It is really hazy, but light can still come through. When poured very hard came to a one finger white head that quickly vanished. Leaves no real lacing around the glass.

The smell is of dark spice. You can smell some of the malts, a roasted smell for sure. You can also smell a nice sugar sweetness as well.

The taste is really good. You get a great spiced hop flavor that goes well with the mouthfeel. You can taste a dry hoppiness to it as well. The taste is dry and spicy.

The mouthfeel is okay-good. There is a nice dry feel on the palate after a few drinks. Attacks a bitter part of the tongue also. Dances well, not anything great. The drinkability is good. I could easily drink three or four of these. Overall a good brew.

J

Jmoore50, May 26, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance is a cloudy amber with minimal head. Smell of malt and dark sugar and fruits. Tastes about the same as the aroma but with good dose of spice. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation.
After a good couple of sips the spiced kick mellow but its still present. Could be considered a bit harsh but not. A good drinker I could sip upon.

Bookseeb, Apr 03, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a Finger thick head, tight and creamy. Clear body amber in color with active upward carbonation.
S) Toffee. A slight citrus aroma - lemon? Toasty.
T) Nutty. Toffee sweetness mixed with a buttery toast flavor, rather pleasant. Flavor bold up front but tampers off midway through finishing with a subtle toast grain and notice hop bite.
M) Smooth and creamy. Medium body but on the lighter side. A bit of an alcohol effervescence.
D) A nice Scottish ale. I'd drink another.

u2carew, Aug 12, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Malty and smooth. Clear bright rich amber color. Body is not sweet, but is rich and well balanced with peat flavor. Sampled 9/18/1998.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 1. 7.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Clear copper amber color. Touch of hops then Rich smoky sweet malt flavor in thick smooth body. Peat flavor appears midway through taste and adds nice balance to malt body. Big, bold and smooth. Sampled 2/16/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 2. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Bright clear amber color. Subtly but decidedly Scottish in character. Heather smoky front. Rich smoky sweet light textured smooth body. Hints of heather spice flavor. Smooth flavorful finish. Sampled 6/24/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Kiltlifter Scottish Ale. 6.60% ABV. 25 IBU's. Clear bronze color. Light balanced pleasing Scottish malty flavor, but body seems thin. Nice easy smooth finish. (3.5 / 5.0) Sampled at Pike Pub 1/21/2000. 1-16 oz. Pint.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Very clear rich copper color. Smooth smoky malt front. Rich crisp malty body has a light sweet spiciness. Hints of heather in clean mildly spicy end. Very good. Pike is Better Bottled. Sampled 3/29/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Light Bottle Conditioned sediment. Clear thin light amber color. Light head & lace. Mild hop malty front. Thin dry rich malty mild peat smoky mild sweet fruit body. Smooth rich drinkable rich dry malt brew. Mild hops. Sampled 12/17/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear thin bright copper amber color. Light mild lace head. Tangy malty mild hop smoked peat front. Thin rich dry sweet malty toasted caramel body. Mild hot hop end. Rich tasty clean favored Scotch. Sampled 4/6/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear thin dark amber red color. Malty toasted mild peat hop front. Clean smooth dry sweet malty toasted caramel mild peat fruit crisp body. Lager smooth mild hop sweet mild hot end. Still Good. Sampled 5/21/2005.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ruby Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Scottish Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear thin bright ruby amber color. Mild hop smoke peat front. Mild sweet crisp thin malty mild fruit smoky Scottish amber body. Clean lingering peat mild hop smooth end. Needs malt. Nice. Sampled 12/5/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. Clear thin bright dark bronze color. Earthy mild smoked peat front and rich Scottish malty body. Smooth malt residue end. Nice but a little dull after IPA taste. (3.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taste @ Pike Pub & Brewery 5/8/2010.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Bottle Conditioned sediment dusting. Lacy off white thin head. Hazed bright rich amber orange hint color. Fruity floral malty mild hop front. Mildly cloying sweet fruity malty peat hint thin textured red toffee body. Mild hop hot EtOH lingering fruit malt end. Sour? Bad Buds? Sampled 7/7/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style--2010-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin white thin lace head. Clear dark bright amber orange color. Delicate aromatic malt mild hop peat hint front. Dry toasted biscuit thin texture rich caramel mild fruit malty Scottish body. Dry clean crisp mild hop smooth tasty crusty hint end. Sampled 7/8/2010. 6-Pack $8.99. Purchased today. Fresh Bottle. Ages quickly.

philbertk, Jul 09, 2010
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3.92/5  rDev +9.5%

JaredGolia, Sep 02, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +9.2%

On tap at the Daily Grill in downtown Seattle. I've lived in the area for 20+ years all told and have never sampled Pike Pub profferings, but a day on my feet with the Black Friday throngs convinced me that I needed a little more.

This beer delivered the goods. Appearance was consistently opaque, almost sultry - this ale would indeed be seductive. Mouth feel is crisp and velvety. Two or three of these and you will be on your way.

bondjedi, Nov 30, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer pours a straight copper color with a creamy off-white head exhibiting light retention and moderate lacing. The smell is malty and slightly earthy. The taste is focused on the malts, but there is a balanced hop presence. It tastes to me equally split between malt and hops, but the malt dominates the first several seconds of a taste and the hops fill in afterward. No significant fruit esters in this beer. One of the defining characteristics of the style, a drying finish despite a malty sweetness in taste, is spot on in this beer. The overall mouthfeel is drying due to the finish. This is a very drinkable Scottish heavy, but the higher abv, somewhat deceptively high, keeps it out of the session category.

xoqx, Oct 20, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

A - swampy orange brown with a thin off white head, some thin lacing
S - toffee and woody, very spicy and slightly musty
T - caramel, woody, and nutty with hints of peat, strong peppery and herbal lingering flavours
M - medium body and carbonation, spicy feel with some bitterness
O - a very peppery and pleasant brew, not big on peat or smoke, but unique enough to stand out while being very drinkable

joemcgrath27, Sep 12, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Bought in the 12 oz brown "long neck"..like the nice simple label of this beer,.
The appearance of this beer is above average but nothing to get excited about nice amber/red colour.with a small head that goes quick to be replaced by a good sized laceing.
Amostly malty scent as would be expected from this brew..not great though.
I actually enjoyed the taste of this beer very well..sweet yet smoky maltiness is replaced by a nice balanced hop bitterness near the end..nice dark coiffee flavour here.
Feels fine inside the mouth..smooth yet still tingles the bitter buds on the back of the tongue..good
Overall i could drink a few of these in a session..might just do that if i ever see it on tap up here!

Reidrover, Mar 22, 2003
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Notes from 12/29/08. Served on tap. Deep reddish and copper toned hues. The head was minimal but left favorable lacing around the glass. I would be curious to pour this from the bottle as I suspect the head and retention might be pretty good.

S: Nice caramel and butterscotch aromas. Little bit of fruit sweetness towards the back. No hints of hops and with the relatively mild ABV there are no hints of alcohol. Smoked and toasted with a hint of nuttiness and plums.

T: Tasted like caramel malts with some toffee or butterscotch candies. Smooth and tastes became a little more pronounced as it warmed. Reminded me a little bit of raisin bread. Nothing overly complex or strong but still solid. There is a little bit of clove and black pepper spice towards the finish.

M: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and recommended. I'd grab it a few more times on tap and look forward to picking up some in bottles as well.

erikm25, Jan 21, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

This is a very drinkable ale, yet it was different than I expected it to be.

For one thing, it poured with almost no head and there was next to none to speak of once I finished pouring. However, the carbonation was fine and the mouthfeel was similarly fine. So who needs head?

Beautiful color. I tasted and got hints of caramel, which was very nice. The only thing holding back my score was the aroma- I wanted a sweet, maybe hoppier nose, but I couldn't detect one.

Overall, a fine effort and well deserving of the 84 score (when I wrote this review).

MAB, Mar 01, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

This beer pours a deep amber with a frothy white head, decent retention and some lace. Its not nearly as dark as the average scotch, but its still got some looks. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel and nuts mixed in with pleasant floral notes. Great sweet malt flavour mixed in with some peat, and alleviated by floral hopping. Decent amounts of caramel and nut, but not as malt heavy as I expected, and the floral hopping is in the driver's seat (though it doesn't hammer the taste buds with bitterness). Very well-balanced and satisfying. Medium body and carbonation.

Its not really a classical scotch ale in my book. While it does have caramel and peat flavours present, they're not as heavy as I would expect, and there's far more emphasis on the hopping. I'd actually view this as a very American take on the style, and its actually an interpretation that I enjoyed. Those looking for a classical scotch ale / wee heavy would be disappointed, but those looking for a great beer won't be.

Thanks Mark!

bobsy, Apr 13, 2009
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3.86/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a long neck bottle into a Shaker pint. A moderate pour yields about 1/2 inch of off-white head that quickly retreats. A little bit of sticky lace clings to the glass. Carbonation is fairly low. The beer is a yellowish-brown with ruby highlights.

I perceive a faint scent of earthy hops, and a very distinctive caramel malt and maybe a burnt sugar or brown sugar aroma. The flavor is pretty unique with a definite sweetness that is quite appealing- it tastes and smells very much like a caramel roll. Maybe also some molasses, and a bit of honey. Just enough bitterness on the tongue to balance the sweetness a tad. The beer is malty and sweet, but also has a subtleness and complexity that make it stand out. Perhaps also a bit lighter in body than most examples of the style.

This beer was pretty expensive, at nearly $10 a six pack, but I figure it's good to splurge on some good beer on occasion. This was enough of a taste treat to make it worthwhile.

archyquaffer, Jun 15, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Reviewed 7/24/2009 (bottle):

Cloudy brown color body, small off-white head, quickly diminishing. Malty sweet aroma, syrupy. Earthy. English malty taste, biscuity. Sweet, but not syrupy. Scotchy taste, maybe butterscotch. Not bad, not too headache inducing.

jujubeast6000, Nov 01, 2009
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.