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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

382 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 382
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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Photo of pkalix
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice caramel color, some carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. nothing really there in the smell (maybe a cereal/corn kind of aroma) and the taste is rather generic, but easy-going and sessionable. slight hop bitterness one-ups the malts but my kilt isn't lifting.
overall, a very general kind of brew. easy to drink with a decent abv, but like the others from this brewery, not terribly memorable. probably very nice fresh out of the tap at the brewery...

pkalix, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of strangebrew1981
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

strangebrew1981, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

vkv822, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +11.7%

RHVC59, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Corburk, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of casapy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

casapy, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BillRoth, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Zach122, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

artoolemomo, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

vermilcj, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of bef126
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

bef126, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of CWVegas
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

CWVegas, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Jame515, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Kilt Lifter has a thick, cream-colored head, a murky, light brown appearance, some bubble streams, and a few lacing rings left behind. The aroma is of slightly fruity, sweet brown bread crust, and light brown sugar. Taste is of sweet & sour sauce, brown bread crust, light brown sugar, moderate hop bitterness, and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and a bit velvety, and Pike Kilt Lifter finishes semi-dry, decently refreshing, and rather rich. Overall, this is tasty and interesting.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over murky dark brown liquid.

S: Smoked malt, dark crystal malt, and some cascade type pleasant citrusy hop presence.

T: Smoked malt, chocolate, dark caramel malt, and some grass, lemon and grapefruit hop presence on the back end.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation. Some bite at the back end.

O: A solid offering that is a must try for fans of malty beers.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of MorSlaught
4/5  rDev +11.7%

MorSlaught, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of hickmancase
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

hickmancase, Sep 02, 2013
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 Adamah_Adonai
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Adamah_Adonai, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3/5  rDev -16.2%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

AnitaBrewski, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of TwoTrees
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

TwoTrees, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of RockinRob925
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

RockinRob925, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

krome, Jul 18, 2013
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.