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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale

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210 Reviews

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 20.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Reviews: 210 | Hads: 446
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An American take that's maybe one of the more reminiscent of Scotch/Scottish ales. The flavors and feel fall somewhere in between 90/- and wherever the more daring Wee Heavys generally average (160/-?). Does the extra-thick body mask some flaws and/or give the impression of a "heavy"-er beer? Perhaps.

Shared this "dinner size" bottle with a friend and it poured amber-ish red with a thin-ish head, welling up, felling down. Moderate haze in the amber-red.

Before referencing their website, it was readily apparent they used an English yeast on this one - BIG fruity esters, real big. Exceptional malt presence as well - caramel at moderate levels - a sweetish touch over the mild, evenly split biscuit/bread characteristics. No hops, but of course, while the peat-smoked malt whispers.

Much of the same flavor-wise. Caramel-kissed malty, juice-fruity and sweetish, with a murmur of smoke calling midway, raising its voice a little while being carried off atop the spectral-gel dextriny wave going down. Naturally enjoyed this most toward the end when the glass was no longer cold to the touch.

By my estimation it falls nicely between the boldest shilling ale and a slow-sipping heavy. You wouldn't miss the peat presence if it was removed. Big body. Not bad.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the few beers remaining from the beers I brought back to Ontario from Alberta.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an amber hue, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Bready oatmeal, cereal notes, caramel, toffee and bran flakes.

T - Pretty mild for a scotch ale, bready caramel and bran, touch of peat that lingers with a hint of espresso and some alcohol sweetness.

M - No complaints here, nice carbonation level that goes down smooth and leaves with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty scotch ale, but a little too mild for my liking. I like my scotch ales to possess more on the peat flavours, so don't look to this one if you're looking for a bold scotch ale. This might be a good choice to ease someone into the style.

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Photo of jdense
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge 9.13.2010, $4.00 a pint.

One finger very light tan head, medium-fast dissipation with minimal lacing. Clear amber body, a singular trail of carbonation. Nose is lightly roasted malt, pretty sweet, a bit of grassy hops. Taste mirrors nose, caramel sweet, slight bit of roast, just a hint of hops. Medium-light mouthfeel, not much effervescence. Not bad drinkability, close to style, but not sure I'd order one again.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like peat malts - I mean if you really like peat malts - then this one's for you. Personally, I think they're a little overstated in Kilt Lifter. But that's just me. The beer is impeccably clear, dark auburn with a plump body and a crewcut head of suds. Peat malts fervently dominate the aroma as they do the taste. They emulate a smoked, marshy funkiness like lit punk sticks. Bittering is marginal by comparison but works nicely to offset an earthen sweetness. Sample first if you're not sure what your tolerance for peat malts is.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my wife's favorite of The Pike, but I thought it was a bit light for being a Scotch ale. The dark golden color with a white head was nice in the glass, but the mouthfeel didn't match up, watery and light for style. Sharp bite in the taste over a solid malt, almost but not quite astringent with a very light hint of smokiness. Musty in the nose with a light malt, and little hop anywhere. Too be expected, a little off center from style, but a very good beer. And, this was one of only two pints my wife ordered in three bars, so a pretty recom there.

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Photo of Peter_Anderson
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid scotch ale with middle of the road taste. Does not have a typical craft beer taste nor uniqueness and was more like a product from a multi-national brewhouse.

Missing any noticeable aroma and lacing.

Its taste was not that bitter and had a mouthfeel that was slightly light.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of estlinska
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of briman
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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...

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Gave this a moderate pour and it produced a dense head that contains very fine foam bubbles, but it didn't last very long. Good reddish auburn coloring, and I have to agree that the lacing is very good....the bubbles cling to the glass like few other beers I've seen.

S- A good smell but not as distinct as I was expecting. With that said though, I do smell the roasted malts and a mild smokey aroma. It is a rich smell, earthy, woody all in one. Perhaps slightly floral as well. Unfortunately I don't smell any hops which also help keep this score down slightly.

T- Very nice! The peated malt is noticeable on the palate, along with the rich, roasted flavors in the aroma. Some coffee, cocoa, and toffee flavors are detectable. The hops really come through on the finish, making this quite enjoyable!

M- This has that viscous feel that really makes a person feel like their drinking a good beer! The carbonation is fine and low, making this a really nice smooth brew. The hops on the finish even provide a good drying sensation on the palate, making me want to have another sip fairly quick. There is a tea like bitterness that this site suggests in the description of a wee heavy and I appreciate that!

D- The alcohol is well hidden in the creaminess of this beer. Lots of great flavors and a richness that doesn't come along too often make this an enjoyable beer. I recommend this one, but would be careful with having more than a couple...I think it would fill me up fairly quick!

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Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into plastic wine cup; on the Victoria Clipper while traveling to Seattle.

Appearance: Clear, tawny amber with decent off white foam.

Smell: Aroma ranges from raw malt to toasted grains and caramel.

Taste: Deeply malty with toffee notes. Earthy hops lend background bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium towards full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: More towards and amber than Scotch ale, but drinkable and relatively fully flavored; especially good as an option during travel.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of aeminter
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second offering from Pikes. Ever and also in the past two days.

This one pours a clear brown copper, quickly dissapearing head.

Soggy bread aroma. Stale smoke with a mild sweetness.

Good malty body, smooth from begining to end. Earth/soil with some toasted nut. Hop flavor is there too, especially at the end, but the malt easily overpowers it, which is okay for the style. Good scotch taste.

Drinkability is not where I expected it. Not a bad scotch ale, but i've had better.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date, served in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright clear copper. Little to no head except for a very thin ring at the edge. Some strands of lacing.

Smell: Not a lot. Some caramel malt and very little else.

Taste: What it lacks in aroma it makes up for in taste. Deep toasted malt and caramel sweetness. Solid malt backbone. Some mild bitter finishes mixing in with toffee and English bitter / mild citrus hop finish. Not amazing or wow in flavor, but compared to the lackluster aroma, definitely full flavor.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full bodied, not watery, but otherwise nothing special. A hint of some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Not an amazing scotch ale/wee heavy, just ok. Does go well with food though (beef burger sliders and deviled eggs in this case). While not very remarkable, this does not mean it's bland, just that I've had better examples of the style. Of final note, it's actually quite drinkable - a very good beer to drink in quantity and wash down food with as a complement. Just enough flavor to complement and be enjoyable, not too much to overwhelm or clash with a meal. So I'll give it higher marks on drinkability than on being a good scotch ale.

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.