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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

387 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | 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 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 flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a ringer of frothy ivory foam. Body is entirely clear and has a dusky, autumnal feeling to it. I like it.

Smell: malt-bomb aroma; biscuity, bready and nutty, mostly. There's a little caramel characteristic; I'm betting there's lots of crystal malt in here. Almost like a strong amber ale. Not my favorite, but not too bad.

Taste: basically what I expected based on the aroma. This is super biscuity and nutty; I'm not a huge fan. Hop character is minimal, but there is a balancing bitterness. While it doesn't precisely float my boat, this is not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; pretty light for a Scotch ale, in my opinion. Carbonation is pretty good, though, which yields a passable creaminess. Not bad but could be a lot better.

Drinkability: my palate grows weary of the onslaught of not-terribly-interesting malt flavors. For me, personally, this is not an exceptionally drinkable beer. It is serviceable, though.

flagmantho, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of IPAaDay
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew with a good name. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. Has a range of flavors with each drink. Doesn't blow my socks off, but enjoyed it. Had a bomber from Total Wine ... would drink 2 back to back on a Friday. ;-) My taste buds need the equivalent of a 2x4 upside of 'em which is why I prefer IPA. That said, this brew has enough flavor and complexities in that flavor to keep me interested.

IPAaDay, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back.

Appearance: Tawny leathery amber colour holding some haze, enticing head has a stable retention.

Smell: Big sweetness with a very faded smoke, light fruity alcohol and caramel malt twang.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Layered smoothness with a creamy slickness. Solid malty palate, sweetness plays off the toasted grain and medium hoppiness. Suggestions of fruit punch, earthy yeast and caramel in the back. Slightly warming alcohol. Hit of citric rind in the end? Handful of residual sweetness in the end combats the semi-think hop flavour in the end.

Notes: Smaller in stature than most Scotch Ales I have had, a decent strong amber that was easy on the palate with a balanced malt and hop.

Jason, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from kiltedtxn courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a very thin off- head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a butterscotch, vanilla, caramelized malts, tea, some smoke and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a lot more smokiness than I picked up in the smell followed by sweet flavors of vanilla, tea and caramel. There is not much balance but since the malt character is pretty thin for the style and there is very little hops presence; it’s surprising that there is any balance at all. I suppose that seems like a back-handed compliment but I’m calling like I’m tasting it. The after-taste is sweet.

M: A little smooth, not very crisp and a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Kind of flavorful at least, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, while this is quite departed from your typical Scotch ale and not one I would jump at the chance to choose again, I don’t think this beer as horrible as some have made it seem. I’m finding it a bit unique if nothing else, yet if not of for the review, I don’t see myself drinking this beer again.

TheManiacalOne, May 13, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date

Pours a nice bourbon caramel with a small fleeting white residue. Brilliant clarity. Smells of toast, english tea, some brown sugar and a wee bit of cinnamon. Flavor carries plenty of bread, some yeast and slight oxidation (cardboard), hints of tea. Medium bodied with light carb and a noninvasive finish. A decent, approachable beer. I can see myself grabbing this on a cool fall day.

harrymel, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, deep red amber with a very thin head. There is a faint tea and malt aroma, nothing too good. This is a very balanced beer with nice caramel malt with a slight herbal hop taste. It's very smooth but the taste became a little grainy by the end.

For a scotch ale this one is kind of light on what I look for in a scotch ale. It's very smooth an drinkable but just a bit shy for my tastes.

Bfarr, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is much fainter than expected. The aroma is sweet malts and a good dose of caramel. Nit much else to note in the nose.

T- The taste is sweet malts up front with caramel and a hint of smoke as well. 

M- The mouthfeelis a little thin for the style with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Kilt Lifter is a decent scotch ale that is solid in some areas (taste, drinkability) but lacking in other areas (aroma, appearance). Worth a try.

cjgator3, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely clear Scotch-brown in the glass. Not much head to speak of. Appearance is true to style. Not a bad beer. But not a very notable beer, either. I'm visiting the area, so I'm happy to try local brews. But I've definitely had better Sotch Ales. It's not as sweet or malty as I expected; and both hoppier and more dank than I wanted when I bought it.

PhiloPsych, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear amber color with a 1 inch head. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: very light caramel sweetness is all that is picked up.

Taste: caramel, a hint of peat and nuts, soft plum sweetness, and a very light bitterness. Malt level seems a bit weak.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. The caramel and peat softly linger on the tastebuds after swallowing.

Drinkability: not too bad, but this needs to be kicked up a few notches on the malt and peat levels. Decent beer.

Gavage, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of kbub6f
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is tiny, off-white, bubbly, greasy. Beer is hazy copper-orange, maybe tending somewhat toward brown. There's sweet toffee/caramel/brown sugar in the nose. Some pipe smoke. Dark tobacco toffee in front; tangy, fruity caramel in the middle; sour fruit and smoky caramel in the end. Interesting. Sour fruit and dark, burned caramel. Not bad. Kind of "homebrewy".

kbub6f, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish-amber with just under an inch of off-white head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly malty sweet, with just a hint of hops and yeasty spice in the background. On the tongue, the beer had a nice little sharpness that wasn't apparent in the scent. The malt was the predominant feature of this brew however.

The body was light, but full. Drinkability for this beer is very good, having a sixer for a cookout is a great idea. The brewery no longer calls this a Scotch Ale, they now call it a "Ruby Ale", either way, it's a loyal beer friend. Worth trying when you see it.

beertunes, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of timtwoface
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is easily my favourite of all the offerings that Pike has to offer. Nothing exceptional, but it is a tasty, malty (but not overly so) beer that drinks very smoothly. I definitely would buy again and the price point isn't bad either. This is the first scotch style ruby ale I've tried and it's made me interested to try other offerings in this vein.

timtwoface, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Cynic-ale, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of skillerified
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color with red and gold hues peeking through in the light. No head, no real cap and not much lacing to speak of, maybe just a hint of tan and white floating in there. The smell is a sweet caramel-like scent. Not too complex. Some smokey tones linger there too. The taste was very much on the sweet side, but had a nice little spicey, smokey bite to it. Again though, not too complex. Light to medium bodied with a mildly carbonated mouthfeel. Goes good with the food at the pub, but I wouldn't necessarily be looking for this one otherwise.

skillerified, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a foamy one finger head on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Nice malty aroma, some caramel, some brown sugar, and toasted malt.

T: It is slightly scotchy with more caramel and smoky peat. Some bready malt and faint fruitiness.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: A decent scotch ale, again nothing really special.

mdaschaf, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Psberrier
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Psberrier, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

woodchip, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jmccraney, May 04, 2013
Photo of richj1970
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

richj1970, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of jwerner23
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jwerner23, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

evilkorova, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

rogerthegill, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of dcisco44
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dcisco44, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.