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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 TwoTrees
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

TwoTrees, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-slightly hazy reddish orange, 1/2 finger of off white foam that disappears immediately. It has a high alcohol or sugar content because it has legs like a wine.

Aroma- carmel , bandaids light apple and citrus fruit?!.

Taste- carmel butterscotch and band aids. I think a combination of high kettle caramelization and slightly vegetal tasting hop makes for and interesting and earthy ale. The hops more or less balance out there is a slight pine in the finish though.

Mouthfeel- seems right on a bit syrupy, but the booze is well disguised. Lower effervescence is spot on.

Overall- I think a decent representation of the style. It improves as it warms in the glass I think I would like to see it a touch clearer in the glass, and maybe a touch less boozy.

Uncle_Jimmy, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass june9 2010

A clear copper with some very tiny suspended particles and a small amount of bubbles floating up to a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S some woody earth and candied cherry with toffee

T again some earthy wood but with a little spice and a fair bit of sweetness but not much for a Scotch ale

M thick enough to please with decent carbonation and it's just a tad sticky

D not lacking in and areas but not going to amaze you either worth trying but don't look too far for it

I don't mind this beer but at nearly 20$ for a 6er here in Alberta I doubt I'll be drinking much of this in the future

wordemupg, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of colts9016
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Appearance: A deep amber with a light copper hue. There was a one finger that dropped to a quarter inch ring whit ring. There is a lot of carbonation in the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice roasted malt with caramel, earthiness, and fruity esters.

Taste: A nice roasted malt with caramelize flavor, there is some earthiness, some diacetyl and some peatiness.

Overall: The mouth feel is slight carbonate with a dryness. The finish has a hint of bitterness. The beer is overall just okay. There wasn't anything that stood out to make this beer pop.

colts9016, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of delta490
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey-ruby, cloudy with short-lived fizzy off-white head. There's a little bit of lacing. The aroma is fairly simple, with just nondescript malt sweetness. The taste is about the same. There's not a lot to either. It does have a decent weight to the body, though. A surprising miss from Pike.

delta490, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one seems only a bit above a scotish but not quite a wee heavy.

Pours a golden amber with a decent head that sticks around for a long time.

Aromas are Dark brown sugars and caramel.

Flavor is lightly toasted malt with light brown sugar sweetness and a bit of a caramel finish. Very, very light bitterness on the tailend.
Overall, a very balance, although not terribly complex, brew.

IntriqKen, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-amber color topped by just a touch of creamy white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt, some light peaty smoke, light fruity hops, and a hint of diacetyl. Palate is well-balanced between sweet caramel and fruity hops, with notes of dark fruit and peat smoke. Medium body is just a bit light for this style, and lacks the syrupy feel that is characteristic of some of the heavier-hitting scotch ales. Nonetheless, it's a fairly tasty and easy-drinking take on the style.

ElGordo, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed light rubyish brown witha thin off-white head that becomes patchy. Slight lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with a bit of peat smokiness.

The taste is of caramel with slight peat. A bitterish twang that is a bit much for the style is in the finish.

It has a firm medium body.

I was hoping for a bit more malty richness/depth. Not quite what I think of as a wee heavy, but there's enough characteristics to give it a try.

jwc215, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Bouleboubier, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of AndIWantYou
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy brown, with more red highlights as you hold it to light. Little head and thus lacing, but almost certainly an artifact of my pour.

S: Malty, with just a touch of peat. Nothing stands out, but I've had a touch of allergies lately so I may not be smelling everything.

T: Similar to the smell, I don't get a lot from this. It's just a nicely balanced, easy-drinking malty beer. Maybe a little syrupy on the finish? I don't know for sure.

M: Just a little carbonation makes this otherwise-thin beer feel more full-bodied. As some other reviewers have noted, this isn't a big Scotch ale, but rather more like a red. Taken as a red, it's great; as a Scotch, I'm left wanting more. My review number reflects the average of those two =)

D: Despite any negative implications above, I could drink this all night. I've often noticed an inverse correlation between the first four characteristics and this last one; this beer is no different.

AndIWantYou, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of andrenaline
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

andrenaline, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

jdense, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

RedDiamond, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

FightingEntropy, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard bomber poured into a pint glass. This particular Kilt Lifter shows a lightly hazed orange amber with a thin cap of foam. Light retention follows.

Nose of light caramel and a hint of background hops. Some sour notes emanate through the fog and come as a bit of a surprise, blending back in to the caramel malts and slightly faded hop notes.

Taste is somewhat rich for the delivery yet quite subdued overall for the style. Light bodied and a bit dry and chalky on the finish. A Scottish Ale perhaps though surely not a Wee Heavy, this beer is light in body even for an Amber Ale, and with a sourness and wine like characteristic that places it outside any true categorization.

Yet, having enjoyed this beer, I wonder if another would be the same?? Carbonation becomes light in the end yet is somehow befitting of the pour. Hmmm...

Note: O.G. 1.064 with 27 IBU's 'Scotch Style Ruby Ale' with no date code...

HalfFull, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

djeucalyptus, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

ppoitras, Sep 03, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Wrex68, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of briman
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

briman, May 14, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

beerguy101, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of deaconoflove
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

deaconoflove, Jun 26, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

costanzo_mike, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of CHADMC3
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

CHADMC3, Jul 04, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

philbe311, Jan 08, 2011
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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
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.