Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery
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2.83/5 rDev -20.9%
Appearance: Pours a rather murky burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head after a pretty aggressive pour. The head had faded into a small ring by the time I got the initial aroma.
Aroma: My first impression was of grassy hops over everything else, which is unusual for any kind of Scotch Ale to say the least. As the beer is warming up some, there is a decent dose of sweet caramel malt coming out...also unusual for a Scotch Ale.
Taste: The flavor also has a healthy dose of hops in here, but there is more sweetness than you could pick up in the aroma. The beer is medium bodied overall, and the carbonation is light so it is coming across a bit watery. The finish is pretty balanced overall. There is a very subtle Peat note that is becoming more noticeable in the finish as the beer is warming up, but it isn't bold enough to make a statement, so it just adds a bit of an odd aftertaste that lingers (though not necessarily playing nice) with the grassy hops for a while after the sip. I would venture to say that the malt is the winner in the finish, but the hops don't go down easily in this beer.
Opinion: Well...overall this is an OK beer to drink. It has a pretty nice balance of hops and malt, so it does a decent job as a Pale Ale or something. As far as it being a Scotch Ale, I wouldn't be expecting anything from Scotland except for the faint Peat. There is nothing wrong with the beer as far as fermentation flaws or anything...it just isn't a Scotch Ale.
03-02-2011 02:38:19 | More by SkeeterHawk
British Columbia (Canada)
2.85/5 rDev -20.4%
This beer has a lot of complex flavours, but unfortunately, it didn't really do it for me.
The peated malt is apparant, and there is some residual sweetness, but overall, it was too bitter for this style. The flavours were just a little harsh for my tastebuds.
08-04-2005 17:00:32 | More by Derek
2.91/5 rDev -18.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. No best-by date. Reviewed live.
A- Quarter-inch sliver of fluffy off-white head. Quickly erodes to a shimmering top over an amber body with medium clarity. Semi-hazy. Not very impressive.
S- Caramel malts, slightly grassy, eggy (?).
T- Spicy, caramel malts and grassy. It's interesting in flavor. Not great though.
M- Kind of grainy. Dry finish.
O- Well below average. I enjoy this style, but this beer misses it.
04-09-2013 05:56:27 | More by Murrhey
2.93/5 rDev -18.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a mug.
From the beginning, I could tell this was going to be underwhelming. When I cracked the bottle open, there was no hiss, no release of gas.
The beer pours a strange, orangey color. Sitting in the mug, it looked as if I had grabbed some iced tea from the fridge by mistake. It's not an inviting pour. There was absolutely no head whatsoever.
The smell is a little better. It's malty and a little peaty. I picked up on a hint of roastiness and smokiness. The taste is sweeter than I thought it would be. Their a little smoke and peat flavor, but there is something on the back end that tastes almost like caramel.
The mouthfeel is thin and oily.
I'm a big fan of Scotch Ales particularly at this time of year, but this effort is a serious disappointing brew. It lacks the boldness and the full bodied character that I think defines the style.
11-11-2010 00:51:42 | More by pburland23
2.98/5 rDev -16.8%
Got this in a trade. I love trying all new Scotch Ales, even if I end up not liking them.
Pours too light and cloudy and frothy for my taste. Smells like a non-distinct, non-BMC craft ale of vague characteristics.
Tastes the same. Light hops, slight malty feel, very thin. Not offensive but nothing to cheer for. Carbonation is too high for a SA.
If someone had presented this to me as an Irish Red Ale, it would be a nice effort. But as a Scotch ale, it's waaay off the mark.
Sad for Scotch lovers like myself. But a tasty red ale in the Sam Adams, or O'Hara style nonetheless.
08-20-2011 16:29:05 | More by radioscooter
3/5 rDev -16.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber color with some floating sediment. Pancake head is gone in a minute flat.
Sweet malty aroma in the nose. Faint sour whiskey notes detectable.
Taste is all caramel sweetness initially, not as smoky as a typical wee heavy. Alcohol warming is noticable halfway through the glass, as well as bittering hops. Some (little) smoked peat(not much).
Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, middle of the road carbonation. I'm not sure I would want more than one of these.
I found it to be a decent beer but not one I would seek out. I also don't think it's a very good representation of the style. The faint smokiness probably means it would pair well with with a good stadium dog or a hearty chowder, but by itself this really just drinks like a malty amber ale.
11-03-2005 17:50:21 | More by 1whiskey
3/5 rDev -16.2%
On tap at Pike brewery. Pours dark red hue with a white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of cherry and apple juice. Light to medium, crisp body. Good balance of caramel malt, ripe fruit and earthy hops fill the mouth. I don’t think this ale can lift a kilt.
07-06-2011 15:56:07 | More by mikeg67
3/5 rDev -16.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an East End Brewing Co. shaker pint, Kilt Lifter is a clear amber with a slight eggshell head that quickly fades.
The smell is all malt, sweet bread, rich and almost a bit much as it warms.
The taste is also all malt, bready but with a lot more spice, Christmas cookie like, some bitterness, and the slightest touch of alcohol. There was a touch of funk to it that I could have done without.
The moutfeel is on the lighter side for the style, but the lack of carbonation makes it seem a little syrupy.
The was on the lighter side for a wee heavy, although at times it seemed like more beer then it was. Went down easy enough, but not really noteworthy. While not an average example of the style, it was average across the board score wise.
07-12-2007 03:04:53 | More by ccrida
3.05/5 rDev -14.8%
On tap at Lynx Pizza just outside Denali national park. The color is a reddish copper with minimal head and a bit of delicate lace. Do they use lace on kilts? The smell is rose hips and smoky malt. Now we're getting more Scottish. The taste has a nice hops bite followed by a sharp malt. Very dry finish. Not at all sweet, which surprises me a bit. The mouthfeel is nice but with minimal carbonation, although that could be the tap. There is some silkiness there to keep it all together. The drinkability is limited by the bone-dry finish but the malt balances that out as best it can before it is overrun. Not my favorite style but an interesting example of it. The alcohol is well hidden.
07-18-2007 00:37:52 | More by roblowther
3.05/5 rDev -14.8%
on-tap at pike pub in seattle.
pours a dark amber with a red tint, with little to no head and some lacing.
smells of some berry, malt, sweet, caramel, butterscotch, some hops, some nuts.
taste oily, flat, has a sweet start then ends bitter, malt, some roasted nuts, some butterscotch, becomes more bitter as it warms.
11-30-2008 19:44:18 | More by froghop
3.08/5 rDev -14%
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.
11-08-2013 08:52:24 | More by vkv822
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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