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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

351 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2005 17:00:32 | More by Derek
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Murrhey

Montana

2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 05:56:27 | More by Murrhey
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 00:51:42 | More by pburland23
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 16:29:05 | More by radioscooter
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-26-2013 01:29:46 | More by Kappakoosh
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Lazaro

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-20-2013 22:59:36 | More by Lazaro
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Zehaeva


3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-29-2012 14:54:17 | More by Zehaeva
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1whiskey

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 17:50:21 | More by 1whiskey
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.2%

07-05-2013 17:42:39 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-13-2013 16:10:51 | More by JTomczak
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wisegreensoul

New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%

05-01-2014 15:17:56 | More by wisegreensoul
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 15:56:07 | More by mikeg67
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-04-2012 08:55:25 | More by martyl1000
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-18-2011 17:23:53 | More by mhaugo
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ccrida

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 03:04:53 | More by ccrida
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PacNWDad

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-02-2012 18:14:51 | More by PacNWDad
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CoryR

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-19-2011 04:47:57 | More by CoryR
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DrNo

Australia

3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-22-2012 10:33:11 | More by DrNo
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tziggy

Washington

3/5  rDev -16.2%

07-06-2012 19:08:18 | More by tziggy
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darinlstewart


3/5  rDev -16.2%

08-02-2012 21:57:11 | More by darinlstewart
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scalffd

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-01-2014 22:44:49 | More by scalffd
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roblowther

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2007 00:37:52 | More by roblowther
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froghop

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 19:44:18 | More by froghop
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vkv822

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 08:52:24 | More by vkv822
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FosterJM

California

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

555th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz.

Thanks to my father in law for birthday present, almost done with them from mid may

App- A nice super dark orange with an aggressive pour yields a two finger head. Great cling on this one. Scattered, web like.

Smell- It's malty, citrusy but lacking that Wee heavy smell I love. Doesn't smell bad just average to style.

Taste- It's run of the mill. Not bad, not mind blowing. It's missing that essence of a wee heavy. The substance just left. This is too malty to style and not caramel enough.

Mouth- it's a wet beer that's medium in body and same for carbonation. Leaves much more malty flavors than I thought.

Drink- I had this about 4 years ago. I know why I didn't buy again. I'm glad FIL spent $ for bottle, for me to review.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 06:36:03 | More by FosterJM
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.