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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 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 rowew
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Best by date notched on the side.

Appearance: Pours brownish orange with a good thick head. Decent retention.

Smell: Lots of malt sweetness. There is also a roasted smokey flavor to it - reminds me of the dimly lit Pike Pub!

Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Lots of sweet malt, and then a bit of hops at the end to balance it out.

Overall impression: Dangerously drinkable. High ABV and great drinkability could be a very dangerous combination in this one. Wish I could get it regularly here in Colorado.

rowew, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of MrNuggets
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in colour with a small white, short lived head.
Not much in the way of aroma, easy goin' hint of sweetness. Maybe my nose isn't working.
Largely malty flavor, finishing with a small, although noticeble, hop kick.
Seems somewhat light in the mouth.
Which makes it easy to drink.
This is different then other examples of the style I've tried. Subdued sweetness, a hop presence, and a much lighter body.
Good stuff.

MrNuggets, May 28, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I remember liking this a bit more on tap up in Seattle but out of the bottle is only a notch down. This is a good looking beer, a nice deep reddish orange color with a 1 inch head that lasted a bit. The bubbles in the head weren't particularly small but they held up well. Not any noticeable carbonation to be seen.

The smell is a whiff of marmalade and not much else. Not overpowering, that is for sure, but decent. I really didn't get much else out of it.

This is a slightly dry beer, not very hoppy, and the carbonation is just barely there, enough to let you know. It is a nicely sweet beer, the maltiness sticking out a bit to smooth it out. It does have a smoky aftertaste but I don't think I noticed the peat mentioned on the bottle.

It sits well in the mouth, asking for another hit or, even better, a visit to Pike's itself. Well done.

misterscooter, May 01, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent, dark orange-amber; butterscotch more specifically. The head is light caramel in color with a definite orangish tint and is sitting at a solid two fingers as I type. It's in no hurry to depart, but when it finally does, sudsy scraps and small sheets of lace make their way to the glass. Not quite what I have in mind when I think 'wee heavy', but it's an acceptable look.

Disappointing. There's no other way to describe the aroma since it has very little, if any, Scotch ale characteristics. What reaches my nose is a muddled conglomeration of malt and hops with a phenolic scent that does not put me in mind of the great phenolic whiskies of Scotland. It isn't a bad nose really, but is an unfocused, weak, somewhat anti-style one.

The flavor follows suit. Kilt Lifter is not especially good beer. The phenolic, medicinal flavor coming from the yeast (I assume) overpowers all of the other potential flavors to the detriment of the whole. It's malt-dominant... without being all that malty. It's more sweet than bitter... without being overly sweet. All in all, the mishmash of flavors don't come together well at all. I wish that the medium-long finish was only half as long.

Kilt Lifter (a fairly common name it seems) is not good beer. It misses the style mark by a fairly wide margin, yet isn't so bad that it's completely without merit. It really isn't worth a purchase though and I'm glad that I only bought one bottle. Pass this one by.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild crystal malt scent with a bit of peated malt aroma. The taste is good, although I'm not sure it really nails the style too well. It has a nice and light malty core with a smokey feel and a rather bitter hop aftertaste . It goes down smooth and has a grainy bisquit malt and hop finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine brew. It is certainly unique and quite flavorful; a good drinker.

WesWes, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of ZAP
2.15/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Highly dissapointed in this one...thin...fizzy...lacks peat...lacks maltiness...has almost a fruity sourness...very unremarkable drinking experience. I would never buy this one again...perhaps it's old but we got it from Liquid Solutions and I assume they only ship fresh beer..even if it is old a 6.6% Scotch should hold up better...tangy tasting...just not at all what I expected....light orange color....nose almost smells like a barnyard...tart on the finish...not very good at all

ZAP, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of clvand0
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber color with a small head that goes away fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. kmpitz2 described the aroma as tomato and spices and I totallly agree. The flavor was much the same. I didn't even detect any peated malt. Something really strange about this brew, not in a good way. I had to pour this one out.

clvand0, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden amber color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is really strange. The first thing that comes to mind is tomato, some leather and spiceyness. I hope the flavor is different. What I get in the flavor is odd. I get the peated flavor, but it tastes a bit like leather. There is a bit of bite in the finish, but overall I don't like the beer all that much. Not what I want from a Scotch. The feel is rather thin, and drinkability suffers from the odd notes I get in the flavor and nose. I would not recommend this beer.

kmpitz2, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of lastauss
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure to drink this beer back in the days when there was a LOT of peated barley presence (and it was still called "Maul Hammer.") It still has some decent mouthfeel, and when it warms up, you get just the slightest reminder of that smoky peat. It has always been a smooth drinker, to the point of being quite dangerous in its 6.5% abv past, but I think it's been dumbed down to the point of near-fogettability. Still, it's better than most US attempts at a Scottish style.

lastauss, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange with a white cream head that fades rather quickly. The smell is of roasted malts and grilled fruit, alcohol lingers. The taste is very light for this style, roasted malts and fruit blend well with the alcohol tones, hopyp dryness bring up the rear. A drinkable Scotch Ale but lighter than most, I like Scotch Ales with a cigar but this one just doesn't quite make it to the cigar room.

beertaster13, May 31, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper infused rust color, a bit of chill haze to it, large and thickly fluffed beige head sits well for a while before descending to a thin collar and the lacing sticks in strings and spots. Aroma is super yummy malt goodness, thick and dark caramel, super nice peat moss thats not overly smokey, but favorlaby earthy and has a terrific sweetness to it overall. Taste follows suit with a brigade of dark caramel and toffee sweetness with super nice earth tones and breadiness to make it rich and thick. Again the peat is there but not overwhelmingly smokey, it adds just enough to it to really go "Wow". Hops play underneath more towards the finish with a slight spice and bite helping the end of warmth and add to some of the slight dryness. Great feel, nearly full, very well rounded, and toothsweet smoothness and the low carbonation makes this a creamy thick treat to drink. The first thing that came to mind, and only after a few sips, is that its a whole hell of alot like a good barleywine. But without all the baggage of the higher ABV. A real plus and incentive to get alot more of this in the future, as it is quite a malty, yummy treat. One I would keep in my fridge alot if I could get it. Yummy! Did I already say that?

tavernjef, May 31, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/orange with a thin head that is gone pretty quickly,aroma is soft and fruity with a light alcohol note that lingers.Taste is fruity in the start with an alcoholic warming aspect to it,I noticed a hoppy dryness in the finish.Seems a bit thin for the style but flavorful I would try it again though.

oberon, May 08, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear tea color with a most but very creamy off-white head. The smell consists of a musty smoke aroma with smooth malt tones as well. The taste is malty with a smokey overtone and very light hops and again the musty presence with a medicinal end to each swallow. The carb bite in this beer with the flavors seems somewhat electrified with a nine-volt batter that zaps the tongue. This is a light bodied beer that finishes smokey dry.

Notes: It has alot going for it but one thing that really is out of whack is the ultra thin mouthfeel. Still fairly drinkable, but it comes up short of a great beer.

BeerAngel, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale was served from a 22 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a clear orange caramel brown color, and was topped by a negligable head. that left weak lacing. The nose was quite malty, with a nice orange citrus presence and just a slight hint of peat smoke. I would have liked the peat to be more pronounced. I was pleasantly suprised by the taste though. A sweet flash is very quickly eclipsed by a powerful orange zippy bitterness, which lasts though to the drier, very estery earthy bitter finish...very nice and lively.. The body felt appropriately full for the flavors and style, but the carbonation was a bit lacking, which was apparant from the lack of a significant head. Overall, a very tasty effort that drinks well.

HiroProtagonist, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark orange in color and thick. The head was nice as well, pitting into little puddles on top of the body and leaving a little lacing.

Smell – The caramel malt aroma is smooth and pleasant. I’m not catching a lot of scotch, though.

Taste – The scotch taste is there, but very light. It’s also very smooth, which is something you often don’t find when sampling this style. This one also has some powdery pepper spicing to it.

Mouthfeel – A little thinner than I had hoped, but the smoothness makes up for it.

Drinkability – I don’t know if I’ll be “lifting my kilt” after one of these, but it sure was tasty.

RoyalT, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body with a light tan head. Smells of sweet, almost winey malts. Slight medicinal character and some hops too. Taste starts with the winey sweetish malts, bread pudding, and then a smokey-peat bog flavor. Finish is more bitter than other Scotch ales I've had, with lingering sweetness. Medium to big body, with a little syrupy feel. A little sweet to drink much.

alexgash, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
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 Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Made with Pale, Crystal, Munich, Wheat, Cara Pils, and Peated malts; Magnum, Williamette, and East Kent Golding hops.
OG=1.065, 6.6% ABV, 27 IBU.

Drank on tap at Pikes BC in Seattle, WA.

Clear, caramel-orange in color forming a beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is heavy with caramelized sugar, honey, vanilla, and a complete absence of hops. Taste begins with sweet caramelized sugar and malt, nuts, and a cookie-like sweetness. Peat comes in just at the end very end with a faint earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and a lightly dry finish. An enjoyable example of the style, and also more representative than most of the over-hopped, under-malted offerings by other breweries. Solid.

Mitchster, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of freed
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this quite often over the last couple years. Like all Pike beers, it has a very nice label; clean lines, stately.

It pours a deep mahogany with a nice, uneven head. Carbonation tops it in very sporadic patterns, like the yeast was still active. The smell is sweet and malty with a slight smoked tinge. The taste in this batch is a bit sweet, but normally its a wonderful full and chocolate body. If you're not careful, you can drink a whole sixer, and it really affects your skiing.

freed, May 16, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I have sampled at least 4 or 5 beers that call themselves “Kilt Lifters”, well in my humble opinion, Pike’s is the best. Also why is it so hard to find a “Good” Scotch Style Ale?

A beauteous orange to amber color, the head prodigious in size, creamy in texture, a nice light tan in color and the residual lace a thick and sticky sheet to meld with the glass. Sweet malt is the nose, fresh and inviting, the start ambrosial, malt laden, and the top rich in its feel to the palate. Finish has a delectable acidity, the hops spicy and pleasant, dry aftertaste and a real treat.

Gusler, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of Fabric8r
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice beer. I don't know if it can be called a "wee heavy", didn't seem thick enough, but the flavor was wonderful. Tad on the hpbby-bitterness side, but I am not saying that is bad at all. The color was a nice suprise, I kept holding it up to the light. I look forward to trying it there again sometime. I have to leave the family home though, they wouldn't let my daughter in the place, not even to sit on the couch. Kinda anal about that.

Fabric8r, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown "long neck"..like the nice simple label of this beer,.
The appearance of this beer is above average but nothing to get excited about nice amber/red colour.with a small head that goes quick to be replaced by a good sized laceing.
Amostly malty scent as would be expected from this brew..not great though.
I actually enjoyed the taste of this beer very well..sweet yet smoky maltiness is replaced by a nice balanced hop bitterness near the end..nice dark coiffee flavour here.
Feels fine inside the mouth..smooth yet still tingles the bitter buds on the back of the tongue..good
Overall i could drink a few of these in a session..might just do that if i ever see it on tap up here!

Reidrover, Mar 22, 2003
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
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.