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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale

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210 Reviews

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 20.22%
Wants: 14
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Reviews: 210 | Hads: 446
Photo of KUpolo
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer really misses the mark for a style that I consider one of my absolute favorites.

The color is much lighter than I am used to seeing, a clear bronze.

I'm not going to spend too much time on this review because honestly the beer is just not worth it.

The taste is way off the mark. Missing is the peaty smokiness and complex malt that a Wee Heavy should have. In its place is a somewhat medicinal flavor with a hint of sweet malt.

Pass if you have a better option.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a caramel-red color with a thin, filmy head. The nose has aromas of caramel malt and nut, with very slight hoppy scents. The beer's flavor is a rich malt sweetness, which is well-balanced with subtle green, bitter hops. The body is round and smooth in mouth, with a slightly bitter finish that follows a scotchy-malt aftertaste. Dangerously easy to drink, and goes well with almost any kind of food since the flavors are not overpowering. One of my favorite offerings from Pike's.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an imperial pint glass. It pours a reddish amber color with nice head and good lacing.

The aroma is malty and very sweet. Has some fruity notes but it lacks some hop notes I would expect from a scotch ale.

The taste is also very sweet but it has some smokey and peat notes to it, guess that's the scotch ale in it. It's still not as hoppy as I would like and not a great example of a scotch ale in my opinion.

Feels a little watery and I wouldn't be really excited to drink another.

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, shared with my friend 3rdrowtailgater.

It's a nice amber color, two fingers of off-white head. Pretty decent.

Kind of a weak barleywine flavor. Caramel malts with a hit of hops. It's rich but kinda muted.

The taste is muted as well unfortunately. There's some smoky malt flavors and biscuity malt.

It's a little watery, really thin on the mouthfeel.

Not an exceptionally interesting beer to be honest. I've had it before on locale in Seattle and remember it far more fondly.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangy copper, some fine sediment, a light tan cap with little retention but decent spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty solid in its power, toated and caramel malts, almonds and slight fruit. Lots of toasted caramel taste, a bit almond, interesting sweetness, slight spicy burn. I enjoyed how this tasted but not enough to get any more. Medium bodied, light fizz in the mouth. Smoothness that seems syrupy but is not. Decent middle but it fades to quickly on the finish. Chewy and mild spice meet the bitterness in a lingering after taste.

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Photo of xodin
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown color, crisp with a hint of ruby. Nutty, caramel smells, sweet. Taste of burnt caramel malt, fruits, and some bitterness. Appearance and smell were better than the taste, IMHO. Certainly not bad at all, but definitely not a top runner either. A great beer for the sidelines of a world sampling tour.

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Photo of bens0n
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky amber color with a small amount of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Its on the orange side for an amber, not really brown at all.

This beer has a mild hoppy smell with a hint of malts, nothing special here.

Flavor wise its bland, there is a hint of caramel and some smokey qualities that come in at the end. Overall not sweet, more earthy tasting.

It has a moderately thick body with low carbonation, but I still did not find it to be exceptionally drinkable, even at 6.5% abv.

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Photo of njmoons
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not a good example of the style, and bland.

A: Cloudy amber/brown. Not quite sure what the brewer was going for.

S: Smelled like an ale, some sweetness noted, some fruit maybe apricot. There was a slight smokey aroma.

T: Bland, ale taste. No sweetness, no tartness, no smoke. Nothing that tasted like a scotch ale to me.

M: The body was heavy and appropriate to style.

D: I finished it, it was not horrible, but there are so many better examples of the style. Skip this and try another.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Brewed to 1.064 with pale, crystal, carapils, peated and Munich malt; hopped with magnum and goldings to 27 IBUs and fermented with English ale yeast. It pours almost ruby (more of an auburn), lightly-hazed, with medium carbonation and a thin cap. Rich and sweet in the nose from the Munich and crystal, blended with earthy, tea-like, nearly roasted notes. The flavor starts malty and rich, lightly sweet, followed by hops and an earthy fullness from the peat. Hints of raisiny crystals creep in here and there and are balanced by lightly spicy hops that contribute little bitterness. A flavorful yeast strain rounds it out and things end on a lightly peated note. While it begins crisp and dry, once the carbonation ebbs the body fills out nicely. Very nice brew here - a bit more hop flavor than most Scotch ales, but this is well-balanced and damn tasty. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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...

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden-light brown in color, comes out almost crystal clear, well-filtered. Small off-white colored head, not much lacing.

Smell is good, but it doesn't small particularly like a Scotch ale in my opinion. It has some characteristics that Scotch ales posses such as sweet malts. Caramelized roasted malts and it lacks hop and smokey aromas. It has a lot of fruity notes to it, almost like dark dehydrated fruits, figs maybe, a little musty. Smells more like a decent dopplebock in my opinion than a scotch ale, but still good.

Taste is pretty good too. Much like the smell it has more of the dopplebock. It has a little more of a hop presence, not too strong, earthy. Tea-like flavors and sweet grainy caramelized malts, almost a slight butterscotch. A little bit of smokiness, but, I don't think it's pete malts.

Mouthfeel is good, medium to full bodied. Creamy/buttery mouthfeel, like a decent Scottish Ale. Good overall feel that finishes clean, I like it. It's very drinkable.

All in all I like this beer, not your average Scotch Ale, but I guess they vary.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes.) Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of loose white head. Sweet aroma with lots of malty caramel and just a hint of dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Lots of toasty biscuit and caramel with a trace of smoke and spicy hops on the finish.

Not my favorite style, but this brew was drinkable enough.

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Photo of Rumplemintz
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 22oz. bottle into a icy Pint glass. Color was a copper amber with a little head that didn't last long. The nose was sweet and toasty. I found almost no bitterness. Very balanced and drinkable, not as heavy or rich as other Scotch Ales I have tried. Overall a good drinkable ale, but nothing exceptional. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of pburland23
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber in color with a light head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Nice aroma of caramelized malt: caramel, bread.

Taste is OK. A hint of smoky peat mixes with some off-putting astringent notes. Not very sweet.

Solid body with a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is just an average beer. It's my first from Pike and I'm disappointed.

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Photo of mynie
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

God, Kilt Lifter is an overused name.

But, hey, this is a pretty good American Scotch.

Peaty, round toffee, with a very amber malt--big nodes of brown sugar and caramel and the finish is more sour than sweet or bitter. It's much earthier than your typical American Scotch, but this makes it much more drinkable.

It packs a punch but it isn't zippy or burny. Some people might be put off by this, but I'm not convinced that a strong alcohol presence is a necessary component of a Scotch.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - this brew has the same name as a scotch ale from my local micro. Nice to see that they're making nice about it, for the time being.

This beer pours a faintly hazy, medium orange-brick amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly, and rocky beige head, which leaves some painted web lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bready caramel nougat, miscellaneous dark fruit, a wisp of wet smoke, and bitter floral, leafy hops. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, some bruised stone pit fruitiness, more earthy, floral hops, ethereal smoke, and a soft, kind of sweet booziness.

The carbonation is quite light and lilting in its quotidian frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally smooth. It finishes with an off-dry, warm grainy caramel and dry fruity hops melange.

A decently drinkable, more or less solid scotch ale - 'wee heavy' may be a bit of a stretch here - certainly malty, aye, and a wee bit boozy, with some underrated hops to keep things honest. Something worth considering come the inevitably cooler weather, and that Scottish bard's celebration in January.

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Photo of ProudGreen89
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark copper with a thin white head that leaves a subsiding lace down the glass, as it settles down theres barely a head left and the lacing becomes very watery and disappates.

S-malty, caramel and some kind of legume. sort of a toasted biscuity aroma hidden behind a mellow dark fruit.

T-definitely malty, smokey and a little caramel near the end, a nutty and dark fruit flavor is deep in there. i also taste some adjuncts in there which im not fond of (its said that rice has no taste, but i disagree, i get a taste of it in here)i expect it was used as a filler to make the beers price cheaper. I was expecting a bolder flavor out of a scotch style ale out of seattle, i would have liked more hops for a more bitter finish and a higher alcohol content to give it that extra bite, its not bad but i was expecting more.

M-light body but the flavors and malts give it a pallete heaviness which is actually very nice, it goes down smooth but doesnt completely leave your tongue.

D-it is actually a very easy to drink ale, i would have liked more hops and alcoholic bite but i think i would pick this up again. not a bad price either for what youre drinking.

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Photo of jdense
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale is thin, watery, and metallic-sweet.

It poured dark orangy-copper with a short fleeting tan head. It left a crystal clear glass. The smell and flavor had a nondescript syrupy sweetness with a metallic aftertaste. The feel was as slippery and lasting as water, although it also was as easy to drink and thirst-quenching as water.

Pike Kilt Lifter has no distinguishing characteristic; nothing to excite the taste buds or palate; nothing to remember; and no reason to have more than once.

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Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful, slightly different and smokey wee heavy-type beer.

Dark, slightly reddish golden amber, it has a smallish off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring leaving little lace. It is a bit darker and redder than the Pike IPA.

Aroma is rich caramelised dark fruits, some dark toastiness.

Taste is lightly smokey up front with rich dried fruits, toasty grain/barley, light earthiness joining later. The toastiness, rich fruits, light earthiness and light smokey quality all carry through the finish and linger gently. It's slightly on the sweeter side. It is not very good with many foods, but alone or with Pike's macaroni & cheese made with it, it is simply wonderful.

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.