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

426 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 12
Gots: 52 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 650ml bottle from Total Wine & More:

A: I poured the ale into a tulip-shaped nosing glass, it revealed a copper/amber hue, with some darker, mahogany notes, with a small amount of lacing on top. A bit lighter in color, and viscosity than other Scotch styles I've encountered.

S: The ale smells of hickory smoke, a bit of coarse grain, such as oatmeal (rather faint), and there is some degree of a citrus, or berry fruit on the back. Nice malty sweetness, but not overly powerful. Once you notice the smoke, it really is the first thing that hits you, and it sticks around.

T&M: There is a nice woody feel to this beer. I would classify it similar to tawny ports, where you taste some wood, but it is very well balanced. Smoke obviously follows, notes of grilled corn, and there is a cherry-grapefruit spice on the finish. The texture is rather creamy, but not overly carbonated. A rather smooth, well balanced beer -- if anyone wants to do a smoked Turkey on Thanksgiving -- this would be a good choice to pair (especially if you have a cranberry sauce nearby).

Overall, I really like this ale. It is a good summertime Scotch ale. Not too heavy, the malty sweetness, and rich flavors are present, but not too intense. It doesn't have quite the oatmeal heaviness that you might find in Oskar Blues Old Chub, for example. Different, but appealing. I'll be buying this again!

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with beertunes, poured a cloudy, amber, almost light chestnut in color, with a very soapy looking off white head, about 1 finger in thickness. Receded very quickly to negligible lacing.

Smell was fairly non-descript. A little cold at first, I got some caramel sweetness. Much later, near the bottom of the glass, warmth brought out some nuttiness, with maybe a hint of hay.

Taste was better than the nose. The caramel and nuttiness was a little more pronounced especially as it warmed. Overall though, the flavors didn't seem to come off quite as heavy as I would have expected for the style. Maybe I just need to sample a few more from this style.

Mouthfeel was fairly average, not bad, not outstanding. Smooth, with just a little alcohol warmth on the tongue.

Drinkability is not bad. I certainly wouldn't turn this down, and wouldn't be upset to find it in another trade box.

Photo of Bfarr
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, deep red amber with a very thin head. There is a faint tea and malt aroma, nothing too good. This is a very balanced beer with nice caramel malt with a slight herbal hop taste. It's very smooth but the taste became a little grainy by the end.

For a scotch ale this one is kind of light on what I look for in a scotch ale. It's very smooth an drinkable but just a bit shy for my tastes.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1-29-10 in a pint glass

A - Low head, almost none at all. Maple color, slightly cloudy but tons of yeasty floaters bobbing like jelly fish. No lacing, almost like an on-tap beer.

S - Difficult to smell initially. The hops were subdued and there were some mild citrus smells. After it warmed up a bit there were some pleasant nutty smells.

T - Initially sweet and malty. Some caramel malt and some lightly roasted malts. Unlike the smells, the hop flavor comes out a bi9t stronger but not overly so. N.W. brewery influence is noticeable. Aftertaste was interesting. Hints of mint and spruce very similar to gin.

M - Alcohol burn like liquor is strong. The maltyness does lead to some smoothness.

D - High, smooth and drinkable. Some people will not like the fusil burn for sure. The smells took a long time to wake up but this was fine. I'd drink it again.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/24/2009 (bottle):

Cloudy brown color body, small off-white head, quickly diminishing. Malty sweet aroma, syrupy. Earthy. English malty taste, biscuity. Sweet, but not syrupy. Scotchy taste, maybe butterscotch. Not bad, not too headache inducing.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank the shit out of this beer my first and second year of college.

Pours an unusually light color for the style with a peachy brown orange color and totally clear. A stark white head retains well and leaves pretty good lacing.

Nose has a rock candy like, crisp malty sweetness that brings back memories. A good bit of caramel, but no strong smoke or peat is present.

Ah, there it is. A ridiculously creamy flavor is complimented by slight smokiness and a good peaty profile. I didn't find this in the nose, but it is quite clear in the taste. Despite the lighter color of this beer (stylewise) its actually got a very authentic malt profile. Not much of a hop profile, as is expected for the style. The finish is nice and smooth, crazy creamy, and the aftertaste lingers on with caramely malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is just about ideal. Viscous, but not overly so, and certainly not cloying.

Drinkability is pretty strong as this one is not exactly high on the abv scale as far as the style is concerned.

Overall, this is simply put, a solid and sessionable scotch ale that is packed with style accurate flavor. As common as it may be, it is solid. The color really throws one off going into it, but as soon as that signature scotch ale flavor makes its way in, there is no question what style is in the glass. This is definitely the best readily available scotch ale in a decent priced sixer that ive had. I was afraid that i only loved it becuase i drank it so much before my palate really matured and i would hate it now, (like their IPA) but this is a solid offering from pike. Nice scotch ale.

Photo of TheFlern
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark cloudy mahogany. Little head that doesn't lace.

Smell: Very heavy malt notes with some spice as well

Taste: Very heavy taste. There are some really nice malt notes with spice. The ratio between the too leads to a slightly off taste for me. Very good overall.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, spice and malt. Good amount of carbonation. Just very heavy.

Drinkability: The ABV and heaviness of this beer make it very hard to drink to much of.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown color with a thin, large-bubbled foam that fades real quick to a few bubbles floating on the surface. The opacity of this beer is pretty surprising.

Smell is very sweet and carmely with just a touch of earthy peat and lots of dark fruits - strawberries, blackberries and figs covered with brown sugar. I typically like my Scotch Ale's more earthy and smoky.

The taste is sweet and light with some of the fruitiness coming through as well. The malts are there, but not in enough quantity to be rich and creamy. That makes it probably a good thing the ABV is only 6.6, just not enough body and flavor to support any more alcohol. As a beer, it is far from bad and I do not think I will have much trouble finishing the bomber, but for a Scotch Ale, this is a pretty weak attempt.

Photo of cvfish
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a golden caramel color that produced a wispy white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aroma of this beer was quite disappointing to me, very low malt characteristic, not very appealing

T - The taste of this beer was also disappointing for me, very low malt characteristic like the smell, very little of anything in this one

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is particularly low, this was not a very good representation of the Scotch Ale style, would have thought that this did not come from a craft brewery

Photo of GRG1313
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red amber with a nice but short white head that quickly disappears.

Lovely floral perfume nose that's simple but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied but with flavor and character.

Sweet malt flavors in the front palate to simple orange and stone fruit malt flavors. Hint of peated Scotch but less than anticipated.

Simple, single dimensional beer that's pleasant. Nothing special.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.23/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Recieved as a joke sort of I guess from the shotgun BIF. I had really never had much from them, but being this is one of my favorite styles what the heck right? Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/30/2009.

The pour was off from the start, small tan head which faded almost instantly was replaced by only the slightest bit of lacing on the sides of the glass, which itself faded momentarily leaving behind only a bare, brown liquid. Aroma was a mess, wet carbonard, hints of caramel were muted and astringent. A touch of tannic flavors welcomed me, or scared me away, It was just all over. Watery flavor, thin and flat feel, nothing redeeming it at all. Small touch of caramel, maybe at the end of it, but really just shocked by how off this one was. No sign of alcohol or depth in the body.

Overall the worst scotch ale I have ever had. I am really shocked to be honest as well. It was just all over the place and way too thin for the style. I was expecting average but did not even get that. Not sure whats going on but I would not go here again.

Photo of spaceycasey
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A- pours deep orange/slightly red with some evident chill haze and a rapidly dissipating head. No lacing evident.

S- Malty aroma appropriate for style but a bit thin. For this style I expect a more rounded malty sweetness, but this one struggles to waft through your senses.

T- This one provided some strange complexities. The malt backbone is definitely present - but tastes like perhaps the mash was overextracted... some tannins evident. Also, the hop bitterness comes out more than I would anticipate.

M- Medium bodied and rounded with nice carbonation. Thankfully the head retention issue does not seem to be a function of under carbonation.

D- Worth another try, but not something I'd seek out.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.
Orangey, red with a small head that acted like it had somewhere else to be. This hurts the aroma as well. The smell and taste are like a hybrid between a pale ale and scottish ale. This is hardly a wee heavy. Too much hop bitterness, not a strong enough malt profile. Its a little lacking in my book.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep caramelized sugar color with a light haze to it. It's not chunky or opaque but it's getting close to it. The head is a disappointment. It was off white but it faded before I even finished pouring the beer.

The smell is weak and not just for the style, it's weak for any beer. Some malt and hops but not enough to really decipher the ingredients.

Taste is slightly better then the nose but not by much. I wish I could give it a 3.3 instead of a 3.5 because it really doesn't deserve it. The substance of this flavor is warm grains but like the nose they are weak and not really discernible. There is an herbal flavor that has similarities with the medicinal flavor of a menthol cough drop mixed with chlorinated city water. I'm not a fan.

The mouthfeel is the strongest part of this beer but given the track record of this one that's not saying much. The residual sweetness from the taste lasts into the finish and actually is refreshing. It's medium bodied, slightly creamy and has a nice small carbonation that makes it drinkable. However the flavor is something I find boring and average which makes me not want to finish it, so I will have to pass this one by the next time I see it.

Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly no head. Orange-amber color. No lace. Small amount of haze.

The aroma is sweeter than I expected, but there is a faint hop smell that was also unexpected. If blindfolded, I might think light brown ale or pale ale.

Stronger malt than hop, but this could be described as a hoppy Scotch Ale. Good body, with a solid level of carbonation. Very short aftertaste. Not very complex.

Photo of climax
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looked pretty decent. Slightly hazy red/copper/brown with a large rocky tan head left some sticky lace.

Unfortunately the nose doesn't help keep the bagpipes a'blowin. It's not bad, it's just not there... Caramel malt, some smokiness and ripe fruit is really all I could gather. It was so weak I could smell all the random vague smells around my living room when dipping my nose into the glass for a whiff.

There is more in the taste, but it's no hard hitting scotch ale by any means. Caramel malt dominates, smoke, and a dash of hop bitterness round it out. Some alcohol warmth gives it some depth.

Medium bodied, not heavy or cloying. Feel was pretty slick which I have come to expect from Pike. Carbonation was subtle yet crisp. Finish had a nice relationship of dry and slick.

As far as Scotch Ales go...this one does not lift my kilt (or Nike gym shorts if you will, kilts aren't my thing). It's not bad or offensive, but on a strictly style based opinion...it doesn't impress.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dont think that I have ever given a brew all around 4's. Either way. I was delightfuly surprised by this brew. It tastes good, cheap, and very available.

The appearance is dark amber, hazy. It is really hazy, but light can still come through. When poured very hard came to a one finger white head that quickly vanished. Leaves no real lacing around the glass.

The smell is of dark spice. You can smell some of the malts, a roasted smell for sure. You can also smell a nice sugar sweetness as well.

The taste is really good. You get a great spiced hop flavor that goes well with the mouthfeel. You can taste a dry hoppiness to it as well. The taste is dry and spicy.

The mouthfeel is okay-good. There is a nice dry feel on the palate after a few drinks. Attacks a bitter part of the tongue also. Dances well, not anything great. The drinkability is good. I could easily drink three or four of these. Overall a good brew.

J

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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber color with a medium thin and creamy beige head that recedes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked malt, hops and caramel. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel, and hops. Light smoke in the background as well. The finish is rich and sweet with a lingering caramel malt aftertaste. Above average all around.

Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber with a frothy white head, decent retention and some lace. Its not nearly as dark as the average scotch, but its still got some looks. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel and nuts mixed in with pleasant floral notes. Great sweet malt flavour mixed in with some peat, and alleviated by floral hopping. Decent amounts of caramel and nut, but not as malt heavy as I expected, and the floral hopping is in the driver's seat (though it doesn't hammer the taste buds with bitterness). Very well-balanced and satisfying. Medium body and carbonation.

Its not really a classical scotch ale in my book. While it does have caramel and peat flavours present, they're not as heavy as I would expect, and there's far more emphasis on the hopping. I'd actually view this as a very American take on the style, and its actually an interpretation that I enjoyed. Those looking for a classical scotch ale / wee heavy would be disappointed, but those looking for a great beer won't be.

Thanks Mark!

Photo of csmiley
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brownish / gold. Head is minimal and only comes to about a one finger height. It settles to a barely there ring. Retention is average along with the lacing. Not really much going on with the appearance of this one.

S - Starts out deep and malty. Getting hints of caramel, toffee, and some roasted nuttiness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Nose is light overall but still pleasant for the style.

T - Sweet and smokey. The sweeter flavors follow the aroma pretty closely. A pretty distinct smokiness towards the beginning as well. Let's see...caramel, toffee, tea, and roasted nuts all followed by a touch of bitterness. Alcohol has a light showing at the very end. Not bad.

M - This is where this beer starts to suffer. Lighter bodied and almost too thin for me. Finish stays pretty sweet and only hangs on for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is good. The smokiness adds enough to this beer to keep it pretty interesting. Alcohol is covered very well. This is pretty easy to drink but would be more enjoyable with a little more punch in the mouthfeel department. I could have a couple of these over the course of an evening with no problems. Not a beer I would seek out though.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Gave this a moderate pour and it produced a dense head that contains very fine foam bubbles, but it didn't last very long. Good reddish auburn coloring, and I have to agree that the lacing is very good....the bubbles cling to the glass like few other beers I've seen.

S- A good smell but not as distinct as I was expecting. With that said though, I do smell the roasted malts and a mild smokey aroma. It is a rich smell, earthy, woody all in one. Perhaps slightly floral as well. Unfortunately I don't smell any hops which also help keep this score down slightly.

T- Very nice! The peated malt is noticeable on the palate, along with the rich, roasted flavors in the aroma. Some coffee, cocoa, and toffee flavors are detectable. The hops really come through on the finish, making this quite enjoyable!

M- This has that viscous feel that really makes a person feel like their drinking a good beer! The carbonation is fine and low, making this a really nice smooth brew. The hops on the finish even provide a good drying sensation on the palate, making me want to have another sip fairly quick. There is a tea like bitterness that this site suggests in the description of a wee heavy and I appreciate that!

D- The alcohol is well hidden in the creaminess of this beer. Lots of great flavors and a richness that doesn't come along too often make this an enjoyable beer. I recommend this one, but would be careful with having more than a couple...I think it would fill me up fairly quick!

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color. Off-white head that was quick to fade to a thin swirl. No lace.

Smells of dirt and moss with a little bit of caramel -- very earthy.

Tastes like Kool-Aid with a gentle peat and bitter hop infusion. Mild fizz here and there, the mouthfeel is heavy but stagnant.

Overall, a very weak Scotch ale but consequently very drinkable. Somewhere between a Scotch and an amber.

via colts9016

Photo of Shadman
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has to be the lightest wee heavy I've seen ( OK I've seen two). Clear, Rye-Coke-Water in color. Vigorous pour yeilded a creamy off white head 3 fingers deep. Lacing clings to glass in a way that would make Spiderman blush.

Decent aroma, but quite understated. Earthy, with a hint of roasted malt and some floral, yet slightly citrus-like hop. Certainly no smokiness.

Ok, def. hint of smoke in the taste along with some smooth, slightly caramelized malt. Hop bitterness follows soon afterward. Slight alcohol warming toward to the end. Decently balanced

Quite creamy and smooth on the palate.

I would place this beer more in the camp of Scottish Ale vs. Wee Heavy. AS an ale it is quite nice and very drinkable even with the high ABV.

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.