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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

340 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 340
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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briman

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 01:33:40 | More by briman
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 14:14:39 | More by bobsy
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csmiley

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:30:32 | More by csmiley
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 02:11:17 | More by ChrisCage
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 20:51:46 | More by donkeyrunner
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 01:31:33 | More by Shadman
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aeminter

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice deep copper color, thin head, some lacing.

S-Wonderful malty and earthy nose

T-Rather sweet with some background bitterness. Smooth, roasty and malty.

M-Very smooth, viscous, slight carbonation bite at the side of the tongue.

D-Goes down easy, but at 6.5% you get some bang for your buck

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 05:26:45 | More by aeminter
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colts9016

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Appearance: A deep amber with a light copper hue. There was a one finger that dropped to a quarter inch ring whit ring. There is a lot of carbonation in the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice roasted malt with caramel, earthiness, and fruity esters.

Taste: A nice roasted malt with caramelize flavor, there is some earthiness, some diacetyl and some peatiness.

Overall: The mouth feel is slight carbonate with a dryness. The finish has a hint of bitterness. The beer is overall just okay. There wasn't anything that stood out to make this beer pop.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:38:08 | More by colts9016
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kflorence

California

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent brown, amber color with an inch of foam that dissipates quickly.

S: The aroma is light and floral: hops, caramelized malts, honey, soap, flowers and alcohol.

T: Much like the aroma, the taste is very hop and floral dominated. There is a slight roasted malt flavor of burnt biscuits and some chewy soap residue mixed in with the more dominant hops. This beer doesn't appear to be well balanced, it seems a bit more biased towards hops than malts. There's also a mahogany wood flavor and some alcohol in the back.

M: The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and some chewiness to it. This brew is pretty light on the tongue and goes down smooth.

D: The light, carbonated nature of this beer makes it very drinkable, although I think it lacks a bit of complexity. Aside from the less than stellar flavor, it's pretty smooth and drinkable. Coming in at 6.60% ABV, it makes for a nice winter warmer. Fairly drinkable, but there are tastier Scotch ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 22:24:47 | More by kflorence
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Floydster

California

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle drank tonight, came as an extra in a trade with SuzyGreenberg, thanks Ben for the opportunity, this bottle says 6.5% ABV so it might vary by batch, poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass, color is on the darker spectrum of an amber, 1/8 inch bubbly off white head, practically not there, no lacing or retention, smell has a big malt presence, peat, caramel, floral hoppiness, smokiness, and maple syrup, taste was much the same with an enjoyable dry finish, definitely on the lighter side for a wee heavy, also some esters and a fruity earthiness later on once this warms up, mouthfeel is dry, chewy, and sweet, medium bodied, thinner for this style, above average level of carbonation, could drink a few bottles of this for sure, light on the stomach, easy drinking scotch ale, barely can detect a drop of alcohol, nice introduction from this brewery, interesting presentation of this style with a much lower ABV than usual, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 04:34:47 | More by Floydster
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Vancer

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, murky cola brown in the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Darn nice tan head floating about the top. It gives a go at some ring lacing, but gives up without a lot of fight.

Subtle aroma of caramel and toasted malts. Sharp and tangy quaff of caramel, chocolate and an underlying hint of piney hops. Darn tasty brew, mid-strength alcohol of 6.5% never surfaces. Lite bodied brew, for a scotch-style ruby ale, which only adds to the enjoyment.

Glad I was able to sample this one - bottle muled back by my son working in Seattle - atta go!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 23:11:29 | More by Vancer
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ruby ale pours more of a ruddy amber with some orange & caramel hues mixed in. A one-finger head rises and quickly fades to a thin layer of lacing across the top that stays until the bottom, haphazardly depositing globular lacing down the glass.

aroma is definite malt with some fruit and alcohol notes. pears and guava mixed with a bit of aspen wood and alcohol. a hint of smoke and burnt leather trails. Interesting aroma, although I'm not entirely sure I'm enamored with it.

taste is fairly middle of the road. A decent malt backbone with more malt notes, ranging from some sweet caramels to some bitter walnut-skin like astringent malts. There's a hint of warming alcohol in the back, and a touch of peat and leather, a bit on the powerful side. A solid amber on the whole with a few interesting notes. Not overwhelming, nor incredibly complex, but not unwelcome.

mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Carbonation is a bit low, giving the impression of syrupy and thick, although not necessarily in a bad way. smooth without leaving any oils or astringent notes behind. Clean and pleasant.

Not a bad scotch-style ale. Smooth and drinkable with a good balance. The flavors near the verge of sweetness, but quickly veer back to the malty and woody notes, creating a drinkable yet fairly interesting brew. Nothing outstanding, and it could use a bit more depth, but I'd drink it again, if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 06:37:17 | More by djeucalyptus
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champ103

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear ruby color. A large beige head forms and leaves some rings of sticky lace.
S: Caramel and nutty malt. A musky aroma, and a bit of grainy malt as well.
T: Malty and sweet with a metallic taste. A light graininess. It is thin and uninspired though. The flavors are muted and nondescript.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation end. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink. A relatively low ABV beer for the style makes for quaffable beer.

Not bad, but does not measure up to my favorites of the style. I probably wont be getting this again though. There are other top notch Wee Heavies around that blow this one out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 23:23:54 | More by champ103
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allengarvin

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonik pint glass, this beer is a wonderfully lovely reddish amber color... unfortunately, little head forms on top of it and there's no lacing. But the color is perfect. Pleasant malty aroma, toasted with a little nutty edge to it. The flavor is malty, but somewhat underwhelming. At this strength, I was hoping for more. Anyway, it's got a toasty, very lightly burnt caramel flavor. Bitterness is medium, so thankfully it's not too sweet. The body is a tad watery as well.

Fairly average.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 01:32:25 | More by allengarvin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed light rubyish brown witha thin off-white head that becomes patchy. Slight lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with a bit of peat smokiness.

The taste is of caramel with slight peat. A bitterish twang that is a bit much for the style is in the finish.

It has a firm medium body.

I was hoping for a bit more malty richness/depth. Not quite what I think of as a wee heavy, but there's enough characteristics to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:02:39 | More by jwc215
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lightindarkness

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DHGranstrand for sending this one.

Pours a dusty coppery orange color. Decent head settles down to patchy froth and a ring of suds.

Nose is malty rich, with some earthy notes and a background sugary sweetness. Some reddish smelling notes come out of hibiscus and cherry pie filling. Some alcohol fumes present as overtones.

A little tart and tea like on the tongue up front. Maltier middle notes settle in expanding the palate a little, then becoming a bit more coarse with only a touch of sweetness. Finishes with a very mild alcohol spice and bready grains. Has an overall decent flavor, but really lacks malty depth for me. Not enough bottom end to fill this one out, leaving it kind of high and dry.

Feel is medium bodied with a lighter but still sharp carbonation. Finishes with a touch of dryness, and a mild sticky coating.

Overall it's not too bad, but seems to be lacking some depth of flavor for me. Pretty drinkable though, as it is milder than some other Scotch Ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 17:48:45 | More by lightindarkness
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tpd975

Florida

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

A: Dark brownish hue with tints of orange. An average sized head builds after the pour. There is average retention and no lace.

S: Light in aroma. There is some light caramel malt and a hint of sugar.

T: Light scotch ale taste. Hints of brown sugar and caramel malt. A touch of bread and some spice. Not alot going on to be honest.

M: Fairly thin in body, yet fairly smooth.

D: It's a light beer which makes it pretty drinkable. The lack of flavor would not make me reach for another though.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 22:30:41 | More by tpd975
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timbro81

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to julian for the opportunity. Pours a nice copper/caramel with a standard head that is quick to disappear. Little carbonation. Smells of slightly nutty, toffee, caramel malts. Taste of soft caramel malts mingling well with a very subtle hop profile. Mouth feel is silky. A nutty, toffeeness comes into play in the aftertase. Well balanced and very tastey.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 03:05:18 | More by timbro81
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Ruby poured a lovely red hue with a finger foam head and tiny bit of bubbly lacing.

The aroma was nice. It gave a deep red fruit smell with malts. Tasting the brew was malty up front and thru. In the end it had a nice hop bitterness to round it out. In the mouth it was thin and pretty non apparent except on the tongue where you were left a maltiness.

Overall I thought it was a well balanced and light ale. I could drink a sixer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 03:10:23 | More by cswhitehorse
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy amber with minimal head. Smell of malt and dark sugar and fruits. Tastes about the same as the aroma but with good dose of spice. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation.
After a good couple of sips the spiced kick mellow but its still present. Could be considered a bit harsh but not. A good drinker I could sip upon.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 03:33:47 | More by Bookseeb
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger headw ith good retention that stays for a while down the glass. Nice ruby/brown cloudy color.

Smell is of toffee and toasted malts. A little bit of apple and plum fruitiness lie underneath.

Toated malts with tofee are first noticed with a sort of sweet green apple undertone that is only noticeable when paying close attention. This is finished with a dry hop bitterness and a green apple sweetness aftertaste. I had a 3.5-4.0 on nose and taste, but I will take points on taste as the beer is slightly astringent from the alcohol with a little bit of dry tannins producing very mild off flavors.

The sweetness of the apple really sticks to the palate. The mouthfeel is a dry and I feel that the beer gets slightly cloying because of this.

I like this beer and I think it is well done. I think the apple sweetness may bother some, but I like it. I think it mixes well with the malts and provides for a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 06:30:26 | More by jasonjlewis
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second offering from Pikes. Ever and also in the past two days.

This one pours a clear brown copper, quickly dissapearing head.

Soggy bread aroma. Stale smoke with a mild sweetness.

Good malty body, smooth from begining to end. Earth/soil with some toasted nut. Hop flavor is there too, especially at the end, but the malt easily overpowers it, which is okay for the style. Good scotch taste.

Drinkability is not where I expected it. Not a bad scotch ale, but i've had better.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 01:51:43 | More by SurlyDuff
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50... shared with a buddy... mine from a small weizen glass.

Nice 1.5" head.. with pretty splotchy lacing.. color is amber at best.. It always suprises me that the color is not darker... I expect a bit more color out of a wee heavy.

Aroma is fruity yeasts for sure.. toasted malts and slight brown malts.. no hops to speak of.. still could use more maltiness in my opinion.

Flavor is bready and caramel.. there is an actual smoked flavor that undeniable (though lite until it warms up a bit) .. biscuits and yeasty phenols.. for this ABV, I expect a little more body.. not bad at all, and better than 5 previous notebook reviews reveal... Has Pike changed things up? It seems so.

I am torn over this one; I've never been impressed with this one, though Pike Kilt Lifter is my brothers "desert island beer". I've had it dozens and dozens of times over the years and have been underwhelmed for the most part.. tonight, though... it seems to be a better brew. Kilty still needs more over everything to really raise the bar.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 09:03:13 | More by JohnGalt1
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SargeC

Japan

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy caramel-brown. Nonexistent head with a few large carbonation bubbles. Very still

Smell: Smoky sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste: Initial sweetness with a nice smoky finish. Hints of tobacco. Evolved as I drank it. It became very earthy and dare I say, peaty. It almost began to resemble a decent blend of scotch as the pint went down.

Mouthfeel: Coats well with a medium body.

Drinkability: Nice character. Had many scotch ale qualities, but made its own statement without going over the top.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 05:03:44 | More by SargeC
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Pegasus

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium amber brown in color, with a touch of haze and a small white head.

Aroma: Earthy, fruit\y notes, no discernable hops, as expected, and a sweet, perfume note. The aroma seems less malty than typical for the style.

Taste: Mildly peaty and earthy from the start to finish, with a slight alcohol note. Finishes with a flourish of mild, but lingering earth and bitter chocolate notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but a bit thin, with very mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant, although a bit understated, conveys a feeling of being light for the style.

Many thanks to Bill for generously sharing this uncommon Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 17:53:25 | More by Pegasus
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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