Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery
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3.28/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
06-27-2009 22:16:26 | More by jbphoto88
4.15/5 rDev +15.9%
I've enjoyed but not been particularly impressed by the other pike beers, hopefully this one is different. Pours a clear amber color with a nice tan head that retains well. The aroma has some candied fruit notes upfront, along with molasses, esters, a hint of smoke, toasted bread and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is a little more complex than the aroma, with a nice fruity character upfront (apple, plum, date) along with some caramel and molasses, toasted bread, smoke, and some herbal hops. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is excellent. A quite enjoyable scotch ale, with just the right amount of smokiness and restrained sweetness.
07-28-2010 03:20:35 | More by silver0rlead
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
11-05-2007 05:03:44 | More by SargeC
3.45/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-12-2010 22:44:01 | More by Bfarr
3.7/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
03-07-2008 01:51:43 | More by SurlyDuff
3.33/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-28-2009 07:06:53 | More by climax
3.6/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
11-09-2008 06:37:17 | More by djeucalyptus
2.78/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
02-16-2011 02:51:37 | More by theboozecruise
4.22/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
05-16-2003 21:45:54 | More by freed
3.93/5 rDev +9.8%
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Malty and smooth. Clear bright rich amber color. Body is not sweet, but is rich and well balanced with peat flavor. Sampled 9/18/1998.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 1. 7.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Clear copper amber color. Touch of hops then Rich smoky sweet malt flavor in thick smooth body. Peat flavor appears midway through taste and adds nice balance to malt body. Big, bold and smooth. Sampled 2/16/1999.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 2. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Bright clear amber color. Subtly but decidedly Scottish in character. Heather smoky front. Rich smoky sweet light textured smooth body. Hints of heather spice flavor. Smooth flavorful finish. Sampled 6/24/1999.
Pike Brewing Company--Kiltlifter Scottish Ale. 6.60% ABV. 25 IBU's. Clear bronze color. Light balanced pleasing Scottish malty flavor, but body seems thin. Nice easy smooth finish. (3.5 / 5.0) Sampled at Pike Pub 1/21/2000. 1-16 oz. Pint.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Very clear rich copper color. Smooth smoky malt front. Rich crisp malty body has a light sweet spiciness. Hints of heather in clean mildly spicy end. Very good. Pike is Better Bottled. Sampled 3/29/2001.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Light Bottle Conditioned sediment. Clear thin light amber color. Light head & lace. Mild hop malty front. Thin dry rich malty mild peat smoky mild sweet fruit body. Smooth rich drinkable rich dry malt brew. Mild hops. Sampled 12/17/2003.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear thin bright copper amber color. Light mild lace head. Tangy malty mild hop smoked peat front. Thin rich dry sweet malty toasted caramel body. Mild hot hop end. Rich tasty clean favored Scotch. Sampled 4/6/2004.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear thin dark amber red color. Malty toasted mild peat hop front. Clean smooth dry sweet malty toasted caramel mild peat fruit crisp body. Lager smooth mild hop sweet mild hot end. Still Good. Sampled 5/21/2005.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ruby Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Scottish Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear thin bright ruby amber color. Mild hop smoke peat front. Mild sweet crisp thin malty mild fruit smoky Scottish amber body. Clean lingering peat mild hop smooth end. Needs malt. Nice. Sampled 12/5/2006.
Pike Brewing Company--Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. Clear thin bright dark bronze color. Earthy mild smoked peat front and rich Scottish malty body. Smooth malt residue end. Nice but a little dull after IPA taste. (3.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taste @ Pike Pub & Brewery 5/8/2010.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Bottle Conditioned sediment dusting. Lacy off white thin head. Hazed bright rich amber orange hint color. Fruity floral malty mild hop front. Mildly cloying sweet fruity malty peat hint thin textured red toffee body. Mild hop hot EtOH lingering fruit malt end. Sour? Bad Buds? Sampled 7/7/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.
Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style--2010-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin white thin lace head. Clear dark bright amber orange color. Delicate aromatic malt mild hop peat hint front. Dry toasted biscuit thin texture rich caramel mild fruit malty Scottish body. Dry clean crisp mild hop smooth tasty crusty hint end. Sampled 7/8/2010. 6-Pack $8.99. Purchased today. Fresh Bottle. Ages quickly.
07-09-2010 03:21:15 | More by philbertk
3.54/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours an orangey-ruby, cloudy with short-lived fizzy off-white head. There's a little bit of lacing. The aroma is fairly simple, with just nondescript malt sweetness. The taste is about the same. There's not a lot to either. It does have a decent weight to the body, though. A surprising miss from Pike.
07-08-2014 21:25:11 | More by delta490
3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
A- orange and red tints on a bronze brew, with a thin 1 finger white head up top for a decent hold, lace is quick to fade
S- rich caramel, dried dark fruits, smells like a scotch ale, strong aromas
T- malty sweet, toasted caramel malts, slightly roasted malt flavors, molasses, dates, figs , raisins, and some unfermented sugars
M- smooth medium body with excellent carbonation and a semi dry finish that features some alcoholic heat
D- strong aromas, tasty brew, and great mouth feel, give this brew a whirl if you are into scotch ales
10-18-2007 03:52:28 | More by tonistruth
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
This has a cloudy orange colour and an ample head. I wasn't able to divine much of a nose because of the smoky bar I was consuming this in.
It has a fruity, tangy flavour with a malt profile which manages to mix caramel and carrot. This is well balanced with enough hops to give it a little bite. As the beer warms the fairly high alcohol content becomes apparent. I like this beer but it isn't easy to knock back and an imperial pint was more than enough.
01-20-2006 04:05:24 | More by charlatan
3.15/5 rDev -12%
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
09-26-2009 01:18:09 | More by cvfish
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
03-28-2009 04:30:32 | More by csmiley
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
04-20-2004 03:43:18 | More by BeerAngel
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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