Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

Kilt Lifter Scottish Style AleKilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale
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Scottish Ale
Ranked #68
Ranked #35,447
3.72 | pDev: 12.63%
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States
Kilt Lifter Scottish Style AleKilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale
Notes: Kilt Lifter is our award-winning flagship brew, crafted in the tradition and honor of the great strong ales of Scotland. Take one sip and you’ll swear it had been brewed by men in kilts—and maybe it was. It’s a full-bodied ale with pronounced flavors of caramel and roasted barley. Notice its amber color, malty sweetness and a hint of smokiness with a clean dry finish? That’s a true Scottish-style ale.
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, plums, raisins and a hint of smoke. Flavor follows, with dry caramel malt, raisins, light plum and dates and a bare hint of smoke. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Hits all the notes expected for a Scottish ale, although a bit light on the peat smoke. Flavor is is a hair thin as the taste develops, but finishes with lingering dark fruit and mildly bitter caramel and that touch of smoke. A worksman class Scottish style ale that doesn't push the envelope.

May 12, 2020
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mirkat1956 from California

4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark amber color with a malty tone blended with the hops. I like this beer when I want to grab a dark one without going all out stout. I only wish I knew what the IBUs are.

Apr 26, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour: Réunion with child hood friends. Good head retention and nice lacing.
Aroma: unrefined sugar cane (Punjabi shakkar), some coffee and some chocolate.
Taste: Sweet like unrefined sugar cane, but a melon juice finish.
Feel: light body, low Carbonation. Very refreshing.
Would drink again? Maybe.

Feb 28, 2020
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hottenot from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells like malty hops. Tastes like malt and hops, as any good beer should.
Looks Amber in color.
Tastes great after about 6.
Because the only time I had this was at a Dark Star concert in Portland Oregon.
Good Times.

Feb 24, 2020
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cratez from Canada

3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Rating from notes. Consumed September 2013. "A standard Scottish Ale with enough nuances to keep things interesting, but not a beer I would seek out again."

Jan 25, 2020
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4.84/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is pleasing immediately when you open it up. Served in a chilled mug made the crispy and sweet flavors explode. No bite after taste. Seems to be a new batch. From the inscription I can make out in it less the 30 days old. Pleasing to the palette for sure. Deep amber look and the taste reflects a well selected set of grains. I love this beer prior to a meal to open my palette. Goes very well with beef meals. Enjoy it in the southwest.

Jan 21, 2020
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Jbuilder16 from Texas

4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding example of the style. Great option to finish off a night of good whiskey drinking. Better than 90 schilling imop. Thoroughly enjoyed after a solid night of Islay scotch and rye whiskey. Great price point and would share a pint whenever given the opportunity.

May 25, 2019
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davida1225 from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Yard House in Vegas. Poured nice dark amber, with little head. Nice and malty, albeit a bit sweet for me. Not much nose, but an all around decent beer.

May 06, 2019
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Imakoniver from New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft: Came to the table a dark amber color with no head, smelled malty, tasted malty and sweet, low carbonation and nice, sweet aftertaste. Overall, a very drinkable beer.

Apr 25, 2019
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Thedude1584 from Arizona

4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Malty and smooth. I was pleasantly surprised by the response of the tones from the bottle. I certainly enjoyed this ale and would recommend it to a friend. Great beer to sip on and enjoy an evening of relaxing.

Apr 23, 2019
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Rogerlb from California

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours with a slight, tightly packed head with mini bubbles. The color is light amber, almost translucent. Closer to rose than to "garnet."

Aroma is malt, raisin and licorice with a plum sweetness. Not at all hoppy. Very pleasant richness.

Taste is plummy, slight licorice, some toffee, and grass without the earth. It's less rich than the aroma indicates, almost lager-y ale with slight bitter in the finish. Not a lot of malt body on this one, and I'm not getting the caramel some others got. Goes down quite smooth. No alcohol at all (6%).

Didn't quite lift my kilt. Steady amber, Not sure this hits the scottish ale quadrant.

Mar 18, 2019
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StephenM from Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Union Grill and Pub, clear copper color,scant head, faintly sweet caramel aroma, flavor sweet caramel, mildly smoky, minimal buttering, mouthfeel thin, low carbonation, overall pleasing and good complement to my fish and chips

Mar 02, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A four peaks standard bearer, kilt lifter has been an Arizonan staple for much longer than anyone of us has been drinking beer. Because of its ubiquity across the state, we've had the opportunity to try it on countless occasions, and our interest has waxed and waned. Ultimately though, this beer doesn't have much going on, but it is one of the better amber produced in the state.

Feb 17, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually really liked this “shelf” option (I say this because it seemed to be one of the few craft options you can readily find in Vegas, which doesn’t cater much to the craft market). It isn’t flashy but the caramel malt is balanced and has good expression without being too bready or chunky.

Jan 23, 2019
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gandres from Philippines

3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can 1 pint poured to pint glass
Sight: Dark amber clear liquid, medium foam, lacing
Small: good aroma, malty
Taste: low bitterness, sweet
Mouth feel: medium carbonation, long follow through, good long finish, sweet aftertaste
Very good beer, repeat: yes look forward: No
dranked: Friday, May 12, 2017 9:00 PM

Jan 13, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill.

A clear mahogany with a thin brown head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing this looks solid. There nose has toffee, butterscotch, burnt caramel and a little bit of leather and earthy hop bitterness. Pleasantly toasty as well. The palate opens mildly sweet with dark caramel, burnt caramel and dark brown sugar along with a mild bitterness to balance it. The mid palate is rather nondescript with a simple sweetness. A touch of smoke is present as well. Drying on ght finish, this beer is medium light in body and moderately carbonated. Decent.

Dec 26, 2018
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npolachek from New York

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - reddish color - head doesn't last very long.
Smell - not much
Taste - molasses but weak.
Feel - medium bodied
Overall - a good beer for drinking, but light for a Scottish Ale. Taste was fine, but nothing remarkable.

Dec 06, 2018
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babaracas from Florida

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guessed this was InBev because the casinos only have InBev and Constellation. This is a decent Scottish ale, plenty of caramel, clean hopping to balance.

Dec 01, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Craft brewer that has been purchased by INBEV.
Clear, dark amber colored body. Thin spotty head. No lacing.
Aroma of roasty malt with slight smoke, and lots of caramel. Has an overall sweet smell.
Taste of smoky malt and caramel. Both add sweetness to the brew.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Middle of the road Scottish Ale.

Oct 14, 2018
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sjdevel from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - light copper color - 1 finger head - dies off quickly - foam ring hangs on for awhile
Smell - some molasses and burnt sugar - not very aromatic - some dark fruit
Taste - no real hops to speak of - tastes of caramel - tastes a bit watered down - can't believe that this is 6% - left with a caramel corn aftertaste (not entirely bad)
Feel - medium bodied but on the lower end - feels pretty thin for a Scottish Style Brew - flattened out too quickly
Overall - its an ok beer but not what I expected with the "Scottish-Style" label. I was expecting a heavier and more flavorful. I would drink this one again as it has a good flavor - It just didn't leave me impressed at all

Oct 02, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out deep amber. The head is tan with moderate retention. No Lacing

The nose has some caramel, a bit of grains, and faint hops.

The taste is mostly of slightly sweet caramel malts. Maybe some molasses. Not much going on. One dimensional.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is nice. Medium but lightly effervescent.

Sep 11, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. 26MAY18 printed in black box on bottom left of back label.

Appearance - Pours medium offwhite head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lots of lacing. Clear medium-light red-brown body. 3.75

Smell - Strong nut, malt, and alcohol characters play off eachother. Some honey and caramel in the back. Slight dark fruit, plum. 4

Taste - Tons of alcohol. Malt-liquorish musky, corny malt. It's only 6 percent but tastes like a poorly hidden high gravity malt liquor. Lots of dry cardboard. 1.25

Mouthfeel - Somehow both sticky and astringent without any capacity for one to balance out the other. The worst of both worlds. Legimitately awe inspiring in its terribleness. 1.25

Overall - If your goal is to get drunk, just get a malt liquor. It will taste better, have more alcohol, and be cheaper. If your goal is taste a beer, buy anything else. This is probably the worst beer I've had in years. I really hope it's just a bad bottle. There's no indication whether the date is the born on or best by, but regardless, a beer should never taste this bad, even a few months passed. 1.25

Sep 03, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

this was a rough one for me, and sure, i did it to myself a bit, but come on, this should be a lot better than it is. purchased at a venue in the dessert, in a 24oz can or something big like that, and it was hot out obviously, so this was a weird choice to begin with, a scottish ale in this heat and in this volume, but i wanted a craft beer and this was my only choice. i would have been better off with a silver bullet. its sweet and adjuncty for what it is, without the bready toasty rich malt depth i usually look for in the style, and it warms up so poorly that i actually cant finish the bottom quarter or so of the can, metallic and even artificial tasting somehow, which shouldnt happen in an unflavored beer. i know i didnt give this the best chance to be good, the context was way off, but this was even worse than it should have been. cheap and monotone and oddly sharp. it was north of ten bucks too, a regrettable purchase in more ways than one. i would avoid this one, at least in this format. eventually ill try this again in a better situation, but after this experience i am in no hurry...

Jul 21, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a nutty, khaki finger of foam. Aroma is toasted and nutted malts, giving off an aroma approaching dark. Flavor profile is nutted, toasted, and breaded malts forming a comforting taste. Mouth feel is velvety with light fizz, with a medium thickness. Overall, pretty good display of malts here, but not much beyond that.

Draft. Reviewed from notes.

Jun 22, 2018
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger whitehead, clear brown body.

Smell: Same as below.

Taste: Mild caramel, mild dark fruits, very mild peat, almost a pilsener malty flavor.

Feel: Light body, high carbonation, well balanced.

Apr 04, 2018
Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 846 ratings