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 #71
Ranked #37,797
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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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is progress. (This is an essay disguised not so well as a beer review.)
Four Peaks opens in a major college town (known for being a party school) and develops this similar spirit. And they develop it so well that AB's marketing gurus (who have learned that lifestyle is the way to sell craft beer) take notice of Four Peaks. And their business bromance begins. I don't know the history and suspect I have speculated enough.

As for Kilt Lifter, I cannot add much to the 253 reviews that have gone before me. It is amazing that this Scottish Ale is the cash cow of one of the more successful breweries in the desert. (Clue: It must be their distribution network.) If an off-beat style of a remote northern culture can become popular in the Arizona desert, then that is progress for the diversification of culture... no matter who owns the brewery.

Feb 28, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass a 1F tan head formed and quickly faded. Color is medium dark amber and fully transparent with effervescing bubbles emanating from the center of glass etches.

On the nose I get banana, malt, tea, caramel, and a sweet faint hint of hops.

On the palate I am greeted by a toasted malt and very lightly smoked toffee notes. I get a rounded taste of black tea and caramel malt that has touched wood and is rather neutral than sweet. I can discern just a bit of hop tang on the finish that is more tannin like than hop like. I do not get any banana like the nose more of a bit of fruity yeast.

Cold the beer is round and a little thin feeling with a bit of malt thickness after the taste. Carbonation is nice with ample fine bubbles. It is smooth and slick through the taste with just a touch of thickening and hint of astringency at the end.

Overall this comes off as a lighter style of an amber ale with less thick malty carbohydrates and more of malt, wood and tea influences. Less malty than Bell’s Amber and less hoppy than 90 Shilling. A really nice welcome to the lighter brown styles and reminds me a bit of some of the German styles like Altbier and Vienna Lager. Clean, not heavy, and well balanced overall, perhaps not exciting to some but I will be adding this to my regular rotations.

Jan 15, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It smells sweet and woody. I don't smell any fruity hops. Just malts and slight woodiness and something musty.

It tastes sweet and malty. Then a woody whiskey flavor comes in. Finally it finishes with the bitterness of the hops that had hitherto been hiding themselves.

It feels light and foamy. It's a bit dry and clean after it passes over the palate leaving nothing but a slightly boozy after taste.

Overall the Kilt Lifter is kind of like a shitty macro brew but it has complexities of sweet malts and that whiskey taste that makes it alright. It gets a 3.4 out of 6.

Dec 29, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

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

12/28/18...cola brown with just touches of foam sitting on top. Earthy peaty caramel nose. Sweet smooth taste with breads and vanilla. Earthy but sweet. Tasty.

Dec 28, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a best by date of 24JUL20.
2 finger beige/sand head. Very good retention - dense foam. Holds fast at 1/4". Spotty lacing.
Copper color beer with excellent clarity. Persistent streams of carbonation.
Sweet malt, dark fruit, and light caramel aromas.
Taste mirrors the nose for the most part. Malty and sweet.
Medium body, light carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Quick and semi-sweet finish.

Aug 09, 2020
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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 (ON)

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 Utah

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