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

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Kilt Lifter Scottish Style AleKilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale

Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
21 IBU

Added by mzwolinski on 09-24-2002

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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 648
Reviews by notsoprobeer:
Photo of notsoprobeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel (deep golden orange) in color, clear, with a white head that dissipated quickly. Very nice color. Aroma of sweet, toasted, and caramel malts. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the addition of a subtle smoky flavor. Four Peaks' description of this Kilt Lifter is spot on with what I tasted. Medium bodied with an effervescent mouth feel. It finishes with some sweet malt and smokiness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Solid and clear copper in color with a nice head that settled into a foam above the liquid.

Smell – Nice, sharp peat aroma with a hint of smoke. The malt base was laden with caramel and sugars.

Taste – The peat and sugar really kicked off the flavor here. The scotch notes were dim, but the finish was caramel malt with a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel – This was probably not quite medium-bodied with a sweetness that watered the mouth.

Drinkability – This was a very drinkable Scottish Ale and definitely one that I wouldn’t mind having again.

Comments – A big thanks to Gusler for sending this one up to Seattle.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacubz
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Russet amber color; bubbly head reaches high. Sweet toasted malt aroma of brown bread, doughy biscuits and treacle. No doubt this brew has some body to it—the smoothness runs just as deep as the body is thick. Full malt jacket wraps around the taste buds with toasted, sweet and grassy flavors. Hops in the back stay in the back, even while providing some balance. Sweet malty finish with a hint of alcohol. This malt bomb kills it, brewed to style, and is quite quaffable for the body size and strength.

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Photo of blitz134
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to take the pour easy due to an over zealous head. Just off-white in color, loose foam that recedes quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the top through a dark caramel brown color. Not really any lacing to speak of.

Aroma is a bit weak overall. Sweet biscuity malts with some grassy hops. Taste is a bit sweet, light biscuit malting again but has some definate fruity essences that I don't expect too much in a scottish style brew. Has a bit of toasted nuttiness in the finish that begins to hint at some alcohol. Just okay overall.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin as well. Coats the mouth well and the flavor lingers. I thought this was going to be over carbonated but it didn't show up as I expected. Decent drinkability...definately easy to put back but nothing outstanding that would keep me coming back.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange/reddish with a good sweetish/bready nose. Head is creamy and sticks around. Taste is very smooth and pleasing with a satisfying grain aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is on the low side. I find it hard to describe scottish ales. They generally remind me of a less robust oktoberfest. This one seems faithful to the style and a generally good 'anytime' beer.

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Photo of Bszymkow09
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first Arizona beer I had when we arrived for our niece's wedding.
In a pint glass it was a dark amber color with a tiny tan head.
Sweet caramel aroma.
Sweet caramel taste.
Light-to-medium bodied.
Rather enjoyable.

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Photo of DesertWildman
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of grynder33
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber pour, malty sweet aroma, nice slightly carmel taste, very satisfying mouthfeel, although the flavors aren't real bold, its hard to find any fault with this brew, the sweetness lingered nicely to the end. i will definitely get a 6'er of this if I have the chance.

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Photo of mikechance
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My overall impression of the beer was average, but it had hints of promise. Although not a traditional scottish style ale in my opinion it did have some interesting aspects. The malts created some interested flavors which I would love to explore again. This beer is average is a bottle, but might be a completely different experience from the tap.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours orange copper with a large, off-white head. the aroma is very sweet, with some caramel and apple notes. The flavor is caramel, apple, sweet malt and some other fruits including cherry. No real smoke or peat character. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of mattster
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Nice head formed of about 3/4". then subsided to about 1/8". Color is a nice reddish brown (or is it brownish red).

Smell is of malts and some grain, but nothing outstanding. Taste is quite present. All taste are a bit more subtle than many of the brews I've been drinking lately. I do taste sort of a roasted grain and a little bit of yeastiness, but beer is very dry. I've had this on tap from Four Peaks in N. Scottsdale, and it taste pretty similar from bottle.

The finish is pleasant with a nice mellow mouth feel. I could drink more than one of these - which is good because I think I have a few more.

All in all, a decent brew. Would be good with a burger or even pizza, but I don't think I would pair it with Haggis (Granted, I don't think I would eat Haggis).

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear dark amber color with just a little under one fingers worth of off white head. The nose is caramel with biscuits. You definitely get a malty ready taste with some caramel like the smell suggests. The feel is medium low with low carbonation but a little creaminess to it. Overall this is an above average beer. I have had many of them and have enjoyed it each time.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Patsy Grimaldi's. Served a little cold, so the rating probably suffered a bit. Poured hazy orange-gold with a short white head. Minimal lacing. Caramel and butterscotch nose with some earth. More cake batter than peat in this one. Solid, firm motuhfeel, some stickiness, long finish. Nice, sweet maltiness that lingers. Again, caramel and butterscotch dominate, with no real hop presence. Kind of like drinking a snickerdoodle cookie.

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Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Frankyfigs1990
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bisq
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Tybee
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dinkel
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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