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

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3.72/5
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Kilt Lifter Scottish Style AleKilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
21 IBU

Added by mzwolinski on 09-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,398
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
740
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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Ratings: 740 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Scottsdale location, brewed of course at Tempe brewpub. Their very popular but merely serviceable beer has a dark yellow coloured body and a white head with white lace. Their is light smoke in the aroma and more in the taste. Average mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a head that forms impressively and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind

Smell: Toasted bread and treacle with fruity tones of raisin and strawberry

Taste: A rather sweet opening, with the treacle dominant; the raisin and strawberry tones develop, in the middle, and the finish is a refrain from the opening with just a hint of peaty smoke

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A nice, easy-to-drink, malty beer; lacks some subtlety but is a well-brewed example of the style

Thanks, mikedR (from the other site), for the opportunity and kevindp9, for the chance to revisit

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium sized maybe a bit bigger off white to light tan head sort of just sits above a clear bright caramel colored beer with some bronze highlights added to a deep color.

Light caramel roasted and biscuit malt aroma with just a touch of some hops characteristics adding to it.

Warming lightly roasted caramel malt taste that has sort a of biscuit like quality.

Light dry aftertaste that keep a caramel malt taste lingering on with this medium bodied beer.

This is a pretty decent Scottish Ale.

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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy orange copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, raisin, toast, bread, floral, light peat, and floral earthiness; some light phenols as well, but not too bad. Some nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; the phenolic note knocks it down a bit. Taste of caramel, toast, raisin, pear, bread, floral, light pepper, light peat, and floral earthiness; slight phenols noticed after the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, bread, floral, light pepper, light peat, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors with solid complexity; good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. The phenolic note was noticeable, but not too detracting. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Scottish ale. Good balance of malt/fruity flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a short and foamy bone-white head that dissipates shortly. The nose expresses a sweet malt and a touch of smoke. The body is medium with a fine and restrained carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is exactly as the aroma indicates with a sweetish, honeyish malt that has a thread of peat-smoked character running through it. There's some minor hop flavor in there as well, but it's character is hard to pin down... it's somewhat floral and a touch leafy (the bottle lists Goldings and that appears to match up). It finishes drying with a short lingering residual maltiness and a touch of residual hop flavor. I'm not sure where it would rank in the Scottish / Scotch Ale category. It's loaded with sweet malt, but not nearly enough to fit the 110 -/- or Scotch Ale style; and yet a bit too full to be an 80 -/-. Regardless, it's an interesting and enjoyable beer with poor head retention being it's only drawback. They've brought on a new brewer who was at Alaskan for a few years, and they've also acquired a "real" bottling line (to replace their Meheen) so I'm looking forward to trying their beers again soon!

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four Peaks Kilt Llifter ale is sparkling clear dark amber with a moderate white head and lacing.

Mildly malty nose with a touch of what seems to be a fruity off-odor.
No off-flavors, however. Just a faint touch of smoke. Limited malt flavor.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O: a bit too light flavored for style, but then "flagship" brews are usually tame.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a moderate brown with a bit of slight haze. The nose is some light caramel, toffee, bread, and hints of dark fruits. The taste is along similar lines with a bit of brown sugar and molasses. Light date flavors and caramel. Good body and everything lends well to the flavor. Drinks pretty well, but nothing too special about it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modest tang of roast malt greets the tongue. More on the slightly tart side than most Scotch ales, which isn't really a complaint. Amber color in the pint glass with very modest head. Slight sweet tang on the lips. More than a touch of perfume in the flavor.

Fairly rich and highly drinkable. I'd call it more of an American Amber, though it's less bitter than many in that style. It's OK on tap, though I would prefer the more carbonated bottle version. On tap at the Bass Pro Shops restaurant in the deep suburban expanse of what might be Scottsdale.

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Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel with a 4 fingers+ tan head. Very good lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Sweet malt & caramel, with a hint of peat,

T: Big biscuitty malt & caramel then just a hint or 2 of peat up front. A little maple & toffee surfaces as it warms. Finishes dry, just a little peaty & a nice kiss of caramel

MF: Medium bodied, a little chewy, great subdued carbonation & good balance

Drank very easy, nice take on the style & loved the subltleness of the smokey peat flavor. Finding this & old monkey shine was the highlight of my trip to AZ!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was shipped to me by sKafifer in the hopes of furthering the ongoing madness known as The CANQuest (TM). Believe me, I am awash in CANs at the moment and am trying to get caught up.

From the CAN: "Pack It In - Pack It Out".

I was at Baltimore County's Tilted Kilt back in June and I'd like to mention the beauteous Hardee whose kilt I showed amazing restraint in not lifting. Yeah, I know ... sexist pig, blah, blah, blah, but I notice that none of them seem to mind my generous tips when I show at Flying Saucer, Tilted Kilt, et al. That, and with age comes wisdom. It is poor form to lay hands on the waitstaff.

My Crack & Glug produced a finger of light-tan head that disappeared like Xi Jinping (this is a current events allusion and may be Googled at your leisure). Color was a tea-like brownish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite sweet, like liquid caramel. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the maltiness was just too much for this self-avowed hophead. If it is going to be this sweet, it should have some more body to it, IMHO. It lacked any subtle smoky quality, which is what I really look for from the style. This would be a malt lover's dream but for me, it was over the top. Finish remained very sweet and I was happy to have tried it, but it was a once-and-done for yours truly.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light brown body with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell: Meager caramel-minded maltiness with a small waft of smoke and fruit note.

Taste: Mild dark caramel malt character with a pinch of earthy brown sugar. Very slight smokiness. Hint of fruit. Light, inexpressive hops. Overall, a bit lacking flavorwise.

Mouthfeel: It's downright light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Thanks, but no thanks. This is unacceptably bland! The things that pass for an "award-winning flagship ale" these days. Yeesh.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Dried apricot with more rising bubbles than the size of the khaki colored cap would suggest. I had no trouble getting all twelve ounces into the glass... with room to spare. The foam looks acceptable and leaves a passable amount of residue. Not exactly eye candy.

The aroma is more amber ale than the stated style. Since Scottish ales are, essentially, amber ales, I'm okay with it. The beer doesn't smell like it will be very sweet, nor does it smell like the peat-smoked malt will be very prominent on the palate. That isn't surprising since the label says that only the 'slightest hint' is present.

Kiltlifter SSA is a pretty good Scottish ale that isn't exactly knocking my... er... kilt off. It has an earthy nuttiness that is similar to an Oktoberfest in some ways. Not only that, but smoke and peat are still tough to appreciate. I would never have chosen the correct style if blinded.

Flavors include toasted brown bread (complete with crunchy crust), oven-baked peanuts, wood, leather, a hint of tangy fruitiness and an earthy-herbal bitterness due to the East Kent Goldings hops. Sweetness and bitterness are both moderate and are relatively balanced in the end.

The mouthfeel improves as the beer spends time in the glass. It seemed too light and too rambunctiously bubbled at first, but firms up and settles down over time.

Kudos to Four Peaks for creating a Scottish ale that straddles the line between Scottish ale and Scotch/wee heavy. I wish they had done a little more with it, though. Less earthiness and more peat-smoked malt would be good places to start. Thanks to tayner for the toss-in.

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