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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

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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 648
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Obtained as an extra in a trade, thanks go out to Lunch.

A: Pours a clear shade of red with a huge rocky white head. Retention is unreal, the head doesn't budge an inch. Thick, foamy rings of lacing seem cemented onto the glass

S: Malty and slightly juicy on the nose, as it should be. Caramel, toffee, treacle, crusty brown bread. Faint cocoa impression and slight spice. Juicy scents of apple and berry. Grassy and floral hops are just barely noticeable.

T: Sweet on the palate with tastes of treacle and cane sugar, caramel, candy apple, and fig newtons. Grassy and herbal hop tastes provide balance. Dries and leaves a quick finish of caramel, candy apple, and faint fruits.

M: Medium/thick in body and a little syrupy. Highly effervescent with a bottle-conditioned mouthfeel to it. The carbonation lifts and scrubs. There's a little warmth here too despite the relatively tame 6% abv.

O: This is a very solid Scottish ale, and you really don't see too many of these on the market. Seek it out.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a little hotel water glass.

Looks brown amber, with little or no head. Fair amount of active carbonation, but almost no retention. Smell is mild, muted, smokey-ish.

Taste is quite nice. Fresh, but still rich malts and peaty flavor. Surprisingly refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thickish and slightly sticky. Overall, I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Four Peaks Kiltlifter Scottish Ale: I got to try a bottle of this brew at a conference in Phoenix. Deep amber color, thin head and little aroma. The flavor brings malt notes to the fore, and not much else. Feels a little thin for a Scottish Ale. This is a decent offering to partake if you are in the area. May as well support the local brew. It does not set the Scottish Ale world on fire, however.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a muddy brownish-orange with a finger of eggshell head. Weak aroma of toffee and hints of grassy lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a full, sticky mouthfeel. Toffee, dark fruit, and a bit of cocoa up front followed by honey, biscuit, and light spice on the finish.

This one is all malt but isn't too sweet -- the flavors come together nicely.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: 1/8" white head that dissipated quickly over deep amber liquid.

S: Grassy hops and yeast. Not too much going on here.

T: Slightly citrusy with some grassy flavours and barley malt. Not much to it.

M: Thin, watery and minimal carbonation.

O: This certainly doesn't lift my kilt.

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

Had a bottle from AJ's in Tucson. This is just a nice, clean Scottish ale with mild caramel and a touch of roast. The aroma, like the flavor, is all malt, but with more of a bready bent to it. The softer caramel taste rolls over your tongue with a lighter carbonation and a very slight herbal, earthy edge. I wouldn't call it peaty, but it's close. Worth a try.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden Amber in color with insane clarity. Fairly hard pour produces a slightly off white colored head that's got a lot of different sized bubbles, looks creamy. Not much in the way of lacing, but still a pretty god looking beer.

Smell is petty good, not that strong though. Got some sweet malt action going on and a little earthy. Some slight fruitiness, darker fruits.

Taste is a step up. Reasonably malty, sort of bready (brown bread), a little nutty and some darker fruitiness that also is a little tart/tangy. Pretty good overall. Not really that typical to the style in my opinion, but pretty unique.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. I find it pretty clean and crisp, probably the cleanest Scottish Style Ale I've ever had. Pretty drinkable . Overall it's pretty tasty. I like Scottish Ales and was happy to get a can of this. Thanks huadog for the sweet extra!

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Photo of downhilldrift
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer offered at Four Peaks. It has a rusty amber color to it, and always hits the spot. The smell is consistent with an amber Scottish ale, and the taste is exactly what you'd expect from a Four Peaks beer. Rich and flavorful, and a bit of hoppiness to it, but not too much.

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Photo of beagle75
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing golden foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and large bubbles rise occasionally at the center of the column.

S: Caramel is refined in the nose, with mixed fruit also detectable. A fine thread of toasted bread is stuck in between other layers, requiring some study to find.

T: Begins off-dry, with husky malt that is bready and earthy, followed by yeast esters and acidity that is moderate for the style. Sweetness peaks into the middle, where it complements well-developed caramel and toffee flavors. The finish is mild and minimally bitter, influenced by vanilla and scant peat smoke.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a fairly tame contribution to the style, notably but appropriately lacking in hop qualities. It offers a level of compatibility with other flavors that really shouldn't be surprising in a malt-focused beer of normal strength.

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Photo of MrJolly
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into my trusty old Bandersnatch pint glass.

Appearance: The rust-colored beer is almost clear save for the many tiny rapidly rising bubbles. The head pours almost a finger and dissipates to a thin pale beige foam layer.

Smell: I think I smell a faint sweet citrus, maybe orange, and something like granola. Behind that is something more loamy. Intriguing and compelling.

Taste: the taste is a bit of molasses, the sweet orange, again, the granola grains, too. The finish lingers as a sort of tangy sweet.

Mouthfeel: a little more carbonation than I prefer, but I guess I could wait another ten minutes and give it another go. The beer is appropriately thick for the flavors.

Overall: I'm lucky to live in Arizona, with so many quality beers made in recent years. This one is the Four Peaks Flagship, I think, and deservedly so. To think I can buy 12-packs of this deliciousness at the QuickTrip on the way home, too. Hooray.

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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 Murrhey
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured on-tap at the Frog & Firkin in Tucson, AZ.

Poured an amber color, finger width head. Roast malt and buttery nose. Awfully light taste for what I was expecting. Malty finish. Mouthfeel was very thin, unfortunate. Overall it was a good beer, I just wish it ran a little thicker.

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Photo of UncleAddie
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an transparent amber with a creamy, finger-deep head, minimal lacing. Carmaal-sweet odor with a hint of hops at the end. Very smooth mouth feel and easy to drink. Alcohol content is unnoticeable under the sweet, caramel taste. First time tasting this local beer and won't be the last.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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 AEArider
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ubiquitous AZ beer that always hits the spot. . . Pours a clear amber with creamy head, little lacing. Smells is of sweet caramel, and upon tasting is complimented by a touch of hop character and ends with some alcohol warmth. Overall very smooth, drinkable, and delicious.

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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 jamescain
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to BeerZack for sharing it

Appearance: Clear copper-orange with an off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel and even some roasted notes, but not much in the way of aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit, caramel, a touch of malty sweetness, again not very complex and nothing really stood out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and i would have to say over carbonated for the style.

Overall: It was ok, compared to the rest of the line up that day it was way be hind, but on its own, not bad.

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Photo of archaeofreak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kilt-lifter has floral notes in the odor, and a pleasant although misleadingly bland flavor after smelling. It would be nice if it had a bit more hops in it, and the carbonation is weak although adequate. I like this beer overall, but at 7.50 USD I think I can do better. However, for a local AZ brew it is not bad, as there are not that many good brews created here.

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

Beer served in a Four Peaks Kiltlifter Pint Glass because I am able to.

Beer is reddish amber, dark mostly clear, thin wispy white head, low carbonation, mild lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet, a little grainy, mild toffee.

Beer is medium in body and has a nice finish to it. Beer is sweet, clean finish, mild graininess through the beer but this was a staple of mine in college. It is fun when a blast from your past. Beer is seriously drinkable and has a great, subtle, candy / toffee flavor that makes me want more. All the beers I grew up on have such horrible reviews on beeradvocate, people no longer know what good beer tastes like.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light copper color with a small off-white head.

Caramel malts and fruity yeast - mainly cantaloupe and strawberries. Odd brew, I dont get any smoke or peat.

I am missing dark malts on this brew, has a lighter, caramely aspect. This is like an Amber Ale with a British twist. Yeast throws off lots of fruity esters. It is strangely enjoyable though, and easy to quaff. Creamy mouthfeel is nice. Forgettable, but certainly not regrettable.

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Photo of azdback
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Dead Man's Hand custom etched pint glass. A clear burnt orange color. Lots of loud carbonation bubbles lead to a very small, barely off white colored non impressive head. Lace is not going to be around for the last swallow.. for sure!

Smell is Belgian yeast musty. Bread, biscuit, whatever description you choose for those smells works. There are some sweet malt smells but pretty weak.

Taste is a bit better than the smell. Mainly dank yeast and mildly sweet malts. Some apricot or peach fruit tastes that in the end kind of win the battle on my pallet. I end up licking sweet residue off of my lips.

The mouth is bright and refreshing. Carbonation doesn't hide in this one, but that's okay for me.

Overall I am not a huge fan of this taste, but I am pretty sure this one is more spot on the flavor profile for it's style than many of the East Coast IPA's I have had recently. I mean at least Scotland is across the pond and is excused for using European hops and yeasts when recreating the brew. Thanks to SpiderMonkey for this sample.

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Photo of Treebs
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on draft at some place in the Phoenix airport at 9am. I blame the time change. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Poured a dark copper with lighter edges. Not hazy, but hard to see through. Little head with a nice film hovering around the top.

S: Some biscuit malts on the nose with some hints of caramel.

T: Same basic malts from the nose. Light burnt toffee and caramel. Bready malts come back in to the picture on the finish.

M: Crisp and refreshing. A little doughy malts left on the palate but subside quickly.

O: Meh. Wasn't the my favorite. I haven't had that many Scottish ales but can name several better than this.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel, malts, sweet

taste: caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: ok scottish ale. Nothing special and nothing really stood out. Glad i got to try it anyways.


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Photo of Allpe45
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from the hand pump into a nonic pint glass at the Four Peaks brewpub on 5/20

Appears brown/amber. Extremely hazy near the top but haziness decreases progressively until the bottom where it is actually clear. Decent head that fled quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smells like bready/toasty malts, some fruity esters

Toffee and caramel malt flavors, followed by a toasty/breadiness that matches the smell. Plenty of sweetness all the way through. Medium bodied, extremely smooth velvety mouthfeel. When looking at it in the glass, it seems like medium carbonation, but the cask conditioning is apparent in the feel.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brownish-amber with a moderate off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Deep maltiness with a hint of caramel and butterscotch. Also a slight mineral twang.

T- Rich maltiness with deep bready notes, caramel sweetness, and smooth (non-astringent) grain husk. Soft and lightly spicy hops perfectly accent the grain, leading to a crisp and malty finish.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation and a crisp, semidry finish.

D- Overall, a delicious thirst-quenching brew that would easily serve as liquid bread. Very full-flavored and satisfying, but also accessible to craft newcomers.

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