Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale
Pike Brewing Company

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #348
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,376
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.57%
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
503
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Pike Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  79
SCORE
82
Good
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Reviews by jnjander:
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jnjander from Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Oct 01, 2012
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown color with a thin, large-bubbled foam that fades real quick to a few bubbles floating on the surface. The opacity of this beer is pretty surprising.

Smell is very sweet and carmely with just a touch of earthy peat and lots of dark fruits - strawberries, blackberries and figs covered with brown sugar. I typically like my Scotch Ale's more earthy and smoky.

The taste is sweet and light with some of the fruitiness coming through as well. The malts are there, but not in enough quantity to be rich and creamy. That makes it probably a good thing the ABV is only 6.6, just not enough body and flavor to support any more alcohol. As a beer, it is far from bad and I do not think I will have much trouble finishing the bomber, but for a Scotch Ale, this is a pretty weak attempt.

Sep 27, 2009
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TwoTrees from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jul 25, 2013
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is much fainter than expected. The aroma is sweet malts and a good dose of caramel. Nit much else to note in the nose.

T- The taste is sweet malts up front with caramel and a hint of smoke as well. 

M- The mouthfeelis a little thin for the style with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Kilt Lifter is a decent scotch ale that is solid in some areas (taste, drinkability) but lacking in other areas (aroma, appearance). Worth a try.

Aug 22, 2010
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BrienVoll from Washington

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Nov 02, 2012
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tonistruth from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- orange and red tints on a bronze brew, with a thin 1 finger white head up top for a decent hold, lace is quick to fade

S- rich caramel, dried dark fruits, smells like a scotch ale, strong aromas

T- malty sweet, toasted caramel malts, slightly roasted malt flavors, molasses, dates, figs , raisins, and some unfermented sugars

M- smooth medium body with excellent carbonation and a semi dry finish that features some alcoholic heat

D- strong aromas, tasty brew, and great mouth feel, give this brew a whirl if you are into scotch ales

Oct 18, 2007
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OregonGrown7 from Oregon

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

Nov 19, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a dark brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of smoked malt, peat and toffee. Good earthy tasting beer with a smokiness and roasted malt taste.

Jun 01, 2018
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NoCurse2012 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Jun 12, 2013
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stopped off at the brewery with my wife again, as we came down to the Pike Market district for a second time as our last activity in Seattle before we leave for the airport to fly back home to Cleveland. Served on-tap of course in a pint glass, this beer draws a clear, medium copper color with some bright amber highlights when held up to the light. Has a an off-white, slightly tan head about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch thick when first served to me, and I'm okay with the head being this small because the glad was practically filled to the brim with actual beer when served to me. Head settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a fluffy, frothy layer of foam on the beer's surface along with good lacing lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of slightly peat smoked caramel malts along with a slight hop presence. Thebtaatevianptetyy muchbthe same, with peat smoked caramel malt sweetness that gives way to slightly citrusy and piney, earthy hop bitterness. The sweetness certainly does dominates here, as should be the case. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth and frothy, slightly creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. A pretty solid beer here.

Eric

Mar 23, 2016
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Kiltlifter

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Nov 19, 2012
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jasonjlewis from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger headw ith good retention that stays for a while down the glass. Nice ruby/brown cloudy color.

Smell is of toffee and toasted malts. A little bit of apple and plum fruitiness lie underneath.

Toated malts with tofee are first noticed with a sort of sweet green apple undertone that is only noticeable when paying close attention. This is finished with a dry hop bitterness and a green apple sweetness aftertaste. I had a 3.5-4.0 on nose and taste, but I will take points on taste as the beer is slightly astringent from the alcohol with a little bit of dry tannins producing very mild off flavors.

The sweetness of the apple really sticks to the palate. The mouthfeel is a dry and I feel that the beer gets slightly cloying because of this.

I like this beer and I think it is well done. I think the apple sweetness may bother some, but I like it. I think it mixes well with the malts and provides for a sessionable beer.

Mar 17, 2008
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rorjets from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jan 25, 2014
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roblowther from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lynx Pizza just outside Denali national park. The color is a reddish copper with minimal head and a bit of delicate lace. Do they use lace on kilts? The smell is rose hips and smoky malt. Now we're getting more Scottish. The taste has a nice hops bite followed by a sharp malt. Very dry finish. Not at all sweet, which surprises me a bit. The mouthfeel is nice but with minimal carbonation, although that could be the tap. There is some silkiness there to keep it all together. The drinkability is limited by the bone-dry finish but the malt balances that out as best it can before it is overrun. Not my favorite style but an interesting example of it. The alcohol is well hidden.

Jul 18, 2007
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Boone757 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Sep 29, 2014
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ccrida from Oregon

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an East End Brewing Co. shaker pint, Kilt Lifter is a clear amber with a slight eggshell head that quickly fades.

The smell is all malt, sweet bread, rich and almost a bit much as it warms.

The taste is also all malt, bready but with a lot more spice, Christmas cookie like, some bitterness, and the slightest touch of alcohol. There was a touch of funk to it that I could have done without.

The moutfeel is on the lighter side for the style, but the lack of carbonation makes it seem a little syrupy.

The was on the lighter side for a wee heavy, although at times it seemed like more beer then it was. Went down easy enough, but not really noteworthy. While not an average example of the style, it was average across the board score wise.

Jul 12, 2007
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Braz from Washington

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at TK Irish Pub. Brownish amber hazy in color. Small creamy head. Pretty malty and mildly hopped. Ever so slightly syrup feel. Good flavor. Alcohol takes effect in this one quickly which is a little suprising at 6.50%. I like this beer, but I'm unsure about the style it's under. I found it more comparable to something like Fat Tire or even Alaskan Amber. Anyways, enjoyed it and will have again.

Jan 29, 2013
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PhiloPsych from California

3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely clear Scotch-brown in the glass. Not much head to speak of. Appearance is true to style. Not a bad beer. But not a very notable beer, either. I'm visiting the area, so I'm happy to try local brews. But I've definitely had better Sotch Ales. It's not as sweet or malty as I expected; and both hoppier and more dank than I wanted when I bought it.

Jun 21, 2010
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Moose90 from Washington

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 24, 2015
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Pencible from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear, dark copper with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and nutty malt, with brown sugar and bready yeast and a bit of copper hops.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and brown sugar and roasted barley, with some nutty malt and bready yeast and copper hops. It had a moderate bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with decent carbonation.
D: This was a decent beer (more like a scottish than scotch ale). It wasn't super clean or bold, and it certainly wasn't unique at all. But it was still enjoyable and easy to drink.

Jun 16, 2010
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dkw0063 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

Dec 01, 2012
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timbro81 from Oklahoma

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to julian for the opportunity. Pours a nice copper/caramel with a standard head that is quick to disappear. Little carbonation. Smells of slightly nutty, toffee, caramel malts. Taste of soft caramel malts mingling well with a very subtle hop profile. Mouth feel is silky. A nutty, toffeeness comes into play in the aftertase. Well balanced and very tastey.

Jul 06, 2008
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stript from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Dec 01, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with OK retention and light carbonation. Aroma of caramelized malt with light toffee notes is enjoyable. Taste is also a mix of caramelized malt notes, some toffee with some residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not the most complex offering from the style but enjoyable nonetheless.

Oct 13, 2019
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

May 11, 2014
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 503 ratings