Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
477
Reviews:
217
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.76%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
74
For Trade:
0
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Photo of CWVegas
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Mehinaman
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a caramel-red color with a thin, filmy head. The nose has aromas of caramel malt and nut, with very slight hoppy scents. The beer's flavor is a rich malt sweetness, which is well-balanced with subtle green, bitter hops. The body is round and smooth in mouth, with a slightly bitter finish that follows a scotchy-malt aftertaste. Dangerously easy to drink, and goes well with almost any kind of food since the flavors are not overpowering. One of my favorite offerings from Pike's.

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Photo of matty_higgins
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 49degrees
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooooh. I really like this beer. Out of the traditional PNW bottled staples, Pike's Kilt Lifter and Bridgeport's Pintail Ale are among the more frequently chosen brews to have, Modelled after traditional scotish heavy ales, Pike's version has an interesting blend of smokey peat on the palette along with some real thirst quenching kicks from its arrangement of hops.

Pours very clean with a moderate size head, giving way to a decent collar, a tight surface foam and decent glass lacing. Although not pegged as a bitter, this one certainly plays double duties for my own tastes and because it has a fairly bitter punch to it, itÂ’s a great addition with a meal. But be forewarned, if you're not careful, this 'heavy' will quickly become a warming ale as its 6.6%abv can sneak up on you when you least expect it,

When you see Pike Place in the store, this Pike Kilt Lifter is the one I'd recommend from this classic Seattle brewery.

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Photo of ralree
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried in Seattle in August 2008.

A: Deep reddish tan with slight lacing. Head and lacing are basically non-existent. Pretty clear - just slightly cloudy.

S: Interestingly hoppy smell with a fruity background. Same toasted malt like the IPA. Brown sugar.

T: An interesting fruit flavor with aromatic hops forming the background. Aftertaste is a sweet clean flowery malt, not as toasted as that in the IPA. Apricot is the fruit. A really refreshing ale. Has a bit of a nutty taste as well, with a bready undertone along with spices and a bit of alcohol.

M: A little heavier than the IPA. Medium-bodied. Basically non-astringent. Not too oily.

D: Drinks like a champ. Goes down easy, and goes well with cheese. A little rich/sweet though. I don't think I could down a lot, but a pint is no problem.

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Photo of freed
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this quite often over the last couple years. Like all Pike beers, it has a very nice label; clean lines, stately.

It pours a deep mahogany with a nice, uneven head. Carbonation tops it in very sporadic patterns, like the yeast was still active. The smell is sweet and malty with a slight smoked tinge. The taste in this batch is a bit sweet, but normally its a wonderful full and chocolate body. If you're not careful, you can drink a whole sixer, and it really affects your skiing.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed but not been particularly impressed by the other pike beers, hopefully this one is different. Pours a clear amber color with a nice tan head that retains well. The aroma has some candied fruit notes upfront, along with molasses, esters, a hint of smoke, toasted bread and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is a little more complex than the aroma, with a nice fruity character upfront (apple, plum, date) along with some caramel and molasses, toasted bread, smoke, and some herbal hops. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is excellent. A quite enjoyable scotch ale, with just the right amount of smokiness and restrained sweetness.

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Photo of vaughtex
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, had some hop presence on the nose

Taste: sweetish flavor of amber malts with a background sublte brown sugar. Light malt flavors for a scotch finshes pretty dry..

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: decent beer but I have had better scotch ales

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Photo of Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Made with Pale, Crystal, Munich, Wheat, Cara Pils, and Peated malts; Magnum, Williamette, and East Kent Golding hops.
OG=1.065, 6.6% ABV, 27 IBU.

Drank on tap at Pikes BC in Seattle, WA.

Clear, caramel-orange in color forming a beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is heavy with caramelized sugar, honey, vanilla, and a complete absence of hops. Taste begins with sweet caramelized sugar and malt, nuts, and a cookie-like sweetness. Peat comes in just at the end very end with a faint earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body and a lightly dry finish. An enjoyable example of the style, and also more representative than most of the over-hopped, under-malted offerings by other breweries. Solid.

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Photo of SargeC
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy caramel-brown. Nonexistent head with a few large carbonation bubbles. Very still

Smell: Smoky sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste: Initial sweetness with a nice smoky finish. Hints of tobacco. Evolved as I drank it. It became very earthy and dare I say, peaty. It almost began to resemble a decent blend of scotch as the pint went down.

Mouthfeel: Coats well with a medium body.

Drinkability: Nice character. Had many scotch ale qualities, but made its own statement without going over the top.

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Photo of dabone
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle. Dark red in color with light brown head. Cereal grain aroma with a hint of hops. Taste is a good blend of cereal grains, malt and a mix of hops. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good. Overall beer is great.

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Photo of mynie
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

God, Kilt Lifter is an overused name.

But, hey, this is a pretty good American Scotch.

Peaty, round toffee, with a very amber malt--big nodes of brown sugar and caramel and the finish is more sour than sweet or bitter. It's much earthier than your typical American Scotch, but this makes it much more drinkable.

It packs a punch but it isn't zippy or burny. Some people might be put off by this, but I'm not convinced that a strong alcohol presence is a necessary component of a Scotch.

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Photo of Preiliboy
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer it has a good malty flavor . The smell is average. I like the taste and mouthfeel this beer is a must try . It is an above average beer not to bitter at all . Try this out when you see it. You will not be dissappointed you may actually even like it its a great session beer with the buds no doubt.

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Photo of Fabric8r
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice beer. I don't know if it can be called a "wee heavy", didn't seem thick enough, but the flavor was wonderful. Tad on the hpbby-bitterness side, but I am not saying that is bad at all. The color was a nice suprise, I kept holding it up to the light. I look forward to trying it there again sometime. I have to leave the family home though, they wouldn't let my daughter in the place, not even to sit on the couch. Kinda anal about that.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Best by date notched on the side.

Appearance: Pours brownish orange with a good thick head. Decent retention.

Smell: Lots of malt sweetness. There is also a roasted smokey flavor to it - reminds me of the dimly lit Pike Pub!

Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Lots of sweet malt, and then a bit of hops at the end to balance it out.

Overall impression: Dangerously drinkable. High ABV and great drinkability could be a very dangerous combination in this one. Wish I could get it regularly here in Colorado.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, red-gold Scotch Style Ale with a medium, off-white dissapating head. The smell I couldn't quite place at first, after reading the label it was quite clear...slightly burnt or smokey peat. It has a slightly "burnt" taste, and is malty, with a cedary finish. It has a firm texture in my mouth. Overall, I found this beer to be strangely different but definitely enjoyable.

(source: Athens, GA)

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 477 ratings.
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