Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale | Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale
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3.58/5
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490 Ratings
Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,096
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
490
pDev:
13.69%
Bros Score:
3.43
 
 
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14
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Photo of DaveRinn
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Pinch
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RockinRob925
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PthPndr
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ToddKehoe
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of misterscooter
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I remember liking this a bit more on tap up in Seattle but out of the bottle is only a notch down. This is a good looking beer, a nice deep reddish orange color with a 1 inch head that lasted a bit. The bubbles in the head weren't particularly small but they held up well. Not any noticeable carbonation to be seen.

The smell is a whiff of marmalade and not much else. Not overpowering, that is for sure, but decent. I really didn't get much else out of it.

This is a slightly dry beer, not very hoppy, and the carbonation is just barely there, enough to let you know. It is a nicely sweet beer, the maltiness sticking out a bit to smooth it out. It does have a smoky aftertaste but I don't think I noticed the peat mentioned on the bottle.

It sits well in the mouth, asking for another hit or, even better, a visit to Pike's itself. Well done.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden-light brown in color, comes out almost crystal clear, well-filtered. Small off-white colored head, not much lacing.

Smell is good, but it doesn't small particularly like a Scotch ale in my opinion. It has some characteristics that Scotch ales posses such as sweet malts. Caramelized roasted malts and it lacks hop and smokey aromas. It has a lot of fruity notes to it, almost like dark dehydrated fruits, figs maybe, a little musty. Smells more like a decent dopplebock in my opinion than a scotch ale, but still good.

Taste is pretty good too. Much like the smell it has more of the dopplebock. It has a little more of a hop presence, not too strong, earthy. Tea-like flavors and sweet grainy caramelized malts, almost a slight butterscotch. A little bit of smokiness, but, I don't think it's pete malts.

Mouthfeel is good, medium to full bodied. Creamy/buttery mouthfeel, like a decent Scottish Ale. Good overall feel that finishes clean, I like it. It's very drinkable.

All in all I like this beer, not your average Scotch Ale, but I guess they vary.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable, but not what I'd expect from a scotch ale...more like a Scottish ale. Very light copper colour with a thin head. Peaty malt smell, but this is not very strong. Compared to Belhaven, this is far too light in colour and in scent.

Flavour, however, is not bad. The peat hints are there, but don't dominate. Malt is smooth, and the hops add just the right amount of bitterness.

At times, this comes off as thin and under carbonated. Its enjoyable to drink, but somehow seems a little slick at times.

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Photo of timbro81
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale was served from a 22 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a clear orange caramel brown color, and was topped by a negligable head. that left weak lacing. The nose was quite malty, with a nice orange citrus presence and just a slight hint of peat smoke. I would have liked the peat to be more pronounced. I was pleasantly suprised by the taste though. A sweet flash is very quickly eclipsed by a powerful orange zippy bitterness, which lasts though to the drier, very estery earthy bitter finish...very nice and lively.. The body felt appropriately full for the flavors and style, but the carbonation was a bit lacking, which was apparant from the lack of a significant head. Overall, a very tasty effort that drinks well.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 07/08/16:

Clear at first, quite hazy and nearly opaque with last bit of pour. Deep copper. Quite a bit darker than brandy, but still lighter than ruby. Fine, cream-foam head, biscuity-tan with moderate retention. Surprising lacing for how small the head is. Caramel, toffee, booze, dark fruit on the nose. All of these same qualities in flavor, balanced somewhat by toastiness, and finished with hops that are lightly metallic, and just barely more earthy. Aftertaste is soapy but thankfully not strong. Medium-bodied, velvety cream to pure cream.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper body with a light tan head. Smells of sweet, almost winey malts. Slight medicinal character and some hops too. Taste starts with the winey sweetish malts, bread pudding, and then a smokey-peat bog flavor. Finish is more bitter than other Scotch ales I've had, with lingering sweetness. Medium to big body, with a little syrupy feel. A little sweet to drink much.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours out an unerringly clear, light brown body with a finger plus change worth of off-white suds.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of pale and basic bready malts. Minor notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Slight hint of cherry. Rounded out with a little lightly smokey, lightly earthy peat. While not bad, it's by no means as engaging as expected or hoped for.

Taste: Initial impression of toasted malts with sensibly sweet boosts of caramel and brown sugar, though it already falls far short of the richer, more robust members of the style. Nice level of peated malt in the background. Soft ripe fruitiness exposing a small hint of cherry. Simple, subdued hop character with a minute spiciness and bitterness. Final hints of peat and spice on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Lacking the satiating richness of others, it makes the shaky trade of character for ease of drinkability. It's nice enough, if a bit simplistic. Sort of a wee wee heavy, if you will.

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 490 ratings