Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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81
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477 Ratings
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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 kmpitz2
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden amber color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is really strange. The first thing that comes to mind is tomato, some leather and spiceyness. I hope the flavor is different. What I get in the flavor is odd. I get the peated flavor, but it tastes a bit like leather. There is a bit of bite in the finish, but overall I don't like the beer all that much. Not what I want from a Scotch. The feel is rather thin, and drinkability suffers from the odd notes I get in the flavor and nose. I would not recommend this beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Slightly hopped, very malty. Scotch like maltyness. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with nice smoky undertones.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.29. It features a different label than the one pictured on BA. In addition to an abv of 6.5%, the label also lists an IBU count of 27, and an original gravity of 1.064. Prominent on the Pike Brewing Co. emblem is the legend “Family Owned.” From what a friend was telling me, the original owners of Pike have bought back the brewery and are using the original recipes. While I don’t know if that is strictly true, it’s definitely different from the Kilt Lifter I have grown used to.

This poured a copper color, with a big, beige head that took a few minutes to drop. Sheets of lace dripped down the sides of my Boundary Bay pint glass, leaving a spotty lace behind. Definitely lighter colored than Kiltlifters I’ve drank in the past.

This has a more restrained nose than past Kilt Lifters. It is still strongly malty, however, with a peaty scent hovering over things.

Like the smell, this Kiltlifter is a more restrained beer than it’s immediate ancestor. It starts out with a malty sweetness, but it’s a fairly mild sweetness. The peat flavor is still present, but it is more balanced with the sweet aspects. The only place hops come into play is at the swallow, which is mildly dry.

This is a thoroughly medium bodied beer. The mouthfeel is relatively soft.

Despite the abv, this seems more like a session beer than the Kiltlifter I am accustomed to. While it goes down easier, I personally think it is less distinctive than it was before. I wouldn’t mild drinking more of this but don’t feel drawn to by any means. I’d call this re-tooling/restoration a success only with some definite qualifiers.

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Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JMS1512
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Notes it’s Scottish and has 27 IBUS.

Aroma: Mild vegetal coriander and some smoke.

Appearance: Golden amber, much lighter than expected. Fair head that faded quickly.

Flavor: Mild overall taste. Very mellow and malty with just a few hints of peat.

Mouthfeel: Light body is surprising, but the low carbonation improves drinkability.

Overall Impression: A gentle lift of the kilt! I expected stronger flavors but this was dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful, slightly different and smokey wee heavy-type beer.

Dark, slightly reddish golden amber, it has a smallish off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring leaving little lace. It is a bit darker and redder than the Pike IPA.

Aroma is rich caramelised dark fruits, some dark toastiness.

Taste is lightly smokey up front with rich dried fruits, toasty grain/barley, light earthiness joining later. The toastiness, rich fruits, light earthiness and light smokey quality all carry through the finish and linger gently. It's slightly on the sweeter side. It is not very good with many foods, but alone or with Pike's macaroni & cheese made with it, it is simply wonderful.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze color. Admirable head going into the glass. Sweet, caramel aroma-sticky, buttery and toffee like. Malt all the way upfront flavor wise. A whisper of hops. Mellow spiciness that is somewhat unexpected though fits well. Lingering caramel sweetness. Hint of real scotch character as it settles in the back of the throat. Very solid body-the stickyness and touch of spice comes thru bodywise. Very well done US wee hevy. Nice low abv, for the US. Stays traditional to it's roots. No smoke in your face which is nice.

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

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with beertunes, poured a cloudy, amber, almost light chestnut in color, with a very soapy looking off white head, about 1 finger in thickness. Receded very quickly to negligible lacing.

Smell was fairly non-descript. A little cold at first, I got some caramel sweetness. Much later, near the bottom of the glass, warmth brought out some nuttiness, with maybe a hint of hay.

Taste was better than the nose. The caramel and nuttiness was a little more pronounced especially as it warmed. Overall though, the flavors didn't seem to come off quite as heavy as I would have expected for the style. Maybe I just need to sample a few more from this style.

Mouthfeel was fairly average, not bad, not outstanding. Smooth, with just a little alcohol warmth on the tongue.

Drinkability is not bad. I certainly wouldn't turn this down, and wouldn't be upset to find it in another trade box.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ours cloudy brown with a slight cream head. No lace.

Some slight smoky malt, some fruit and caramel.

Not big like some of the style. Caramel, good toasty malt, some fruity sweetness, leading to some long lingering bitterness. I really want an alcohol punch here and get none. All of the other flavors work well, but this is a wee bit weak.

Medium to full bodied. It works.

An ok brew. Some flaws but tasty.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Living in Seattle during the early 2000s, this was one of my gateways to the craft beer world. I probably drank more of this beer than any other (save Alaskan Amber), but I only got really into beer after I left the Pacific northwest. It was also my entry to Scotch ales, which remain one of my favored styles. It's been on my short list to revisit and review, and I'm finally taking the time to do so. Tasted 26 May 2013, reviewed from recently found notes taken at the time.

Pours a deep, clear, slightly reddish amber. About 2 fingers of yellowish off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Dark enough that I can barely see through it, but clear enough that I can. Quite nice, but not stunning.

Smell is quite sweet, with a lot of caramel malts. Also has lightly peaty and a little toasty aromas, an interesting combination. I like it. And I can see exactly why I liked it back then. Varied enough to be intriguing, but not so crazy or complex as to overwhelm the naive drinker.

Taste is a little dull. Just not all that much to it, coming and going without making me think much of it. Peaty-earthy in the finish, but in the middle I think "Hmm, this is beer. What does it taste like? Doesn't taste bad, but doesn't taste like very much."

Medium to medium-heavy body. Mid-level fluttery carbonation - not fizzy but much more rapid up-down-up-down.

It's tasty, and it has the scotch ale characters, but they're more like scotch ale light. Mildly peaty and toasty, easy enough to drink. Needs more flavor. It gets a little boost from my nostalgic appreciation.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard bomber poured into a pint glass. This particular Kilt Lifter shows a lightly hazed orange amber with a thin cap of foam. Light retention follows.

Nose of light caramel and a hint of background hops. Some sour notes emanate through the fog and come as a bit of a surprise, blending back in to the caramel malts and slightly faded hop notes.

Taste is somewhat rich for the delivery yet quite subdued overall for the style. Light bodied and a bit dry and chalky on the finish. A Scottish Ale perhaps though surely not a Wee Heavy, this beer is light in body even for an Amber Ale, and with a sourness and wine like characteristic that places it outside any true categorization.

Yet, having enjoyed this beer, I wonder if another would be the same?? Carbonation becomes light in the end yet is somehow befitting of the pour. Hmmm...

Note: O.G. 1.064 with 27 IBU's 'Scotch Style Ruby Ale' with no date code...

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Photo of hardy008
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Dark amber with a tan head, with decent retention and lacing. Smells and tastes like caramel malt and peat. A bit smoky, and has some hop bitterness.

Medium body with average carbonation, and not much aftertaste. A decent beer, which I wouldn't mind trying again.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of clvand0
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber color with a small head that goes away fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. kmpitz2 described the aroma as tomato and spices and I totallly agree. The flavor was much the same. I didn't even detect any peated malt. Something really strange about this brew, not in a good way. I had to pour this one out.

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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 valkyre65
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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