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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
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
471
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
69
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 471
Photo of FosterJM
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

555th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz.

Thanks to my father in law for birthday present, almost done with them from mid may

App- A nice super dark orange with an aggressive pour yields a two finger head. Great cling on this one. Scattered, web like.

Smell- It's malty, citrusy but lacking that Wee heavy smell I love. Doesn't smell bad just average to style.

Taste- It's run of the mill. Not bad, not mind blowing. It's missing that essence of a wee heavy. The substance just left. This is too malty to style and not caramel enough.

Mouth- it's a wet beer that's medium in body and same for carbonation. Leaves much more malty flavors than I thought.

Drink- I had this about 4 years ago. I know why I didn't buy again. I'm glad FIL spent $ for bottle, for me to review.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown "long neck"..like the nice simple label of this beer,.
The appearance of this beer is above average but nothing to get excited about nice amber/red colour.with a small head that goes quick to be replaced by a good sized laceing.
Amostly malty scent as would be expected from this brew..not great though.
I actually enjoyed the taste of this beer very well..sweet yet smoky maltiness is replaced by a nice balanced hop bitterness near the end..nice dark coiffee flavour here.
Feels fine inside the mouth..smooth yet still tingles the bitter buds on the back of the tongue..good
Overall i could drink a few of these in a session..might just do that if i ever see it on tap up here!

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Photo of tpd975
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brownish hue with tints of orange. An average sized head builds after the pour. There is average retention and no lace.

S: Light in aroma. There is some light caramel malt and a hint of sugar.

T: Light scotch ale taste. Hints of brown sugar and caramel malt. A touch of bread and some spice. Not alot going on to be honest.

M: Fairly thin in body, yet fairly smooth.

D: It's a light beer which makes it pretty drinkable. The lack of flavor would not make me reach for another though.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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 RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like peat malts - I mean if you really like peat malts - then this one's for you. Personally, I think they're a little overstated in Kilt Lifter. But that's just me. The beer is impeccably clear, dark auburn with a plump body and a crewcut head of suds. Peat malts fervently dominate the aroma as they do the taste. They emulate a smoked, marshy funkiness like lit punk sticks. Bittering is marginal by comparison but works nicely to offset an earthen sweetness. Sample first if you're not sure what your tolerance for peat malts is.

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Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, murky cola brown in the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Darn nice tan head floating about the top. It gives a go at some ring lacing, but gives up without a lot of fight.

Subtle aroma of caramel and toasted malts. Sharp and tangy quaff of caramel, chocolate and an underlying hint of piney hops. Darn tasty brew, mid-strength alcohol of 6.5% never surfaces. Lite bodied brew, for a scotch-style ruby ale, which only adds to the enjoyment.

Glad I was able to sample this one - bottle muled back by my son working in Seattle - atta go!

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper with a slight tan foam. Tiny bubbles of carbonation, and no sediment.

S - Smells of fresh malt, caramel, and a smoky aroma. Very complex and pleasant.

T - The taste of caramel malt is dominant, and very nice. The scotch-like flavor is subtle, but does finish with a boozy bite. As it settles and warms up, there is a bit of smoky flavor like from a hickory BBQ.

M - A bit heavy on the taste buds, and the complexity of flavors makes this a little abrasvie. Not a gentle beer, though it is medium bodies.

O - Quite enjoyable. When in the mood for this style I would certainly try again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass.

A: Murky tan copper with abundant bubbles but almost no head after the pour. Within minutes, there is no head, none whatsoever.

S: Sweet herbal malts. A slight tangy smokiness. Brown sugar sweetness. Hints of alcohol (6.7% abv.).

T: Tastes like spiced oatmeal. Grains and sweet malt predominate. Very likable, malty flavors

M: Medium to light body but with a prickly carbonation and some spiciness. A little too light/weak IMO for a scotch ale.

D: Good enough to drink again. Yes. Worth seeking out. Maybe. Not the pick of the litter but not a bad beer at all...worth a try.

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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 allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonik pint glass, this beer is a wonderfully lovely reddish amber color... unfortunately, little head forms on top of it and there's no lacing. But the color is perfect. Pleasant malty aroma, toasted with a little nutty edge to it. The flavor is malty, but somewhat underwhelming. At this strength, I was hoping for more. Anyway, it's got a toasty, very lightly burnt caramel flavor. Bitterness is medium, so thankfully it's not too sweet. The body is a tad watery as well.

Fairly average.

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Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date

Pours a nice bourbon caramel with a small fleeting white residue. Brilliant clarity. Smells of toast, english tea, some brown sugar and a wee bit of cinnamon. Flavor carries plenty of bread, some yeast and slight oxidation (cardboard), hints of tea. Medium bodied with light carb and a noninvasive finish. A decent, approachable beer. I can see myself grabbing this on a cool fall day.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color. Off-white head that was quick to fade to a thin swirl. No lace.

Smells of dirt and moss with a little bit of caramel -- very earthy.

Tastes like Kool-Aid with a gentle peat and bitter hop infusion. Mild fizz here and there, the mouthfeel is heavy but stagnant.

Overall, a very weak Scotch ale but consequently very drinkable. Somewhere between a Scotch and an amber.

via colts9016

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium amber brown in color, with a touch of haze and a small white head.

Aroma: Earthy, fruit\y notes, no discernable hops, as expected, and a sweet, perfume note. The aroma seems less malty than typical for the style.

Taste: Mildly peaty and earthy from the start to finish, with a slight alcohol note. Finishes with a flourish of mild, but lingering earth and bitter chocolate notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but a bit thin, with very mild carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant, although a bit understated, conveys a feeling of being light for the style.

Many thanks to Bill for generously sharing this uncommon Scotch Ale.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - swampy orange brown with a thin off white head, some thin lacing
S - toffee and woody, very spicy and slightly musty
T - caramel, woody, and nutty with hints of peat, strong peppery and herbal lingering flavours
M - medium body and carbonation, spicy feel with some bitterness
O - a very peppery and pleasant brew, not big on peat or smoke, but unique enough to stand out while being very drinkable

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Photo of Floydster
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle drank tonight, came as an extra in a trade with SuzyGreenberg, thanks Ben for the opportunity, this bottle says 6.5% ABV so it might vary by batch, poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass, color is on the darker spectrum of an amber, 1/8 inch bubbly off white head, practically not there, no lacing or retention, smell has a big malt presence, peat, caramel, floral hoppiness, smokiness, and maple syrup, taste was much the same with an enjoyable dry finish, definitely on the lighter side for a wee heavy, also some esters and a fruity earthiness later on once this warms up, mouthfeel is dry, chewy, and sweet, medium bodied, thinner for this style, above average level of carbonation, could drink a few bottles of this for sure, light on the stomach, easy drinking scotch ale, barely can detect a drop of alcohol, nice introduction from this brewery, interesting presentation of this style with a much lower ABV than usual, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of bobsy
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber with a frothy white head, decent retention and some lace. Its not nearly as dark as the average scotch, but its still got some looks. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel and nuts mixed in with pleasant floral notes. Great sweet malt flavour mixed in with some peat, and alleviated by floral hopping. Decent amounts of caramel and nut, but not as malt heavy as I expected, and the floral hopping is in the driver's seat (though it doesn't hammer the taste buds with bitterness). Very well-balanced and satisfying. Medium body and carbonation.

Its not really a classical scotch ale in my book. While it does have caramel and peat flavours present, they're not as heavy as I would expect, and there's far more emphasis on the hopping. I'd actually view this as a very American take on the style, and its actually an interpretation that I enjoyed. Those looking for a classical scotch ale / wee heavy would be disappointed, but those looking for a great beer won't be.

Thanks Mark!

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Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger and a half worth of tightly packed slightly creamy egg shell colored froth... Modest retention gives way to a slightly splotchy lace with a full collar... A light to medium caramel color with a very faint orange hue... Minimal amount of small sluggish carbonation bubbles can be seen rising along sides the glass...

S - The aroma is quite subdued... Golden raisins... Some candied sugars... Touches of caramel... Faint peat notes... Not bad, just very weak...

T - The nose was a perfect indicator of the taste... Raisins... Peat... Caramel... Toffee... Very subtle peat notes... A slightly medicinal finish... Well close, but not quite to "4" territory...

M - Medium bodied... Chewy and bit on the thick side... Slight carbonation... A bit sleek... A bit sticky...

D - An easy drinking Scotch Ale that is neither awe inspiring or off putting in any way... Simple and straight forward... Goes done rather easily... A bargain for the price... No complaints... Would gladly drink again, but not something I would highly recommend...

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Photo of emmasdad
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this one while on vacation in San Diego. Poured from the bottle a nice golden amber color with a nice khaki head. On the nose, I get some light smoke, sweet malt and caramel. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and nicely balanced between smoke and sweetness, with flavors of light peat smoke, biscuit and caramel.

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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 CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangy copper, some fine sediment, a light tan cap with little retention but decent spotty lacing. The aroma is pretty solid in its power, toated and caramel malts, almonds and slight fruit. Lots of toasted caramel taste, a bit almond, interesting sweetness, slight spicy burn. I enjoyed how this tasted but not enough to get any more. Medium bodied, light fizz in the mouth. Smoothness that seems syrupy but is not. Decent middle but it fades to quickly on the finish. Chewy and mild spice meet the bitterness in a lingering after taste.

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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 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 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 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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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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