Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style AlePike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale
BA SCORE
40%
Liked This Beer
3.58 w/ 477 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#37,456
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
477
Liked:
191
Avg:
3.58/5
pDev:
13.69%
Alströms:
3.43
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
74
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 477 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of RedBiddy
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost an orange appearance in sunlight. Lacing was weak. Sweet aroma and sweet on the palate but not over the top. Terrific mouth feel...I was reluctant to swallow. Pleasant carbonation and exemplary taste. For a Scotch style ale it exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the few beers remaining from the beers I brought back to Ontario from Alberta.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an amber hue, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Bready oatmeal, cereal notes, caramel, toffee and bran flakes.

T - Pretty mild for a scotch ale, bready caramel and bran, touch of peat that lingers with a hint of espresso and some alcohol sweetness.

M - No complaints here, nice carbonation level that goes down smooth and leaves with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty scotch ale, but a little too mild for my liking. I like my scotch ales to possess more on the peat flavours, so don't look to this one if you're looking for a bold scotch ale. This might be a good choice to ease someone into the style.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with no head less a small rim. Nose is smokey and sweet.

Taste is really nice, more sweet than smokey like most but it's more approcable and easy drinking. Carbonation is light and the Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp making this very easy drinking.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 socon67
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 radioscooter
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade. I love trying all new Scotch Ales, even if I end up not liking them.

Pours too light and cloudy and frothy for my taste. Smells like a non-distinct, non-BMC craft ale of vague characteristics.

Tastes the same. Light hops, slight malty feel, very thin. Not offensive but nothing to cheer for. Carbonation is too high for a SA.

If someone had presented this to me as an Irish Red Ale, it would be a nice effort. But as a Scotch ale, it's waaay off the mark.

Sad for Scotch lovers like myself. But a tasty red ale in the Sam Adams, or O'Hara style nonetheless.

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Photo of vonghost
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to a beer tasting at a friends house and he pulled out this beer.

Copper Color, good clarity with a short fizzy head,

Slight biscuity with a heavy smoky aroma.

Taste was good but my first experience with such a smoky aroma and flavor.

Overall a good beer but 1 would only be able to drink 1.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, no date.

dark copper in color, with just a thin whisp of head. not a very strong aroma, just a bit boozy. tastes of sweet malt, with some caramel, some whiskey flavors without the burn. medium body, carbonation on the higher side.

overall, it's alright, but nothing special.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown and auburn colors in the pour, not much head at all, even though the beer ended up being plenty carbonated, left me wondering though, why is there lace left on a beer with almost no head? I digress. Woody aroma, sweet, smoky, nice.

More wood tannin grittiness and sweetness on the palate. Didn't catch the smokiness at this point. Warming effect of alcohol. More drinkable than average for style. A little nuttiness and caramel thrown in for good measure. More like a hybrid or leaning toward an amber ale/winter warmer type situation.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 mikeg67
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours dark red hue with a white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of cherry and apple juice. Light to medium, crisp body. Good balance of caramel malt, ripe fruit and earthy hops fill the mouth. I don’t think this ale can lift a kilt.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 FosterJM
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pike brewpub, Seattle, WA

With not many other choices on the menu that were appealing to me, I ordered up this Scotch ale. Poured a clear amber color with a small white head that didn't stick around too long; not much lacing to speak of. Mostly caramel maltiness in the nose. Nutty caramel in the taste, some sugar and peat, and a mild fruit flavor. Not too strong, but pretty smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from kiltedtxn courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a very thin off- head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a butterscotch, vanilla, caramelized malts, tea, some smoke and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a lot more smokiness than I picked up in the smell followed by sweet flavors of vanilla, tea and caramel. There is not much balance but since the malt character is pretty thin for the style and there is very little hops presence; it’s surprising that there is any balance at all. I suppose that seems like a back-handed compliment but I’m calling like I’m tasting it. The after-taste is sweet.

M: A little smooth, not very crisp and a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Kind of flavorful at least, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, while this is quite departed from your typical Scotch ale and not one I would jump at the chance to choose again, I don’t think this beer as horrible as some have made it seem. I’m finding it a bit unique if nothing else, yet if not of for the review, I don’t see myself drinking this beer again.

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Photo of LittleOtts
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Rich Amber color with a light ivory colored head.

S- Malty and Smokey. Very smokey.

T- Biscuity and very smokey. A bit nutty not much in the way of hops.

M- Medium bodied. light carbonation very smokey finish.

D- Low. 1 bottle is all I needed. It doesn't taste bad it's just smokey.

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Photo of KUpolo
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer really misses the mark for a style that I consider one of my absolute favorites.

The color is much lighter than I am used to seeing, a clear bronze.

I'm not going to spend too much time on this review because honestly the beer is just not worth it.

The taste is way off the mark. Missing is the peaty smokiness and complex malt that a Wee Heavy should have. In its place is a somewhat medicinal flavor with a hint of sweet malt.

Pass if you have a better option.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An American take that's maybe one of the more reminiscent of Scotch/Scottish ales. The flavors and feel fall somewhere in between 90/- and wherever the more daring Wee Heavys generally average (160/-?). Does the extra-thick body mask some flaws and/or give the impression of a "heavy"-er beer? Perhaps.

Shared this "dinner size" bottle with a friend and it poured amber-ish red with a thin-ish head, welling up, felling down. Moderate haze in the amber-red.

Before referencing their website, it was readily apparent they used an English yeast on this one - BIG fruity esters, real big. Exceptional malt presence as well - caramel at moderate levels - a sweetish touch over the mild, evenly split biscuit/bread characteristics. No hops, but of course, while the peat-smoked malt whispers.

Much of the same flavor-wise. Caramel-kissed malty, juice-fruity and sweetish, with a murmur of smoke calling midway, raising its voice a little while being carried off atop the spectral-gel dextriny wave going down. Naturally enjoyed this most toward the end when the glass was no longer cold to the touch.

By my estimation it falls nicely between the boldest shilling ale and a slow-sipping heavy. You wouldn't miss the peat presence if it was removed. Big body. Not bad.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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 HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 SkeeterHawk
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rather murky burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head after a pretty aggressive pour. The head had faded into a small ring by the time I got the initial aroma.

Aroma: My first impression was of grassy hops over everything else, which is unusual for any kind of Scotch Ale to say the least. As the beer is warming up some, there is a decent dose of sweet caramel malt coming out...also unusual for a Scotch Ale.

Taste: The flavor also has a healthy dose of hops in here, but there is more sweetness than you could pick up in the aroma. The beer is medium bodied overall, and the carbonation is light so it is coming across a bit watery. The finish is pretty balanced overall. There is a very subtle Peat note that is becoming more noticeable in the finish as the beer is warming up, but it isn't bold enough to make a statement, so it just adds a bit of an odd aftertaste that lingers (though not necessarily playing nice) with the grassy hops for a while after the sip. I would venture to say that the malt is the winner in the finish, but the hops don't go down easily in this beer.

Opinion: Well...overall this is an OK beer to drink. It has a pretty nice balance of hops and malt, so it does a decent job as a Pale Ale or something. As far as it being a Scotch Ale, I wouldn't be expecting anything from Scotland except for the faint Peat. There is nothing wrong with the beer as far as fermentation flaws or anything...it just isn't a Scotch Ale.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an imperial pint glass. It pours a reddish amber color with nice head and good lacing.

The aroma is malty and very sweet. Has some fruity notes but it lacks some hop notes I would expect from a scotch ale.

The taste is also very sweet but it has some smokey and peat notes to it, guess that's the scotch ale in it. It's still not as hoppy as I would like and not a great example of a scotch ale in my opinion.

Feels a little watery and I wouldn't be really excited to drink another.

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, shared with my friend 3rdrowtailgater.

It's a nice amber color, two fingers of off-white head. Pretty decent.

Kind of a weak barleywine flavor. Caramel malts with a hit of hops. It's rich but kinda muted.

The taste is muted as well unfortunately. There's some smoky malt flavors and biscuity malt.

It's a little watery, really thin on the mouthfeel.

Not an exceptionally interesting beer to be honest. I've had it before on locale in Seattle and remember it far more fondly.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 40% out of 100 with 477 ratings
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