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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Ratings: 477 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of xodin
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown color, crisp with a hint of ruby. Nutty, caramel smells, sweet. Taste of burnt caramel malt, fruits, and some bitterness. Appearance and smell were better than the taste, IMHO. Certainly not bad at all, but definitely not a top runner either. A great beer for the sidelines of a world sampling tour.

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Photo of bens0n
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky amber color with a small amount of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Its on the orange side for an amber, not really brown at all.

This beer has a mild hoppy smell with a hint of malts, nothing special here.

Flavor wise its bland, there is a hint of caramel and some smokey qualities that come in at the end. Overall not sweet, more earthy tasting.

It has a moderately thick body with low carbonation, but I still did not find it to be exceptionally drinkable, even at 6.5% abv.

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Photo of njmoons
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not a good example of the style, and bland.

A: Cloudy amber/brown. Not quite sure what the brewer was going for.

S: Smelled like an ale, some sweetness noted, some fruit maybe apricot. There was a slight smokey aroma.

T: Bland, ale taste. No sweetness, no tartness, no smoke. Nothing that tasted like a scotch ale to me.

M: The body was heavy and appropriate to style.

D: I finished it, it was not horrible, but there are so many better examples of the style. Skip this and try another.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Brewed to 1.064 with pale, crystal, carapils, peated and Munich malt; hopped with magnum and goldings to 27 IBUs and fermented with English ale yeast. It pours almost ruby (more of an auburn), lightly-hazed, with medium carbonation and a thin cap. Rich and sweet in the nose from the Munich and crystal, blended with earthy, tea-like, nearly roasted notes. The flavor starts malty and rich, lightly sweet, followed by hops and an earthy fullness from the peat. Hints of raisiny crystals creep in here and there and are balanced by lightly spicy hops that contribute little bitterness. A flavorful yeast strain rounds it out and things end on a lightly peated note. While it begins crisp and dry, once the carbonation ebbs the body fills out nicely. Very nice brew here - a bit more hop flavor than most Scotch ales, but this is well-balanced and damn tasty. Definitely recommended.

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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 AndyAvalanche
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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 grittybrews
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes.) Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of loose white head. Sweet aroma with lots of malty caramel and just a hint of dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Lots of toasty biscuit and caramel with a trace of smoke and spicy hops on the finish.

Not my favorite style, but this brew was drinkable enough.

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Photo of Rumplemintz
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 22oz. bottle into a icy Pint glass. Color was a copper amber with a little head that didn't last long. The nose was sweet and toasty. I found almost no bitterness. Very balanced and drinkable, not as heavy or rich as other Scotch Ales I have tried. Overall a good drinkable ale, but nothing exceptional. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of pburland23
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a mug.

From the beginning, I could tell this was going to be underwhelming. When I cracked the bottle open, there was no hiss, no release of gas.

The beer pours a strange, orangey color. Sitting in the mug, it looked as if I had grabbed some iced tea from the fridge by mistake. It's not an inviting pour. There was absolutely no head whatsoever.

The smell is a little better. It's malty and a little peaty. I picked up on a hint of roastiness and smokiness. The taste is sweeter than I thought it would be. Their a little smoke and peat flavor, but there is something on the back end that tastes almost like caramel.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily.

I'm a big fan of Scotch Ales particularly at this time of year, but this effort is a serious disappointing brew. It lacks the boldness and the full bodied character that I think defines the style.

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Photo of Shaw
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber in color with a light head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Nice aroma of caramelized malt: caramel, bread.

Taste is OK. A hint of smoky peat mixes with some off-putting astringent notes. Not very sweet.

Solid body with a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is just an average beer. It's my first from Pike and I'm disappointed.

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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 flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a ringer of frothy ivory foam. Body is entirely clear and has a dusky, autumnal feeling to it. I like it.

Smell: malt-bomb aroma; biscuity, bready and nutty, mostly. There's a little caramel characteristic; I'm betting there's lots of crystal malt in here. Almost like a strong amber ale. Not my favorite, but not too bad.

Taste: basically what I expected based on the aroma. This is super biscuity and nutty; I'm not a huge fan. Hop character is minimal, but there is a balancing bitterness. While it doesn't precisely float my boat, this is not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; pretty light for a Scotch ale, in my opinion. Carbonation is pretty good, though, which yields a passable creaminess. Not bad but could be a lot better.

Drinkability: my palate grows weary of the onslaught of not-terribly-interesting malt flavors. For me, personally, this is not an exceptionally drinkable beer. It is serviceable, though.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - this brew has the same name as a scotch ale from my local micro. Nice to see that they're making nice about it, for the time being.

This beer pours a faintly hazy, medium orange-brick amber hue, with one finger of foamy, bubbly, and rocky beige head, which leaves some painted web lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bready caramel nougat, miscellaneous dark fruit, a wisp of wet smoke, and bitter floral, leafy hops. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, some bruised stone pit fruitiness, more earthy, floral hops, ethereal smoke, and a soft, kind of sweet booziness.

The carbonation is quite light and lilting in its quotidian frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and generally smooth. It finishes with an off-dry, warm grainy caramel and dry fruity hops melange.

A decently drinkable, more or less solid scotch ale - 'wee heavy' may be a bit of a stretch here - certainly malty, aye, and a wee bit boozy, with some underrated hops to keep things honest. Something worth considering come the inevitably cooler weather, and that Scottish bard's celebration in January.

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Photo of ProudGreen89
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark copper with a thin white head that leaves a subsiding lace down the glass, as it settles down theres barely a head left and the lacing becomes very watery and disappates.

S-malty, caramel and some kind of legume. sort of a toasted biscuity aroma hidden behind a mellow dark fruit.

T-definitely malty, smokey and a little caramel near the end, a nutty and dark fruit flavor is deep in there. i also taste some adjuncts in there which im not fond of (its said that rice has no taste, but i disagree, i get a taste of it in here)i expect it was used as a filler to make the beers price cheaper. I was expecting a bolder flavor out of a scotch style ale out of seattle, i would have liked more hops for a more bitter finish and a higher alcohol content to give it that extra bite, its not bad but i was expecting more.

M-light body but the flavors and malts give it a pallete heaviness which is actually very nice, it goes down smooth but doesnt completely leave your tongue.

D-it is actually a very easy to drink ale, i would have liked more hops and alcoholic bite but i think i would pick this up again. not a bad price either for what youre drinking.

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

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge 9.13.2010, $4.00 a pint.

One finger very light tan head, medium-fast dissipation with minimal lacing. Clear amber body, a singular trail of carbonation. Nose is lightly roasted malt, pretty sweet, a bit of grassy hops. Taste mirrors nose, caramel sweet, slight bit of roast, just a hint of hops. Medium-light mouthfeel, not much effervescence. Not bad drinkability, close to style, but not sure I'd order one again.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale is thin, watery, and metallic-sweet.

It poured dark orangy-copper with a short fleeting tan head. It left a crystal clear glass. The smell and flavor had a nondescript syrupy sweetness with a metallic aftertaste. The feel was as slippery and lasting as water, although it also was as easy to drink and thirst-quenching as water.

Pike Kilt Lifter has no distinguishing characteristic; nothing to excite the taste buds or palate; nothing to remember; and no reason to have more than once.

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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 cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is much fainter than expected. The aroma is sweet malts and a good dose of caramel. Nit much else to note in the nose.

T- The taste is sweet malts up front with caramel and a hint of smoke as well. 

M- The mouthfeelis a little thin for the style with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Kilt Lifter is a decent scotch ale that is solid in some areas (taste, drinkability) but lacking in other areas (aroma, appearance). Worth a try.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a mild and washed out version of the style.

Pours amber with a disappointing head. The aroma is sweet, a little peaty, with an unfortunate bite of elastic. The flavor is sweet, slight, and malty with a band-aid finish that is not appealing. The mouthfeel is prickly to an unpleasant degree.

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

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a tan head that falls to nothing. Very thinnest of lace.

Aroma us of some sweet malts with a noticeable hop background.

Taste is similar to the smell. Malt taste is sweet and nice. Hops take over giving a bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharpness on the tongue.

Not bad. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a Finger thick head, tight and creamy. Clear body amber in color with active upward carbonation.
S) Toffee. A slight citrus aroma - lemon? Toasty.
T) Nutty. Toffee sweetness mixed with a buttery toast flavor, rather pleasant. Flavor bold up front but tampers off midway through finishing with a subtle toast grain and notice hop bite.
M) Smooth and creamy. Medium body but on the lighter side. A bit of an alcohol effervescence.
D) A nice Scottish ale. I'd drink another.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Orlando.

My assessment is similar to that of ChainGangGuy so I have borrowed some of his words.

Appearance: Pours out an cloudy brown body with a finger plus change worth of off-white suds. Head dissipates rapidly with little evidence that it was ever there.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of pale and basic bready malts. Minor notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Slight hint of cherry. To my nose, any hint of peat is imaginary.

Taste: Initial impression of toasted malts with caramel and brown sugar. It lacks depth, however. Peat is more evident in the taste than in the nose. 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-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Lacks richness and depth. It's drinkable. But is that what we really want from this style...something that goes down easy.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly strong and malty with a faint yeasty undertone and just a hint of miso. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a fairly thick pale orange-tan head. Flavor is rather mouth-filling, malty with an undertone of hard apple cider and hints of caramel and hops. Fizzy texture leaves a decent tingle behind.

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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 beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish-amber with just under an inch of off-white head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly malty sweet, with just a hint of hops and yeasty spice in the background. On the tongue, the beer had a nice little sharpness that wasn't apparent in the scent. The malt was the predominant feature of this brew however.

The body was light, but full. Drinkability for this beer is very good, having a sixer for a cookout is a great idea. The brewery no longer calls this a Scotch Ale, they now call it a "Ruby Ale", either way, it's a loyal beer friend. Worth trying when you see it.

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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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