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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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:
#41,084
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
490
pDev:
13.69%
Bros Score:
3.43
 
 
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Ratings: 490 |  Reviews: 221
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 beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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 freed
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this quite often over the last couple years. Like all Pike beers, it has a very nice label; clean lines, stately.

It pours a deep mahogany with a nice, uneven head. Carbonation tops it in very sporadic patterns, like the yeast was still active. The smell is sweet and malty with a slight smoked tinge. The taste in this batch is a bit sweet, but normally its a wonderful full and chocolate body. If you're not careful, you can drink a whole sixer, and it really affects your skiing.

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Photo of Gusler
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I have sampled at least 4 or 5 beers that call themselves “Kilt Lifters”, well in my humble opinion, Pike’s is the best. Also why is it so hard to find a “Good” Scotch Style Ale?

A beauteous orange to amber color, the head prodigious in size, creamy in texture, a nice light tan in color and the residual lace a thick and sticky sheet to meld with the glass. Sweet malt is the nose, fresh and inviting, the start ambrosial, malt laden, and the top rich in its feel to the palate. Finish has a delectable acidity, the hops spicy and pleasant, dry aftertaste and a real treat.

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Photo of Fabric8r
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice beer. I don't know if it can be called a "wee heavy", didn't seem thick enough, but the flavor was wonderful. Tad on the hpbby-bitterness side, but I am not saying that is bad at all. The color was a nice suprise, I kept holding it up to the light. I look forward to trying it there again sometime. I have to leave the family home though, they wouldn't let my daughter in the place, not even to sit on the couch. Kinda anal about that.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Jason
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back.

Appearance: Tawny leathery amber colour holding some haze, enticing head has a stable retention.

Smell: Big sweetness with a very faded smoke, light fruity alcohol and caramel malt twang.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Layered smoothness with a creamy slickness. Solid malty palate, sweetness plays off the toasted grain and medium hoppiness. Suggestions of fruit punch, earthy yeast and caramel in the back. Slightly warming alcohol. Hit of citric rind in the end? Handful of residual sweetness in the end combats the semi-think hop flavour in the end.

Notes: Smaller in stature than most Scotch Ales I have had, a decent strong amber that was easy on the palate with a balanced malt and hop.

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Photo of fattyre
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red/gold color with a medium off-white dissipating head. The smell was breadlike with a slight smokey hint. This beer had a toasted bread and slight peat like flavor with peppery alcohol and somewhat piney finish. It also had a pretty firm mouthfeel. A good and tasty scottish ale.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, red-gold Scotch Style Ale with a medium, off-white dissapating head. The smell I couldn't quite place at first, after reading the label it was quite clear...slightly burnt or smokey peat. It has a slightly "burnt" taste, and is malty, with a cedary finish. It has a firm texture in my mouth. Overall, I found this beer to be strangely different but definitely enjoyable.

(source: Athens, GA)

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Photo of 49degrees
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooooh. I really like this beer. Out of the traditional PNW bottled staples, Pike's Kilt Lifter and Bridgeport's Pintail Ale are among the more frequently chosen brews to have, Modelled after traditional scotish heavy ales, Pike's version has an interesting blend of smokey peat on the palette along with some real thirst quenching kicks from its arrangement of hops.

Pours very clean with a moderate size head, giving way to a decent collar, a tight surface foam and decent glass lacing. Although not pegged as a bitter, this one certainly plays double duties for my own tastes and because it has a fairly bitter punch to it, it’s a great addition with a meal. But be forewarned, if you're not careful, this 'heavy' will quickly become a warming ale as its 6.6%abv can sneak up on you when you least expect it,

When you see Pike Place in the store, this Pike Kilt Lifter is the one I'd recommend from this classic Seattle brewery.

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Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Soft orange bodied with a small but tight cream colored head. Retention is middle of the road.
Full maly aroma. Distinctive peat notes (not really smoky, though). Sweet and earthy.
Taste begins with a heavy toffee melee. Sweet and chewy. Never approaches cloying. Dough flavors rest below and bulk this one up even more. Organic earthiness holds down the middle. Quick pangs of smoke and metal. Dries considerably towards the finish. Hops are an understated force. Spicy, and herbal. Alcohol is briefly noted towards the end.
Medium-full bodied, next to zero carbonation. Rolls like a thunderhead across the mouth's horizon. Bold yet rounded and almost soft at times.

I think it is safe to call Pike's an outstanding brewery.
Many thanks to jreitman for this one.

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Photo of jreitman
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes at brewery) Nice amber color with a good nose to boot. Nicely fruity and malty sweet with a pretty well hidden alcohol profile. Was very smooth drinking and light on mouthfeel. Surprisingly, there were quite a bit of floral hop flabors in there, but it did not detract too much from the style and was a nice variant.

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Photo of mattmaples
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Daniel's point on the hops is well taken. But I dissagree with him on the body being too light. Kiltlifter does have a lighter body but not every Scotch ale is a Wee-heavy. I think if you were to put this beer in a 60 shilling (or light) catagory then the body fit just fine. The malt profile is supurb and could not be better. I did take off a point for too much hop for the style but in their defense it is brewed in the middle of hop country so extra hops are hard to resist.

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Photo of DrDocRudge
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A little to light for a scotch ale, both in terms of taste and color. Instead of a chewy brew you get a medium-bodied ale that is a touch too bitter. Since most scotch ales are naturally sweet (though not overwhelmingly so), I was slightly disappointed with this one.

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