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:
474
Reviews:
216
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.76%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
73
For Trade:
0
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Photo of CHADMC3
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a rich copper to ruby with amber hues and an off white head packed with dense carbonation that patiently dissolves to leave a thin, yet resistant lacing.

Rich caramel malt highlights the aroma, with some sweetness I am having trouble specifically identifying, and a touch of roasted malt.

The palate offers a similar, rich caramel malt, with again secondary roasted malt, and a very clean, earthy hop finish.

Medium in body and a bit on the light side in carbonation, a bit drying at the finish.

This beer is pretty straightforward, nothing too aggressive, perhaps on the more laid back side of this style, yet still tasty.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ap. cloudy golden brown with nice tan head that didn't last too long.
Sm. I smell matlts and butterscotch.
Ta. Sweet butterscotch with a twist of hops. The finish is tart and then sweet.
Mf. Smooth full, and sticky.
Dr. Good, but not more than one or two.

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Photo of IPAaDay
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew with a good name. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. Has a range of flavors with each drink. Doesn't blow my socks off, but enjoyed it. Had a bomber from Total Wine ... would drink 2 back to back on a Friday. ;-) My taste buds need the equivalent of a 2x4 upside of 'em which is why I prefer IPA. That said, this brew has enough flavor and complexities in that flavor to keep me interested.

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

A- Deep amber with just a wisp of a head. Not quite "ruby" like the bottle says it is, but there are hints of red, I suppose.

S- Much caramel with a little coffee and just a touch of smoke.

T- Extremely malty with a lot more caramel. The smokiness comes through more in the taste. A touch of bitterness rounds the beer out and helps to counteract some of the sweet malt.

M- Medium-bodied and fairly low in carbonation, although not too much. Almost a little syrupy at times.

D- The sweetness gets a little cloying at times, although it's not too bad. The alcohol's not too high. I can finish the bomber, but I won't want more.

A decent interpretation of a scotch ale, I suppose. It could use a little more smokiness and a bit more complexity in the malt, but overall not too bad. This beer is probably better suited to the cooler months.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely clear Scotch-brown in the glass. Not much head to speak of. Appearance is true to style. Not a bad beer. But not a very notable beer, either. I'm visiting the area, so I'm happy to try local brews. But I've definitely had better Sotch Ales. It's not as sweet or malty as I expected; and both hoppier and more dank than I wanted when I bought it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, GA.

Appearance: Pours out an unerringly clear, light brown body with a finger plus change worth of off-white suds.

Smell: Modest nose smelling of pale and basic bready malts. Minor notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Slight hint of cherry. Rounded out with a little lightly smokey, lightly earthy peat. While not bad, it's by no means as engaging as expected or hoped for.

Taste: Initial impression of toasted malts with sensibly sweet boosts of caramel and brown sugar, though it already falls far short of the richer, more robust members of the style. Nice level of peated malt in the background. 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 carbonation.

Drinkability: Lacking the satiating richness of others, it makes the shaky trade of character for ease of drinkability. It's nice enough, if a bit simplistic. Sort of a wee wee heavy, if you will.

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

A: This poured a clear, dark copper with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and nutty malt, with brown sugar and bready yeast and a bit of copper hops.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and brown sugar and roasted barley, with some nutty malt and bready yeast and copper hops. It had a moderate bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with decent carbonation.
D: This was a decent beer (more like a scottish than scotch ale). It wasn't super clean or bold, and it certainly wasn't unique at all. But it was still enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky, hazy orange-brown color. Not much in the way of head, although the little that there is has a similar tint and a sudsy texture. Retention is mediocre, with a bit of lacing.

S: A bit muted, but definite brown sugar/caramel notes up front, even venturing into toffee territory. Slightly peaty/smoky as well. Light notes of dark fruit - plum and raisin. Mild tealike notes, and a bit of tartness into the finish.

T: Firm caramel and brown sugar flavor, with hints of toffee and butterscotch. Lightly peaty, with mild smoky flavor. Some dark fruit and faint hop bitterness.

M: Medium-full body. It never ventures into chewy territory. Pleasantly smooth, with lightish carbonation.

D: A fairly disappointing Scotch Ale. The flavor is fine, but lacks depth, and this sports a rather one-dimensional aroma to boot. It's improved as it has warmed, but only to the point of decency.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass june9 2010

A clear copper with some very tiny suspended particles and a small amount of bubbles floating up to a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S some woody earth and candied cherry with toffee

T again some earthy wood but with a little spice and a fair bit of sweetness but not much for a Scotch ale

M thick enough to please with decent carbonation and it's just a tad sticky

D not lacking in and areas but not going to amaze you either worth trying but don't look too far for it

I don't mind this beer but at nearly 20$ for a 6er here in Alberta I doubt I'll be drinking much of this in the future

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 650ml bottle from Total Wine & More:

A: I poured the ale into a tulip-shaped nosing glass, it revealed a copper/amber hue, with some darker, mahogany notes, with a small amount of lacing on top. A bit lighter in color, and viscosity than other Scotch styles I've encountered.

S: The ale smells of hickory smoke, a bit of coarse grain, such as oatmeal (rather faint), and there is some degree of a citrus, or berry fruit on the back. Nice malty sweetness, but not overly powerful. Once you notice the smoke, it really is the first thing that hits you, and it sticks around.

T&M: There is a nice woody feel to this beer. I would classify it similar to tawny ports, where you taste some wood, but it is very well balanced. Smoke obviously follows, notes of grilled corn, and there is a cherry-grapefruit spice on the finish. The texture is rather creamy, but not overly carbonated. A rather smooth, well balanced beer -- if anyone wants to do a smoked Turkey on Thanksgiving -- this would be a good choice to pair (especially if you have a cranberry sauce nearby).

Overall, I really like this ale. It is a good summertime Scotch ale. Not too heavy, the malty sweetness, and rich flavors are present, but not too intense. It doesn't have quite the oatmeal heaviness that you might find in Oskar Blues Old Chub, for example. Different, but appealing. I'll be buying this again!

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

A clear, deep red amber with a very thin head. There is a faint tea and malt aroma, nothing too good. This is a very balanced beer with nice caramel malt with a slight herbal hop taste. It's very smooth but the taste became a little grainy by the end.

For a scotch ale this one is kind of light on what I look for in a scotch ale. It's very smooth an drinkable but just a bit shy for my tastes.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1-29-10 in a pint glass

A - Low head, almost none at all. Maple color, slightly cloudy but tons of yeasty floaters bobbing like jelly fish. No lacing, almost like an on-tap beer.

S - Difficult to smell initially. The hops were subdued and there were some mild citrus smells. After it warmed up a bit there were some pleasant nutty smells.

T - Initially sweet and malty. Some caramel malt and some lightly roasted malts. Unlike the smells, the hop flavor comes out a bi9t stronger but not overly so. N.W. brewery influence is noticeable. Aftertaste was interesting. Hints of mint and spruce very similar to gin.

M - Alcohol burn like liquor is strong. The maltyness does lead to some smoothness.

D - High, smooth and drinkable. Some people will not like the fusil burn for sure. The smells took a long time to wake up but this was fine. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/24/2009 (bottle):

Cloudy brown color body, small off-white head, quickly diminishing. Malty sweet aroma, syrupy. Earthy. English malty taste, biscuity. Sweet, but not syrupy. Scotchy taste, maybe butterscotch. Not bad, not too headache inducing.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank the shit out of this beer my first and second year of college.

Pours an unusually light color for the style with a peachy brown orange color and totally clear. A stark white head retains well and leaves pretty good lacing.

Nose has a rock candy like, crisp malty sweetness that brings back memories. A good bit of caramel, but no strong smoke or peat is present.

Ah, there it is. A ridiculously creamy flavor is complimented by slight smokiness and a good peaty profile. I didn't find this in the nose, but it is quite clear in the taste. Despite the lighter color of this beer (stylewise) its actually got a very authentic malt profile. Not much of a hop profile, as is expected for the style. The finish is nice and smooth, crazy creamy, and the aftertaste lingers on with caramely malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is just about ideal. Viscous, but not overly so, and certainly not cloying.

Drinkability is pretty strong as this one is not exactly high on the abv scale as far as the style is concerned.

Overall, this is simply put, a solid and sessionable scotch ale that is packed with style accurate flavor. As common as it may be, it is solid. The color really throws one off going into it, but as soon as that signature scotch ale flavor makes its way in, there is no question what style is in the glass. This is definitely the best readily available scotch ale in a decent priced sixer that ive had. I was afraid that i only loved it becuase i drank it so much before my palate really matured and i would hate it now, (like their IPA) but this is a solid offering from pike. Nice scotch ale.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark cloudy mahogany. Little head that doesn't lace.

Smell: Very heavy malt notes with some spice as well

Taste: Very heavy taste. There are some really nice malt notes with spice. The ratio between the too leads to a slightly off taste for me. Very good overall.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, spice and malt. Good amount of carbonation. Just very heavy.

Drinkability: The ABV and heaviness of this beer make it very hard to drink to much of.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light brown color with a thin, large-bubbled foam that fades real quick to a few bubbles floating on the surface. The opacity of this beer is pretty surprising.

Smell is very sweet and carmely with just a touch of earthy peat and lots of dark fruits - strawberries, blackberries and figs covered with brown sugar. I typically like my Scotch Ale's more earthy and smoky.

The taste is sweet and light with some of the fruitiness coming through as well. The malts are there, but not in enough quantity to be rich and creamy. That makes it probably a good thing the ABV is only 6.6, just not enough body and flavor to support any more alcohol. As a beer, it is far from bad and I do not think I will have much trouble finishing the bomber, but for a Scotch Ale, this is a pretty weak attempt.

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Photo of cvfish
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a golden caramel color that produced a wispy white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aroma of this beer was quite disappointing to me, very low malt characteristic, not very appealing

T - The taste of this beer was also disappointing for me, very low malt characteristic like the smell, very little of anything in this one

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this beer is particularly low, this was not a very good representation of the Scotch Ale style, would have thought that this did not come from a craft brewery

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Photo of GRG1313
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red amber with a nice but short white head that quickly disappears.

Lovely floral perfume nose that's simple but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied but with flavor and character.

Sweet malt flavors in the front palate to simple orange and stone fruit malt flavors. Hint of peated Scotch but less than anticipated.

Simple, single dimensional beer that's pleasant. Nothing special.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear dark amber brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly skim of tiny bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is biscuity sweet malt. Taste starts where the nose left off, light fruitiness in the middle, and a slightly chalky hops close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is easy. Could be better, but I wouldn't refuse on these.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Recieved as a joke sort of I guess from the shotgun BIF. I had really never had much from them, but being this is one of my favorite styles what the heck right? Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/30/2009.

The pour was off from the start, small tan head which faded almost instantly was replaced by only the slightest bit of lacing on the sides of the glass, which itself faded momentarily leaving behind only a bare, brown liquid. Aroma was a mess, wet carbonard, hints of caramel were muted and astringent. A touch of tannic flavors welcomed me, or scared me away, It was just all over. Watery flavor, thin and flat feel, nothing redeeming it at all. Small touch of caramel, maybe at the end of it, but really just shocked by how off this one was. No sign of alcohol or depth in the body.

Overall the worst scotch ale I have ever had. I am really shocked to be honest as well. It was just all over the place and way too thin for the style. I was expecting average but did not even get that. Not sure whats going on but I would not go here again.

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Photo of spaceycasey
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A- pours deep orange/slightly red with some evident chill haze and a rapidly dissipating head. No lacing evident.

S- Malty aroma appropriate for style but a bit thin. For this style I expect a more rounded malty sweetness, but this one struggles to waft through your senses.

T- This one provided some strange complexities. The malt backbone is definitely present - but tastes like perhaps the mash was overextracted... some tannins evident. Also, the hop bitterness comes out more than I would anticipate.

M- Medium bodied and rounded with nice carbonation. Thankfully the head retention issue does not seem to be a function of under carbonation.

D- Worth another try, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.
Orangey, red with a small head that acted like it had somewhere else to be. This hurts the aroma as well. The smell and taste are like a hybrid between a pale ale and scottish ale. This is hardly a wee heavy. Too much hop bitterness, not a strong enough malt profile. Its a little lacking in my book.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep caramelized sugar color with a light haze to it. It's not chunky or opaque but it's getting close to it. The head is a disappointment. It was off white but it faded before I even finished pouring the beer.

The smell is weak and not just for the style, it's weak for any beer. Some malt and hops but not enough to really decipher the ingredients.

Taste is slightly better then the nose but not by much. I wish I could give it a 3.3 instead of a 3.5 because it really doesn't deserve it. The substance of this flavor is warm grains but like the nose they are weak and not really discernible. There is an herbal flavor that has similarities with the medicinal flavor of a menthol cough drop mixed with chlorinated city water. I'm not a fan.

The mouthfeel is the strongest part of this beer but given the track record of this one that's not saying much. The residual sweetness from the taste lasts into the finish and actually is refreshing. It's medium bodied, slightly creamy and has a nice small carbonation that makes it drinkable. However the flavor is something I find boring and average which makes me not want to finish it, so I will have to pass this one by the next time I see it.

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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
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