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 | website

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

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214
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469
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
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Photo of charlatan
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has a cloudy orange colour and an ample head. I wasn't able to divine much of a nose because of the smoky bar I was consuming this in.

It has a fruity, tangy flavour with a malt profile which manages to mix caramel and carrot. This is well balanced with enough hops to give it a little bite. As the beer warms the fairly high alcohol content becomes apparent. I like this beer but it isn't easy to knock back and an imperial pint was more than enough.

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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 SargeC
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy caramel-brown. Nonexistent head with a few large carbonation bubbles. Very still

Smell: Smoky sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste: Initial sweetness with a nice smoky finish. Hints of tobacco. Evolved as I drank it. It became very earthy and dare I say, peaty. It almost began to resemble a decent blend of scotch as the pint went down.

Mouthfeel: Coats well with a medium body.

Drinkability: Nice character. Had many scotch ale qualities, but made its own statement without going over the top.

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Photo of freed
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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 SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

I had this in a borrowed thistle.
The color was a super dark red close to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer.
The smell had some peaty/smokiness to an indulgent chocolatey goodness.
The taste was mainly the same in a sweet smoky way.
The mouthfeel was smoky smooth as it rolled over my tongue. Probably about a medium on the body.
Overall, good Scotch Ale I would have again.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second offering from Pikes. Ever and also in the past two days.

This one pours a clear brown copper, quickly dissapearing head.

Soggy bread aroma. Stale smoke with a mild sweetness.

Good malty body, smooth from begining to end. Earth/soil with some toasted nut. Hop flavor is there too, especially at the end, but the malt easily overpowers it, which is okay for the style. Good scotch taste.

Drinkability is not where I expected it. Not a bad scotch ale, but i've had better.

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Photo of climax
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one looked pretty decent. Slightly hazy red/copper/brown with a large rocky tan head left some sticky lace.

Unfortunately the nose doesn't help keep the bagpipes a'blowin. It's not bad, it's just not there... Caramel malt, some smokiness and ripe fruit is really all I could gather. It was so weak I could smell all the random vague smells around my living room when dipping my nose into the glass for a whiff.

There is more in the taste, but it's no hard hitting scotch ale by any means. Caramel malt dominates, smoke, and a dash of hop bitterness round it out. Some alcohol warmth gives it some depth.

Medium bodied, not heavy or cloying. Feel was pretty slick which I have come to expect from Pike. Carbonation was subtle yet crisp. Finish had a nice relationship of dry and slick.

As far as Scotch Ales go...this one does not lift my kilt (or Nike gym shorts if you will, kilts aren't my thing). It's not bad or offensive, but on a strictly style based opinion...it doesn't impress.

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

This ruby ale pours more of a ruddy amber with some orange & caramel hues mixed in. A one-finger head rises and quickly fades to a thin layer of lacing across the top that stays until the bottom, haphazardly depositing globular lacing down the glass.

aroma is definite malt with some fruit and alcohol notes. pears and guava mixed with a bit of aspen wood and alcohol. a hint of smoke and burnt leather trails. Interesting aroma, although I'm not entirely sure I'm enamored with it.

taste is fairly middle of the road. A decent malt backbone with more malt notes, ranging from some sweet caramels to some bitter walnut-skin like astringent malts. There's a hint of warming alcohol in the back, and a touch of peat and leather, a bit on the powerful side. A solid amber on the whole with a few interesting notes. Not overwhelming, nor incredibly complex, but not unwelcome.

mouthfeel is clean and smooth. Carbonation is a bit low, giving the impression of syrupy and thick, although not necessarily in a bad way. smooth without leaving any oils or astringent notes behind. Clean and pleasant.

Not a bad scotch-style ale. Smooth and drinkable with a good balance. The flavors near the verge of sweetness, but quickly veer back to the malty and woody notes, creating a drinkable yet fairly interesting brew. Nothing outstanding, and it could use a bit more depth, but I'd drink it again, if given the opportunity.

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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 philbertk
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Malty and smooth. Clear bright rich amber color. Body is not sweet, but is rich and well balanced with peat flavor. Sampled 9/18/1998.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 1. 7.50% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) Clear copper amber color. Touch of hops then Rich smoky sweet malt flavor in thick smooth body. Peat flavor appears midway through taste and adds nice balance to malt body. Big, bold and smooth. Sampled 2/16/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kiltlifter Scotch Style Ale--1999 12 oz. Small Logo Bottle Version 2. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Bright clear amber color. Subtly but decidedly Scottish in character. Heather smoky front. Rich smoky sweet light textured smooth body. Hints of heather spice flavor. Smooth flavorful finish. Sampled 6/24/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Kiltlifter Scottish Ale. 6.60% ABV. 25 IBU's. Clear bronze color. Light balanced pleasing Scottish malty flavor, but body seems thin. Nice easy smooth finish. (3.5 / 5.0) Sampled at Pike Pub 1/21/2000. 1-16 oz. Pint.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Very clear rich copper color. Smooth smoky malt front. Rich crisp malty body has a light sweet spiciness. Hints of heather in clean mildly spicy end. Very good. Pike is Better Bottled. Sampled 3/29/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.60% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Light Bottle Conditioned sediment. Clear thin light amber color. Light head & lace. Mild hop malty front. Thin dry rich malty mild peat smoky mild sweet fruit body. Smooth rich drinkable rich dry malt brew. Mild hops. Sampled 12/17/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear thin bright copper amber color. Light mild lace head. Tangy malty mild hop smoked peat front. Thin rich dry sweet malty toasted caramel body. Mild hot hop end. Rich tasty clean favored Scotch. Sampled 4/6/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild head. Clear thin dark amber red color. Malty toasted mild peat hop front. Clean smooth dry sweet malty toasted caramel mild peat fruit crisp body. Lager smooth mild hop sweet mild hot end. Still Good. Sampled 5/21/2005.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ruby Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Scottish Ale--Mild lacy head. Clear thin bright ruby amber color. Mild hop smoke peat front. Mild sweet crisp thin malty mild fruit smoky Scottish amber body. Clean lingering peat mild hop smooth end. Needs malt. Nice. Sampled 12/5/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. Clear thin bright dark bronze color. Earthy mild smoked peat front and rich Scottish malty body. Smooth malt residue end. Nice but a little dull after IPA taste. (3.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taste @ Pike Pub & Brewery 5/8/2010.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Bottle Conditioned sediment dusting. Lacy off white thin head. Hazed bright rich amber orange hint color. Fruity floral malty mild hop front. Mildly cloying sweet fruity malty peat hint thin textured red toffee body. Mild hop hot EtOH lingering fruit malt end. Sour? Bad Buds? Sampled 7/7/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Kilt Lifter ruby ale--Scotch Style--2010-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 27 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin white thin lace head. Clear dark bright amber orange color. Delicate aromatic malt mild hop peat hint front. Dry toasted biscuit thin texture rich caramel mild fruit malty Scottish body. Dry clean crisp mild hop smooth tasty crusty hint end. Sampled 7/8/2010. 6-Pack $8.99. Purchased today. Fresh Bottle. Ages quickly.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- orange and red tints on a bronze brew, with a thin 1 finger white head up top for a decent hold, lace is quick to fade

S- rich caramel, dried dark fruits, smells like a scotch ale, strong aromas

T- malty sweet, toasted caramel malts, slightly roasted malt flavors, molasses, dates, figs , raisins, and some unfermented sugars

M- smooth medium body with excellent carbonation and a semi dry finish that features some alcoholic heat

D- strong aromas, tasty brew, and great mouth feel, give this brew a whirl if you are into scotch ales

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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 csmiley
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brownish / gold. Head is minimal and only comes to about a one finger height. It settles to a barely there ring. Retention is average along with the lacing. Not really much going on with the appearance of this one.

S - Starts out deep and malty. Getting hints of caramel, toffee, and some roasted nuttiness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Nose is light overall but still pleasant for the style.

T - Sweet and smokey. The sweeter flavors follow the aroma pretty closely. A pretty distinct smokiness towards the beginning as well. Let's see...caramel, toffee, tea, and roasted nuts all followed by a touch of bitterness. Alcohol has a light showing at the very end. Not bad.

M - This is where this beer starts to suffer. Lighter bodied and almost too thin for me. Finish stays pretty sweet and only hangs on for a few minutes.

D - Drinkability is good. The smokiness adds enough to this beer to keep it pretty interesting. Alcohol is covered very well. This is pretty easy to drink but would be more enjoyable with a little more punch in the mouthfeel department. I could have a couple of these over the course of an evening with no problems. Not a beer I would seek out though.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear tea color with a most but very creamy off-white head. The smell consists of a musty smoke aroma with smooth malt tones as well. The taste is malty with a smokey overtone and very light hops and again the musty presence with a medicinal end to each swallow. The carb bite in this beer with the flavors seems somewhat electrified with a nine-volt batter that zaps the tongue. This is a light bodied beer that finishes smokey dry.

Notes: It has alot going for it but one thing that really is out of whack is the ultra thin mouthfeel. Still fairly drinkable, but it comes up short of a great beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange with a white cream head that fades rather quickly. The smell is of roasted malts and grilled fruit, alcohol lingers. The taste is very light for this style, roasted malts and fruit blend well with the alcohol tones, hopyp dryness bring up the rear. A drinkable Scotch Ale but lighter than most, I like Scotch Ales with a cigar but this one just doesn't quite make it to the cigar room.

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Photo of roblowther
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lynx Pizza just outside Denali national park. The color is a reddish copper with minimal head and a bit of delicate lace. Do they use lace on kilts? The smell is rose hips and smoky malt. Now we're getting more Scottish. The taste has a nice hops bite followed by a sharp malt. Very dry finish. Not at all sweet, which surprises me a bit. The mouthfeel is nice but with minimal carbonation, although that could be the tap. There is some silkiness there to keep it all together. The drinkability is limited by the bone-dry finish but the malt balances that out as best it can before it is overrun. Not my favorite style but an interesting example of it. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my wife's favorite of The Pike, but I thought it was a bit light for being a Scotch ale. The dark golden color with a white head was nice in the glass, but the mouthfeel didn't match up, watery and light for style. Sharp bite in the taste over a solid malt, almost but not quite astringent with a very light hint of smokiness. Musty in the nose with a light malt, and little hop anywhere. Too be expected, a little off center from style, but a very good beer. And, this was one of only two pints my wife ordered in three bars, so a pretty recom there.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into plastic wine cup; on the Victoria Clipper while traveling to Seattle.

Appearance: Clear, tawny amber with decent off white foam.

Smell: Aroma ranges from raw malt to toasted grains and caramel.

Taste: Deeply malty with toffee notes. Earthy hops lend background bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium towards full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: More towards and amber than Scotch ale, but drinkable and relatively fully flavored; especially good as an option during travel.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dont think that I have ever given a brew all around 4's. Either way. I was delightfuly surprised by this brew. It tastes good, cheap, and very available.

The appearance is dark amber, hazy. It is really hazy, but light can still come through. When poured very hard came to a one finger white head that quickly vanished. Leaves no real lacing around the glass.

The smell is of dark spice. You can smell some of the malts, a roasted smell for sure. You can also smell a nice sugar sweetness as well.

The taste is really good. You get a great spiced hop flavor that goes well with the mouthfeel. You can taste a dry hoppiness to it as well. The taste is dry and spicy.

The mouthfeel is okay-good. There is a nice dry feel on the palate after a few drinks. Attacks a bitter part of the tongue also. Dances well, not anything great. The drinkability is good. I could easily drink three or four of these. Overall a good brew.

J

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is reddish orange. Head appears for a moment and then vanishes entirely. Nose reminds me of hops dipped in caramel. Taste is hoppy, brown sugary, and caramel-y. This one isn't completely doing it for me, I'll be honest. Mouth is quite nice though. Very thick ... carbonation is like a blanket. Drinkability is ok because the taste isn't bad or tastebud wrecking after only a couple sips. It would work to try a sixer of this.

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Photo of jreitman
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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 ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Had this on tap at Pike. Nothing real special, just average. There wasn't anything that stood out positive or neg. Would have liked more ABV. I compare it to Oskar Blues Old Chub without the 8%.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a long neck bottle into a Shaker pint. A moderate pour yields about 1/2 inch of off-white head that quickly retreats. A little bit of sticky lace clings to the glass. Carbonation is fairly low. The beer is a yellowish-brown with ruby highlights.

I perceive a faint scent of earthy hops, and a very distinctive caramel malt and maybe a burnt sugar or brown sugar aroma. The flavor is pretty unique with a definite sweetness that is quite appealing- it tastes and smells very much like a caramel roll. Maybe also some molasses, and a bit of honey. Just enough bitterness on the tongue to balance the sweetness a tad. The beer is malty and sweet, but also has a subtleness and complexity that make it stand out. Perhaps also a bit lighter in body than most examples of the style.

This beer was pretty expensive, at nearly $10 a six pack, but I figure it's good to splurge on some good beer on occasion. This was enough of a taste treat to make it worthwhile.

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Photo of vtfan77
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 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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Pike Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
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