Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ruby Ale

Tonight I'm drinking Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ruby Ale brewed by Pike Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington. This is the second Kilt Lifter beer I've had, the first being from Four Peaks Brewing in Tempe. What is the thrill in lifting your kilt? Do you get beads or something? Why don't you see what Brewkkake thought about it at our recent Pike Beer Tasting. I believe it was something about a penis! Thank God that Pike left off the little thumbnail picture they normally add to their bottle design!

Nice aroma, malty with caramel. Caramel flavors, too with some light toast behind that. Buttery flavor and texture, smooth. Very Flat! Brown sugar and baked goods with some smoky burnt added in the background. On the lightly sweet side. Medium, kinda-rich body. ONE DIMENSIONAL WITH A CAPITAL ONE! Yes, I know I mentioned a bunch of flavors but basically this was a slightly sweet malty caramel flat beer with decent flavors. I bet because of those characteristics, and because it's a big 22 ounce bottle, it would be spectacular to dump into some fabulous recipe. But as it stands, tough to recommend for a great drinking experience. Just OK.

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Royce said...

Ah yes, the Kilt Lifter. One of the best names of any beer out there. That certainly has to help them get some purchases.

I support people purchasing this beer because I think it makes a nice baseline for Scotch ales. I completely agree with you that is' one dimensional. And it is just OK. But having this one-dimensional, malty, caramel, medium-to-rich bodied scotch ale is a great starting point for the lots of people who I'm sure buy this beer not because they want a good Scotch ale, but because they like the name and want to lift their kilts. And if they start learning the Scotch ale style, then good.

Rob said...

Yeah. Good point, Royce. Let them get hooked on the name and THEN fall in love with the beer.

Heck, it's why I bought Santa's Butt!