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Wednesday, May 18th 2011

Kilt Lifter
(Four Peaks Brewing Company)

Four Peaks began canning some of their beers last year. So far to day they've put three different brews in cans. Along with Kiltlifter they're canning SunBru Kolsch and most recently began canning their Hop Knot IPA. We're looking forward to trying those as well. Cheers!

From the Four Peaks site:

"Kiltlifter is our award-winning flagship brew. Made in the tradition of great strong ales from Scotland. This is the beer that made Four Peaks famous. Take on sip and you'll swear it was brewed by men in kilts. And maybe it was. Notice it's amber color, malty sweetness and a hint of smokiness. A true Scottish Ale. The only thing missing here is a man with a funny accent playing the bagpipes."

Here we go...


Pour - dark amber, almost brown in color with some auburn and yellow hues. About a half inch of white foam covers this pour. It fades to a ring in the glass and leaves some traces of lacing. 


Aroma - lots 'o malt. Lots of sweet malt, caramel, honey and bread dough as well as baked apples and cinnamon raisin toast. 

Taste - one sip and your palate is inundated with lots of sweet, tangy, toasty maltiness. The flavors of honey and caramel jump out with some bready/biscuity tastes as well. Much like the aroma, there is some cooked apple and cinnamon bread notes to this beer. True to style and with plenty of character, I can see why this would be their flagship brew.

Overall - solid Scottish Ale. Plenty of smooth and clean malt flavor. If you like a darker, sweeter beer from time to time this one is not to be missed. I can see putting down a few of these on a cool evening. 


Would I buy more of it? - I need to get myself a mixed-pack of Four Peaks beers. Combining this with their Kolsch and IPA and I think you've got the makings of quite the weekend.

Note - Quite a few Scottish Ales have made it into cans actually. Four Peaks' Kilt Lifter is one of six different canned Scottish Ales currently available. If you love the sweetness and sometimes smokiness of this style you've got a lot to choose from. Below are a few we've reviewed thus far...




Kilt Lifter
Style: Scottish Ale
Brewery: Four Peaks Brewing Company
Tempe, Arizona  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row, Caramel 80L, Carapils, Roasted Barley
Hops: Golding
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 21
Date: May 18th, 2011

Posted by Russ

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