Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Barrel Aged
     click to upload


on tap

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Our Piper Down Scottish Ale hits all the right notes for the Ballast Point Bagpipe Corps that inspired it. We created this very low hopped, malty ale for the band to enjoy using UK Maris Otter malt, roasted barley, UK hops and low fermentation temperatures. Then we let the brew’s sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor, it’s a pub classic with Ballast Point personality.

Sparky's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at Papago. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is bourbon, dark fruit, smoked peat and vanilla. The taste is caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts and bourbon. Lots of barrel in this one. Medium bodied. Nice BA beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (7839) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Draft. Specifically advertised as aged in Bourbon Barrels... just in case this ever gets moved. Pours amber with an off white head. Mild sweet and toasted malts, relatively mild barrel presence, faint bourbon, and mild bitterness. Really quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5241) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey, bourbon barrel aged. Amber with beige head. Aromas of toast, floral, caramel. Tastes of light bourbon, oak, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1790) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2014
On tap at the Brick Store Pub 17th Anniversary. Pours a clear brown, with a big, tan head. Grainy notes of rye, peat, some apple, toffee, and butterscotch. Sweet, with some light, earthy bitterness. Light body, grainy, and chalky, with just a little booze. Overall, this is a pretty light barrel aged beer, but it hits all the notes that I love in a good scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13611) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours brown with gold glints. Off-white head. Aroma is quite malty. Maybe bourbon hint. Med + body. Flavor is mildly smoky malt, very mild bourbon, possibly some hop flavor. A mild BA, but it is quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1648) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours a reddish brown with tan head and some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, nuts, caramel, and roasted malts. Flavor is of bourbon, toasted malts, caramel, molasses, and nutty malts. Has a medium body with a slightly watery and creamy mouthfeel and a sweet, slightly boozy finish. Overall, a pretty good version of a scottish ale with nice bourbon notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1507) - Nevada, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Brown ale with a good thick head. Aroma is winey with hints of malt and apple. Lots of alcohol flavors like oak, vanilla, and cherry. Finish has more purple fruits and lingers on. A pretty good combination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
On tap at the Blue Dog, Lansdale. Poured a deeper amber color with a small sized off white head. Oak, vanilla, earthy, peat, and caramel. Some fruitiness and bourbon too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3378) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Pours a brownish copper with a cream-colored fizzy head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, bourbon, peet, and caramel. Vanilla, peet, oak flavor with some bourbon. Touch of tang. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2457) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Deep amber in color with a slight off-white head. Booze and orange peel aroma. Boozey but light bodied red apple taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1276) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3oz pour. Pours a medium, clear brown with slight white head. Not typical of a barrel aged beer that I was expecting. Aroma is very peet and whiskey centric. Taste is vanilla, barrel, peat and scotch forward. The mouth feel is very light and being only 6% it feels like a sessionable barrel aged beer if that is possible.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 5 6 7

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50