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Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A Scottish ale with San Diego spirit. 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 brewís sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor, itís a pub classic with Ballast Point personality.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Caytinator (894) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bomber. Pours a copper color, normal adhesion, clear, moderate head. Mild aroma, good but sort of strange taste. Itís bitter, but kind of in the wrong way, itís not really complex. I donít think the 3-hour boil is good. A little light on the mouthfeel, too. Overall not a terrible beer, but not a great example of the style. I donít want my scottish ale "san diego style", all due respect.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1617) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2014
22 oz bottle served in a wine glass. Pours with a very durable tan head that leaves some sticky lacing. The body is dark red-brown and clear but almost opaque. Aroma: very pleasing malt forward with a touch of smoke. Flavor: Very good flavor if a bit low in intensity. Low in smokiness for style. strength nutty flavor with dark grains and a impression of dark bread. Good, lingering malty aftertaste. O: a bit tame for style but very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rollinsr (366) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUN 30, 2014
Pours dark amber with a little off-white head. Aroma is effervescent and fruity with hints of wild cherry. For a scotch, the body is light but not lacking in flavor. The cherry notes are apparent with an obvious bready malt backbone. The finish is sweet, sour and slightly nutty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
poisoneddwarf (1676) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2014 On tap at Crafted. Aroma is peaty, caramel, toast. Pours slightly hazy brown with a medium beige head. Taste is sweet and grainy, caramelly. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Not bad, but have had better.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Deep red pour. Wonderful aroma of figs, prunes, toffee, with very light yeast and caramel aroma. Flavor is caramel and fruit; a little thin.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle from unknown place. Pours dark, dark brown with a thin khaki head. Leaves a little lacing. Not a lot on the nose. Solid caramel malt on the tongue. Finishes clean. Solid but doesnít get me particularly excited.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
On tap at Big Texas Beer Fest. Brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma and flavor have a lot of caramel and toffee notes. There is also a hint of peat malt in the flavor, but not any of the smoked malt notes you get in some Scotch ales. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3722) - - MAY 23, 2014
bottle. clear ruby with a small head. lightly fruity yeast aroma with caramel. flavor is full of melanoidins with a strong burnt caramel taste. a hint of cola and i even get just a bit of floral english hops. the hop note keeps it from being too sweet and adds some intrigue. just about perfect!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (850) - USA - MAY 13, 2014
Dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is light cocoa and peat. Flavor is light cocoa, some peat and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin though. Wife: 3.4

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Big Texas Beer Fest. Amber pour with little to no head. Aroma is sweet, maybe earthy, and grain. Taste is light moss, sweet grain, and caramel.


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