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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 brew’s sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor, it’s a pub classic with Ballast Point personality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot, orange, flowers), with light notes of toffee and black tea. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent. A solid, easy-drinking brew. Rather timid but pleasant nose, and quaffable flavor balance makes it easy to enjoy, as does the nice color and fairly well-lasting head. Probably the only minor annoyance is the noticeable cottonmouthy astringency...it doesn’t ruin it, but it’s just enough to be distracting. Simple but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6629) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2015
draft at Moor Pat, Williamsville, NY. amber, red-brownish pour, medium bodied, light head. malt dominate, some chocolate, very mild peat. sweet malts. very drinkable. decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, biscuit. Taste is biscuit, little sweet, light hops, little fruity. Very tasty, very UK style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2359) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Draft at mudville9 in TriBeCa NYC. Pours a dark copper color. Nutty hints of Carmel with a light Scottish ale flavor that's easy drinking like a smithwicks

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spittle8 (124) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Sweet caramel aroma. Reddish-brown body. Tastes slightly watered down to me. Pleasant enough beer, reasonably complex but not overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (1049) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Draft pour at Indigo. Pours a dark reddish color with a thin bubbly head. Super sweet malt dominant flavor. Sweet candy caramel flavor with a hint of smoke. Slight roasted finish mixed with a candy sweetness that sticks around for a bit. Overall, not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt with dates and figs. Flavor is sweet malt, dark fruits, faint hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (559) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2014
ours 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryecatcher (925) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Bomber. Pours a deep copper brown, nice creamy tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Nose is heavy malt, caramel, roasted barley. Mouth is comparatively weak and disappointingly thin. Light sweetness, caramel, malt, toffee, treacle, light bitterness at finish, goes watery by mid-range. First Ballast Point brew I’ve had that was less than thrilled with. Oh well, at least it was cheap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (3772) - Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Pours clear and slightly reddish cola brown with a fairly thick, if effervescent, light tan head. Aroma is not strong, but tempts with caramel, malty, horehound, and subtle clove notes. Flavor echoes the aroma but takes it up a notch, and adds an earthy hint. Texture is fairly firm and smooth, though fizz leaves something to be desired. Put it down your pipes!

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