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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfontana (715) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market. Aroma is caramel, light fruit. Appearance is mainly clear (light haze), reddish dark amber with consistent trace sparkle, fizzy ephemeral finger-width light brown head (like a soda) and no lacing. Taste is moderately sweet caramel, English hops. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with thick, sticky texture, average carbonation and mildly sweet caramel finish. Overall, a straightforward Scottish ale without tremendously bold aroma/taste--especially for the heavy palate--and a pour more resembling a soda. Kinda weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Pours a dark mahogany color with a short lived light tan head. The aroma was of sweet caramel. The flavor of was of a sweet caramel that was a little on the medium side. The body was full with a light bitter aftertaste. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerowulf (91) - , Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle poured into English pint. Aroma of malt and slightly metallic. Tastes of coffee and malt. Slight carbonation. Little to no lacing on glass. An average session able ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2016
tap - Pours dark amber with a slightly smoky, caramel malt aroma. It has a sweet caramel malt flavor with a hint of smoke. This is an enjoyable medium bodied beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ffbot (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Pour is a semi-tan brown with a small creamy head and small lacing. Smell is caramel, roasty, and some nice sweet aromas. Taste is mild caramel, nice calm coffee and a balance of malt. Long lasting caramel and a drying presence

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2566) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2016
not overly full of whiskey and peat. that my friends is a plus. moderate body with a touch of oil. balanced with sweetness rare for a Scots ale. refreshing and as might gather not overpowering yet genuine. the piper may be down you Bastard but he’s not out!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - MAY 21, 2016
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma of the brew is strong of a roasted malt and molasses smell. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of caramel and darker fruits with just a hint on a floral hop note. Taste – The taste begins much drier then I would have anticipated from the nose, starting with just a hint of caramel sweetness mixed with a rather stronger roasted bready taste. As the taste advances the caramel upfront fades away with a light dark fruity flavor taking its place. At the same time some hop flavors of a grassy and floral hop taste mixed with a little bit of graininess come to the tongue and with a light earthy hop coming at the very end, one is left with a rather dry and roasty taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The low carbonation is nice for the style, but a thicker body would have accentuated the roasty flavors slightly better. Overall, it was an OK feel. Overall – I have to say I am a bit disappointed with this Ballast Point brew. They normally do most all styles nice, but this was way too dry and flavorless for a Scottish ale in my opinion. Certainly not their best…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1493) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Pours a clear mahogany with a white foamy head. Cinnamon notes in the aroma along with maple syrup Malts. Taste is malt forward with a smoky note that blends well with the bitterness as the finish dries up nicely. Thick mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WillemsUrenkel (1505) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
22 fl oz bottle bought at the brewery. Clear bright copper in the glass, small light beige head. Fine malty nose. Taste starts malty, light toasted, caramell, some hop in the background. Low fruityness in the second row. Low bitterness in the aftertaste. That kind of easy to drink and enjoy it beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocJitsu (1708) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Pours a clear brown-copper with a smooth caramel colored head. Not much of a nose. Bland. Thicker mouthfeel than a dark lager, but the flavor profile is not much of a departure. Very disappointed.

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