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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiveacestx (611) - Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Bomber - dark brown, medium head with some lacing. Malty, bready taste. Unimpressed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crajun (989) - , Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2014
big fan of this style and brewery but this was average. toasty malts plus some hops but not much really happening with this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (656) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours a dark, reddish-brown with minimal head. Aroma of malt and barley. Flavor is very muted for a Scottish ale--tastes more like a brown or nut brown ale. Some roasted malt, some sweetness. Itís easy to drink, but not especially memorable.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
"if you like scotch ales, i canít see not diggin this. it smells exactly like a scotch ale should. Richly malty, with hints of peat and fruit and toffee. The flavor is much the same. Body lacking juuuuuust a tiny bit in richness, but thatís really nitpicking. A deal at $5 or so a bomber."

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlimHabib (195) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark amber with light brown head. Roasted malts and caramel aroma. Somewhat creamy with a light roasted malts taste. Very easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2765) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/24/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Scottish ale style. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Caytinator (962) - 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 (2052) - 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 (384) - 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 (1742) - 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.


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