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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Daytonbeer (638) - Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Pours reddish brown with light tan head. Tons of toasty malt aroma and taste. Bready and not too thin. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (2569) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2014
31 jan 2013, bottle. Dark amber, clear, no bubbles. Nose is faintly soapy, wheat bread malt. Med body and mildly fizzy. Faint golden syrup and raisin bran cereal. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BroSpud (1673) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours a medium dark amber with a slight head. Mostly malty caramel flavors with not much hop presence. Good example of the style though I prefer the hoppier brews from these guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1666) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2013
1190 yen bottle at Antenna America, 5.8% a very dark cherry cola red. Malty grainy aroma, a bitter but malty sweet taste with nutty notes. Not all that scotch ale like but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Draft at Ginger Man. Pours amber with an off white head. Light toasty and bready malts, faint sweetness, and light earthy notes. Pretty good; very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (999) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
April 15th, 2012 - Scottish Ales donít seem like promising beers for the San Diego beerscape. Itís sweet, not hoppy, dark, not light, and probably makes a surly companion on a hot day. But that didnít stop Ballast Point from attempting to graft San Diegan beer culture onto the style. The product of this cross-cultural brewing begins with a wet and clean nose, delivering a smooth malt profile, and the wet, shaggy sprouted malt that defines the aroma of a brewery on a brew day. Most noticeable on the tongue is the absence of the peat and deep, malty sugars that tend to define Scotch ales for me. The flavor profile is still very distinctive though, featuring a heavy, substantial palate, thatís just weighty enough to balance against a busy carbonation. The malt taste is crystal clear and poignant, semisweet, and extremely drinkable. The complexity between the shades of sweet, sugar and graininess is underwhelming, and the total absence of hops or any balancing astringency doesnít help. Perhaps, in the effort to use ab abundance of UK-centric ingredients, the potential for something a little deeper was sacrificed, but itís still an interesting riff on the Scotch Ale style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6039) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Taster at Brass Tap. Light caramel malt, surprising amount of toasty malt. Lightly spicy. Good earthy happiness. Mostly clear amber color.Thin off-white head, that leaves a great spread of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Surprisingly dry finish. Moderate bitter. Light sweet taste. Impressive scottish ale. Satisfyingly bitter, without being too hoppy. Flavor is definitely still malt forward. Well-done, satisfying scottish ale - one of the best Iíve tried, and it manages to be on-style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3121) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a dark copper color with an off white head. The aroma is sweet and malty with some plum, fig and touches of brown sugar and molasses. The flavor is the sameÖ bready, figgy with some brown sugar and a surprisingly dry finish. Toasty. Great balance. This is a really nice Scottish ale. Highly recommended if you like this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StefanSD (2089) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a roan brown color with a small beige head that has poor retention. The aroma is weak with dust and some caramel. The taste, like the aroma, is also quite weak with caramel and toffee and some bitter nuts set in an amber ale base. The palate was thin bordering on watery and the carbonation was lively. Finished short and a bit astringent. Overall: very forgettable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (889) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle to pint glass Sweet malt, bread, caramel Opaque deep amber, almost brown but no head. Roasted malt, caramel, toast, and pepper Enjoyable and well balanced.

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