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RATINGS: 235   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4862) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2016
bottle. Mahogany with one finger head. Malty with toffee and a light hint of peat. Mild caramel sweetness. It’s certainly well constructed with no flaws, but this is a style that does nothing for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (13952) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s, pours a hazy amber red with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out bready malt, a touch of caramel and slight red berry fruitiness. Flavour is along the same lines, with bready malt, caramel and red fruits. The fruitiness is more pronounced than on the nose. Very well-balanced and dynamic for what is usually a boring style of beer. Great one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
On tap @ the brewery. Copper red, vegetal aroma (odd for the style), reedy caramel, boxboard note in the finish. Thin body. This was a surprisingly massive dud in a lineup of otherwise terrific beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1688) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Pours a rich ruby amber color with an off white head. Toffee, caramel, peat, biscuit, toast, sweet malt and earthy aroma and flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Caramel, peat, toffee and sweet malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
koleminer20 (2400) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a dark ruby color, some light passing through with a large white head. There is a lot of soapy lace as it falls to a thick bubbly collar. The aroma is incredibly metallic. There is a decent heavy sweet malt that comes with Scottish style ales, but it falls off in lieu of metallic sweetness. A light caramel brings up the end, but it's not good. Well, here we go. The flavor is sweet and caramel, before falling apart into a sweet caramel metallic disaster. The metallic is hidden for a bit, and then shows up full force. It's not good. The mouth feel is dark water and the carbonation isn't existent. the aftertaste is lingeringly metallic and sweet caramel. The metallicity is humongous and this is just not good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ebone1988 (1310) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is light malt, caramel, toffee, a bit of yeast, metallic. Appearance is dark ruby brown, light tan head. Taste is metallic. Beer yeast. Light caramel and toffee. Not good. Mouthfeel is incredibly thin with a light light carbonation. Overall, I don’t like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
pipe down son! .. . pours a tawny dark amber .. toffee, bark, and treacle tin .. . mouth is smooth, with a long sweet prune finish .. a good scotch . .. . he has a face like a sour prune.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1861) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle. A: Very dark mahogany with a lingering creme color head. Lacing. N: Toast, pine, peppercorn, cracker, char, touch of coffee, some peat moss. T: Goodly bitter, lightly sweet. M: Medium body, spritzy carbonation, light alcohol burn. O: Decent Scottish style ale. I could use more oomph though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chucklemation (1399) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Pours a brown color with a thick white foam head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and some roast. Flavor has a stronger roast accent, with caramel and toffee. Pretty light-tasting beer. Though it’s not bad, it’s not very memorable, either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle into a glass. Deep ruby amber pour with a slight cream head. Aroma of sweet caramel and grass. Taste is distinctly bitter for the style. Sweet, cherry, roasted malt. Similar to Old Chub, but much more bitter.

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