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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2449) - 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 (126) - 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 (1346) - 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 (10784) - 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 (573) - 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 (1017) - Bridgeport, 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 (4032) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 25, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 22oz ][ Costco Vista ][ $3.50 ][ Thistle ][ 11.25.14 ]
>> Pours clear deeper red with a medium tan foam with okay retention and spotty, soapy lace. Low hop content it seems. Nose is dark bread, caramel, Maillard reaction, toffee. Rich aroma. Taste is weaker, red apple mealy, suddy hydrogen peroxide mouthfeel. Flavors are comparatively weak, but then again the abv is low. Body is medium-light, bitterness is almost non existent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (1678) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2014
A very nice head. Aroma is light peat with most malt. Sweet beer. a Bit thin on the tongue but it isn’t really far off from what I would hope for. Very enjoyable overall. But a basic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Rich caramel, earthy mineral, hint of sea salt and musty basements, with a herbal hop finish. Faint twangy dark fruit and oak. Not bad but nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

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