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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 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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StefanSD (2112) - 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 (923) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (3817) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft - Light grains and toasted malts. Cloudy amber with a caramel head. Caramel and grains. A very average and plain scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours black with a modest beige head and a fruity malt aroma. There is a sweet smoked malt flavor with a slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1078) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
On tap at capitol beer. Pours Brown with brown head. Taste is slight roasted malt had a spicy finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Appearance: Deep garnets with apple skin edges under a tight khaki head which fades into a thin layer.
Nose: Plums, apples, and raisins. Raisin bread with prunes. Cocoa powder and milk chocolate truffles weave in and out. Delicate notes of sweet smoke on top. Black cherries followed by maraschino cherries. Gentle earthiness of the forest.
Palate: Creamy silky smooth mouthfeel unfolds into truffle, maple, and apple. Rustic crunch in the back. Cherries, plums, and purple grapes. Extremely drinkable. Chocolate truffle powder comes last long before fading into sweet smoke and spice. Burnt caramel and treacle underneath.
Final Thoughts: A delicious and fine example of a Scottish Ale from the master brewers at Ballast Point Brewing out of San Diego, California. I have yet to have a bad beer from Ballast Point and I don’t think I ever will. Great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (602) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom Ballast Point tap takeover, very smokey aroma and taste, not as sweet as most Scotch ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9872) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
A lightly hazed copper amber ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with dark fruits, alcohol, light butterscotch. In mouth, a nice fruity malt with dark fruits, plums, butterscotch candy, a bit of wood, decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
Draught at the Yard House, Honolulu, HI
Cloudy dark amber color with creamy head. The aroma is strangely fruity. Malt and caramel flavor, smooth and lean mouthfeel, with some acidity and fruitiness; ordinary bitterness.
Something is wrong here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (2401) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Not a big fan of this either, malty, like a malt but no where near a milkshake ya know?

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