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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1038) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6360) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3240) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StefanSD (2129) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (963) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (4110) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6486) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1110) - 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

4
   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 donít think I ever will. Great beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (606) - 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


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