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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2031) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Rich brown color. Sweet Carmel taste. Nice change of pace from an IPA. Modest sweet aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Pour on tap at HopCat, clear dark orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of grass, caramel, toffee, slight nutty notes, hints of roasted notes. Taste was caramel, toffee, toast into some slight orange, grass, fruit, nuts, finishing slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badhack (499) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Malt, barley, caramel, sugar. Poured dark red/brown, clear, thick head, heavy body. Light hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2015
66 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear dark reddish amber with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, nuts, and dried fruit - with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (364) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2015
On tap at Ballast Point brewpub in Little Italy San Diego. Pours a dark red and makes a beige head. Aroma is of malted barley and raisin and plum. Tastes like caramel and malt and light hops. What a treat! There are several poor interpretations of scotch ale but the folks at BP totally get this right. Great example of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (879) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle at home. Light nuttiness, roasted malts and some hops. Smooth body. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hohops (779) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Keg. Appearance is deep ruby red, with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, toasty malt, hop undertones. Taste- some chocolate, malts, becomes more bitter towards the finish with some hoppiness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6511) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Birmingham; clear dark copper pour with a thin white head, aroma has dark fruits plus caramel, taste has sweet caramel, hob nob biscuit, light fruit, roast malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2409) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
Decent brew for sure with a rich body, light toffee and carmel malts, a bit of bitterness. My only problem is that the profile is monotone and finishes blandly. Pours a dark leather brown with a thin beige head. Nice malt base, nuts, toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theOptimator (363) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Aroma is raisin, sweet malt, plum, stone fruit, floral hopping. Appearance is orange copper crystal clear with medium frothy off white head that retains well. Taste is rich malt forward, raisin, plum, stone fruits, hint of darker malt adds to malt complexity without becoming roasty. Hop flavor almost nonexistent. Just enough darker malt and light hop bitterness to keep from being cloying. Palate is medium but crisp. Chewy for such a small beer. Bright minerally aftertaste. Overall a nice scottish. A hard to find style that is done nicely here.

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