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RATINGS: 240   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 brewís sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor, itís a pub classic with Ballast Point personality.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ebone1988 (1372) - 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 donít like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....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 (1933) - 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 (1426) - 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 itís not bad, itís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2059) - 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 (9256) - 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 (518) - 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 (368) - 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

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