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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cafgen (154) - California, USA - APR 20, 2014
Red color with a two finger tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel and a slight hoppiness. Caramel and sweetness is predominant in taste with a small bitterness. A good one but not my type of beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sask89 (474) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
On tap at Ballast Point. Pours a deep brownish colour with a medium tan head. Aroma is a little oaky with caramel and toffee scents. Taste is malty and sweet throughout, very nice. Medium body, creamy on the palate, and softer carbonation. Really liked this one overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koskela (365) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 13, 2015
Malty sweetness aromas come from this clear deep ruby red brew. Smooth malty and slightly caramel flavors with a nice medium bodied brew. Tiny carb bubbles and a hint of bitterness in the end. I get more earthy notes during the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (4102) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
Draught. Pours a mostly clear darker brown color with a smallish off white head on there. Nose has some caramel to it as well as a bit of breadiness coming through. Taste is bready and a bit sweet, though it drinks rather smoothly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (800) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bomber from Wilbur’s. Appearance: finger khaki head, head persists only as a film, good lacing, ruby amber color, clear. Aroma: caramel, light grape, nutty, chocolate. Palate: medium-full body, average to slightly less than average carbonation, oily texture, dry finish. Taste: sweet caramel with grape and prune fruitiness into nutty sweetness with some chocolate coming in as well, finish is light floral hops. Overall, super smooth, very good, not overly sweet, but not underly so. New favorite for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (758) - Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper with off white head. Nose and taste is nice caramel. Very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
X (72) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Really bland and watery. Not the kinda thing you’d imagine the people in Scotland drink, but hey maybe they do.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dutch23mp (291) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
All the taste of a scottish ale and very well done. Great blend of malts and hops balanced and wonderful on the taste buds. A brew I would like best in winter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1537) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Pours a finger of head on a dark straw body. The aroma is caramel, candy and brown sugar. Rich but nice. The taste has a good dose of malt but maintains a good balance not letting the sweetness run wild. Caramel mostly. The texture is thicker with low carbonation. Nicely done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/20/15] Draught at Ballast Point Old Grove in San Diego. Clear reddish amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, a bit of butterscotch. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, a bit of butter and toast. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
721Lance (74) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
One of my favorite styles but nit to many made in So Cal. Nice toffee aroma some fruity esters if raisin and prune, but very slight. Did not distract for over all malt experience. Nice rich mouthfeel. Great brew

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