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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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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2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cafgen (192) - 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


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (2196) - - MAY 21, 2016
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma of the brew is strong of a roasted malt and molasses smell. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of caramel and darker fruits with just a hint on a floral hop note. Taste – The taste begins much drier then I would have anticipated from the nose, starting with just a hint of caramel sweetness mixed with a rather stronger roasted bready taste. As the taste advances the caramel upfront fades away with a light dark fruity flavor taking its place. At the same time some hop flavors of a grassy and floral hop taste mixed with a little bit of graininess come to the tongue and with a light earthy hop coming at the very end, one is left with a rather dry and roasty taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The low carbonation is nice for the style, but a thicker body would have accentuated the roasty flavors slightly better. Overall, it was an OK feel. Overall – I have to say I am a bit disappointed with this Ballast Point brew. They normally do most all styles nice, but this was way too dry and flavorless for a Scottish ale in my opinion. Certainly not their best…

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsmerig (1450) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Pours a clear mahogany with a white foamy head. Cinnamon notes in the aroma along with maple syrup Malts. Taste is malt forward with a smoky note that blends well with the bitterness as the finish dries up nicely. Thick mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WillemsUrenkel (1319) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
22 fl oz bottle bought at the brewery. Clear bright copper in the glass, small light beige head. Fine malty nose. Taste starts malty, light toasted, caramell, some hop in the background. Low fruityness in the second row. Low bitterness in the aftertaste. That kind of easy to drink and enjoy it beer.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocJitsu (1559) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Pours a clear brown-copper with a smooth caramel colored head. Not much of a nose. Bland. Thicker mouthfeel than a dark lager, but the flavor profile is not much of a departure. Very disappointed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4038) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Draft at Ballast Point Little Italy. Clear chestnut brown with a small white head. Aroma is big caramel, toffee, a little nutty. Sweet flavor, big caramel and toffee malt notes, light smoke, slight bitter. Medium bodied and slick feel. A good Scottish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3417) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear brown color with a smallish off white head on there. Nose has some caramel to it as well as a bit of bread coming through. Taste is bready and a bit sweet, though it drinks rather smoothly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2468) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Dark clear reddish brown with a thin layer of khaki bubbles. Aroma of toast, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is toasty and slightly sweet. Medium bodied and pretty much perfectly carbonated.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3269) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2016
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, poorly retained light beige head, over a clear, dark copper (SRM 18) body.....nose is moderate caramel, light fruits including raisin, plum, no hops......taste is very mildly sweet with caramel tones, light dried fruits, finishing almost dry with minimal hop bitterness......mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, high carbonation with moderate acid. This is a mid level Scottish ale in the spectrum, known as export. The malts, while present are quite simple, minimally sweet, but appropriately caramelly, with minimal hop presence. It meets the export style quite nicely, but is not a terribly interesting beer to drink. BJCP 8/3/15/5/8

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2233) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2016
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI. Amber brown, metallic caramel aroma with some brown sugar. Bright flavour, then more brown sugar and sharp citrus caramel finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (2584) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle (from firma bier). Pours dark brown with beige brownish head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, caramel, bread, malt. Flavor is sweet and bready, caramel, malt. Feels a bit like proper "strong" kvass, it has so nice malty breadiness. Overall: very nice beverage, i can session this.


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