RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 brews sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor, its a pub classic with Ballast Point personality.

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dmcman85 (1) - - JAN 24, 2017 does not count
I will admit bias towards this style of beer but the flip side of that is that this is one of the few beers that truly changes depending on how it is served. Whether it be bottled,on tap or on a nitro tap, it seems to evolve. My favorite method is on Nitro which for me isnt a common thing to say, but if you find a place that has a keg of this on nitro,sit down and be ready to be surprised. It comes out a dark amber colour and holds a commendable amount of carbonation for a style that is typically known to go flat fast, the pour methods previously mentioned seem to extend both the time and bring out subtleties in the brew that otherwise seem to lost from the bottle. From the bottle it seems to be smooth yet consistently sharp as it finishes in terms of palate, which if consumed with a good pairing or used in cooking a meal like a beef stew with a sour dough bread bowl (something I have done often), can be very rewarding. Considering its potential to be bitter,it seems very balanced, healthy amount of malt,carbonation,smooth taste,sharp finish,tendency to lace well and over all holds a profile that lends itself to be either consumed directly or used in cooking year round. Next experiment will be to use it for beer battered fried chicken.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5956) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Hazy brown pour with offf white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and floral notes. Flavor is sweet malt with a pungent sour. Fizzy and bitter to me

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (12638) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark amber with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is pumpkin and spice. Medium body, pumpkin, caramel, light finish, good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (925) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Poured copper, foamy off white head. Aroma was sweet malts, bread, brown sugar. Taste was medium sweet, malty, bread, nutty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Troupis (227) - - JAN 15, 2017
A solid Scottish ale without some of the artificial flavors that often plague this genre. If you're looking for a solid no-nonsense Scottish this is a winner. Had this after 12 mile run so possible it tastes like piss but everything tastes good right now. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4319) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2016
A very nice Scottish Ale. Nice and malty. Caramel, sweet bread, raisins and brown sugar. Thick mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PugUglyBrewer (332) - - DEC 25, 2016
A dialed in Scottish ale. Perfectly engineered with a raisiny, sweet bread pairing with a smooth caramel malt in the aroma and flavor make this extremely enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1528) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Clear Hamilton shaker pint plastic glass From: N/A; Found at in-laws Price: N/A Purchased: Nov. 23, 2016 Consumed: Nov. 23, 2016 Reviewed as: Scottish Ale Misc.: No bottled on date Couldnt believe that I had never tried this, let along reviewed it. I like the style, but do not like that Ballast Point sold out like a bunch of chumps (I would have done the same thing for $1 billion. Will try to review fairly. Poured a red-brown amber clear color with two fingers of khaki frothy head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled toffee, roasted nuts, caramel, toasted oak, hints of ashtray, dark fruits and biter black coffee. (Smell - 3.75) Rather let down on the taste initially. Toasted toffee, dirty oak, roastiness, caramel, dark fruits, brown bread, plum hints of char wood and grain. (Taste - 3.75) Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.00) Not a bad beer, especially for the style. But still #CraftAdjace. (Overall - 3.75) 3.81 86 B+

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (259) - - NOV 15, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma of roasted malt and cinnamon. Taste is sweet with a nice finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (26674) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2016
Draught at Bishops Arms Gustav. Clear ruby colored with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, hay and dried fruits. Fruity flavor of caramel, bread and dried fruits. Fruity finish.


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