RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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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2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cafgen (208) - 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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 12, 2017
At a beer/food pairing dinner at the Ingomar Club in Eureka, CA. Served with a Hot Roast Beef Sandwich. Poured a red amber with a white hesd. Nose of rich caramel malts. Medium body, Flavor is malty with caramel malts, light fruit, and some nuts to body, Finishes almost sweet. Overall rich and tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdleedahl (430) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 28, 2017
Nice and full and smokey with the low bitterness required for the style. Nice to see on the west coast a good scottish beer is made. Ballast pt pub in SD. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3561) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2017
650 ml bottle. Pours a reddish mahogany with light head. Aromas of copper sweet malts and dry brown sugar. Flavors of dry caramel, bread crust, nuts, and lots of toasted malts. Right on style but lacking character.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (7047) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2017
On a flight at the Ballast Point place in Temecula, California on 9th Feb 2017. Deep amber body, white topping. Malty and semi-sweet from start to finish, my sweet tooth liking it from the beginning. Those malty molasses go to work on your nose and taste buds with caramel and toffee flavours coming to the fore: lightly hopped, but there is enough of them to stop the malts becoming too powerful or too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (4090) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2017
12 oz bottle pours deep amber with a white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and some fruit. Taste is very malty and delicious

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (1270) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a pretty cloudy and hazy dark amber-copper color that was almost brown with a ruby hue and a good-sized foamy white head with shorter retention, good cling and lacing. its aroma featured roasty caramel and barley malt along with some light toffee and bits of pine and grainy hops. The taste was mostly a sweet caramel-toffee blend with a slightly roasty burnt taste and a mild and subtle grainy bitterness. It had a fairly full and thick mouthfeel with a somewhat creamy body and average to low carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Weevo (175) - Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2017
22oz bottle from beer club. Pours amber with thin tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a taste of carmel. Smooth on the pallet. Liked this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (8807) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2017
On tap at Ballast Point Little Italy. Dark amber with a small head. On the sweet side with fruit, caramel and light roasted notes. The body was medium as was the bitterness.

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 (6198) - 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


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