RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Some might think we’re out of our gourd for making a pumpkin ale, but our Pumpkin Down is not like the others. The caramel and toffee maltiness of our Piper Down Scottish ale is the perfect backdrop for a boatload of roasted pumpkin. Just before bottling, we add a subtle amount of spice to complement, but not overwhelm, the earthy flavor. It was a smash at the brewery, and we think you’ll agree.

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4.6
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
This beer balances pumpkin notes and what tastes like gingerbread notes really well. The pumpkin isn’t too much and the rest of what you’d associate with a Scottish ale is readily apparent and it all combines nicely to make a really smooth beer.

4.5
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a clear dark red amber colored beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is a nice fresh blend of pumpkin and cinnamon. The flavor matches the aroma. An outstanding pumpkin ale.

4.4
tekstr1der (501) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Clear dark amber pour with minimal head. Aroma is on point - pun intended. Seriously, this has the perfect level of spice amid notes of sweet caramel and toast. Flavor follow similarly. Finally someone has made a pumpkin ale that’s not overboard with the spices. Complete balance, and as the commercial descriptions states, the scotch ale (a fave style of mine) is indeed the perfect backdrop. Well done.

4.3
BarleyMonger6 (15) - - NOV 8, 2017
Bottle. I've tried a lot of Pumpkin Beers but most are either too Pumpkin-y or nowhere near pumpkin-y enough. This strikes a good balance between the fruit and spices. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
tillmac62 (761) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Beautiful clear mahogany garnet pour. Outstanding head volume, normal retention and lacing.

Complex, but subtle, nose of light spice (clove, nutmeg, ginger and maybe cinnamon) over equally subtle hints of molasses and Scottish ale dark fruit character (plum, raisin).

Medium body with a smooth texture. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a rousing finely bubbled prickly rush in the finish. This final effervescence really makes the complex flavors pop.

The flavor profile is outstanding. This stylistic blend of pumpkin and Scottish ales produces an intense complex flavor that is balanced to perfection. The beginning is a subtle molasses that is quickly wafted over by the spices of the nose with a subtle pumpkin base. These soon succumb to a mild bitter hop flavor in the middle over hints of caramel. As the bitterness ebbs a bit, hints of dark fruit emerge in a blended fashion. The finish is a slow return of spice notes that fade with a subtle bitterness.


4.2
MetalNHopHead (2218) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 13, 2016
I’d never think of putting pumpkin and Scottish Ale together but Ballast Point apparently knows something I don’t since the combination actually works pretty nicely. Pumpkin Down pours a mahogany shade and an off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Toasted malt and cooked pumpkin aromas. Candy-like malt flavors with nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin. There’s definitely a pumpkin pie comparison to be made, but really, what’s most impressive is that this tastes exactly like you’d think: a pumpkin-infused Scottish Ale. The balance is sublime, giving both elements an equal chance to show up on the palate. Tasty and original.

4.1
MayumiH (1224) - - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle at home. Puréed pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg. Not too sweet or overly spiced. This is no novelty. Really lovely :P

4.1
shadey (2166) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2016
12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber orange with a thin, swirling head of cream. Aroma is subtle but clear pumpkin and fall spices. This beer would have been delicious on its own with its Scottish character, but the pumpkin notes really bring it alive and complicate its flavors. Really nice toffee and dark fruit malts. Easily in the top of the pumpkin beer category for me.


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