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Piper Down Scottish Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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83
good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2003)
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a light red/amber red with a nice caramel kissed head that dissipates rather quickly.

Candied malts, burnt sugar, caramel, and slightly earthy.

Sweet caramel/burnt sugar on the front with a very muted booziness on the backend. A little bland.

Mouthfeel has less booze than I'd like from my Scottish Ales, but soft and smooth nonetheless.

Overall, this starts off nice in the nose and at first glance, but doesn't really go anywhere. Not overly complex, a little bland, but worth a shot. I love Scottish Ales, but this is just a little meh for my taste.

larryarms847, Today at 03:16 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

reaganrvltn, Tuesday at 08:55 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

yspiff, Nov 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

The_Jerk, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

BryantForestry, Nov 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

kylehay2004, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 15, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

Chisoxxx1, Nov 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Karibourgeois, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of rawfish
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

rawfish, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Bought for a long-simmering dislike of the asswipe bagpiper who woke us up every Sunday for years at the MN Renaissance Festival at 7:00 AM with his caterwauling. I’ve despised bagpipes ever since, & would have loved to see that “Piper Down”. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Glad I got that off my chest. The pour is a palette of dark orange/light red, kinda purty, plenty of carbonation. The beer fairly reeks of caramel, with a back-up of light brown sugar. Not a bad start.

Piper Down grows on me slower than a black morel. There’s a strong brushstroke of caramel & the aforementioned brown suggah, but underneath that are subtle shadings. Roast, molasses, mild layering of bitterness, rounding it out with more light sweetness. Certainly easy to drink, if I were a Scottish bagpiper, I might never be sober. Assuming, of course, I hadn’t driven screwdrivers into my eardrums already.

Not the awesome-fest I’ve come to expect from Ballast Point, but a good, solid brew.

maximum12, Oct 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

fuzzbalz, Oct 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

PBRmeasap1980, Oct 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

retry4z, Oct 19, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

cultclassic89, Oct 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Mlawrence, Oct 19, 2014
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4.57/5  rDev +25.5%

Ldgrem, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

n2pux, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%

This has a big malty nose with kettle sugars and a hint of smoke.
It pours a brilliant chestnut under a 1” quickly dissipating off-white foam cap.
Piper Down attacks the palate with rich British malt spiciness, a touch of malty tartness, and some caramel to toffee kettle sugars. A touch of earthy herbal hops balances a light sweetness throughout.
The beer is chewy with medium carbonation and a touch too sweet.

pat61, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

abex44, Oct 14, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

Domvan, Oct 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

JennApple, Oct 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

JohnBender, Oct 06, 2014
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Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.