Piper Down Scottish Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
on tap @ San Diego Brewing Company
A- chill hazed garnet, 1/2" off white head with a thin film of clinging lace, decent retent
S- caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted malts
T- burnt brown sugar, toffee, caramelized malts, roasted caramel aftertaste, molasses, tasty, nice burnt & sweet balance
M- medium bodied, a bit rough, pleasantly lingers though
D- tasty, very tasty, Scottish, don't miss this one
09-01-2007 02:56:50 | More by tonistruth
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
On tap at Home Brew Mart.
A: Transparent reddish brown with a finger of light brown foam.
S: Lots of caramelization. Toasted biscuit accompanies bready malt and a firm earth presence. Lightly nutty with some dark fruit.
T: Lower moderate sweetness with a low earthy bitterness and a suggestion of citrus. Caramel is pronounced and there's a dash of toffee. Baked bread blends with biscuit and a restrained brown sugar note. I get a little raisin and plum.
M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and viscous.
Overall: An enjoyable, fundamentally sound example of the style. Recommended.
03-04-2012 17:04:16 | More by HopHead84
4.04/5 rDev +11.6%
22oz bomber with no best by date. Its fresh though...summer 2014
A - Ruby red, almost brown. Half a finger of head but no sticky lace
S - Not much aroma, some apple notes and lost of English malts
T - Surprisingly the taste is much better than the aroma.
M - Highly carbonated but medium bodied. Oily and slick. Pleasant aftertaste.
O - I am not a big Scottish Ale fan, but I dig this one. Probably the best Scottish Ale I have had, and I could probably survive being in a UK pub if this one was on draft all night!
06-20-2014 00:51:06 | More by BeerDawgs
4/5 rDev +10.5%
On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a wide mouth tulip.
Dark, though not opaque burgandy body with a tiny but persistent off-white head.
Aromas of peat, caramel, slightly toasted malt, and light esters.
Peat, malt, caramel, and a faint grassiness suggesting noble hops on the palate. Lacks a little depth, but the flavor profile is still quite good.
Smooth and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
This sort of rides the line between a Scottish Export 80/- and a true Wee Heavy - though I think it is really a weaker rendition of the latter...
03-05-2010 20:31:23 | More by augustgarage
4/5 rDev +10.5%
On tap @ Ballast Point Old Grove on 11/11/09. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a deep, clear amber, with a thin frothy covering of off-white foam. This stays rich around the edges, with some wisps in the center, leaving back some robust lacing. The aroma smells of toasted malts, a hint of smoke, spice, fruity esters, and some sweeter caramel notes, which are taking on more of a butterscotch tone as this warms. Not a whole lot of force here to the nose but seems to fall in line with ABV, which was listed as 5.6% on the board.
The taste is a little roastier up front, that then gets sweeter in the middle, with sugary toffee and fruit. Finishes spicy on the lips, with a lingering gentle smokiness. Not much hops, with any bitterness mostly coming from the malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer feeling carbonation up front, which then gets a little sharper towards the back of the swallow. Much like the aroma, this isn't super deep by any stretch, but seems to fall right in with the ABV.
Well done take on the style here by Ballast Point, with just the right amount of balance between the malt, spice, and smoke. Remaining on the lower side of the ABV style spectrum kept this nicely drinkable.
12-08-2009 13:24:17 | More by Kegatron
Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.