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Piper Down Scottish Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Piper Down Scottish AlePiper Down Scottish Ale

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2003)
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a wine glass.

Pours with a very durable tan head that leaves some sticky lacing. The body is dark red-brown and clear but almost opaque.

Aroma: very pleasing malt forward with a touch of smoke.

Flavor: Very good flavor if a bit low in intensity. Low in smokiness for style. strength nutty flavor with dark grains and a impression of dark bread. Good, lingering malty aftertaste.

O: a bit tame for style but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 01:30:43 | More by chinchill
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stumac

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-03-2014 00:49:15 | More by stumac
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LakerLeith

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-29-2014 15:26:43 | More by LakerLeith
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SavageHopHead

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-29-2014 05:03:13 | More by SavageHopHead
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-25-2014 23:34:51 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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GClas

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-20-2014 00:51:43 | More by GClas
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 00:51:06 | More by BeerDawgs
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-19-2014 08:09:53 | More by dertyd
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-12-2014 19:40:54 | More by ncstateplaya
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jak

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-11-2014 05:55:59 | More by jak
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Evan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-08-2014 21:23:11 | More by Evan
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Modernrickk

California

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-08-2014 07:12:51 | More by Modernrickk
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

06-08-2014 02:47:25 | More by wrightst
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Deaner1308

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-27-2014 16:45:31 | More by Deaner1308
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robear

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-24-2014 19:40:37 | More by robear
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-20-2014 01:13:40 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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mhaugo

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

05-18-2014 06:18:35 | More by mhaugo
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-18-2014 02:21:48 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-17-2014 15:37:04 | More by MonkeyBread
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TheSixthRing

California

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep and beautiful ruby red with a finger's worth of khaki colored head. Good retention, leaving clumps of suds and across the surface and a nice ring around the edge. Lacing is spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Caramel hits first, followed by some earthy and slightly grassy hop bitterness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Caramel flavor off-set by some moderate hop notes that hit on earth, light tea leaf and slight grass bitterness. Finishes much the same it begins. Some vegetal notes come into play as the beer approaches room temp.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with soft carbonation and light creaminess. Goes down quite nicely, though thins in the finish and as it warms.

Overall - A decent, approachable Scottish, though the more I drank, and the warmer it got, the more downhill it went. Suggestion? Don't try to savor it!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 02:28:28 | More by TheSixthRing
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mscudder

Georgia

2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter.

A - Deep ruby hue with a fair head. Below average retention.

S - Light dark fruits, caramel malt and brown sugar.

T - A bland aggregation of amber malts, caramel, prune and light smoke flavor. Everything seems unpronounced.

M - Lively carbonation. Far too thin to support it all.

O - Some qualities of this beer show promise, but it just does not come together for me. Perhaps my least favorite BP brew I've picked up.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 03:29:05 | More by mscudder
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TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-10-2014 00:35:25 | More by TrojanRB
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Keith_R

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-26-2014 02:09:05 | More by Keith_R
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baklo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-25-2014 22:33:50 | More by baklo
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QuentinCall

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.1%

04-24-2014 00:06:47 | More by QuentinCall
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Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.