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Piper Down Scottish Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2003)
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Soto, Sep 07, 2013
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2.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a 4 oz taster at Ballast Point in San Diego. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger beige floater. Body colour is a rich clear copper-amber/chestnut (for extra pretension). No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel, vague hints of oak, and malt. A very restrained aroma.

T: Caramel, amber malts, a hint of oak, and malty sweetness. Simply built. Underwhelming. Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Smooth. Dry, especially on the finish. Poorly executed; it doesn't suit the flavour profile at all. Decent thickness. Overcarbonated.

Dr: Downable but pedestrian. I wouldn't have it again, but it's not awful for the style. I expect better from Ballast Point.

Low C-

kojevergas, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of mscudder
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

mscudder, May 15, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

Beer really needs to warm up before the nose gets released and the flavors show themselves, and by then the mouthfeel is thin, pushing watery. Very soft nose begrudgingly gives up caramel and a hint of peat. Taste is quite muted and muddled, with the caramels darker, almost burnt. Meh.

BuckeyeSlim, Sep 16, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap in a taster at Ballast Point in San Diego, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half a finger white head. Low retention. Some filmy white lacing. Bourbon brown color.

S- Caramel and sugar, malty. Subtle smell.

T- Sugary and malty, caramel and toffee. Not a lot going for it.

M- Smooth and crisp with a wet feel. Not great.

O- Mediocre beer. Unfortunate.

Murrhey, Nov 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Zonian1, Feb 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Tuckersmth, Apr 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

dertyd, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

caverog, Jul 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Bouleboubier, Jan 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ncstateplaya, Jun 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

GClas, Jun 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Bloodbuzz99, May 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jan 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

hellhammermario, Dec 25, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin looking rootbeer colored brew. Head is thin, color of moth balls.

S: Red berries, caramel with a hint of peat.

T: Starts bland with hints of minerals. Really basic chocolate flavors move in leaning towards the powdered cocoa side. Next comes some boring dark berries. Finishes bland and somewhat boring.

M: Thin and Fizzy.

D: A simple and straight forward scotch ale.

Westsidethreat, Nov 08, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

AlexChillton, Jan 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

HungarianCount, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Mikeluzzjr, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

MonkeyBread, May 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

sisterthelonious, Nov 02, 2013
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Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.