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Piper Down Scottish Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 36
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

sendbeer, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

kew, Sep 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

BitterPatrick, Sep 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

A: Burgundy brown with light shining through.

S: Peat and malt.

T: Like the nose: Peat, malt, caramel and toffee, scotch, raisin bread, and brown sugar. Awesome flavor.

M: Right at medium with a lot of carb. It would be slightly better with a fuller mouth feel I think, but then again this is nice and refreshing.

O: I really like this brew. Not sure why the BA score is so low. It has a nice set of flavors and isn't overpowering.

titty_mcbitty, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

cdwil, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

calcutron, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

tommyguz, Sep 10, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a deep/dark wood color with a hint of red. Spotty bubbles in the middle of the glass, really limited head to speak of, 1/4 finger or less.

Taste of malt with a few of the darker fruit notes but nothing overpowering. Overall, fairly good drinker. This beer style is not near the top of my list, but I'm a huge fan of Ballast Point. I think its a well done brew.

As another reviewer indicated, its not incredibly complex, but it does have a nice taste.

Eddiehop, Sep 06, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

Jeremy23, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Docrock, Aug 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

HungarianCount, Aug 24, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +1.9%

22oz bottle into a standard pint
Notes from 07/11/2014

A: Bright auburn body with a reddish-orange hue and minor hazed look. Thick topper of khaki suds that holds tightly compacted for over a few minutes. Nice trellis work of tracked lacing decorates the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Biscuit malt and toasted bread up front with a light buttery caramel presence. I get some modest raisin or dried fruit type esters there as well. Aromas are pretty straight forward and all about the malts here which is a nice change up for me.

T: Malty biscuit with toasted elements and some fig like fruit segue into a more than expected American type hoppiness. Gives a off a piney note along with some citrus peel and earthy minerals. While the hops may seem somewhat out of place here it works well and the bitterness is kept on the lower end. All in all some nice flavors here with good balance and drinkability as the alcohol is really well disguised.

M: There is a moderate heft of maltiness to the body and the feel is a bit watered down at times. Although a big drying effort towards the finish really saves the overall experience.

D: This is a really nice brew to pick up every now and then. Far from being my favorite amongst the style as it’s not incredibly complex nor does it give you much to think about. It is however well crafted and quite tasty.

Nugganooch, Aug 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

snakeayes11, Aug 15, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +11%

lladysmall, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Zach136, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

FriedSlug, Aug 07, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A slightly translucent purple amber with a cute thin off white head.

Caramel malt nose expected from a Scotch ale. Not too strong but pleasant.

Taste is similar. Lacking in complexity. A nice caramel malt with some bitterness in there.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Medium carbonation.

Overall it's a fine example of a Scottish style Ale but nothing I'm crazy about. I prefer Scotch Ales...

samtrillo, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

elec, Aug 03, 2014
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3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a clear amber color with an off white head a afresh collar
S-sweet malts and fruit
T-sweet on the front end with light floral hops very little malts
M-sweet and thin fruity with good carbonation
O- did not taste like a SA but more like a session red ale

gatornation, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

CK319, Jul 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Strwrs777, Jul 28, 2014
Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.