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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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82
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Deaner1308

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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

California

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -21%
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 -3.3%

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

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Georgia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

04-24-2014 00:06:47 | More by QuentinCall
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dwtyler

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-21-2014 02:53:15 | More by dwtyler
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Tuckersmth

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-17-2014 20:33:17 | More by Tuckersmth
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beertunes

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-02-2014 18:58:10 | More by beertunes
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BSUBronco

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-01-2014 01:58:23 | More by BSUBronco
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cd_beer_disapear

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-28-2014 02:31:11 | More by cd_beer_disapear
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-24-2014 03:04:03 | More by ricecracker420
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-22-2014 04:49:46 | More by oso
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Bonsall_Phil

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-21-2014 06:42:34 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-17-2014 04:48:45 | More by zestar
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-16-2014 00:24:42 | More by ralphw56
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brmachine

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-15-2014 03:22:38 | More by brmachine
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at cellar temp into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt, perhaps a hint of peat
Head average (4 cm), rocky, light brown, rapidly diminishing
Few clots of lacing
Body red-copper, clear
Flavor begins and ends sweet with a distinct malt taste; no hops, no alcohol, perhaps a trace of diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

While this meets the criteria for a scotch ale, I’m not sure whether the slight diacetyl flavor and faint peaty are really there, or whether I’m just being hopeful. Unexceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 11:39:18 | More by Ozzylizard
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ChuckS

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-10-2014 10:47:14 | More by ChuckS
Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.