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Piper Down Scottish Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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167 Ratings
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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:
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Bnoise11, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

LADYBEAST, Jul 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

caverog, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/24/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, raisin, plum, apple, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Scottish ale style. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 20, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ballast Point's Piper Down, Scottish Ale. 5.8% ABV

A: Just over a finger of head. Nice, clear red tone. Decent lacing.

S: Smells slightly soured. Not fruity sour, but milk gone bad/yogurt sour. Medium molasses. Very light char.

T/MF: Multigrain cereal, and light char. This much lighter than the other Scottish Ale I tried. Moderately crisp, too. Though it doesn't taste it, sharp tingle towards the tip of the tongue is telling me there's some acidity to this.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Camjmorton, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SuperMario, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

thomda11, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

FakeDeniro, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

sillyhed8, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Hayden202, Jul 13, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

chinchill, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

stumac, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

GClas, Jun 20, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +11%
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!

BeerDawgs, Jun 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

dertyd, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

ncstateplaya, Jun 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jak, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Modernrickk, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Deaner1308, May 27, 2014
Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.