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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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BA SCORE
82
good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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%

robear, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Mikeluzzjr, May 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Bloodbuzz99, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

MonkeyBread, May 17, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

TheSixthRing, May 17, 2014
Photo of mscudder
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TrojanRB, May 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Keith_R, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

baklo, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

QuentinCall, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

dwtyler, Apr 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Tuckersmth, Apr 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

beertunes, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BSUBronco, Apr 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

cd_beer_disapear, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

ricecracker420, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

oso, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Bonsall_Phil, Mar 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Mar 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ralphw56, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

brmachine, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Ozzylizard, Mar 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

ChuckS, Mar 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Zonian1, Feb 28, 2014
Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.