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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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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-22-2013 03:27:21 | More by SocalKicks
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jbaakko

California

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

06-27-2013 13:46:28 | More by jbaakko
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12packpoet

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-23-2013 01:17:32 | More by 12packpoet
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danwho

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-12-2013 00:58:38 | More by danwho
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The look is a clear, dark amber with an off-white head which leaves some fairly nice lacing.

The aroma is caramely, seems to be bit of sugar and fruit in there.

The taste is slightly sweet, the flavor is solid roasted malt with a deep molasses finish, lacking any smokiness for the style.

The body is still medium heavy, with not overly done carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, a solid starter beer for someone looking to try out Scottish ales.

Serving type: growler

05-02-2013 14:50:58 | More by robbyc1
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KidsDoc

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-12-2013 04:22:34 | More by KidsDoc
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kojevergas

Texas

2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
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-

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 21:24:43 | More by kojevergas
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-25-2013 11:22:46 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-25-2013 10:47:38 | More by beernads
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2012 03:54:07 | More by pearljam118
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Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-02-2012 17:25:24 | More by Amalak
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hpthebull

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-02-2012 00:29:41 | More by hpthebull
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Murrhey

Montana

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 00:15:38 | More by Murrhey
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-01-2012 21:03:46 | More by ste5venla
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-20-2012 02:48:45 | More by t0rin0
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-08-2012 00:39:46 | More by baybum
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charlzm

California

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed June 19th, 2012 at Blue Palms.

Dark ruby color with caramel highlights. Nice ring of off-white foam that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass, though not especially sticky.

Aroma is smoked peat, a melanoidin character and a touch of brown sugar.

Flavor is much like nose. Peaty, smoky, caramel, maybe rye as well? Melanoidiny. Unexpected citric zing in there, too.

Dry on the finish, medium bodied,

Not what I expected form a scotch ale, but not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 22:03:38 | More by charlzm
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HStoilkov

California

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-02-2012 19:54:10 | More by HStoilkov
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CelticAleMan

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-29-2012 15:53:28 | More by CelticAleMan
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark copper with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good but straightforward and simple beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 01:39:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mactrail

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pleasant quaff of peat-scented amber ale. Tastes so much like some kind of malt liquor. Fruity taste of blackberries. Malty and just faintly sweet. Hops are subdued and leave only a bathtub ring of bitterness. More of a winey taste than beery.

Cherry-red amber color in the pint glass. Not a lot of foam. Decently carbonated in the mouth. Fairly light bodied in a more quaffable style of Scottish Ale. Not an outstanding example of the category, but a different sort of smokey amber.

On tap at the Pearl in Point Loma.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 20:59:33 | More by mactrail
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Sicem99

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

05-02-2012 06:24:59 | More by Sicem99
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HopHead84

California

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/2/2012

On tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: Transparent reddish brown with a finger of light brown foam.

S: Lots of caramelization. Toasted biscuit accompanies bready malt and a firm earth presence. Lightly nutty with some dark fruit.

T: Lower moderate sweetness with a low earthy bitterness and a suggestion of citrus. Caramel is pronounced and there's a dash of toffee. Baked bread blends with biscuit and a restrained brown sugar note. I get a little raisin and plum.

M: Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and viscous.

Overall: An enjoyable, fundamentally sound example of the style. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 17:04:16 | More by HopHead84
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-28-2012 18:22:42 | More by Bouleboubier
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nanobrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

01-23-2012 21:26:24 | More by nanobrew
Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.