Piper Down
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Style:
Scottish Ale
Ranked #120
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,227
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 9.59%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
418
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Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Reviews by thehooksman:
Photo of thehooksman
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I admit I'm not very familiar with this style. The others I've had seemed to be quite heavy in that Scotch whiskey peat flavor. This one, on the other hand, is not. From tap into a pint glass, it was a clear, deep red-brown with a finger of creamy off-white foam that lingered for a bit. The aroma was sweet malt, caramel, and nuts. The flavor struck me as just a really good Bock, but with a small hint of smoke and peat in the aftertaste. The mouth was medium and smooth. I'd definitely have this again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
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-

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ballast Point (Old Grove) this past weekend.

A: The pour is a clear, dark amber color with a bit of an off-white head which leaves some fairly nice lacing.

S: The aroma is quite pleasant. Notes of molasses, toffee, smoke, and lightly roasted malt fill the nose. There might be a bit of sugar and fruit in there somewhere.

T: The flavors are a bit bland and watery, but still decent enough. Molasses, roasted malt, and a bit of peat are the primary flavors, but again, not all that intense.

M: Despite the disappointing flavors, the body is still fairly nice (though a bit thin) and the carbonation is low to moderate.

D: This was a fairly decent beer and would be a good starter beer for someone looking to try out Scottish ales. I say that because the flavors of these types of beers can be a bit overwhelming, so the tame flavors would be a good segue.

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Photo of robear
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, nice fair bomber price of $3.99 - what a bomber should be.
A - brown colored ale with a persistent, dense, beige head
S - malty nose with toffee, caramel, grain, earthy peat
T - malt forward but nice balance and easy drinking with notes of caramel, toffee, toasted grain, earth, spicy hops, peat
M - light to medium body, modest carbonation
O - what I'd expect for a Scottish ale. I'm not sure I'd buy it again, but glad to try it. If it was a dollar more I wouldn't have bothered.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pearljam118
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of thomda11
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KidsDoc
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Cyndi
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mattknueven
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of _morandi_
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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Photo of myteam24
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing wrong with the beer in the Scottish ale style.

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Photo of snakeayes11
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Rschimmell
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Scottish ale. Smooth and full of flavor

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Photo of jds8411
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hayden202
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddiehop
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Piper Down from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 418 ratings