Piper Down Scottish Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Piper Down Scottish AlePiper Down Scottish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
391
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
9.94%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
119
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 391 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of churchillps
2.19/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Doesn't have any flavor, much less the depth of flavor you expect from a Scottish Ale. Extremely watery and no head retention, either.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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Photo of mscudder
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of nobodywonder
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

Beer really needs to warm up before the nose gets released and the flavors show themselves, and by then the mouthfeel is thin, pushing watery. Very soft nose begrudgingly gives up caramel and a hint of peat. Taste is quite muted and muddled, with the caramels darker, almost burnt. Meh.

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2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

This scotch ale just didn't do it for me, and I expected better from Ballast Point. The aroma and taste reminded me more of a slightly smokey bock than a scotch ale and the flavor had a distinct metallic flavor that killed it for me. One of the worse scotch ales I've had. To fans of the style, I cannot suggest this brew,

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2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 391 ratings.
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