Piper Down Scottish Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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82
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401 Ratings
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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:
401
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
125
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of HamdenHector
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; mahogany in color; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thick collar; little lacing;

S: caramel, chocolate, peat, earthy;

T: a combination of caramel and earthy from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end; very mellow flavors for a
Scottish ale;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation' lightly dry finish;

O: enjoyable, but not a great representation of the style;

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MFMB
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep Amber to brown. Smells of caramel malt and dates. Taste is of caramel, nuts, dates, prunes and toasted malt. Medium body with a slightly wet mouthfeel.

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Photo of sirzekel
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of I3eer
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Red-brown color with beige head. Smells of burnt caramel but the scent is fairly faint. Taste is of bourbon, caramel, and yeast. There's a very mild hint of berry. Feel is pretty smooth. In sum, a decent but not compelling beer.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjurney
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Amber-brown color. Medium carbonation. Small head.

Aroma:
Very mild aroma. Roasted, caramel, brown sugar, a little nutty.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Roasted malts, brown bread, caramel, a little brown sugar. Hop bitterness is low, leafy/earthy. Sweet finish. Light bodied, slight dryness, nice carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall:
Not the best Scottish Ale, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Style is a fave and this does not disappoint. Pours dark mahogany with fast-disappeared head, leaving a ring. Aroma is sweet malty caramel and a touch of smoke. Flavor is malty too, maybe a little one-dimensional, but really tasty. Smooth and clean finish make this very enjoyable. Only complaints are this is a little on the light side and not as complex as some better style offerings.

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Photo of darkfruits
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gawz
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gunnark1ng
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of martinpfal
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really good Scottish ale. Ba scored 82. I would bump it up another 9 points. Ballast point has yet to disappoint me. They clearly know how to brew good quality

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Photo of Avatar113
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrsqc7
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great head
Not as good looking as young pan grier
Red in colour not that great dark brown
Hops are more prevalent than expected for the style but it doesn't taste bad
Could use more malt

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

L: reddish brown colored beer with a finger and a half of off white head. some lacing as you drink
S: caramel
T: Sweet malts balanced by a slightly piney hop finish. decent balance here just nothing really jumping out
F: Lighter than I'd like
O: This is okay beer.

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Photo of Marvicsin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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