Piper Down Scottish Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Piper Down Scottish AlePiper Down Scottish Ale
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3.64/5
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408 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,700
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
408
pDev:
9.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
128
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of maltiness up front along with some caramel sweetness and some very light roasty notes.Some graininess in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with caramel and malt sweetness and some very light roast. Graininess come in shortly after the moderate sweetness fades. Finishes with lingering caramel and grain notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the more prickly side

O: A solid Scottish ale that is definitely on the malty side. Could be a little smoother in the MF, but still not a big deal. Worth a try

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMeister8
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear Hamilton shaker pint plastic glass
From: N/A; Found at in-laws
Price: N/A
Purchased: Nov. 23, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 23, 2016
Reviewed as: Scottish Ale
Misc.: No bottled on date

Couldn’t believe that I had never tried this, let along reviewed it. I like the style, but do not like that Ballast Point sold out like a bunch of chumps (I would have done the same thing for $1 billion. Will try to review fairly.

Poured a red-brown amber clear color with two fingers of khaki frothy head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled toffee, roasted nuts, caramel, toasted oak, hints of ashtray, dark fruits and biter black coffee. (Smell - 3.75)

Rather let down on the taste initially. Toasted toffee, dirty oak, roastiness, caramel, dark fruits, brown bread, plum hints of char wood and grain. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Not a bad beer, especially for the style. But still #CraftAdjace. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

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Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MFMB
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of einman
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of I3eer
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjurney
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +11.5%
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 +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gawz
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gunnark1ng
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 408 ratings