Piper Down Scottish Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Piper Down Scottish AlePiper Down Scottish Ale
BA SCORE
3.64/5
405 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-15-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,299
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
405
pDev:
9.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
126
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 405 |  Reviews: 86
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 HamdenHector
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

Photo of martinpfal
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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 -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Piper Down Scottish Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 405 ratings
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