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:
401
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
126
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davidstan
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't beleive the low reviews here on this ale. I like it a lot. Peppery up front with a crisp finish. This is probably the beer Killians Red always wanted to be. BP does well again.

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Photo of scootny
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A ruddy light brown brew. Deep rich malty sweet nose. Some caramel and light earthy hoppiness. Taste follows suit. Malty grains and caramel sweeteness. Tea leaf bitterness. Lighty tingling carbonation with a medium weight. Lighter and easy drinking. Good solid Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nobodywonder
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the lightest scottish ales I've ever had. That's a good thing for me because I'm not generally a fan of scottish ales. Poured a deep crimson red. Hardly carbonated..almost flat..which led to a very very thin layer of foam. Smell and taste are malty caramels with a touch of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light but wide-bodied. Overall not a bad beer but not the best from BP.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattknueven
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of HardyA
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lard_City
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not going to say any more than if you like beer then get this beer. Not the greatest beer ever but excellent just like almost every beer they make.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeElCervecera
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is strong of a roasted malt and molasses smell. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of caramel and darker fruits with just a hint on a floral hop note.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then I would have anticipated from the nose, starting with just a hint of caramel sweetness mixed with a rather stronger roasted bready taste. As the taste advances the caramel upfront fades away with a light dark fruity flavor taking its place. At the same time some hop flavors of a grassy and floral hop taste mixed with a little bit of graininess come to the tongue and with a light earthy hop coming at the very end, one is left with a rather dry and roasty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The low carbonation is nice for the style, but a thicker body would have accentuated the roasty flavors slightly better. Overall, it was an OK feel.

Overall – I have to say I am a bit disappointed with this Ballast Point brew. They normally do most all styles nice, but this was way too dry and flavorless for a Scottish ale in my opinion. Certainly not their best…

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tmcarter23
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IceAce
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texter
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly low in alcohol for a Scottish Ale, not bad but there are much better examples of the style elsewhere, which is probably why this is in a sampler pack at my local store. There is always one beer in the sampler that makes you kind of regret getting the pack to begin with.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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