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

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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
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of WoodButcher
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was the best part of this beer. Poured a deep amber caramel color with a thin head that dissipated quickly with little lacing. Nose was sweet malt and little more. Likewise the taste was mostly malty with a bit of caramel, minimal nuttiness and a late bitter finish. Overall this was an underwhelming brew. Just nothing remarkable. Very one dimensional and not a great example of a scotch ale. If anything it was more like a typical amber ale, but even that would have been an unimpressive example. For the i prices you pay here on the east coast for Ballast Point I'd expect something special. This could be a Saranac or other non-craft brew. BP better step it up with more than fancy IPAs if they expect me to buy their beer.

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Photo of Cold_1
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nickcal
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a reddish brown color with a 1/2" light than head that soon recedes to a thin layer of foam with a ring around the glass and a small, more dense, island of foam in the middle. Sipping creates several small patches and a few legs of lacing. Even before the beer is half finished most of the surface foam has disappeared, the ring is very tiny, and the bits of foam left by sipping mostly soon slide down to the liquid.

The aromas include some caramel, what seems to be a hint of smoke, and some lightly roasted malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with that caramel, roasted malt, and a light touch of smokiness. In addition the sweetness seems to contain light molasses as well as the caramel. There's also some very faint bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly with the light but persistent carbonation. The finish starts about a third of the way in as the caramel and molasses sweetness begin to fade allowing the lightly roasted malt some time on center stage before it fades away into the persistent light bitterness that hangs around to the end when there is also a touch of dryness.

This seems a well enough made beer and I'm enjoying having this one. But that said I probably won't be having this one again as there are other Scottish Ales that I enjoy more that are more readily available.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayKay
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jacobus79
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of detroitpat
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of soupyman10
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dur921
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattyrubes
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MisledTitan
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 10Crumra
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T100Mark
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A nice rusty copper color. A little hazy. A dense tan head that sticks around for a bit. A fair amount of stickage.

Smell - Sweet. Tart.

Taste - Sweet malt flavor. Tart/tangy. Minimal hops (almost non-existent).

Mouth - Tangy. A bit fizzy.

Overall - A San Diego beer that's not loaded with hops? I've read that the Scots don't use hops because they don't have any (they are too far north). This is too bad as a few more hops would have been a nice addition here. It is what it is.

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Photo of jw4free
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjohns73
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valkyre65
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Wer34truh
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown color with a medium-sized head.

Smells of biscuits, brown sugar, and candy.

While I was not entirely sold on the smell, this taste really good.The malts are definitely present, but it's complemented by a delightful chocolate taste, and some juicy milkiness as well. Mouthfeel is light, while the body is surprisingly full.

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Photo of Robson
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | 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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