Piper Down Scottish Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.83/5
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72 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 10-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,385
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
72
pDev:
12.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of dave_ackbar
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4oz. Served on tap.
The look of this leads you to believe it’s going to taste great, very thick heavy head from the pour.
Smell is underwhelming.
Taste is so bland. There is little to zero taste of bourbon and no burn of bourbon.
Feel is just meh.
Overall I’m giving this a because I really like Ballast Point and feel like maybe this one is just a miss from a brewery that doesn’t miss much.

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Photo of chossboss
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davidstan
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very very very good cough syrup type beer. A joke between myself as i think all authentic Scot Ales have a syrup feel. This is one of the better ones to style.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at The Beer Market in Rochester, NY.

It pours a rusted looking brown, with a surprisingly persistent head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like...not a whole lot, for a BA Scotch Ale. Some caramel, faint and wispy bourbon, toffee. It's all faint, like there's a curtain in front of the beer.

More and more I feel like Ballast Point is going down the tubes, slowly but surely. I hate being that guy...but c'mon. The carbonation overpowers this one, it's got s prickly feeling that leaves a tingling throughout the glass. There's like 1% barrel here, it feels like it was aged in the shadow of a bourbon barrel. There a little bit of nice caramelly malt and toffee, but it's not bold. This is disappointing.

This has a prickly mouthfeel, with a way too high level of carbonation.

A disappointment in basically every way.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M-Jez84
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Emersonio
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour: On draft at the Church Key in D.C. Poured into a snifter glass. Appearance: Reddish with some haze present. Minimal white head. Aroma: Faint bourbon notes and malt. Taste: Smooth and creamy with bourbon notes and lots of malt. Aftertaste: Lingering bourbon with some subtle spice. Overall: Smooth operator from Ballast Point. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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Photo of BDeibs
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BLANK
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A burnt marmalade color. Strong notes of oak and vanilla as chilled. Sweats out caramel and bourbon. Towards the bottom, you become accustomed to the flavor as it loses its complexity. Nice session

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CCad
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Piper Down Scottish Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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