Monday, December 23, 2013

Ballast Point Piper Down

type: Scottish-style ale
origin: San Diego, CA
price: $5/22oz
ABV: 5.8%
NSP: 7.5
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Make no mistake, this is a complex, flavorful ale which has remnants of an American strong ale (without the strong) and an almost quad-like tinge.  Lots of squaw bread and raisin, tempered with a nice stable level of brown-sugar and maltiness.  This is not insanely hoppy like it's older brother, Tongue Buckler, but just bitter enough to keep your senses tuned to the beer's inherent complexity.

As a professional crappy-beer brewer, this is indeed not crappy and quite interesting; but, what seems more interesting is the process of making it.  The bottle reads (in little detail) that this goes through a three hour boil, which seems like a pretty long boil-time by most brewing standards.  Oddly, though, the ABV doesn't indicate that the long boil time produced some sugary reduction that you could pour over pancakes (nor does the appearance).

I would say definitely pick this up and see what you think, although I can't immediately think of a good time to drink the style.  Oh... wait... while eating barbecue.  Or, haggis?

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