Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.38/5 rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Highway 78 Scotch Ale | 355 ml. | 8.8% ABV | 2010
Brewer: Stone Brewing Co. w/ Green Flash Brewing Co. and Pizza Port Brewing Co.
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Velvety brown as condensation forms around the glass. under light, ruby rays beam forth from below. The head is the only disappointment. It swirls out to the sides, forming a Friar Tuck-like dome.
It smell like a Wee Heavy—and that's a good sign. Roasted, peaty malts and the lingering bite of scotch are the major players. It's an earthy nose, and I like it.
A lot of malt slams against the palate the second lips touch glass—earthy, roasted, and chocolatey. But from there on out, it's downhill as complexity fails to develop and the big malt mouth recedes quickly with each gulp. An unusual flash of sprightly hops cuts through the malt base toward the finish adding variety but ultimately preventing development of the earthy notes.
Creamy and thick, it has the perfect amount of carbonation (not too much), and a really nice velvety after-feel.
It's always exciting to taste the efforts of a brewery collaboration. This case proved that sometimes too many brewers spoil the ale. In the end, Highway 78 was not complex enough to compete with superior offerings like AleSmith's Wee Heavy. At 8.8% ABV I would have expected more. Still, it's not a bad brew by any means, and may even be a good introduction to the style for beer novices.
Would I get it again?:
No. It wasn't bad, but there are too many superior Scotch Ales to make me want to go back to this one.
Bottled: December 2010
Served: July 24, 2011
Price = $3.50 at The New Beer Distributors (NYC)
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2011 19:24:11 | More by BeerNemesis
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