Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

579 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 579 | Reviews: 329
Reviews by BeerOnTheWall:
Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Tulip.

Pours dark copper color with a slight burgundy tint when held up to the light. Slight off white head that dissipated quickly leaving behind little lacing.

Aromas of sweet caramel, vanilla, and subtle dried cherry. Faint smokiness shows itself as it warms up. No hops coming through. Smells basic, but good.

Taste is more rich than the nose. Caramelized sugar and dried figs come through right away with a little bit of spice, some alcohol (not overpowering...but present). A bit of bitter astringency on the finish.

Moderate to low carbonation has this felling syrupy and a little dull. It's not bad, but feels lacking. I would like to have it with the same medium-full body with some more co2 to make it feel a little more lively.

Overall I did enjoy this beer. It was easy to drink and had enough depth to make it interesting. There seem to some components that didn't completely hit the mark for me; but I do have another bottle that I will give some more time to age and will look forward to cracking this open again in the future.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a twny color with a thin quick to fade white head,almost flat in appearance,I was a bit surprised.Aromas of dark fruit and a tinge of smoke,rather lighter than expected,dark fruit,brown sugar,and a faint smokiness on the palate,all seem very subtle.Somewhat flat in the mouth but it is fuller.Somewhat wanting more in this beer,I was a bit let down in its lack of complexity really.

Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber brown with a smallish creamy off white head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a bit subdued - some sweet peaty smokey malts with a little dark fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with some peat and smoke and a some bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent Scotch Ale. I would prefer it to be a bit better balanced between the sweetness and alcohol.

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date though its a beer you can cellar.

Tiny bubbled head with a faint crackle yet there is some rings of lace left on the glass. Deepest brown around with a tinge of burgundy. Think malty nose, spicy alcohol, earthy sweetness with a bit of ripe star fruit or papaya. Creamy and smooth, full body. A whole lot of malt thrown down on the palate. Brown bread, teething biscuits and faint caramel comes to mind. Alcohol is quite the warmer here, not hot but its there with a peppery tone which pairs up with the modest level of hopping to help balance this brew out.

Proof that not all collaborations have to be these massive tricked out insane beers ... it simply can be just good beer.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark amber body with a medium sized beige head. Attractive patchy lacing.

Aroma is malty toffee and caramel with aromatic pine resin.

Medium body and carbonation.

Taste has toffee and caramel malty dominance, complimented by a very nice smoky peat element. Pine hops add a nice counterpart to the malts and there is a hint of dark fruits underneath. Alcohol is concealed very well.

One of the better Scotch ales I've sampled recently, especially from this side of the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to mntlover for this fine bottle.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, surely no bargain here, $3.99 per at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

No freshness info offered, but the message on the rear from brewer Bagby is dated Dec 2010 and the etching on the bottle talks of aging this one.

Pours a bold darker shade of honey amber, clear and resting under a medium tan head. Head shows moderate retention powers and leaves a thicker film and ample lace.

Nose of whole wheat bread, caramel and just a hint of smoke.

The style is all about the malt and this one is to style. Waves of maple wash over the palate, more light smoke, sneaky very late hop nibble provides a weak attempt at balance. Sweet but nowhere near cloying.

Malt lovers rejoice at this unexpected, yet quite welcome Stone collaboration. Looking forward to seeing more...

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee malt with some peat smoke and some dark fruit. There is also some alcohol in the aroma but it is not too strong. The flavor is heavy on the toffee malt. There is a little bit of peat character in the flavor but what really comes through the most is the dark fruit. I get some cherries and prunes as well as some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A fairly good scotch ale.

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Pours a dark tawny brown with a very thin light tan head. Significant lacing that leaves the glass messy.

The nose is pleasant but not particularly vibrant or striking. I smell dark caramels, bready malts, and some toffee-like sweetness.

The taste isn't overly complex but is pleasant. There's the taste of baking bread, dark fruits, and a slight hint of alcohol, although I would never guess this beer is as strong as it is. A balanced scotch ale but a tad uninteresting and disappointingly simple.

A medium to thick mouthfeel. Appropriate for the style.

A solid idea and an interesting collaboration from three of my favorite local brewers, but not a particularly noteworthy or memorable beer. This one does get extra points though for hiding its alcohol so well. It's startling!

Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark DARK ruby red into a snifter with a One and a half finger head. No lacing or retention. Scents of scotch malts and leather. The taste is much the same: leather, carmel, red grapes. Mouthfeel is a little thin with a strong alcohol feel. Overall, this is a good strong scotch but nothing special.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Deep dark mahogany brown with crimson highlights when held towards the light, thicket of deep tan head forms quite the khaki colored finely bubbled texture with evenly strewn lacing amongst each sip. Aroma has hints of citrus/chocolate melded together at first with big robust malt layers providing a pathway for evil spirits in this case...alcohol. Flavor has hints of smoked malt, big caramel juiciness with a layer of chocolate syrup coating the palate when taken as a gulp. A bit hot with alcohol which is understanding for they style and an attempt at such a callaboration. Juicy layers of mint and pine lay sufficient for me, once another sip is taken. Yet I'm staring at another almost full pint, mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit cloying with unresolved alcohol and residual sugars post fermentation. Definitely in light of the typical collaboration ale, my question is why didn't they ferment this out all the way...the alcohol and residiual sugars become pretty heavy on the palate and pure drinkability level.

Photo of OStrungT
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown color, with a mohogany color when held up to the light. It has a thin foamy head that fades fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells slightly of toffee, with some biscuit like hints as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. Sweet caramel moat, with some toffee and biscuit. A slight molasses flavor mixes in as well.

This beer is crips and refreshing. It leaves a toffee like aftertaste. it is carbonated well for the style.

This beer might make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and that might be a problem since I cant tell at all. I could drink this all night.

Overall: This is a great beer from three great breweries. First great beer since I have been back in the States.

Photo of bmxer87
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a like a nice giant redwood tree and a 3 finger head that was crumble to the ground like a forest fire.
S - Alcohol was sweeping this this forest away with an oaky background
T - Malts is very lush with sweet fruit parading through slight bitterness
M - Medium carbonation and medium body with surprisingly smooth finish
O - Its a great beer. A fantastic collaboration make me want to try the other companies pizza port and green flash. A decent fetch.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a clean deep dense clear garnet brown that glows and a thick fizzy light tan head last for a good bit. There is a nice swirl of tiny bubbles that push to the surface.

S- The blended brown malt aroma has some nutty qualities and a soft peat hint.

T- The pot caramel is slightly sweet with a dry toffee malt note to follow and a soft diacetyl buttery note. There is a dry caramel flavor that comes through as the beer opens up and a faint wood and peat hint in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a faint fizz that compliments the dry finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a tasty beer with a good malt profile nice depth, flavor and character and just enough peat to add mystery without all the band-aids.

Photo of degerbah
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a coca cola in my glass with an unusually thick head at the top. The head dissapears almost before I can take a sip. The aroma is very malt-forward with a little bit of vodka-like alcohol smell in the back of my nose. The taste is earthy with so much malt it almost covers up the booziness. The beer tastes a little too flat for my taste. This doesn't seem to be anything special taste-wise. It reminds me of a super amber bock.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany (lighter than I was expecting) with minimal head which recedes to a ring around the glass quickly. The smell is pure barley. It has the rich, hot grapenut aroma that you get when you brew beer followed by some nice sweet caramel tones. Just a touch of alcohol on the nose. The taste really opens up. In addition to the obvious barley taste it adds complexity with a bit of woodsiness and some warming alcohol that manages to stay extremely smooth and not at all harsh. The mouthfeel is just right, not too carbonated but also not as flat as a barleywine. Overall this is a really nice scotch ale and not exactly what I would expect from such hop forward breweries. Definitely worth trying out if you get a chance.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like rootbeer with a lively and noisy fizzy head, bubbled filled but fiazzes out fast.

A very sweet malty nose with brown sugar, butterscotch, whiskey and some wet cardboard.

A robust array of malty flavor's, sweet butterscotch, molasses and rootbeer with a dry, sweet scotch taste and light, bitter heat backup. The hops add a dry earthiness underneath and a medium malty body and slightly dry finish.

Not bad overall, but it made me realize how much I have fallen out of love with Scotch style brews. (for now at least)

Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Highway 78 is a deep redish brown color with good clarity evident on the pour. Head is thick at first but settles quickly.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a nice peaty quality that is characteristic of Scotch ales.
A little bit of roast and smoke in there too.

Flavor is rich with great depth of flavor. It has good bitterness to balance out the big malt bill, however, it does't do the over-the-top hoppiness that Green Flash and Stone are known for.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, full bodied, and not overly carbonated.

Overall a really good scotch ale and a great colaboration.

Photo of HugePlume
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint.

A- Poured with a very thin head. What head did form left a teensy bit of lacing. Color was an absolutely gorgeous very deep cherry red that let very little light through.

S- Lots of caramelized malt and a little spice of booz to prickle your nose, but not very intense. Nose did not appreciably improve as it warmed either.

T- The malt packs quite a wallop, with different ribbons of both deep caramel and also dry cracker-like flavors in a tumble, with our old friend alcohol to break them up and tumble them around. Not overpowering but strong.

M- Misses the mark here very watery. Carbonation is nil, which would be OK if it had more body but alas it doesnt. Close to dissapointing here.

O- My first collaboration and my first scotch style. I'm sure there is better. As a road geek anything that mentions a highway gets me excited, but this didnt come through like I had hoped. I would not have it again.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut-colored with a lace of brown bubbles. Aroma of caramel malts and alcoholic phenols. Very, very smooth with a characteristic Scotch Ale flavor: toffee, a touch of earthiness, and an alcoholic twinge. Straightforward, but fairly delicious -- and packs a punch.

Photo of augustgarage
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Gordon Highland thistle.

Carmine iquid, brilliantly clear yet dark - glows crimson when held to the light. A thin buff/light-khaki head recedes to a bubbling surface slick and a pasty collar.

Nuts, toffee, and deep caramelization in the nose - a rich malty depth along with a hint of grassy/earthy note that could maybe be English hops.

Lightly sweet and deeply toasted malt flavors on the palate - intense and pure. Fruity, faintly smokey finish, with a drying peat-like flavor as well. Simple, tasty, and free of off notes.

Warming lively mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

An impressive take on the style - I'll be sad when this is gone from the shelves, but at least it is a more cellar-able beer than some of the previous successful collaborations Stone has done.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark rosewood brown like gravy on a roast a small head of amber cream...

Deep malts hit the nose, some chocolate and mallow, a little toffee

Hmmm alcohol and malted sweets, some pretzel bread, shallow in depth but quite delicious actually, reminds me of old chub from Oscar Blues, but a little less flavor.

Creamy and medium bodied, coats the cheeks and lets itself live for a moment

Overall I believe they could mass produce this and sell it as an excellent Scotch ale. As goes for selling it in their little bottle for five bones... nah. Good beer but when you can get packs of OB's same but better for much cheaper pricing I would not do this again.

Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recommended this beer by the guy who runs my local place, Midway Mart, and thought it’d be a good choice. I got the Highway 78 in a 12 oz bottle. What, no gargoyle on it?! Yeah, I know it’s not just a Stone beer, but it’s weird knowing that Stone was involved with it and there isn’t a massive gargoyle looking at me. I’ve liked basically every Scotch ale I’ve tried so I knew getting this would most likely be enjoyable.

Poured into a Belgian beer glass, Highway 78 formed a bubbly-foamy off-white head that fizzed away very quickly. No film or lacing is left after a few minutes. The beer is clear, dark brown and a ruby-copper when held up to the light.

The smell of sweet cereal malts is strong, with caramel sweetness, and there is some raisin/dark fruits in there as well which brings about a sort of Raisin Bran smell overall. It’s a bit boozy too.

I’m surprised of how non-boozy Highway 78 tastes even though it smells boozy and it is 8.8% ABV. I definitely feel the warmth from the beer but the alcohol blends in well with the rest of the malty goodness, adding the cereal flavors that make it very appetizing. I like beers that have flavors that can be attributed to food. It certainly makes them taste “yummy”. Overall the smells very much reflect the flavors with the cereal malts and raisin. There is a certain coffee roastiness to it as well.

This Scotch ale ain’t too wee heavy. It has a lot of flavor but is medium-bodied and medium carbonation. And, even though it is 8.8% ABV, it is easy to drink.

So, what’s not to like about Highway 78? Nothing, really. It’s a good, flavorful, and warms you up with its alcohol. Yummy.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a beer that's been hatched through the collaboration of three American breweries, Stone's Highway 78 is a pretty traditional and authentic "Scotch" ale.

It's deep mahogany body is about 26 SRM in color beneath a creamy head of tan. The head retention is good and the lacing is average.

The aroma expresses toasty bread with a thin edge of burnt crust, caramel, a hint of dark fruit, a whiff of smoke, and an edge of spicy alcohol.

In the mouth it's full bodied, creamy and smooth.

The flavor is remarkably well-balanced, and although there's a bit of sweetness to the malt, it's also toasty, deeply caramelish, subtly chocolatey, and a touch smokey which all help to keep it from coming off as "sugary". That's then balanced by the soft dark fruit, and the spiciness of the alcohol; as well as a bit of spicy hops and around 28 IBU's. The finish is where it really shines, however, with more complexity appearing in the lingering finish. The spicy and peppery hops make a quick appearance, and then it becomes woody and smokey with a drizzle of residual golden caramel that's then followed by some grassiness. At that point, however, you're ready for another sip!

Overall it's quite impressive. There's no real American spin to it, it's simply intended to fall into style, and yet there's somehow an American impression put upon it (must be the spicy/peppery hops). For fans of Scottish ales this is not to be missed!

Photo of ElGordo
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Body is a pretty deep reddish brown with some ruby highlights. Aroma of slightly sweet, bready malt, a touch of honey, and some dark fruit. Palate is sweet, with rich bready malt, sweet dark fruit, and a tangy, floral yeast providing very nice contrasting notes. LIght notes on the finish suggest a Belgian yeast, with a hint of bubble gum. Mouthfeel is full and a little creamy, not bad for the style but a little less sticky than is usual in a strong Scotch ale. Overall, a perfectly serviceable beer, but I would expect something a little more interesting than this from a Stone collaboration beer.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only a bit of head retention (it was orangey-white, frothy, about a finger), reddish-brown body, clearish. A bit of slippery lace.

Smell is mostly malt with a bit of alcohol and some hops, slightly vegetal. Definitely some apple character as well.

Taste has the malt and some caramel, and basically what you'd expect from a Scotch style ale, when suddenly, a bunch of hops rolls in like a steamroller. Not really, but definitely too hoppy for the style. Trying it again 8 months later, the hops are just enough to offer a slightly drier finish; no longer overwhelming at all. I've raised my rating because since this was brewed once (I think), this more accurately represents how it will taste now.

Mouthfeel is standard, not too watery. Some of the carbonation is faintly tasteable (seltzer water taste), but other than that, not much here.

This is ultimately unremarkable, but my only real complaint is excessive hopping for the style. Other than that, if you find Scotch style ales interesting, but not hoppy enough, go for it.

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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.