Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by monkeylovebeer:
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Named after the highway that starts in Oceanside and runs east across the state, this beer is like a one-off album from a San Diego super group. All three of these breweries are well known for producing well-designed and perfectly executed beers--often hop-driven monsters that demolish rules and taste buds with equal impunity.
While many super group projects suffer from the "too many cooks" syndrome, this one, as they say, is a different kettle of ... well, beer--a collaboration that, in their own words, lacks "bells, whistles, crazy ingredients, or strange techniques," just three master brewers working a style that doesn't get a whole lot of play in Southern California. [A brief caveat: San Diego-based AleSmith makes a Wee Heavy that I would love to pair with this to do a horizontal tasting if I could find it up here in the soggy north.]
This Scotch Ale pours toffee brown, producing a small, tight head that dissipates pretty quickly. That's the first clue that this is not going to be yet another hop bomb. Upon first sip, luxuriant strains of butterscotch caramel, toffee, and blackstrap molasses seem layered one atop the other leading toward a mellow alcohol finish, surprising for a brew that's almost 9%. In fact, it is the smoothness of this Scottie that really stands out.
Spicy hops and licorice lingers on the tongue until it's time for another pull. Like any strong ale, this one's a sipper, but given how smooth this one is, you have to be careful or it's gonna get on top of you. YOU KNOW WHAT YPOUR PROBLMEMMM iS?!?
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2011 23:24:49 | More by monkeylovebeer
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4.24/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle pouted into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid pours light brown and amber with light red highlights. A little lighter when held up to the light. Pretty good clarity, some slight particles floating around. Off white/cream collared head, not much in the way of lacing and it doesn't stick around too long.
Smells really good. Lots of caramelized malts, a reasonable dose of vanilla, brown sugar/butter blend, followed by an appropriate amount of spicy hops.
Taste might be a touch better than the smell. Very well malted, but not in the slightest bit a sugar bomb. Plenty of caramelized roasted malts, a nice vanilla/brown sugar blend. There's also the slightest bit of an earthy smoke flavor. Mostly herbal hops with the slightest touch of over ripe, sweet tangerine citrus.
Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied and a good carbonation level. Slightly buttery with a nice dry, spicy finish. Really drinkable, goes pretty quick, especially for a scotch ale. Nice job boys, another awesome Stone Collab.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 03:36:20 | More by AndyAvalanche
Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.