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

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 16
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-07-2011)
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Photo of SteveGNC

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber red with a nice head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Not a lot of nose to this one. Taste is defined by sweet malt characteristics. Maybe a little too sweet for my taste, but not terrible. Overall a good beer, but not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 20:48:16 | More by SteveGNC
Photo of ColdPoncho


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

A - Clear, dark ruby body, topped with a bit of tan foam. Good look, not great.

S - dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee, yeast.

T - Smooth and coffee forward, some light roastiness towards the back. Fairly light tasting beer, with understated sweetness.

M - good body, nice and full, very smooth. Not too viscous

O (D) - It's good tasting, but not really how I think of a scotch ale. Not bad, not great, a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 20:43:28 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of Daktyls


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

A: Pours a dark red/amber/coffee color with a minimal head that dissipates quickly leaving a fine lacing of bubbles around the glass, but almost nowhere else.

S: A nice high quality malt character with a bit of smokiness to it and some caramel are present immediately. I also picked up what I think is a bit of harder liquor, almost like a scotch, but it could just be the higher alcohol content of the beer. Overall, a great nose.

T: Caramel and toffee at the beginning with some mild tartness following. A bit of maltiness afterwords and light bit of cocoa. Slightly bready on the finish.

M: Medium heavy brew with a lighter amount of carbonation. Hides the high alcohol content very well.

O: Quite tasty. I noticed another reviewer mention that this would be a good session beer and I would have to agree with them. It's light enough that it could very well be a session beer, though it would catch up to you quite fast I would imagine. What with it being 8.8% ABV and all.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:57:18 | More by Daktyls
Photo of brotherloco


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Color and clarity of irish coffee in the glass, thin ring of a head.

Smelled some yeast from the bottle conditioning right after the pour, but then the aroma became pretty faint. Sweet caramel malt dominates what's there.

Taste is the expected sweet malt. Bready middle and bitter finish. Middle and finish stings a bit from the alcohol. The feel is a little thin, would like more carbonation.

I like these collaborations. Some hit, some miss, but I appreciate the effort.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:38:01 | More by brotherloco
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

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

A: Nice deep red color. A thin covering of cola colored head that retreated to the edge of the glass quickly.

S: The nose is really great on this beer. Nice sweetness with just a touch of smoke to it. Very subtle. Very bready. Lots of malt complexity.

T: Nice rich full malt taste. Little bit of bread. Touch of raisins. The smoke is super subtle as is the late hop bite. Toffee. Little caramel. I think this has quite a bit of complexity.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied. Very light carbonation.

D: Super easy drinking and a nice example of the style. A scotch ale from 3 San Diego brewers? Why not.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 00:44:48 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of JamnesCameron


3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Gordon thistle glass.

Pours a deep copper hue with a thin wisp of a light tan head. Some lacing evident.

Aromas of sweet, caramelly malt. Slightly metallic aroma. No hint of hops, as it should be.

Flavors of sweet caramel malt, hints of a graininess, light licorise, and that coppery, meltallic aroma in the flavor. Finish is medium, metallic, slow fade.

Mouthfeel is dry, astringent, metallic, not that pleasant. Big chewy malt.

Overall, not that pleasant of a wee heavy. Comes across as if the mashout was too hot and pulled some unpleasant tannins from the grain husks. Not a good showing.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:48:19 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of Retsinis


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here we go again with the latest Stone collaboration.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass

A: The beer pours a very light toned clear copper amber brown. About a half inch of head rose briefly, and quickly faded to just a ring of bubbles, leaving some lacing.

S: I get a bit of a whiskey smell, heavy sweet caramel malt, light vanilla and raw almonds.

T: Toffee on the intitial draw, followed by some carmel, raisins, and some light hops. A bit of a smoked rye bread on the backend.

M: Light, thin, lighlt carbonated.

O: Average, there are far better scotch ales out there for the price. This was a bit of a disapointment honestly, considering the breweries involved. The Stone collaboration series started off so strong with the Macademia Nut, and El Camino ones, but for me the Saison Du Buff, Session ale, and this one have been a let down.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 21:34:55 | More by Retsinis
Photo of Briant230

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer and was suprised to find how tasty and smooth it was despite the high alcohol content. I really enjoyed how it had such a clean finish which the Arrogant Bastard Ale lacks. I think this would also make a great session beer because of the light and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:52:55 | More by Briant230
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark wine-like red in body topped by off-white head that lasts. Weak aroma of brown sugar, medicinal notes, earth and spice. Great flavors of brown sugar, slight dark fruit behind thick earthy malt, slight cocoa, spicy hops and woodchips. Heavy body with thick, coating mouthfeel. A flavorful, warming beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:27:49 | More by JRed
Photo of TIAAN


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scotch Ales are not my favorite, but I thought I would give this one a try since these 3 breweries are all in my favorites list. After the pour, the head dissapeared rather quickly, but the color of the beer is what is impressive. Very dark, but with some light shining through it is brilliantly clear and bright red. Beautiful.

Aroma is mostly of malt, rich and sweet. Hints of more savory hops linger far in the background. As you taste the beer it starts out quite big, malty and a little sweet. The rest of the way was a let down for me. Too thin, one dimensional and with a short, little too sweet, finish. Glad I tried it, but I won't return. Too many other great beers to try!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 17:32:34 | More by TIAAN
Photo of OStrungT


4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:05:30 | More by OStrungT
Photo of mithrascruor


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty solid brown color, ruby-red in the light. Good foamy head doesn't have a ton of retention, but leaves bubbly clusters of foam.

Smell: Dark, malty caramel with some hints of cherries. As the beer warms some more roasted notes show up. The aroma is, however, pretty mild.

Taste: Caramel up front with a bit of tartness. Malty throughout with some definite hints of chocolate. Sweet caramel is always under the surface. Just a bit of roast bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Some dark & tart fruits at the finish, but not very strong. Not much in the way of spices. Fairly chocolaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium- to full-bodied. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: High ABV but not very apparent in the taste.

A bit too much underlying sweetness here, and a bit too much chocolate. Certainly flavorful, but not entirely in the right ways.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:37:10 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of monkeylovebeer


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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
Photo of cbutova


3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken over the weekend.

A- Dark red brown with a small white head. Not much retention and lace seems tough to come by. A decent cloud and ring.

S- Very faint Brown/Scotch ale feel. I could hardly pick up anything in the aroma here. Caramel and nutty malt.

T- A pretty nice overall flavor consisting of nutty malt which is somewhat toasty/roasted. Also contains notes of molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit and a hint of butter.

MF- High tonic-like carbonation stings the palate. Overall a moderately thick body with a slight bitterness at the end. Some warmth from the alcohol.

O- Not much going in this beer. I usually expect this style to be a rich malty beer. Somewhat like a Brown/Scotch ale hybrid that doesn't bring a lot to the table.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:17:50 | More by cbutova
Photo of benclimbs


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark and nice with a small head and a bit of lacing up the glass

smell is all caramel malts with some bready character with a little mineral notes

taste is nice for a scotch ale - I'm not usually into the style though - sweet up front, brown sugar and molasses and finishes with a nice bitter, coffee subtlety

feel is decent

pretty drinkable as well

This is a nice, but not great beer from three amazing breweries - pretty disappointing.

This is a B beer, but probably a B+ for the style, dont like scotch ales that much though.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:46:13 | More by benclimbs
Photo of dubinsky


3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Crate and Barrel snifter

A - Pours a dark brownish red color. Minimal 1/2 finger off white head forms but quickly disappears. As the head recedes, it doesn't leave behind any hints that it was there. Virtually no head retention or lacing.

S - This is mostly giving me dark stone fruits, prunes, figs and raisins. The malts are dominating here, and virtually no hop presence. The smell is fairly sweet.

T - Like the smell, i'm mostly getting dark stone fruits with a heavy malt backbone. Virtually ZERO hop presence. Some light chocolate and vanilla notes.

M - This is rather thick and creamy and smooth with medium light carbonation.

O - This was a nice beer and the first that i have ever tried in this style. Its personally not my thing, but i think its a rather tasty beer.T

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:25:22 | More by dubinsky
Photo of feylure


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love two of these three breweries. The Pizza Port Carlsbad is one I've never had a beer from.

Appearance is a lovely, dark amber.

Smell is alright. I smell bits of alcohol and sweet malts.

Taste is quite nice. Deep caramel, malty and slight smokey notes with a small amount of carbonation. All around this is a full bodied brew with a slightly dry finish.

This is one I definitely like. I'll have to go back and buy another seeing as it's a single batch beer!


Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 19:46:47 | More by feylure
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

alright so its upstairs at barleys and i decided to go check it out. split the pint with calton and glad i did as this was simply not good.

the pour had me fooled as the deep and dark brown looked very nice to me, with its light and compact head, but looks can be decieving as was the case here. aroma was all over. some off dark fruits that were misplaced as were some caramel malts that were no where near strong enough. flavor was wrong, with plums dominating a wet hay and mud like flavor that i just simply coul not take. had a touch of tartness to it in the finish with a healthy dose of grass and a dry finish.

overall i am not sure what was supposed to happen here but it did not work. i would not be going back for this in anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 04:13:13 | More by mikesgroove
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color but not a lot of head. Head actually appears when you swirl it. But once you do it has some nice lacing. But if you don't swirl it then there is not much happening.

S- Hops and caramel with a hint of sweet vanilla.

T- Light hops but strong on the caramel. Chocolate notes, Sweet with a little bitter on the end.

M- Thin and smooth with almost not carbonation feel. Kind of has the texture of a flat soda.

O- Personally I think this was a great beer. Disappeared really quick. Wish I had another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:32:06 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of Thorpe429


3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Pete for sharing this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a crimson-copper color with good spotty lacing. The nose has some slight caramel and toffee along with a bit of dark fruit. The flavor has some brown sugar and molasses along with a moderate dose of caramel. The flavor is just okay, and the feel doesn't help--it's way too thin-bodied and a bit too dry. The body is really, really lacking. Disappointing. Some booze in there as well. Not near the level I would expect from the breweries involved.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:23:13 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of moderate caramel sweetness from the malts and an underlying peat smell, like many good Scotches. There is some burnt brown sugar present here as well as some dark fruit.
The taste follows the nose for the most part. It begins like a strong brown ale with sweet breadiness and a very subtle caramel taste. The finish is all scotch ale however, with dark fruits/figs and the a-typical peat smoke malt. The beer is almost overwhelmingly malty and the burnt brown sugar taste is almost over the top and makes this borderline cloyingly sweet.
The mouthfeel is really full with a strong body, carbonation is quite low, which is good for the style, but this malt bomb could use a little more to help the balance.
Overall a decent example of a scotch ale but over-hyped and over-rated because of the breweries who collaborated on this. A hefty price tag as well makes this a one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 15:13:16 | More by claspada
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a half finger of foam that fizzles away quickly. No real lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark malts, raisin, plum.

First sip is... whoa malty! These brewers assault you with malt the way you would expect them to with hops. This feels even maltier than Old Chub - there is a ton of residual sweetness left in this beer. For a Scotch Ale, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I taste tons of crystal malt that disguises the alcohol very well. I can't believe this beer is pushing 9%. It is also nice that it is sold in a 12oz bottle... not sure I'd want a whole bomber of this in one sitting.

Overall, excellent Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 00:38:37 | More by FickleBeast
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3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle purchased on 3/18/2011. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Relatively hard pour reveals a head which disappears quickly leaving practically nothing. Barely carbonated.

Tastes of light brown sugar and dark fruits. Malty and a bit boozy. Faint hop and smoke in the finish. Much more malt than hop. Sweet.

Heavy smooth mouthfeel with no carbonation. Lingering sweet coating stayed in my mouth for a while.

Overall I think it is too sugary to the point of being one-dimensional. Unbalanced and uneventful. I felt like I had just taken a spoonful of molasses when I was done. Heavy and hard to swallow. Not the best representation of the Scotch Ale style, but maybe they weren't going for that. At any rate, not my favorite scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 15:11:10 | More by jongullotti
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours with 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Very little lacing. Dark caramel color with a touch of amber. Highly carbonated.

S - Aroma is sweet, peppery, and figgy

T - Malt is dominant. Quite a bit of sweetness, which then turns into a bitterness which I at first perceived was from the hops but perhaps more from alcohol. Sort of a mix between the two. Quite tasty IMO.

M - Medium to heavy bodied. Dry finish.

O - For me a very drinkable beer even at 8.8%. Very little alcohol in the nose or the palate for that ABV. I tend to enjoy malty beers such as this style, so I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:47:40 | More by dmbsteve
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A collaboration involving Stone and Green Flash!? I'm in! No disrespect to Pizza Port. I'm from the East Coast and have not had the pleasure of visiting San Diego so I am unfamiliar with your establishment.

Ruddy brown that you'd be able to see through if it weren't this dark. A thin head that quickly disappears leaving behind not much of anything. No lacing.

Moderate sweetness in the nose from the malts and a smoky peat smell, like many good Scotches. Alcohol is present here as well as caramel and dark fruit.

The taste is very similar to the smell with more caramel and dark fruits (prunes) and a finish that dries out before leaving entirely. The malts certainly dominate and I originally mistook the alcohol bite for a touch of hop bitterness. Now that I've nailed it down it is quite noticeable.

This has got a nice mouthfeel...medium, bordering on full. The alcohol warmth is welcome and compliments the maltiness nicely.

A multi-dimensional beer that would definitely put off many who are not used to the style. If all you drink are lagers, stouts or IPAs, this one will throw you. Barleywine drinkers will appreciate it though.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 02:42:37 | More by Naugros
Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.