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

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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
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 Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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...

03-04-2011 03:27:53 | More by Billolick
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

My wife picked this up for me a few days ago.

Appearance- dark brown color, very thin head, dissipated pretty quickly

Smell- malt and caramel

Taste- malt and caramel

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was very good. I would love to have this again.

03-04-2011 02:43:32 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big malty quality to the aroma, along with some caramel.

T: Tasted mainly of malt, but there was some caramel, a breadiness, along with a tinge hops. There was something slightly different about the flavor that couldn't quite put my finger on. Still, pretty tasty.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a Scotch Ale that simultaneously falls right in line with the style, and somehow moves away from it. Nonetheless, a drinkable beer.

03-03-2011 14:15:05 | More by avalon07
Photo of hickmancase


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Growler fill from the brewery.

A: Translucent dark brown.

S: Fruity?

T: Sweet scottish ale. Delicious. Doesn't taste like purple drink like so many other Scottish ales. Like a fine whiskey. Flavor isn't quite as strong as I would like it to be.

M: Smooth. Not syrupy, but smooth. I'm uncertain about how the carbonation feels because it took me several days to finish the growler.

D: Good one to kick back a few. Probably couldn't do more than two or three though, because of the sweetness. Would be great to drink with some food. Don't get me wrong though, the sweetness is just right for the style.


03-03-2011 05:19:53 | More by hickmancase
Photo of Bierguy5


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz bottle, 8.8% abv. Slightly hazy, chestnut color. Beige fizzy head disappears almost immediately, leaving no traces of lace.

Toffee and caramel up front. Earthy, slightly smoky. Slight hint of candied fruit.

Lots of malt in this one. Toffee, without being too sweet. A slightly smoky, peat-like feel. Butterscotch comes out as it warms. Earthy hops balance things well at the end.

Medium body, maybe a bit thin, with adequate carbonation. Some warming from alcohol is felt after a minute. A pretty nice sipper.

03-03-2011 01:46:34 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a mahogany/ruby color with hints of amber. Head is minimal even with a relatively aggressive pour.

Smells of sweet, dark fruit, raisins, and figs, with a healthy helping of brown sugar. Farily malty and yeasty, with a small hint of sour underneath. Curious to see how this tastes.

Big malt, sweet, dark fruit - plums, raisins, and currants - and plenty of sweet, with only a hint of bitter to finish. Mild alcohol taste, but without any peaty, scotch flovor. Rather smooth, almost polished, this is a pretty easy scotch ale to drink.

Medium to full bodied, the mild alcohol still leaves the belly warm.

Fairly drinkable, I find this to be too "dumbed" down of a scotch ale. The flavor just isn't big enough for a good wee heavy, and the "scotch" of this scotch ale is almost non-existent. Still, the flavor is inoffensive,if not pleasant.

03-01-2011 01:48:21 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of ne0m00re


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

02/24/11- Had this one on-tap at Bodega.
A: Deep red-brown, dark cream collar and film with lacing.
S: Very slight toasted marshmallows, smoke, but very faint. I almost couldn't smell a thing.
T: Cheesecake with crust, toffee, slight diacetyl, nice well-rounded acidity (very slight), good toasted bread. This tastes great but why didn't I smell any of it?
M: Thicker, with a good carbonation.
D: Good.

02-28-2011 18:29:58 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of beagle75


3.8/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light brown color with scattered off-white foam residue that soon dissipates. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Slightly spirituous with brown sugar, charred wood, dark fruit, vanilla, masa, and teriyaki sauce.

T: Begins off-dry, with roasted malt and balanced acidity that are joined by juicy dark fruit and brown sugar after a few beats. The middle is drier and more grainy, with occasional whiffs of chocolate and formaldehyde that shock the palate but disappear quickly. The finish displays low bitterness, with some apple and pear qualities that do not linger. While no alcohol is explicitly detected, it may have contributed to some of the more complex (and unappealing) qualities found here.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Interesting and satisfying--the palate does not hunger for hops while in the presence of this complex and approachable scotch ale. With a smell that displays dizzying depth, the flavors are more predictable, even simplistic--although never unappealing--by comparison. Like most of the Stone collaborations, it might not re-define the style, but it may be missed after it's gone.

02-28-2011 16:23:06 | More by beagle75
Photo of flannelman808


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Its a sexy petrified wood/deep amber orange colored beer. Lightly tan colored head with ok retention. The lacing is ok as well perhaps a bit more notable than the head retention.

S: Interesting nose! pumpernickel rye toast, with the Rye overtaking the pumpernickel. I feel like this is so much in the bouquet that I can literally taste Rye through smell alone.

T: Smoothing caramel and toffee notes followed with a rye malty (must have used a fair amount in the mash) bitterness. There is a light almost citric zip going on too I would assume to attribute to the hopping. All and all pretty good. Though I will say that this comes off surprisingly mellow and thus is a bit underwhelming. It has a watered down sort of quality which I usually associate with new or poor brewers.

M: watery for the style

D: medium- high

02-28-2011 04:43:03 | More by flannelman808
Photo of Beejay


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Deep amber, full of deep crimson tones. A nice light tan head on top. Looks lovely.

S: A nice burnt caramel scent, with a bit of earthiness and grain mixed it.

T: Beautiful roasted flavor with a touch of toffee and a hint of espresso. Bready, with lots of burnt caramel. Perhaps just a touch of pine in there..

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation seems a touch high. It coats the mouth fairly well, and leaves a slight slickness.

D: Nice and tasty. Very good overall, but not amazing.

02-28-2011 03:10:14 | More by Beejay
Photo of oldsailor


4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

I'm a huge fan of the Stone Brewing Co and have been lucky enough to be able to visit them a couple times this year. Went for lunch and to fill my growlers this Saturday and was pleased to see the Highway 78 Scotch Ale was available, so I filled my 2L growler with it. I'm not quite a sophisticated beer reviewer yet, but what I can say is the following:

A: Dark amber body with tan head. Surprisingly the head wasn't as big as I'd thought it would be.

S: Toasted malts, seemed like a typical amber beer smell to me.

T: I thought this beer was delicious. It has a good late winter feel to it and I could say I probably wouldn't prefer it during the hot summer months, but right now it's perfect.

M: Very smooth, very nice to drink.

D: Again, for me it's got a winter beer feel so right now it's very drinkable but in hot months I think I'd prefer something lighter/more refreshing.

Overall I thought this was a very successful collaboration and I'm glad I was able to have it.

02-28-2011 01:56:08 | More by oldsailor
Photo of degerbah


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

02-28-2011 01:44:21 | More by degerbah
Photo of hosehead83


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass.
Deep amber/ruby in color, with a two-inch tan head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt
Taste-Caramel, toffee, sweet toasted malt, a faint wisp of smokiness. Pretty smooth, creamy, rich and full of character. A fine, solid, interpretation of the style.

02-27-2011 16:32:39 | More by hosehead83
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a large snifter. 400th review! Woooo!

A: The beer is a dark rusty brown color that you can see through if you try hard enough. Head was tan, 1 finger, and had ok/poor retention.

S: Toasted and biscuit malt dominate here, but there is a balancing slightly fruity sweetness as well.

T: Heavily malty up front with loads of buttery and caramel flavor. Finishes earthy with a lot of butterscotch character and toasted note all the way through.

This is a big malt bomb, but also a great collab. and very unexpected from these 3 brewers to put out a malt-centric beer. Just goes to show that expectations need to be broken in the world of beer, and when they are the most amazing flavors result...

02-27-2011 06:37:47 | More by BucBasil
Photo of The3rdbeer


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

I love the collaborations series, as the bottle states it was not what I expected coming from my favorite San Diego brewers poured into my Bruery tulip.

A- Lovely dark amber color, slightly translucent poured innitialy with 2 fingers of head which quickly dispersed leaving a little lacing around the outside of the glass.

S- Maybe a little brown sugar, or molasses but mostly all I smell is malt

T- Made me say "Oooohhh" after I tasted it for the first time, really nice carbonation rolls over the tongue, the flavors present I really have a hard time pining down, *takes few sips, its almost wine like, malty, a little fruit in the background, slight oak flavor, very nice, brown sugar or almost burnt molasses in there too, I can taste the booze but it is no where near over bearing.

M: after the flavor, quickly comes the dry finish, so much so that my tongue is parched, mouth feel is nothing special and I would of liked it a little more viscous

D: Amazing the flavors and the look make up for the smell and mouth feel to make a really great collaboration for the right price of 2.99 for 8.8% ABV it really is a bargain, I will be cellaring some and getting more to drink now.

**I had no idea I reviewed this on tap at stone for their winter storm series, oddly I like it better in the bottle, maybe I was Jaded**

02-27-2011 06:16:14 | More by The3rdbeer
Photo of bohemiandonut


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Three of the best IPA makers in San Diego County get together to make a... Scotch Ale? OMG I'm so confuse!

Eh... not really, but the little blurb suggesting as much is cute on the bottle. In reality, I know these three for much more than their hops.

This pours divinely. A cloud of head nestles down atop a bright mahogany body of brew. The aroma is all over the place, in a very good way. Well-meshed booze within a forest of roasty malts lets you smell what you would like. It's all there. Coffee, toffee, berried wine, a subtle hint of oak.

Taste is superb. Perfectly blended malts and hops, backed up by killer mouthfeel. This is smoother than most stouts.

The highlight of this beer is in its balance, which makes it hard to write about. But damn, right out of the bottle and it tastes like straight up cask ale. Amazing job these fine young men do. Get some.

02-27-2011 04:40:57 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of Keffa


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Purchased at The Bottle and Barrel at North Market, Columbus, OH.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with nice amber/red highlights, small tannish head settles into a ring, leaves some lacing, but it disappears quickly. Legs on the glass allow you to peak into the ABV on this one.

S: Caramel malt, smoke, fresh bread, and a small hint of alcohol.

T: Nice caramel sweetness, wood/earthy hop, a little smoke, and a nice warming alcohol. A little bit of dark fruit towards the background.

M: Heavy body, low carbonation, and very sticky, coats the mouth.

D: Not bad for the style. Nice flavors, but the alcohol really keeps this one from being put away with gusto.

Overall, a nice sipper. Good flavor, but I think that the aroma and the flavor could have been tweaked a little, like they made the recipe and just settled on it. This one wasn't quite as good as it should have been, given the 3 breweries involved. Still good.

02-27-2011 04:39:56 | More by Keffa
Photo of LiquidCucumber


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A - Deep caramel with tones of red. Pours with a huge foamy head that takes on a slight hue of rust from the liquid beneath.

S - Chalky, yet sweet malts. Some scents reminiscent of figs and other dark fruits.

T - Lots of caramelly malts that slip and slide all over the tongue, but really not much else. Maybe some bread, and I get a little of that fruit from the nose, but this one isn't really wowing me like the lineup that made this brew did.

M - Too light for a Scotch, the abv is right on but this stuff is way thinner than expected.

D - I could drink plenty of this, but it's not as fantastic as the lineup of brewers would suggest. Also, too expensive at $4 a 12oz bottle...

02-27-2011 04:09:50 | More by LiquidCucumber
Photo of radioscooter


3.08/5  rDev -19.8%

Not a Stone fan - so sue me.

But I am a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy fan so here we go.

Caramely - root beer appearance with a fair head. Nice froth pattern. Good lacing.

Aroma is oddly vinegary. Not sure why or if it's some bad gunk under the lid.

Taste - yeah, malty, boozy, a little phenols creeping in. Not what I'd expect from Stone or from Port - in a bad way, not a good way. This collaboration should have yielded something better. Butterscotchy light dried fruits, sweet but quick finish. Malty but no balls to back it up.

It's like they tried to clone Wet Willy badly. Note to all breweries - fins a better example of the style to clone. Try McEwans or Belhaven or Traquair House.

Not the worst. And it's growing on me. But def. not something to seek out. Imagine Wet Willy with a little phenolic nastiness.

02-25-2011 23:38:58 | More by radioscooter
Photo of ArrogantB


3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

This was probably one of my least favorite Stone collaborations, I usually enjoy them. Dark brown color and not much head. Smells like a scotch ale at first, peaty and malty and then a blast of alcohol that I did not enjoy in the least. The flavor was malty and decent but nothing special at all. I'd take an Oskar Blues Old Chub over this beer every single time.

02-25-2011 23:18:18 | More by ArrogantB
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West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown, not much of a head, some lacing

Smell - malts, scottch whiskey, tons of carmeal

Taste - Pretty mild malts start this off. Rather smooth and mild, nothing to extreme. Alcohol and hops are masked very well. Some rye and yeast pop out but not much else. I expected a flavor burst out of this beer.

MOuthfeel - Rather thin and malt heavy, but still not that strong. Mouth recovers fast, pallete is ok and mouth is ready to move on.

Drinkability - Hard to believe its near 9% alcohol. Its a rather simple scotch ale that i did enjoy, but really expected more. Add some hops and spices and let this become a flavor monster. Worth trying but not as good as it should be.

02-25-2011 06:53:30 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

02-25-2011 04:49:11 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of charlzm


2.9/5  rDev -24.5%

Consumed February 24th, 2011 in a standard pint glass.

Beer is a very clear deep brown with a maroon tint. Almost no head just a minute after the pour; just a clingy little crown providing some sheeting.

Aroma is caramel malts and sweet fruit (plums, perhaps?). A touch of butterscotch?

Flavor is more bitter than usual for a scotch ale. Caramel malts and juicy melanoidins up front, followed by a significant bitterness with a citric edge. Not very complex and too hop-heavy for my palate.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and slick with a little hint of carbonation tingle.

Overall, I can't get behind this beer because of the hop character. I'm going to age one and see if the hops fade and produce something more interesting.

02-25-2011 04:29:37 | More by charlzm
Photo of SpdKilz


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance - Pours into my Bruery Tulip with a off red color and about two fingers of dense tan head. This dissipates at a moderate pace leaving little lacing.

Smell - Heavy sweet malts, vanilla, caramel, and some nuttiness. Slight cherry. Not a crazy nose.

Taste - Immediate toffee up front with dark fruits - not so much cherry as raisin. Brown sugar, slight smokiness, and roasted malts. Somewhat like the nose, not crazy (kind of one dimensional overall).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Relatively so for the ABV. Glad I tried it, won't buy it again.

02-25-2011 04:19:30 | More by SpdKilz
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Voice Noted

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Blood red, opaque, off white and a bit of plum coloring head, no head and a bit of lacing

S - Malty, toasted, cherry, vanilla, tobacco, oak, almost wine like, alcohol is very present, a bit of chardonnay. Sweet with a fluffy toasted backbone and a bit of cherry grape hop and a floral note. Bitterness may stem from peat

M - Bubbly, carbonated, puckers the mouth and very sticky

D - If you like a big alcohol scotch ales, this is the one for you.

Final Thought - Get this beer while you can, $2.99 is so worth it

02-24-2011 04:38:46 | More by whatthehull
Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.