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

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578 Ratings
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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 18
Gots: 64 | 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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 578 | Reviews: 328
Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of radioscooter
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

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 charlzm
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of whatthehull
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

Appearance - Reddish- brown color with fair light brown head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell I get a faint toffee-like aroma, which some raisins.

Taste - Toffee/raisin notes with a fairly dry finish.

Mouth-feel -Fairly light body with light carbonation.

Drink-ability - Good.

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

On-tap at Tustin

A: This one pours a dark amber color with a creamy color tan head.

S: There is a really mild nose to this beer. The usual Scotch ale aromas of caramel and toasted malts, with a touch of nuttiness. Some dark fruits (mostly cherry and plum), and a mild toffee character.

T: Sweet toffee and dark fruits--in this case it's cherry and raisin--with a bit of alcohol flavor. A nice breadiness and a very light/minimal bitterness. A very faint peat flavor is noticeable at certain points of the drinking experience.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer by any sense, but just really uninteresting and bland. Too bad because Pizza Port has a great Scotch Ale in Way Heavy.

Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lovely clear maroon with about two fingers of beige head that quickly recedes into a thin cap with little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and crystal malts up front followed by sweet, dark fruits like plums and grapes. There's also an aroma that reminds me of rock candy or other hard candies. Very light hop and yeast aroma on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are a lot of sweet fruits and candies going on in the taste. However, it is not cloying at all. The finish has a slight alcohol burn along with some yeasty bread flavors and light bitterness from the hops.

M: Medium-heavy body with light carbonation. The sweetness doesn't linger around thankfully. Slightly watery, though.

D: With the sweetness being held in check and the alcohol well hidden, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Goes down smoothly.

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having had this on tap at the Stone Winter Storm, I was curious to see how it'd do in bottle form. Here we go...

Poured into my Sierra Nevada pint glass, the pour is quick and very carbonated. What head there is settles quickly. The color is absolutely gorgeous: black copper. It looks almost like coke. The smell is thick with caramel malts and brown sugar. The taste? Spot on with the nose. There are no traces of hop bitterness in this...it's very malty but not overwhelmingly so. It's pleasant. The head dies away instantly. Considering this is almost 9%, the alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is decent. The high carbonation makes it almost more like drinking a soda.

I think I like this better on tap. It's certainly not the best scotch ale I've had, nor is it the best Stone collaboration beer, but it is a good beer that is definitely worth trying

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 djaeon
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.
$2.99 from Holiday Wine Cellar.

A: Pours a dark red/amber color with little head. No retention or lacing.

S: This one doesn't seem to have a lot of aromatics. Just a light maltiness.

T: Tastes of roasted malts & caramel. The alcohol is also evident.

M: Has a lightly carbonated mouthfeel, and leaves a light bitterness behind.

D: This is fairly drinkable. It tastes better than other scotch ales I've had.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark amber color with a nice tan head

S: Sweet, caramel, some smoked but pretty tame

T: Toffee, caramel, bread, smokiness. Hints of cocoa, pretty basic for the style. I personally lke to have a nig peat influence

M: Nice body, booze and feel to it

D: Easy drinking Scotch Ale

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up today at Bruery Provisions.

Pours a deep deep brown. Slight head dissipated to nothing. No lacing as well

Aroma is of roast, toffee, caramel. Little bit of coffee. Smells ok. Not amazing.

Taste is pretty good. Toffee and caramel with a little bit of roast. Smooth and you wouldn't think it was 8%. They hid the booz well. Only slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is actually sort of dry for all the flavors. Nice carb for the style

Overall it's tasty but nothing amazing. Solid beer. Try it. If it was on tap at the local brewpub I would drink it more often but this is a beer made by awesome breweries and I think they could have done better.

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

260th review on BA
Bottle to pint

App- a nice dark copper orange. A Pleasant one finger head. Quickly receded.

Smell- Three main smells: malt, hops and caramel

Taste- Big malt flavor that was refined to not include a ton of hops.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carbonation level. Lent towards a caramel feel.

Drink- A nice collaboration. Solid all the way around

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells like brown sugar, caramel, dark bread and some dark fruit. Nice, malty aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some smoked malt, coffee and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy enough. I think it's a solid brew.

Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A collaboration ale of Green Flash, Stone and Pizza Port.

Pours crystal dark copper brown with nice red tones and a light tan head.

Nose is a light plumed coffee and not very assertive, even at room temperature. The only place you "see" alcohol that's observable is the sweet character of the alcohol in the nose. Otherwise, it's pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and mouthfilling; almost velvety in the mouth with really nice balance. You can't feel or taste the high alcohol on this one.

A rich "amber/brown" flavor. Nutty coffee, walnut tones and some creamed coffee flavors. Nice medium coffee bitter mid and end palate to creamed coffee bitter finish.

A very approachable and drinkable ale. The high alcohol is well hidden and the flavor profile should be great with most foods.

Photo of tanarm
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice creamy off white head. Clarity is excellent, reddish color.

Very malty aroma, a bit of roast in there... but the toffee, that's what really comes through. A bit of butter and toffee. Burnt caramel. A little roasted veg aroma detracts.

Low carbonation lends to a nice creamy mouthfeel. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. A little fruity, a touch of roast, kind of like an Irish Red on overdrive. Sweet caramelly backbone.

Very enjoyable, even better as it warms. I love the camaraderie in the San Diego brewing scene. Stay beery, San Diego.

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

Clear brown colored ale with a small light brown to tan colored head.

Smell is malty with a nice amount of smoke; this one doesn't over do it. Some patent malt sourness and ethanol fumes carry the smell of coffee. Slight amount of caramel and vanilla but it is really subtle.

Taste starts out semi-sweet and malty. Sweet malt, smoke and a slight vinous quality like lightly ground coffee. Taste isn't all that complex though.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Not a great example of the style but it is passable.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a somewhat hazy auburn with a soft frothy white head, solid lace.

S: Didn't get a ton. Hint of sweet malt, some fruit, but it's faint though it's a good smell.

T: Lots of sweet malt, butterum, caramel, hint of orange. Good flavour, not overhopped which I liked. Well done in this style for America.

M: Very smooth, soft carbonation, silk, real easy feel, possibly the best part of the beer.

D: The 78 is the corridor to some to the best breweries in San Diego County so I like that they made an homage to it. Solid beer overall, nowhere near Alesmith Wee Heavy in the same county, but something to check out if you're a fan of the style.

Photo of AwYeh
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Thanks to Jesse13713 for this one!

A: Pours a clear but very dark crimson-brown with a finger of dense, off-white head with good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Complex malt aroma going on here: dark fruits, though less than might be expected from a wee heavy (to my personal enjoyment), lots of toffee, a bit of tartness, and a good deal of coffee.

T: Opens with a bit of tanginess, which gives way to a powerful dark fruit (figgy, plummy) sweetness. A bit of coffee and toffee flavors can be picked up behind those two, along with a newly introduced vanilla.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly syrupy, sweet, very vanilla-y finish.

D: An enjoyable beer, if it wasn't for the price and limited availability this could be my go to Wee Heavy behind Skullsplitter.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was excited to see this new collaboration offering at my local beer store.

Appearance - You can immediately tell from pouring that this beer has exceptional carbonation. It also has phenomenal lacing capabilities that don't want to let go of the glass. There isn't much head, but I was overall impressed with the way that this beer poured. It pours a medium-brown tone.

Smell - Definitely smells like a scotch ale. Hints of plum and dark berries. A very tart ale smell. Smells similar to Skullsplitter and other Wee Heavies. Smells slightly of coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Absolutely phenomenal. I'm overwhelmed with a variety of flavors here. Chocolate fruits quickly follow up the initial coffee taste. A very faint bourbon sting lingers in the background as plums fight their way into the taste towards the finish. A consistent tang at the end. A slight Merlot is mixed in there as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - These three breweries have come together to make a truly delicious Scotch Ale. This is by far one of the best Wee Heavy's that I have ever had. I got this beer the first day it was available in stores; and you could tell that it was very crisp and fresh. Drinkability is concise. I could drink this slowly all night long. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and fruity as well.

Photo of Wildman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark clear amber and formed a light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, chocolate, plums, and coffee. The flavor was of malt, cocoa and coffee. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet. I look forward to Stone combination but not one of their better ones.

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