Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale | Stone Brewing

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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch AleGreen Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 02-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear mahogany in color and has a thin ring of bubbles on the surface lining the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramelized malts and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste has a slight to moderate amount of malty sweetness and is dominated by caramel flavors. There are some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, California and served into a Disney Scotch Ale thistle glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Cost was $3.19 plus tax.

Stone Collaborations 2011 series, brewed with Pizza Port (Carlsbad) and Green Flash. Brew date is December 17th, 2010 according to the label.

Expectations are average; I like Port brewing and Stone (though I'm always wary of their arrogant douchey gimmicks), but Green Flash isn't particularly special.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Bottle recommends a cellar aging temperature of 55 F/13 C or below.

A: Pours a half finger head, quite thin, without much cream at all, and of bad (~12 second) retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark caramel-amber. It an't much to look at, but it's beer. Nothing unique or special. No floating yeast particles. Mundane compared to other beers in the style.

Sm: Malts - some caramelized, some darker, some lighter, a little biscuity. Grain. Indistinct caramel-esque notes. That's about it. A simple, weak, unappealing, mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malts are dominant. Hints of tea. Some brighter malts. Overwhelming sugars (some brown, others questionable) in the third act. No cream, yeast, or alcohol comes through. Simply, blandly built. Badly balanced. Dull and boring. There's little to say about it. Not at all complex or subtle. Meh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Undercarbonated. The thickness is off, but not too far in either extreme. Doesn't complements the flavours really at all. Poorly executed.

Dr: A boring bland Scotch Ale if I ever had one. Though it hides its ABV well, it's simply low quality. The label mentions something about "Why would these three breweries known for their hoppy beers brew a Scotch Ale?" Great question. Another bad collaboration beer wherein Stone is involved.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar with some toffee notes. Taste is quite sweet with lots of caramelized sugar and light toffee notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and some apparent alcohol. Not bad but a tad too sweet for my taste with some alcohol noticeable and lacking the peat notes that I usually associate with the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of earthy notes and a touch of tobacco. It was really a good combo.

T - It tasted very malty with some subtle earthy flavors. A touch of spiciness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This was an interesting Scotch Ale. Another nice collaboration from Stone and their friends.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter. Pours slightly hazy dark red color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of dark fruits, brown sugar sugar, spices, caramel, and some light bourbon. Taste of caramel, dark fruits, molasses, toasted malt and some bourbon. Almost no bitterness noticed on the finish. Fairly dry finish, but there is some lingering tastes on the finish of caramel, roasted flavors, and light bourbon. No alcohol really noticed at all except for a light warming on the finish, plus the bourbon flavor. Very smooth for its alcohol content and has well balanced flavors as well. Has a medium-full body and medium carbonation. Overall some impressive stuff, definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy head that fades to almost nothing quickly, over semi clear rosy slight maroon color.

Nose is malts, a bit of a roasty malt, some reddish malts, molasses, toffee, some earthy like malt aromas, and a light herbal earthy hop.

Taste earthy, earthy malts, light roast and darker malt flavors, some reddish and toasty malts, molasses, toffee, candy flavors, semi sweet, chewy malts, plenty of crystal malts, and some earthy slight herbal hop flavors, with a little bitterness. The finish gets a bit drier but still a little sweet, some light mineral qualities, dark slight syrupy malts, light bitterness.

Mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied, lower but decent enough carbonation.

Overall decent, nothing special but good nonetheless. It might even age a bit. THe booze seems to be hidden well, slight syrupy malts and very light herbal earthy hops, perhaps a bit heavier hop character would have been nice too, coming from Stone, but this is more true to character.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a thistle glass.

Pours a deep brilliant ruby, with a ½ finger of smooth light mocha colored head. This retains with some fairly gentle looking foamy ringing around the sides of the glass that leaves back a very smallish smattering of lace. Eventually this pretty much goes dead about half way through the glass. The aroma smells of dark cherries, toffee, and some lighter chocolate notes. Any roasted aspects seem fairly subdued here in the nose, while the alcohol adds a touch of warm spiciness to this.

The taste has a lot of dark fruit going on with it, which is set against notes of sweet caramel and maybe be a touch of light cocoa. Things get a bit more dark and roasty feeling along the back, while like the nose, the ABV is extra some extra sweetness and spice to this. The finish is dry and slightly toasted feeling. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth creaminess that then encapsulates more of a firm prickly feel on the tongue. The beefy alcohol presence here does start to wear on the palate after a while.

I didn’t care for this Stone collaboration a whole lot. This just had a bunch of sweetness and moderate roasted character to it, without any of the gentle smokiness that I would normally look for in the style. I was expecting a bit more complexity and an overall more inspired effort that what I found here. Especially from the breweries involved.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head, that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, brown sugar, some fruit and a touch of hops, but there’s a note of metallicness that throws things off somewhat.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and fruit, with a touch of smokiness in the background. There’s a decent hops presence for the style that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would drink before this one.

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Photo of billab914
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a caramel brown color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass. The head settled down after a minute or so and left just a trace of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a pretty big malty profile to it. I get caramel and toffee to it along with some fruity, sweet flavors. I get a bit of alcohol coming through with the dark fruit flavor as well.

The taste shows a lot of nice malty flavors to it. I get some sweeter, caramel like flavors to it up front, while some toffee starts to come through shortly after. Towards the finish I start to get some dark fruit, fig or plum like flavors. Pretty good flavor overall.

The mouthfeel was on the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a pretty nice beer. It had some very good malty flavors to it, and managed to not be too sweet. An easy drinking and very flavorful beer, and a pretty good version of the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-brown color and crystal clear. Decent head with some lasting time. Relatively moderate spotty lace.

Excellent brown sugar and dark caramel aromas. I also not alcohol and some balancing hop (very mild as the style would suggest). Attractive and inviting.

Pleasantly sweet with a rich body. Superbly balanced like the smell suggests. There's a hop spice in the swallow, but still this is a story of deeply caramel malted beer. Plenty of alcohol warmth. Frankly, this is one of the better Scotch ales IMHO.

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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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Durty Nellie's.

It seems like forever since my last Stone collaboration brew. This one pours a clear dark garnet topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises toffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, and buttery biscuits. The taste holds notes of toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, oak, very light smoke, fig, dark greens, orange peel, and black grapes. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thick, almost lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very enjoyable scotch ale, one I hope to sample again in the near future.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep ruby caramel. Low head with about par retention.

S - Light vanilla, apple, caramel, and cinnamon with a malty backdrop.

T - Big malt. Pumpernickel bread. Warm booze. Hazelnut. Tart blackberry, cinnamon, and oak. Earthy on the backend with some herby basil notes.

M - Med-light body with a sweet finish.

D - Big flavors, but well balanced.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-copper coloring with a thin, foamy, yellowish head that quickly dissipates into a ring of film. Aromas are mild, but there is definitely some roasted qualities to the caramel and scotch aromas. Woody highlights, as well. Flavors are rich and super malty. Officially a malt bomb on my hands here. Roasty, there are nutty and caramel sweet flavors blended throughout, with a rich and slightly boozey undertone that keeps the palate clean and light. Amazingly, this beer avoids cloying throughout the experience. The aftertaste is light, which is impressive, leaving only a slight nutty and earthy blending on the tongue. Smooth, slick finish. This beer is very well put together and ridiculously easy to drink. Well done for a trio of hopcentric breweries.

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Photo of Duff27
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown with an initial one inch off white head. Below average lacing and head retention.

S-Smells of sweet caramel malts. Some spice notes.

T- Sweetness through and through, hop not present. Well hidden booze. Finishes almost like an apple juice would.

M- Medium to medium-light mouthfeel, low carbonation.

D/O- with the alcohol so well hidden, one could drink a few of these before they knew what had hit them. Above average example of the style from the collabrative breweries. Reccmmended for fans of the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter because I can't find my Stone glass, or am too lazy to look.

Beer is brown and hazy with a thin off white / tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, some lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is really sweet, way way way sweet. Like sugar water with caramel.

Beer is medium in body, there is a hint of peat in there but mostly caramel and sweetness. Finish is nice but overall just an OK example. I love Stone but I won't be having this one again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a ruby orange amber. Thin head and some lacing. Caramel malt and light fruit aroma, nice. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, bready malts, some dark and light fruit, a hint of chocolate. This tastes as if it has already aged for a year or two, very mellow and well integrated. Medium bodied, almost creamy. A very nice, mellow scotch ale.

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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing
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