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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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Ratings: 581 |  Reviews: 328
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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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2.3/5  rDev -40.1%
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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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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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3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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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3.88/5  rDev +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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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 vfgccp
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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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3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing
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