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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch AleGreen Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale
581 Ratings
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 billab914
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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Photo of Axic10
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish red with a half finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt, caramel, some smoke, bready malt, slight hint of the alcohol

Taste: Bready and caramel malt, subtle dark fruits, some toffee. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: A little thin bodied for my tastes, but very smooth.

Overall: Definitely one of the better Scotch Ales I've had. Will probably have to go get some more.

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

Pours a nice one and a half finger head, the head is tan in color. The body is see through, but just barely, it is a dark dark red, maybe even brown color. The head looks really nice and creamy, but it isn't hanging in there too well. Overall it looks pretty good, not amazing though. Very big malt smell on this beer, kinda impressive though, the amount of malts that is. There might be a tiny tiny hop smell in the distance there, but it's almost undetectable. There is a molasses like, maybe even maple syrup smell to it. It doesn't smell too amazing, but it does have some yummy characteristics on the nose. WHOA! Flavor just hits you like no other, wayyyy more flavors than I was detecting on the nose. Yeah there is for sure a maple syrup/molasses taste to this, and it's blended very nicely with that HUGE malt flavor that just hits you right up front. You can also taste the alcohol which is a little unfortunate for it only being 8.8%, but at the same time it really isn't offensive at all. There is a nice woody flavor to it perhaps, maybe oak barrels? I dunno, I'm not the best with identifying what it's been aged in. There is a small small hop note in this beer but it's covered up by the alcohol. Overall, there are a lot of nice flavors in this beer, the alcohol flavor does kill it in some areas, but it's still pretty complex and for sure tasty. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the big flavor backs it up pretty well and makes it feel better than it really is. Drinkability isn't too high, because of the big alcohol flavor, but I'm more than willing to sacrifice that in exchange for a tasty beer. Overall a pretty damn good beer, nothing outstanding, but big flavor and a lot of nice subtle flavors here and there.

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Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It appears brownish red with a tan colored head.

It smells of roasted malts, sweet fruit and mild coffee.

It tastes of sweet fruit, caramel, roasted malts. I get a mild bit of a grassy hop flavor as well. There is a mild chocolate flavor as well. The beer ends with a very mild bitterness that is matched with a sweet toffee like flavor.

There is a somewhat thick mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall a very good example of the style. It is not truly amazing but it is very tasty.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a mahogonay color with a beautiful creamy colored heading. Lacing is in full tact after every sip. Left good lacing as well. Very alive looking.

Smell is all malt. Heavy toasted bready aroma,mixed with a good fig like aroma.

Taste goes hand and hand with the nose. Good bready noted with a nice fruitiness and a good earthy balance. Finishes with a slight spicey hop note.

Mouth is medium bodied a slight chew,great carbonation and great balance.

A simple beer that was done right. I loved it.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle. This beer pours a clear deep ruby color. Off white head 3/4 inch thick when poured. Settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much surface foam or lacing either. Strong aromas of caramel malt with a hint of maple or brown sugar. Great toasted caramel malt flavor with some smoky undertones going on here along with some dark fruit such as raisin or plum. Very good mix of flavor. Has a crisp, smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Almost seems like ti drinks too easily once it warms up a bit. A very good beer that this the nail right on the head for this style. Another very good Collaborative effort from Stone and friends.


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

2011 Collaborations

Pours a very dark reddish brown thats almost opaque. Less than a fingers worth of cream colored head. Minimal lacing.

The nose a bit boozy up front mixed with some sweet and caranel malt in the distance.

The taste is nice. Some toasted malts engulfed in a sweet toffee shell with caramel undertones. The booze heat lingers in the background.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and a bit chewy.

Overall this a pretty tasty ale and i am curious as to how it will taste in a year.

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Photo of prototypic
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highway 78 pours a darker, nut brown color. It's mostly clear, and has a nice reddish tint with light behind it. A soft tan head covers the top, and rises just above the surface. It falls rather quickly, and leaves very, very light lace behind. Not great, but I do like the color.

I like the nose. It's good. A nice, strong caramel malt scent kicks it off. Smells somewhat sweet, but not sugary at all. A little roasted malt and cocoa follow. Smells a little toasty or peaty. There's an herbal quality to it that I can't quite put my finger on. It smells a little like tea with a tobacco twist. I actually like that. It adds some depth and character. Alcohol isn't really much of a factor.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose. It's not bad at all, but never seems to truly materialize. It does have a sturdy caramel malt base. It's a little sweet. A light cocoa-esque chocolate malt flavor blends nicely. There's a bit of a roasted malt presence. It does taste slightly smoky. Herbal notes of tea and tobacco are noted. A light raisin tanginess emerges. It just seems to drift away from there. It needs a little something extra at that point. Alcohol is blended nicely. Finishes malty and a little toasty.

Highway 78 is on the light side of medium. Carbonation is nice and light, but it feels too thin. More body is definitely needed. For the style, it's rather average. Having said that, it goes down relatively easy for a near 9% abv beer.

I was excited to see Stone, Pizza Port, and Green Flash team up on this collaborative effort. The results are interesting in that it seems to be lacking the brewers' distinct skill set - a hoppy kick in the ass! An interesting hop kick would really drive Highway 78 to the next level. It starts out really nice, but just sort of trails off into a bland flavor that leaves you wanting more. It's really not a bad beer, but it could've been special.

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

A- Pours a deep mahogany with a thin, off white head.

S- Caramel, fig, dark fruit, raisin.

T- Lots of fig and raisin, grainy undertones, more of a bitter finish than i am used to with scotch ales but it rounds the sweetness out nicely.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- I enjoyed this beer a lot. Usually i'm not a fan of scotch ales (although I can definitely appreciate them) but I think this was one of the better ones in recent memory.

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Photo of beerismysavior
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

December 2010 -- Aged 3 months in my cellar

Highway 78 adorns a beautiful laser design on the front with imprinted text in burnished gold. After warming the ale to ~50 degrees I proceeded to open the bottle and allowed it to breathe for a moment. I gave it a sturdy pour into a short and fat glass w/ an unpronounced tulip at the top.

Immediately upon smelling the freshly poured beer it emanated aromas of butterscotch. After a moment it mellowed into softer caramel notes and hints of baked bread with raisins. The tantalizing nose alone warmed my blood.

Semi-fine bubbles settled into a 1/4" head with a slightly toasted crème color. The hints of ruby in the body gave an overall deep amber color. I slowly put the glass to my mouth and drank it in, well prepared to stand in judgment. I was immediately disarmed.

The faint wet-woodchip notes with raisin and caramel in the background balanced the exotic flavors beautifully. The alcoholic strength warmed my throat and felt like curling up next to a fire with a warm blanket. The low carbonation and surprising balance allowed me to identify beautiful sensations of the tongue that are routinely drowned out with overpowering sweetness in this style of ale.

This makes for one hell of a rainy-day beer.

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

A- Dark copper reddish body with a nice one inch head after an aggressive pour.

S- Sugary caramel malts, slight smoke.

T- Really sweet malts almost honeylike, some booze, caramel and breads.

M- Decent carbonation and a light feel.

O- Decent scotch ale nothing amazing coming out of this collaboration, but a solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear brown color with garnet highlights and a bubbly tan head that settles out fairly quick.

S: Sweet heather honey mixed with roasted, caramel and slight smoked malts. Some earthy hops in there come through a bit. Some smoked meat aromas at the edge.

T: Caramel and molasses meet up with slight burnt and peat smoked malt. Light touch of honey under a heft of roasted malts make it slightly sweet but not cloying by any means. Some earthy hops tones just for a touch of bitterness but it is outdone by the malt.

M: Full body, smooth, carbonation is light but enough for style. Some burn from alcohol.

D: Not as rich and complex make this only ok right now but it is probably too young a beer. Sit this one in a cellar to age.

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Photo of SteveGNC
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of Briant230
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of JRed
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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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!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 581 ratings
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