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 kennylopez
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass, which filled with a brownish amber color and a fingers worth of fine bubbly white head.

Smells: a sweeter barley smell comes to me at first, but I also pick up hints of cherries.

Tastes: wonderfully balanced, the hops play a nice part, but I love the roasted sweet taste which blends with a small spice note.

Mouthfeel: the different layers cover the burn of the 8% and a almost sour aftertaste that is quite pleasant.

Overall: a great scotch ale that is more than well worth picking up for a try.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. Poured into an oversized Southampton snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger light brown creamy head with good retention, dissipating into a thin layer of bubbles. Beer is a clear dark brown. Lacing is spotty and stringy with low cling.

Nose is musty. Honey, spices, and a medicinal aroma. Some creamy hop characteristics in the background. Pine, chestnuts, and raw brown sugar. One of the strangest I've ever come across. Aromatic though. And interestingly appetizing.

Opens with brown sugar and a big, bold chestnut flavor. Nuttiness and weird medicinal quality towards the middle. More chestnuts. Rich malt backbone. Some molasses at the end. Finish is chestnut shell and a hop spiciness. Sweet aftertaste. Very weird.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and spritzy in the mouth. Goes down warm and oily. Finish is mellow with a lingering aftertaste. Decent but a touch thin.

I'm not quite sure what to think about this one. The chestnut flavors work decently in a scotch ale, but its very weird at the same time and not entirely enjoyable. But the different profiles are well integrated into a decently drinkable beer. Worth a try I guess... definitely a departure from the norm.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Ratman. Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, brown sugar, peat and a hint of dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and light peat with a smooth lingering caramel finish.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a GTOTMW tasting glass.

A- Pours a ½ finger beige head, dissipates to nothing, small bubbly ring around the glass, minimal carbonation, splotchy lacing, dark brown/burnt orange color.
S- Sweet brown sugar, bready malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee.
T- Not bad, dark fruits (raisins, figs) caramel, toffee, brown sugar, sweet bready malts, slight vanilla taste.
M- Medium/big mouth feel, abv is hidden, decent carbonation, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- I wasn’t too excited to try this, but after finishing a glass of this beer I was not too let down, it’s not amazing but it does the job, there’s a lot going on, it’s well brewed and enjoyable.

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Photo of ikats
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby in color with brown head. Good looking. Aroma is malty. Makes me think why it has been so long since I had a malty beer (there is no need for pauses so long). Aroma is sweet with a touch of dried fruits. Maybe a touch of peat. Taste is sweet with some caramel and a bit of nuts. Slightly bitter or burned aftertaste. Wasn't sure about it at first, but after a few sips I find it pleasurable. Substantial body yet still very drinkable. Enjoyable brew!

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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 brstls4drmrs
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice coffee/brown color with a thin brown head. Very good lacing.

S - Some caramel and toffee, small hint of coffee in there too. Also some spice particularly clove and perhaps nutmeg. Really nice!

T - Some dark fruits like fig along with scotch both which cover the alcohol very well. Caramelized sugar and spices in there as well.

M - A little crisp with a nice finish.

O - Pretty good beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of rand
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From 12 oz bottle to nonic pint glass

Copper-brown in color, Highway 78 forms a small head on a gentle pour, leaving little receded lacing. Seemingly oily and viscous, the brew yields surprisingly little aroma, even on an aggressive twirl, other than a lingering tone of sweet raisin bread. The flavors are one-dimensional as well, as the huge malty overtone dominates the palate. Sweet, bready, raisin-y - even a little boozy. And that's about where the flavors end. The beer is chewy as hell, sludgy even, and, as it lacks carbonation or a hop-punch, the brew leaves a trail of palatine residue.

Without violating the laws of "smoothness" or "balance", Highway 78 is about as boring a beer as I can remember. Coming from three of the most hop-aggressive brewers on the planet, I can understand wanting to mix things up, but there are plenty of examples malt-forward Scotch Ales with more depth and character. Thankfully, this trio has so many other remarkable ales I'll just forget about this one.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark DARK ruby red into a snifter with a One and a half finger head. No lacing or retention. Scents of scotch malts and leather. The taste is much the same: leather, carmel, red grapes. Mouthfeel is a little thin with a strong alcohol feel. Overall, this is a good strong scotch but nothing special.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Deep deep ruby. Almost opaque. Lighter hues around the edges of the glass. Nice bubbly tan head that quickly diminishes to almost nothing.

(S) Some roasted malt character. A little bit of booze and a scotch smell. Fig. Malty.

(T) Fig and dried dark fruits followed by a grain bill of medium to dark roasted malt. Some raisin in the end to the aftertaste. Kind of earthy. Has almost a rye quality to it. Doesn't taste boozy but you get the scotch characteristic quite well.

(M) Medium bodied beer with decent bit of carbonation.

(O) It's pretty well balanced. I'd put it up there with Dirty Bastard. This beer was well executed and is one of my favorites in the style. Too bad it's a limited run.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish brown. Lots of nice thick light brown head. One pretty beer.
Smells malty and sweet. a very nice butterscotc on the nose and the tongue. Tastes as it smells. Sweet rich and malty. No real hop presence. The mouthfeel is a bit off. Overly carbonated I think. Overall a pretty solid brew

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Photo of mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep opaque chestnut, some signs of red when light interacts. Head is small and yellow in color fading quickly into a creamy top.

Sweet delicate malts. Toffee, milk chocolate covered caramel, fig, date, dried cherry, cashew and sweet bread.

Just like it smells. Dank sweet bready malts, full of toffee and caramel, some dried fruits fig, date, prune, milk chocolate, some faint earthy hop flavors on the finish. Rich creamy middle with a bit of graininess on the finish. Some cherry, and cranberry flavors deep in the finish. A good beer.

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Photo of kcopelan002
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving-Pint Glass.
Appearance- A nice reddish-brown color with a thin tan head
Taste- A sweet caramel, a hint of scotch, and malt. A small heat finish.
Mouthful- Medium body with light carbonation.
Overall- This was my first collaboration beer to taste from one of my favorite breweries, Stone. Its a nice beer to sip slowly for awhile. It has a sweet taste to it with a warm finish. Worth paying 3.50 for just one bottle.

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Photo of Pahn
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Brewed 12/17/10, bottled 2/14/11, drank 8/18/11.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, fluffy offwhite head that dissipates slowly and lacelessly. Pours a beautiful, clear dark ruby and leaves a few spots of short-lasting lacing. Really love the color of this beer.

Smell: Dark malts with some fruity undertones. Lots of freshly baked bread. Sweet and savory malt tang. Overall, a little faint.

Taste: Follows the nose; lots of fresh bread with a fruity background. Savory and malty. Reminds me of Ayinger Celebrator, but fruitier--like a mix between Celebrator and Brooklyn Monster Ale. Weird combo, but good. Some smoky highlights as well.

Solid beer with robust flavor. I was a little underwhelmed at first with the overall flavor balance, but the development of the flavor is really good. A little ways into the glass, the fruity notes (which were more along the lines of apple and berry) shift into grape and fig, and redemptive notes of vanilla and brown sugar start to appear in the finish, finally bringing me around to this beer.

The flavor ultimately remains dominated by that Celebrator-like savor dark malt and bread, but those sweet complements of vanilla, sugar, and dark fruit work beautifully with it. Could definitely be deeper (especially at 8.8% ABV) and a bit better balanced, but it's good. Also, low IBU works well; the malt character is bold and savory enough that the beer doesn't need a lot of cutting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Pretty smooth, with high side of moderate carbonation (not quite soda-like, but not far from it). Somewhat dry, slightly sticky finish. Long alcohol burn aftertaste.

Overall: I can see this being a perfect beer for some tastes, but for me it wasn't quite in balance. Also, some of its better punches seem to be pulled, and I can't say it delivers enough flavor to justify weighing in at 8.8% ABV, nor does it really live up to the potential of the 3 great brewers who collaborated to make it. Definitely a quality beer though.

As a sidenote, I think it would have behooved me to hold off on drinking this until Winter; it's not an August beer, and it should last a long time. If you're hanging on to a bottle or two of this, I suggest you continue to sit on it until the weather gets colder.

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

Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale

Pours a dark brownish color with an off white head. In the aroma, caramel, dark fruits and a sweet maltyness. In the flavor, brown sugar, caramel, fig and roasted malt. A very malty brew, with perilously little hops, but quite good, as a scotch ale should be. Alcohol is tame and just provides a small warming sensation. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewey. Overall, a nice scotch ale, well rounded and malty at that.

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Photo of Erish
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. glass into a nonic pint glass. Part of the 2011 Stone Collaborations series.

A: clear medium-dark reddish-brown color, the tan fizzy head falls into a decent cap with adequate lacing.

S: roasted grain, caramel, candied fruit, vanilla, no hop or smokiness present.

T: very traditional scotch wee heavy flavors, with roasted grain, caramel sweetness, molasses, vanilla, candied fruit, a bit of boozy heat, and a light touch of earthy hops in the finish.

M: medium-bodied, lightly silky texture, moderate carbonation.

O: just a well made scotch ale. Delicious.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dull cloudy reddish brown color with a thin white foam that doesn't leave much lace.

S- Dark fruit and tons of caramel in the nose. Some sweetness and alcohol. Maybe a touch of smoked peat.

T- Caramel and toasted grains upfront with a very prominent alcohol burn in the finish. Very malty and sweet throughout. Figs, musty hops, toffee, bread crusts, and grain alcohol.

M- Medium/full bodied with ok carbonation.

O- A decent beer but the taste and appearance could use some tweaking.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark amber body with a medium sized beige head. Attractive patchy lacing.

Aroma is malty toffee and caramel with aromatic pine resin.

Medium body and carbonation.

Taste has toffee and caramel malty dominance, complimented by a very nice smoky peat element. Pine hops add a nice counterpart to the malts and there is a hint of dark fruits underneath. Alcohol is concealed very well.

One of the better Scotch ales I've sampled recently, especially from this side of the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to mntlover for this fine bottle.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a medium brown with a light tan head that recedes fairly quickly and leaves a small lace down the glass

S: smells sweet and chocolatey, the alcohol is also present

T: Sweet, toffee, chocolate and coffee hints, a very slight alcohol burn in the middle, finishes long and sweet

M: medium to thick with just the right amount of carbonation

O: very tasty beer, a great warmer

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nearly clear, deep amber brown with a finger of tan-orange head.

Smell. Caramel, raisins, a little molasses and chocolate. A hint of strawberry as well.

Taste. Caramel and sweet molasses. A little smokey, prunes, a bit of tobacco and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with lower, smooth carbonation. Some warm alcohol.

Overall. A big beer that's not overly complex. I liked it, just a little boozy.

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

Sampled June 2011
A solid, but not overly aggressive pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, darkly amber tinged, tan colored head that doesn’t really stick around for too long. The beer is a concentrated amber red color that shows a lightly hazed, ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells rich and malty with fruity notes of caramelized grain, toasted whole grain brown bread like aromas and a brown sugar laden bread like character. This actually smells quite fruity smelling the more I dig into it, strong notes of raisins, lots of caramelized berry notes, and a concentrated prune / fig like note are all fairly apparent; along with the alcohol it reminds me a bit of a fruity brandy. There is a slight nuttiness to the nose as well as perhaps a hint of herbal hop character.

Thick and viscous as it hits my tongue for the first time, the beer lays pretty fat on the palate slowly clearing out with a touch of hop bitterness, but the heft lingers for quite some time in the mouth. The beer is sweet, though perhaps not as simplisticly sweet as the palate might suggest (in some ways at least), this beer is deeply caramelized in the flavor, but there is a lot of residual sugar left in this beer. The finish has a fair amount of bitterness to it, there is a slight herbal character here as well, and some of the bitterness seems to be contributed from a darker malt character. As my palate adjusts to it the sweetness is reduced a bit, this allows a cleaner, berry like fruitiness to come to the forefront, prior to this the fruit character seemed more raisin like, but that is still here in the flavor as well. There is a fair amount of carbonation to this beer, at least more than the head might have suggested, it is still light enough to work for the style and it provides a nice counterpoint to the viscous heft of the body. As the beer warms up the sweetness reduces even more and the malt starts to really open up; it gets quite a bit more savory with a slightly earthy, chewy, big brown grain character; at times it reminds me of a dense, rich, toothsome brown bread (one of those breads that didn’t really rise very much and reminds dense, moist and somewhat crumbly with a massive whole grain toastiness and sweetness). You can definitely taste a touch of more roasted malt in the finish the more it warms up too; it is still subtle, but also helps to balance the sweeter, caramelized malt notes that dominate this beer. The alcohol isn’t overly aggressive, but it is a touch noticeable towards the finish; it contributes some spiciness to this brew.

This is a really tasty Scotch Ale; this would likely age quite wonderful for quite a few years. The hop balance really does work quite well here, it is certainly on the subtle side for these breweries, but still provides enough of a bite to counterpoint the chewy, somewhat sticky malt character.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
No bottled-on date to be found.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, toffee, raisin, dates, rum, and an herbal hop note. Very enticing aroma.

Appearance: Copper with a tinge of ruby red. Slight chill haze. One finger off-white head disappears quickly into a thin splotch of fine bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Candy and dark carmelly fruits, dark rum, some mild bitterness to balance, and a relatively clean finish. This beer has a deliciously sweet, malty flavor, but the hop and alcohol profile temper the sweetness, preventing it from being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full body. Somewhat chewy, with a slight bit of slickness on the palate. Medium-to-low CO2.

Overall: I'm definitely a fan of this style when it's done well, and these guys definitely did it well! It seemed to polur a bit thinner than I'd anticipated, but I judged incorrectly. In my opinion, this one was pretty spot-on for the style. Very drinkable, and highly recommended. (I'm actually surprised that the BA average isn't higher for this brew...)

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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, 99 bottles

appearance: served in a guinness pint, lighter body than expected - garnet-hued mahogany body, creamy tan head with no lace

smell: caramel, bready, milk chocolate, roasted malt

taste: interesting style-choice for this collaboration - 3 hop-forward breweries take on a traditional scotch ale. Pretty nice body - sweet caramel, a touch of booze, creamy, roasted malt, toffee, caramelized brown sugar

mouthfeel: sweet, creamy, a touch hot

overall: pretty good - worth a one-off purchase

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Photo of mjyoung
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank 7/29/11.

A: A dark amber that's almost the color of molasses but with just a bit more translucence. The head was a nice off-white color, but a bit on the thin side and little is left on the glass.

S: Definitely strong notes of caramel and fruit, with a hint of smoky something or other. You can tell it's got some heat in the bottle just from the smell, but nothing too egregious. It smells nice, but not memorable.

T: Well put together. A remarkable blend of caramel malt, a hint of hops and smoke, as well as slightly pungent fruit. What makes the blend so well done is that it doesn't come across as overly sweet.

M: Delightfully chewy, with a creamy, smooth finish that goes down quite easily.

O: I would hesitate to say that this beer is truly spectacular, but it sure is a solid offering from these three fine breweries.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight off the bat, I'd love to say that I really enjoy this beer.
It's a great rendition of the style has amazing drinkability and is just absolutely a joy to drink.

I matched this one up with a Olde Worlde Rocky Patel Maduro cigar. They really went well together and balanced out the flavors nicely.

Upfront layers of sticky malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Luscious dark fruits with infused tangy citrus hop zest. Rich tobacco and leather near the finish. Ends with some toasty infused nutty richness. Very pleasing.

I really enjoy this collaboration. From 3 dominating West Coast hop bomb geniuses. Surprising, and inventive to say the least. While some may say this needs a bit more thickness on the mouthfeel, I think it displays an enormous amount of complexity and drinkability. That a heavier mouthfeel would otherwise dwindle. So on that note, I would without a doubt recommend this one for a change of pace from your normal hop bombs.

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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 580 ratings.
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