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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch AleGreen Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale
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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:
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Added by HopHead84 on 02-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ccrida
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler, Highway 78 Scotch Ale is dark caramel brown with a small, olive-tinged off-white head with some big bubbles leading to a quick dissipation and a slight collar, leaving no lace.

Smell is deep, clean, slightly maltiness, shoe leather, a hint of lime juice. A bit of rum as well, the caramel and vanilla notes.

Taste is pretty good, classic scotch ale, a bit more bitterness perhaps then usual, with a nice earthiness, tobacco and leather. Fairly abrupt finish though, just a hint of lingering phenolic malt.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, a dry, earthy scotch ale. I'd like a bit deeper, more supple maltiness, but that's a matter of taste, not execution.

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Photo of Brewbro000
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a thin dark brown with a very red tint when held to the light. Head is off-white and dissipates quickly.
S: very malty, sweet caramel, light roast and a hint of smoke in the middle.
T: flavor is malt forward with some persistent residual sweetness. A little bit of spice hits you up front and the finish almost seems fruity. Last kick is of alcohol. I'm surprised this malt bomb doesn't cover the booze up a bit more granted it is 8.8%. I know this has brown sugar in it so that might be it. Not very complex however, just middle of the road malt flavor.
M/D: crisp carbonation but far too boozy to enjoy more than one. A barrel aged version might be cool, where the heat might be more acceptable. I'm not going to let this one warm up too much for that very reason.

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Photo of kbrady9
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Scotch Ale, received from a friend in SD.

A-Pours brown, with a little bit of dark red permeating throughout the beer. Makes a mahogany color. Very little head that dissipates nearly immediately. Pretty good lacing.

S-Very malty aroma, almost reminds me of a brown ale. I get the hint of some nuts and even light overtones of mocha. Even with the malts, cant help hide the hops at the back end.

T-Malts taste wonderful and the beer covers up the ABV unbelievably. After smelling the beer, expected to get much more alcohol, but not the case. Also pretty sweet and as smooth as any beer I have ever had.

M-The beer is deceiving considering its alcohol content, you'd never guess it was nearly 9 percent. Extremely smooth, although not as much of a kick as I would have liked. Leaves you wanting more after every sip.

D-This beer is so smooth and tasty, you could sit and have multiple pours and continue wanting more if you didn't realize it was so potent. Can't say enough about this beer. Great collabo between some world class brewers.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into my New Belgium globe

Dark brown with a small circle of off white head. Malt monster, sweet notes, caramel with maybe a touch of smoke a hint of booze as well. Sweet notes, a lot more smoke in the taste and some caramel and biscuity malts, not much flavor in the finish, some fruity notes. Mouthfeel is medium body with a normal amount of carbonation for the style.

Meh not as great as I was expecting. Really lacking in overall flavor. I dunno I guess I was expecting more considering who made this. I don't think I'd pick this up again.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice dark ruby red color, very clear, a decent whitish head leaving no lacing.

Smell: Smokey malts with a nice earthiness to it

Taste: Smokey malts, really very malty. Earthiness, bread, hints of caramel. It has some sweetness with some rounding out bitterness. The abv is well hidden

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body, thinner than expected, medium carbonation level.

Drinkability: Drinks easy, but not a chugger.

Overall, this was quite excellent, and I'm sad that, like Ommegang's Kup O'Kyndness, this is another excellent Scotch style ale that was limited production. Might have to go find more than just the two bottles I picked up. And, its also interesting to see something that Stone was involved in that isn't hoppy.

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Photo of joshuasamantha
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Stone's Winter Storm event. I'd like to mention that this was a collaboration beer with Pizza Port in Carlsbad and Green Flashing brewing co. in Vista (All by San Diego if you're not from around here). Sometimes a scotch ale can be a little too overwhelming for me, but this beer was so smooth! A must if you can get your hands on a bottle ($3 bucks for a 12 oz.- kinda pricey). I hope they keep brewing it instead of having it as a special session ale!

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

I found this one by accident. Didn't even know it was out, but when I saw it I thought it would be an appropriate pre-St. Patrick's Day Sunday afternoon drink. It pours a nice reddish-brown. Smells like your typical malty scotch ale. I'm usually a hophead, but lately I've been enjoying some smooth, malty brews. The taste is also malty with a little smokiness. There's a slight hop bitterness in the finish, I think. One thing I'm sure of: this is drinkable for a beer with almost 9% abv! I like when the brewers do these collaborations.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in my BevMo while making a beer run. WHAAA a collaboration beer with 3 of the best brewers in California (if not the nation). Had to give this a try.

Pours a clear brown ruby into my pint glass. Very little head/lacing, but I didn't pour very vigorously as I wasn't sure what to expect.

Malty yummy biscuityness on the nose. Ever so slightly roasty.

Taste is WOW. Super malty, with a great bittering backbone to balance it out. I was a little afraid this would be your typical stone/green flash Simcoe hopbomb, but there are none to the found! Albeit slightly bitter for the style, still absolutely delicious.

Malty goodness sticks around for a while. Medium thick mouthfeel with a healthy amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable. I think I paid around 2.99 for the single 12 oz. bottle, whcih comes out to over $18 for a proper 6 pack. Don't know if I would buy 6, but I'd happily buy another 2 or 3.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have semi high hopes for this beer as most of the stuff stone does that is not its regular lineup has been crap lately.

No good VE since 08, no good Anniversay beer since 11, and no good collaboration since the coconut porter.

Nice pour. Mahogony type brown with a nice creamy head.

Some malty sweetness of a smell, nothing too extra ordinary.

A little more burning than I wanted. Probably alcohol and not hops though. Semi sticky sweet malts.

Not bad, probably will be better with some age on it. Jury is out on this one, at least its not terrible.

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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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Photo of veinless
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popping my Scotch Ale cherry with this brew, somehow I've never had one, but am looking forward to this all the more because of that.

Pours a dark, bloody red with minimal head and no lacing. The body of the beer is translucent and clearish, but darker hue of it keeps it from being lucid.

Nose is of toffee and caramel at first smell, with cherries and fruity semi-sweetness coming after. Really like the combination of the two, and the strengths of both on the nose are well balanced.

Taste has more fruit than the nose, but the roasted malts, caramel and toffee are clearly the star of the show. Smoky notes come out near the end in the finish, but aren't too strong. Toasted bready, biscuity malt becomes more prevalent as the beer warms a bit. Has a nutty character as well. Booze comes out a bit near the finish too, offering a bit of pleasing heat to go with some sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is strangely a bit fizzy, with a bit more wateriness than expected. Still, a pretty full and heavy beer, just not as full as the flavor or aroma was. Drinkability is good in terms of the taste, as the smoky finish is not too strong to hurt the overall drinkability too much. Abv of 8.8% is hidden pretty well, and comes out only positively in the beer. I didn't like the finish as much as the rest of the beer, but it was still pretty well balanced and enjoyable. Good collaboration effort here.

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Photo of cyrock1
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep amber to amber brown.

Smell: Lightly roasted chocolate maltiness with a hint of toffee.

Taste: Whoppers! Malted milk and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Nice steady carbonation keeps the flavor and aromas lively.

Drinkability: I feel this is one of my favorite Scotch Ales I've tried. Excellent job on this colaboration.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker brown/red, no lace or head.. poured slow & into a sniffer.

S - Smells of malts and toast, maybe some lager or ale bread in there.

T - Taste is great, rich malty/scotch/bourbon, very balanced, slightly hot and can taste some alcohol.

M - Nice, balanced, medium carbonation, after taste is rich and slightly hot.

D - Drinks great for a taster, so taster status is up there, but expensive, thumbs up, nice style!

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a tight, tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of rich, toasted malts.

Tastes of the toasted malts with some added depth. Malts have caramel, toffee, as well as some fruity, cherry notes to them. Some added depth comes in the way of a bit of spicy hops. Enough to flavor the beer, but not overshadow malts. Alcohol is noticeable with some warmth on the tongue and throat.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth, fine amount of carbonation.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Completely surprising beer from this trio. Great coca cola color, red highlights, and a rapidly depleting head. The aroma is muted honey suckle, toffee, and caramelized malt. No hop aroma. Some English yeast notes break through the dense sugar. Unsurprisingly malty, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, sweet. Also nutty, with some high yeast notes. Somewhat thin mouthfeel given the flavor. There is a lingering aftertaste here I can't Place, it's unwellcome. I applaud these brewers for this un-characteristic beer, it's just not the best of the style.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Gordon Highland thistle.

Carmine iquid, brilliantly clear yet dark - glows crimson when held to the light. A thin buff/light-khaki head recedes to a bubbling surface slick and a pasty collar.

Nuts, toffee, and deep caramelization in the nose - a rich malty depth along with a hint of grassy/earthy note that could maybe be English hops.

Lightly sweet and deeply toasted malt flavors on the palate - intense and pure. Fruity, faintly smokey finish, with a drying peat-like flavor as well. Simple, tasty, and free of off notes.

Warming lively mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

An impressive take on the style - I'll be sad when this is gone from the shelves, but at least it is a more cellar-able beer than some of the previous successful collaborations Stone has done.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep burnt orange with a beautiful light creme bubbly head. thin carbonation bubbles are barely visible through the deep brown hue.

S: caramel. woody cedar. plums. smooth, each wiff gets something new.

T: sweet, but not cloying. reese's peanut butter cups. a bit oaky. mild tang of alcohol. toffee brittle lingers in the finish.

M: soft carbonation let's all the flavor components peek their heads out.

D: not as sweet as most scotch/wee heavy's, but definitely a great collab. i was able to pick up on several more flavor aspects in this particular beer that i usually wouldnt be able to pick out in other examples in the style.

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Photo of d4114
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark red, when held up to light you can see through it a little and it glows red; 1 and a half fingers of head.

S- malty, rich and roasty. Also smelt very fresh which was really nice.

T- Very balanced; malty and bready; You can tell the alcohols there but I think it lends its self to the flavor; maybe leaves me wanting a little more.

M- Full bodied; Coats the tongue; warms your mouth and stomach.

D- Very tasty beer; I could drink a couple and it wouldn't be too much at all. I actually got another the night after trying this one.

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Photo of HipHop5
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heavy pour from a 12 oz bottle. One finger head that run away almost as soon as the pour is over.

Thin rings of lacing hang around a bit longer than expected.

Gorgeous Ruby Mahogany tint reminiscent of a rich Scotch.

Dry raisins and toffee Caramel in the nose and palate. Just a touch of oak with delicate vanilla in the back.

Subtile carbonation that works quite well with a light body actually.

8.8% ABV is untraceable with a nice malty sweetness. Impressive complexity of flavors that work well and balance each other, to make this Scotch Ale a very drinkable and quite successful collaboration.


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Photo of alpinebryant
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber with a tiny head that is soon just lacing

Smell of light caramel, scottish ale yeast, light butter and a tiny bit of oak.

Taste of a light scotch ale. Slight alcohol burn, not a ton of malt presence, and very thin body. There is also a slightly biscuity taste to this brew. It is pretty good, but just cannot compete with some other scotch ales I have had. Scotty Karate completely kicks its ass; no pun intended...well ok maybe... This is a very clean scotch ale and you can see it looks filtered which I think has taken away some of its character. Wet Willy from New England Brewing is a much more flavorful Scotch ale and I would take any day over this.

Medium carbonation and pretty drinkable. Not great, but definitely good.

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Photo of Spider889
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Bodega. Came in a pint glass.

This was another collab that I was curious about. Usually these Stone incarnations turn out all the same - overly hopped and sounding much better on paper than they actually taste in practice. That said, I was fairly impressed this beer didn't fall into that mold.

The color is a dark caramelized brown, fairly clear, served with no head (go figure Bodega) but a small cap of cinnamon colored foam was ringing the surface of the beer. No lace.

There wasn't much to smell here personally, very light caramel malt and toasted bread. I would have enjoyed a hell of a lot more malt aroma from a scotch ale.

The flavor was really smooth - the malt isn't heavy but it isn't drowned out by the typical Stone hopping either. There was some smoke here, toffee notes, as well as leather and prickly rye.

Medium bodied, the alcohol was kind of biting. Otherwise this was fairly drinkable and much better than the last couple Stone collaborations I tried.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a chalice. Produced a thin creamy head which dissipated in a few minutes. It did not produce any lingering lacing. The pour produced a clear ruby/mahogany color that was beautiful and reminiscent of a dark scotch.

The smell was sweet though slight.

Taste was sweet, almost toffee like, with hints of espresso on the finish.

It carried a little viscosity in the mouth, very silky smooth with more carbonation then the think head would suggest. At 8.8% ABV I would have expected to sense the alcohol more but it was masked by the sweetness and richness. I nursed this over the course of an hour and it held up very well as it warmed. I plan to buy more of these and found it drinkable enough to have two (or more) at a time.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I always love trying these Stone collaboration beers. I'm not sure why because they are usually expensively priced, I guess its good marketing. I was excited to try a Wee Heavy from these guys. It seems so far from what Green Flash, Port and Stone normally do. Its their true brewing skills put to the test when they leave their hoppy comfort zones.

A- Right away I was struck by the lightness of this beer. Its a few shades darker than I wanted to see. All of the really good Wee Heavies I've had have been nearing black. This one is a reddish brown. Its got purples in the shadows and ambers in the highlights. The head is nice and fluffy though but lacing is minimal as the retention isnt spectacular.

S- This is malty, but its not rich and decadent. Its just quite grainy. It smells like a corn mill or something. There is a little bit of hoppiness, perhaps more hoppiness than a benchmark Wee Heavy, but much less than a Green Flash beer. A little bit of caramel and toffee try to fight through the grainy smells but it aint impressing me none.

T- Very much like the aroma. Seemingly straight forward grains. No real deep, rich decadence. Wheres the sweet berries? Wheres the rich chocolate? Wheres the smooth toffee? All of those things are there in spirit I suppose but this is not a malt bomb.

I love a good Wee Heavy, but most American examples are simply not what I would call a good Wee Heavy. This one included. Below average to the style.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle from Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria, VA into pint glass. Pours a deep copper with an amber/ruby hue. Head is beige, about 1 finger, short to medium duration, and settles to thin film on surface. Most prominent aroma is chicory coffee. Light roast. Subtle hops in background, which seem like earthy hops. Hint of caramelized sugar as well. Tastes like charwood, like beech wood, which lends hints of smoke. Nutty and earthly notes are present. Light caramel with yeasty notes. Subtle peppercorn-like spice character, though without heat. Hop flavor, which seems grassy, is faint. Hint of bitterness on finish, though more of a roasted barley type of bitterness than hop bitterness. Quite quaffable for the ABV; warming alcohol, but well masked. Nice carbonation throughout the session along with a lighter body than expected. Grainy, dry finish. This somewhat drinks like an imperial nut brown ale that has notes of chicory, very light smoke, and an earthy character. A very nice collaboration from the west coast, indeed!

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City.

A: Pours a clear, but quite dark, chestnut body. It's nearly opaque in the center, but it shows nice, ruby translucence when held against the light. The head is tan in color, rising to a finger of dense bubbles and retreating slowly into a small cap on the beer.

S: Nice caramel with a mild dark fruit bent to it. I'm tempted to call it figs, but after some deliberation I settle on raisin. Multi-grain bread and toffee.

T: Caramel, raisin, and dark cherries. Multi-grain bread and toffee, as noted in the nose. Some maple There's an earthy bitterness that cuts some of the sweetness, resulting in a balanced beer. I find myself enjoying the flavor; I wouldn't say it's mindblowing, but it's certainly a solid beer. Very light retronasal smoke.

M: Initially sweet, but not cloying. The simple sugars seem to have fermented out, leaving higher sugars that give it body without contributing much immediate sweetness (I'm not sure if that makes sense from a fermentation science perspective, but I hope it does). It's not very boozy. The flavors are balanced and well-integrated.

D: I've had some better scotch ales (Traquair and Devil's Canyon come to mind), but this is hardly bad. I can never remember why I buy these collaborations at $3 - $7 a bottle when few are that amazing, but thankfully this was on the low end, and it's a decent beer for the price.

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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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