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Stone / Green Flash / Pizza Port  Highway 78 Scotch AleStone / Green Flash / Pizza Port  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:
Collaboration with Green Flash Brewing and Pizza Port Brewing

Added by HopHead84 on 02-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 582 |  Reviews: 328
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a small light brown to tan colored head.

Smell is malty with a nice amount of smoke; this one doesn't over do it. Some patent malt sourness and ethanol fumes carry the smell of coffee. Slight amount of caramel and vanilla but it is really subtle.

Taste starts out semi-sweet and malty. Sweet malt, smoke and a slight vinous quality like lightly ground coffee. Taste isn't all that complex though.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Not a great example of the style but it is passable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a somewhat hazy auburn with a soft frothy white head, solid lace.

S: Didn't get a ton. Hint of sweet malt, some fruit, but it's faint though it's a good smell.

T: Lots of sweet malt, butterum, caramel, hint of orange. Good flavour, not overhopped which I liked. Well done in this style for America.

M: Very smooth, soft carbonation, silk, real easy feel, possibly the best part of the beer.

D: The 78 is the corridor to some to the best breweries in San Diego County so I like that they made an homage to it. Solid beer overall, nowhere near Alesmith Wee Heavy in the same county, but something to check out if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was excited to see this new collaboration offering at my local beer store.

Appearance - You can immediately tell from pouring that this beer has exceptional carbonation. It also has phenomenal lacing capabilities that don't want to let go of the glass. There isn't much head, but I was overall impressed with the way that this beer poured. It pours a medium-brown tone.

Smell - Definitely smells like a scotch ale. Hints of plum and dark berries. A very tart ale smell. Smells similar to Skullsplitter and other Wee Heavies. Smells slightly of coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Absolutely phenomenal. I'm overwhelmed with a variety of flavors here. Chocolate fruits quickly follow up the initial coffee taste. A very faint bourbon sting lingers in the background as plums fight their way into the taste towards the finish. A consistent tang at the end. A slight Merlot is mixed in there as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - These three breweries have come together to make a truly delicious Scotch Ale. This is by far one of the best Wee Heavy's that I have ever had. I got this beer the first day it was available in stores; and you could tell that it was very crisp and fresh. Drinkability is concise. I could drink this slowly all night long. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and fruity as well.

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

This beer poured a very dark clear amber and formed a light tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, chocolate, plums, and coffee. The flavor was of malt, cocoa and coffee. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet. I look forward to Stone combination but not one of their better ones.

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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 HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle, pouring a medium brown with crimson highlights. Half inch of tan foam settles out to, and holds, a thin cap after a few moments.

Bready malts on a somewhat constrained nose with dried fruit, a light touch of caramel and some dark chocolate. No sense of an impending sweet pucker is evident from the smell, and a small amount of alcohol drifts through along with some hop spice.

Body is rich but not simple sweet. Caramel notes once again play second to the chocolate and fig flavors. Offers a lingering finish of grated dark chocolate with hints of toasted bread. Feel is full and with a carbonation that works well. Finish is dry and offers a hint of smoke as well. Very drinkable for the style, offering a complex malt structure and lacking the rich caramel often found; yet tastes as if it's only 7 percent.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011

A: Dark amber with a big beige head and good retention. Nice color.

S: Rich malt profile with notes of date, prune, a little plum. Light smoke and a touch of chocolate with baked bread and caramel.

T: Lower moderate sweetness with notes of plum and raisin. Malt is bready with an overall richness and a nice caramel profile. While the beer is moderately sweet overall, the finish is relatively dry. Hop bitterness is low.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and creamy.

Overall: A respectable Scotch Ale. Good stuff.

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 582 ratings