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Green Flash / Pizza Port / Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Scotch Ale
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
A collaboration ale. Brewers:Chuck Silva of Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, Jeff Bagby of Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad and Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing Co., San Diego

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6170) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Nose of toasted malts, toffee, light peat, light fruits(apple, pear, apricot). Malty but not over the top. I actually enjoyed the aroma. Pours hazy darker copper/amber, thin head, light lace. The flavor is malty with toasted malts, toffee, apple, caramel, earth, a hint of peat and mild bitterness. Full smooth body with some residual sweetness hanging around. I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7376) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber to medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of gum and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Itís interesting that thereís so little hops in the nose, considering the brewers involved. For me, on the surface, thatís a good thing. Sadly, though, thereís not much of anything else in the nose either. Lots of caramel and not much else. Very syrupy sweet in the mouth, but not unbearably so and at least thatís somewhat expected for the style. The biggest fault here is just being dreadfully dull and forgettable. Thereís nothing that beckons further sniffs or sips.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1073) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Picked up single 12oz for premium price - First off, not as aggressive and assertive as one might think. Sometimes collaborations means compromise. Incredibly smooth. I think this represents a nice scotch ale that anyone could drink. Hop & malt balance near perfect. Alcohol hint--basically none for 8.8%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Not bad. Not what youíd expect from these guys but thatís good right? The taste is sweet with a bit of burn from the 8.8% ABV. Malt all the way. Nicely complex. Head didnít linger too ling which surprised considering all that malt. Mouthfeel was thick and nice. Overall not bad for the price but not good enough to hunt down.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Blah. A bland and boring Scotch ale. Aroma was next to nothing. Could pick up some caramel malt and just a slight hint of dark fruit. Pour was a nice deep ruby with no bubbles and a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was not very full. A thin mix of caramel malt, earth and vegetation. A slight toffee aftertaste comes out as it warms but is very weak. Decent carbonation. Very average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
A: This one pours a dark amber color with a creamy color tan head. S: There is a really mild nose to this beer. The usual Scotch ale aromas of caramel and toasted malts, with a touch of nuttiness. Some dark fruits (mostly cherry and plum), and a mild toffee character. T: Sweet toffee and dark fruits--in this case itís cherry and raisin--with a bit of alcohol flavor. A nice breadiness and a very light/minimal bitterness. A very faint peat flavor is noticeable at certain points of the drinking experience. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: Not a bad beer by any sense, but just really uninteresting and bland. Too bad because Pizza Port has a great Scotch Ale in Way Heavy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (635) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
12 oz. Pours thick caramel red-brown, almost no foam, body thick and souply like many a home brew. Aroma is very faint... perhaps a touch of pine? Hard to say, canít pick much up via scent. Taste is rich and full of scotch pine, some citrus notes, and an odd finish I canít quite place. Itís almost like vanilla and anise mixed together. Oh well, interesting brew. ABV is quite well hidden till the final burn. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
I was excited to try this because all three breweries rate very high in my book. Aroma is not very strong, but there are hints of a smoky roast malt that I can detect. The appearance is a very dark brown/red color. The taste is leathery, with malt being the front flavor, however; I still taste a very light hop which balances the beer well. I feel this beer should have been a little more distinct, but based on their idea for the beer Iíd say they have done well. Good beer, not great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - FEB 21, 2011
I love these breweries. Pours a deep Amber/brown color. Not too much on the nose. Caramel and grain dominate the flavor with a hint of smoke. Clean finish with a subtle dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy to heavy complex caramel malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable complex brew.

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