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Highway 78 Scotch Ale (beer review)

8.8% ABV. Scotch Ale from Stone Brewing in San Diego, CA. This is a collaboration ale between Brewers Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad and Stone Brewing. I acquired this beer through trade as well as from Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria, VA. The brew was poured from a 12oz bottle into a 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!  theBeerAuthority: B+. Available in Metro DC? Yes.

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This entry was posted on April 27, 2011 by in Beer.

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