Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Highway 78 Scotch Ale ~ Stone/Green Flash/Pizza Port Carlsbad

Appearance: deep cherry, mahogany, and garnet. Tan head lingers as a thin collar with a smooth bubbly center. Swirls with more bubbles along the edge and a creamy puff in the middle.

Nose: raisins, plums, brown sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Ruby port and cinnabuns. Grapes of the black and purple variety. Hint of musk in the back. Apple pulp, hold the skins.

Palate: plums and grapes first. Sweetness up front followed by pits, seeds, and stems – pomace if you please. Apple skins and core with the sweetness of the apple flesh filling the middle. Nutmeg in the back and breath for a gentle and lightly dry finish. Medium weight. Ruby port skirts the edges and adds a level of sophistication.

Final Thoughts: yum! A well-executed collaboration between three vaunted greats in the craft brewing world. Truly great minds really do create truly great beers as Highway 78 Scotch Ale was savory proof. 


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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