Highway 78 Scotch Ale – Guest Video Review

About a week ago Billy from BillyBrew.com approached me and asked if he could do a guest video review on LIBA. Billy and I have some history and a good relationship so I was all about it.

For those of you who don’t know Billy, he’s a beer blogger at BillyBrew.com. He has a ton of home-brewing experience and has recently started offering an online training course called The Homebrew Academy. The course helps people get into homebrewing. When he isn’t home brewing or working on his website, you can find him out enjoying great beer city of Denver with his friends and girlfriend.

Billy wanted to add some comments prior to the video, so without further ado, Billy…..

In the video I review the Highway 78 Scotch Ale, a collaboration between Stone, Pizza Port, and Green Flash. I love this beer style and thought that this was a very solid brew. It’s slightly smoky, has a rich malt background, and a light chocolate flavor. It doesn’t quite reach the level of traditional scotch ales like SkullSplitter, but I would certainly have it again.


Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

5 thoughts on “Highway 78 Scotch Ale – Guest Video Review”

  1. Thanks again for letting me do the video Josh. I love your laid-back non-snobby beer reviews – they’re a breath of fresh air! We need to partner up more in the future.

    p.s. LIBA readers – Watch in HD! I tell ya, you spend a bunch of money on an HD camera and then YouTube butchers it…

  2. Billy,

    Awesome review man! You have got me thoroughly psyched about trying the Highway 78 that I picked up this weekend!…and lucky for me I grabbed a Skull Splitter too – haven’t tried that one yet either.

    I checked out your site and it looks to be a great resource for a newbie homebrewer like me. Thanks for being a positive representation of beer culture!

    1. Hey Matt,

      Thanks for the kind words on the site. Way to go picking up both the 78 and SkullSplitter. Definitely come back and let us know what you think about them. Cheers!

  3. Billy, great review!

    I actually had the Highway 78 Scotch Ale last week, and I agree almost 100% with your sentiments. Phenomenal scotch ale, great flavors, but not quite on the level of some of the iconic scotch ales out there. I keep asking myself what that missing component is… I think it’s missing an extra layer of complexity in the flavor. It needs a little more roast or a hint of coffee flavor or something to give it one more dimension, which would put it in the realm of the extraordinary.

    I have mixed emotions because the beer is great, but the Stone collaboration beers have also produced some of the absolute best beers I’ve ever had. Specifically, did you try their El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale? or their Kona Coffee Macadamia Porter? Those two beers absolutely rocked my world they were so good. I was hoping this Highway 78 could do it too, but it didn’t quite get there.

    It’s also fun that these 3 San Diego brewers, who are best known for fantastic IPAs, went for a totally not-hoppy style. Shows they definitely have range as beer makers.

    Anyway I’m rambling. Do some more LIBA reviews, and I will definitely have to follow you on BillyBrews.com too!

    1. Hey Royce, thanks for the great comment. You put it perfectly – there is a missing layer of complexity. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, it’s one of those intangible things. Still a great beer though.

      The El Camino is fantastic. I have a video review of it on my YouTube channel. They really do some great collaborations and it was cool to see something different come out the doors.

      Glad you liked the video. Cheers!

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