Scorpion Bowl IPA | Stone Brewing

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Scorpion Bowl IPAScorpion Bowl IPA
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3.88/5
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318 Ratings
Scorpion Bowl IPAScorpion Bowl IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
To create a recipe so tropical and fruity without the addition of fruit was no feat our team of brewers would leave up to the gods. They took floral and citrus notes from Mosaic, Loral and Mandarina Bavaria hops to dish up a mouthwatering fruit punch to the palate. Get deserted on your own island or share with others. One thing is for sure: there is no need to light this one. It is already on fire.

Added by kell50 on 01-15-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,874
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
318
pDev:
7.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5
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Photo of Claytonham34
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uncleotis
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PackenGreen
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ichorNet
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mosaic/Loral/Mandarina seems like a really solid and interesting combo for a tropical, "scorpion bowl-esque" IPA, and I'm also proud of Stone for resisting the urge to put a bunch of fruit in this one. Can they pull off the intoxicating fruity flavor of a good scorpion bowl when armed with only their wits and their intense hop gusto? Let's find out!

Pours pretty much the archetypal "Stone IPA" in my glass, but it's truly beautiful... crystal clear medium-golden body with a dense and striking head that leaves behind some spectacularly intense lace. Dense patterns of cobweb-like, consistent foam stick to the inner wall of my glass... awesome! Great legs too. I'm not surprised this looks great, but I'm consistently impressed by Stone's IPA beers' structural definition when poured and enjoyed. Lots of active carbonation going on here, too. Just wonderful. Tough to find this kind of thing these days!

The nose here really takes me for a ride. Notes of pineapple, plum, passion fruit, blood orange and grapefruit combine with some slightly dank and resinous overtones that really succeed at giving off a reasonably-accurate olfactory facsimile of a scorpion bowl. I can even convince myself that this has a little bit of a rum note, thanks to the light dark fruitiness contributed by, you guessed it... Loral hops! This is truly a great use of such a weird, niche modern hop. I hated it in their Hop Revolver beer, and felt it would do much better in a saison or Belgian dark ale as a kind of "new-school" riff on those styles, but it melds well with the ubiquitous Mosaic hops here. The use of Mandarina definitely brings out some florals along with the orange-y elements I expect it to provide. Superb concept with great execution.

How does it taste, though?

Luckily, this avoids some of the pitfalls I can see coming with this idea. I commend Stone for keeping this in the moderately-strong ABV range (7.5%) instead of "imperializing" it and making it a sticky mess. There is definitely some malt deftness here, but when combined with the estery yeast character and the fruit-forward hop expression, it just feels super well-balanced. Flavors of pineapple, mango, papaya, passion fruit and orange combine with some light pine-esque bitterness toward the finish of each sip. I think the bitterness is a little bit too much, and this would probably benefit from a little bit less of a dry finish to give it a "juicier" feel... maybe some oats or something plus a little double dry-hop action? I can see this really being transcendent, but as it stands, it's a really good, successful beer in its own right.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good dark amber color, tight frothy head, good retention. Smells of citrus, a bit of fresh cut hay, some mlts. From Stone, you expect a well-made beer and this does not dissapoint.
Tastes of mango and pineapple, very smooth, hop taste with nary a trace of harshness. Good as any from Stone, maybe better than some.

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Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kraig
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zenboy99
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great summer drinking IPA

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour with off-white foam. The aroma is dank and tropical. Taste is tropical, citrus, grapefruit, and a little pine. A little sweetness finishes it off. Mild bitterness but finishes with a generous amount of heat from the alcohol. Med to light bodied.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Khaack
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travolta
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eychung
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BethanyB
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Off-white head is a giant mound of fluff. Body is crystal clear deep gold with a gaggle if bubbles hanging out centerstage at the very bottom of the glass. Mild lacing.

Smell: At first whiff, it’s fruit, fruit and more fruit, namely peach, mango, and pomegranate (interesting combo). A soft dankness is quickly sniffed out, but the resinous and herbal hops it incorporates provide balance rather than interference. Not running to bathe in it, but a very good smell, for sure.

Taste: The fruitiness on the nose is a TEASE! Fruit flavors are reduced to a muddle of indiscernible citrus in the wake of powerful herbaceous and floral hops in front of a backdrop of oaky vanilla wafer. This hop head can’t complain too much, however. The hop flavor and bitterness is strong, yet balanced, leaving behind an almond skin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, what I’d expect of a Stone IPA with this ABV. The finish, while dry, is countered by a distinct creaminess. Alcohol warming is detectable, but light. A little more spritz could brighten up those earthy hops, but no real complaints.

Overall: Certainly not what I was expecting. The aroma and taste are nearly miles apart, but still quite good on their own. The PUNCH of fruit flavor Stone promises with its usual verbosity is lost on me, however, and I can’t shake the feeling that one of my fave breweries has let me down by breaking its advertised promise with this one. Kudos, however, for such a creative attempt. May Stone keep doing what it’s doing, trial and error, and all.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Crystal clear honey gold with a thick white head with yellow highlights. Lazy activity. A very pretty beer.

Smell: Clean bitter citrus with a malt note of marmalade on crackers. There is a sharp floral hop note on a deep inhale and a hint of vaporous alcohol. Smells distinctively like a Stone beer.

Taste: The attack is bitter hops that taste like the white pith of a tangerine. Then a body flashes of honey malt as the bitterness builds from the tangerine pith note. This just builds to the finish where it is all bitter tangerine pith.

Feel: Bright and clean. High bitterness. Mild alcohol that isn’t very present but is still sharp. Good carbonation.

Overall: This is beer is extremely well brewed. It drinks clean and has no glaring flaws except one, it’s aggressively boring. It’s is all one note. Just bitter tangerine pith all the way through. That one note is done well but again it’s just one note. It’s upsetting to see this well made of a beer be this average. Skip this and go revisit the world class Stone IPA.

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Scorpion Bowl IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 318 ratings