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Scorpion Pale Ale | Moab Brewery

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Scorpion Pale AleScorpion Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Moab Brewery
Utah, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Although this pale ale is mild in color, look out! It has six hop additions to tantalize the senses. But beware, it is known as "The Ale That Stings!"

Added by beernut7 on 08-29-2002

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Photo of NWer
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly clear light amber into my pint glass.
Smooth pour nice head dissipates quickly. Sessionable. Non-complex with nothing outstanding but nothing bad either except for a slight astringent aftertaste.
Overall though, a nice enjoyable beer to quench the thirst.

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Photo of stoutman
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful must-try IPA from Moab brewery in Utah. Dark amber brown body with a light caramel head. Nice earthy aroma with some toasty elements. Flavors of earth, grass and resin with a wonderful hop bitterness. Has an oily texture. A nice finish with a decent aftertaste.

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Photo of mentor
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a half-finger of yellow-tan head over a nearly clear rust liquid. Smells of diacetyl and citrusy hops (oranges, grassy, lemon, grapefruit pith, and berry).

Tastes rough grassy hop bite without the accompanying clean bitter to counter. Flat woody and orange flavor with some pith. malt is a non-descript sweet beneath. Hops dominate and the finish suffers from an old hop character. Md-light body and medium drinkability.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear amber color with 1/2 inch bubbly white head that quickly recedes.
S: Nice fresh honey and apple with floral hops. Straight forward, but good. Aroma is best immediately after the pour...giving this a few minutes to settle and it's not nearly as good.
T: Floral and bitter hops...not much else. If all you want are hops, this may be your brew. Personally I'm looking for a bit more.
M: Smooth and slightly oily feel. Light body. Bitter and mildly dry hop feel.
D: At 4%, it's sessionable, but it's too much of a one-note brew to be all that drinkable. I certainly wouldn't turn one down in the future if offered, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this one back for me!

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Photo of MashMouth
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer had many good characteristics of a good IPA. I just couldn't get over the intence bitterness of this beer. I am one who ussually prefers a good highly hopped beer but Scorpion Pale Ale lacked ballance. It was all bitter. I feel a little more attention needs to be paid to ballancing the bitteness with the other flavors of the beer and less focus on how they can make it sting.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: nice red/amber body w/ fine bubble movement. light ring of white foam around the top and a few wisps sitting on the top of the body. very light lacing

s: an enjoyable blend of sweet caramel grains and piney and citrus hops.

t: strong toasted flavors. light piney hop at the finish. a very warm malty taste. smooth blend and flavors. very english.

m: a little aggressive carb but good medium body

d: a really war IPA that was more euro smooth than i expected from the westcoast.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Moab Scorpion Pale Ale
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. As soon as I opened it, foam started gushing out. Once poured a deep, clear amber color radiates from the glass. Massive head, primarily due to over carbonation, with a moderate retention level. Decent lacing.

S: nice subtle hoppy aroma, but rather faint. some citrus is about all can pull out of this, along with a nice crystal malt aroma.

T: decent flavor, a little too sweet for the style. No major hop characteristic in this one, it is there but very mild. some definite crystal malt flavors.

M: ever had a warm Coca-Cola can? this is how carbonated it is. It almost makes the beer undrinkble. crisp and rather thin.

D: I couldn't finish it due to the carbonation level. It seemed that if it were properly carbonated, the flavors and body were a lot better than the score given.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish copper with a thin, off-white head . Slight traces of lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of mild citric fruitiness and an earthy, almost tea-leaf bitterness.

The taste of citric fruitiness is almost lost to a tea-leaf bitterness. Toffeeish malt present that tries to balance bitterness, but a tannin-like dryness overrides it. The attempt to do something big with the hops flounders because of weakness, which in part may stem from low abv not giving it enough of a body/substinance. Mild bitter, slightly tannic finish.

This is a brew that has potential, as the effort is clearly there, but fails to be anything impressive. Too weak and slightly astringent to be more than a mediocre brew.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from Utah.

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Photo of plaid75
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a soft citric hop with come light grainy malts.

The taste was very light and rather thin. Peaks of spicy hop and husky grain appeared here and there.

The mouthfeel was light and very thin.

Overall a decent APA. Lacks body however. Thanks to Wasatch for the sample.

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Photo of jhammerly
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

A golden amber body with a small whitish head with little retention. A mildly sweet aroma with some citrus notes. Taste started off a bit on the medicinal side, but mellowed out after a few drinks. This still left an aftertaste that I wasn't thrilled about. There is some hint of lemon, which would make this a good summer beer. But there isn't much balance between the malt and hops. Finishes dry and has a light-to-medium body. An average beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, pale hops and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a smoky malt flavor, followed by a pale hops bitterness and some flavors of caramel, spice and citrus. The balance is more apparent as you continue to drink it. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, good representation of style, as with most of the Utah beers that are only at 4.00% ABV, it could use a little bit more of a kick to it, but overall it’s a pretty decent beer and one that I would able to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of trep
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bonus'd by Wasatch. 12 oz bottle.

Clear orange body with no head to speak of. Aroma is faint malt, and no hops to speak of.

Hops are a bit more present in the taste. Malt is all caramel with a slight bitter aftertaste. Smooth as can be, very very light carbonation, and medium bodied. However, its not too flavorful.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Super easy drinking. I could down 100 of these in one night. (maybe)

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Label reads: "The Ale that Stings". No bottling/expiration date.

A: Hazy amber/red with a crackling pillowy/rocky tan head, about 1-finger. Dwindles quickly to a creamy cap. Not much lace to speak of - what there is glides slowly back down the glass. Almost devoid of visible carbonation, just the occasional lazy bubble here or there.

S: Bitter hops and toasted caramel grain. Really not much there - smells aren't bad at all, just gentle and vague.

T: Pleasing bready malts, a little like a toasted 7-grain loaf fresh from the bakery. Subtle lemony hops, some grassy/earthy bitterness. Label boasts of 6 hop varieties used in the brewing process; none are mentioned specifically nor do any stand out. In general, good flavors and balance.

M: Slight warming down the throat and a semblance of lingering bitterness on th tongue. However, this is a pretty thin, watered-down offering, another victim it seems of the lowered ABV limits imposed by the state. On the plus, side, Scorpion is clean and light-bodied, refreshing.

D: Despite some pretty so-so scores in other categories, I felt this one earned a 'good' score here. It's a light, enjoyable, easy to drink beer with nice flavors. Because of the low gravity it would easy to have several without much worry.

Thanks to Wasatch for the chance to try.

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Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great label design – very interesting scorpion and layout.

Great pour too, clear and deep amber, with plenty of tan head and ring lace all the way down.

Big pop of hoppy malt in the sniff, followed up by a grainy but raspy malt taste, influenced by a subtle floral hop. Almost amber ale like, the hops very a tad weak. Crisp and dry, this would be an easy summer sipper with the easy-on-the-senses 4% abv.

A nice brew sent by our Utah BA – Wasatch.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pilsner glass at 40 degrees. Picked up in a trade from Wasatch..thanks!!

A - Pours a cloudy golden that is orange on top, but lightens to more of a pale straw color towards the bottom. Mild head and carbonation.

S - Faint aroma of malt and hops with an earthy backbone...not really jumping out of the glass.

T - Sweet malt is the most discernable flavor that moves around my tastebuds. Some citrus and mild hops came out as it warmed, but overall pretty bland.

M - Medium, very bubbly body. No real aftertaste, but mouthfeel packs a heavier punch than expected.

D - Overall, it's definitely a thirst-quencher...a good lawnmower beer, especially with the Utah-low ABV.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed orange beneath a bubbly cap of toasted beige. Despite an increasingly high-altitude pour, the head topped out at a fat one finger. A scraggly collar of lace looks to be the only glass garnish, but it's still early.

As the color of the beer suggested, and the nose verifies, it looks as though at least as much caramel malt as pale malt has been used. What's this about 'six hop additions to tantalize the senses'? Does that mean six different hops were added or hops were added six different times? Either way, I'm not impressed. A trace of citric fruitiness does not a good APA make.

The flavor is a small step up. Although many people claim that ABV has very little to do with flavor, I'm still not convinced. I've had too many less than flavorful low-ABV beers to believe otherwise. Sure, some brewers manage to make it work, but as a rule...

A spindley caramel malt backbone has no trouble whatsoever balancing a modest amount of American hops. Six additions can't be right. Maybe if they were small enough. Some amount of bitterness accompanies the finish, so all is not lost. In the end though, this is a 'by the numbers' pale ale that is only notable for its name and its label.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as thin as the mouthfeels on most Utah beer, so I'll have to give it some credit. I don't mind the slightly too numerous bubbles since they add some measure of mouth interest.

If two of their offerings are deemed sufficient for me to judge the brewery as a whole, Moab brews slightly above average beer. Who knows what they could do if the ABV ropes were loosened just a tad. This Scorpion, while drinkable and moderately enjoyable, is far from deadly.

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Photo of bennetj17
2.27/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As it pours this beer looks dead. No head develops, and there is barely any foam at all. Only a few large bubbles occasionally erupt from the bottom of the clear copper liquid. I don't get much from the aroma, just some light spicy hops, nutty malt, and maybe a hint of cinnamon in there. The taste is very clean, like water, with a tangy, leafy hop flavor that occurs briefly before it finishes without hardly any taste at all but some minor bitterness. The mouthfeel was thin with tiny carbonation. This beer was literally like hop flavored water, please do not attempt to try this at home, or anywhere for that matter...

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Photo of warmstorage
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no dating, no ABV stated.

Pours a deep, right, clear red, with little white head that goes away to nothing, leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is fruity hops and esters, with malt, and hints of... wood?

Taste is fairly bitter hoppiness, but a little coarse, and not especially pleasant. Leaves a thickish, viscous coating in my mouth.

Overall, a decent, drinkable beer, and more hop pronounced than most Utah brews. (The only more hoppy ones I can think of under the 4% cap are Red Rock's IPA Junior, and Squatters Full Suspension.)

I'd buy it again if I were at a bar and it was the best thing available, but wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scorpion is a very good drinkable beer. The color is a brownish gold with a slight head to it. It has a slight bitter taste compared to other Pale Ale's. I enjoyed the after taste not to overpowering. I first both some of this brew last year, but did not care for it, but I decided to try it again a couple of months ago. It will stay on my want list. I guess I got use to the slight bitter taste. If you are ever in the UT area check it out, cool name though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely crimson color on this pale ale, with a good, creamy, long-lasting head. Lookin' pretty good, Scorpion...
Aroma: mild hops, caramel, soft fruit, apricots, apples, plenty of malt, altogether pleasant as they come.
As for taste, it's a bit of a muddle. Hops are again relatively quite, but do play a part on the palate, just don't stand out much. Thick maltiness...it almost seems like malt and hops are too well-matched in this ale. Flavors are indistinct...feels a bit coppery, a tad fruity, but then it fades and is forgotten. Medium/ light body, soft, fruity finish, that turns citic and slightly sour at the end...not bad, but forgettable.
"The ale that stings", eh? I could have used a bit more from the stinger, if I may so humbly state.

Thanks to tavernjef for bringing it back from the Southwest for me to try!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous clear amber/light copper color with a finger high head of dirty ivory thats quickly to foam up then settle to a thick skim and scattered stringy lacing sticks all over the glass.

Nice wood cedar hop nose with some baked dark caramel and crispy biscuit bread mixing well underneath. Its not strong, it hits right away on the nose but wavers off shortly there after, if it could stay substanciated in its presense longer this stuff would be killer on the nose.

Taste is quite nice I must admit. Had this on-tap as well and just had to buy some of the bottled version to take home as this was by far my favorite of the brews from this place. Lets continue...flavors are solid, but lacks a front( its only real weak point) once its past the lips and making its way down it gets quite interesting. Warm, roasty/toasty whole grains, biting hop resins with cedar wood tones, dry and crispy leaves and grasses, malts too, are sharp and earthy, warming biscuity tones that are slightly burnt mix well with an overall woodish tone to the hop profile. Fresh and toasty. Quite a nice treat from middle to finish.

Feel is about medium, perhaps a little thin at the start, but picks up some as it goes and finishes kinda spicy and dry with lots of intermingling earthy things dancing on the back of the palate and throat.

This is one pale I should have gotten alot more of, cuz only at 4% this can be a great sessionable beer. A fine example of what seemed to be a reoccuring theme while out in the southwest; good Pales!

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Photo of drewbage
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Bayou in Salt Lake City (with a slice of alligator cheesecake.)

Served in straight sided pint glass amber copper brew with a low off white head.

Aroma is fruity and grapey with a fresh citrus hop character.

Flavor is dusty and leathery toasted malt and fruits before the hops rise up and seize the front.

Soft long beautifully balanced finish with a long hop impression and an good aftertaste with a heavy dryness.

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Photo of packetknife
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Watery apple juice, no visible carbonation. Foamy head that stuck a long while. I couldn't smell much of anything but perhaps a bit of hops and citrus. Sweet over the tongue and hoppiness lingers for a bit. All the bottles I had were a bit flat and left a filmy feeling on my tongue. Either a bad batch or a bad choice.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is for the bottled version contract brewed by Big Hole Brewing Co. (?) in Belgrade, MT.

Copper colored and hazy with suspended sediment, a nice beige head, good carbonation, and decent lace. Primarily hoppy aroma but bitter more than anything else in terms of characteristics. Nice balanced hop-malt flavor but a bit bitter. Light-medium (leans light) bodied with a bitter finish.

I'm with a previous reviewer (Shaw) on this one - prefer my hops to add more than just aroma and bitterness... Not one I'd buy but would drink for free.

Per label: "The Ale that Stings" & 6 hop additions.

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Photo of alexgash
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very red pale ale with a big yellowish white head. Smells mostly of hops, a tad metallic. Upon warming, slight malts are detectable. Taste is mostly sharp hops as well; malt character is lacking. A sweeter, stronger malt presence would do wonders for this beer. All in all, not a bad, Utah brew, and hoppier than most pale ales.

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