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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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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of KlayWey
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of lauries444
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of spelletier
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Brewman7284
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Photo of Naamandroid
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of NWer
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +17.8%
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 -15.7%
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 -3.6%
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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2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
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 +8.9%
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 -16.9%
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 -7.1%
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 -5.3%
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 -11%
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 +14.2%
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 -10.7%
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 +0.9%
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 +7.7%
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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Scorpion Pale Ale from Moab Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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