Scorpion Pale Ale | Moab Brewery

Scorpion Pale AleScorpion Pale Ale
42 Ratings
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
Reviews by Brewman7284:
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5/5  rDev +48.4%

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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 Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color a transpicuous burnished copper color, the head is modest in size, spumescent in texture and a winsome light tan in color. Nose is crisp and fresh with hints of the hop flower also somewhat malt sweet as is the start, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish does have a stinging acidity, the hops purposeful in their spicy bite, dry aftertaste that lingers long on the tongue. A drinkable brew ‘tis true, and one that makes a nice beer for when your only having one or two, not a session beer in my humble opinion.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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 KlayWey
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of spelletier
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of warmstorage
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
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 packetknife
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
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 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 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 beerguy101
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and malty. A light bodied pale ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly grapefruity and mild. Very bland tasting American Pale Ale. Tastes more like a red or an amber ale. There are hints of a metallic flavor as well as grass and cardboard. Not a very good beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is metallic and cardboardy.

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Photo of beernut7
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is dubbed "the ale that stings" and there has never been a truer beer slogan. There is a good deep golden brown color and huge grassy aroma. The spicy bitter hop profile is curbed nicely by a heavier-medium body. Good ale.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BierManVA
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to give this almost solid 4's across the board. Not too bad.

Hoppy goood pale ale that does have a bit of sting. Give it a few seconds and the venom starts to take effect. The question is, can you drink this all night? Answer: no, in my opinion.

A little on the red side actually.

If I see this on tap somewhere, I'll definately give it another go.


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Photo of UnionMade
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew pours a medium amber, with a slight ochre tint. A light misting of head, with impressive lacing as you drink.
Aroma is fairly hoppy, with a grainy toasted maltiness. Not as hoppy as I expected, with a name like scorpion, with only a moderate citric/floral aroma. Aroma is very mashy, as in the aroma of boiling malt, with a touch of fruitiness, but not much.
Flavor is also very grainy and husky. Rough maltiness, with a vaguely metallic taste, like making out with a galvanized steel guardrail. Not much in the way of hops, at least not what i was expecting. Some floral/citric hoppiness towards the end. A dryish finish, medium bodied with mild smooth carbonation. Perhaps a touch oxodized, with that metallic taste and some wet paper flavor in the aftertaste. Ho hum.

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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 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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Photo of marburg
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite as much sting to the Scorpion as one might expect from its boastful label talking about six hop additions...

Color is of tarnished pennies, moderate head. A very pine-needle crispness to the aroma. Snappy and full of hops. Flavor starts malty with hints of lemon. Finishes with a bit of extra bitterness that tastes like Pine-Sol smells. Maybe hints of grapefruit. Leaves a lasting, dry impression on the back of the tongue. A bit too much aftertaste to be truly drinkable.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
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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Scorpion Pale Ale from Moab Brewery
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