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I’ll admit it was the name that caught my eye on this one.  While it’s been awhile since I’ve had an actual scorpion bowl, I was intrigued to see how it would work in beer form.

Beer Name: Scorpion Bowl IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA)

Style: IPA

ABV: 7.5%

Description: Made to be juicy and tropical without adding any fruit, the brewers used a combination of Mosaic, Loral, and Mandarina Bavaria hops to accomplish the goal.  Read all about it here.  The price was most definitely right at $4.99 for the bomber.

Appearance: Cloudy, just barely see through golden copper body with a wispy white head.

Smell: Sticky fruit backed by piney bitterness and a sweet bit of heat.

Taste: Melon and tropical fruit upfront, followed by citrus rind and pale malt.  The finish was dry with a sappy pine bitterness. A warm sweetness closed out the experience after the beer sat in the glass for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Hype: Being a Stone release I was aware of this beer’s existence but can’t say there was any general hype surrounding this.

Overall: I wouldn’t call it anything particularly special, but I was happy with this.  Not something to go out of the way for, bit still a nice pickup in that it was a solid IPA that could be had at a reasonable price.  It did a passable job at representing scorpion bowls, though if you’re in the mood for one I suggest just taking the plunge and going for the real thing!