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)
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!