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Spiral Jetty - Epic Brewing Company

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Spiral Jetty India Pale Ale is the launching point in our series of hoppy IPA brews. Spiral Jetty IPA has an aggressive hop profile (five different hops used here with two in the dry hop) presenting citrus, floral, resinous or pine aromas and flavors typical of American hops and a nice pleasant, cleansing bitterness on the finish. The dominance of the hops helps to balance the complex malt flavors and the higher alcohol content.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 05-23-2010)
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Reviews by qthompso:
Photo of qthompso
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, light orange color. A solid two finger egg shell head.

A rather citrusy nose. The hop profile doesn't smell too overwhelming, as there are still some pretty noticeably bready aromas as well.

The taste isn't nearly as citrusy as it smelled. It's more piney than anything. Quite bitter. Really hoppy, great for the hop heads but it's a little bit one dimensional.

Pretty full mouthfeel. Highly carbonated, crisp finish.

A decent IPA. This one would probably be a popular one for those who look for nothing but hop bitterness in their IPA.

qthompso, Jul 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to drink my anger away after watching a disgusting display of officiating in Iowa City today.Poured into an imperial pint glass a hazed peach color with a nice tight 1/2 finger clingy white head.Aromas of tangerines and light grapefruit intmingled with caramel/biscuit malt,not overly assertive but decent.A little light in the mouth and not overly assertive hops makes again for a decent beer but not great by any means.Fruity hop flavors and not overly bitter.

oberon, Nov 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

DWolf, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Bike2work, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of sspendol
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA with a good flavor, but not too hoppy. Slight citrus aroma and aftertaste makes for an easy to drink beer. Wish that there was a little more hoppiness and a little less citrus flavor.

From what thier literature says, all of their beers are only available in 22oz bottles. Would love to try one of their yet-to-be-released Exponential Series beers!

sspendol, Oct 08, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Cynic-ale, Aug 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jminch, Sep 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good looking copper colored beer, 3/4" white head on the top. Really white, whiter than normal for an ipa. Aroma, eh, for boasting about a five hop variety, its kind of hard to tell this was dry hopped with anything, much less five different kinds. It wasn't offputting, it frankly just smelled like a normal Cascade hopped pale ale from back in the 90s.

Taste, again, hops aren't really all that special in this beer. Good caramel presence, hop bitterness is all I can really detect going on in a good way. I didn't get any fruit, be it tropical or citrus flavors from the hops. No bottle dating, so maybe that may have been the problem, but maybe they should bottle date? I dunno. In my experience, this undated bottle was pretty much middle ground to average. I've had some people talk up Epic's stuff, but I really haven't been super impressed, in fact, given the price of some of their stuff (not this one), I have actually been disappointed at times.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This label says to discover the three levels of Epic Brewing: Classic, Elevated, and Exponential. This beer around 5.50 a bomber at least according to Ohio pricing seems fair for an IPA. Pours a clouded orange hue with a bright white head forming thick and leaving behind some even lacing. Aroma has a strong citrus pith accent with white cranberry/apricot jelly notes. Spicy hops, fruitiness, and citrus are the three components I'm smelling during the initial whiff stage. As I dive into my first sip of this "Epic" Spiral Jetty IPA, more citrus rind bitterness, a hint of yeast spiciness, leading to a dry finish. More biscuit malts with hints of citrus pith, turning into a decent IPA. Mouthfeel drying finish with biscuit malt profile even keeled carbonation nice finishing medium bodied drinking IPA. Solid IPA not earth shattering West Coast I must kill for this beer but good flavors and interesting enough to keep my drinking.

WVbeergeek, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a large, foamy, white head. The head has good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Plenty of hops in the aroma. They are most obviously fruity, including grapefruit and lime, but the aroma is more complex and includes floral, herbal and spicy notes. The taste does not parallel the nose in that the flavor is more purely citrusy, especially orange, and not nearly as bitter as one expects given the nose or the IPA classification. This is fine with me, and I enjoyed having a mildly bitter, orange-tinted aftertaste rather than the usual bitter grapefruit effect. There is some bready malt flavor present, but there must be a good bit of light malt in here to counter or mask so much of the bitterness.

M: medium carbonation is closer to being too high than too low; Medium-light body has a trace of watery feel. Crisp with a little sharpness.

O: a very drinkable, rather mild (for style), and markedly orangish IPA. Recommended.

chinchill, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of harlanhu28
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very impressed with a few beers recently from these guys. I bought this at Total wine and poured at 40 degrees.. This beer has a straw color with a slight head that disappears very quickly. The aroma is quite lacking it smells to me of dank heavy first wort hoping, and light on the dry hoping. The taste to me is of bitter dank Chinook with little of a flavor profile. It does leave good lacing so it states to me this is a 90% 2 row and 5% carapils and 5% crystal 10/20! I find some esters that leave this beer off balance, and the heavy bittering hop addition overpowers the layered flavoring hop additions! To me it does get legs as it gets in the 50 degree range, but it still needs some specialty grains to give it a full flavor profile. Right now it is just a dank IPA with limited flavor!

harlanhu28, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives this beer a big off white head that just sort of sits there before slowly receding somewhat.

The IPA is a clear classic honey colored.

Citrus slightly more than floral or piney hops aroma but it seems all are present.

A light citrus hops taste on this medium bodied beer.

A light dry aftertaste with some hints of the citrus hops lingering.

LXIXME, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is nearly amber in color and nearly, but not quite, clear, though very bright. Held up to the light, it shines a bit of a brighter deep gold. A just off-white head rises to nearly two fingers high. Retention is fair, and it leaves a sturdy foam that drops some patchy lacing down the glass.
The aroma offers a nice hops backbone with ample malt support. Hops are primarily piny and resinous with a distinctly minty note underneath. There's a bit of lemon zest/rind throughout, and malt notes are primarily dry and crackery. Hops bitterness is also quite herbal and leafy.
Nothing really surprises in the flavor that wasn't detectable in the aroma. This is a well hopped IPA with ample malts support for good balance. It seems like it would be fairly dry but really isn't. More rind bitterness/zest really comes out in the finish.
The mouthfeel is quite crisp in a medium body, pretty consistent activity creating active carbonation but avoiding over-carbonation. It verges on semi dry, but a bit more dryness pulls into the finish.

Brenden, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slow to rise head that stays shallow, perhaps a finger, but lingers for the duration of the drink.

Beautiful opaque orange in the glass.

Smell is understated, slight hop smell, just a bit of citrus.

Taste is crisp like it might be sweet but no, the hops pulls through, and the colder the pour the more citrus that one notices. Slight pepper notes.

Finishes well, lingers long. Some yeasty/bread taste to compliment the hops but the spice seems to develop even better after swallowing.

One of my favorites from Epic.

jamesDaExMoBeerGuy, Aug 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

DruC4, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from NJ. pours unfiltered light grapefruit colour, slight off-white head, and lacey. Neutral aroma. average mouthfeel. Appropriate mouthfeel. Not initially drinkable, but over a long warm Fall night (yes it gets warm here sometimes) the light grapefruit, moderately hoppy beer, went down nicely. Kind of middling for the style though.

Sammy, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bright orange with a thin, short lived white head

S - piny; incredibly faint nose

T - bready, citrusy, piny

M - well carbonated, thin, light to medium bodied, dry

When I first opened this beer, it was incredibly dry. There was a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The dryness practically stripped the flavor clean of my palate. Once the beer settled, it came across as less dry, but as it turned out there wasn't much flavor to hide. The flavor was simple and refreshing, but ultimately incredibly underwhelming. This was a rather forgettable IPA, one that I won't be buying again.

tdm168, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm liking the Spiral Jetty....this beer probably would have been better had I not tried the Holulent prior. Nevertheless....in Park City, Utah with my homie trying some local flare. The Spiral Jetty poured a hazy with froathy white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is fresh hops that carry slight pine, citrus and some floral tones. The taste is very very good balanced beer with bitterness throughout but enough malt to keep it from being too much. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall another excellent offering from Epic....nice job guys...and gals.

WoodBrew, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

avisong, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - mostly clear bubbly golden, two tall fingers of head retained amazingly well leaving some random lacing spots
S - grainy and slightly bready, very mild leafy greens, but the aromas are very subdued which often doesn't bode well....
T - solid peppery hops with a touch of leafiness, grainy malts, and a bit of a mint bubble gum thing on the finish
M - light body and lightly creamy, very mild bitterness
O - its not a bad brew at all, just a little on the mild side all around, would be a nice beginner IPA for the not so beer advocate, but still nice to try another from this brewer that is not available in my area

joemcgrath27, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden color with some chill haze. Two fingers of head forms and then settling to a thick cap. Light lacing is left behind.

Faint hop aromas of citrus and herbs. Bready malts as well.

Malt flavor is dominant with a rather subdued citrus/herbal hop flavor. Nothing wrong but the brewer did not set the bar very high.

Solid body and nicely carbonated.

Lacks the hop presence to be a good American IPA. If they labeled this an APA it would get a solid score. Priced the same as Arrogant Bastard. Guess which beer I will grab next time?

morimech, Jul 25, 2011
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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.