Spiral Jetty - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 268
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 05-23-2010

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.
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Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. No visible best before date.

A: Lots of bubbles inside this copper-clear beer. The finger of white head fades quickly. By the end of the bottle, fairly cloudy.

S: Skunky-herbal hops. Strong, but earthy.

T/M: Tasty! Hoppy, but balanced. The beer is sweeter than expected (caramel malts?). A touch of citrus, a touch of pine, and a creamy mouthfeel. Thick and enjoyable; excellent. A well-rounded, drinkable IPA.

O: A good IPA, but rather malty for the style. Nice, but bready. Still, recommended; I would have another. Epic can be hit or miss, but this is probably a hit, especially for those who are on the fence about IPAs. This is a 'less hoppy' alternative. (718 characters)

Photo of jdb8507
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this is a pretty decent IPA. At the nose, very hoppy. As you drink through this tallboy, you realize that this is a very smooth IPA, but at the cost of some of the hoppiness. Overall, deceptively hoppy on the first sniff, but the drinkability is very good.

A decent beer, but in the amazing world of craft beer, this is just above average. (349 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber color with a thin thick head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice predominant aroma of tangerines, I am glad I had it fresh.
Very fruity. Tangerines also show up in its flavor with notes of resin, caramels, earth-pepper, pine and lime. All in similar quantities. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. 6.6% abv is well hidden.
I did like the profile of this IPA, although it has a milder bitterness. Good for a change from the usual grapefruit. Still very fruity, spicy, acidy and with a drinkability that could sell 3 liter giant bottles. Suggestion, have this fresh or leave it at the shelf. (661 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with a good amount of off-white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and lemon zest, with resin.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and resin and lemon zest, with a little waxy and honey. It had a strong and lasting bitter aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Very nice.
D: This was a nice IPA with bold hops and great body. The finish was a bit rough, but otherwise it wasn't difficult to drink. An enjoyable beer. (469 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Quite a hazy looking amber brown with some great head and some pretty good looking head with some decent lacing.
S - Smells pretty malty but not very hoppy. Has a decent sweet smelling hop profile so I hope for the best.
T - Taste like an English IPA rather malty smooth with a touch of herbal bitterness. It's actually pretty balanced.
M - Light to medium body. Easy to drink.

Overall much better than I expected not really worth picking up again but worth the 5 dollar price tag. (486 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Epic Spiral Jetty, bomber bought at Cranbury Buy-Rite in Cranbury, New Jersey. I had previously had this beer on tap at Capital Brewhouse in Richmond, Virgiinia.

My sheer interest in Spiral Jetty (where I spent my honeymoon seven-and-one-half years ago) and Robert Smithson drew me to this beer.

Appearance: Good looking IPA here, what with the foamy, two-figer lily-white head and the resiny-orange color. Good retention, at least one finger of that head remains throughout, and the lacing is quite sizable as well.

Smell: Not as good. Reminds me of my insoles after a heavy rain. Got it? Wet shoes. Astringent, herbal feel all around, a bit puckering. Dry hops, like a pine cone on fire.

Taste: More of the same, with that dry pine needle taste and whole-hop feel. Prairie grass. Soapy and bitter at the end with a tad of spicy honey. Water, please!!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor, very adequate carbonation... super dry and puckering finish. A weird beer, as it straddles between an average IPA and a superbly hoppy brew.

Overall: Looks good, drinks good, got a great name... I dig it enough to buy it again. The wife loved it. And heck, it was only $3.99 for a bomber!! (1,188 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy pale amber, with a thin head but good lacing.

The smell is light, citrus and pine.

Taste is primarily hops, well balance citrus, pine and floral, very refreshing and drinkable.

It is perhaps not typical of the style, but a good beer. (251 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 22 oz bomber

A- pours a hazy dark yellow color with a small white head,not much lacing

S- is malt and bread,some citrus and floral hops

T- citrus and pine hops with baked bread malts

M- medium carbonation with a sharp hop bite.nothing overwhelms or stands out in this ipa

O- an average ipa.. the cost was great @$3.99..easy to drink,just mediocre (358 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Lizardville in Bedford as part of Epic's Northeast Ohio's release party. The ale was poured in a tall 16 oz flute glass with a short stem. The beer pours a cloudy amber color, with a 1" white that slowly reduces with moderate lacing down the sides. The bar was fairly humid, as a fair amount of condensation collected on the sides.

The beer initially presents with a fruity peach smell, moderate pine hops, and mild citrus. Sweet malt, with a rock candy sugar, slowly presents as it warms.

Initial impression is a mild bitter, mitting mid-tongue with sweet caramel malt, with a piney, dry finish. This is a vinous brew, with oak leaf notes hitting the tongue. The taste begins to get buried beneath the dryness as you get further into the beer.

Medium bodied, with a dry bitter finsh, clean feel. The dryness becomes more pronounced as you get further into the beer, to the point of drowning out the taste.

This is a nice IPA that starts well balanced, with a nicely hopped, easy drinking, full flavored presentation. However, the dryness gets to be a bit much the further you get in to this beer. While I definitely would have this again, I'll give it a wait before doing so. (1,196 characters)

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

soft amber/ gold color. clear. thin head. fair retention.

hop aroma biggest. soft, subtle biscuit malt aroma. citrus, but other fruits as well, like banana(?).

a little sweet, that gives way immediately but gradually to hop bitterness that build to a quite bitter finish. citrus hop flavors dominate, such as grapefruit and orange. some subtle malt flavor there in the beginning. very big hop flavor.

medium mouthfeel. soft carbonation.

very solid american ipa. the hops are kind of a one note tune, being primarily of the citrus variety, but the way that they are spread out over the palate(aroma, flavoring, bitterness) is very well executed. (648 characters)

Photo of qthompso
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/mellow yellow, thick creamy 2 inch head and lots of sticy lacing.

Smell - Loads of citric hops, pineapple, peach, apples, oranges, some sweet yeast and sugars. Minor caramel malts at the finish.

Taste - Crisp hop bite, much like a regualr pale ale. Lemon and orange is a main flavor. Cirtic, tropical fruits like peach and mango. Some added sugars mixed with the sweet yeasts add more sweetness. A little malt adds some caramel and toffee notes. Alcohol comes in a little at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty easy on mouth for a ipa. Hops coat tounge and palette , slighty bitter it, but moreso sweet flavors really take over. The finish is dry, sweet, peppery and a little bitter.

Overall - Decent, flavorful and easy to drink ipa. A little weak in the hop profile but for 3.99$ a 22oz'er it is well worth a drink. A decent starter or something light for a bbq or to split with a friend. (942 characters)

Photo of mjryan
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale. Citrus hop aroma with fresh baked bread aroma as well. Hops kick in first, fruity and bitter. Malts are neutral for the most part. Alcohol was noticeable at first, but I lost it after a couple of swigs. Off dry, bitter finish. A nice light bodied, thirst quenching IPA. (280 characters)

Photo of bishopgary
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Not quite clear, deep golden upon pouring. Nice amount of head, slight retention.

S: Nice aroma, smells well hopped. There is also some nice pale malt notes, as well as some fruit and spice (pepper maybe). Unexpected complexity in this category.

T: Not sure if it has too much malt or not enough hops. The taste is good, but more like a typical pale ale rather than IPA. Flavors all seem to blend.

M: Medium body, maybe a bit too much at times. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

D: Easy to drink, unless you have your heart set on an outstanding IPA. (557 characters)

Photo of stimulus
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky golden with lots of sediment and a 1/2 finger white head.
S: Mild grapefruit and citrus, and muted hop aroma.
T: A bit of citrus, hop flavor, and substantial bitterness on the finish.
M: Clean and fairly light bodied with good carbonation.
O: An average IPA, nothing special here, but not terrible either. A good introductory IPA for someone new to the style. (424 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. The head stays around a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The brew smells mostly like pine and citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel), along with some caramel and bready malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but I think the hoppy and malty flavors are well balanced overall. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. It's also smooth and easy to drink, I think it's a solid brew. This IPA isn't going to blow you away with hops, but I liked it. Not bad for $4.99 a bomber. (738 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely golden color with a clean white cap of suds. Nice lacing left.

The nose is the same as their pale ale. Earthy, funky spicy hops. Just doesn't do a lot for me, but it is big.

A pleasant taste. Some zesty hops that are balanced out by pale malt. Not real bitter and drinks easily.

Smooth and soft with a medium body.

A nice beer that is a bit lighter on the hop scale for an ipa. A worthy try. (404 characters)

Photo of nniicckkww
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass. Nice 1" head that is frothy and white. Good head retention (over 30 seconds) and slight lacing on the glass. Nice hoppy aroma of citrus fruit. Slight chill haze. Dark golden color.

The taste is hoppy, but not over the top. Nice citrus and pine flavor. Maybe some tangerine. Just a tiny bit of malt. The finish is fairly dry without a lingering bitterness. Smooth carbonation. Overall a good beer and IPA. Well balanced and not in your face hoppy or in your face malty. Very sessionable. I recommend trying it fresh on tap. (548 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with an impressive fine-bubbled head that dissipates quickly, leaving little residue.

A mild tropical fruit aroma is more pronounced directly at the mouth of the bottle rather than in the pint glass. Flavour starts with caramelized malt sweetness and melds into a pleasantly bitter hop finish, with mango and other tropical fruit tones. The finish lingers decently and there is little burn or other sign of the high alcohol content (6.6% ABV).

A pleasant beer and one I'd happily drink again, but nothing remarkable. (545 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at Brewforia a few days ago... poured into my Old Guardian Goblet... 1" tight white head... nice lacing.. the brew is very hazy deep golden..

nose shows a fair amount of citrus with more than expected pale maltiness... pretty fruity..

The malt seems too much really... or maybe this could be an older bottle?? Descent bitter hop bit up front moves into a sorta muddy citrus/pale malt mash-up mid palate... body also seems too thick.. but the carbonation is about right.

Mehh... good... not great...

4/3.5/3.5/3/3.5 (532 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Grainy grassy hops, sour citrus rind, and a wheat flavour on the finish.

T - The hop profile is grassy and mild, a bit bready, some sour citrus rind, a sourdough bread lingers on the finish with some earthy cedar notes.

M - Medium bodied, smoot and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty IPA, but the flavours are a tad mild. The bitterness is nice, but the malt profile provides a bit too much breadyness for my liking. Not bad, but not top notch and could use a hop boost. (576 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange. Decent head and nice spotty lacing. Aroma is very much citrus with orange being the dominant smell. Also, some light hints of piney hops. Taste is a mouthful of citrus, orange, mango, lemon and such. Hop bitterness sneaks through pretty good and brings a small helping of pine and resiny hops. Mouthfeel is cool, refreshing and allows the hops to come out a little more as it is being drunk. Crisp, nice carbonation and easily drinkable. Price is also quite good for this beer as I paid $4.49 for a bomber, wow!! (540 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

White, light yellow on the edges and a light orange color center in the cloudy body. White head turns into a film. Not too much lacing on the glass.

Not much of a smell, I get grain, a little grass and some subtle hops in the background.

Interesting taste. It tastes like grain and grass, some lemon citrus, orange peel and grapes, a little bit of alcohol and yeast, some bitter hops, a peppery zing and a sweet aftertaste. It's a weird tasting IPA, not bad and ...not... great. I can't tell if I like it or not. This tastes like if it's directly in the middle of a IPA and a double IPA as alcohol shows it's face.

Light to medium body. Light carbonation. It leaves the mouth feeling dry. Doesn't feel bad at all.

The alcohol content seems a little more than a 6.6 abv.; more like a 8 abv. It's certainly not a bad IPA, it's a little weird tasting but not bad. Would I have it again? Only if I could try it in tap. (954 characters)

Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.