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Spiral Jetty - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a citrus forward hop presence that comes through better in the taste.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11.5%

nmann08, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose—orange and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is evident.
O: There is nothing special about this beer but it goes down rather easily.

metter98, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of brentk56
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with an inch of foam; the retention is decent and a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: The malt is as prominent on the nose as the hops, with a grainy, haylike character; the hops are earthy and piney

Taste: The grainy malt flavors dominate the front end, but once the hops get going they dominate the profile, bringing piney and earthy flavors that end up being rather astringent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have tasted a lot of IPAs and it is rare that I come across one where I dislike both the malt and the hop flavors - this one has very little to commend it

brentk56, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.5%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a hopelessly underrated ipa. this is a fantastic bottle of brew. pours really cloudy, bright orange in color, rusty looking, with a luxurious snow white head with fine retention. the nose is bitter and woody, not as resinous as the other epic india pales, but still quite dank on the hop front. some English malt in the mix of body and sweetness is the first flavor to reach the taste buds, but its short lived, as the hops assault comes on quickly. the hops are pine family mostly, sappy and west coast style, but they aren't out of balance here. yes this is a bitter beer, very very bitter, but the malt rounds it out nicely, and the yeast used adds a unique character. this beer is bakery fresh, and stays on the tongue a long time after its swallowed. powerful enough to handle spicy food, big enough to enhance a steak, and drinkable enough to have a few bombers. this is quite the versatile ipa. fully carbonated, its pretty fizzy, but the full body almost needs it. I was very impressed by this because its something a little different. epic really seems to have the ipa genre dialed, and all three of the versions ive had have been outstanding. I still reckon the hopulent is the pick, but the spiral jetty here deserves some more recognition, it is extraordinarily well made.

StonedTrippin, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18%
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 RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer #63 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

The thing I find most odd about this beer is the burning boozy tone to it. Which seems out of place for only a 6.6% beer.

The flavor profile is nice and hoppy with good spicy tones to it and an earthy body. Unfortunately, that alcohol burn really just kills the whole thing. A shame really. At first I was thinking that this was a pretty nice beer. But the burn killed it.

RblWthACoz, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

XmnwildX12, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly interesting IPA. More on the mellow side, and a refreshing change from the armament race of the hop warhead brewers. Floral scent with resiny notes and warm pine needles.

Lovely golden amber with a touch of orange in the tall Petrus tulip. Foamy cap lasts well. Fills the mouth with a warm, spicy flavor. Lots of malt but just sweet enough to balance the hops. Taste of crackers with cracked wheat. A little citrus rind and the sweet hint of orange marmalade.

This must be one of my top favorite IPAs I've tried to take notes on. Full disclosure is I'm not a big IPA fan, so I enjoy this one for its sudsiness, attractive appearance, and mellow, aromatic hoppiness combined with a less intense bitterness. From the 22 oz bottle purchased in Washington, DC, so it must travel well.

For Utah beer appreciators, Epic Brewing is a cool breeze down Cottonwood Canyon on a scorching day.

mactrail, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -11.5%

drewone, May 12, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

InspectorBob, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan tinged head that leaves some wispy lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark copper-amber color that shows an almost clear, gold tinged, pale copper hue. The aroma smells of ample hops that is backed by a hay like, threshed grain like character. Specific notes of lime zest, wheat thins like grain (this is quite distinct), a sort of mint, herbal note, lots of cracker like grain notes, and just a general big citrus zest note that is quite distinct, but I can’t quite place it (ponzu, pomelo and lime juice). This is quite malt accented for an IPA, it is still hoppy, but I was expecting a full on hop onslaught.

Somewhat light bodied, which is exactly what I want in an IPA, there is a distinct, biting bitterness that has quite a bit of mintiness to it. There is a definite menthol character that lingers on the palate along with an astringent hop bite; though in truth the hop character is quite clean, meaning this does not have the raw hoppiness that some of the more aggressive IPAs have. The minty character mixes with a bright citrus character that leans towards tangelo, Curacao Orange zest and there is also a bit of dank hop character that really tastes distinctly of earthy, herbal freshly crushed hemp seeds. The malt isn’t quite as apparent as in the nose, but there is still easily apparent notes of dried hay / grass, cracker like malt, and just a general, fairly bit, fresh pale malt character.

This could use a bit more hop character, well if you are a raging hop head at least, but it is actually quite good anyway. I like that the crystal malt notes are kept to a low level here, this has more pale malt flavors than anything. Given my individual impressions of this beer, I wouldn’t expect to like this beer nearly as much as I do, but somehow the composition just works here; the flavor definitely works better than the nose though, the latter being a bit too malt dominated.

Gueuzedude, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, solid lacing and head retention.

S: Sweet citrus, orange and pineapple. Fragant hoppy nose.

T: Meyer lemon, with some sweet pine, pineapple and tangerine. Appealing hop flavours, never that bitter.

M: Medium-bodied, soft and frothy, easy drinking.

O: This IPA is not an assualt on the palate, yet the flavours are vibrant and delicious. Well made, great price, it's nice to see a new IPA on the market and have it be sub-$4 a bomber.

Halcyondays, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow almost orange color with a thick 3" head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: loads of grapefruit and orange with a bit of a floral aroma.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, golden apple, and a floral hop bitterness creates a basic but flavorful IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish with a hint of dryness late. Aftertaste is short lived and citrus focused.

Overall: a decent IPA that hits the spot. Just what one expects and it delivers.

Gavage, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with golden yellowish hues when held to a light and a two finger frothy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of floral notes and resinous oils. Earthy with hints of pine and sticky buds but the nose of this beer is full of sweet tropical and citrus fruit. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple along with some lemon and orange peel. Faint grainy, biscuit malt presence underneath.

Medium bodied with a blast of bitter earthy hops up front but the dryness is quickly countered by sweet citrus notes, pale malt and alcohol heat. Floral and earthy up front with lots of dry, sticky pine flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into the finish. Lots of sweet fruit notes mid-palate from the hops giving off hints of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Underneath there is a subtle grainy malt presence with biscuit and faint graham cracker notes. Some alcohol heat/boozy sweetness toward the end of the palate. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I'm happy that I found this one. Recommended!

corby112, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden orange in color. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a very thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Overall pretty light and nothing special about the aroma. The aroma is dominated by the hops - mostly citrus with a very light hint of floral hops. There is some light amounts of biscuit malts as well.

T: Definitely the flavor is dominated by the hops but there is a decent amount of biscuity malt flavors as well. The hops are not overly bitter but I can definitely detect the presence of mostly citrus hop with some subtle hints of floral hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery and no crispness.

O: Very easy to drink and quite refreshing but not one of the best I have had in this style (even from this brewery) - a pretty average beer. Could easily be a session beer.

dbrauneis, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mothman
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

mothman, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear orange colored beer with a small white colored head. This fits the description of "IPA Orange."

Smells hoppy but not excessively so. Strong tea and citrus but not terribly aromatic.

Starts out dry with a toasted grain flavor. Mild malt and woodiness with a mild hop bite. Overall tasty but more pale ale than IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer but certainly not a hop bomb West coast IPA. Buy this expecting a pale ale flavor and you will be happy with it.

Zorro, Jan 17, 2014
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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.