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Spiral Jetty - Epic Brewing Company

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243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | 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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beer2day

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev 0%

Clear gold with 1.5 finger frothy white head. Decent retention and thick, sparse lace.

Nose is light flowers and citrus. A little too light for an IPA, but not unpleasant at all.

Taste is dry with flowery hops. Finish is lighter than I'd like and there is a biscuit malt quality that doesn't meld as much as it should with the style. Maybe more English than American? Slightly fruity finish with just too light a hop flavor. Drinakable, yes, but needs more pop.

Feel is light for the style as well. Could use more texture and a bit more creaminess.

Overall, a decent choice but not the best.

04-12-2011 00:44:14 | More by beer2day
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JayQue

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

22 oz bottle. $3.99 at Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach. Not a bad IPA...good for the price.

Pours a hazy apricot color with a big white head (on a hard pour). Average retention and spotty lacing.

Smell is mild citrus hops. Nothing pronounced.

Taste is ok. Not a lot of flavor....just big, unbalanced hop bitterness without the flavor of the hops. Less harsh as you drink, but certainly not a top IPA.

Mouthfeel is average richness and starts with a dry harshness that softens as you drink. I had the whole bottle myself.

A bit better than average....can't beat the price!!!

04-08-2011 00:10:11 | More by JayQue
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nniicckkww

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

03-22-2011 14:30:11 | More by nniicckkww
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morenone

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +3%

They've got a whole shelf of big bottles of Epic's brews at BeerRun. I don't think I've ever had any of them, so I decided to give one a try. The only way I can think to describe this beer would be this: Imageine you picked up a bottle of what you thought was Sprite, but when you went to take a swallow, it was carbonated water. That's kinda how I felt. It's a little dry, not sweet, and lacking in complexity. It was drinkable, but don't think I'll get this one again.

02-27-2011 14:54:15 | More by morenone
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -15.7%

A-pours a mostly clear dull orange color with an off white head, lots of bubbly head.

S-slightly off aromas, notes of metal, some pale malt, slightly bready with a fair bit of soapy hops in the back.

T-more pale malts, just a hint of metallic flavor, very soapy with a light note of pine and sticky malt.

M-medium body, oily feel, slightly grainy on the back of the throat, assertive carb but body falls off a little in the back.

D-not offensive but quite a few flaws and some off flavors and aromas. too oily and the finish falls off.

02-18-2011 01:13:00 | More by cpetrone84
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argock

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.99.

A: Clear golden with 1-2 fingers of big-bubbled near-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Fresh crisp citrus and herbal hops aromas, slightly grassy, and clean pale malt

T: Tangy citrus with nice spicy herbal note and some floral touches. Citrus is mainly grapefruit. Pale malt sweetness balances nicely. A very clean and refreshing flavor profile overall.

M: Lighter bodied than most IPAs with a little more carbonation than I like but still solid.

D: A nice little IPA at a good price. Still would pick quite a few others that are readily available, but a good change of pace and glad I tried it.

02-12-2011 22:20:36 | More by argock
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teromous

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

A: Pours as a hazy semi-transparent pale color. The head has larger carbonation bubbles, and is pretty substantial. I'd say it pours about an inch to an inch and a half and stands up. Even with the large head I didn't get much lacing.

S: Just pouring it, you can smell the hops. The scent inside the glass is expectantly hoppy. There isn't really a "green" smell to it or a "pine tree" smell either. I expect that they were going for a more classic beer (because it's labeled Classic Series) so it doesn't have the kick of the west coast IPA's.

T: It's slightly unbalanced, and I can still pick up the separation of malt and hops. There is more bitterness than hop flavor as well. It's very light. In the aftertaste there isn't much that lingers. For an IPA it's pretty good but doesn't compare to similar standard IPAs.

M: It feels a little thin. It doesn't really wake up the mouth. It's a little astringent...not really bitter just puckery.

D: It's not a bad beer. I wouldn't drink it again compared to other choices. It's refreshing to see a lighter IPA but it tastes like it has a way to go before it's complete.

02-10-2011 23:29:08 | More by teromous
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jdb8507

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

02-01-2011 00:05:12 | More by jdb8507
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Douglas88

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +28.1%

22 ounce bottle thanks to Epic and Eric. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet hops, floral notes. The flavor is a smooth and fresh hop bite, loads of floral hops, almost perfume-like, only light bitterness. Clean and tasty. A really nice brew.

01-04-2011 05:27:41 | More by Douglas88
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gopens44

Virginia

2.42/5  rDev -28.4%

A - Big foamy head that rescinded into a tighter, more thin fizzy layer. Color was a nice crystal clear copper.

S - Citrusy and grassy. Some nice pine notes tried to sneak out as well, but were held in check by the malt aromas.

T - Not nearly as hop forward as I had hoped. Just a touch of hop bitterness interlaced with a weak citrus presence that was once again, dominated by a toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium carbonation with a funky, greasy tongue feeling. Slightly bitter aftertaste and otherwise dry.

I tasted this at a tasting and was so excited by the little shot that I had, that I bought a bomber. From the bomber I realized that it was a touch bland and not very well balanced. Actually a big disappointment after having tasted what I had believed was a far greater product. Maybe I didn't properly cleanse my palate before tasting this one at the tasting. Before I got into the bomber, I hadn't had any other beer, so I am confident that I am reviewing what it actually tasted like.

01-03-2011 14:59:39 | More by gopens44
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tchenery

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%

Deep orange in color with a fantastic frothy white head sitting on top. It's hazy and not at all transparent but doesn't have any sediment in it so far.

Smells of herbal and citrus hops. Very grapefruit smelling on the first whiff. This scent pretty much dominates. It's very strong.

Lip smackingly bitter. It's smooth but has a zing to it the whole way down. The grapefruit hoppy taste follows it all the way and even stays on the aftertaste. It's balanced with malt to a point where the bitterness is extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick and oily, but it's probably from all the delicious finishing hops they used.

Totally drinkable IPA. This was around $5 for a 22 oz. and will most definitely become one of my go-to's.

12-05-2010 18:42:22 | More by tchenery
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -24.6%

22oz bottle into goblet.
Pours a hazy golden/copper tone with minimal white head. Not a stunner by any means. Smell if floral and fruity with a little grassyness. Palate is malty with a toasted cracker base. Hop presence is in the form of orange zest and a hint of tangy lemon grass. Not bad tasting but not really my idea of an IPA. Really more of a mild pale ale. Crisp and fluid mouthfeel with only a little bitterness. One is enough.

12-05-2010 16:22:33 | More by JunkYardJake
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colts9016

Idaho

2.78/5  rDev -17.8%

Poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy off white head that is one finger thick with okay retention. The color of the beer is a medium copper color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some haziness. The head left a little lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich floral, grapefruit, lemon, spruce, and pine aromas are present. The malt is lightly toasted, there are notes of yeast phenols and solvents.

Taste: The hops seem muted. The flavors are floral, grapefruit, lemon and pine. There are notes of toasted malt, yeast, phenols, and solvents.

The mouth feel is astringent and dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. The beer is just okay, nothing about it really stands out. I think that there is no real balance in the beer, at time the hops is overpowering and then the next it is slightly muted.

11-29-2010 07:48:52 | More by colts9016
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bishopgary

Utah

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

11-29-2010 00:09:10 | More by bishopgary
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.48/5  rDev +3%

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

11-07-2010 06:10:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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chumba526

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%

This beer is named after a art sculpture by Robert Smithson.

It appears a medium bodied yellow color with a small white head.

It smells very citrusy, a little grassy and a little sweet.

It tastes strongly of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. There is a mild sweetness and a noticeable bitterness. The bitterness is not extreme though. The beer has a nice balance to it. The sweet citrus flavor is balanced with just the right amount of bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate.

The drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these easy. It goes down smooth.

Overall this is close to a standard IPA. A very good standard IPA though. The first I have had from this brewery and I am impressed. Worth trying. To quote the band the dwarves I'm -still- not going to Salt Lake City though.

10-15-2010 02:12:29 | More by chumba526
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sspendol

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -3%

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!

10-08-2010 02:21:05 | More by sspendol
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Wasatch

Utah

2/5  rDev -40.8%

22oz. Bomber
Classic Series
$3.79 ea.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, carbonation, creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, citrus. The taste is hoppy, slight malt note, citrus. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Barely Drinkable.

05-23-2010 22:02:31 | More by Wasatch
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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.