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Spiral Jetty - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 21 | 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:
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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Ratings: 260 | Reviews: 108
Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Photo of yemenmocha
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark golden color with slight haze, off-white head. Nose has a candied orangey quality, also some pine prickle. On the palate there's a soft maltiness with hop bitterness coming right in to overtake the show, but not a sufficiently noteworthy range of citrusy flavors from the hops. Missing some complexity there. Rather bland for a craft brewer. Maybe the double IPA will be better.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a decent 8-10oz pour from a bomber my buddy got, served in a pint glass.

A: Amber color with small white fluffy head, not much lacing, just bits here and there.

S: Smells nice and hoppy, mostly citrusy and bittering hops on the nose.

T: The taste is citrusy and piney hops that never really seems to develop or finish. It's a one dimensional flavor that tapers off with no malt backbone either.

M: Quite drinkable, but nothing great about it. Finishes a little dry and has a bit of a lingering earthy/dirt flavor.

O: All in all I wasn't very impressed with this beer, it starts out good, but fails to keep me interested. Definitely won't be seeking this beer out again.

Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a glass

A: Pours a hazy, rich amber with a one finger rocky head. Head diminishes quickly to thin layer that hangs on for a little while. Slight lacing present as well.

S: Loads of hops in the nose. Picking up some citrus and herbal notes along with some potent malt lingering in the background.

T: Interesting blend of bitterness and malt right away. Bitterness is strong but not too much so giving the malt and some juicy hops a chance to power through and make its presence known. Some carbonation detected picking up the bitterness level a little more to keep the malt from overtaking the middle of the taste. Nice drying finish with some lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied beer with a nice carbonation level. Nice dry finish.

D: Definitely a sessionable IPA, easy drinking and very enjoyable beer. Definitely recommended to those looking for an IPA that isn't too heavy in the bitterness but still has the expected punch of an American IPA.

Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in a goddamn shaker pint. Fairly cloudy, but I like the light orange color as it looks like caramel was kept to a minimum. Described on the menu as citrusy and spicy and that is exactly how it smelled. No real malt or sweetness other than the citrus from the smell. Taste is very similar to the smell. Good citrus and the spiciness adds some uniqueness. Mild amount of malt, but this is in no way "balanced", which I respect the fuck out of. Mouthfeel and carbonation are solid.

This is by no means the best IPA out there, but it is certainly worthy of drinking. Easy to drink and well done.

Photo of jfmorey
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of dondeez21
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drank this beer in a weyerbacher pint glass poured from
A 22 ounce bottle. Overall I was very unimPressed. The beer poured a nice straw colored beer with minimal head and no lacing.
The initial smell is of yeast and very slight earthy hops. The taste is the same. The body is medium. Not to thin or too heavy. Overall I would not purchase this beer again.

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light, golden colored IPA that didn't hit me in the face enough that I really understood it was an IPA until looking at the label. Even though hints of amber give it a fairly nice color, the mouthfeel is light and disappoints right away. The alcohol level is fairly high for the lightness--6.6%. A part of the Classic series of Epic's brews, it is understated to say the least. The earthy hops are nice, but not enough to excite the nose. Nice peppery, almost saison like yeast characteristics. Interesting, but compared to their Hopulent IPA, just not the in the same league. And not just because of the hop levels. Just not as strong of a beer. Maybe a nice transition for someone getting used to hops to say he or she is drinking an IPA. Not bad, but not going to seek it out again.

Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

Photo of smakawhat
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pale gold/lemon body, boy that's a first for me for an IPA, this looks more like a Belgian pale ale or tripel. Body is cloudy and dull. A good simple off white head, bubbles seem to be a little un-uniform slow descending falling head, and some spotty lacing. Some good retention but head never stays bigger than a finger. That body color just throws me too, I've never seen an American IPA that light before.

Bouquet is non existent. There's maybe a faint sense of malt grain but that's it, not even a hop presence. Not really feeling this at all. There is really nothing going on here and for an IPA I have to score that below average. If I can't even smell a STRONG hop then what exactly are you doing seriously?

Does taste improve? This is a weird one, I'll give it some unique quality points but man I don't like it. Strange mushy and weak bodied fruit that I can't pinpoint. No hop presence as predicted from the nose in the mid palate. Afterwards then comes out in the swallow some hop but feels stuck and sort of lifeless. Can't even detect profile, pine no, fruit citrus angle no, sweetness no... just.. not even bitter.. nothing stands out it's as if this beer isn't even trying.

Overall this is just a weird one and I am not getting this angle at all. Luckily there are so many other better IPAs out there.. so many... this is not one of them.

Photo of harlanhu28
2.59/5  rDev -23.8%
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!

Photo of trappistlover
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bomber from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a hazy golden color with 2 finger chunky white head. Carbonation is moderate though. Some nice lacing also is developing as the head dissipates. Aroma has some tart peach, rock candy, mango, and green apple. Quite nice. Taste is semi-sweet malt followed by some bitterness. Thin bodied with a dry, bitter finish. The hops dont overwhelm you and blast your palate. I gotta say, this is one really good IPA. I’ll definitely get more of this one.

Photo of Phelps
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed poured into a shaker pint at Tops.

A dull, foggy orange topped with minuscule ring of white bubbles. This thing looks still as pondwater.

Some sour grain, orange and lemon peel in the nose. Cracker malt adds its own influence before an odd background muskiness.

More crackers and white bread in the flavor, though hops are still here in the form of pithy orange peel, some grass and pine. They’re subdued, however; this IPA needs more bite. Moderate bitterness and hints of orange linger on the tongue.

The medium-light body is awash in prickly carbonation and tight fizziness. The mouthfeel, at least, makes this refreshing. Goes down easy.

What an un-exciting IPA. This isn’t much better than most homebrewers could produce.

Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy golden with slight amber overtone. two finger creamy head that hangs around for a good long while.

S - Good hoppy pine scent, slight yeasty bread and citrus notes.

T - For an IPA this one is maltier than most. Good biter hop flavor with the sweetness of malt.

M - Full-bodied mouth with just a hint of stickiness.

O - Overall, not a great brew but not bad either. Nothing surprising or special, just a decent, drinkable ale. Wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but wouldn't turn it down either. Price point was sensible at $4.99 for a bomber

Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at the Utah State Liquor Store in St. George, Utah, based on the surprisingly low price (less than 4 bucks for the bomber). Poured a hazy golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus, light malt and pine. On the palate, medium bodied, with flavors of light malt and pine/citrus.

Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JayQue
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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!!!

Photo of nniicckkww
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of morenone
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of teromous
2.74/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jdb8507
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.