Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

Spiral Jetty - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Spiral JettySpiral Jetty

Educational use only; do not reuse.

107 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 107
Hads: 271
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 23.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 25 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 107 | Hads: 271
Photo of TVolt1
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: nice light golden color witha small amount of white head, little lacing.

S: Smells kinda soapy. I am not getting much more for the smell except piney hops and a little soapy.

T: Good piney hops with a touch of lemon citrus. Finish is a little bitter and not a good bitter.

M: light and carbonated.

O: Overall, this is an alright beer. Not the best I've had in awhile but drinkable.

 389 characters

Photo of azdback
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Port pint glass. Straw colored, cloudy or unfiltered look. Trillions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a very small one finger head. Head is bright white and soapy in appearance. Lace doesn't look like it's going to stick very much.

Smell is earthy and yeasty. There is a bit of bright citrus hop profile.

Taste is much like the nose. Very musty and kind of soggy bread like. There is just a hint of sweet citrus, like the taste of a sugar topped pink grapefruit. A little to much on the earthy side for me.

Mouth is crisp and carbonation is round or spritzy. Body is delicate and the finish is average and dry.

Overall I must say that I wasn't at all impressed with this. It was way to weighted to the malt side and it's choice of hop and yeast was too musty for me. Thanks to Gwen for the sample.

 818 characters

Photo of IIKaRuII
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice pint of this thanks to arnold's carry out.
Pours a deep straw like color, that has a beautiful cloudy appearance. a nice finger length head that leaves nice frothy bubbles that seem to fade at a slow pace leaving a nice lace.

smells a sweet pine, and grapefruit citrus. faint bit of sourness, and malt. has a fruity sweetness to it that is very inviting.

Taste is a heavy pine. but seems to linger a little dry. grassy, with a sweet orange taste. tangerine maybe?

Mouthfeel is very pleasent. not a terrible amount of carbonation, and that allows for the taste to linger a little longer. and i would say medium bodied.

 627 characters

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy conistency. There as an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of hops, citrus, and malt. A typical IPA.

T: Tasted hops, malt, citrus (lemon), and slightly soapy quality as well. This last element does not do the beer any favors, but on the whole a solid flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but not one I'd regularly return to.

 511 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 oberon
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

 469 characters

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

 1,041 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
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 beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful bright tangerine orange is capped off by a egg shell white frothy head that is resilient in stay. Tiny jet streams of micro-bubbles compose a slow and steady conga line of carbonation bubbles slowly snaking their way to the surface. The lacing is kept to a minimal with small speckled remains dotted across the glass on the coverage.

S: A bit underwhelming in both strength and complexity for aroma. Fresh oranges manages to squeeze out along with some light hints of grapefruit juice intermingling among some fresh wet greenery.

T: Strong hopping flavor-wise of dry flowery citrus, pine and dry grapefruit. Grassy tones come on the close out. Toasty orange peels, with a bit of spiciness, mandarin orange, and lemons come with a toasty bread malting that was hard to appreciate from the high level of hoppines.

M: Strong, perhaps its best point is full bodied with a good presence of tingling carbonation. Dry grapefruit pulp is left behind.

O: Overall a mouth puckering and dry hop experience, that will give the tongue a workout. High level of hoppiness is blunt, however seems to overshadow the smaller aspects of the drink and doesn’t leave much in the way of complexity instead of a powerful punch of citrus to the taste buds. Typical flavor, strong hopping, though doesn’t necessarily make for an interesting flavor that will keep me drinking only for shock value sake. Great if you’re a knockout ipa type of guy, a bit more less if your looking for some complexity among your hops and balance drinkability wise.

 1,545 characters

Photo of stimulus
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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 RonfromJersey
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

$4.49 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Extremely hazy yellow gold body, topped by three fingers of whipped white foam. No lacing.

Aroma is almost all grapefruit and would benefit by being either bigger or more complex.

A sorta sloppy caramel beginning flops on the tongue. Mild undercurrent of citrus. Bitter bite that is not pleasant and lingers through the finish. Slight sour note at the swallow and finish.

Alright medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Overall a disappointing ipa with a unpleasant finish.

 521 characters

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

 496 characters

Photo of Ryan011235
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 7/26/11

Hazy, golden orange color. The pour yielded no head, save for a few wisps; thanks for that, by the way. It stands to reason there was no retention or lace.

Juicy hop aromas: grapefruit, tangerine, peach and mango. Pine, too. Smells oily with a touch of sweetness. Smells clean and fresh. A diminutive malt presence hangs in back.

Tastes alright, albeit maltier than the aroma suggests. Think biscuit and granular bread notes. The hops do well in spite of the malts, though. Said hops don't seem as expressive but there is a sharp pine bitterness and zesty citrus. Bitterness is heavier upfront, clearing out for the finish. The beer is quite dry, too.

The feel is thin and watery, especially on the first few sips. Carbonation is vigorous and boisterously overpowers the body. The feel becomes slicker as it warms with some resin on the finish.

A few tweaks would make Spiral Jetty appeal more to my IPA preferences but it's leaning comfortable in the right direction as is. Worth a try, at least while fresh on tap.

 1,065 characters

Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky and thick looking mess....but a beautiful mess. Glowing orange body with a decent cap of dirty white head. Aroma is nice and pungent. And resiny as well. Those are the two characteristics that stand out the most. A little pine as well. The pine comes through more strongly on the palate. Interesting flavor. Pretty heavy with pine resin and pine needle, but solid. Bacbone of caramel malt stands firm. Medium-full body and moderately carbonated.

 451 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Gueuzedude
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

 2,016 characters

Photo of Natural510
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, no dating

Pours a pale, cloudy orange-copper color. Minimal head & lacing at the top of the glass.

Scent is a weird, musty combination of grass, tangerine and butter.

Very grassy and buttery in flavor. Quite different from the typical pine/citrus/floral combination in most American IPAs. What fruitiness is there is kept in the background. The sweetness is kept to a minimum, with a tangy, herbal hop finish.

Body is full enough to represent the style and it is carbonated enough to be drinkable.

Very different take on an IPA. Everyone's taste buds are different, but this was all over the place and nothing gelled for me.

 643 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, bright gold color with very generous amounts of carbonation. The head stays pretty constant across the top.

S - Somewhat weak with faint citrus notes, faint caramel malt, there's not much going on in the nose here. Smells a little earthy.

T - Taste up front is herbally and earthy and the caramel malt blend is somewhat grainy in texture. At the very end of the sip there's a grapefruit bitterness that lends itself to a dry and slightly alcohol effervescent finish.

M - Thin, medium body, gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - I'd be interested in knowing how fresh the bottle is and then revisit my review. It would be a nice touch if the fruit bitterness were more forward, it's there, but quite buried in the herbal taste.

 749 characters

Photo of nrbw23
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a fairly lighter yellowish orange color with a thin white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves pretty solid lacing. Just a lot lighter in color than I expected.

S- Fairly light in smell too. Fairly light picking up piney, grapefruit, lemon and floral hops. A bit of caramel malts too.

T- Maybe I'm just flat out spoiled by some of the sick beer that is available to me but this one was a bit of a bummer. Hops are fairly light with a very strong bready malt taste. Not terrible, but not what I really dig.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Has a pretty solid price on it under $4 so that makes it nice. Again there is a lot better out there.

 670 characters

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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 morimech
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
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?

 537 characters

Photo of 9InchNails
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of gatornation
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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

 358 characters

Photo of yemenmocha
2.83/5  rDev -16%
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.

 383 characters

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

 678 characters

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