Spiral Jetty - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 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 0wlbear
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Low carbonation; good syrupy feel; attractive amber color and taste; hops, not bitter; mild flavor

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 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 DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
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!!

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 FLima
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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 IIKaRuII
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm liking the Spiral Jetty....this beer probably would have been better had I not tried the Holulent prior. Nevertheless....in Park City, Utah with my homie trying some local flare. The Spiral Jetty poured a hazy with froathy white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is fresh hops that carry slight pine, citrus and some floral tones. The taste is very very good balanced beer with bitterness throughout but enough malt to keep it from being too much. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall another excellent offering from Epic....nice job guys...and gals.

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slow to rise head that stays shallow, perhaps a finger, but lingers for the duration of the drink.

Beautiful opaque orange in the glass.

Smell is understated, slight hop smell, just a bit of citrus.

Taste is crisp like it might be sweet but no, the hops pulls through, and the colder the pour the more citrus that one notices. Slight pepper notes.

Finishes well, lingers long. Some yeasty/bread taste to compliment the hops but the spice seems to develop even better after swallowing.

One of my favorites from Epic.

Photo of chumba526
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a hazy golden-amber color with a large, foamy, white head. The head has good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Plenty of hops in the aroma. They are most obviously fruity, including grapefruit and lime, but the aroma is more complex and includes floral, herbal and spicy notes. The taste does not parallel the nose in that the flavor is more purely citrusy, especially orange, and not nearly as bitter as one expects given the nose or the IPA classification. This is fine with me, and I enjoyed having a mildly bitter, orange-tinted aftertaste rather than the usual bitter grapefruit effect. There is some bready malt flavor present, but there must be a good bit of light malt in here to counter or mask so much of the bitterness.

M: medium carbonation is closer to being too high than too low; Medium-light body has a trace of watery feel. Crisp with a little sharpness.

O: a very drinkable, rather mild (for style), and markedly orangish IPA. Recommended.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of tchenery
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light reddish/golden in color, just a tinsy bit hazy, with good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – combination of a fruity smell and hoppy. Interesting smell.

Taste – pretty hoppy-tasting, but not overwhelmingly so. It does have a unique taste that finishes it out..something earthy or pine-like, but I can’t narrow it down.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced.

Overall – very interesting brew and good-tasting.

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 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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.