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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 morimech
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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?

morimech, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Ryan011235, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

ReelBigwigFish, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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

BurpingtonDC, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of JayQue
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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!!!

JayQue, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of gc4hokies
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 22oz bottle of this as something different. I noticed that this is part of their classic line of beers (others were elevated and exponential lines). My guess is that means pretty tame, unoffensive.

Pours an apricot color with a slight haze. The head is very white and fluffy. Nice head. The aroma is malty with a slight graininess. Modest amount of hop aroma - slight citrus and grass.

Flavor is bisquity with a slight sweetness. Slight bitterness but less that what most American IPAs have these days. I definitely wouldn't call this a west coast IPA. Overall, not bad but not what a hophead is looking for. Maybe this is an entry level Amer. IPA?

Overall, I think my initial thought was correct. This is on the lowest of thresholds to be called an American IPA. It's not a bad beer but the goal is to be unoffensive. Mission accomplished.

gc4hokies, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is beautiful. A nice, solid off-white head on a golden-red body.

Nose is sour and almost Belgian. Not a fan.

Flavor is clean and crisp, but the hop contribution is a bit muddled. Is it rich and piney? Fruity and citrusy. Just a sharp bite? None of these. I found it generally tasty, but hard to isolate and describe the flavors.

Mouthfeel is moderately stripping and tart. Slight acidity, even.

Overall, (if you ignore the sour nose), it's good. I like it well enough, but it is not singular enough for me to want to seek out more.

ghostwalker, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of tlazaroff
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma comes off as a fresh, kinda light floral sort of thing. I also get some orange citrus on the back-end of the aroma profile.

Spiral Jetty looks like a great IPA. It is that classic slightly hazy orange/amber with a crisp white head that is soapy in nature and leaves good lacing.

It's defiantly more bitter than malty, however, it doesn't come off as an IPA as far as bitterness goes. The flavor is nice, a sort of light orange citrus with a backbone of orange-like sweetness too. I like the flavors but it just doesn't meet my expectations of an IPA.

Spiral Jetty finishes dry, is on the moderate-high end of carbonation, and has a nice medium body. It's very drinkable and a fairly nice beer overall.

tlazaroff, Feb 14, 2012
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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.