Spiral Jetty
Epic Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,762
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,192
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 14.83%
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
294
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 294
Photo of fablevayne
4.94/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taste like ass. More accurately,it tastes like burned American Chinese food. It's a good thing I am already drunk or I would have poured this shit on the lawn already.

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Photo of iguanodon
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Original rating 2012-07-13] Bottle from the brewery store. Pours light copper with a thick off white head. Aroma is malty, faint citrus, flowers. Taste is hoppy with a very bitter finish. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of Fowdy
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A slightly hazy deep amber with a finger of fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Fruity hops with a bit of malt.

Taste: bitter, citrus with some cereal and flower.

Feel: Nicely carbonated, an easy drinking IPA.

Overall: At 6.6%, this IPA is nicely rounded. It's great to see a beer like this come out of Utah. I will seek this out again.

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Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed fresh in SLC. Surprised at low scores on this IPA.

A: Pours a slight hazed golden orange body with suitable lace and retention. Looks well made.
S: Too faint, but it's flowers, hops and a grain bed.
T: A pleasing set of hop dominant, complex bitters & herbs, with biscuity malt flavor. Floral and faceted.
M: Light & a bit thin
O: Better than its reviews here when fresh in SLC which it turns out is a great beer town.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Copper and brass appearance, almost an inch of white head. Bright white. Despite the commercial tug job about five different hops, this one falls into the boring land of no off flavors, no noticeable aromas.

Taste, offers some bitterness and caramel. Real average stuff. Nothing special flavor wise, no off flavors. Bomber format too expensive.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Deep orange color with a small head that doesn't last long. Some lacing sticks around the rim of the glass.

Smell is subtle. Floral notes with some light pine and citrus.

Taste follows the nose but is intensified a bit. Resinous floral hop bite with a touch of grapefruit. Not much malt in this one. Just enough to try and balance. Simple but pretty tasty. A slightly bitter finish that does not linger.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation makes for easy drinking.

A bit one demensional but certainly not a bad offering. I would have again but wouldn't necessarily seek it out. More of an introductory IPA.

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Photo of Arrowhead_MN
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Was not super impressed. Seemed pretty bland, although I might have bought some aging stock. If it wasn't on sale for 99 cents a bomber, I would not buy it again. Fairly standard IPA, nothing special.

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Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange. Decent head and nice spotty lacing. Aroma is very much citrus with orange being the dominant smell. Also, some light hints of piney hops. Taste is a mouthful of citrus, orange, mango, lemon and such. Hop bitterness sneaks through pretty good and brings a small helping of pine and resiny hops. Mouthfeel is cool, refreshing and allows the hops to come out a little more as it is being drunk. Crisp, nice carbonation and easily drinkable. Price is also quite good for this beer as I paid $4.49 for a bomber, wow!!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spiral Jetty pours a hazy, cloudy (even slightly chunky) pale orange with a dense and foamy head that leaves lingering lacing all down the glass.
The aroma is nice, I get lots of citrus and a hint of pine and dank spice.
The taste is better than I was expecting. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit up front with a bit of lemon in the middle and some sweetness as well. It finishes with a refreshing and dry bite.
The mouthfeel is medium, with lots of bubbles and a bit of stickiness.
Overall, i think this is an underrated beer. Not a hop bomb by any means but very tasty and refreshing. I'd buy it again, especially at this price (4.99 for a bomber).

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an orangey gold with a thick creamy white head. The head lasts around the glass circumference and leaves some sticky lacing. The aroma is pretty bland, a nondescript whiff of hops and maybe a hint of sweetness. Unfortunately, that's more than the taste offers. I don't get any of the hops nor do I get any complex malt flavors. If it weren't for the actual alcohol feelings, I'd wonder if this was really a beer. I've usually liked-loved Epic's beers but this one completely misses. Unless you're trying to collect the set, I don't see a reason to try it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a citrus forward hop presence that comes through better in the taste.

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Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear orange colored beer with a small white colored head. This fits the description of "IPA Orange."

Smells hoppy but not excessively so. Strong tea and citrus but not terribly aromatic.

Starts out dry with a toasted grain flavor. Mild malt and woodiness with a mild hop bite. Overall tasty but more pale ale than IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer but certainly not a hop bomb West coast IPA. Buy this expecting a pale ale flavor and you will be happy with it.

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Photo of Spikester
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with an average white head with minor lacing.
Smell is over ripe oranges.
Taste is a big blast of pine resin bitterness with a light amount of dehydrated pineapple.
Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and a very dry bitter finish.
Overall for hopheads that love bitterness above all else.
Also lots of nasty looking stuff in the bottom and sides of the bottle after the pour..

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of JG-90
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a pumkin/orange that is slightly hazy. Has a large off-white head with good retention and heavy lacing. Aroma consists of orange, lemon and a bit of floral hops. Can also get some bread/pale malts.

Taste starts with tangerine and musky orange, then moves the floral with bits of lemon and resin, finishing with pale and caramel malts. Tangerine, bread, and malt finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side with high carbonation, normally wouldn't like this in an IPA, but this one pulls it off. This may be the most refreshing IPA I've had.

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Photo of mjryan
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale. Citrus hop aroma with fresh baked bread aroma as well. Hops kick in first, fruity and bitter. Malts are neutral for the most part. Alcohol was noticeable at first, but I lost it after a couple of swigs. Off dry, bitter finish. A nice light bodied, thirst quenching IPA.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Sensory Pils

A - Pours out a cloudy orange color, big thick fluffy two fingers of white head, nice lacing.
S - Nice pine aroma, along with some mild floral notes, some citrus zest, and crakery malt
T - Very very mild IPA, some nice pine bitterness, a tad of orange zest, and some sweeter but also dry kinda malt.
M - Fades to a soapy aftertaste, not good.
T - Big time letdown, a mild IPA to delve into if they arent your thing, but not the best representation of the style.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - mostly clear bubbly golden, two tall fingers of head retained amazingly well leaving some random lacing spots
S - grainy and slightly bready, very mild leafy greens, but the aromas are very subdued which often doesn't bode well....
T - solid peppery hops with a touch of leafiness, grainy malts, and a bit of a mint bubble gum thing on the finish
M - light body and lightly creamy, very mild bitterness
O - its not a bad brew at all, just a little on the mild side all around, would be a nice beginner IPA for the not so beer advocate, but still nice to try another from this brewer that is not available in my area

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 22oz bomber at a liquor store across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas for $4.99 and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed pale apricot hue, thin white head dissipates quickly with small amounts of lacing. Smell is malty with very little hop, faint hint of sour off flavor in the mix as well - not good. Flavor is better than the nose with some fruity esters that are pleasant, the hop is barely noticeable though and the finish has a sour off flavor in the aftertaste. Even without the off flavor, this would be a weak IPA by any modern standards, drinking more like a pale with a thin body and fizzy mouthfeel. Regardless of how far off the mark they were with brewing an IPA, weird sediment at the bottom of my glass confirms that something is not good with this batch either way. Also - I found their Capt'n Pale Ale to be far more hoppy than their offering here in an IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - bright orange with a thin, short lived white head

S - piny; incredibly faint nose

T - bready, citrusy, piny

M - well carbonated, thin, light to medium bodied, dry

When I first opened this beer, it was incredibly dry. There was a ton of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The dryness practically stripped the flavor clean of my palate. Once the beer settled, it came across as less dry, but as it turned out there wasn't much flavor to hide. The flavor was simple and refreshing, but ultimately incredibly underwhelming. This was a rather forgettable IPA, one that I won't be buying again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good looking copper colored beer, 3/4" white head on the top. Really white, whiter than normal for an ipa. Aroma, eh, for boasting about a five hop variety, its kind of hard to tell this was dry hopped with anything, much less five different kinds. It wasn't offputting, it frankly just smelled like a normal Cascade hopped pale ale from back in the 90s.

Taste, again, hops aren't really all that special in this beer. Good caramel presence, hop bitterness is all I can really detect going on in a good way. I didn't get any fruit, be it tropical or citrus flavors from the hops. No bottle dating, so maybe that may have been the problem, but maybe they should bottle date? I dunno. In my experience, this undated bottle was pretty much middle ground to average. I've had some people talk up Epic's stuff, but I really haven't been super impressed, in fact, given the price of some of their stuff (not this one), I have actually been disappointed at times.

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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 294 ratings