Spiral Jetty | Epic Brewing Company

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Spiral JettySpiral Jetty

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

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.

Added by Wasatch on 05-23-2010

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.92/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed, bright deep yellow color. Three fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Dank and somewhat catty. Yeasty breadiness. Not a lot from the hops and almost nothing from the malts.

1.5 T: While the nose was bad for being overly boring, the taste is bad for its contents. Catty, lightly soapy, and notes of plastic. The only other major flavor is yeasty breadiness. Mild bitterness with some herbal flavor.

2.0 M: Lighter body. Too much carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but is chewy from the yeast.

2.0 T: This is a bad beer. Epic has been doing really well, but I see they still have some stinkers to deal with.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.98/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white dense head. Heavy carbonation. Very clear pal golden color. Some little lacing.

S- Some spicy and floral hops, but mostly a grassiness. Not great.

T- Hoppy, sweet and funky. Bitterness and not very tasty.

M- Gloppy consistency but very wet.

O- Pretty bad.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Classic Series
$3.79 ea.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, carbonation, creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, citrus. The taste is hoppy, slight malt note, citrus. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. Barely Drinkable.

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Photo of dondeez21
2/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
2.22/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy yellow/ orange with a two finger white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has light grapefruit, pine, floral hops and toasted malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. Citrus hops are light, mostly grapefruit, but there are more pine and floral hops, with toasted malt. Very unpleasant. Overly bitter.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a bitter aftertaste. Not one of the better IPAs I have had. Will be sure to avoid this in the future.

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Photo of vobr0002
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- murky, cloudy, yellow orange color. A finger of white head that last for a bit before disappearing to a ring around the glass.

S- smells of bread and citrus. Some pine in the background.

T- this actually reminds me of drinking a hooped up version of an AAL. Its a strange ipa. Lots of bready, yeasty flavors. Citrus bitterness from the hops.

M- full mouth with a high carbonation.

O- not my type of beer. Don't like it very much, reminds me of a lot of bad beers I drank in college but hopped up. This could be a beer for someone who likes bud or grain belt premium and you want them to try an ipa.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.36/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Big foamy head that rescinded into a tighter, more thin fizzy layer. Color was a nice crystal clear copper.

S - Citrusy and grassy. Some nice pine notes tried to sneak out as well, but were held in check by the malt aromas.

T - Not nearly as hop forward as I had hoped. Just a touch of hop bitterness interlaced with a weak citrus presence that was once again, dominated by a toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium carbonation with a funky, greasy tongue feeling. Slightly bitter aftertaste and otherwise dry.

I tasted this at a tasting and was so excited by the little shot that I had, that I bought a bomber. From the bomber I realized that it was a touch bland and not very well balanced. Actually a big disappointment after having tasted what I had believed was a far greater product. Maybe I didn't properly cleanse my palate before tasting this one at the tasting. Before I got into the bomber, I hadn't had any other beer, so I am confident that I am reviewing what it actually tasted like.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into goblet.
Pours a hazy golden/copper tone with minimal white head. Not a stunner by any means. Smell if floral and fruity with a little grassyness. Palate is malty with a toasted cracker base. Hop presence is in the form of orange zest and a hint of tangy lemon grass. Not bad tasting but not really my idea of an IPA. Really more of a mild pale ale. Crisp and fluid mouthfeel with only a little bitterness. One is enough.

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Photo of harlanhu28
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
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!

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Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi hazy bright orange with a thick bright white head. Lots of grapefruit and piney hops on the nose. Almost full body up front that thins a little on the finish, kind of like bubble soda finish.

Highly carbonated. Breaks apart the flavors a bit. Nice bitter finish. Mostly grapefruit hop wise with some pine and floral notes. Pretty basic besides the highly carbonated body which breaks the beer apart unfortunately. Could make great for a sessionable flavorful beer if it weren't for the bomber format :/

Oh well

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Photo of teromous
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
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 Phelps
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy off white head that is one finger thick with okay retention. The color of the beer is a medium copper color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some haziness. The head left a little lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich floral, grapefruit, lemon, spruce, and pine aromas are present. The malt is lightly toasted, there are notes of yeast phenols and solvents.

Taste: The hops seem muted. The flavors are floral, grapefruit, lemon and pine. There are notes of toasted malt, yeast, phenols, and solvents.

The mouth feel is astringent and dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. The beer is just okay, nothing about it really stands out. I think that there is no real balance in the beer, at time the hops is overpowering and then the next it is slightly muted.

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Photo of brentk56
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with an inch of foam; the retention is decent and a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: The malt is as prominent on the nose as the hops, with a grainy, haylike character; the hops are earthy and piney

Taste: The grainy malt flavors dominate the front end, but once the hops get going they dominate the profile, bringing piney and earthy flavors that end up being rather astringent

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have tasted a lot of IPAs and it is rare that I come across one where I dislike both the malt and the hop flavors - this one has very little to commend it

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.83/5  rDev -16%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jjboesen
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Apparently, this is the first of a series that Epic intends to produce. In any case this one, the Spiral Jetty, begins with a quick rush of soapy foam and a subsequent head; the body is light amber colored and alive with carbonation bubbles. The nose is overwhelmed with the tantalizing aroma of wet straw and rice. The palate is awash with something akin to slug of hoppy grapefruit juice. The mouthfeel strays toward the generic – otherwise this is nothing that will cause alarm or frighten the children. The brewer describes Spiral Jetty as the beer to launch a series of Epics’ hoppy beers. Launch aborted.

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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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling a 22oz bomber poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a clear crisp, copper hue with bleached white head foaming up 2 cm and fading to a sturdy edge layer. Leaving large windowpane lattice as it recedes down my glass.
Aroma is a bit of grainy malt and then pine sap and grapefruit rind take over the nose. Not a robust nose but interesting enough, to keep me drinking the beer.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine tingly carbonation. The texture is thin although I cant say it is watery. Just thinner than anticipated.
Flavor is grainy malt with a bit of caramel, followed by some general hop bitterness, maybe pine sap or citrus notes, but not very descript hop profile. The beer flavor is mild and not incredibly well developed. Overall the beer is easy to drink, but not overly memorable. I dont find it offensive or flawed, just not something I would seek out again. Something needs to be more robust on this beer, although it could pose as a good crossover IPA.

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Spiral Jetty from Epic Brewing Company
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