Spiral Jetty | Epic Brewing Company

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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 -43.7%
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 -41.9%
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 mwbrady12
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Bjeerfalls
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -41.3%
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 -41.3%
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 -34.9%
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 t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of vobr0002
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
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 imbibehour
2.36/5  rDev -30.8%
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 -27.3%
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 -27.3%
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 Travisnin
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Mappies
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of beinerso
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of TVolt1
2.51/5  rDev -26.4%
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 -25.2%
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 -24%
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 -22.3%
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 -19.6%
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 jn35646
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of PickwickHopz
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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