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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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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109
Ratings:
279
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
23.74%
 
 
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34
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Photo of wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/mellow yellow, thick creamy 2 inch head and lots of sticy lacing.

Smell - Loads of citric hops, pineapple, peach, apples, oranges, some sweet yeast and sugars. Minor caramel malts at the finish.

Taste - Crisp hop bite, much like a regualr pale ale. Lemon and orange is a main flavor. Cirtic, tropical fruits like peach and mango. Some added sugars mixed with the sweet yeasts add more sweetness. A little malt adds some caramel and toffee notes. Alcohol comes in a little at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty easy on mouth for a ipa. Hops coat tounge and palette , slighty bitter it, but moreso sweet flavors really take over. The finish is dry, sweet, peppery and a little bitter.

Overall - Decent, flavorful and easy to drink ipa. A little weak in the hop profile but for 3.99$ a 22oz'er it is well worth a drink. A decent starter or something light for a bbq or to split with a friend.

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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 Omnium
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
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 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 Ryan011235
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge three finger off-white head that just sits. A very slow retreat, highlighting a pale opaque gold color and deep, sticky, lace. Nose is fresh floral and citrus and little else.

The flavor is more or less all one sided. Sometimes too much balance can be a hindrance but its not something this beer has to worry about. This is a lemon pine hop scorcher with nil on the malt-o-meter. Spicy and salty and tight bubbled throughout with a late splash of alcohol, this is good for what it is but not terribly complex or crafted. More efficient than good but hop heads will enjoy this.

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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 ChrisMon02
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Spikester
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 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 delta490
3/5  rDev -11%
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 hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with an impressive fine-bubbled head that dissipates quickly, leaving little residue.

A mild tropical fruit aroma is more pronounced directly at the mouth of the bottle rather than in the pint glass. Flavour starts with caramelized malt sweetness and melds into a pleasantly bitter hop finish, with mango and other tropical fruit tones. The finish lingers decently and there is little burn or other sign of the high alcohol content (6.6% ABV).

A pleasant beer and one I'd happily drink again, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of Giggy
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. Bottle

A: Pale yellow to honey colored appearance, with a thick white head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Mild aroma: oranges & grapefruits, floral hops, and malt.

T: Very mild IPA. Slight pine and citrus fruits.

O: Very easy to drink. Would be a good introduction IPA for someone just trying this style.

M: Light and mild

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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 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 beer2day
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold with 1.5 finger frothy white head. Decent retention and thick, sparse lace.

Nose is light flowers and citrus. A little too light for an IPA, but not unpleasant at all.

Taste is dry with flowery hops. Finish is lighter than I'd like and there is a biscuit malt quality that doesn't meld as much as it should with the style. Maybe more English than American? Slightly fruity finish with just too light a hop flavor. Drinakable, yes, but needs more pop.

Feel is light for the style as well. Could use more texture and a bit more creaminess.

Overall, a decent choice but not the best.

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Photo of azdback
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Port pint glass. Straw colored, cloudy or unfiltered look. Trillions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a very small one finger head. Head is bright white and soapy in appearance. Lace doesn't look like it's going to stick very much.

Smell is earthy and yeasty. There is a bit of bright citrus hop profile.

Taste is much like the nose. Very musty and kind of soggy bread like. There is just a hint of sweet citrus, like the taste of a sugar topped pink grapefruit. A little to much on the earthy side for me.

Mouth is crisp and carbonation is round or spritzy. Body is delicate and the finish is average and dry.

Overall I must say that I wasn't at all impressed with this. It was way to weighted to the malt side and it's choice of hop and yeast was too musty for me. Thanks to Gwen for the sample.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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 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 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 Nerudamann
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Lizardville in Bedford as part of Epic's Northeast Ohio's release party. The ale was poured in a tall 16 oz flute glass with a short stem. The beer pours a cloudy amber color, with a 1" white that slowly reduces with moderate lacing down the sides. The bar was fairly humid, as a fair amount of condensation collected on the sides.

The beer initially presents with a fruity peach smell, moderate pine hops, and mild citrus. Sweet malt, with a rock candy sugar, slowly presents as it warms.

Initial impression is a mild bitter, mitting mid-tongue with sweet caramel malt, with a piney, dry finish. This is a vinous brew, with oak leaf notes hitting the tongue. The taste begins to get buried beneath the dryness as you get further into the beer.

Medium bodied, with a dry bitter finsh, clean feel. The dryness becomes more pronounced as you get further into the beer, to the point of drowning out the taste.

This is a nice IPA that starts well balanced, with a nicely hopped, easy drinking, full flavored presentation. However, the dryness gets to be a bit much the further you get in to this beer. While I definitely would have this again, I'll give it a wait before doing so.

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Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in a goddamn shaker pint. Fairly cloudy, but I like the light orange color as it looks like caramel was kept to a minimum. Described on the menu as citrusy and spicy and that is exactly how it smelled. No real malt or sweetness other than the citrus from the smell. Taste is very similar to the smell. Good citrus and the spiciness adds some uniqueness. Mild amount of malt, but this is in no way "balanced", which I respect the fuck out of. Mouthfeel and carbonation are solid.

This is by no means the best IPA out there, but it is certainly worthy of drinking. Easy to drink and well done.

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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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